Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Introduces Bill to Ensure Gold Star Families Receive Full Benefits

2019/03/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) introduced the “Restoration for the Families of the Fallen Act,” which would ensure families who failed to receive the full life insurance benefit of their fallen servicemember retroactively receive that benefit. The bill would apply to the families of veterans who died from 2006-2018. This bill was introduced as a follow-up to legislation Congresswoman Hartzler introduced last Congress that was passed into law, which eliminated a confusing policy that allowed servicemembers to mistakenly opt out of their family receiving the full $400,000 life insurance benefit in the case of the servicemember’s death.

 

“I learned about the shortfall in procedure after one of my constituents, Teresa Stark, lost her son in Afghanistan,” Hartzler said. “When I received the news that her son, young Christopher Stark had been killed in action, it was a call I will never forget.”

 

“In the years following that phone call,” Hartzler continued, “I got to know Christopher’s brave mom, Teresa. I learned that when Christopher deployed to Afghanistan, he opted for what he believed was an additional $200,000 of life insurance, but instead, mistakenly opted out of the full $400,000 of coverage that should have been available to his family. Sadly, we learned that Christopher’s case was not unusual – other families had been shortchanged too.”

As a result, Congresswoman Hartzler authored a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to make sure service members who are deployed to a combat zone automatically receive the full life insurance coverage benefit of $400,000. The “Restoration for the Families of the Fallen Act” will ensure those killed in action following the enactment of the 2007 NDAA (which allowed the Department of Defense to begin reimbursing servicemembers’ SGLI premiums), retroactively receive the full $400,000 SGLI coverage.

 

“I hope that Congress will band together to pass this common-sense bill, to ensure that families who were shortchanged when their servicemember died receive what they deserve,” Hartzler said. “Christopher’s mother worked so hard alongside me to make sure that other families wouldn’t have to go through what she did, when she knew that Christopher’s true wishes weren’t being carried out. Now we want to compensate those who were affected by the oversight before my bill became law.”

 

Christopher Stark was a 2007 graduate of Monett High School where he participated in JROTC, football, basketball and baseball. He and his mother moved to Nevada, MO, and he enlisted in the United States Army in August 2008 and served as part of the 705th Unit with the 63rd Explosive Ordinance Disposal Battalion 20th Support Command until he was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in COP Tangi, Afghanistan on February 28, 2011.

 

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Hartzler Reintroduces Police Officers Protecting Children Act

2019/03/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) introduced H.R. 1501, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, which would allow off-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm while in a school zone if a local school passes a policy allowing it. This added layer of security for schoolchildren is particularly important in rural areas because it allows for a quicker response to help rural law enforcement, whose resources are spread thin and who often have longer distances to drive when responding to an emergency.

 

“If a school wants to allow trustworthy retired or off-duty police officers to protect their children, the federal government shouldn’t stop them,” Hartzler said.  “The Police Officers Protecting Children Act allows local schools to authorize experienced off-duty or retired officers to carry a firearm in a school zone for the safety of their students. This is especially important for schools in our rural communities where law enforcement may take a significant amount of time to respond to an emergency.”

 

“A well-placed retired or off-duty officer could save lives,” Hartzler added. Hartzler further noted that the bill eliminates a federal barrier, respecting the rights of local school boards to choose whether they want these law enforcement officers to be armed within their school zone.

 

“Not allowing current law enforcement officers, or qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry weapons at schools simply puts children’s lives at risk,” said Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap. “Officers routinely put themselves in harm’s way during their shift and that commitment does not stop at the end of shift. Retired law enforcement officers are too valuable of a resource to be put on shelf. Let the professionals continue to protect our children on or off duty.”

 

“I would be in favor of this bill,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench. “There are a lot of retirees and off-duty officers who would like to have this opportunity to protect our children, but have not had the ability. This would be an asset to our communities, and it would give our retirees a chance to continue their service beyond retirement.”

 

Hartzler got the idea for this bill from one of her constituents, Kenny Goth, a retired 36-year veteran police officer from the Clinton Missouri Police Department. Despite decades of work protecting his community, and annual testing and requalification with a firearm, once Goth retired he was prohibited from using his training to protect his grandchildren when he visited them at school. The same police officer who spent a lifetime protecting our schoolchildren should be able to continue to protect them.

