Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

VICKY'S VIEW: Remembering One of Our Own

2018/06/15

Confronting the Drug Epidemic

This week, the House addressed opioid abuse with a line-up of more than 30 bills to confront this epidemic.  

 

Click here or on the image above to see the story of Samantha Huntley, who fell victim to opioid abuse.

On Wednesday, I spoke at a press conference addressing the House’s efforts to confront opioid abuse and I shared the story of Samantha Huntley, a Kickapoo cheerleader from Springfield who died of a heroin overdose when she was 20. I shared the same story with the rest of the House on Thursday. Samantha’s story is a tragic one— she died much too young and with too much promise. Samantha was in a car crash when she was 16, broke her back in three places, and was prescribed opioids by her doctor to handle the pain. After he stopped prescribing them, Samantha began doing heroin. When she was in the deepest throes of her addiction, she told her mom it was like two different people lived inside of her— she wanted to escape the grip of addiction, but sadly, ultimately failed. She overdosed in her bedroom at home, three days after returning from drug rehab. It is a story I will never forget. 

I “met” Sam through her mom, Julie Oziah-Gideon, at the high school assemblies I held in conjunction with my second annual Drug Free Missouri Week. Julie spoke alongside motivational speaker Tom Krause and me, telling students about Sam’s story. The assemblies were well-received, but all involved acknowledged more could be done to fight drug abuse in our communities.

The House took action the last two years when it passed almost $4 billion in funding to combat opioid abuse and this week when we passed over 30 bills tackling the opioid crisis. Part of this strategy involves providing law enforcement with the tools they need to get dangerous drugs out of our schools and communities. This includes the interception of illicit opioids at international mail facilities as well.

But a crackdown by authorities is only part of the answer. In the House we are working to improve access to treatment and recovery services, encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain, and measures to address high prescribing rates while enhancing drug monitoring programs. See more about the bills we have passed this week at opioidcrisis.gop.

Opioids have been wreaking havoc on Americans and communities for far too long. In 2018, more than 2 million Americans suffered from addiction to opioids. Sadly, more than 64,000 Americans died from overdoses in 2016. One hundred and fifteen people in the United States die from opioid overdoses every day. Hopefully, the actions Congress took this week will start reversing this tragic trend and future Samanthas will get to live.

 

Providing Veterans with the Best Health Care Available

 

Click here or on the image above to see me speak about my bill at the House Veterans Affairs Committee legislative hearing on Wednesday. 

Since first coming to Congress in 2011, I have made it a priority to serve our veterans. As such, I have written legislation to make the Veterans Administration (VA) more competitive in recruiting top-quality physicians to care for our men and women who have served. This bipartisan bill, the VA Hiring Enhancement Act, H.R. 5521, authorizes the VA to begin recruiting and hiring medical residents on a timeline that is more competitive with the private sector. This bill also does away with non-compete agreements for private physicians if they are being considered for positions within the Veterans Health Administration, so the VA can hire the best health care professionals to serve those who have served us. Our veterans have served us; it is time for us to provide them with the best health care available. Achieving that includes eliminating the barriers that stand in the way of the VA recruiting the best people.

On Wednesday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing to review my bill - I am excited to see it progress forward. With this bill, we are getting closer to increased quality of veteran care.

 

North Korea: Historic Progress

The world stopped and watched this week as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore – the first meeting between sitting leaders of both countries. 


This summit has brought about renewed optimism that the Korean Peninsula could be on the way to peace and stability. South Korean President Moon Jae-In released a statement, on Facebook, expressing that optimism: “The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth.” He added, “It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world who long for peace.”

CNN agreed this event was monumental. Anchor Alisyn Camerota said, “The devil will be in the details, but for the moment, it’s a historic day and he’s achieved more than any other U.S. sitting President at least with this historic summit and handshake.”

President Trump’s goal is, of course, a complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearized North Korea, and only time will tell whether North Korea, a long-time international threat, will honor its pledge to abandon its nuclear program. There is much work to be done in the months and years ahead to ensure North Korea pursues the path of peace and prosperity, but the Singapore Summit has been a good start.

Photos of the Week

Thank you, Governor Parson, for hosting the Missouri delegation Monday morning to discuss how we can work together to move Missouri forward.

 

It was a pleasure talking with young leaders of American House Council Tuesday afternoon about their equestrian activities and the benefits of equine therapy for veterans.

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention made the time to stop by my Washington office Tuesday to discuss the epidemic of suicide in our country, and how it impacts Missouri residents. I so appreciated hearing their stories.

 

On Wednesday I had a great meeting with Ameris from Bunceton High School, who was on a Close Up trip to Washington D.C. 

 

It was great to meet with H.R. Block on Wednesday about the products and services they provide to Missouri’s Fourth District. Thank you for stopping by!

 

A big thanks to Heartland Credit Union Association for making the time to stop by my Washington D.C. office on Wednesday!

 

Later on Wednesday, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence took the time to stop by my office to discuss preventing and addressing domestic and sexual violence in Missouri.

 

I was so glad to get the chance to speak with students from Missouri Electric Cooperative when they were in D.C. on Wednesday.

 

I had a great meeting Wednesday with SourceAmerica to discuss employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Thank you for stopping by!

 

On Thursday morning I participated in an important House Armed Services Committee hearing on Navy and Air Force depot policy issues and infrastructure concerns.

 

In March I introduced a bill that would allow the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to detect, track, and engage with drones that pose a security risk. On Thursday, Dedrone met with me and discussed why this bill is so crucial to national security.

