Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Tapped to Head Armed Services’ Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee

2014/12/15

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R – Mo.) last week was selected to chair the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in the 114th Congress. 

“I am extremely humbled to be selected by Chairman Thornberry to lead the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in the 114th Congress,” Hartzler said.  “I look forward to working with Chairman Thornberry as we work to make sure that our armed forces remain the best in the world.  I have the privilege of representing the men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood, and since being elected to Congress, I have made the wise use of taxpayer dollars and a strong national defense my top priorities.  I am eager to continue this work by providing key oversight to the Department of Defense and our national security.”

“Vicky has been a proven leader on the Armed Services Committee since she first joined,” Chairman Thornberry added.  “Her tireless passion for securing a strong national defense will provide valuable oversight to our armed forces and Department of Defense, shaping a much stronger, more effective force.  The coming year will be demanding, but I am confident Vicky’s leadership will be a valuable asset to our leadership team.” 

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee conducts studies and investigations across the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee, including inquiries into allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, and wrongdoing and inefficiencies within the Department of Defense. Members and staff conduct comprehensive oversight studies of major programs and issues and produce reports for the Committee and DOD providing recommendations and improvements of these programs.

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

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of December 8-12, 2014

2014/12/12

Good Day,

First and foremost I want to say it was truly a blessing to meet and thank the families of the 442nd Fighter Wing of Whiteman Air Force Base this past weekend at their Welcome Home Celebration. Over 1,700 airmen and their families came out to celebrate the return of these brave men and women from tours of duty in Afghanistan. I am so proud to represent Whiteman and all of the noble heroes that serve there.

On another note, in DC this week, the House approved legislation to fund most federal government operations while protecting American taxpayers from federal overreach.  This bill gives the American people access to essential government functions through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 while only funding the Department of Homeland Security through February of next year – allowing a wholly Republican-controlled Congress to address the president’s executive actions on immigration at the beginning of the next session of Congress.  Moreover, this legislation contains substantial spending cuts, translating to $165 billion less than when George W. Bush was in office!

I am pleased that this bill prioritizes many of the important items my colleagues and I have been working on for many months.  This package provides for a strong national defense, works to protect Americans from overregulation, and keeps the Executive branch in check.

Some key highlights impacting Americans and Missourians alike include:

This bill protects our military and veterans by:

  • Prioritizing funding for essential readiness programs, ensuring maximum preparedness;
  • Including funding to prevent the retirement of the A-10 and for the production of 15 new EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft made in St. Louis, Missouri; and
  • Providing $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog, and rescinding $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA.

This bill protects our farmers and small businesses from overregulation by:

  • Cutting EPA funding by $60 million – this is the fifth consecutive year of cuts, totaling a 21% reduction since FY2010 – and prohibiting regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches through the Waters of the United States rule;
  • Cutting the IRS funding by $345.6 million, which is $1.5 billion below the president’s requested levels, and prohibiting the targeting of groups based on ideology
  • Reducing regulations on commercial trucking, weight limits, driver hours, and hazmat permitting.

This bill protects Missourians from big-government overreach by:

  • Providing no new funding for Obamacare and holds the line on those agencies tasked to implement Obamacare;
  • Keeping all existing pro-life provisions and introducing three new provisions including requiring Obamacare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services; and
  • Prohibiting the administration from using funds to limit gun owners’ Second Amendment rights, providing no money for the UN arms trade treaty, and prohibiting the EPA from regulating the lead content in hunting and fishing tackle.

As I mentioned earlier, this bill also allows the Congress to address the controversial immigration issue by funding the Department of Homeland Security only through the end of February.  President Obama’s executive order on immigration clearly violated the separation of powers by bypassing Congress. This must be stopped.  The new Congress that will be sworn-in next month will be in a position to enact strong border enforcement measures and to direct funding for immigration as it sees fit, ensuring the will of the people is respected.  I look forward to that opportunity.

For the section-by-section summary of the funding bill, visit the Appropriations Committee website here.

