Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler: ‘NACHC actions an affront to taxpayers, millions of unborn lives’

2016/04/27

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a member of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, today issued the following statement in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report finding the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) violated federal law by performing abortions at three of their facilities and allowing six members of AmeriCorps to escort pregnant young women to abortion clinics and act as “doulas” to provide emotional support during abortion procedures. 

“Americans across the country trust that their hard earned tax dollars are funding honest community health centers that are steadfast in their dedication to the lives and health of those in their care. As faithful advocates for the sanctity of life, my colleagues and I in Congress also trust these centers to provide life-affirming options for young women in their time of need. I am deeply troubled to learn of this egregious breach of that trust and appalled taxpayer dollars are being used for abortions. For years NACHC has assured Congress that it did not perform abortions, and accordingly earned the trust and support of pro-life Americans. That trust now is gone. This is an affront to the American taxpayer and the millions of unborn lives these laws are meant to protect. I support Representative Cole’s call to remove the NACHC from the grant program under which it received this funding.”

The OIG report reveals that the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which received a grant through the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps program, allowed AmeriCorps members to act as “doulas” during abortion procedures at three community health center sites in New York and did not consult with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on this matter for two years. Allowing AmeriCorps participants to participate in such activity is prohibited by the Serve America Act. In response, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called on CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer to immediately terminate and not renew HealthCorps grants to the NACHC and also initiate an investigation into all grantees and sub-grantees of AmeriCorps programs to ensure no other violations exist.

In addition to serving on the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, Rep. Hartzler is a co-chair of the House Values Action Team and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. She represents the people of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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Hartzler Praises Inclusion of Super Hornets in 2017 Defense Authorization

2016/04/25

 

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairwoman of the Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, praised the FY17 House Armed Services Committee’s preliminary authorization mark that supports the 14 Super Hornets requested by the U.S. Navy on its unfunded requirements list. The authorization mark, or “Chairman’s mark,” will be considered and debated by the full House Armed Services Committee this Wednesday.

Hartzler championed the 14 additional F/A-18 Super Hornets, built in her home state of Missouri at Boeing’s St. Louis production facility, and played a key role in ensuring the mark fully supported the Navy’s critical need.

“With continuing and expanding operations to combat our threats around the globe, there is no time to waste in making sure our military has the equipment and resources it needs to fully execute its missions,” Hartzler stated. “For its efforts, the Navy has repeatedly stated a need for additional F/A-18s to address the service’s strike fighter shortfall. I am happy to support this request that provides the tools necessary to ensure the safety and security of Americans.”

“There are some stark realities we must face in today’s world and our military readiness has been under attack by this administration’s policies,” Hartzler continued. “We are taking steps to make sure we can address the threats of today and those of tomorrow. We must be proactive in our efforts to keep Americans safe. We cannot afford to wait.”

The F/A-18 Super Hornet program represents an estimated 13,000 total jobs and 91 supplier companies in Missouri.

The full text of the mark can be found here. A summary of the bill can be found here.

In addition to the Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler also serves on the House Budget and Agriculture Committees.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives which includes Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood.

 

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Hypocrisy (noun) hy·poc·ri·sy

2016/04/18

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘hypocrisy’ as the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do.  As scores of Americans file their taxes this week, we are confronted with a level of hypocrisy coming out of the IRS that must be checked.

In May of last year, a report found that almost 1,600 IRS employees were found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period. Let that sink in. The agency charged with making sure Americans pay their taxes employs people who do not pay their taxes.

No agency will be perfect. After all, humans make mistakes. And with the instruction book for federal 1040 claims clocking in at over 100 pages, it is easy to understand how a mistake might be made. A zero might be dropped, a decimal might be misplaced. These things happen to all of us, but these aren’t mistakes we are talking about.

What has been done about these tax evaders? According to a 1998 law, IRS employees who willfully don’t pay their taxes are to be fired. According to the IRS’ Inspector General, however, most of the offenders were not terminated. In fact, according to the Inspector General’s report, some were even given raises, promotions, and bonuses.