 

I enjoying being with my team at the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday! It was a year ago yesterday when a deranged gunman shot Steve Scalise & hurt others. I’m so thankful Rep. Scalise was with us Thursday, starting at 2nd base! #GodIsGood

 

The Good News about Tax Reform

There is more good news this week regarding the tax reform package that is helping to send out economy soaring.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reports small business optimism rose in May to its highest level in more than 30 years. Reports of pay increases also hit record highs – and the new tax law is being credited as one of the reasons. The NFIB report states: “The new tax code is returning money to the private sector where history makes clear it will be better invested than by a government bureaucracy. Regulatory costs, as significant as taxes, are being reduced.”

 

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Hartzler, 55 Members Ask HHS to Investigate Planned Parenthood Cover-Up of Child Sex Abuse

2018/06/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and fifty-five other members of Congress called on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) yesterday to investigate Planned Parenthood after a report came out last week chronicling a longstanding pattern of the organization’s failure to report the sexual abuse of minors.

 

“It is unthinkable that Planned Parenthood would perform an abortion on a young girl with no questions asked,” Congresswoman Hartzler said. “The thought makes me shudder. It is alarming that an organization with a signature pattern of failure to report child sexual abuse continues to receive taxpayer money. We need to investigate how widespread Planned Parenthood’s complicity truly is; this abuse needs to stop.”

 

Live Action released a report and documentary series last week that included accounts from victims who had been to Planned Parenthood, former Planned Parenthood employee testimonies, state health department reports and undercover footage. The report details the long history the organization has of looking the other way when girls who are likely victims of sex abuse, as young as 12 and 13, are brought in for an abortion.

 

Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose stated, “When a child is the victim of sexual abuse by a family member or the victim of a pimp who has forced her into a life of sex-slavery, she deserves to be protected, not to be victimized again by an abortion facility that willingly turns a blind eye to her torture. We are grateful that so many members of Congress are pushing to initiate an investigation into Planned Parenthood and help put an end to this horrific cycle of abuse.

 

“The fact that Planned Parenthood has for decades participated in the ongoing abuse of children proves that its priority is selling abortions, not caring for the most vulnerable of girls. Planned Parenthood’s culture of cover-up must end, the cycle of abuse of innocent children must end, and Planned Parenthood’s half a billion dollars in annual federal funding must end. Taxpayers cannot be forced to subsidize these abuses of children.”

 

See the full letter below (or click here) that Congresswoman Hartzler and her colleagues sent to HHS yesterday.

 

June 7, 2018

 

Alex M. Azar II

Secretary

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20201

 

Dear Secretary Azar,

 

We are writing to express deep concern with a recent report compiling several court cases, state health department reports, and testimonials from former Planned Parenthood employees that highlight multiple instances where Planned Parenthood facilities across the country have repeatedly and deliberately failed to report the suspected sexual abuse of minors in their care. As you know, Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X family planning funds, receiving about $60 million annually. In light of this report and the influx of federal resources to this organization, we respectfully request that you investigate Planned Parenthood, as well as other current Title X recipients to determine how widespread the failure of abuse reporting is.

 

As you know, since 1999, federal law has annually included the expectation that all recipients of federal Title X family planning funds follow all state laws requiring the reporting of suspected child sexual abuse, rape, and incest:

 

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no provider of services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act shall be exempt from any State law requiring notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.”

 

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Population Affairs reminds Title X recipients of the need to follow state reporting requirements annually in its grant announcements. The requirement is also reiterated in the latest Office of Population Affairs Title X manual from April 2014.

 

We know that reporting cases of abuse or suspected abuse is of increasing concern to your agency. In HHS’ recently published proposed rule governing the Title X family planning program, a new provision was incorporated to “address explicitly the requirement for Title X projects to comply with all State and local laws regarding the notification or reporting of crimes involving sexual exploitation, child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking.” This new provision interprets federal appropriations law so as to require Title X recipients to report on intimate partner violence as well as instances of human trafficking for all ages. This is in addition to reporting on sexual abuse cases involving minors.

 

Despite the increased attention to combatting sexual abuse, the cases detailed in the enclosed report demonstrate that Planned Parenthood has continuously embraced a culture of turning a blind eye to suspected abuse. Rather than reporting suspicious incidents to authorities as state law often requires, Planned Parenthood has chosen repeatedly to perform abortions on children as young as 12 and 13 years old and then return these young clients to their abusers. The following cases document how Planned Parenthood’s failure to report has allowed abusers to get away with years of additional, ongoing abuse of their victims.

 

  • Washington, 2014: George Savanah had repeatedly raped his daughter and impregnated her when she was 14, 16, and 17 years old. Each time he got her pregnant, he took her to Planned Parenthood and forced her to get an abortion. Planned Parenthood repeatedly failed to report the suspicious incidents to authorities, even though the victim was a minor.
  • Colorado, 2012: Timothy David Smith had been sexually abusing his stepdaughter for seven years. When she became pregnant at 13, he took her to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood performed an abortion without notifying the child’s parents and without reporting the suspected abuse as required by Colorado law. Planned Parenthood then sent the child back home with Smith, where he continued to rape and abuse her. 
  • Ohio, 2004: Denise Fairbanks had been sexually abused by her father since she was 13. When she became pregnant at age 16, he took her to Planned Parenthood and forced her to have an abortion. Denise told the staff that she was being forced to have sex, but they ignored her pleas and refused to report the incident to authorities. After the abortion, Denise was sent back home with her father, where he continued to abuse her.

 

Despite the evidence that reporting problems seems to be a pervasive part of the organization’s culture, Planned Parenthood facilities continue to receive Title X funding.

 

The report’s findings suggest that abusers feel comfortable taking their victims to Planned Parenthood. We are therefore requesting an investigation into Title X recipients, particularly Planned Parenthood, to determine how widespread this failure is and if there are other instances where Planned Parenthood failed in its duty to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to HHS.

