Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Appeasement ≠ Foreign Policy

2016/08/25

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“There is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil.”  -Ronald Reagan

 
Since signing a bad nuclear deal, giving Iran billions in sanctions relief and paying another $400 million in what amounts to ransom for the release of American prisoners in Iran, the State Department has now issued a travel advisory for Iran.

The advisory warns Americans of the risks involved with travel to Iran, a designated state sponsor of terrorism, making sure “to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens…”

Why, after numerous attempts to convince the American people Iran is a partner in diplomacy, would we be advised not to travel there, for fear of being taken prisoner? Maybe because more Americans have been detained since the prisoner swap for cash.  It seems Iran has discovered a new stream of income.  Actions have consequences and this administration's poor decisions continue to have ramifications.  We must change course.

We cannot continue leading from behind. Rogue nations, such as Iran, and radical regimes, such as ISIS, will fill the void in the absence of American leadership. Bad actors will continue to exploit our failed foreign policy and leniency in protecting our interests.

We need a better way in foreign policy and national security. We must defend freedom, embrace our allies, tackle new threats, and respond to the evolving global threat landscape.

We must do whatever is necessary to protect our homeland from terror, and we must take the fight to the enemy. Instead of making it up along the way, we need a clear strategy to defeat ISIS. Instead of ignoring our traditional allies, we should renew our ties with them, and in a way that serves our mutual interests. Instead of leading from behind, America must act as a force for liberty and free enterprise around the world. 

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Missourians head to Rio

2016/08/02

Families across America love to come together and watch the Olympics every four years. This year, the Olympic Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through 21.


I wanted to make sure you knew one of Missouri’s own, J’den Cox from Columbia, will be competing as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Summer Games.

J'den Cox

Currently a junior at Mizzou, J’den is now one of only two students in Mizzou’s history to qualify for the Olympic wrestling team. While J’den was on the U.S. National Wrestling Team, he was not guaranteed a place on the 2016 Olympics as the team did not place high enough. Despite these odds, J’den traveled to Mongolia where he competed and earned his place on this U.S. Olympic Team. 


It is great to see such dedicated and talented people like J’den right here in Missouri’s Fourth. I could not be more proud of J’den and look forward to watching him compete. You may read more about J’den’s incredible journey as a wrestler here.


There are a number of other Missourians competing in Rio as well. Click on the names below to read about their stories.


Gwen Berry, Florissant

Deanna Price, Moscow Mills

Brittany Borman, Festus

Courtney Frerichs, Nixa

Zach Garrett, Wellington

Edward King, Ironton

Colleen Quigley, St. Louis

Michael Rodgers, Florissant

Becky Sauerbrunn, St. Louis

Murphy Troy, St. Louis


You can also view the U.S. Olympic Committee’s press release announcing the entire 555-member 2016 Team USA here.

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Hartzler Nixes Iran’s Access to U.S. Dollar

2016/07/14

WASHINGTON—One year after President Obama signed the Nuclear Deal with Iran, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Wednesday voted in favor of H.R. 4992, the United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016, a bill she co-sponsored aimed at safeguarding the American people and the global economy from Iran’s potential access to the U.S. dollar.

“We have capitulated to Iran’s continued provocations long enough,” Hartzler said. “With growing and intensifying threats around the globe, now is not the time to needlessly prop up another potential threat. Opening Iran to the international market is an unprecedented step that only emboldens an already repressive regime and a state sponsor of terrorism.”

The United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016 will prohibit the administration from allowing Iran access to the U.S. dollar in trade transactions and maintains Iran’s designation as a “primary money laundering concern.” It further maintains these restrictions until the President certifies that Iran is no longer supporting terrorism, developing ballistic missiles, abusing human rights, or laundering money in support of its illicit activities.

Hartzler stressed the threat posed to the global financial system, should Iran be able to access the dollar, pointing to the continued Iranian support for proliferation, terrorism, and other illicit activity. Since 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department lists Iran as a “primary money laundering concern,” which recognizes any financial transaction with the regime risks supporting its ongoing illicit activities.

Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran concluding their talks and announcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Since President Obama signed the “deal” a year ago, the Iranian regime has increased its ballistic missile testing, increased its military activity in Iraq and Syria, and increased access to capital to continue its drive towards nuclear capability. Since the lifting of sanctions prescribed in the deal, the Iranian government has received tens of billions in funds from abroad and has signed deals worth over 100 billion dollars in foreign investment.

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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You're right, Mr. President.

2016/07/14

President Obama in a speech at Notre Dame in 2009 said, “Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion.” 

And yet, as Democrats prepare for their convention in Philadelphia in a few weeks, party leaders are acting in direct contrast to this statement by including in their national platform a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old bipartisan amendment to ban federal dollars from paying for abortions directly.

Not only is the Hyde Amendment sound policy, polling also suggests it overwhelmingly represents the will of the American people. A recent Marist poll found 68 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion, including 51 percent of respondents who identified as pro-choice.

