Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Pettis County ISIL Presentation

2014/10/01


Harrisonville Open House

2014/09/30

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Office Open House has been scheduled for Friday, October 17th, in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Each Open House held in 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 members Zack Brown and Sarah McClure will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Open House

Where: 1909 N. Commercial Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701

When: Friday, October 17th, 2014 – 9:00am CT – 10:00am 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 September 22-26, 2014

2014/09/26

This week began a series of in-district work weeks with an opportunity to discuss issues of concern with the citizens of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. Much of the country was expressing views this week on the unfolding situation involving ISIL terrorists in the Middle East – and MO-4 was no exception.

As the United States began attacks on ISIL terrorists in Syria, a large crowd of approximately 250 people attended a public forum I held in Harrisonville. There, I spoke of my recent House Armed Services Committee trip to the Middle East and the threat posed by ISIL in the region and to our homeland.During my trip, I gained a great amount of insight on how to address the terrorist threats that are jeopardizing security in the region and, ultimately, here in our homeland. The Islamic State’s desire for the moment is to create a caliphate in the Middle East, but its hatred for the United States and its recent actions pose a real and immediate threat to our national interests.

I shared with those in attendance how important it is for the American people to understand just how committed and brutal these terrorists can be. In some cases, they are going door to door, torturing and killing their opponents who don’t embrace a radical form of Islam.

Meeting this threat will be no easy task. America needs a comprehensive strategy with a broad coalition, focusing on economic, political, and military solutions to this crisis. I voted for the initial plan to train and equip moderate Syrian forces, but have concerns, as do many Americans, about the viability of the plan and will be monitoring closely its implementation as we move forward. As our chief executive, President Obama needs to lead this effort and show a commitment of will to see this through in order to be successful. We will see if that happens, but in the meantime, I fully stand behind our brave men and women in uniform who will be risking it all to stop the spread of this evil and to protect our way of life in America.

On another matter, Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he is stepping down. It is about time. As the chief law enforcement officer of this country he has been responsible for ensuring federal laws are enforced. But Mr. Holder let the American people down by failing to perform the duties of his office. Whether it was his lack of oversight of the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed or his failure to act on evidence that the Internal Revenue Service was illegally targeting individual groups by delaying or denying their tax-exempt status, Attorney General Holder has been a partisan failure. Americans deserve better.

In another area of great concern, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reported that despite President Obama’s clear promise that taxpayer dollars would not be spent on abortion under ObamaCare health plans, that is precisely what is happening. More than one thousand policies subsidized by taxpayers on the ObamaCare exchanges cover abortion. In addition, the plans are not complying with the law by clearly listing the coverage in the policy so citizens can make informed decisions. This needs to end.

Recently, at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, I called on the President to call Senator Harry Reid and implore him to bring up, for a vote, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 7, which passed the House in a bipartisan vote. It would prohibit federal funding of abortions and ensure the President’s broken promise is fulfilled.

The vast majority of Americans – whether pro-life or pro-choice – believe taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortions. It is important that government policy respect the taxpayers and not use their money in violation of their beliefs.

On still another matter, I was recently pleased to be named as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The honor is based on my record of supporting pro-growth policies that increase job creation and support small business expansion, scoring 100 percent on NFIB’s “How Congress Voted” annual report card.

Small businesses are the backbone of America’s economy. In fact, small businesses account for 65 percent of net new jobs in America. It is important that small businesses succeed so individual Americans can succeed by having good-paying, rewarding careers. I am committed to building a climate that favors free enterprise and promotes economic opportunity for all Americans and am proud to have received this award.

Finally, I want to take a moment to extend my condolences to the family of State Representative Randy Pike, who died this past weekend at the age of 60. He represented all of Vernon County and most of Bates County and served the citizens of his district well. His leadership, kind heart, and service to others will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Patricia, and their family.

Have a good week.

Vicky

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Hartzler releases statement on Holder's resignation

2014/09/26

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), in response to the news that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning, has released the following statement:

“I have long felt that Attorney General Holder should resign. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of this country and is responsible for ensuring federal laws are enforced; and we simply haven’t seen that from Mr. Holder. From the Fast and Furious scandal to the IRS and Lois Lerner scandal, Mr. Holder has shown, time and again, that he has not been upholding his duties to the American people. His resignation is a service to the public. I am hopeful that President Obama will appoint a successor that has a greater dedication to the upholding and enforcement of the law.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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Congresswoman Hartzler outlines threat posed by Islamic State terrorists

2014/09/24

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), who recently returned from a House Armed Services Committee trip to the Middle East, is urging citizens to be aware of the threat to our way of life posed by Islamic State terrorists. Hartzler delivered a presentation titled “ISIL: The Threat of Our Time” to an overflow crowd of citizens at a public forum in Harrisonville.

“During my recent visit to the Middle East, I gained a great amount of insight on how to address the terrorist threats that are jeopardizing security in the region and, ultimately, here in our homeland,” said Hartzler. “The Islamic State’s empasis for the moment is on creating a caliphate in the Middle East, but they also threaten our homeland because these terrorists hate the United States.”

“It is important for the American people to understand just how committed and brutal these individuals can be,” Hartzler told the audience. “These terrorists are going door to door in some areas, torturing and killing their opponents who don’t embrace a radical form of Islam.”