 

We specifically request the following information from HHS:

 

  • All records (including from regional offices) regarding any and all incidents of Planned Parenthood Title X recipients’ failure to report suspected sexual abuse of minors in their care;
  • A record of the steps taken to bring the recipient into compliance each time it was discovered that a Planned Parenthood Title X recipient failed to report suspected abuse, and documentation of the consequences for each recipient that refused to come into compliance; and
  • Data from Planned Parenthood Title X facilities for the past 10 years showing in the aggregate how many children below their particular states’ age of consent received services that would indicate they were sexually active (such as abortions and tests or treatments for sexually transmitted infections), as well as the number of reports of suspected child sexual abuse Planned Parenthood made to law enforcement during that same period.

 

Thank you for your attention to this pressing matter and we look forward to receiving your response.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Sen. Joni K. Ernst

Rep. Christopher H. Smith

Rep. Mark Walker

Rep. Diane Black

Rep. Bill Flores

Rep. Roger Williams

Rep. Ted Budd

Rep. Walter B. Jones

Rep. Randy Weber

Rep. Pete Olson

Rep. Mike Kelly

Rep. Steve King

Rep. Ralph Norman

Rep. Steve Pearce

Rep. Ann Wagner

Rep. Jody B. Hice

Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D.

Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D.

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Rep. H. Morgan Griffith

Rep. Keith Rothfus

Rep. Francis Rooney

Rep. Bob Gibbs

Rep. David Rouzer

Rep. Andy Harris, M.D.

Rep. Jim Banks

Rep. Tom Cole

Rep. Richard Hudson

Rep. Barry Loudermilk

Rep. Glenn Grothman

Rep. Brian Babin, D.D.S.

Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis

Rep. Tim Walberg

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer

Rep. Jackie Walorski

Rep. Ron Estes

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

Rep. Claudia Tenney

Rep. Steve Chabot

Rep. Steve Russell

Rep. Rick Crawford

Rep. Lou Barletta

Rep. Ken Buck

Rep. Ted S. Yoho, DVM

Rep. John Rutherford

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter

Rep. Sean P. Duffy

Rep. Debbie Lesko

Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Rep. Doug Lamborn

Rep. Mike Johnson

Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Rep. Mia Love

Rep. K. Michael Conaway

Sen. James Lankford

 

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Hartzler Leads Congressional Effort Urging Trump to Address North Korea Human Rights Violations at Summit

2018/06/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) led a congressional effort urging President Trump to address North Korea’s vast human and religious rights violations when the Administration conducts future nuclear negotiations with North Korea. 

 

“The Administration has a unique opportunity to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Hartzler said. “The treatment of prisoners and detainees in North Korea’s prison camps has been nothing short of heinous.  The return of the late Otto Warmbier last June, who entered captivity in good health but was freed in such a poor state that he tragically succumbed to his injuries, serves as a sober reminder of how close-to-home this issue truly is.  As a free nation that values life and religious freedom, America cannot stand by while the Kim regime continues to commit atrocious crimes against humanity.”

 

Hartzler was joined by 36 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump about the issue prior to the scheduled June 12 summit with North Korea in Singapore. The letter cites eye witness accounts of rape, torture, and executions that occur in North Korea’s prison camps, including a newborn baby being fed to guard dogs.

 

“For generations the people of North Korea have been victims of atrocious and inhumane acts committed by the Kim family,” she added. “Any negotiations with North Korea must include the dismantlement of these horrific prison camps.  We must do everything in our power to alleviate the suffering occurring within North Korea’s borders.”

 

You can read Hartzler’s letter here.

 

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee.

  

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VICKY'S VIEW: Around the World in 11 Days

2018/06/08

Around the World in 11 Days

Last week I had the tremendous honor of traveling to Europe and Southeast Asia on an important defense mission, as part of my role as House Armed Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman. Here are some of the photos from my meetings.


First on our trip, we stopped at the Belleau Wood Battlefield and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. Sadly, 2,289 U.S. soldiers are buried here.This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended “The War to End All Wars”. It was a privilege to pay tribute to all those who gave their all in this epic struggle.  
 


I joined (L-R) Rep. Carol-Shea Porter, House Armed Services Chairman Thornberry, and Rep. Henry Cuellar in laying a wreath in honor of the servicemen we lost in the Battle of Belleau in 1918. It was a sober reminder that freedom is not free and we should never forget.  

 


Next, we stopped in New Dehli to meet with senior government officials and parliamentarians. India is an important strategic partner and the world’s largest democracy. We have much in common and can benefit as military and economic partners. We had very productive discussions on how we can move forward with the India Minister of Defense, Nirmala Sitharaman. 


 

 
Our bi-partisan delegation went next to Sri Lanka, where we were honored to meet with the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena (on the right). Pictured with us is (L-R) U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry. Sri Lanka is located in a strategic location on the Indian Ocean and is making advances in reconciliation after its 26-year Civil War ended in 2009. We hope to expand our friendship with the country and support its efforts to grow as a nation upholding the rule of law and human rights. 

 

Next we went to the Philippines where I had the chance to meet with soldiers at Camp Navarro in the southern portion of the country. On the right I am pictured with Jordan Stotler, who hailed from the Show Me State! We are so proud of the work he and the other Marines are doing for our nation. These Special Forces are carrying out an important advisory role to Philippine armed forces who are battling ISIS forces that have established a foothold on the island of Mindanao. This terrorist organization captured the city of Marawi last year. It took the Philippine Army several months to regain control. We want to support efforts of our key partner to stop the spread of ISIS  into Southeast Asia.   

 


Next, I joined the delegation in laying a wreath at the Manila American Cemetery (also in the Philippines), which contains the largest number of graves of American military from WWII. So many have given so much for the cause of freedom. We owe them all a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay. It is our task to see that the flame of freedom never goes out for future generations. 

 


  
Lastly, we went to Singapore where we participated in the Shangri-La Dialogue, a conference attended by delegations from across the world focused on the security of the Indo-Pacific region. Above we participated in a press conference articulating the United States’ commitment to peace, free navigation of the region’s shipping lanes, and support of our allies. 