The House this week is considering a series of bills aimed at our tax system, holding the IRS accountable, and ridding the system of such hypocrisy. One of these bills, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, would prohibit the IRS from hiring another employee until the Department of Treasury, the agency to which tax payments are made, certifies that no IRS employee is delinquent in their taxes.

As the House continues working towards a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax code, we will also be working to make sure the IRS is accountable to you, the taxpayer. You send far too many of your hard earned dollars to the IRS each year to see its employees—your employees—willfully ignoring the very laws they are charged with enforcing. We will not sit idly by as this continues. You deserve better.

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View from the Capitol - April 16, 2016

2016/04/16

After two in-district work weeks, we were back in Washington this week. Prior to leaving Missouri, however, I visited with some people in Morgan and Camden Counties.

Around the District

In Versailles, I toured Martin Metal, a business that has, for 30 years, manufactured construction materials, employing about 80 people. This company bills itself as a "one stop shop for your next building project," offering rolled metal roofing and siding, custom metal trim pieces, custom built trusses, and a full lumber yard. Martin Metal will even contract the concrete and labor for customers.



Vicky tours Martin Metal in Versailles

While I was impressed with the operation of the business, I was touched by the attention paid to family. This is, indeed, a family-oriented company that works with its employees who are raising families. Women are able to bring their babies to work. In addition, employees are given the flex-time option to give them a greater ability to be with their children as the kids are growing up. Certainly, not every business can operate in this way, but Martin Metal is a great example for businesses that do have the capability of doing so.

In Camden County, I visited the Pregnancy Help Center, a Camdenton-based pro-life center that offers guidance, spiritual help, and material needs to pregnant women considering abortion.

 


Vicky with Erma Moenkhoff of the Camdenton Pregnancy Help Center

Executive Director Erma Moenkhoff and a staff of volunteers offer on-site ultrasounds and other free services that include pregnancy tests, parenting classes, housing, and baby items. The Pregnancy Help Center offers women struggling with an unexpected pregnancy an option to choose life for their unborn child. We are blessed to have this center available to the women of our district.

On another note, you might have heard recently of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) misuse of taxpayer dollars to support an attack on our nation's agriculture industry. An Indian tribe and a coalition of environmental groups used EPA grant money to put up billboards in Washington State to promote a media campaign attempting to link agriculture with water pollution. These billboards urge citizens to lobby lawmakers to require a Waters of the U.S.-type rule that would harm our farmers and producers. I am solidly opposed to this smear campaign and support efforts to investigate this lie-filled campaign and other abuses of taxpayer money by the EPA.

Meanwhile, in DC

Back in Washington I had the opportunity to continue my work as the House Armed Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Chairwoman as I chaired a hearing to investigate some questionable spending by the Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 


Vicky chairs the Oversight and Investigations hearing

This hearing took a look into $150 billion spent on a series of villas used to house Department of Defense personnel while they worked to promote economic activity in Afghanistan, $43 million spent on construction of a compressed gas infrastructure project, and $2.3 million spent on an Italian cashmere goat farm operation. Given today's vast and expanding threats, our limited resources should be spent to ensure our troops can fully address those threats. And, as the country has surpassed $19 trillion in debt, we owe it to you to ensure your tax dollars are being spent wisely. I am committed to this mission of rooting our fraud, waste, and abuse so you can be assured defense funding is being used to maintain our national security.

I was also honored as the American National Cattlewomen this week presented me with an honorary lifetime membership. These women work tirelessly to advocate for women who share a passion for the beef industry, including youth development in the industry, beef production, and land and animal care. I am honored to be recognized and am proud to support the U.S. beef industry. As a livestock producer myself, I am proud to bring their message and efforts to Washington.

