Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Keeping the Internet in U.S. Hands


On October 1, the Department of Commerce (DOC) transferred U.S. oversight of the internet to a group of global stakeholders. While President Obama plans to move forward with the transfer, I’m joining efforts to help the U.S. retain control of the internet.

Here’s the background:

  • The foundations of this transfer were laid in 1997, when the DOC was instructed to privatize the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates internet domain names into IP addresses.
  • In 1998, the DOC established the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an American nonprofit that oversees internet protocols and domain naming.
  • Since then, the U.S. government has retained limited control over the DNS, primarily through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s (IANA) contract between our National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and ICANN.
  • In 2014, NTIA announced plans to shift key internet domain name functions to a global stakeholder community.
  • In March 2016, those stakeholders submitted a proposal for the transfer, which the NTIA accepted.

The Attorneys General of four states—Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Oklahoma—filed a lawsuit to stop the transfer, arguing that the move requires congressional approval and violates the first amendment and that the NTIA doesn’t have the authority to transfer the contract.

Others argue that this transfer could put U.S. sovereignty at risk by giving too much influence to global players. I believe control of the internet must be maintained by U.S. interests, and I am working to that end.

First, I signed a letter to DOC Secretary Penny Pritzker saying that Congress wants our (NTIA) to continue its role managing certain internet functions, including the DNS.

Second, I have taken steps toward co-sponsoring the Protecting Internet Freedom Act. Should this bill come before me for a vote, it will have my full support. The bill:

  • Prohibits the DOC from transferring oversight of the internet domain system naming unless a federal statute is enacted.
  • Directs the DOC to certify to Congress that our federal government has secured sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains.
  • Directs the DOC to certify that it has a contract with ICANN that gives the U.S. government exclusive control and use of those domains.

Instead of ceding control over the internet to global influencers and interests, we should maintain U.S. oversight over this exceptional tool. H.R. 5418 would put the privatization of the internet that began in 1997 in check, helping to preserve U.S. sovereignty.

While I am disappointed legislative action did not occur to stop this transfer prior to October 1, 2016, I am hopeful this move can be stopped through other means in the future. Control of our internet must be maintained by U.S. interests.

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Hartzler statement on passage of short-term government funding bill


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement upon House passage of a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 9, 2016:

“While governing by CR is not preferable, I am pleased Congress came to a short-term agreement that includes full-year funding for the VA and military construction projects. This short term option gives Congress a short window to resolve further funding differences such as authorizing funding for our national defense in a timely and effective manner. I am committed to making sure our troops have the resources they need to complete their missions.

I am happy this bill provides full-year funding for the VA at almost $3 billion more than 2016 levels. We are making sure our veterans are cared for in this bill by addressing the backlog of disability claims and supporting the modernization of electronic health records. I am also glad to see this legislation contain critical funding to combat the Zika virus and resources to fight the rampant opioid epidemic coursing through our country.

There is still work to be done, though. I am hopeful as House Republicans continue working to return to regular order, political gamesmanship can be set aside to give Americans a stable and dependable government that works for them.”

Rep. 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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Hartzler on passage of Water Resources Infrastructure Bill



WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement following the passage of the Water Resources and Development Act, a bill to address the needs of the nation’s water resources infrastructure and authorize key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

“Americans rely on the stable operation of critical waterways to transport the products they use every day. For example, the Missouri River, which runs through my district, is vital for Missouri farmers to ship their products around the world and receive imports such as fertilizer from abroad. This bill provides the resources our water resources need to make sure our nation can compete globally and succeed economically.

Additionally, this bill authorizes key missions of the Army Corps of Engineers, which routinely handles important flood protection projects. After the floods in Louisiana and Iowa, it is more important than ever to make sure we are using the Army Corps to protect Americans from natural disaster. I am proud to vote for this vital jobs and infrastructure bill.”

For a summary of the WRDA bill, click here.

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 on JASTA Vote


WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement after the House voted to override the President’s veto of H.R. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act:

“My heart goes out to the families of the 9-11 attacks; however, the provisions in H.R. 2040 could have the unintended consequences of jeopardizing the security of our military, our intelligence community, and our diplomats serving in foreign countries.  I share the concerns of our military commanders, national security leaders, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Thornberry that moving to remove sovereign immunity for nations could open the door for our men and women serving overseas to potential criminal or civil action in foreign courts that would threaten our national security.

As the representative of the thousands serving at or deployed from Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, I need to see they are not put at greater risk as they serve our nation.  We need to ensure our U.S. service members can focus on the mission; not worry about being hauled into a foreign court.”

Rep. Hartzler serves as the Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.


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Hartzler, Lankford Lead Amicus Brief Challenging Obama Administration’s Executive Overreach in Title IX Case


WASHINGTON – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Tuesday led over 100 Members of Congress in an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court to hear a case in which a local school district in Virginia was forced to change policies to accommodate the Department of Education’s overreaching reinterpretation of Title IX, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.

Title IX is a portion of Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

The amicus brief argues: 1) The Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to include “gender identity” is not entitled to interpretational deference to the agency; 2) Title IX’s prohibition of “sex” discrimination does not encompass “gender identity”; and 3) The Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX violates the spending clause, which requires the federal government to provide clear notice of the obligation that entities will endure before accepting federal funding.

Hartzler, a vocal advocate for state and local control of the issue, asserted, “As I have said in the past, this misinterpretation not only threatens the safety and privacy of our students, it is also a gross overreach by the executive branch. Washington should not dictate basic policy to our school districts. This is yet another example of this administration going around the Constitution to enact its political agenda. Contrary to what this administration believes, one-size-fits-all policies are not the best solution to every issue. This is about making sure our students are protected. It’s about letting schools and local leaders to determine what’s best for their students, not Washington bureaucrats.”