 

 

  
At the conference, our delegation (including Rep. Mike Conaway who joined us) had the opportunity to meet with Secretary Jim Mattis in Singapore before we headed back to the United States. He spoke at the Conference giving a clear vision of our strategic goals in the region. You can access his remarks here.

 

It was an honor to represent the United States on this trip and I believe our engagements were productive in supporting our allies and our shared goals for a free and secure world.  
 

Important Bills in Washington this Week



The House was busy this week! We passed multiple bills that will positively impact Missouri and our district. Here’s a brief outline. 

H.R. 5895 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act

  • Provides highest funding in history for the Veteran Affairs Administration including $71.2 billion for medical care including:

    • $589M for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment

    • $387M for opioid abuse prevention

    • $270M for rural veterans’ health

    • $196M for suicide prevention outreach

  • Modernize VA’s electronic health record system & provide seamless care to vets transitioning from military service ($1.2 billion)

  • Provides $45 billion for the Army Corp of Engineers, Department of Energy, and our nation’s nuclear weapons security programs

  • Invests in our nation’s infrastructure and increases American competitiveness - including $7 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects at our nation’s ports, waterways, and flood protection infrastructure 

  • Repeals the Waters of the United States rule, which is a massive federal land grab affecting nearly all Missouri landowners

 

H.R. 3 - Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act

  • Rescinds (de-obligates) $15 billion in funding for various programs that were unable to use their previous appropriations as requested by President Trump

  • Affects programs at the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation and the Treasury, as well as the Railroad Retirement Board.

  • Funding proposed to be rescinded have in many cases been left unspent by agencies for years

 

H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act

  • Establishes a grant program to provide resources to state and local entities to curb the rise in gang activity and violence

  • Allows for localities receiving grant funding the broad autonomy to use in ways best suited for their communities

 

H.R. 801 - Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act

  • Designates Route 66 – which winds through Missouri from St. Louis to Joplin – as a National Historic Trail

  • Allows for federal funding to be utilized to go towards projects that preserve and promote the historical significance of Route 66

  • The designation as a National Historic Trail will likely increase the profile of Route 66 and boost tourism along its path 

     

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom

Speaking at a rally for Jack Phillips in 2017.

The United States Supreme Court delivered a major victory this week for our First Amendment rights as it ruled in favor of baker Jack Phillips in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. 


Mr. Phillips, who runs his business according to his sincerely held religious beliefs, felt that a government directive to create a personalized wedding cake for a same-sex couple was an intrusion and a violation of his First Amendment rights. By a vote of 7-2, the justices agreed with Mr. Phillips.


Jack Phillips believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage - and the First Amendment protects his right to not be forced to do something contrary to your deeply held beliefs. I led an effort in which 88 Members of Congress submitted an amicus or “friend of the court” brief last year to the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the importance of protecting Mr. Phillips’ right of conscience. We were pleased with the outcome. 


This Supreme Court ruling solidifies religious liberty, which is protected under our Bill of Rights, for all men and women of all faiths across the country. In so-doing, it makes clear that government cannot force any American to violate his or her religious convictions. It was a great outcome!

 

Holding Planned Parenthood Accountable


On Thursday I was honored to speak along Lila Rose of Live Action and my colleagues in Congress to expose Planned Parenthood’s longstanding failure to report the sexual abuse of minors.

This week I led a press conference with several of my Congressional colleagues to discuss concerns over revelations that Planned Parenthood has repeatedly failed to report the suspected sexual abuse of minors. A report was released last week from Live Action detailing multiple instances in which Planned Parenthood failed to report these atrocities to the appropriate authorities.


In response to this very disturbing report, my colleagues and I sent a letter to Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II to express our concern and to ask the agency to investigate recipients of federal family planning money – particularly Planned Parenthood – to determine how widespread this reporting failure is. Our goal is also to determine if there are other instances in which Planned Parenthood was neglectful in its duty to report suspected child abuse.


Planned Parenthood receives approximately $60 million each year in family planning dollars. In exchange for these taxpayer dollars, Planned Parenthood is required to comply with state laws regarding the reporting of suspected cases of child abuse to the authorities. Clearly, this is not the case. HHS needs to ensure this doesn’t happen again. 

Calling Attention to North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses


As President Trump plans his meetings with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, several of my colleagues and I are calling on the President – in those upcoming talks – to raise the issues of human rights violations and religious freedom violations in North Korea.

In a letter sent to President Trump, we acknowledge the main focus of the meeting will be the elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but we urge him to also demand the dismantlement of North Korea’s prison camps and end human and religious rights abuses.

These injustices include the deliberate starvation, malnutrition and overwork of prisoners in prison camps, resulting in countless deaths. In addition, multiple witnesses have told of prisoners being tortured and killed on account of their religious beliefs. It is my hope that President Trump will put maximum pressure on the North Korean regime to address and end this barbarity! 

 

Remembering Our Troops Who Saved the World from Tyranny



On Wednesday, the United States and the free world commemorated the 74th anniversary of perhaps the most consequential military operation ever launched. It was on June 6, 1944 that troops from the United States, Britain, and Canada stormed the beaches at Normandy in what was known as Operation Overlord – better known as D-Day. This invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe gave the Allied forces a foothold in France and set the stage for ending World War II in the European Theater.


General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Operation Overlord, issued a passionate message to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force as they prepared for this historic endeavor:


“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”


The following May, Germany surrendered and Victory in Europe was celebrated. In August of 1945, Japan surrendered. And in September, World War II formally came to an end.


While we praise and thank all Americans who fought in all our wars, we owe a special debt of gratitude to those who were a part of this great invasion into hostile territory. They were, literally, a force that saved the world!

