Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Statement on Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision

2016/06/27

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), co-chair of the House Values Action Team, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision on the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case which involves a Texas law to provide equal protection for the health and safety of women in abortion clinics:

“This is a tragedy. With this decision, the court has put women in harm’s way, allowing abortion clinics to continue operating in dangerous conditions. Ensuring women’s safety when they are going in for surgery of any kind is not an undue burden, it is common sense. I am deeply disappointed in this decision.”

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

 

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Hartzler Statement on United States v. Texas Supreme Court Decision

2016/06/23

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision which upholds a lower court decision that President Obama overstepped his authority in granting de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants:

“The Constitution is clear: the chief executive is not a king. This ruling affirms this, protecting the constitutional separation of powers, upholding the rule of law, and ensuring the American people are represented properly through the legislative process. This decision is a win for all Americans. I am pleased to see the Constitution prevail, and a blow struck against this president’s continued overreach.”

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

 

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Statement Responding to HHS Decision on California Abortion Mandate

2016/06/23

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Representatives Chris Smith (NJ-04), Diane Black (TN-06), John Fleming (LA-04), Andy Harris (MD-01), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Steve Knight (CA-25), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), and Joe Pitts (PA-16) released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) unbelievable determination that the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to require abortion coverage in statewide insurance plans did not violate the Weldon Amendment:

“The California abortion mandate on its face violates the plain text of the Weldon Amendment, which protects health care entities that do not participate in abortion against government-imposed discrimination. The text of Weldon—which has been renewed and signed into law annually for over 10 years—makes it clear that a ‘health care entity’ includes health insurance plans.

“The Department of Health and Human Services’ conclusion that California’s action does not violate the Weldon amendment ignores the simple truth that requiring a health plan to cease to exist because it does not include abortion is discriminatory.

“Today, House Republicans met with HHS Secretary Burwell to express our outrage and bewilderment at the Administration’s tortuous legal reinterpretation of the Weldon Amendment that led to this conclusion. House Republicans believe that the Weldon Amendment, and all federal laws, must be enforced.  HHS’s false interpretation and refusal to enforce federal law forces the House to explore all legislative options to protect the rights of health care providers in California and across our country who do not wish to participate in a practice that takes the lives of unborn children.”

 

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Hartzler amendment advances Alzheimer’s research

2016/06/20

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the FY2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), to increase funding for the Department of Defense’s peer-reviewed Alzheimer’s research.

“Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease devastating lives, crushing families, and potentially bankrupting our nation,” Hartzler began. “We have got to find a cure and the Department of Defense has been a leader in Alzheimer’s research towards beating this disease. I am hopeful this amendment will help provide the extra funding needed to find a cure.”

Peer-reviewed research has shown Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, poses an increased risk to troops who have been deployed, suffered one or multiple traumatic brain injuries in the line of duty, and/or been diagnosed with PTSD.

“Our soldiers are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s due to the nature of their service. Research focusing on their conditions can not only help prevent this disease from ravishing our veterans, it can also provide hope for millions of Americans at risk or suffering from the disease. I am thankful my amendment will help advance this valuable research,” Hartzler said.

Hartzler’s amendment will supplement the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Defense Heath Program with an additional $5 million, bringing the total appropriated amount to $20 million. The amendment, which passed on the House floor Wednesday, was included in the FY2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. The bill passed by a margin of 282-138.

“There are over 5 million people living with this disease in the United States right now. Unless something is done, that number is projected to nearly triple to almost 14 million,” Hartzler emphasized. “This will put funding for Medicare and Medicaid on unsustainable levels

while crushing families with an almost five-fold increase in out-of-pocket expenses. We must invest in finding a cure; we cannot wait.”

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2016. These numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk of Alzheimer's. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease.

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

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FACTS ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Alzheimer's is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

Alzheimer's disease is one of the costliest chronic diseases to society. The growing Alzheimer's crisis is helping to bankrupt Medicare.