“The guidance issued by the Department of Education through a ‘Dear Colleague letter’ was a clear overreach of the department’s authority and an abuse of guidance directives,” said Lankford. “As chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, I have continued to follow the long pattern of how the administration tries to create law without going through the legislative process. We need to ensure all children are protected, but unelected federal bureaucrats should not make legislative policy behind closed doors. The Supreme Court’s consideration of this case is an appropriate check to ensure our country retains three equal branches of government.”

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in April ruled on G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, forcing a local Virginia school to comply with the Department of Education’s directive to change its policies regarding bathroom and locker room use by students. A stay on the ruling has been issued until the Supreme Court hears on the case. Twenty-four states, school boards, and groups of students and parents have also filed lawsuits against the Administration’s interpretation of discrimination law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The amicus brief can be found HERE.


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Hartzler statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:

“Israel lost one of its strongest champions and the world has lost a true statesman. Mr. Peres led his country with a servant’s heart and worked vigorously to bring peace and stability to the region. Though I join Israel in mourning the loss, I am hopeful his voice of reason, his collected diplomacy, and his unrelenting determination will leave a lasting example for us all.”

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



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Hartzler, Missouri Delegation urge selection of Whiteman AFB for first F-35 Reserve Fighter Squadron


WASHINGTON – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) signed a letter to United States Air Force leadership urging consideration of Whiteman Air Force Base as the first site of an F-35 fighter squadron in the Services’ Reserve Command.

In the letter, Hartzler and her fellow Missouri delegation members outlined Whiteman’s unique superiority in operating, maintaining and planning for missions involving low-observable technologies among other key attributes identified as selection criteria. The letter also reiterated points made in an initial letter sent by the Missouri delegation on June 7, 2016 voicing support for Whiteman’s selection.

The 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman AFB, which currently operates the A-10 Thunderbolt II, would receive F-35 aircraft in June 2023 if chosen in the Air Force’s strategic basing decision. The fighter wing is one of three Air National Guard and Reserve components currently operating at Whiteman AFB, which exemplifies the Air Force’s focus on Total Force Integration.

In addition to Hartzler, the letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, Claire McCaskill, Reps. William Lacy Clay, Jr., Emanuel Cleaver II, Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith, and Ann Wagner.

Rep. Hartzler serves as the Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in addition to sitting on the Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittees.


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Answering the Call for those who Answered the Call


As I have said many times in the past, our veterans are a national treasure. The countless sacrifices of our veterans have given us the freedom, prosperity, and way of life that makes our country the greatest in the world.

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District is proud to be one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts and home to tens of thousands of veterans who have served our country with distinction and honor. Our district is blessed to have them as a part of our community.

This week, the House continued its work to make sure our veterans have access to the care they have earned and deserve by passing:

H.R. 5162, the Vet Connect Act of 2016, would require VA to share medical record information with community providers in order to provide care or treatment to a shared patient.

H.R. 5392, the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act, was developed in response to inspector general and media reports that VA crisis line calls were going to voice mail because of mismanagement and lazy employees. It would require VA to develop a plan to ensure that each telephone call and text message is answered in a timely manner by an appropriately qualified live person.

H.R. 3216, the VET Act, was developed after VA refused to help a veteran suffering from a broken foot into a VA emergency room. Instead, VA hospital officials told the veteran to call 911. The bill would clarify and strengthen the VA’s obligation to provide appropriate emergency care for veterans and prohibit VA from transferring a medically unstable veteran unless the veteran makes a written request to be transferred or it is clinically necessary.

Rest assured, I will continue my work to increase the quality of veteran and active duty military care to Missourians. Veterans put their lives on the line to preserve our nation’s freedom, and we owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

Caring for our veterans is a major tenet of the House Republicans' Better Way agenda, as well. We have a better way to keep us safe and free. I urge you to take a moment to read about it here.

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Hartzler votes to prohibit cash payments to Iran


WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed the No More Cash Ransoms to Iran bill which prohibits future cash payments to Iran and demands transparency in any future settlements with the nation, which remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.

“At almost every step, what the Administration has said about this deal is not true,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.). “We know now the payment was connected to the release of the hostages. We also know cash was not the only way to pay. The President’s actions set a dangerous precedent and endanger American lives. It is poor policy.”

The bill comes in response to the Administration’s recent $400 million cash payment to Iran as part of a larger $1.7 billion settlement. The transaction has been mired in speculation and half-truths since it became known the $400 million payment—made in unmarked foreign cash—was airlifted to Iran on the same day American hostages were released.

President Obama, on August 4th, explained using cash, saying “[t]he reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran that we couldn’t send them a check and we could not wire the money.” A Treasury Department spokesman since refuted the claim, acknowledging at least two other occasions the U.S. sent money to Iran via a wire transfer.

This bill is simple,” Hartzler added, “it will not allow cash payments to Iran for any reason, and it demands transparency in future deals with Iran. We need to make sure actions are made above board and in line with longstanding U.S. policy.

According to the bill’s sponsor, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the bill makes clear that the Obama Administration violated longstanding U.S. policy by releasing prisoners and paying ransom for the return of Americans held hostage by Iran; prohibits cash payments to Iran—period; and demands transparency on future settlements to ensure they are not used to pay ransom.

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 Named Guardian of Small Business


WASHINGTON – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, today awarded Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for her outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.

“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.  “Based on her voting record, Rep. Hartzler is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington. NFIB is honored to present Vicky with this award.”

“I’m honored to receive this award,” Hartzler said. “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.”

The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award.  It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners.  NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.

Hartzler received a 100 percent voting record during the 114th Congress.


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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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