 

“Congresswoman Hartzler’s bill will give retired police officers the chance to look after their own,” Goth said. “When my grandkids are at events after school with huge crowds and no security, as a former law enforcement officer, it makes me uncomfortable. The schools are tight on funding, so they can’t hire more resource officers, but retired law enforcement individuals like myself can help. It only makes sense for schools who want to, to let retired or off-duty police officers carry a firearm to protect schoolchildren. I’m pleased the Congresswoman is moving forward on this important bill to help protect our children.”

 

Hartzler consulted with educators, law enforcement officers, and groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police while drafting this legislation, and they have lent their support to these efforts.

 

This bill specifically:

 

  • Amends the Gun Free School Zones Act to allow off-duty and retired officers to carry a concealed firearm while in a school zone.
  • Leaves the ultimate choice up to individual school boards.
  • Places no mandates or additional burdens on schools.

 

From the Newton shooting to Sandy Hook elementary, we have sadly seen that school violence is a continuing problem we must address. Parents or family friends with law enforcement experience could be armed while attending school events or football games, adding an extra layer of protection for our students.

 

 

FAQ on Police Officers Protecting Children Act

 

Q: Why is this legislation necessary? Can’t police already carry on school grounds?

 

A: The Gun Free School Zones Act currently permits ON-DUTY officers to carry, but restricts the ability of qualified off-duty and retired officers to protect America’s schoolchildren.

 

 

Q: Would this bill allow anyone to carry a firearm within a school zone?

 

A: No, this bill is narrowly-tailored to only allow qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement officers the ability to carry on school grounds. It does not permit private citizens the ability to carry on school grounds.

 

 

Q: How do you make sure that these officers are capable of handling a firearm, especially after being in retirement?

 

A: This bill only applies to off-duty and retired law enforcement who are considered “qualified” under the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA). For retired officers, they must have 10+ years of service within the law enforcement community, separate in good standing, and requalify with a firearm on a yearly basis. These retired officers are held to the same marksmanship and proficiency standards of their counterparts who are currently serving as law enforcement officers.

 

 

Q: Why is it important to allow qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement officers the ability to carry in a school zone?

 

A: America’s children deserve all the protections we can afford them. By allowing these dedicated law enforcement professionals to carry while in a school zone, you provide an extra layer of protection for children that federal law currently prohibits.

 

 

Q: What if my school does not want to allow people to carry a firearm on school grounds?

 

A: This legislation keeps an exemption in LEOSA that prohibits the carry of a firearm on state or local property unless express permission is provided. Individual states, localities, and school boards would have to take action to allow officers to exercise their ability to carry on school property.

 

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Hartzler Rejects Legislation to “Protect the Swamp”

2019/03/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today voted against H.R. 1, a bill designed to further entrench elected officials and force taxpayers to finance politicians’ campaigns with which they may disagree. This legislation represents a massive government overreach in America’s election system allowing sitting elected officials to unfairly influence elections while mandating voter registration and allowing convicted felons to vote. The House voted on H.R. 1 on Friday, and it passed by a vote of 234-193.

 

“This bill is not for the people, it’s for the politicians,” Hartzler said. “It’s a massive overreach by the federal government and it forces voters to subsidize political agendas with which they may disagree. Under this bill, certain voters would receive vouchers paid for by other taxpayers to donate to the politician of their choosing. It further puts in place massive government ‘matching’ programs that further fund politicians’ campaigns. To make matters worse, it politicizes the bipartisan Federal Election Commission by placing it under the control of the ruling political party. At the heart of democracy is the idea that everyone’s voice can be heard. This legislation fails to do that. In fact, it does quite the opposite - it simply protects the swamp,” added Hartzler.

 

Hartzler added that this bill would create a mechanism through which taxpayers foot the majority of the bill for Congressional and Presidential campaigns, while increasing federal oversight of elections by usurping states’ ability to make their own rules for free and fair elections. It would further impede free speech by creating a laundry list of new regulations for groups speaking about federal candidates. The bill even allows felons to vote and institutes automatic voter registration whether someone wants to register or not. In some cases, under this bill, voters would not even be required to show photo identification.

“This bill is an assault on freedom of speech and hampers our democracy,” Hartzler said. “Instead of investing taxpayer dollars into education and infrastructure, Democrats want to force the American people to pay for their campaigns. This is inexcusable,” added Hartzler. 