Similar to the Hyde Amendment, the Weldon Amendment protects the individual consciences of all Americans by prohibiting federal, state, and local governments from discriminating against health care entities that decline to provide, perform, or refer a patient for an abortion. This provision has been attached to annual appropriations bills and signed into law since 1976.

Recently, however, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services refused to enforce this law. OCR has allowed the State of California to require elective abortion coverage in all health insurance plans under their authority. This means churches and universities that object to abortion are being forced to cover abortion through the insurance plans they offer to employees. New York has followed suit, implementing a similar abortion mandate. The federal government has neglected its responsibility, denying these victims any relief from this injustice.

America is built on the liberty to choose one’s own beliefs. Why, then, is the “pro-choice" agenda trampling on the right of men and women to choose not to perform or be complicit in an abortion? “Choice” means the absence of coercion. This is hypocrisy in the worst form. A person’s views on abortion should be respected, not punished.

Congress has a long history of providing bipartisan freedom and conscience protections. It’s a cornerstone of our governing document – the Constitution – which is built upon individual rights and liberties. But, where Americans are being forced by the government to act against their deeply held beliefs, Congress must act to protect their rights.

Currently, the only recourse against this discrimination is to file a complaint with OCR. In light of its extremely slow response to straightforward complaints or its outright refusal to execute the law, something had to be done. The House this week passed the Conscience Protection Act, a bill I proudly co-sponsored.

This bill stops the federal government, and any state or local government that receives Federal funds from penalizing, retaliating against, or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider on the basis that the provider does not participate in abortion.

Further, this bill provides a civil right to action for those discriminated against, including physicians, health professionals, hospitals, health systems, insurance issuers, insurance plans, and administrators of health plans, among others. They deserve a choice. They deserve their day in court.

So, the president is right. We should honor the conscience of those who don’t agree with abortion.

Conscience protections are important for all of us. We enjoy the freedom to differ in opinion from one another. But, whatever view you may hold on this, or any other issue, I think we can all agree the government should not make our choices for us.

 

Republican Vicky Hartzler represents Missouri's Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Select Investigative Panel for Infant Lives and co-chairs the House Values Action Team.

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Hartzler Fights for Americans’ Freedom to Believe

2016/07/13

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a member of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and co-chair of the House Values Action Team, voted Wednesday for S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act. The bill stops the federal government, and any state or local government that receives Federal funds from penalizing, retaliating against, or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider for not participating in abortion.  The Conscience Protection Act, originally co-sponsored by Hartzler, passed in the House of Representatives on a vote of 245-182.

“No one should be told by the government what to believe or forced to do something that violates their deeply held beliefs,” Hartzler said. “That goes for all Americans. Since this administration is refusing to execute the law, effectively coercing people to participate in abortion, we have acted to give these victims a legal protection against these injustices.”

Hartzler stressed the civil right to action provided by this bill for those discriminated against, including physicians, health professionals, hospitals, health systems, insurance issuers, insurance plans, and administrators of health plans, among others.

This legislation was introduced following a California incident in which the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services refused to enforce current law. OCR allowed the State of California to require all health insurance plans under their authority to cover elective abortion, effectively forcing churches and universities that object to abortion to cover abortion through the insurance plans they offer to employees. New York has followed suit, implementing a similar abortion mandate.

Earlier in the day Hartzler spoke in support of the bill during floor debate. Her remarks can be watched here.

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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VIDEO: Hartzler Stands for Conscience Protections

2016/07/13

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a member of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and co-chair of the House Values Action Team,  today spoke on the House floor about the Conscience Protection Act, a bill she co-sponsored to protect all Americans’ deeply held beliefs and the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Watch her remarks below:


(click to play) Congresswoman Hartzler speaks on the House floor.

Transcript (as prepared for delivery)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in firm support of the Conscience Protection Act.

The validity and timeliness of this legislation could not be more important.

In light of recent events in California in which religious employers are being forced to violate their beliefs by purchasing health coverage for their employees that includes elective abortion; and as stories surface of nurses being forced to participate in abortion procedures for fear of losing their job or worse, the time to correct this injustice is now.

It is unthinkable that the government could and would force a person to act against their personally held beliefs.  Yet that is what is happening.  In a speech at Notre Dame in 2009, President Obama said, “Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion.” But those words have rung hollow as his administration is siding with those who violate the first amendment. 

It doesn’t have to be like this. 

The Conscience Protection Act addresses this discrimination.  It just gives legal protection to those who choose not to participate in abortions and upholds our most fundamental rights. There is no more noble goal.

The government should not be picking and choosing our beliefs. Those who have had this happen to them deserve their day in court. This bill will give them that day.

I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the Conscience Protection Act and against coerced complicity in abortion.

Background

The Conscience Protection Act stops the federal government, and any state or local government that receives Federal funds from penalizing, retaliating against, or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider on the basis that the provider does not participate in abortion.

Further, this bill provides a civil right to action for those discriminated against, including physicians, health professionals, hospitals, health systems, insurance issuers, insurance plans, and administrators of health plans, among others. They deserve a choice. They deserve their day in court.