  • In 2016, total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice are estimated to be $236 billion for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, with just under half of the costs borne by Medicare.
  • Medicare and Medicaid are expected to cover $160 billion, or 68 percent, of the total health care and long-term care payments for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars.

By 2050, costs to Medicare are projected to increase 360 percent.

Alzheimer's disease is officially listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth-leading cause of death for people age 65 and older.

In 2013, over 84,000 Americans died from Alzheimer's according to official death certificates; however, in 2016, an estimated 700,000 people with Alzheimer's will die, and the disease likely will contribute to many of those deaths.

 

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Hartzler votes to rein in IRS, end unfair targeting of citizen groups

2016/06/16

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement after the House passed the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, which passed on a vote of 240-182:

“This is another measure the House has passed to rein in the IRS following its abuses of power and unfair targeting of conservative organizations in the past. This bill protects the First Amendment freedoms of these groups and their supporters by eliminating the requirement to disclose confidential identification information of its supporters – information the IRS has said isn’t even necessary for tax administration. I am proud to support this bill and protect Americans from abuses like this in the future.”

Last week, the IRS released a full list of conservative organizations it unfairly targeted for their political beliefs – three years after the news broke. The Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act strips the IRS of the tool it used, the “Schedule B,” to unfairly target political organizations in the past.

Certain tax-exempt organizations, organized under Section 501(c) of the tax code, with annual gross receipts over $50,000 must file a Form 990 with the IRS annually to disclose revenue and expenses. In addition to reporting revenue and expenses to the IRS (among other information), organizations must identify significant donors (generally those who have given at least $5,000 during the year) on Schedule B. 

However, any identifying information about those donors is generally not subject to public disclosure and can be redacted by the organization when making the 990 Form publicly available. Courts have found that states do not have the right to have access to unredacted Schedule B forms.

Although federal law prohibits the IRS from releasing Schedule Bs, in the past this information has been exploited to target politically conservative groups. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the agency improperly released the National Organization of Marriage’s (NOM) unredacted Schedule B form, which revealed a contribution from a pro-Mitt Romney group. The IRS was eventually ordered to pay NOM $50,000 in damages for releasing this confidential information.

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

 

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Hartzler presses House leadership to bring catfish resolution to floor

2016/06/15

**UPDATED 6/17/2016 3:10 p.m. ET**
 

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) was joined by 179 of her colleagues, including a majority of the Republican majority in the House, on a letter sent to House leadership urging them to allow a vote on S.J.Res. 28, a bipartisan joint resolution of disapproval under the procedures of the Congressional Review Act to end the duplicative and wasteful USDA Catfish Inspection program.  The resolution passed the Senate in May by a 55-43 margin.

“For several years now the Government Accounting Office (GAO) has reported to Congress that the USDA’s catfish inspection program is at high risk for waste, fraud, and abuse and recommended its repeal. Such a repeal would avoid duplication of federal programs and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually while still ensuring the safety of catfish," said Congresswoman Hartzler, who has been a leader in the House on this effort.

“The FDA has done a good job inspecting catfish for over 20 years,” Hartzler added. “Setting up a redundant program at the USDA is a waste of taxpayer dollars and could instigate a trade war with our Southeast Asian trading partners. I am glad to see this effort get so much support from both sides of the aisle and I am hopeful House Leadership will bring this bill to the floor quickly.”

Hartzler added that this program would result in a duplicative regulatory regime in which USDA inspects catfish and FDA inspects all other seafood.  Thus, every U.S. facility that processes catfish and any other seafood will be subject to duplicative regulation by both USDA and FDA. 

“The Senate has already passed this resolution, and there is overwhelming support in the House as well. There is no reason why we should not bring this common sense measure to the floor,” Hartzler asserted. “It is not very often Washington does away with a wasteful program. Now is our chance to show the taxpayers we are listening to them and working to stop government waste. I look forward to reporting to them we are serious about stopping this duplicative program.”