 

Specifically, H.R. 1 would:

  • Send government money to fund political campaigns. Not to build roads or bridges, but to add 600% of taxpayer dollars to every small dollar donated by Americans. (e.g., Steve from Missouri donates $200 to his preferred candidate. Now, you, the taxpayer, will chip in another $1200.)
  • Legalize voting for convicted felons all over the country, even if they were convicted of election fraud.
  • Weaken the security of our elections and make it harder to protect against voter fraud. It would automatically register voters from government databases, allow absentee ballots to be mailed to voters with no voter verification, and force states and local governments to pay for the ballots to be mailed back.
  • Award $25 vouchers (paid for with government funds) to certain voters to donate to a candidate of their choosing.
  • Trample free speech by requiring the publishing of names and home addresses of certain donors to organizations who advocate for a candidate.
  • Make the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which is currently bipartisan, a partisan body, conveniently weaponizing it to entrench whoever is in power.
  • Eliminate the need for a voter to provide photo identification if he/she submits a sworn statement verifying his/her identity. This move would leave our system wide open to increased voter fraud.
  • While everyone else has to work, it would give federal workers a free day to vote by making Election Day a federal holiday.
  • Obliterate local and state oversight of elections by imposing federal regulations that require states to allow automatic voter registration, online voter registration, and same-day voter registration with no safeguards.
  • Fail to criminalize fraudulent voter registration.

 

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Congress Admonishes Anti-Semitism. Again…

2019/03/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today supported H. Res. 183, a House resolution that condemns the anti-Semitism associated with recent remarks made by Rep. IIhan Omar (MN-05), a freshman Democrat from Minnesota. This is the second time in sixty-four days that the House has been forced to vote on a measure condemning anti-Semitism due to remarks by a member of the Democrat majority.

 

“Over the past two months we have had to come to the House floor twice to denounce anti-Semitism due to actions by Democrats in Congress,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “There is no place for this type of insensitivity in Congress and it is a shame that we even need to have a resolution to proclaim this fact. Support for Israel and the Jewish people is fundamental to our democratic ideals, and respect for all people should be the hallmark of this legislative body. Instead of addressing issues like jobs, education and healthcare, we are forced to spend time reaffirming what should be a basic principle of respect in Congress,” added Hartzler.

 

This past weekend, Rep. Omar doubled down on comments she had made at an event last week, saying that pro-Israel supporters have “allegiance to a foreign country.” Earlier this year, she also suggested on Twitter that pro-Israel groups were paying off lawmakers to shape U.S.-Middle East policy, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” These actions led to floor action repudiating her positions.

 

“America does not need another apology or House resolution – it needs to know anti-Semitism won’t be tolerated. Speaker Pelosi must remove Rep. IIhan Omar from her influential post on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  It is evident that the Congresswoman’s deep bias compromises her positions, and if Democrat leadership is truly taking this seriously, Rep. Omar will be removed from this important assignment.

 

“These continuous comments by Rep. Omar come on the heels of other extreme proposals that have been introduced by the Democrat majority in Congress, including government-run health care, the radical Green New Deal, and a government take-over of our election system. Speaker Pelosi seems intent on ramming through a radical socialist agenda instead of looking for bipartisan opportunities to work together. I will continue to oppose these radical efforts, while working for the good of our country and the district I represent. I invite House Democrats to come alongside me and do the same,” added Hartzler.

 

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Here We Go Again…

2019/02/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement regarding “Medicare for All” legislation that was introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and other House Democrats this week.

 

“The deceptively named ‘Medicare for All’ bill is the latest effort to socialize our health care system. It is a government-run program that would outlaw virtually all private health care coverage, including employer-sponsored insurance which 158 million Americans currently enjoy,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “This plan forces all Americans, including seniors on Medicare, into a one-size fits all plan administered by bureaucrats in Washington. Instead of ‘Medicare for All,’ it actually eliminates the Medicare program and forces recipients to compete with every other American for limited health care resources.”

 

“The legislation doesn’t even begin to suggest how we would pay for socialized medicine. Conservative estimates for costs exceed thirty trillion dollars. Not only would this plan bankrupt the country, it would destroy Medicare, the health care plan our seniors depend on.”

 

“As if the Obamacare experiment was not enough, here we go again: liberal extremists are trying to end health care as we know it. I will continue to oppose efforts to socialize America’s health care and the forcing of every American, including seniors, off their health care plans. This extremism has to end,” added Hartzler.