 


Vicky was named an honorary member of the American National Cattlewomen

 

I’d love to see you there…

Each year I have the distinct honor of nominating a select group of high school students from our district to our country’s service academies. Attendance at these schools, whether it be the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, West Point, or the Merchant Marine Academy, is highly selective, very difficult, and very rewarding. I am continuously impressed as I read through all the accomplishments of our district’s high schoolers, and I am proud to be able to nominate them each year.

I will be hosting a an information session for anyone wanting to get more information on what attending our service academies entails. If you or someone you know would like to get more information about our service academies, the appointment process, or are just generally curious about military service, I urge you to come join us in Warrensburg on Saturday, May 7. You can get more details by clicking here.

Last week I told you about our new “People’s Choice Award” for the Congressional Art Competition. Time is running out to get your votes in. You can vote by clicking here.

Also, we will be honoring this year’s winners and hosting a reception to display all of the wonderful entries at our Art Competition Reception in Columbia on Saturday, April 23. If you are in the area, I hope you can join us and see the talent from our district! For more information, click the link in this paragraph, or visit the “Events” page on my website.

Lastly, I would like to bring your attention to a section on my website that will make it easier for you to share your stories with me. By going to the “Your Story” page at https://hartzler.house.gov/your-story you can share your experiences with Obamacare, taxes, federal agencies such as the EPA or the IRS, almost anything. I want to hear from you. You can also use this page to share your ideas to improve how our government works for you. I encourage you to visit and tell me your story. My office and I will do what we can to resolve your issue, get you the information you need, or bring your issue to the attention of Congress. I am honored to serve you in the House of Representatives, and I am committed to making sure your voice is heard in Washington.

 

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Hartzler on EPA Propaganda

2016/04/11

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement in light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s misuse of taxpayer funds to support an advocacy campaign aimed at discrediting our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and livestock producers:

“This is evidence of the EPA’s continued attacks on our nation’s agriculture industry. This is seemingly a blatant violation of the law by an agency actively trying to paint our farmers and producers in a negative light to advance its own regulatory agenda and expansive land grabs. I wholly support efforts to investigate the whatsupstream.com campaign and other possible misuses of taxpayer dollars by the EPA”

A coalition of environmental groups and the Swinomish Indian tribe put up two billboards in Washington State to promote What’s Upstream, a media campaign crafted by a public relations firm to attempt to link agriculture with water pollution.

The tribe used an EPA grant to put up the billboards in Olympia and Bellingham leading viewers to the group’s website where they can “Take Action,” essentially lobbying lawmakers by sending form letters to state legislators urging them to impose mandatory 100-foot buffers between farm fields and waterways—a rule similar to the Waters of the U.S. rules the EPA is trying to force.

The tribe has received EPA grants totaling nearly $570,000, primarily for the services of Seattle PR firm Strategies 360.

More on this story here. And more from the Texas Farm Bureau here.

Congresswoman Hartzler, who lives on a working farm in Cass County, serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

 

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View from the Capitol

2016/04/08

This was another in district work week with visits to the two military installations in Missouri's Fourth Congressional District and other locations.

Around Our District

At Fort Leonard Wood, I met with Major General Kent Savre, the Commanding General of the post and discussed the high quality level of recruits arriving at the post which is one of the country’s finest basic training installations. General Savre informed me the new soldiers are determined to learn and eager to serve. It was inspiring to meet these young soldiers and hear their reasons for serving their country. We are blessed to have them willing to serve all of us. I am proud to represent them in Congress and serve all our active duty service men and women on the Armed Services Committee.

 

Vicky, with Major General Savre (right), visits with soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood

While there, I also toured the new dental clinic which serves all incoming soldiers going through basic training and active duty personnel. This state-of-the-art clinic provides exceptional care enabling our soldiers to be healthy and meet any challenge without concern for dental emergencies.

While in Pulaski County, I met with several mayors and other county officials to listen to the concerns on their minds and to discuss ways I might help address those concerns. Among the topics was the difficulty local authorities have had dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since the flash flooding of August, 2013 that claimed the lives of a Waynesville woman and her child.