A full copy of the letter can be found here.

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

 

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BACKGROUND: USDA CATFISH PROGRAM:  FDA HAS BEEN DOING FOR YEARS WHAT USDA IS JUST STARTING

If implemented, this program would result in a duplicative regulatory regime in which USDA inspects catfish and FDA inspects all other seafood.  Thus, every U.S. facility that processes catfish and any other seafood will be subject to duplicative regulation by both USDA and FDA. 

In April 2013, GAO issued its annual report that concluded repealing the USDA program "would avoid duplication of federal programs and could save taxpayers millions of dollars annually without affecting the safety of catfish." (GAO-13-279SP). 

In February 2013, GAO reported to Congress that the catfish inspection program is at high risk for waste, fraud and abuse and recommended its repeal (GAO-13-283). 

In May 2012, GAO issued a report entitled "Responsibility for Inspecting Catfish Should Not Be Assigned to USDA" (GAO-12-411).

USDA has indicated that it will spend at least $30 million to set up this new government program and at least $15 million per year to fund over 90 new government inspectors to regulate the domestic catfish industry. 

In order to be cost-effective, USDA concludes the new government program would have to prevent between 590-790 illnesses every year (76 Fed. Reg. at 10454). However, the USDA acknowledges there have been only seven outbreaks affecting less than 70 people over a 16 year study period.  Meanwhile, FDA will continue to operate its seafood inspection system. 

This program could create a de facto trade barrier on foreign catfish in violation of our WTO trade obligations.  Foreign meat products under USDA's jurisdiction are required to establish "equivalency" with the USDA.  An equivalency agreement of this nature typically requires at least 5-7 years of negotiations, during which time foreign producers are banned from exporting to the U.S.  The WTO SPS Agreement requires that any barrier to trade must have a scientific basis. 

Since USDA has determined that there is no human safety basis for this program, it could violate our trade obligations and result in retaliation against U.S. soybean, pork, beef, dairy, poultry and/or egg exports.  The U.S. agriculture community has serious concerns with the program based on these trade concerns.

 

FULL LIST OF MEMBERS WHO SIGNED THE LETTER:

  1. Hartzler (R-MO)
  2. Graves (R-MO)
  3. Wagner (R-MO)
  4. Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
  5. Young, Don (R-AK)
  6. Franks (R-AZ)
  7. Salmon (R-AZ)
  8. Schweikert (R-AZ)
  9. McSally (R-AZ)
  10. Gosar (R-AZ)
  11. Royce (R-CA)
  12. Valadao (R-CA)
  13. McClintock (R-CA)
  14. Walters(R-CA)
  15. Issa (R-CA)
  16. Coffman (R-CO)
  17. Tipton (R-CO)
  18. Lamborn (R-CO)
  19. Ken Buck (R-CO)
  20. Bilirakis (R-FL)
  21. Crenshaw (R-FL)
  22. Curbelo (R-FL)
  23. Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  24. Jolly (R-FL)
  25. Nugent (R-FL)
  26. Desantis (R-FL)
  27. Posey (R-FL)
  28. Dennis A. Ross(R-FL)
  29. Carter (R-GA)
  30. Westmoreland (R-GA)
  31. Graves, Tom (R-GA)
  32. Blum (R-IA)
  33. King (R-IA)
  34. Young, David (R-IA)
  35. Simpson (R-ID)
  36. Roskam (R-IL)
  37. Davis (R-IL)
  38. Dold (R-IL)
  39. Hultgren (R-IL)
  40. Stutzman (R-IN)
  41. Young, Todd (R-IN)
  42. Pompeo (R-KS)
  43. Yoder (R-KS)
  44. Guthrie (R-KY)
  45. Whitfield (R-KY)
  46. Harris (R-MD)
  47. Poliquin (R-ME)
  48. Benishek (R-MI)
  49. Huizenga (R-MI)
  50. Bishop (R-MI)
  51. Emmer (R-MN)
  52. Ellmers (R-NC)
  53. Hudson (R-NC)
  54. Jones (R-NC)
  55. Meadows (R-NC)
  56. Walker (R-NC)
  57. Holding (R-NC)
  58. Smith (R-NE)
  59. Hardy (R-NV)
  60. Guinta (R-NH)
  61. LoBiondo (R-NJ)
  62. Garrett (R-NJ)
  63. Lance (R-NJ)
  64. MacArthur (R-NJ)
  65. Collins (R-NY)
  66. Gibson (R-NY)
  67. King (R-NY)
  68. Stefanik (R-NY)
  69. Katko (R-NY)
  70. Donovan (R-NY)
  71. Reed, Tom (R-NY)
  72. Hanna (R-NY)
  73. Zeldin (R-NY)
  74. Jordan (R-OH)
  75. Tiberi (R-OH)
  76. Joyce (R-OH)
  77. Chabot (R-OH)
  78. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
  79. Renacci (R-OH)
  80. Stivers (R-OH)
  81. Russell (R-OK)
  82. Bridenstine (R-OK)
  83. Walden (R-OR)
  84. Kelly (R-PA)
  85. Pitts (R-PA)
  86. Thompson (R-PA)
  87. Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
  88. Murphy (R-PA)
  89. Shuster (R-PA)
  90. Dent (R-PA)
  91. Costello (R-PA)
  92. Duncan (R-SC)
  93. Wilson (R-SC)
  94. Sanford (R-SC)
  95. Blackburn (R-TN)
  96. Roe (R-TN)
  97. Black (R-TN)
  98. Williams (R-TX)
  99. Gohmert (R-TX)
  100. Farenthold (R-TX)
  101. McCaul (R-TX)
  102. Weber (R-TX)
  103. Culberson (R-TX)
  104. Hensarling (R-TX)
  105. Ratcliffe (R-TX)
  106. Babin (R-TX)
  107. Flores (R-TX)
  108. Johnson, Sam (R-TX)
  109. Chaffetz (R-UT)
  110. Love (R-UT)
  111. Stewart (R-UT)
  112. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
  113. Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
  114. Reichert (R-WA)
  115. Ribble (R-WI)
  116. Grothman (R-WI)
  117. Duffy (R-WI)
  118. Brat (R-VA)
  119. Comstock (R-VA)
  120. Forbes (R-VA)
  121. Griffith (R-VA)
  122. Hurt (R-VA)
  123. Wittman (R-VA)
  124. Rigell (R-VA)
  125. Lummis (R-WY)
  126. Sinema (D-AZ)
  127. Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
  128. Cardenas (D-CA)
  129. Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  130. Honda (D-CA)
  131. Peters (D-CA)
  132. Schiff (D-CA)
  133. Swalwell (D-CA)
  134. Sam Farr (D-CA)
  135. Huffman (D-CA)
  136. Lofgren (D-CA)
  137. Polis (D-CO)
  138. Perlmutter (D-CO)
  139. Larson (D-CT)
  140. Courtney (D-CT)
  141. Brown (D-FL)
  142. Grayson (D-FL)
  143. Hastings (D-FL)
  144. Frankel (D-FL)
  145. Wilson (D-FL)
  146. Murphy (D-FL)
  147. Deutch (D-FL)
  148. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
  149. Bustos (D-IL)
  150. Duckworth (D-IL)
  151. Foster (D-IL)
  152. Loebsack (D-IA)
  153. Clark (D-MA)
  154. Lynch (D-MA)
  155. Keating (D-MA)
  156. Moulton (D-MA)
  157. Neal (D-MA)
  158. Tsongas (D-MA)
  159. Dingell (D-MI)
  160. Nolan (D-MN)
  161. Clay (D-MO)
  162. Kuster (D-NH)
  163. Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
  164. Lujan (D-NM)
  165. Tonko (D-NY)
  166. Bonamici (D-OR)
  167. Schrader (D-OR)
  168. Blumenauer (D-OR)
  169. Cicilline (D-RI)
  170. Langevin (D-RI)
  171. Vela (D-TX)
  172. Scott (D-VA)
  173. Connolly (D-VA)
  174. Welch (D-VT)
  175. Smith (D-WA)
  176. Heck (D-WA)
  177. Kilmer (D-WA)
  178. Del-Bene (D-WA)
  179. McDermott (D-WA)
  180. Larsen (D-WA)

