Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of April 13-17, 2015

2015/04/17


Barton County Listening Post

2015/04/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for April 29th, 2015 in Lamar, Missouri.

Each Listening Post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Zack Brown will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

 

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post

Where: Mary K. Findley Library, 300 W. 10th Street, Lamar, MO 64759

When:  April 29th, 2015 – 10:30 am CT – 11:30 am CT

 

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Harrisonville office at (816) 884-3411.

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Hartzler Applauds Transportation Grant to Columbia Regional Airport

2015/04/16

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Columbia Regional Airport a $1.3 million grant for runway rehabilitation.

“The Columbia Regional Airport is a vital hub for regional, business, and tourism travel,” Hartzler said.  “I have long been a champion of the Columbia Regional Airport, having fought in the past to keep its control towers open.  I am happy to see that the Department of Transportation is committed to making sure the airport stays on the cutting edge and is able to continue servicing flights for mid-Missourians.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Hartzler Supports American Families, Votes to Repeal the Death Tax

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have approved H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, removing one of the biggest problems facing hard-working American families.

 

“The simple truth is that the death tax is one of the major burdens confronting farmers and small businesses,” said Hartzler. “It is unconscionable that Americans who inherit the family farm or small business are forced to sell their land or business because they cannot afford to pay death taxes.”

 

“Taxes on family farms and small businesses have already been paid throughout the years,” added Hartzler. “The federal government should not be allowed to take almost half the value of an estate after the owner has passed on and willed the farm or business to other family members. I encourage the Senate to quickly take up and pass this common sense legislation.”

 

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Death and Taxes

2015/04/16

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” For the federal government, the two are inseparable.   

When a loved one dies, it is a terrible loss. Yet there’s no time for mourning when government bureaucrats are involved. The federal government compounds the grief by adding cumbersome financial burdens.  Mourning family members are not comforted; they are instead paid a visit from the tax man.

The death tax is simply unjust. Income earned throughout life is already taxed by the federal government once, as is the profits someone makes through business.  Simply passing that business along, allowing family members to keep the dream alive, should not be a money-maker for the government. 

The tax was intended to prevent the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. In actuality, however, family-owned farms and small businesses are often victimized. I recently visited Vit-a-Zine, a family business in Butler, Missouri that develops and sells nutritional supplements for livestock.   Rusty Ross, Vit-a-Zine’s President, inherited the company from his father, who started it almost 55 years ago.  Rusty experienced the Death Tax firsthand. After inheriting the company, he was forced to fork over almost $400,000 to the IRS. 

If Rusty wanted to pass the business on to his sons, they would again pay an astronomical Death Tax.  This tax would likely force them to sell equipment, affecting their production; or sell land and buildings, leaving them unable to house products they sell.  The Death Tax is nothing more than an attack on businesses like Vit-a-Zine.  It is a tax on success, and it effectively kills the American Dream for far too many.

It is unconscionable that Americans who inherit the family farm or small business are forced to sell their land or business because they cannot afford to pay death taxes.  It was long overdue for repeal, and I am proud to support H.R 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act which will prevent the Death Tax from killing family farms and businesses once and for all.

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Here are the top 9 reasons why now is the time to repeal the death tax:

  • The death tax breaks up family businesses and farms. A 2012 Joint Economic Committee (JEC) report called the death tax the “an overwhelming cause of the dissolution of family businesses.” The death tax hurts family businesses and farms the most because they often do not have the liquid assets to meet the tax liability. Often the only option is to sell or break up the family business or farm to pay the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Americans overwhelmingly support repealing the death tax. A 2006 study surveying multiple public opinion polls found that Americans consistently and overwhelmingly support repealing the death tax, with 60, 70, or 80 percent of respondents in favor of repeal.
  • The death tax has cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion in lost economic activity. Since its inception in 1916, the death tax has cost the U.S. economy an estimated $1.1 trillion, or 3.2 percent of capital stock - the amount of resources in the economy - according to the JEC. Because the tax breaks up strong, multi-generational family businesses, it hinders overall economy growth while hurting families across the nation.
  • Repealing the death tax would create jobs and grow the economy. According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, repealing the death tax would create 139,000 jobs and increase U.S. capital stock by 2.2 percent.
  • Repealing the death tax protects America’s land for future generations. Many landowners are land-rich but don’t have liquid assets – e.g.. cash - with which to pay the Internal Revenue Service’s steep tax rate. Ending this unfair tax protects families from selling natural resources or subdividing land that they have stewarded for years, according to a study by the Reason Foundation.
  • Repealing the death tax would move us toward a pro-growth tax code that helps American families. Ending this harmful tax that hurts family farms and businesses would lead the way for a more common-sense, pro-growth tax code.
  • America’s death tax rate is the fourth highest among developed countries. Among developed countries in the Organization for Economy Cooperation and Development (OECD), American has the fourth highest death tax rate, with only Japan, South Korea and France boasting higher rates.
  • More countries have been moving toward abolishing the death tax altogether. Since 2000, 11 countries have repealed their inheritance tax, including Sweden and Norway. Fifteen OECD countries have no death tax at all.

Unless we act now, President Obama and his liberal allies will take America in the wrong direction. President Obama proposed a second death tax in his fiscal year 2016 budget that would effectively create a second death tax. The president would have raised the U.S. death tax rate to nearly 60 percent – higher than any other developed nation.

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Hartzler Stands for Religious Freedom

2015/04/15

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) yesterday introduced a joint resolution, H.J. Res 44, to disapprove of a recent passage of a bill by the Washington, D.C. City Council that would infringe on the rights of religious schools to operate in accordance with their beliefs. 

Hartzler introduced the measure in response to the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), which the D.C. City Council passed in December of last year and was signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on January.  The law would require religious schools to act against their beliefs on human sexuality.  “By passing this Act, the D.C. City Council has infringed on the fundamental right of religious freedom,” Hartzler said.   “No faith-based school should be forced to endorse, fund, or sponsor groups that do not share their beliefs.”

“Americans are protected by the Constitution from being forced by their government to violate their religious beliefs,” Hartzler added. “Forcing anyone, including religious schools, to go against their beliefs goes directly against our Constitution and shouldn’t be allowed.”

Hartzler’s resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R–Texas) and Mark Meadows (R–N.C.), is also supported by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Flores chairs. 

Rep. Dianne Black (R.–Tenn.) introduced a similar resolution of disapproval earlier this week against another D.C. law, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which could force pro-life employers in Washington D.C. to hire individuals whose reproductive health decisions stand in opposition to the organization’s viewpoint.  The RSC is backing this resolution as well.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced similar measures in the Senate.

Hartzler’s resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 44, if passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President, would override the D.C. law.

Congresswoman Hartzler is a Co-Chair of the House Values Action Team and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Hartzler Statement on Tax Day 2015

2015/04/15

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today released the following statement marking Tax Day 2015:

“Today hardworking families all across America finished wading through boxes of receipts, pay stubs, and mountains of tax forms to finalize their taxes and send too many of their hard-earned dollars to Washington as part of Tax Day.  According to the IRS, it takes the average American taxpayer 13 hours to comply with the almost 80,000 page tax code. Nearly 50% of small businesses reported spending more than 80 hours, or two full work weeks, per year dealing with federal taxes.  The time and resources that go into filing taxes is astounding – and adding the Obamacare taxes into the equation only compounds the problem.