Finally, Congress moved toward improving the lives of children with disabilities by approving the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Individuals with disabilities face severe financial struggles, yet they do not have access to the same financial planning tools available to other Americans.  This legislation aims to lift this burden by allowing for the creation of tax-free savings accounts for children and family members with disabilities – empowering them to save for qualified expenses, such as college, health care, and housing.  For millions of Americans growing up with disabilities, this will open the door to opportunities that may not have been viable otherwise.  The ABLE Act is a real, common sense solution that will provide the opportunity for a better life for millions of Americans.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Hartzler and House approve measure to fund national security, protect taxpayers, and rein in bureaucratic overreach

2014/12/12

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have approved legislation Thursday to fund most federal government operations while protecting American taxpayers from federal overreach. This bill gives the American people access to essential government functions through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 while only funding the Department of Homeland Security through February of next year – allowing a wholly Republican-controlled Congress to address the president’s executive actions on immigration at the beginning of the next session of Congress.

“I am pleased that this bill prioritizes many of the important items my colleagues and I have been working on for many months,” Hartzler said. “This package provides for a strong national defense, works to protect Americans from overregulation, and keeps the Executive branch in check.”

“This bill also allows the new Congress address the controversial immigration issue,” Hartzler continued.  “President Obama’s executive order on immigration clearly violated the separation of powers by bypassing Congress. This must be stopped.  The new Congress that will be sworn-in next month will be in a position enact strong border enforcement measures and to direct funding for immigration as it sees fit, ensuring the will of the people is respected.  I look forward to that opportunity.”

Some key highlights impacting Americans and Missourians alike include:

This bill protects our military and veterans by:

  • Prioritizing funding for essential readiness programs, ensuring maximum preparedness;
  • Including funding to prevent the retirement of the A-10 and for 15 new EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft made in St. Louis, Missouri; and
  • Providing $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog, and rescinding $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA.

This bill protects our farmers and small businesses from overregulation by:

  • Cutting EPA funding by $60 million – this is the fifth consecutive year of cuts, totaling a 21% reduction since FY2010 – and prohibiting regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches through the Waters of the United States rule;
  • Cutting the IRS funding by $345.6 million, which is $1.5 billion below the president’s requested levels, and prohibiting the targeting of groups based on ideology
  • Reducing regulations on commercial trucking, weight limits, driver hours, and hazmat permitting.

This bill protects Missourians from big-government overreach by:

  • Providing no new funding for Obamacare and holds the line on those agencies tasked to implement Obamacare;
  • Keeping all existing pro-life provisions and introducing three new provisions including requiring Obamacare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services; and
  • Prohibiting the administration from using funds to limit gun owners’ Second Amendment rights, providing no money for the UN arms trade treaty, and prohibiting the EPA from regulating the lead content in hunting and fishing tackle.

Having been approved by the House, the funding bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration. For the full text of the funding bill, click here.

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

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Vernon County Staff Listening Post

2014/12/09

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4thCongressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for December 16th, 2014 in Nevada, Missouri.

Each Listening Post held throughout the 4thDistrict 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:Vernon County Courthouse, 100 W. Cherry Street, Nevada, MO 64772

When:December 16th, 2014 – 11:00 am CT – 12:00 pm CT

 

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

 

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Henry County Staff Listening Posts

2014/12/09

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for December 16th, 2014 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 West Franklin, Clinton, MO 64735

               (First Floor Hallway)

When: December 16th, 2014 – 1:30 pm CT – 2:30 pm CT

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

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Bates County Staff Listening Post

2014/12/09

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for December 16th, 2014 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 North Delaware, Butler, MO 64730

               (First Floor Hallway)

When: December 16th, 2014 – 9:00 am CT – 10:00 am CT

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

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of December 1-5, 2014

2014/12/05

Good Day,

Congress passed important legislation this week to help keep our country secure. The House came together in a bipartisan effort to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – the 53rd consecutive year that Congress has approved such critical legislation. The NDAA gives our brave troops the resources needed to combat the national security threats we face and it provides the necessary tools to our troops even though we face a scarcity of funds under sequestration. I am glad that soldiers and airmen at Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base will be provided with the resources needed to perform the tasks required of them as part of our national security missions.

I am pleased that under this legislation we were able to keep the Apaches with the National Guard and secure additional funding for the E/A-18 “Growlers." Additionally, I fought hard to ensure the A-10 would be spared from retirement. The men and women defending our national security deserve the nation’s best close air support aircraft, and the A-10 is simply unmatched in that category.  As you may know, Whiteman Air Force Base is home to the 442nd Fighter Wing, a decorated A-10 unit; and the Missouri National Guard’s 1-135th Attack Flash Reconnaissance Battalion operates the Apache helicopters. They recently returned home after serving heroically in Afghanistan, so admirably protecting the efforts of our troops on the ground. Saving the A-10 from divestment, keeping the Apaches in the National Guard, and preserving production of the Growler electronic warfare aircraft were a major part of my efforts this year and I am thankful we were able to prevail for our men and women in uniform.