 

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Select Panel Findings Floor Speech

2016/06/14

Congresswoman Hartzler took to the House floor this morning to highlight some of the findings of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and to lend a voice to the women who may have been harmed or violated by the appalling practices of abortion clinics and fetal tissue procurement businesses. Watch her emotional speech here:

Hartzler Speaks on House Floor(click to play video)
Hartzler speaks on the findings of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives

 

Transcript of Hartzler’s remarks (as prepared for delivery):

 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today, I rise to again bring attention to the research that the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is conducting.

Recently, my colleague and House Values Action team Chairman Congressman Pitts stood on this floor to highlight some of the outrageous acts being perpetrated by Big Abortion.

On April 20th, of this year, Select Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn held a hearing on the “Pricing of Fetal Tissue” and found broad consensus among witnesses that federal law may have been violated when abortion clinics profited from the sale of baby body parts and, when possible, HIPAA privacy violations occurred.

Let’s take a look at some of what the panel found.

First, and possibly the most shocking is a website where one “procurement Business,” whose name has been redacted, has set up an online order form.

From this website, a user can select what type of parts they want—baby brains, baby tongue, scalp, reproductive organs…

Then a quantity can be selected, in case one baby brain isn’t enough.

A start and end range of the gestational period can be chosen. The user even has shipping options!

This is truly appalling! This is online shopping for baby body parts…and this procurement business has made it as easy as possible.

But these procurement businesses are not doing this by themselves—they are only the middlemen in a transaction between the supplier, or abortion clinic, and the end user.

As seen on Exhibit B2, this “Procurement Business”, markets itself in its brochure to abortion clinics as a way for the clinics to make additional income by allowing the Procurement Business technicians to collect tissues and organs from aborted babies immediately after an abortion is completed.

The brochure uses the words, “Financially Profitable,” “Fiscally Rewards,” and “Financial Benefit.”

The Select Panel’s investigation revealed that the Procurement Business technician performs every conceivable task in the harvesting process, immediately after an abortion occurs.

For this, the procurement business is charged a fee by the clinic—even though the clinics are not incurring any additional costs in the process. Thus, they make more money off of these horrific acts.

It is important to note at this point that the underlying statute allowing for the donation of fetal tissue assumes the tissue would be for transplantations and research and would not to be sold.

Further, in 1993, former Congressman Henry Waxman, who wrote the restrictions into law, stated on the House floor, quote:

“This amendment ... would enact the most important safeguards… to prevent any sale of fetal tissue for any purpose, not just the purpose of research. It would be abhorrent to allow for a sale of fetal tissue and a market to be created for that sale.”

So, what have these clinics done? Just the opposite it would seem.

Exhibit D1 shows that the Abortion Clinic charged the “Middleman” $11,365 for “harvested baby parts- called “P-O-Cs,” or “Products of Conception” - and blood.”

Exhibit D2 shows that the Abortion Clinic charged the “Middleman,” again, this time $9,060, for “harvested baby parts” and “blood” - even though the clinic did not incur any additional expense in the harvesting process.

Exhibit D3 – we have another $6,010 charged for baby parts and blood.

This is the very market Congressman Waxman called abhorrent. And he was right. This is abhorrent. How callous does one have to be to rob a baby of life and then charge others for the pieces of the corpse? This is beyond disturbing.