“Meeting this threat will be no easy task,” Hartzler added. “America needs a comprehensive strategy with a broad coalition, focusing on economic, political, and military solutions to this crisis. I voted for the initial plan to train and equip moderate Syrian forces, but have concerns, as do many Americans, about the viability of the plan and will be monitoring closely its implementation as we move forward. President Obama needs to lead this effort and show a commitment of will to see this through in order to be successful. We will see if that happens, but in the meantime, I fully stand behind our brave men and women in uniform who will be risking it all to stop the spread of this evil and to protect our way of life in America.”

Congresswoman Hartzler is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving on the Subcommittee on Readiness and the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities.

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Henry County Staff Listening Posts

2014/09/23

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for September 25th, 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: Clinton Chamber Conference Room, 116 W. Jefferson Street, Clinton, MO 64735 (Please use side entrance)

When:  Thursday, September 25th, 2014 – 3:00pm CT – 4:00pm CT

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

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2014 Missouri Business Conference

2014/09/22

Missouri Business Conference

Honorary Host – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

TUESDAY

OCTOBER 7, 2014

8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Elliott Union Room 240

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

Featuring:

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

A free conference designed to help

Missouri’s small business owners be more successful

To register, please visit

www.eventbrite.com and search for 2014 Missouri Business Conference

No later than October 6

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Camden County Staff Listening Post

2014/09/22

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Macks Creek Senior Center.

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 and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Cole Karr will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post Where: Macks Creek Senior Center, 558 Carnahan Road, Macks Creek, MO 65786 When: Friday, October 3, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m..

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (417) 532-5582.

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Hartzler named Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

2014/09/19

This week, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) was named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) based on her record of supporting pro-growth policies that increase job creation and support small business expansion. On the NFIB’s “How Congress Voted” annual report card, Congresswoman Hartzler has received a perfect score of 100 percent. After receiving the award, Congresswoman Hartzler released the following statement:

“I am honored to be recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business,” said Hartzler. “As a small business owner myself, I am committed to building a climate that favors free enterprise and promotes economic opportunity. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the key ingredient in the formula for success, opportunity, and job creation in America.”

Congresswoman Hartzler sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Agriculture Committees.

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of September 15-19, 2014

2014/09/19

Good Day,

This week, the House approved a measure to address the terrorist threat posed by ISIL by equipping and training Syrian rebels as part of our overall strategy. The measure contains several Congressional checks on President Obama’s power to engage the United States militarily in the region.

ISIL poses a serious threat to the American homeland and to the rest of the freedom-loving world. President Obama was correct to come to Congress for authorization of his strategy. Action must be taken to address the ISIL threat and this is a needed first step.

The measure helps to equip and train moderate Syrian rebels who will compliment U.S. air strikes against the ISIL militants who are responsible for the recent beheadings of two American journalists and a British national, as well as the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians. The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support, will require the Pentagon to present Congress with a plan 15 days before any training of Syrians begins, and provide detailed progress reports on the vetting process and procedures for monitoring the equipment provided as the training begins. It also requires the President to report on how this plan fits within a larger regional strategy. There is no doubt that, as we move forward, the strategy and mission will evolve. Rest assured, I will be monitoring the situation very closely as we move forward – always keeping the security of our nation foremost in mind as decisions are made.

Still with the threat we face from ISIL, I want to remind you that I have prepared a slide presentation on what I have learned about the region, the threats, and history of ISIL, as well as potential strategies being discussed in Washington to address this crisis. You are invited to join me for this presentation on September 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Harrisonville Community Center. I hope you can join me for this timely and informative presentation as, together, we face this new threat of our time.

The barbaric actions of these terrorists demonstrate that terrorism, in general, and the march of ISIL toward an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, in particular, pose major threats in the region and to the U.S. homeland. Meeting this threat will be no easy task – it could take many years and requires strength of will by leaders and the American people. We have met the challenge as a nation in the past. Now it’s time to meet this challenge and to win.

On another matter this week, the House approved the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 24, requiring a government audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and of the Federal Reserve Banks.

First and foremost this bill, which I co-sponsor, is about transparency. The Federal Reserve is a private institution but it controls America’s money supply. The Fed should be held to the same reporting standards as federal government departments and agencies.

The Federal Reserve plays a huge role in managing our economy and overseeing the regulation of our financial system. But current law specifically prevents the Government Accountability Office from auditing the Fed’s actions on monetary policy matters.

The American people have a right to know what is happening with our money and the control the Federal Reserve has over our money supply. This legislation directs the Comptroller General to complete an audit of the Fed within 12 months. Within 90 days of completion, the report – with audit findings and conclusions - must then be submitted to Congress.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Finally, I was pleased to host small business forums, earlier this week, in Laclede and Pulaski Counties. I have said on many occasions that the smartest ideas for addressing our economy and putting people back to work do not come from Washington, D.C.; they come from the men and women in the Heartland who are making this country work.

At both events, I heard directly from business leaders on issues from the economy and employment to the obstacles and challenges they face as they try to operate businesses and provide jobs. As in the past, I heard stories of how the President’s health care law is actually hindering the hiring process through its mandates that are preventing employers from taking on additional workers.

I have said many times that while government should not be in the business of creating jobs, it can create the environment for job growth by removing barriers to job creation, I thank all the individuals who took part in these two meetings and am already discussing their common sense ideas with colleagues in Washington.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Contact Information

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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