 

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Hartzler Sees Democrat Gun Control Bill as Missed Opportunity

2019/02/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today voted against H.R. 8, Democrat led legislation that would essentially outlaw current gun shows by forcing transactions to be conducted through a federally licensed dealer. The legislation does nothing to address the true causes of gun violence and instead targets law abiding gun owners in an attempt to increase gun control across the country.

 

“I fully support efforts to end gun violence and stop criminals from obtaining guns. This legislation, however, does not accomplish that goal. In fact, H.R. 8 fails to focus at all on gun violence and criminals who access guns,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “Instead this legislation burdens law abiding gun owners by making it more difficult to purchase firearms despite their constitutional right to do so. This initiative is politically motivated and disingenuous, at best.”

 

“I believe we can more effectively stem gun violence by enforcing and strengthening existing laws on the books, like Congress did last year when we passed legislation to ‘FIX NICS,’ the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” Hartzler said. She added that a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) report shows, overwhelmingly, that most criminals obtain firearms illegally. “Today’s bill simply goes after the wrong people, failing to even address straw purchases or the black market, both primary sources for criminals hoping to buy firearms illegally. The bill would even make it illegal for a victim of stalking or domestic violence to borrow a gun for self-protection unless there is an ‘imminent threat.’ H.R. 8 is a massive overreach.”

 

The House voted today to pass H.R. 8 by a vote of 240 – 190. The bill now goes to the Senate where it awaits further consideration.

 

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Hartzler Votes to Uphold Efforts to Protect Our Border

2019/02/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) voted against H.J. Res 46, legislation designed to stop the Trump Administration’s efforts to protect our southern border. Citing the need to halt illegal immigration and the flow of deadly drugs through our border, Hartzler voiced her support for the President’s efforts, while stating she believes there are ways to fund border security with non-defense dollars.
 
“Today my colleagues across the aisle voted to terminate the President’s use of a congressionally authorized power that other American presidents have used at least 31 times,” Hartzler said. “The National Emergencies Act gives presidents the authority to declare national emergencies and shift resources to address such emergencies. Opposition across the aisle is disingenuous considering both Presidents Clinton and Obama used this tool to fight drug traffickers and transnational gangs during their time in office. If President Obama declared national emergencies in Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, South Sudan and Burundi, why can’t the president do the same to protect our very own border?

 
“The situation there is certainly an emergency. I recently visited the port of entry south of Tucson, Arizona and witnessed the ways that deadly drugs and human trafficking are finding their way into our country. Ninety percent of the heroin in our nation comes across our southern boundary, killing tens of thousands of Americans a year. Illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds are walking across our porous border, harming communities and trafficking drugs. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 Americans to drug overdoses—more than died during the entire Vietnam War. For every family who has lost a loved one to drug overdoses and every family that could lose one if steps aren’t taken – it is time to act.

 

“Real people are being harmed. A young woman from Missouri named Samantha, a high school cheerleader and beloved student, was introduced to heroin and, sadly, succumbed to addiction, dying of an overdose in 2017. In December, we heard the tragic story of California Police Officer Ronil Singh, who was gunned down by an illegal immigrant in a routine traffic stop the day after Christmas. Both of these tragedies could have been avoided if we had stopped illegal drugs and criminal illegal aliens at the border.

 

“While my Democrat colleagues work to undercut the President’s efforts, they offer no solutions to these obvious issues. Obstructionism will not stop the flow of drugs into our country or bring back loved ones who have died because of the drug epidemic in America. Opponents say that we do not have an emergency, but I believe the families of these victims would beg to differ.

 
“I stand by the President’s declaration of a national emergency and support his efforts to secure our border and protect our families and communities.”

 
H.J. Res. 46 passed the House by a vote of 245-182; it now goes to the Senate, where it awaits further consideration.
 
