Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler meets with local FFA leaders to mark National Ag Day

2017/03/22

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) on Tuesday met with Missouri FFA student leaders in her Washington, D.C. office to mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day and discuss agriculture policy issues facing the country.

“Today I had the pleasure of meeting future leaders with a passion for promoting U.S. agriculture,” Hartzler said. “The agriculture industry is facing a number of complex issues which pose difficult challenges.  I am reassured by the knowledge, proficiency, and enthusiasm of these young leaders to share the positive story of agriculture. They represent Missouri well, and rural America is blessed to have them as ambassadors.”

 

Pictured (left to right) Katie Imhoff, Missouri FFA State Vice President; Jacqueline Janorschke, representative from Agriculture Future of America; Vicky; and Heidi Murry, Missouri FFA State Vice President

Hartzler was visited by Missouri FFA State Vice President Katie Imhoff, a California, Missouri-area native and Northwest Missouri State University student; Jacqueline Janorschke, a representative from Agriculture Future of America and Mizzou student; and Missouri FFA State Vice President Heidi Murry, a student at the College of the Ozarks and Lebanon, Missouri-area native.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) sponsors 100 student representatives from across the country to participate in National Ag Day activities on the Hill. The students—from FFA, AFA, 4-H and MANNRS—put a face on the future of agriculture and personally emphasize the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives.

Ag Day is celebrated in Washington, D.C., with a Press Club Event and National Taste of Agriculture Dinner—held March 21, 2017.

For more information on Ag Day, please visit www.agday.org.

Hartzler She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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Hartzler on Increase to Fort Leonard Wood Combat Training Mission

2017/03/20

 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) issued the following statement regarding the Army’s announcement it will increase troop levels for fiscal year 2017, increasing the number of soldiers expected to go through basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood:

“Fort Leonard Wood plays a vital role in the formation of our soldiers. The Army’s announcement underscores the value and importance of Fort Leonard Wood’s Basic Combat Training mission in providing our soldiers with unmatched combat training as they prepare to face the threats of today and keep Americans safe at home and abroad. This is great news for national defense, our soldiers, and the surrounding communities in Missouri’s Fourth that are proud to have Fort Leonard Wood as a neighbor.”

Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Fort Leonard Wood, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Background:

The Army announced today that its troop levels for fiscal year 2017 will increase to 1.018 million Soldiers, a net gain of 28,000 Soldiers across the Total Force - Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.

As a result, Fort Leonard Wood's Basic Combat Training mission for FY17 is expected to increase by about 4,500 Soldiers.

 

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Hartzler connects with over 5,000 constituents through telephone town hall

2017/03/16

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Wednesday hosted a live, interactive telephone town hall meeting attended by 5,120 constituents. Hartzler fielded both live and internet-submitted questions on multiple topics including the American Health Care Act, House and Senate investigations into Russia, the electoral college, trade and trade agreements going forward, and education.

“I think we had a great event and a productive discussion of some of today’s pressing issues,” Hartzler said. “I appreciate the many comments, ideas, concerns, and suggestions people voiced so I can best represent them and everyone in Missouri’s Fourth. We will be holding another telephone town hall in a couple weeks to reach out to even more constituents and those who weren’t able to participate in this event. I look forward to visiting with everyone then. There are some big issues being debated in Congress right now and adding this feedback to everything I have already received is invaluable.”

KEY STATISTICS

  • 101 constituents pre-registered to ensure they received a call to participate
  • A total of 74,286 calls were made inviting Fourth District residents to participate
  • 5,120 constituents participated in the town hall meeting
  • Meeting lasted for 69 minutes

Hartzler has another live, interactive telephone town hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Pre-registration is NOT required, it only ensures a constituent will get a call from Hartzler’s office to participate in the meeting. Fourth District residents can pre-register for the March 28th event at hartzler.house.gov/live. Constituents can also live stream the meeting and submit questions for the Congresswoman once the event starts at that link.

 

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Hartzler to host telephone town hall meetings

2017/03/13

==UPDATE==

Fourth District residents can call in to tonight's telephone town hall by dialing, toll-free, (877) 229-8493 and entering the PIN 114727.

==UPDATE==

WASHINGTON—In order to hear from her constituents and answer their questions, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is hosting two live, interactive telephone town hall meetings in March. The first will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. CDT. The second will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Participants will be able to ask Congresswoman Hartzler questions, share their concerns or comments, and get answers to questions from other Fourth District constituents.

All Fourth District residents are invited to attend the meeting. Those interested in attending can pre-register for this event, or they can sign up to attend all of Congresswoman Hartzler’s telephone town halls using the links below. The event can be heard via live stream at hartzler.house.gov/live. Further, questions for the Congresswoman can also be submitted online using this link.