Just as disturbing, the Select Panel has also found that women’s privacy rights appear to have been violated in the process. After the online order form comes to the procurement company from a researcher, it goes to the procurement company’s technician who is embedded at the abortion clinic.

The technician then – without their consent – reviews the medical files of the women scheduled to have an abortion in order to assign the orders to the women whose babies match the gestational age and sex ordered.

The technician then goes to befriend the women and coerces them to give consent by lying to them, claiming the “blood from pregnant women and tissue that has been aborted has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and AIDS.”

As we know, this is not true.

From there, the procurement technician dissects the aborted baby in order to harvest the specific organs that were ordered and ships them off.

The Select Panel’s investigation into this issue is already illustrating, as Congressman Pitts and I have highlighted now, that clinics are turning the sale of baby body parts into a business, and they are making a profit doing so.

No woman should be used in this way. No woman should have her private medical records given to a for-profit company so they can use her for a financial gain. These practices are deplorable.

I encourage everyone to examine the exhibits from the Select Panel’s investigation on their website:

https://energycommerce.house.gov/select-investigative-panel

Go to the website and see for yourself these alarming exhibits showing how these organizations may have broken the law and profited from this gruesome, inhumane practice of harvesting and trafficking baby body parts.

The Select Panel will continue its work to ensure Americans know the truth about these despicable practices. They deserve the truth.

I yield back.

 

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Hartzler on Orlando Attack

2016/06/12

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement on this morning’s attack in Orlando:

“My prayers are with the victims of this morning’s senseless act of terror and with their families. This is an unnerving reminder of the devastation extremist ideologies can bring to our shores and the urgent need to confront this threat head on. We must ensure radicalized ideologies do not threaten our citizens in their neighborhoods and communities.”

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

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View from the Capitol: Defending your Liberties

2016/06/11

At a glance:

  • Defending your liberties: Pushing back on government overreach  
  • A better way to fight poverty
  • What’s happening in Congress
  • Missouri highlights and more!

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Defending your Liberties

Much of my attention this past week was focused on countering the Administration’s new guidance forcing schools to acknowledge the gender a student chooses as opposed to their biological sex. As Co-Chair of the House Values Action Team, I sent this letter to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster urging him to bring legal action against what I see as extreme overreach by the federal government. While I am working hard here in DC to stop this intrusion on local control, I believe it is incumbent on the Attorney General to defend the rights of Missourians against this intrusion by federal agencies that do not have the authority to interpret federal law. The Washington Times ran an article on my letter and you may view it here. I will keep you informed on the reaction from the Attorney General and future developments.  Our children's privacy and safety is at stake.

A Better Way to Fight Poverty

House Speaker Paul Ryan recently unveiled the House Republican plan to reduce poverty and expand opportunity for our nation’s poor. This plan, entitled “A Better Way”, lays out the goals that will translate into legislation to address our nation’s most pressing needs by building upon our founding principles of liberty, free enterprise, and consent of the governed. Rather than sitting back and watching Washington continue to ineffectively spend billions of taxpayer dollars to fight poverty, this new plan focuses on the individual empowering every American to succeed by: 

  • Rewarding work
  • Tailoring benefits to people’s needs
  • Improving skills and education 
  • Planning and saving for the future
  • Demanding results and accountability

This plan recognizes that we cannot continue decades of failed policy and programs and expect new results. I applaud Speaker Ryan and my colleagues in the House for their efforts and countless hours of work to put this plan together and I encourage you to visit the “Better Way” website at www.better.gop to learn more about our exciting plans. It is imperative that we lead and get our country back on the right track. Our "Better Way" initiatives are providing the real solutions our nation needs. Please let me know your thoughts about the plan and any suggestions for what you'd like to see included in our plan. 