 

Vicky with Pulaski County mayors and county officials

This incident was heartbreaking for the community and the failure of FEMA to communicate adequately with individuals and emergency officials only made a very sad situation more difficult. We discussed my language that was included in the FEMA Reform Act to deal with future communication breakdowns and to create a situation in which FEMA officials keep local authorities and citizens in the loop regarding rescue operations and other functions during times of trouble. These mayors join me in hoping this bill becomes law as quickly as possible.

Before leaving Pulaski County I visited Richland Tri-County Head Start to read to students. As a former teacher, one of my greatest pleasures is seeing today’s youth grow and encouraging them to pick up books and read. I want to offer a special note of thanks to the staff of this fine facility which is part of Missouri Ozarks Community Action.

During a visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, I received an Operations Briefing from the 509th Bomb Wing.  While there, I was also able to tour the Whiteman Air Force Base Fire Department, fitness facilities, and Early Child Development Center.

Gettin’ Down to Business

I am always eager to visit small businesses in our district and stopped at two in Cass County.

HSC Industrial Coatings in Pleasant Hill is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of fine liquid coatings. It began as a one-man paint manufacturing shop in 1980 and now operates out of four three facilities. I enjoyed meeting with Gene Land, and his sons Ryan, Sean, and Preston – all of whom contribute greatly to HSC’s success.

 

Vicky chats with Preston, Gene, and Ryan Land at HSC in Pleasant Hill

 

Vicky with Steve Hill and Jeff Clement of PolySource in Pleasant Hill

Also in Pleasant Hill, I visited PolySource, a resin distribution company. PolySource not only provides resin products and service in the U.S., but in countries around the world - from right here in MO-4. It gives me great pleasure to see our small businesses in the Fourth District succeed and grow to the point they become important players on the world stage of business.

Hearing from You

I have seen a lot of great places and I have heard from so many of your stories and ideas as I have traveled around our great district the past two weeks, but I am not able to visit all of the great places in our district in such a short span of time. But I want to hear from you!

I will be hosting a live telephone town hall this coming Wednesday, April 13 at 6:35 p.m. CT. A telephone town hall is a live, toll-free town hall meeting over the phone in order to give you an opportunity to ask me questions about issues in Congress and the federal government.

If you would like to participate in this telephone town hall and have the opportunity to ask me a question, click here and pre-register to take part. Or you can sign up on my website to register for every telephone town hall I host.

Introducing: The People’s Choice Award

Finally, as you may know, each year a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

This year we have 22 fantastic entries from talented young artists from all over Missouri's Fourth, and I want to know which one you like the most. In addition to our traditional First, Second, and Third Place finishers, this year we will be adding a fourth award: The People's Choice Award

Voting is now open and will run through 2:00 p.m. CT on April 22, 2016. The People's Choice Winner will have their artwork hung in my Washington, DC office for the next year! So take a moment, check out some of the amazing young talent we have in our district, and vote for your favorite by clicking here.

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View from the Capitol - April 1, 2016

2016/04/01

This was a busy in district work week that gave me an opportunity to visit some of the great people and places in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

Small business is the backbone of America’s economy, and I was pleased to visit a small business on the square in Hermitage. Lightfoot Hardware has been serving the community for a long time and it was great to visit with owner Terry Turner about the federal budget and other issues affecting Main Street America. While there, customers and area ranchers brought up concerns with new regulations coming from the USDA that could hurt cattlemen and, ultimately, consumers.  As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am concerned with overregulation that is hurting those who feed the world. I am taking their concerns to Washington.
 


Vicky with Lightfoot Hardware owner Terry Turner
 

In El Dorado Springs, I met with employees of Sac Osage Electric Cooperative, a rural electric cooperative providing power to more than 8,500 customers in a nine county area. These hardworking folks keep the lights on for thousands of Missouri 4th District families rain or shine.  I appreciate their service and wanted to hear their thoughts on issues facing them.  We discussed concerns with the Clean Power Plan which is already having a negative effect on Missouri family's electric bills.  While we all want clean air, the regulations coming from Washington are forcing the closure of economical and efficient coal-powered electric plants in the U.S. which is raising the costs of energy. The electric cooperatives are doing a good job providing power and helping to inform Americans of the need to keep energy affordable. I applaud their efforts and will continue to advocate for common sense regulations that keep our air clean, while allowing us to continue to use the natural resources our country has been blessed with to keep the lights on in a way that Missourians can afford.
 


