Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Urges Incoming Administration to Revise Troop Cap Formulation


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) sent a letter on Thursday to President-elect Donald Trump urging the incoming administration to revise the way force management levels, or “troop caps,” are formulated following a series of investigations she spearheaded as the Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

The letter recalls testimony from a hearing Hartzler held in late 2016 on the impacts force management levels in Iraq and Afghanistan have on military readiness. In that hearing it was revealed that, in order to meet the prescribed troop caps, units were leaving critical support functions stateside as fighting units deployed and contracting for support services once deployed overseas. In other words, the taxpayers are paying twice for capabilities already housed within the military units.

“It highlights the misguided practices of setting troop caps and then forcing commanders to build the mission around them instead of the other way around,” Hartzler stated. “It’s backwards, wasteful, and above all, ineffective when it comes to achieving the ultimate mission.”

The letter goes on to urge the incoming Trump Administration to work with military leadership to consider the mission and goals first when considering troop caps—a reversal of the current Administration’s policy.

Additionally, Hartzler will introduce legislation which would address concerns raised at the hearing by stating it is the sense of Congress that effective force management levels can only be set after a desired end state is defined following deliberate civil-military discussions. Her legislation would also call for periodic Congressional review of the defined objectives and subsequent force management levels.

The text of Hartzler’s letter can be found below. A pdf version of the letter can be found here.


January 13, 2017

Mr. Donald J. Trump
President-elect of the United States
c/o Trump Organization
725 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Dear President-elect Trump,

As you are aware, United States military personnel currently serve in a broad range of functions in the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR). The Executive Branch establishes a force management level (FML), or “troop cap,” to limit the number of service members deployed in certain AORs. President Obama’s Administration most recently set the troop cap in Afghanistan to 8,448 for the beginning of 2017, and 5,262 troops in Iraq - numbers which, as you’ll see from below, are too low given the military force necessary to achieve our Nation’s strategic aims.

Last month, I led a hearing in my role as Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to hear testimony on the readiness and strategic considerations of force management levels in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retired senior Army officers and outside experts confirmed concerns I held in regards to second order effects of the way in which the current Administration has imposed these troop caps.

To meet troop cap levels that the Administration imposed, the Department of the Army implemented costly, counterintuitive “solutions” that deleteriously affect our military’s readiness. Combat Aviation Brigades deploy without their aircraft maintainers to remain below FML, and instead contract for this service overseas.  Our military pays twice for a capability already organic to the Armed Forces.

This practice causes a number of other problems as well. For over $100 million dollars a year, the Army sends contractors to the CENTCOM AOR while their active-duty counterparts stay home and let their skills atrophy. Units are broken apart, adversely impacting their cohesion and morale. Contractors in turn can only fulfill a specific task delineated by arduously negotiated contracts, limiting the flexibility and responsiveness that could have benefitted deployed Commanders. United States military readiness downgrades from already dangerously low levels. 

I urge your incoming Administration, in conjunction with military leadership, to mindfully make force management level decisions with a clear understanding of resources needed to achieve the desired end result. Deliberate civil-military discussions about that desired end result at the beginning of setting force management levels should then inform the subsequent FML imposed on our military, not the other way around.

Setting arbitrary troop caps not only hinders the military planning process, it has severe consequences that could easily be ameliorated. As your incoming Administration considers opportunities to more efficiently spend taxpayer dollars, I strongly encourage you to reverse the policy of setting troop caps first and forcing the military to plan and operate within that construct.

I stand ready to work with you on these issues as an active member of Congress and leader on the House Armed Services Committee.


Vicky Hartzler
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


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Hartzler on Passage of Budget Resolution


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement following House passage of the FY 2017 Budget Resolution, which lays the groundwork for repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”:

“Obamacare is hurting Americans. I have heard from constituents regularly about cancelled plans, $6,000 or higher deductibles, hours cut from full-time to part-time, and premiums going through the roof. One family’s premiums will now consume over one-third of their projected income in 2017! We can do better. We can repair the damage done from this broken and unsustainable law. I am excited to work on passing positive, patient-centered solutions that provide more choices and lower costs all around. This bill is the first step in doing that, allowing us to bring relief to the scores of Americans who have been hurt under Obamacare.”