What’s Happening in Congress

This week, I was happy to support legislation to push back on implementation of the EPA’s regulations and guidance for states to implement the agency’s onerous ozone regulations. These standards are confusing, contradictory, and impossible to achieve yet the EPA continues to demand compliance and threatens huge fines.  This bill, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, recognizes the challenging situation states are now in and inserts more state flexibility for meeting air quality standards while also delaying full implementation. MO-4 counties will benefit from this new flexibility and I was happy to support it. 

The House additionally considered legislation to more closely address the concerns of consumers over our nation’s energy prices. Our actions include a resolution that recognizes and opposes the detrimental effects a carbon tax would have on the U.S. economy and another resolution that sends a clear message to the President that Congress opposes his proposed new $10.25 per barrel excise tax on oil. His new tax would result in an increase in gas prices of $.25 a gallon!  Such taxes would have devastating impacts on American families and businesses. I was pleased to join my colleagues in the House in supporting both of these resolutions to protect consumers from crippling new energy taxes and take a stand for the American consumer! 

Missouri Highlights!

I had the privilege of welcoming several visitors to my Capitol Hill office this week. Among these special guests, I was fortunate enough to meet with a group made up of representatives of the Missouri Corn and Missouri Cattlemen. We discussed trade opportunities and the importance of Missouri producers having access to foreign markets.


Vicky with members of Missouri Corn and the Missouri Cattlemen

I was also able to meet a group of seven students and two teachers from the Tipton and New Franklin FFA Chapters who were participating in the Washington Leadership Conference and who came by during their visit.


Vicky with Missouri FFA students

I am always glad to welcome MO-4 residents to Washington and to make arrangements for our staff to provide visitors with a tour of their Capitol building. Seeing friends from MO-4 is a highlight of my week. I'd love to see you if you come out. Feel free to contact our office to set up tours. We're here to assist and serve you!

Lastly, I want to remind you of our upcoming Veterans Resource Fair at Hickman High School in Columbia. Veterans will be provided with information on education and career opportunities as well as services available through the VA. Veterans organizations will also be on hand to assist veterans. 


Veterans Resource Fair

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the main lobby of Hickman High School, 1104 North Providence Road, in Columbia. I encourage all veterans and their families to attend this event to connect with others and learn more about the benefits they have earned. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Hartzler Opposes Oil, Carbon Taxes

2016/06/10

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement after the House passed H.Con.Res 112, a resolution opposing the President’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil, and H.Con.Res 89, opposing the administration’s carbon tax. These taxes would increase costs of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil for Americans:

“These taxes are not about making life better for Americans. In fact, they would make life worse. Jobs will be lost, family income will decline, gas prices will increase, and home heating prices will surge – all to appease an extreme environmental agenda with miniscule results. This kind of overzealous taxation stifles our economic growth and adversely affects the most vulnerable Americans.”

The President’s proposed additional tax on oil would raise the price of gas by approximately 25 cents per gallon, effectively more than doubling the current federal tax on gas of 18.4 cents per gallon.  The proposed tax on oil would also increase the prices of any consumer goods and services that use oil in their preparation, production, manufacture, transport, or distribution.  These price increases would include everyday necessities, which would hit hardest lower-income Americans and those on fixed incomes. This tax would hit at a time when the oil industry is experiencing economic stagnation related to the falling market price of crude – over the course of this year, the oil and gas sector has lost thousands of jobs.  Now is not the time to debate placing additional tax burdens on this industry.

Several groups have recently proposed taxes on carbon.  These taxes are designed to drive up energy costs, meaning they will burden every family and business in America.  These proposed taxes would also increase the prices of any consumer goods and services that use carbon energy in their preparation, production, manufacture, transport, or distribution.  These price increases would include everyday necessities, which would hit hardest lower-income Americans and those on fixed incomes. This tax would hit at a time when the energy industry is experiencing economic stagnation – over the course of this year, the oil, gas and coal sectors have lost thousands of jobs.  Now is not the time to debate placing additional tax burdens on these industries.

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

 

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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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Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

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