Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Statement on DHS Funding Vote

2015/03/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed Senate-amended H.R. 240, the DHS Appropriations Act:

“When we voted for the ‘Cromnibus’ back in December, many of us told our constituents that we would use this to take a stand against the President’s unlawful actions.  I am happy to see that the court system has halted these actions; but that does not mean that we shouldn’t uphold our oath to the Constitution and our promises to the people we represent.  The judicial branch ruled his executive action to be against the law; Congress, including a handful of Senate Democrats, has said it is against the law; and 22 times the President himself said he didn’t have the constitutional authority to do what he did.

The proper way to handle this would be to go to Conference – as we have done for almost 200 years.  That is the regular order.  That is how differences are resolved in Congress, not by blocking debate to protect the president’s unconstitutional orders.  I agree that DHS should be funded; but I couldn’t, in good conscience, vote to fund activities that all three branches of government agree are unconstitutional." 

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

 

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Hartzler Speaks at Fort Leonard Wood SPEA Listening Session

2015/03/03

FT. LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement after attending and speaking at the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment Listening Session at Fort Leonard Wood on Monday evening to stand against the Army’s proposed elimination of uniformed and civilian jobs at Fort Leonard Wood.

“I am glad I was able to personally advocate for the great men and women here at Fort Leonard Wood.  I was also very pleased to see so many members of the community and concerned citizens came out to express their opposition to this proposal.  We must speak out for our service members, their families, and the surrounding community – they are the core of our national defense and the lifeblood of our communities.  Fort Leonard Wood is a proven Army asset that is vital to our national security.  It is an honor to fight for this critical base and those who serve here.”

Congresswoman Vicky 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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Henry County Listening Post

2015/03/03

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for March 13th, 2015 in Clinton, 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: Henry County Courthouse, 100 W. Franklin Street, Clinton, MO 64735

When:  March 13th, 2015 – 10:00 am CT – 11:00 am CT

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

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Bates County Listening Post

2015/03/03

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for March 11th, 2015 in Butler, 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: Bates County Courthouse, 1 N. Delaware Street, Butler, MO 64730

When:  March 11th, 2015 – 10:00 am CT – 11:00 am CT

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

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Why I Welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu

2015/03/02

The invitation by Speaker Boehner to have Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu come speak to Congress and the American people was immediately and repeatedly criticized by the White House, claiming it was inappropriate and untimely.  I say it has never been more appropriate or timely. 

The threats facing Israel and the United States, from a nuclear Iran to radical Islamists, are real, vast, and growing.  We have seen the continued rise of ISIS over the past few months.  This group has continued its barbaric ways, beheading Christians, burning people alive, and destroying invaluable cultural artifacts beyond repair.  Moreover, as the Islamic State spreads – now reaching beyond Iraq and Syria into Libya – its recruitment grows, adding to the numbers of terrorists determined to bring about the end of the world.  Graeme Wood, writing in The Atlantic, highlights that ISIS “rejects peace as a matter of principle [and that] it hungers for genocide.”

Hezbollah is another regional threat to Israeli peace and independence.  Getting support from Iran, Hezbollah routinely violates UN orders, and has strengthened its hold on southern Lebanon (just north of Israel.   According to a recent op-ed coauthored by my colleague, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Hezbollah has “amassed an arsenal of rockets and missiles estimated at close to 100,000, all aimed at Israel. According to recent reports, Iran has supplied Hezbollah with new advanced ‘Fateh’ missiles, with a range of 250-350 kilometers and capable of carrying a 500kg warhead.”  The threat of extremists is prevalent from almost every direction.

That brings us to Iran.  We have seen, on multiple occasions now, President Obama’s feeble attempt at negotiating with Iran for a settlement that prohibits them from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  The line continues to move.   We have no reason to believe this will not continue, allowing Iran to inch ever closer towards its goal of attaining nuclear capability.  This is not just a threat to Israel, our strongest ally in the region, but to our interests and the world at large. 