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


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Hartzler, Lankford Lead Amicus Brief Urging Reversal in Title IX Case


WASHINGTON— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) led 80 Members of Congress in an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday. The brief urged the High Court to reverse a misconstrued 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision requiring a Virginia school to open up its restrooms to members of the opposite sex despite prevailing federal law, student privacy concerns, and accommodations provided by the local school.  

Hartzler, a vocal advocate for state and local control of the issue, asserted, “As I have said in the past, not only is this action unlawful, but it compromises the privacy and threatens the safety of our students. Time and again, the Obama Administration has ignored the separation of powers and intentionally bypassed congressional authority to enact its political agenda. Unelected Washington bureaucrats should not dictate basic policy to our schools, especially when it involves an issue as consequential as this one. Decisions regarding the wellbeing of students should be left in the capable hands of the school districts and local leaders, and legislation should be left in the hands of Congress.”

The case, Gloucester County School Board v G.G., concerns the unconstitutionality of the Department of Education’s (DOE) overreaching reinterpretation of Title IX. Title IX is a portion of Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of biological sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Recent DOE guidance expanded the definition to encompass gender identity and threatened to pull federal funding for schools that declined to allow female students to use male restrooms, shower facilities or locker rooms, or vice versa. 

The amicus brief informs the U.S. Supreme Court that:

  • Title IX’s prohibition of “sex” discrimination does not encompass “gender identity.”
  • The Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to include “gender identity” is not entitled to Auer deference because Congress would not have delegated such a sensitive issue to a federal agency.
  • The Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to include “gender identity” violates the spending clause.

The text of the brief can be found here.

Hartzler, the Chairwoman of the House Values Action Team, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Hartzler Amendment to Remove Red Tape for Farmer Coops Passes House


WASHINGTON—An amendment introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, to protect small farmer cooperatives from a burdensome, time-consuming rule aimed at Wall Street traders passed Thursday as part of the Commodity End-User Relief Act.

“In Missouri, and in rural areas across America, smaller grain elevators and cooperatives, which manage risk for and protect the livelihoods of America’s farmers, are unfairly being subjected to this rule that should rightly be aimed at big Wall Street traders,” Hartzler said. “Wall Street is not Main Street, and the Administration seems to ignore this simple fact seemingly with each and every rule it pushes.”

The Hartzler amendment delays implementation of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Ownership and Control Reports (OCR) Rule until the Commission votes to make three minor, targeted changes to the rule. It adjusts reporting trading volume levels to 300 contracts per day—a far less burdensome threshold than the current 50—, removes the requirements for natural person controller data, and ensures the rule does not require entities to violate foreign privacy laws.

The problem, Hartzler says, is the rule fails to distinguish between a small cooperative in Missouri that may make 60 contracts, or trades, per day and a trader on Wall Street making 6,000. The rule stems from an updated to existing regulations brought about by the controversial Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in the wake of the financial crisis to impose stricter regulations on those who created the crisis.

“Dodd-Frank never intended to target these traditional end users,” Hartzler continued. “This rule forces our local risk managers through an unnecessary gauntlet. Instead of focusing on managing the risk of fluctuating commodity prices for their farmers, our coops and elevators must expend time and capital complying with these burdensome regulations, a process that often takes days.”

“Many firms are struggling to comply with this rule, while others are forced to turn smaller customers away due to the serious burdens imposed by this rule.”

The Hartzler amendment makes three small changes to the CFTC OCR Rule, but leaves in all critical requirements on reporting parties to submit contact information such as phone numbers, websites, email addresses, physical address etc. for individuals owning more than 10% of entity.

For more on Hartzler’s amendment, click here.