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 Selected to Negotiate Defense Authorization Bill

2016/07/08

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today was selected by her colleagues in the House to serve on the Conference Committee for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As part of the committee, made up of leaders from the House and Senate, Hartzler is charged with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

“Our national defense has been a top priority of mine in my time here in Congress,” Hartzler said. “Right now we face a serious readiness crisis in our military. We need to make sure we are addressing this head on, ensuring our troops have the resources, training, and capabilities they need to face the growing threats of today.”

Hartzler has served on the House Armed Services Committee since she was first elected to Congress in 2010. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee which oversees the Administration’s defense policies and ensures accountability within the Department of Defense. Hartzler also serves on the House Budget Committee where she has fought to prioritize Armed Services issues in budgetary considerations.

“The men and women currently training at Fort Leonard Wood and those working at Whiteman Air Force Base, who are preparing for their first, second,  third, or more deployments deserve to know they have our support,” Hartzler stressed. “My focus is on making sure they are strongly represented in the conference.”

Hartzler was a key leader as the House considered its version of the NDAA, underscoring the importance of this bill as world threats continue to expand while the military has suffered as a result of arbitrary and reckless cuts from sequestration.

The National Defense Authorization Act is the annual legislation that determines policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense and other national security entities. A summary of the bill can be found here. The full bill text can be found here.

A full list of FY2017 NDAA Conferees can be found here.

The bicameral Conference Committee will work in the coming weeks to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Once a singular bill, or conference report, is produced, the respective chambers will vote on it.

 

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Hartzler Supports Legislation to Address Widespread Opioid Abuse

2016/07/08

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted for the Conference Report to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, which addresses the widespread opioid crisis that has impacted Missouri and the nation.

“Addiction does not discriminate. It’s tentacles strangle the lives of our friends, neighbors, and families,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who is working with community and local leaders in her congressional district on anti-drug initiatives.

“With help, people can conquer addiction. This bill provides the resources needed to improve lives, empower communities, and rebuild neighborhoods,” added Hartzler, who in October of last year, launched her anti-drug initiative, “A Drug Free Missouri Future,” to raise awareness of the drug problem and promote entities answering the call to crisis, and spark new initiatives where needed throughout the state. The initiative spurs action to combat substance abuse and addiction by bringing together law enforcement, parents, school officials, community leaders, and citizens.

The Conference Report addresses opioid abuse through new grant programs administered by Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General; programs to prevent drug abuse in the Medicare program; and, programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs to enhance patient advocacy, increase integrative approaches to mental health care for veterans, and increase oversight for providers at the VA.

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

 

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Hartzler amendment curbs wasteful spending at CFPB

2016/07/08

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) applauded the adoption of her amendment to H.R.5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY2017. Hartzler’s amendment would allow Congress to exercise oversight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s unchecked ability to enter into contracts with advertising firms.

“For their hard earned tax dollars, Americans deserve an efficient, accountable, and supportive government working for them. The CFPB has shown itself to be irresponsible with their spending and politically motivated with their choice of advertising firms. At the most basic level, our government should serve the people, not itself. These kinds of abuses necessitate that Congress increase its supervision and oversight of the CFPB. I am proud to put forward this amendment to ensure tens of millions of tax dollars are not being spent on frivolous or politically-motivated advertising.”

Hartzler stressed that following reports that the CFPB sent tens of millions to a politically-motivated advertising agency for a contract that may have been awarded because of political favoritism, it is past time to bring the agency into a more scrutinizing light. Her amendment brings much-needed transparency and accountability.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) contracts advertising almost exclusively through GMMB Inc., an advertising firm that worked with President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. In 2016, the CFPB’s advertising purchase is already twice what the agency spent in fiscal year 2015, which represents 2.5 percent of its annual operating budget, according to research conducted by the Wall Street Journal. With the campaign, their research continues, the CFPB is devoting a larger portion of its budget to advertising than nearly every other federal agency, a review of government records shows.

In addition to curbing abusive federal agencies, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill also makes vital investments in America’s job creators, prioritizes law enforcement agencies and anti-drug initiatives, and improves spending accountability across a number of government functions. Hartzler says House Republicans have made sure to focus investments on the things that make Americans prosperous—small businesses, rule of law, conservative values. She added that they are hard at work trying to reverse the effects of the last seven years of stifling policies.

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

 

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Hartzler Questions Military Leaders on Aviation Readiness Issues

2016/07/07

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday questioned military leaders about issues surrounding our Nation’s aviation readiness during a House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing. Hartzler pointed to reduced pilot training hours as a result of the Navy’s strike fighter aircraft shortfall and encouraged greater forethought for the Air Force’s sustainment plan of the B-21 Long-Range Strike Bomber. These issues, relevant to Missouri’s defense communities, are parts of a larger recovery from the American military’s readiness crisis.

Watch Hartzler’s questioning below:

 

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Rep. Hartzler in House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing

For more information on the hearing, the witnesses, and testimony, visit the House Armed Services Committee’s website here. To watch the hearing in its entirety, click here.

In addition to the Readiness Subcommittee, Hartzler is the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.

 

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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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