After Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced changes to the agency's "sue and settle" practice, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:
“I applaud EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his actions to end the harmful EPA’s practice of regulation through litigation. Excessive, unreasonable lawsuits put our government at the behest of fringe environmental groups and are not a smart way to ensure environmental protections without overregulating our economy. I’m glad we can build a better, fairer system of operating the EPA and look forward to seeing the EPA further work for us and not against us.”Read More
WASHINGTON-After the House passed a disaster aid package providing $36.5 billion for victims of recent hurricanes and the wildfires in California, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:
“I am pleased that those affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires will be receiving the needed disaster aid funding so they can begin to rebuild their homes and lives. The aid package voted on this week will provide resources at a pivotal time for families so they can get back on their feet and begin to recover.
However, there are systemic issues with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that must be resolved. I was disappointed needed reforms were not included in this package, and I look forward to working on further NFIP reforms to create a self-sustaining insurance system that protects homeowners and taxpayers."Read More
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) will be serving as a conferee on the Conference Committee for the FY18 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 defense spending bill.
“With the growing threats around the world, it is more important than ever that we wisely spend our precious defense dollars,” Hartzler said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make sure those funds are used in the most efficient way possible to improve our national security and ensure America is safe for years to come.”
“National security has always been a top priority for me, and I intend to fight so that our men and women in uniform get the support they need from Congress,” Hartzler added.
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.
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.
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.Read More
WASHINGTON — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently announced it would ease its Ownership and Control Reports (OCR) Rule, a burdensome regulation that disproportionately affected farmers, agricultural cooperatives and small-scale commodity marketers by requiring them to comply with the same reporting requirements as Wall Street firms. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) passed an amendment to the Commodity End-User Relief Act in the House of Representatives in January to address this concern. Although the bill had not been signed into law yet — awaiting action in the Senate — the CFTC made several of the reforms put forth in Hartzler’s original amendment. Hartzler commended the CFTC for resolving the unfair reporting requirements administratively.
“I applaud the CFTC for easing the OCR Rule’s burdensome reporting requirements, which harmed Missouri farmers,” Hartzler said. “The rule treated our Main Street farm cooperatives and grain merchandisers the same as giant Wall Street trading firms, a clearly unfair situation for small-scale farm commodity marketers.”
Like Hartzler’s amendment, the CFTC’s new guidance sets a reasonable threshold for ownership and control reporting requirements. Under the original rule, any entity trading 50 contracts or more per day would be responsible for reporting ownership and control data. That meant a small farm cooperative in Missouri that made 60 trades per day would be subject to the same reporting requirements as a Wall Street trading firm making 6,000 trades per day. Instead of focusing on risk management for farmer customers, our coops and elevators were forced to spend time and capital complying with this arbitrary rule. Many firms struggled to comply with the rule, and others were forced to turn down smaller customers to avoid the additional reporting burdens.
The CFTC’s recent relief measures adjust the reporting threshold to 250 contracts per day, removing the burden for many of Missouri’s agricultural cooperatives and farm commodity marketers.
“I was pleased to see the CFTC adopt many of these revisions administratively without having to put new laws on the books,” Hartzler said. “This administration understands how to energize our economy: by cutting red tape and removing regulatory burdens on small businesses. The relief measures implemented by CFTC benefit the farm community and allow farmers to continue marketing their products through the channels that best fit their business needs.”
For more information on Hartzler’s initial amendment to revise the OCR Rule, click here.
For the official CFTC announcement on the revisions to the OCR Rule, click here
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s agency actions on conscience protections and religious freedom.
“This executive action ensures that religious freedom protections remain the bedrock of American society. Today’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rules relieve undo pressure from the previous administration, allowing educational institutions, non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, and small businesses to provide health care policies consistent with their conscience, moral convictions, and mission. For the last several years, the right to live in accordance with one’s faith was a liability, as evidenced by the government’s coercive policies and ruinous fines for non-compliance.