Photos of the Week

I was thankful to talk to the Missouri Hospital Association on Tuesday about ways to combat the opioid epidemic that has been infecting our nation. 
 

 
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak at an event hosted by the Long Range Strike Caucus, which I co-chair. The Air Force bomber fleet provides a unique ability for the United States to rapidly strike any target in the world; however, this fleet is rapidly aging. The Long Range Strike Caucus educates members on our bomber fleet’s current capabilities and how they need to be improved to continue to be a compelling deterrent to our enemies. 

 

  
On Thursday it was a pleasure to meet with Lakeland High School FFA at my office in Washington.

 

A Dose of Good News

The New York Times ran out of words to describe how good the job numbers are!

“The real question is analyzing the May jobs numbers released Friday is whether there are enough synonyms for ‘good’ in an online thesaurus to describe then adequately. So, for example, ‘splendid’ and ‘excellent’ fit the bill. Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.”

 

The Good News about Tax Reform

Employees of yet another major company are benefitting from tax reform. Costco announced an increase in starting wages to $14 an hour, a $1 increase for entry level positions. The company will also raise wages for other hourly workers by up to 50 cents an hour. This change, which takes effect June 11, will affect 130,000 employees. MarketWatch reports Costco expects the change to cost it between $110 and $120 million annually, but it will be offset with an expected 7 percent drop in the company’s tax rate. 

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Hartzler Welcomes Designation of Route 66 as a National Historic Trail

2018/06/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) supported a bill the House passed Tuesday to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail.

 

“Every turn down Route 66 reveals a memory from the past, whether it is an old restaurant, gas station, or motel. Route 66 attracts visitors to the ‘Show Me State’ from all over the world,” said Hartzler. “The designation of this highway as a ‘National Historic Trail’ will allow us to preserve the historic and unique features alongside it. As part of the National Historic Trails system, Route 66 will attract visitors to our state and our district for many generations to come.”

 

Historic Route 66 runs 2,400 miles through seven states – including Missouri – from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. In Missouri, the “Mother Road” winds its way from St. Louis in the east to Joplin at the western edge of the state, running through three counties – Pulaski, Laclede, and Webster – in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

 

There are currently 19 National Historic Trails that follow original trails or routes of travel that are of national historical significance. Two of the trails, the Lewis & Clark National Trail and the Santa Fe National Trail, are part of the MO-4 landscape.

 

This bill has now been referred to the Senate for consideration.

  

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Hartzler, Johnson Praise SCOTUS Decision to Protect First Amendment

2018/06/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling in favor of Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, fortifying our constitutionally protected rights and acknowledging that the government overstepped its bounds in punishing Jack for operating his business according to his sincerely held religious beliefs.

 

In September 2017, Reps. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and Mike Johnson (LA-04) led an effort with 86 members of Congress to submit an amicus brief to help explain why Jack Phillips' right of conscience​ should be protected.

  

Rep. Hartzler released the following statement:

 

“Today’s decision is a landmark win for Jack Philips and Masterpiece Cakeshop. No one should be banished from the marketplace for peacefully living out his or her faith and for shaping business practices accordingly. The First Amendment protects Jack’s deeply held beliefs in the sanctity of marriage and his ability to create art reflective of his convictions and conscience.

 

“Justice Kennedy delivered a solid 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court victory for men and women of all faiths across America. Hostility towards peoples of faith has no room in our society and the government should not punish Jack, or others like him, whose religious perspective differs from others’ perspectives.”

 

Rep. Johnson released the following statement:

 

"Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling affirming the first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights--religious liberty. This victory for Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who was compelled to shut down part of his business simply because he respectfully lived out his Christian faith, is a victory for every American. In this country, no government entity has the power to force a person to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. To maintain a free society, we must ensure that even views disfavored by the government are still allowed. Tolerance is a two-way street. 

 

“Jack ​loves all people, serves all people and happily sells his baked goods to all people. He simply had a humble, respectful objection that prevented him from using his ​artistic ability to create a cake for a ceremony that violated his Biblically-based beliefs. The court recognized that if the government could force him to do so, it would violate more than two centuries on constitutional precedent and set a dangerous precedent for the rights of every American."

 

Background

In 2012, two men entered Jack Phillips’ shop, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and asked Jack to design a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage. Because of his religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, Jack told the couple that he would gladly sell them anything in his store or create a cake for them for another occasion, but would not design a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage.

 

The couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and in 2014, the commission determined that Phillips’ decision to live by his conscience was unlawful. The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the commission’s ruling in 2015. Jack took his case to the Supreme Court asking them to recognize that the government oversteps its authority when it compels artists to apply their expressive talents to celebrate events or express ideas that contravene their sincerely held religious beliefs.

 

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VICKY'S VIEW: Rebuilding our National Defense!

2018/05/25

Rebuilding our National Defense!


America’s national defense is on its way to getting a well-deserved and long overdue funding increase. I was pleased to join my House colleagues in voting this week for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. This bipartisan legislation authorizes $717 billion for our national security to protect America from growing threats we face around the world. 

The NDAA provides our troops with the equipment they need to take on our enemies and nations that want to harm us. Additionally, our men and women in uniform will benefit from a 2.6 percent pay raise. These brave servicemen and women have earned this pay increase, and I was happy to vote to give it to them. 

The FY 2019 NDAA not only ensures that our nation is protected against global threats, but also is good for the military installations of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

It fully funds the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 force at Whiteman Air Force Base – and it supports funding for critical B-2 modernization programs to maintain long range strike capability until the B-21 is up and running. It also provides funding for A-10 modifications to guarantee the A-10 fleet at Whiteman and elsewhere will continue to be operational. 

Fort Leonard Wood benefits, as well, with an increase in the Army’s active duty end strength by 4,000 for a total of 487,500 soldiers – many of whom will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood. 