Sign up to attend Congresswoman Hartzler’s March 15 or March 28 telephone town hall meeting.

Sign up to attend all future telephone town halls hosted by Congresswoman Hartzler.

“There are some very important issues being debated in Congress and I want to hear from as many of my constituents as possible,” Hartzler said. “The telephone town hall format allows people from all corners of our district to participate without having to drive long distances, hire a babysitter, or leave work early. I am looking forward to hearing from everyone and having a great event.”

WHAT: Live, interactive telephone town hall meeting with Congresswoman Hartzler

EVENT 1: Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. CDT

EVENT 2: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT

WHO: Open to all constituents in Missouri’s Fourth District

 

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Hartzler Applauds Passage of FY17 Defense Funding Bill

2017/03/08

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) highlighted key programs she championed as part of the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and pledged to continue working to make sure our military has the resources it needs to address the threats of today and into the future.

“In addition to giving our troops the certainty and resources they need to address the threats facing our country, I am pleased to see provisions included for army ammunition plants, which are badly in need of modernization and renovations; more Super Hornets to help fill the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall; and increased funding for Alzheimer’s research which has been linked to PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.”

Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, worked to secure these provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill lawmakers use to authorize the funding for various projects and programs. Her work has now been realized in the appropriations bill, allotting $20 million for army ammunition industrial facility procurement and an additional $5 million for Congressionally Directed Medical Research to study Alzheimer’s and the links between military service and the disease. The appropriations bill also restored funding for additional F/A-18 Super Hornets that was stripped out of the final NDAA before passage.

“This bill is crucial for our military,” Hartzler added. “At every installation I have visited I heard from commanders about the necessity to pass an appropriations bill rather than allowing defense funding to fall under a continuing resolution so the Department of Defense can fully execute its plans. I am pleased we were able to advance these objectives.”

Hartzler recently testified before the House Budget Committee on the need to go above and beyond the Administration’s $603 billion funding level for defense in 2018, saying $640 billion is what is needed to begin the restoration of its forces that the American people expect and need in today’s world.

“Going forward, I look forward to building on our hard work in this bill and working with my colleagues on the Budget and Appropriations Committees to provide the funding we need to fully restore the readiness shortfalls our military is currently experiencing,” Hartzler concluded.

The legislation also funds a full 2.1 percent pay raise for our men and women in uniform, funds key readiness programs to train and equip our troops, and enhances medical care and ensures full benefits for troops, their families, and retirees.

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. She serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.

 

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Hartzler on Executive Order

2017/03/06

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.

“I am pleased to see the President’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and security of the American people while addressing the issues that were problematic with the first executive order. I said then the White House needed to accommodate green card holders and those who have already been through an extensive vetting process, and this new order clarifies these points.  While we continue to provide refuge for the world's vulnerable, we must do so while prioritizing Americans’ safety and well-being.”

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

 

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Beginning the Restoration of our Military

2017/03/06

I testified before the House Budget Committee last week on the need to go above and beyond the Administration’s $603b funding level for defense, saying $640b is what is needed to begin the restoration of its forces that the American people expect and need in today’s world.

Watch my testimony below:

 

(click to play) Rep. Hartzler testifies before the House Budget Committee on the need to boost defense funding above Admin levels

 

Key quotes:

“While I applaud the President’s intention to increase our military funding with a quote “$54 billion dollar increase,” this assertion does not tell the whole story. The $603 billion number is actually only an increase from the sequestration limits that have wreaked havoc on our military for the past seven years. It is only a three percent increase from President Obama’s Administration proposal in the Future Years Defense Program, or FYDP, and $58 Billion less than Secretary Gates Budget for what we really need.  We need more.”

“Regardless of your budgetary priorities, I call on each of you to recognize that it is OUR responsibility in Congress to provide support for our men and women in uniform while they selflessly serve our nation.”

“Our men and women in the military must stand ready to and actively fight a resurgent Russia, an emergent China, an unstable North Korea, an unpredictable Iran, and widespread violent extremism.  The demand for our forces has never been so high, and our readiness has never been so low.”

 

Full Transcript

Members of the Budget Committee, I sit before you today as a proud Member who sat in those chairs through the last two Congresses. Four years ago, I asked for the waiver to sit on the Budget Committee in addition to the Armed Services and Agriculture Committees because I believe so deeply in what I’m here to tell you today.

Recent reports have indicated that the Trump Administration intends to submit a budget with a defense topline of $603 billion dollars for Fiscal Year 2018. While I applaud the President’s intention to increase our military funding with a quote “$54 billion dollar increase,” this assertion does not tell the whole story.