I also applaud Attorney General Sessions for outlining key religious freedom principles applicable to the Department of Justice, and all federal agencies, recognizing that expressions of faith are integral elements of American society and are already enshrined in federal statute. The Department’s guidance says it well, ‘Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. It also encompasses religious observance and practice.’”Read More
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the FEMA Relief Improvement Act (H.R. 1117), sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO.), to increase the reliability of FEMA’s services during disasters. Hartzler’s bill ensures disaster victims receive better guidance, more accurate information and greater certainty from FEMA during emergencies. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk.
“A family who has experienced the devastation of a flood or a tornado needs peace of mind — not bureaucratic roadblocks and red tape,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who saw the issue firsthand when she toured Pulaski County and spoke with victims of flooding that devastated the area. “This bill requires FEMA to focus efforts on its core mission: helping people recover from disasters.”
“In light of recent hurricanes, ensuring the effectiveness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has become more important than ever,” Hartzler added.
In the past, there have been repeated incidents of lost and misplaced paperwork, poor communication between state and federal agencies, and a general lack of information from FEMA officials, hindering disaster response and relief. In Missouri, there are still cases pending from floods that occurred in 2013.
H.R. 1117, which has overwhelming bipartisan support, would require FEMA to improve accountability by devising a plan to provide consistent guidance during disaster responses.
Specifically, the legislation requires FEMA to create an action plan to improve field transition by:
Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) , and Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to expand the eligible grant funding for victims of sex trafficking so they can have a safe place to heal, recover and restart their lives. The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act (HR 3942) expands the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to include sex trafficking so that women who have been brutalized by this terrible industry can get the help they need.
“The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act provides housing for sex trafficking victims at a crucial time when they are trying to reclaim their hopes, dreams and futures,” Hartzler said. “When I heard the stories of these sex trafficking victims, and saw that they are all over our country and even here in Missouri, I knew that we must do something to help. I’m proud to introduce this bill so that these women can get the support they need and know that the American people are standing with them.”
While there are a growing number of organizations reaching out to provide housing, hope, and healing, there are very few resources to help provide assistance for housing and healing. Expanding the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to include sex trafficking victims will allow more women to receive the help they need to find safety and begin a new life free from the violence of the past.
“A home is so often where recovery begins, and yet, transitional housing for sex trafficking survivors is scarce,” Noem said. “In many cases, sex trafficking survivors require stronger security protocols and different support services than other victims of violence. To better respond to these unique needs, I’m proud to join Congresswomen Hartzler and Bordallo on this bipartisan bill. We’re hopeful it will extend transitional housing, healing, and hope to many more trafficking survivors.”
“Transitional housing assistance grants are critical opportunities to provide support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence seeking a fresh start,” Bordallo said. “Human trafficking, and especially sex trafficking, exploits vulnerable women and girls and as our country places additional focus on the causes and effects of this horrific crime, we should ensure that tools are in place to provide housing and hope. Expanding the program to those individuals is the right thing to do.”
The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act amends Title 42 U.S. Code §13975 to add sex trafficking as an authorized use under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. This legislation addresses the needs of female victims of sex trafficking.
This grant originated from the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. According to the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, the current objective of this grant is to provide transitional housing assistance and related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents. This housing assistance grant is for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing because of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and for those whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
This funding is open to state and local governments and other organizations including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers; domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions; other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.Read More
After the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36), which bans abortions after 20 weeks, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:
“Twenty weeks is a milestone for babies. Babies at this age, in utero, are hyper-responsive to pain. This means that they feel pain more acutely than a one-year old child, or you or I do as adults. This is not lost on surgeons who operate on young patients in the womb. In fact, best medical practice routinely administers pain medication for unborn children undergoing surgical procedures. Our bill stops these unborn children from having to endure this inhumane, painful procedure.
We also know that pre-term babies born at 20 weeks have a chance of survival outside the womb. These children are the future doctors and nurses, the future scientists who will develop cures and the teachers who will train generations to come after them. These unborn children will grow up to serve honorably in our military and grow up to be mothers and fathers with children of their own. It is a tragedy to allow their lives to be snuffed out. Our bill will allow these children to live out their full potential.
A vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a vote to save the next generation and restore America’s conscience. America is pro-life, and I’m proud to support legislation that strengthens our American values.”Read More
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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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