Background:
The following national emergencies have been declared by past Administrations:

 

  • November 14, 1979: President Carter = Blocking Iranian Government Property
  • November 4, 1994: President Clinton = Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • January 23, 1995: President Clinton = Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process
  • March 15, 1995: President Clinton = Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources
  • October 21, 1995: President Clinton = Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers
  • March 1, 1996: President Clinton = Declaration of a National Emergency and Invocation of Emergency Authority Relating to the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels
  • November 3, 1997: President Clinton = Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan
  • June 26, 2001: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Persons who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans
  • September 14, 2001: President G.W. Bush = Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks
  • September 23, 2001: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism
  • March 6, 2003: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe
  • May 22, 2003: President G.W. Bush = Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest
  • May 11, 2004: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria
  • June 16, 2006: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus
  • October 27, 2006: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • August 1, 2007: President G.W. Bush = Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or its Democratic Processes and Institutions
  • June 26, 2008: President G.W. Bush = Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals
  • April 12, 2010: President Obama = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia
  • February 25, 2011: President Obama = Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya
  • July 24, 2011: President Obama = Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • May 16, 2012: President Obama = Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen
  • March 6, 2014: President Obama = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
  • April 3, 2014: President Obama = Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to South Sudan
  • May 12, 2014: President Obama = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic
  • March 8, 2015: President Obama = Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela
  • April 1, 2015: President Obama = Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities
  • November 22, 2015: President Obama = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi
  • December 20, 2017: President Trump = Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
  • September 12, 2018: President Trump = Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election
  • November 27, 2018: President Trump = Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua
  • February 15, 2019: President Trump = Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States

 

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Hartzler Co-Sponsors Bill to Combat Lyme Disease

2019/02/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) announced today her co-sponsorship of H.R. 220, the National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2019. If enacted, this bill would create a new national strategy for combatting Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease and strengthen efforts across the federal government to fight, treat and prevent tick-borne disease.

 

“I have heard from many people in the community who have been affected by Lyme Disease,” Hartzler said. “We know so little about this illness, yet it affects so many. Patients are consistently misdiagnosed, or if they are correctly diagnosed, they don’t have many treatment options. We must make more progress in this area so the many individuals affected by Lyme disease can stop hurting and go on living.”

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States each year, which is 1.5 times the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer and six times the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Because Lyme disease is so often misdiagnosed, many experts believe the true number of cases is even higher.

 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that primarily transmitted by ticks, and it is found throughout the United States. It affects people of all ages, but the CDC states it is most commonly found in children, older adults, and people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors.

 

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February 16, 2019 Vicky's View from the Capitol

2019/02/16

 

 
     
 
 

President Declares Emergency on Southern Border

On Friday, the President declared a national emergency on the southern border and announced he would be using his executive power to redirect federal funds to build additional barriers there.

 

This declaration was necessary to protect our border from the flow of deadly drugs into our communities and the illegal immigrants who circumvent our laws. Speaker Pelosi’s insistence on protecting illegal immigration over securing our border left the President with no choice but to declare an emergency. This could have been avoided.

 

I appreciate the President’s resolve and determination to protect our borders and address the dangers of the deadly narcotics and illegal immigration that threaten our families and communities. His emergency powers give him the authority to redirect funding to protect the American people, and I believe there are non-defense areas of the government where it is appropriate to do so. I stand by him on this issue, and I will continue to monitor this solution to ensure it champions national security as well as border security.

 

Red Light for a Bad Green Deal

Most of us can agree it is our duty to protect our complex environment and do our part to leave the world better than we found it. However, the far-reaching Green New Deal introduced by freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes far beyond caring about the environment and instead seeks to reinvent America as a socialist society.

 

The Green New Deal (GND) is an example of the radicalism we have now come to expect from new leadership in the House. This initiative proposes extreme ideas such as getting rid of “farting cows,” airplanes, and most of the cars on the road today (click here for the details). It would attempt to reverse the technological strides agriculture has made in production efficiency and environmental stewardship and cost America trillions of dollars to “upgrade or replace every building in the United States with state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” The GND also promises to “guarantee a job with family-sustaining wages” to everyone.  It is important to be good stewards of the earth that our kids and grandkids will inherit from us, but wise stewardship can be accomplished without imposing socialism onto these future generations with all the increased national debt, inhibited innovation, and the stifled freedom that comes along with it.

 

In 2017, U.S. carbon emissions were the lowest they’ve been since 1992, proving that America has successfully worked to reduce its environmental impact. While far-left radicals continue to propose unrealistic “deals,” I will continue to pursue effective solutions through common-sense policy as I have with farm bill provisions that encourage innovation and improve upon existing conservation and energy programs utilized by farmers and businesses across America.

 

Working Together for Missouri

State legislators and I discussed how we could work together on the issues most important important to Missourians in the Fourth District at my “Working Together for Missouri” event in Jefferson City.