For more on the Commodity End-User Relief Act, click here.

Hartzler, who lives on a working farm in Cass County, Missouri, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.


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Hartzler Tapped to Continue Oversight of Defense Programs



WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R- Mo.) released the following statement after House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) tapped her to lead the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for a second term:

“I thank Chairman Thornberry for his trust in continuing with the great work we started last year as a committee. We have made great strides in making sure our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources they need to address the threats of today and prepare for those of tomorrow. In an increasingly fiscally-constrained world, however, we must continue to ensure the DoD spends tax dollars wisely and its programs are executed efficiently. These have been priorities of mine since coming to Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide this key oversight to the Department of Defense to ensure our national security.”

“Congresswoman Hartzler has proven herself to be an exemplary leader on the subcommittee,” said Chairman Thornberry. “Her fierce dedication to both our troops and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars makes her a natural fit for this vital subcommittee. I look forward to working alongside her to ensure our military is the best and most efficient in the world.”

In addition to the House Armed Services Committee, Hartzler also serves on the House Agriculture Committee in the 115th Congress. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Hartzler takes helm of House Values Action Team


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) will lead the House Vales Action Team in the 115th Congress.

“It is an honor to lead a team of such dedicated advocates for family, faith, and freedom,” Hartzler said. “It is also an honor to carry on Representative Pitts’ rich legacy of fighting for the traditional values we hold dear. I look forward to working with this fantastic team to promote faith, protect life, and preserve our Constitutional freedom of religion.”

Hartzler, a member of the Values Action Team since coming to Congress in 2010, will Chair the group with Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) serving as Co-Chairmen. She takes over the chairmanship after Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Penn.) retired from Congress, ending his 20-year career representing Pennsylvanians in Washington. He chaired the group since its creation in 1998.

The Values Action Team is a group of members dedicated to advancing policy that promotes traditional values by building and strengthening coalitions with like-minded citizen groups and amplifying their voices to achieve common goals. The group had over 70 members in the 114th Congress, a number Hartzler is keen to expand.

“We have a great opportunity this Congress to right past wrongs and advance solid policies based on strong, conservative, traditional values,” Hartzler stated. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and people from across America to rebuild and reinforce the foundational values of our great nation.”

To help with the effort, Hartzler has tapped Katie Doherty to serve as the Executive Director of the Values Action team. Katie brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and expertise to the team, having served as a legislative assistant for two active Values Action Team members, Reps. Chris Smith (R- N.J.) and John Fleming (R-La.). Most recently, she served as Fleming’s Legislative Director.

In addition to the Values Action Team, Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.



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Hartzler Urges Admin to Stop Sending Terrorists Back to Middle East


WASHINGTON – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement in regards to the Obama Administration’s recent transfer of four detainees from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

“At least 30 percent of former Guantanamo Bay Detainees are confirmed to have reengaged or suspected of reengaging in terrorist activities after transfer. President Obama, despite clear understanding of Congressional intent, gave four more individuals the opportunity to resume their fight against American ideals.  I find this irresponsible and dangerous.

Even more disturbing are the President’s plans to transfer more detainees and further endanger the American people. It is unfathomable to me the President would choose to transfer the likes of Osama Bin Laden’s security guards or others trained by Al Qaeda. I urge this Administration in its final days to bear in mind potential consequences of his decision and to not make any more transfers.  The security of American families and military personnel are at stake."

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, she also serves on the Agriculture Committee.


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Hartzler Sworn In for Fourth Term


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement after she was sworn in to serve her fourth term as the Representative for Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District:

“I consider it a deep privilege and blessing to serve the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, and I thank them sincerely for the honor. Now is the time to get America back on track and improve families’ lives by prioritizing our national security, reducing government overregulation, lowering taxes, and respecting the foundations of faith, family, and freedom that made our country great. We have a historic opportunity before us and I am ready to get to work restoring America’s greatness and bringing positive solutions to Washington.”