Additionally, I am pleased with provisions of this bill relating to the House Armed Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, which I chair. The NDAA contains provisions to combat efforts by our adversaries to gain unauthorized access to highly sensitive military technology. These provisions include an extra layer of vetting for dual-nationals wishing to work at the Department of Defense or the National Nuclear Security Administration. 

Providing our military with the funding needed to fully protect our homeland, coupled with pay increases for our men and women in uniform, is a winning combination that should make all Americans proud. I look forward to the NDAA making its way through the Senate and getting to President Trump’s desk as soon as possible. 
 

Opening Access to Experimental Treatments

Click here or on the image above to see Rep. Hartzler speak in support of the Right to Try Act.

This week the House approved common sense legislation that could actually save lives. S. 204, the Right to Try Act of 2017, would open access to experimental treatments to any patient who has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease or condition and who has exhausted approved treatment options. This bill is directed primarily at children, adolescents, and young adults. I am a cosponsor of the House version of this bill and spoke in support of it last year. 

This legislation does not create any new regulations or directives. It does, however, expand the scope of individual liberty among patients whose treatment options are limited. And, it establishes national standards and rules by which investigational drugs and treatments may be provided to terminally ill patients. 

I have long said that we must do what we can to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process. While this bill does not force quicker approval, it does relieve government regulations that could otherwise be a roadblock to investigational treatments for chronically ill patients. Furthermore, it does not encroach on state or local authority. I look forward to President Trump, who has said this is one of his priorities, signing this bill. 

The House also approved the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018. I am pleased to say this bill is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever taken up by Congress. It would make it easier for the National Institutes of Health to research childhood cancer and it would also allow states to better track incidents of childhood cancer. Additionally, the bill would help survivors suffering secondary side effects from their initial fight with cancer. It’s a great step forward.

This bill, alongside the Right to Try Act, is also on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 
 

Banking on Regulatory Relief

This week, the House approved the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to provide relief from the Dodd-Frank Act for consumers and community financial institutions. Dodd-Frank was passed after the 2008 mortgage crisis with the intention of putting more regulations on the “big banks.” Sadly, it has most onerously impacted small community banks and we are losing one a day as a result. 

The bill we passed this week will help alleviate some of these compliance mandates by raising the threshold for which banks are required to comply with Dodd-Frank’s strictest standards. Many of Dodd-Frank’s regulations lead to higher cost of capital, which ultimately evolves into higher costs for consumers. Under the new bill we passed, smaller banks would no longer have to participate annually in Federal Reserve stress tests and they would operate under a streamlined capital structure. 

America’s smaller institutions play an important role in our financial system, facilitating lending and retail banking services. I’m pleased that we worked quickly to pass this bill and that the President signed it into law on Thursday.

 

Photos of the Week

On Tuesday I was blessed to have my pastor, Mark Goeglein, deliver the opening prayer of the House. We're blessed to be a nation that still believes in the power of prayer and thankful to have prayer over our workings here in the U.S. Capitol.

 

I am so proud of Ambassador Sam Brownback and the good work he is doing defending religious freedom around the world. I appreciated him being a special guest at our VAT Team Breakfast Tuesday morning.

 

On Wednesday I had a former foster youth, Jasper Gain, shadow me for the day! She also took over my Facebook and Twitter for the morning while she attended meetings with me.

 

Later Tuesday morning, Jasper got to sit in on a meeting I had with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors to discuss health insurance.

 

Wednesday afternoon I met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss the implementation of a bill I passed into law last year, H.R. 1117. My legislation fosters better communication between FEMA and communities after disasters.

 

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I firmly believe that the actions of Congress and the White House are changing America for the better and making Americans more optimistic about the future. Now, a new Gallup Poll indicates we are on the right track. 

“67 percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to find a quality job in the U.S., the highest percentage in 17 years of Gallup polling. Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percentage points since Donald Trump was elected President. Optimism rises among all age, income education groups.” 
 

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National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House

2018/05/24

Click here or on the image above to see Congresswoman Hartzler speak in support of the FY19 NDAA.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives voted to advance the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a bipartisan vote of 351 - 66. This bill authorizes funds for America’s national defense and provides our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to meet evolving threats around the globe. As a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler played in instrumental role in drafting the FY 19 NDAA.

 

“For years I have been fighting to increase funding for our military, and the two-year budget deal passed earlier this year paved the way for me and my colleagues to craft this bipartisan piece of legislation,” Hartzler said. “This bill will provide our men and women in uniform with much needed funding to chip away at the severe readiness crisis that has plagued all corners of the military. Our troops selflessly protect our nation from threats every day, and it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure they have sufficient equipment and training to respond to those threats. This bill does just that.”

 

Congresswoman Hartzler, who serves as Chairwoman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, worked diligently to include several provisions related to the subcommittee’s work to protect sensitive military information. “I am proud of the provisions included in this bill that combat efforts by our adversaries seeking to gain unauthorized access to highly sensitive military technology. The bill also works to tackle security clearance reciprocity issues as the defense security clearance background investigation process is transferred from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense,” Hartzler said.

 

Congresswoman Hartzler also offered a bipartisan amendment to ensure federal agencies do not purchase Chinese-made surveillance cameras.

 

“We must face the reality that the Chinese-government is using every avenue at its disposal to target the United States, including expanding the role of Chinese companies in the U.S. domestic communications and public safety sectors. Video surveillance and security equipment sold by Chinese companies exposes the U.S. government to significant vulnerabilities and my amendment will ensure that China cannot create a video surveillance network within federal agencies.”

 

Congresswoman Hartzler also offered a bipartisan amendment to ensure military installations have the tools necessary to interdict small drones that may pose a risk to the safety and security of base facilities and personnel. She noted the amendment expands authorities granted in past years to ensure that mobility airlift bases, such as Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, are able to protect themselves from rogue or unauthorized drones. Allowing military installations to use the appropriate technology to interdict a threatening drone helps ensure that potential threats are removed safely and effectively with little effect on the surrounding populations.