Vicky speaks with Sac Osage Electric employees


I visited the community of Glasgow in Howard County where I stopped into some of the downtown businesses and visited with the owners and employees of those businesses. This historic city is located on a sharp bend of the Missouri River about 35 miles north of Columbia. In fact, it was at a quaint eatery known as the River Bend Restaurant where I met with some of the community’s business leaders and elected officials, hearing some of the thoughts and concerns they have. Thanks to meetings like this and others throughout our district I never have a shortage of good common sense ideas to take back to Washington.


Vicky stops by the Rolling Pin Bakery (top); Vicky speaks with Mayor Fred Foley at his restaurant (bottom right); Vicky visits Henderson’s Pharmacy (bottom left)


In neighboring Cooper County, I visited the Unlimited Opportunities sheltered workshop in Boonville. This job training and employment service for adults and children with developmental disabilities provides opportunities in recycling, rest area maintenance, and working at a resale store. Unlimited Opportunities’ mission statement is laudable: “Promoting independence through person-centered services which empower individuals served to achieve their personal goals with dignity and respect.” My visits to our district’s sheltered workshops are always rewarding as I see, firsthand, people who refuse to allow disabilities get in the way of achievement.

Sadly, Missouri said farewell to a true statesman this week. John T. Russell, who represented Lebanon and Laclede County in the Missouri House and then in the State Senate for over four decades, passed away at the age of 84. I got to know Senator Russell during my time in the Missouri General Assembly. I appreciated his advice as I sought to represent the Fourth District in the U.S. House and valued his friendship. My prayers are with his wife, Margaret, and their children, grandchildren, and great grand-children. Those of us who got to spend time with him and to learn from his example of leadership were blessed to have known him.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know about a new section on my website that will make it easier for you to share your stories with me. By going to the “Your Story” page at https://hartzler.house.gov/your-story you can share your experiences with Obamacare, taxes, federal agencies such as the EPA or the IRS, almost anything. I want to hear from you. You can also use this page to share your ideas to improve how our government works for you. I encourage you to visit and tell me your story. My office and I will do what we can to resolve your issue, get you the information you need, or bring your issue to the attention of Congress. I am honored to serve you in the House of Representatives, and I am committed to making sure your voice is heard in Washington.

Have a great week,


Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

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Honoring the WASPs

2016/03/23

This week the House of Representatives took great steps towards honoring our Nation’s veterans by passing the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act with broad bipartisan support.

The WASP’s were the first female military pilots, having flown during World War II. This brave group of women stepped up to fill the positions originally designated for male pilots, and logged over 60 million miles throughout the war. They were willing to sacrifice everything to protect our Nation and our freedoms.

Since 1977, the WASP’s had full military recognition and veteran status. In 2002, Arlington National Cemetery made the decision to allow the WASP’s to receive full veteran benefits, including burial with full military honors. However, with the recension of the 2002 “Active Duty Designees” status for WASP’s, their burial rights at Arlington were taken away.

I, as well as other members from both parties, have pushed to give these women the respect and honor they deserve. This bill requires the Department of Defense to afford full burial rights at Arlington National Cemetery to the WASPs.

Passing this bill is the first step in restoring their rightful status. As the bill moves to the Senate I am urging my colleagues to support this bill to ensure all our Nation’s veterans are properly honored.

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Harztler, Fleming Introduce Bill to Protect Pro-Life Health Care Providers

2016/03/23

WASHINGTON–Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.) released the following statements on H.R. 4828, the Conscience Protection Act, which was introduced by Rep. Fleming yesterday. The bill affords doctors, nurses, hospitals, and all health care providers the ability to choose not to provide abortions as part of their health care practice.