 

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of hosting my first ever “Working Together for Missouri” event back home in Missouri. I invited state legislators that represent areas within Missouri’s Fourth District, and we came together to discuss how we can join forces to help the Missourians we represent. While together, we discussed issues ranging from drug abuse and health care to workforce development and agriculture.

 

Fighting the blight of drug abuse in our district continues to be an ongoing challenge, so we discussed ways that federal efforts intersected with those at the local level. I shared information about recent bills Congress has passed to help with this problem and grants that are available to help communities combat the opioid crisis. It is common-sense that we can accomplish more by working together on this front.

 

We also discussed health care costs, an issue that is at the forefront of most Americans’ minds. Specifically, we collaborated on how Americans can gain access to Associated Health Plans, an avenue the President has proposed to lower health care costs. Associated Health Plans allow industries similar to each other to pool their employees so they can gain access to cheaper plans on the market. The President’s proposal on this front is working nicely.

 

Another proposal that is working nicely for many Americans is the federal tax cuts Congress passed into law last year. This plan has resulted in hard-working men and women keeping more of their money and spending it as they see fit, which has led to a more robust economy. State legislators also cut Missouri taxes so Missourians are seeing tax breaks in two ways!  While on the topic of taxes, we also discussed the issue of online sales taxes. Many cities and counties are missing out on sales tax revenue because of an unfair sales tax collection system that requires individuals to pay a sales tax when purchasing a product in a brick-and-mortar store, but doesn’t when the same product is purchased online. Many states are looking at correcting this issue so that mom and pop stores can be on level footing with out-of-state online competitors.

 

At the “Working Together for Missouri” event, I shared my experience visiting the U.S. Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona.

I also shared with our local representatives how I recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and saw for myself that members of the cartel are oftentimes better equipped than our Border Patrol officers. We talked about drones being used to avoid Border Patrol detection when drug-runners want to send illicit products over the border, and how the agents I visited agreed that we need better security. I shared with them details of my legislation the House passed that would give our border patrol agents the authority to take down rogue drones, and how this increased authority will help overall security.

 

Finally, we spoke about the Farm Bill, which state representatives and senators were eager to discuss with me, as I serve on the House Agriculture Committee and worked on the Conference Committee to settle the final version of this bill. I’m pleased to report that the 2018 Farm Bill we passed shortly before Christmas will ensure a safe, plentiful, and affordable food supply for our country, while simultaneously providing a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers across the nation.

 

I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet with local legislators in Missouri to discuss these important issues, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

 

The State of the Union is Strong

I spoke to local TV after the President’s State of the Union speech last week, sharing my thoughts that his address was uplifting and positive.


President Trump’s State of the Union address last week laid out an optimistic agenda to move this country forward. Thanks to tax reform and a booming economy, our union is strong, but we still have important work to do. The President spoke of the need for an overhaul of our immigration system to encourage safe and legal immigration, and I agree. This can only be accomplished by securing our southern border. We must stop dangerous criminals who circumvent U.S. law by slipping across our border and put the brakes on the flow of illegal drugs coming into our country from Mexico. Having secure borders is a crucial extension of our national defense.

 

Confronting the Demand for Human Trafficking

Last week I introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, which would help law enforcement agencies fight sex trafficking by providing them with more federal grant money. Many law enforcement agencies have initiatives in place to confront the demand for sex trafficking (prosecuting those who purchase commercial sex), but they lack the funds to make these initiatives fully effective. This bill will expand already existing federal grants to law enforcement agencies who will use the funding to fight sex trafficking demand. Law enforcement must have the tools needed to fight against this horrific problem, and this bill will help.

 

Better Care for Our Veterans


I introduced legislation this week to help make the VA more competitive in hiring top-quality health care practitioners to care for our veterans. This bill removes some of the barriers standing in the way of the VA hiring the best of the best health care providers. First, it authorizes the Veterans Health Administration to begin the recruitment and hiring process for health care providers up to two years prior to the completion of doctors’ required training (which is on par with the recruiting timeline for the private sector). Second, it releases doctors from non-compete agreements for the purpose of serving in in VA hospitals. And, third, it requires medical professionals to complete their residency before beginning their practice.  America’s veterans deserve the best care - this is one way we can help ensure they get it.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66


One of the most famous highways in the world is Route 66, which winds its way from Chicago all the way to Santa Monica, California. The year 2026 marks its 100th anniversary, and I was pleased to support a bill commemorating this special occasion. The legislation calls for a plan to recognize the 100th anniversary, ensuring that Route 66, which is visited by people from all over the world, remains a national treasure for many years to come.