 

Hartzler added that the NDAA also has key provisions for Missouri and for national defense:

  • Authorizes 24 additional F-18 Super Hornets to address the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall.
  • Fully funds the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base. 
  • Supports funding for critical B-2 modernization programs to ensure the bomber fleet maintains its long range strike capability until the B-21 is operational.
  • Provides funding for A-10 modifications to guarantee that the A-10 fleet, including those at Whiteman, will continue to be operational.
  • Raises the Air National Guard control grade cap to help the Missouri Air National Guard fill much needed positions.
  • Increases the Army’s active duty end strength by 4,000 for a total of 487,500 soldiers, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood.
  • Authorizes funding for the continued development of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency complex in St. Louis.
  • Supports funding for engine upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
  • Provides much needed support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plant like the one at Lake City.

Congresswoman Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District – home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.

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Hartzler Supports Legislation Targeting Childhood Cancer

2018/05/22

Congresswoman Hartzler speaks in favor of the Right to Try Act. Click here or on the image above to see her speech.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) supported two pieces of important health care legislation today. The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 and the Right to Try Act both passed the House and now head to the White House for consideration. 

 

“The Childhood Cancer Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever taken up by Congress,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler said. “It would increase the National Institutes of Health’s ability to research childhood cancer, enhance states’ ability to track childhood cancer, and help survivors suffering from secondary side effects from their initial fight with cancer. This bill is a great step forward in researching this disease.”

 

Specifically, this bill would reauthorize the national childhood cancer registry through FY2022, authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to state cancer registries, establish a task force to develop and test standards for high-quality childhood cancer long-term care, and identify opportunities to expand the research of therapeutics necessary to treat childhood cancers.

 

Hartzler also supported the Right to Try Act, which empowers patients by providing them the freedom to seek out cures for life threatening diseases. “The Right to Try bill would allow terminally-ill patients who have exhausted all available treatment options to access drugs that have passed the preliminary human-testing phase and are still being evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration,” said Hartzler, who took an interest in this legislation after meeting with a family whose father suffered from ALS and had exhausted all treatment options. “Families like this need us to act,” Hartzler continued.  Previously, the Congresswoman spoke on the House floor in support of this important legislation. Click here or on the image above to see her speech.

 

Specifically, this legislation would prevent the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from interfering with states like Missouri that have already passed similar Right to Try laws. It would also require drug manufacturers to report to the FDA in real time any adverse reactions patients may have to the drug.

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VICKY'S VIEW: Veterans Receiving Care they Deserve

2018/05/18

Making it Easier for Veterans to Get the Care they Deserve

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill to make sweeping improvements to health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)! First, the bill would streamline the VA’s many community health care programs into just one program. While the programs are being consolidated, it would provide continued funding for the Choice Program.

 

This funding is particularly important in light of Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie’s April announcement that the VA Choice Program will run out of funding in early to mid-June, potentially creating another access to care crisis. Passage of this bill will avert this crisis.

 

Second, the bill would create a non-partisan process for reviewing the VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned. Specifically, it would begin a process of reallocating money from underutilized facilities to facilities that are more heavily used, in order to better serve our veterans. 

 

Lastly, the bill would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Program, which provides aid to family members of veterans who are providing full or part-time care to that disabled veteran. The bill would expand this program to caregivers of veterans who served before 9/11, while currently, the program is only available to caregivers of veterans who served after 9/11. 

 

Congress has worked tirelessly with veterans’ service organizations and the VA to create this bill, and I’m so pleased with what it means for our veterans. It will help veterans access care in their communities, take a close look at the VA’s aging infrastructure so that it can be improved, and help support the heroic efforts of those family members who have, in some cases, left their careers to care for the veterans in their lives.

 

I look forward to the Senate taking up this piece of important legislation. 

 

On Wednesday, I also had the opportunity to testify at a hearing held by the House Veterans Affairs Committee about changes the VA should make to better provide for veterans. I spoke about persistent understaffing at the Department and how my bill, H.R. 5521, the VA Hiring Enhancement Act, would take a step to remedy the situation.

 

Specifically, my bill would allow civilian physicians to be released from their private practice non-compete agreements so they can serve in the VA. It would also make the training requirements for VA physicians more rigorous, so that they are held to the same standards as most civilian doctors.

 

Also, my bill would direct the VA to begin recruiting doctors before they finish med school, similar to most private sector health care providers. Currently, private sector health care providers begin recruiting medical residents as they begin their final year of residency, and residents often end up with a solid job offer from the private sector before VA recruiters are even able to get their recruiting process started. 
 

I am hopeful this bill will gain traction after the hearing in which I participated on Wednesday. Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter to find out when there are updates on this bill.

 

Whiteman Air Force Base Wins Omaha Trophy!

Photo caption: (L-R): CMSgt Patrick McMahon (Senior Enlisted Leader U.S. Strategic Command), General John E. Hyten,Commander (U.S. Strategic Command), Mr. Steve Martin (Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska), Brigadier General John J. Nichols (Commander, 509th Bomb Wing), Colonel Ken Eaves (Commander, 131st Bomb Wing), CMSgt James Lyda (Command Chief, 509th Bomb Wing), and CMSgt Jessica Settle (Command Chief, 131st Bomb Wing).

 

Last week, my staff had the honor and privilege of attending the ceremony for the presentation of the Omaha Trophy to Whiteman Air Force 509th and 131st Bomb Wings. The Omaha Trophy was first presented in 1971.  It is awarded to units for excellence in strategic deterrence and global strike. Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) won the trophy for executing the best Strategic Bomber Operations of 2017.