Missourians are dealing with added penalties, extra fees, and more lost time as they file this year.  Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that rewards hard work and allows them to spend that lost time with their families and those valuable resources on the things that matter to them.  In addition to the bills we are passing this week, I will continue to push for tax reform that works for the people, not the government.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Hartzler Joins Chairman Shuster, Colleagues to Ditch Broken ‘Waters’ Rule

2015/04/13

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today joined House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09) as an original co-sponsor of legislation that restores rights to the states in classifying “Waters of the United States.”  In addition to forcing the withdrawal of the recent rule that unilaterally broadens the federal government’s authority over waters like ditches, flood plains, man-made ponds, and seasonally-wet areas, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take into consideration input from the states and non-federal stakeholders when drafting a new rule. 

“Since the EPA proposed this rule, I have heard from many Missourians about how detrimental this rule could be – not to mention how overreaching it is on the part of the Administration,” Hartzler said.  “The Clean Water Act (CWA) established a partnership between federal and state agencies regarding the jurisdiction of waters.  The EPA’s rule effectively nullifies state and non-federal actors and adds a host of bureaucratic red tape.  The fact that a local farmer may have to apply for a federal permit to take care of his crops because he has a ditch along the side of his field shows just how flawed this rule is.”

“I am proud to help move this legislation along,” Hartzler added.  “The EPA overstepped its bounds when it made this rule, to the detriment of our farmers, county road departments, developers, and the jobs and local economies they support.  Moreover, this bill will return power to the states and restore the federal-state partnership that worked under the original CWA.  The American people do not need more big government dictating what can or cannot be done with their land; especially when state and local governments are better positioned to regulate and plan for development at home.”

“The Administration’s proposed rule and its regulatory fallout will have real economic costs and consequences for states, local governments, farmers, builders, other stakeholders, and private citizens,” said Shuster.  “I am thankful for Congresswoman Hartzler’s leadership in helping to move forward this critical legislation to stop the Administration’s flawed rule, ensure the proper regulatory process is followed, and continue the balanced approach to regulating the Nation’s waters that has worked well for decades.”

A longtime farmer herself, Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

Chairman Shuster’s press release on the bill and background information on the situation can be found here. More information on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act can be found here.

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Hartzler Introduces Legislation to Reform FEMA, Bring Quicker Relief to Missourians

2015/04/13

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today introduced legislation to foster more open communications between FEMA’s disaster response operations and those communities struggling with the aftermath of a major disaster by providing more transparency, increased consistency, and ultimately, better assistance during the recovery phase.  Stemming from concerns raised about FEMA’s response to the record-setting flood in 2013 in southern Missouri, this bill makes sure FEMA is providing the information and assistance needed to our communities during its response to a major disaster.

“Between the Joplin tornadoes in 2011 and the flood in 2013, recently Missourians have faced some difficult circumstances,” Hartzler said.  “While FEMA has been there to help with the recovery, some were left in the dark when it came to important matters such as the status of their applications and grants, what was being done to help, and which agency or person they should speak with at any given time.”

“This bill takes the lessons we learned from those recoveries, and requires that FEMA implement processes to provide consistent guidance for disaster relief, maintain accurate and appropriate records of recovery efforts, and use the technology available to best disseminate information to those affected,” Hartzler added.  “This bill will make sure that not only Missourians, but all Americans going through an emergency, will know what is going on and be confident that relief is on its way.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees. 

The August, 2013 storms produced damaging floods in Barton, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, and Pulaski counties resulting in FEMA assistance.    

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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of April 6-10, 2015

2015/04/10


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Vicky Hartzler is the Representative for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, having been elected to that position on November 2, 2010.

She was born October 13, 1960 in Cass County, was raised on a farm in Archie, and lives with her husband, Lowell and daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm in Cass County. She is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education from MU and a M.S. in Education from Central Missouri.

She was first elected to political office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District. She served three terms, leaving in January of 2001. Prior to her time in politics Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton.

In 2004, she served as spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, a state constitutional amendment which passed resoundingly and led to Missouri recognizing traditional marriage as a union of a man and a woman. In 2005, she was appointed as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council, serving for two years.

Vicky and Lowell Hartzler own a company with three farm equipment stores in the 4th District.

The Hartzler family lives near Harrisonville in Cass County.


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