Congress will continue to work on legislation to impose additional sanctions on Iran.  The president will no doubt continue to unwisely threaten to veto them.  But with his first-hand insight into these threats, and the continued shortcomings of our president’s negotiating strategies, we would be just as unwise to not have Prime Minister Netanyahu come and speak to us.  Congress has an important obligation of oversight of foreign policy.  Mr. Netanyahu has agreed to come and tell us about the threats of radical Islamists and a nuclear Iran.  We should see this as an opportunity to gain real insight into what we are facing and explore effective ways of dealing with them.

Now is not the time to criticize our friends and allies – especially not our strongest democratic ally in a region rife with tumult and chaos.  Now, more than ever, is the time to listen and stand with Israel.

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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of February 23-27, 2015

2015/03/02


Hartzler Responds to President’s Keystone XL Veto

2015/02/24

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after President Obama vetoed the pro-growth, job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline Authorization bill:

“The American people have shown overwhelming support for the Keystone XL pipeline.  With his veto, President Obama has chosen to ignore their wishes, putting environmental special interests ahead of American jobs and greater energy security.  The president’s own State Department’s study has shown that the Keystone pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment while bringing over 42,000 American jobs into the economy.  I am disappointed that the president continues to play politics with our prosperity.”

Congresswoman 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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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of February 16-20, 2015

2015/02/23


Hartzler Statement on Letter Sent to Senator McCaskill Regarding Homeland Security Funding

2015/02/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has released the following statement on a letter she signed along with Representatives Sam Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith, and Ann Wagner to Senator Claire McCaskill regarding H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015:

"It's time to stop holding our homeland's security hostage in order to cover the president's illegal executive actions regarding amnesty.  Senate Democrats must take up the Homeland Security funding bill to ensure America's borders, airports, and ports are safe.  The current funding bill runs out in 11 days.  The House passed the bill in January but now Senate democrats are refusing to allow it to come up for debate.  It is time to quit the political blame game, take up the bill, and pass it.

Senator McCaskill can be part of the solution.  She can and should reject the president's unconstitutional executive actions and lend her support to fully funding our Homeland Security.  Until now, she has been part of the problem joining with Harry Reid and others to block action on the bill.  This is irresponsible.  We call upon her to vote to proceed so the process can work out.  The American people deserve a government that works and want to have their voice heard.   The House acted, it is time for the Senate to quit playing games and listen to the American people.”

Letter text below:

The Honorable Claire McCaskill United States Senator, Missouri 730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator McCaskill,

On behalf of the people in Missouri, we respectfully request that you reconsider your recent vote to block full and open debate on the House-passed bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), H.R. 240 the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration represent an attempt by the President to unilaterally rewrite our nation’s immigration laws.  In response to these unconstitutional actions, the House approved the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill in January, funding this crucial agency while prohibiting funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration.

As you know, DHS funding will expire in 11 days. It is imperative that we work together to fund the critical functions at DHS to ensure Americans are safe at home and abroad. Our constituents and the American people demand action.

Furthermore, we remind you of your recent statement, “our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it.”  Many other Democratic Senators have also publicly stated that they oppose the President’s unilateral actions.  We urge you to stop protecting the President’s unconstitutional actions, and vote to fund a Department tasked with keeping Americans safe.

We recognize you may have disagreements with the House-passed bill; however, as elected representatives we believe those differences should be resolved through the democratic process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered an agreement to Senate Democrats for an equitable amendment process. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to offer constructive ideas that improve the underlying bill, and protect America’s national security.

As members of your constituency and fellow members of Congress, we sincerely hope you will strongly consider our request and vote to proceed on debate so that Congress can properly deliberate the merits of this important bill. We look forward to continued discourse among our delegation and Congress on this vital issue. 

Respectfully,

 

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View from the Capitol for the Week of February 9-13, 2015

2015/02/16


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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2876
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hartzler.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Agriculture

Armed Services

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.


Serving With

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

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