Immigration was an issue discussed this week as the House voted to stop President Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal immigrants. There is no doubt America needs to secure its borders – first and foremost – and we need to make adjustments to our current immigration system, but the President does not have the authority to bypass Congress to get his way. This measure would reaffirm the separation of powers under the Constitution. There is work to be done and Congress will address immigration in the new year. The simple fact is we are a nation of laws, and Congress – not the President – writes the laws all Americans must live under. The House will be taking further action to rein in this presidential overreach and give the power on this important issue back to the people, where it belongs.

On another matter, the House took important action to grow our workforce and spur our economy by voting to extend protections for American taxpayers. These extensions affect one in six taxpayers, providing tax credits for research and development, for renewable energy operations that produce electricity, as well as for food banks. Higher education students will be happy to hear that the package includes a tax credit – up to $4,000 - for them as well. According to the Internal Revenue Service, this higher education credit was used in the filing of 2.1 million tax returns for 2012. In addition, tax credits were extended for biodiesel and other alternative energy projects. Missouri’s Fourth District is home to three biodiesel plants, producing home-grown fuel and spurring the local economy. This credit will help them continue reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while providing a local market for area farmers.

Of particular interest is a section of the tax code (Section 179) that allows a taxpayer to expense all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, under a limit, by deducting it in the year the property is placed into service. Claiming an immediate deduction by expensing property rather than depreciating it over a longer period of time frees up capital for small businesses and farmers who might otherwise not have the funds to hire workers, purchase new equipment, or otherwise expand operations. This is a common sense idea for both job creators and consumers.

There are many other deductions in this package that are notable for many Americans. The research and development credit, for example, would generally allow taxpayers a 20 percent credit on research expenses, encouraging investment in R&D. These are just a few of the provisions in this package.  For a section-by-section summary of the package, visit the Committee on Rules’ website at http://1.usa.gov/1CNfm0H.

On still another issue, the United States reached a milestone that no one should be proud to acknowledge. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, America’s national debt has surpassed the $18,000,000,000 mark – that is $18 TRILLION!! - rising by $7.4 trillion since January of 2009! The House has worked hard to slow the rate of increase and put our country on the road to a balanced budget, but more must be done. I look forward to the new session of Congress beginning in January and a Republican-controlled Senate working with the House to get America’s financial situation in order.

Finally, Christmas is just weeks away and the lights are illuminated on the Capitol Christmas tree. I strolled past the magnificent tree this week and snapped a photo of this beautiful sight.

The tree at the Capitol has been an American tradition since 1964 and reminds visitors that Christmas, this most special time of year, is rapidly approaching, with the promise of peace and good will to all men.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Hartzler lauds passage of National Defense funding Bill

2014/12/04

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) released the following statement regarding passage of the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA):

“I am pleased that Congress came together in a bicameral, bipartisan effort to pass this critical bill for the 53rd consecutive year.  This legislation gives our brave troops the resources needed to combat the national security threats we face as a nation," Hartzler said. "This bill works to provide the necessary tools to our troops even though we face a scarcity of funds under sequestration.”

“I am happy that we were able to keep the Apaches with the National Guard and secure additional funding for the E/A-18 “Growlers”,” Hartzler continued. “I am particularly pleased that the A-10 will be spared from retirement.  The men and women defending our national security deserve the nation’s best close air support aircraft, and the A-10 is simply unmatched in that category.”

A House Armed Services Committee fact sheet on the NDAA can be found here.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she sits on the Readiness and Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees. She also serves on the Agriculture and Budget Committees. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood.

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Randolph County Staff Listening Post

2014/12/03

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for Randolph County in Moberly. 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 Austin Kramer will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman. All citizens are invited to attend. What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post Where: Little Dixie Regional Library (Moberly Branch), 111 N. 4th Street, Moberly, MO 65270 When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Columbia office at (573) 442-9311.

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Pettis County Staff Listening Post

2014/12/03

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for Pettis County in Sedalia. 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 Austin Kramer will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman. All citizens are invited to attend. What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post Where: Congresswoman Hartzler’s Sedalia Office – 2nd Floor of the Pettis County Courthouse, 415 S. Ohio St., Sedalia, MO 65301 When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Columbia office at (573) 442-9311.

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1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2876
Fax 202-225-2695
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.


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