Speaker Paul Ryan swears in Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler while her daughter, Tiffany, holds the Bible, and her husband, Lowell, looks on.

(click here to download  a hi-res version of this photo)

In the 115th Congress, Hartzler will continue her service on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.



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A new Congress and a golden opportunity to REIN in government red tape


Regulations are important, but when taken to extremes, they hamper prosperity and degrade the well-being of hardworking Americans. Under the eight years of the Obama Administration, America has seen an unprecedented surge in the number of regulations

Currently, federal regulations imposed on America’s families and job creators add up to roughly $15,000 in economic costs per household per year. That is money that could be spent on a child’s education, paying off bills, or saving for the future.

In 2015, for instance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for 9 of the 43 total major rules (those with an economic impact of $100 million or more), adding a regulatory burden of more than $11 billion. One of President Obama’s regulations in particular, the Clean Power Plan, accounts for $7.2 billion in annual costs, according to the EPA. This increase means hardworking American families’ electricity bills will, as the President put it, “necessarily skyrocket.”

With a new, reform-minded President in the White House, there will be a golden opportunity to change course – and this opportunity must not be lost.

The House has wasted no time getting down to business, passing two key bills to address this regulatory excess. They are the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act – both bills I was proud to co-sponsor.

In essence, the REINS Act would require approval from both chambers of Congress on major rules coming from government agencies, ensuring law making authority remains in the hands of the people’s elected representatives and not unelected bureaucrats.

Additionally, there is a growing trend of Presidents, of both parties, using their last few months in office to rush in costly, expensive, or controversial new regulations called “midnight rules.” The Obama administration has issued or plans to issue a total of 220 midnight rules within the scope of this bill, including multiple billion-dollar rules.

The Midnight Rules Relief Act allows Congress to reclaim the ability to effectively curtail multiple regulations hurried through the regulatory process in the final days of an outgoing Administration all at once. This bill is not a partisan or political attack. It is a good government bill that makes sure the will of the people is protected against last-ditch efforts by executives trying to sidestep Congress.

These bills make good sense. The simple truth is that without substantial reform, economic growth, and individual freedoms will continue their decline. The time to get our country back on the right track is now – we must not squander this opportunity.

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Hartzler REINS in Excessive Executive Regulation


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Thursday voted for the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, to check the executive branch against legislating by executive fiat.

“Over the last eight years, Americans have been inundated with regulation after regulation and rule after rule from the administration,” Hartzler, an original co-sponsor of the bill, said. “They are tired of it.”

“Congress alone has the power to make laws,” Hartzler continued, “and this bill makes sure legislative authority remains in the hands of the people’s elected representatives, not unelected Washington bureaucrats.”

The REINS Act would require both chambers of Congress to approve of major rules – those with an economic impact of more than $100 million – issued by the executive branch and its sea of regulatory agencies, which effectively have the force of law.

“Over the past five years, 82 major rules have been issued each year, costing Americans billions in regulatory costs and stifling economic and job growth,” Hartzler added, pointing to the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the most egregious offenders.

In 2015, the EPA was responsible for 9 of the 43 total major rules, adding a regulatory burden of more than $11 billion. One of President Obama’s regulations in particular, the Clean Power Plan, accounts for $7.2 billion in annual costs, according to the EPA.

“Regulations are important. They keep us safe and provide a basis for beneficial conduct. But when taken to the extremes, as we have seen over the past eight years, they hamper prosperity and degrade the well-being of hardworking Americans,” Hartzler concluded.

These federal regulations imposed on America’s families and job creators add up to roughly $15,000 in economic costs per household per year. That is money that could be spent on a child’s education, paying off bills, or saving for the future.

The REINS Act would require an up-or-down vote by both the House and the Senate and the signature of the President before major rules can be enforced on the American public. This ensures new major rules serve their intended purpose and do not place unnecessary burdens on the job-creating businesses that our economy needs to grow.

The REINS Act passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 237-187. It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

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


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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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