The $603 billion number is actually only an increase from the sequestration limits that have wreaked havoc on our military for the past seven years. It is only a three percent increase from President Obama’s Administration proposal in the Future Years Defense Program, or FYDP, and $58 Billion less than Secretary Gates Budget for what we really need.  We need more. 

You can see where on here the Trump Budget proposal is, compared to the green line which was the Gates Budget before we had the Budget Control Act passed.  You can see it is behind what was projected to be needed years ago.

Our military today is facing a severe crisis. We expect our men and women in uniform, and the equipment they deploy, to be able to decisively win a current conflict and posture our forces so another enemy doesn’t even think they could challenge the United States if they tried.

Yet this ability is in jeopardy:

  • According to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, less than 50% of the Air Force’s fighter and bomber force are able to fight and decisively win a highly contested fight against a near peer such as Russia or China. In fact, an engine literally fell off a B-52 bomber while training in North Dakota recently.
  • According to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, of the fifty eight Brigade Combat Teams that our nation depends on to deploy overseas and defend our freedoms we comfortably enjoy here, only three could be called upon to fight tonight. Based on current readiness levels, the Army can only accomplish defense requirements at a high military risk.  As General Allyn stated in his testimony last month before the Armed Services Committee, if we continue down this path, “The end result is excessive casualties, both to innocent civilians and to our forces.” We cannot allow this to happen.
  • According to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, two thirds – sixty seven percent – of our Navy’s strike fighters, the planes that are launching the entirety of the Navy’s attacks against ISIS, cannot fly. Sixty-seven percent.
  • And, sadly, in 2015, the Marine Corps aviation deaths hit a five-year high as aircraft failed or pilots lacked adequate training hours. This is unacceptable.

Regardless of your budgetary priorities, I call on each of you to recognize that it is OUR responsibility in Congress to provide support for our men and women in uniform while they selflessly serve our nation.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Thornberry and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman McCain have both laid out what the Department of Defense needs to begin “buying back” the readiness that has left our force hollow. Our military needs $640 billion dollars to begin the restoration of its forces that the American people expect and need in today’s world.

If we do not meet the budget of $640 billion for the Department of Defense, we will be short-changing our military in capabilities they need to fulfill their mission. We will impose too great of risk in air dominance, naval presence, ship recovery, facilities maintenance, ground forces, medical readiness, nuclear deterrent requirements, national security space defense, ballistic missile defense, and cyber capabilities. Each of these requirements crucial to our national security would not be met.

Our men and women in the military must stand ready to and actively fight a resurgent Russia, an emergent China, an unstable North Korea, an unpredictable Iran, and widespread violent extremism.  The demand for our forces has never been so high, and our readiness has never been so low.

It is within our power to reverse this. I ask you to work with me and others on the Armed Services Committee to give our servicemen and women the resources they need to build our military and keep our nation safe.

Thank you.

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Hartzler Applauds WOTUS Executive Order

2017/02/28

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin dismantling their controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“This is the first step toward eliminating a rule that amounts to nothing more than a massive federal power grab that threatened 99% of Missouri land. I applaud the President’s efforts to return control of local lands and waters to the farmers, ranchers, and authorities who know and care for them best.”

The President’s Executive Order “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule” requires the EPA and other applicable departments to review the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” regulation and ensure it promotes economic growth and minimizes regularity uncertainty.  The EO then requires agencies to rescind or revise aspects of WOTUS that are incompatible with this new policy guidance.

Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

 

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OPENING REMARKS OF CHAIRWOMAN HARTZLER

2017/02/28

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the hearing titled “Department of Defense Inspector General Report 'Investigation on Allegations Relating to USCENTCOM Intelligence Products.”  For hearing testimony and to watch the hearing live click here.

"I am delighted to convene the first Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing for the one-hundred and fifteenth Congress.

Before I turn to the topic of today’s hearing and introduce our witnesses, I want to welcome our new Ranking Member and the others who are joining the subcommittee for the first time.

In recent years, this subcommittee has been engaged in a wide variety of important national security topics.  I am eager to work with all of you to ensure we continue to exercise our Constitutional responsibilities to help to oversee the Department of Defense.

I am happy to have Mr. Moulton as the subcommittee’s Ranking Member.  I look forward to his important contributions to our work.

I am also pleased that we are joined by Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Banks, Ms. Cheney, Mr. O’Halleran, and Mr. Suozzi.  
Welcome to the subcommittee.

Our returning members are Mr. Conaway and Mr. Scott.  It is great to have you with us again.  I know we will continue to benefit from your keen insights.
For today’s hearing we are also joined by [or will be joined by] one or more committee members who are not members of this subcommittee.