Rep. Hartzler: "Forcing a health care provider, church, private employer, or charity to violate their conscience is simply wrong. Caring professionals such as nurses and doctors should not be forced to perform abortions; nor should states, like California, force individuals to buy or provide insurance policies that pay for abortions. Our bill reinforces conscience protections already provided and offers a legal right of action to those who have been harmed by discriminatory or unlawful mandates. I am proud to co-sponsor this measure to stand up for those courageously standing by their convictions, to protect life, and to preserve the religious freedoms afforded to all of us."

Rep. Fleming: “As a family practice physician for over 30 years, I know for a fact that doctors and nurses are dedicated medical professionals uniquely qualified to assess the health and wellness needs of their patients. There is no room in the clinic for government discrimination, for Big Brother to force a health care provider to participate, in any way, in an abortion. My legislation offers common sense conscience protections for the front line of the medical profession. From clinician to hospital, from an HMO to insurance coverage, and from a student health plan to a physician in training, H.R. 4828 protects against forced participation in abortions and provides recourse for victims facing discrimination."

Background: There is an urgent need to pass the Conscience Protection Act. Longstanding, bipartisan, annual federal appropriations language, known as the Hyde/Weldon amendment, offers limited protections against discrimination for health care providers which do not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions. Despite the Hyde/Weldon amendment, nurses have been forced to participate in gruesome dismemberment abortions and/or instructed that performing an abortion is mandatory for training or employment purposes. Additionally, beginning in August 2014 the California Department for Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a directive requiring that all insurance plans under the State’s authority immediately cover abortions. This means that California churches, religious charities, employers and individuals are forced to purchase abortion coverage via their health plans. In a second brazen move, the Golden State is now requiring that pregnancy care centers post signs instructing clients where they can obtain an abortion. Despite the fact that California’s actions violate the Hyde/Weldon pro-life policy, the current Administration has failed to resolve the matter. The Conscience Protection Act would protect pro-life health care providers from forced complicity in an abortion and would also provide a private right of action, enabling victims of governmental discrimination to seek redress in court. 

Rep. Hartzler, a co-chair of the House Values Action Team and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, is also a member of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.  She represents the people of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician, small business owner, and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. He represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.

 

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Relief is on the Way

2016/03/20

A good many residents and communities of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District suffered through the damaging floods of 2013 and turned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help. But while asking for FEMA assistance should have initiated prompt action, such was not the case. Many communities were unable to obtain the help they needed for over two years and were left in the dark about the status of their applications.  It was difficult to even determine which agency or person would be handling claims at any given time.

My office heard about this lack of communication through phone calls from communities and constituents as well as through in person complaints expressed to our field representatives. This frustration with FEMA demanded an explanation. We met with FEMA officials and visited with them multiple times which revealed concerning issues.  There was great inconsistency among various survey teams which came into communities asking the same questions and requesting to see the same thing even though a previous team had already surveyed the damage.  There was lack of communication and no consistent guidance for completing the job. This led to paperwork being lost or misplaced – adding more time and frustration.

Something had to be done and I am pleased to say action is being taken. The House recently passed a FEMA reform bill which included my language aimed at improving more open communications between FEMA’s disaster response operations and those communities struggling with the aftermath of a major disaster. It accomplishes this goal by providing more transparency, increased consistency, and ultimately better assistance during the recovery phase.

The language also requires FEMA to 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 citizens and communities affected. The bottom line is ensuring that anyone coping with an emergency situation will know what is going on at any given time..

This bill is now in the hands of the Senate which will, I hope, quickly approve it and send it to President Obama to sign it into law.

It is unacceptable in this day and age for communications to be in such disarray that Missourians and other Americans are left hanging, waiting for responses to their simplest questions. It is time for Congress and the President, during times of emergency, to assure Americans that relief is on the way.

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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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