 

Missouri is one of the eight states that “America’s Main Street” passes through, with three of MO-4’s counties – Pulaski, Laclede, and Webster – making up part of the historic highway. I encourage you to take some time to travel Route 66 through our district and state, from St. Louis in the east to Joplin in the west. The drive is dotted with gas stations, motels, and restaurants from the past, and is sure to evoke fond memories for some and new memories for others.

 

This bill has now gone to the Senate for its consideration.

 

Photos to Share

I enjoyed checking out the cockpit of an F-18 and getting to see the advanced F-15 production line at the Boeing facility in St. Louis.

 

Last week I had an informative meeting with the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program about their efforts to confront the drug epidemic in the Midwest.

 

The Show-Me Chapter of the Association of Civilian Technicians dropped by my office in Washington to discuss with me Tricare for National Guard technicians.

 

I was pleased to have my Missouri staff visiting this week in Washington, so my entire team could collaborate on how we will work together to help Missouri’s Fourth District in the upcoming year.

Dose of Good News

Great news: the Missouri Department of Transportation recently announced that traffic fatalities are down from the previous year. In 2018, 918 lives were lost, while in 2017, 932 lives were lost. More Missourians are buckling up when they get into their cars and trucks, with a recent survey indicating seatbelt use is up to 87 percent. This statistic is an important contributor to our good news, as 60% of our state’s traffic deaths involve those who are not using seatbelts. Buckle up and stay safe!

 
Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

  

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Hartzler Statement on President’s Emergency Declaration

2019/02/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after the President’s emergency declaration:

 

“The president’s emergency declaration today is needed to protect our border from the flow of deadly drugs into our communities and the illegal immigrants who circumvent our laws. Speaker Pelosi’s insistence on protecting illegal immigration over securing our border has left the President no choice but to declare an emergency. This could have been avoided.

 

“I appreciate the President’s resolve and determination to protect our borders and address the dangers of the deadly narcotics and illegal immigration that threaten our families and communities. His emergency powers give him the authority to redirect funding to protect the American people, and I believe there are non-defense areas of the government where it is appropriate to do so. I stand by him on this issue, and I will continue to monitor this solution to ensure it champions national security as well as border security.”

 

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(March 13, 2019) Hartzler Questions General Curtis Scaparrotti on Chinese influence in Europe

2019-03-14 13:09:28


(March 8, 2019) Hartzler speaks against H.R. 1, "For the People" Act

2019-03-08 15:41:09


(February 27, 2019) Hartzler Speaks with Sonny Perdue on SNAP Program at Ag Committee Hearing

2019-03-01 19:27:20


(January 29, 2019) Hartzler Speaks on Drug Crisis at Our Southern Border

2019-01-29 20:04:19


(January 10, 2019) Hartzler Leads Special Order on Border Security

2019-01-17 00:20:00


(September 28, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Speaks on Drones Provision and FAA Reauthorization

2018-09-28 13:49:26


(August 17, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Discusses Veterans Issues

2018-08-17 17:51:53


(July 26, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Talks Supported Employment Centers

2018-08-02 15:12:37


(July 17, 2018) Hartzler Praises Pro-Life Provisions in Financial Services Appropriations Bill

2018-07-18 21:20:11


(July 16, 2018) Bill to Honor Spc. Sterling Wyatt

2018-07-16 21:41:36


(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


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Committee Assignments

Agriculture

Armed Services

Vicky Hartzler is the Representative for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, having been elected to that position on November 2, 2010.

She was born October 13, 1960 in Cass County, was raised on a farm in Archie, and lives with her husband, Lowell and daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm in Cass County. She is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education from MU and a M.S. in Education from Central Missouri.

She was first elected to political office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District. She served three terms, leaving in January of 2001. Prior to her time in politics Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton.

In 2004, she served as spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, a state constitutional amendment which passed resoundingly and led to Missouri recognizing traditional marriage as a union of a man and a woman. In 2005, she was appointed as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council, serving for two years.

Vicky and Lowell Hartzler own a company with three farm equipment stores in the 4th District.

The Hartzler family lives near Harrisonville in Cass County.


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