Welcome.  

Today’s hearing topic is especially timely.

Three weeks ago, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a report about allegations that leadership within U.S. Central Command improperly manipulated intelligence products that led to an inaccurate understanding of the U.S. campaign against ISIS.

As a consequence, 30 professionals in the Inspector General’s office undertook an inquiry into this matter.  They conducted 152 interviews at CENTCOM and reviewed thousands of pages of materials over the course of many months.

Although the report did not find systematic or intentional distortion of intelligence or evidence of misconduct, the IG did conclude that CENTCOM intelligence products 'could have, and should have been better.'

The report also found a very challenging command climate at CENTCOM and identified several process and procedural issues which the IG believed impeded the intelligence analysis process.

The Inspector General proffered 29 specific recommendations for improvements, and discussed the need to implement corrective action.  

I look forward to hearing from our witnesses and learning about the changes that have been made in response to the report, and the progress we can expect.  I look forward to discussing these issues with the two panels today."

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Repairing our ObamaCare wounds

2017/02/23

Published February 22, 2017 |  FoxNews.com

 

 “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

Many Americans well remember that promise made by President Barack Obama. Many Americans also know that pledge turned out to be a broken promise. Not only did millions find themselves looking for new coverage after their pre-ObamaCare plan was canceled, each year since more Missourians have been forced to search for a new insurer as providers have left the marketplaces.

We were also told health care prices would come down under ObamaCare – $2,500 a year for a typical family. Instead, we have seen premiums skyrocket across the country, by double digits in many states, and outrageous deductibles most families simply can’t afford. A small business owner from Pleasant Hill, in Cass County, is facing premiums for her family totaling $1,463.36 per month in 2017. That is $17,556 per year and more than one-third of the family’s projected income. Compare that with their $624.21 per month premium in 2008, or 10 percent of the family’s income. Again, the claim that ObamaCare is affordable is not supported by the facts.

Further, we heard ObamaCare “means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of Americans.” Another broken promise. Insurers have left the marketplace each year since ObamaCare was put into effect, leaving a third of the countryincluding 96 of Missouri’s 114 counties, with only one provider to ‘choose’ from. So much for choice.

The fact is, while we may have seen more Americans buy health insurance, exploding deductibles have left many middle- and low-income families unable to use this coverage due to drastically increased out-of-pocket costs. Far too many Missourians can’t afford it and 80 percent of Americans want some sort of major change to the law. ObamaCare has charted an unsustainable spending path, leaving hardworking families with fewer options or control of their health care than ever before.

ObamaCare has failed. How do we fix it?

At its core, ObamaCare does nothing to address the true problems that have caused costs to soar. This is evidenced by the fact that costs have continued to rise under ObamaCare, even after forcing people to buy coverage they don’t want or need to cover the costs of those who need and want it.

The people have made it clear they do not want a return to the pre-ObamaCare status quo. Congressional Republicans agree. We are working to repair our broken health care system with patient-centered solutions that give Americans more choices and lower costs. Instead of forcing people to buy health insurance they cannot afford with provisions they do not need, we believe it is our job to create an atmosphere in which people can buy health insurance that meets their needs at a price they can afford from the provider of their choice.

Despite all the rhetoric and fear mongering from opponents of our plans, it must be noted that, as we work to bring relief to the scores of families who are being hurt by ObamaCare, we understand it needs to be done in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.

For the Americans who have found coverage for the first time under ObamaCare, there will be a stable transition period and coverage will not be instantaneously dropped or denied while a replacement is being implemented. Furthermore, our plan includes those ideas that worked and provide real protections and peace of mind to Missourians -- regardless of age, income, medical conditions, or circumstances -- while giving patients the right tools, like Health Savings Accounts, to make health insurance more portable and affordable.

We want every American to have access to affordable, quality health insurance that meets their needs. A government mandate such as that under ObamaCare, however, does not achieve this goal. We will be presenting solutions that offer Missourians more choices and lower costs; defend against health care coverage being denied or taken away; eliminate red tape to accelerate the development of life-saving devices and therapies; and protect Medicare for current retirees and preserving it for future generations.

In the coming months, much will be said about our efforts. But one thing is for certain: there is a better way. Republicans are intent on instituting that better way, fulfilling a promise made to the American people, ensuring greater access to affordable, quality health care.

 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler represents Missouri’s 4th district and serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.

Rep. Sam Graves represents Missouri’s 6th district and serves on the House Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

Rep. Billy Long represents Missouri’s 7th district and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer represents Missouri’s 3rd district and serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

Rep. Jason Smith represents Missouri’s 8th district and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Ann Wagner represents Missouri’s 2nd district and serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

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

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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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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