 

General John E. Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command attended the ceremony and acknowledged the importance of the hard work, day in and day out, of the people he leads -- including those at Whiteman Air Force Base. “You’re being recognized because you’re the best,” Hyten said. “I’m just here to say ‘thanks.’” Steve Martin, former President/CEO of BC/BS Omaha and member of the Strategic Command Consultation Committee, presented the award to the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings.


Congratulations to the Whiteman Air Force Base for receiving this prestigious award!

 

Honoring Those Who Keep Us Safe

This week we commemorated #NationalPoliceWeek. Law enforcement professionals are often the unsung heroes who put their lives in harm’s way each day to keep our communities safe and they deserve our recognition and appreciation. Sadly, we were reminded of this only this morning when Warsaw Police Chief Jason Wenberg was shot in the chest by an escaping suspect. I am thankful that he’s in stable condition and I am praying for his quick recovery. 

This event, and events from earlier this year, impress on our hearts the sober reality of the price of protection and selfless sacrifice. 

Earlier this year we lost two Clinton, Missouri Police Officers in the line of duty, Officer Gary Michaels and Officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Two other officers were injured when Officer Morton was killed, Officer Nathan Bettencourt and Officer Nicholas Kasper. These outstanding individuals have dedicated their lives to service in and out of uniform and Officers Morton and Michaels will be forever missed.

Please join me in saying thank you to the brave police officers across Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District and the nation.

 

Catching Up with Clinton

I had a great meeting with community leaders in Clinton to come up with ways to address the opioid epidemic and strive for a drug-free Missouri.

 

On Monday it was encouraging to sit down with community leaders in Clinton to discuss ways to combat the drug crisis in this area. These leaders decided to do something about it. I am proud of this community for wanting to come together to address this problem that is impacting far too many American communities. 

 

While possible initiatives are in the beginning stages, I am optimistic about the ideas I heard, and I admire the initiative these leaders have taken. I look forward to seeing what they do, and I will help in whatever way I can.

 

Israel’s True Capital

 

This week, the United States officially opened the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem! I have long been a supporter of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Monday’s historic event signifies the strong and unwavering U.S. commitment to our friend and ally in the Middle East. It also tells the whole world that we will stand by our allies and refuse to bow to pressure from enemies of an Israeli free state. Previous administrations have promised to take action on this issue, but only President Trump delivered.   

The opening of the new embassy also marked the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day, when Israel’s first prime minister announced the existence of an independent Jewish State. That same day, President Harry S. Truman simultaneously announced the United States would recognize the new State of Israel. The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s historic capital is a wonderful way to celebrate these 70 years of friendship. 

We have a special partnership with Israel -- the country is our greatest ally in the Middle East and the only democracy in the region. We share the same values regarding individual rights and liberties, and it is essential we stand by them.

 

Photos of the Week

I was so proud of Team Hartzler on Wednesday as we raced in the 3-mile ACLI Capital Challenge to raise money for Fidelco Guide Dogs for our wounded warriors. What a fun event and worthy cause!

 

On Wednesday I was glad to speak with Phil Dooley of the National Association of Realtors and hear his views on our nation's tax policy and the issues facing America's homebuyers. Thank you for stopping by!

 

On Thursday I was glad to discuss my legislation, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, with KOLR10 in Springfield. This bill will allow off-duty and retired police officers to help protect children in school.

 

Thursday morning I met with Jim Kelly of American Society of Anesthesiologists to discuss how we can continue to combat the opioid crisis. It was a pleasure to hear Mr. Kelly's perspective on this vital issue for Missourians. Thank you for joining us in DC!

 

I talked to KYTV in Springfield on Thursday about my provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to help rural Missourians get high speed internet. It’s unacceptable that nearly two-thirds of rural Missourians still do not have access to this vital resource!

 

Thursday afternoon I spoke on the House floor to give my full support for the 2018 Farm Bill. This legislation strengthens our food supply, includes significant improvements to SNAP, and helps advance the deployment of high-speed internet to rural communities. You can view my remarks here or by clicking on the image above. 

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(June 14, 2018) Hartzler Floor Speech on Samantha Huntley

2018-06-15 17:50:48


(June 12, 2018) Reaction to North Korea Summit

2018-06-14 19:39:52


(June 13, 2018) House Veterans Affairs Committee Legislative Hearing

2018-06-14 14:20:01


(June 11, 2018) Hartzler Meets with Governor Parson

2018-06-13 19:42:25


(May 22, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Speaks in Support of FY19 NDAA

2018-05-23 15:40:53


(April 17, 2018) Interview on the Farm Bill with RFDTV

2018-04-30 13:41:56


(March 14, 2018) Honoring Slain Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton

2018-03-15 21:41:36


(Dec. 14, 2017) Hartzler Congratulates University of Central MIssouri Jennies on NCAA Div II Win

2017-12-15 21:59:23


(Dec. 6, 2017) Hartzler Supports Police Protecting Children Act

2017-12-08 18:36:38


(Nov. 14, 2017) Hartzler Praises 2018 NDAA Bill

2017-11-14 22:37:00


Rep. Hartzler on Right to Try Act

2017-11-14 17:21:08


Rep. Hartzler Reflects on Veterans Day

2017-11-09 16:48:56


Hartzler Recognizes Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers on House Floor

2017-10-13 19:20:46


Rep. Vicky Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter Update - Oct. 14

2017-10-12 19:54:50


Rep. Hartzler Gives Testimony on Opioid Crisis

2017-10-11 18:55:54


Newsletter: Budget Passes, House Makes a Stand for Life

2017-10-06 16:31:39


Rep. Hartzler on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017-10-05 14:28:41


Securing the Peace After the Fall of ISIL

2017-10-04 16:26:30


Rep. Vicky Hartzler on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017-10-04 15:42:45


Rep. Vicky Hartzler Weekly Newsletter: Tax Reform & U.S. Congressional Delegation to the Pacific

2017-09-29 20:35:46


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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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