Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Supports Legislation Targeting Childhood Cancer


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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Hartzler Votes for VA MISSION Act of 2018


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) voted in favor of the VA MISSION Act of 2018, a bill that aims to make sweeping improvements to VA health care.  The bill would streamline the department’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program; create a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned; and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to include caregivers of pre-9/11 veterans. These reforms are supported by major Veterans Service Organizations.


“This bill represents the culmination of concerted efforts by both parties in the House and the Senate to make meaningful changes to VA health care,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.  “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.  This bill will help veterans access care in their communities when it’s appropriate, 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.”


In April, Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie informed Congress that current funding for the VA Choice Program would run out in early to mid-June, ending the Choice Program and potentially creating another access to care crisis.  The VA MISSION Act would fund the Choice Program as it exists today until the new streamlined community care program created by the bill is fully instituted.  President Trump has urged swift action on the legislation, and tweeted that he would “immediately” sign such a bill upon passage by both chambers of Congress.  A joint letter signed by the leaders of 38 veterans’ service organizations in support of the bill was sent to Congress in early May.



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New Defense Bill Impacts Missouri


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, made the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a bipartisan vote of 60 to 1.

“The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act takes significant steps to address the serious readiness crisis in our country by ensuring our troops have the resources, training, and capabilities needed to face the growing threats of today,” said Hartzler, whose Subcommittee oversees the Administration’s defense policies and ensures accountability within the Department of Defense. “Providing for the common defense is our primary obligation in Congress and I take it very seriously. Missouri has long played a vital role in our national security and I am pleased this bill includes several of my provisions to ensure our defense assets continue to thrive as we rebuild the military.”

The bill includes the following provisions that directly impact Missouri:

  • 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.

“The legislation now moves to the House floor for consideration. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we advance this bipartisan defense bill,” added Hartzler. 

The NDAA determines policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense and other national security entities.  As a senior member of the Armed Service Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler played a key role in advancing policies within this legislation, which highlights Missouri’s military assets and strengthening America’s national security.


Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood.



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Hartzler on Iran Announcement


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, made the following remarks regarding the President’s announcement on the Iran Deal:


“The Administration’s decision to withdraw from the current Iran nuclear agreement demonstrates the severe flaws within its framework. The current agreement does not stop Iran’s aggressive ballistic missiles program, fails to require ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections, temporarily restricts Iran’s nuclear program, and released $100 billion of revenue previously frozen in offshore accounts - money that Iran has used to support terrorism and inject instability in the Middle East.


“Withdrawal from this agreement provides an opportunity to establish a more stable, equitable solution that ensures Iran does not develop and possess nuclear weapons. The current agreement fails to accomplish this goal. A new agreement should address Iran’s ballistic missiles program, include stronger inspections, and permanently restrict Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. 


“It is essential that moving forward an agreement is negotiated that ensures the safety and security of the American people and the world.”



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Hartzler Statement on B-21 Basing


HARRISONVILLE, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement in response to the Air Force’s announcement of their plans to base the B-21 Raider at Whiteman Air Force Base.

“I am pleased and proud that today the Air Force officially announced their decision to base the B-21 Raider at Whiteman Air Force Base.  The Whiteman community, the B-2, and the airmen that execute and support the global strike mission have long been the respected sentinel to one of America’s unique, strategic capabilities and will continue to lead the way into the future.  In the coming months the service will take a detailed look at the existing infrastructure at Whiteman and begin to develop the specific plans needed to host this new aircraft.  The B-21 represents the next generation of our nation’s stealth global strike capability, and will build on the B-2’s admirable legacy.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Air Force to ensure our nation is able to deter threats and project power through the vital missions at Whiteman.”

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Hartzler Supports FAA Reauthorization Passage in House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) applauded the House passage of a bipartisan bill to authorize funding for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs for five years, improve the experience of air passengers, ensure that we have airports to connect air travelers to our businesses, and improve air safety. H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, passed the House by a vote of 393 to 13.


“I am pleased the House passed this important bill to modernize federal aviation systems and improve the lives of families in our communities,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “The bill funds Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to benefit small airports, such as Columbia and Fort Leonard Wood, which are vital to Missouri’s Fourth District.”


“Columbia Regional Airport’s explosive growth over the past ten years is a direct result of our strong partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration’s AIP programs,” said Mike Matthes, City Manager of Columbia Missouri. “We also applaud the passage of this reauthorization legislation which will ensure Columbia Regional Airport is able to complete its FAA approved 10 year master plan.”


In addition to providing stable funding for the FAA’s AIP grant program, Hartzler also notes the bill has a provision to protect passengers who are bumped from their flights and a provision to protect passengers from noisy cell phone conversation during flights. “The amount of travel our airports experience is only going to increase,” Hartzler said. “The investments this bill makes to airports across the nation will help prepare our infrastructure for that growth.”


The bill would also enhance safety training for the FAA workforce, address alternative methods for tracking flights when they are over the ocean, and initiate a review of rest requirements for pilots. “This bill also enhances training for frontline flight personnel to better recognize the signs of human trafficking,” Rep. Hartzler said. “When properly trained, flight attendants can play a major role in the fight against this horrific modern-day form of slavery.”



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Hartzler Announces Art Competition Winners


COLUMBIA, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) today announced the winners of her 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Winners were chosen from works of art submitted by high school students throughout Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.


This year’s first prize winner, incorporating the 2018 theme “There’s No Place Like Home,” is Ella Ann Bowles of Hickman High School in Columbia. Her acrylic painting, titled “American Hometown,” depicts an American neighborhood with an old-fashioned red truck coming down the street after stopping at a lemonade stand.


Rebecca Baker of Weaubleau High School captured second place honors with “For King and Country,” her mixed media colored pencil work that features military boots with the American flag.




The third place winner is Bailey Brimer of Boonville High School who submitted “Home of the Brave,” an acrylic painting that uses faded colors to create a work that is based on a photograph she took of a friend on the Katy Trail Bridge in Boonville.



This year’s People’s Choice Award – the work selected by visitors to Congresswoman Hartzler’s web site – is “A Prayer to Return.” This colored pencil/mixed media entry was submitted by Brittney Lea Kennedy of Wheatland High School in Wheatland.



“We accepted 28 works of art this year from talented young artists throughout our district,” said Hartzler. “Judging winners from this year’s entries was no easy task for our judges. I have no doubt that Ella Ann Bowles’ painting will stand out as it hangs for the next year in the main underground corridor between the House office buildings and the United States Capitol.”


“American Hometown” will join first-place winners from each of the 435 congressional districts across the United States. Each congressional district is allowed to display one winning piece. The Fourth District’s second and third-place works, as well as the People’s Choice winner, will be displayed in Congresswoman Hartzler’s offices in Washington, D.C., Columbia and Harrisonville over the next year, where they can be enjoyed by visitors.


“In addition to the recognition that goes with being our first-place winner, Ella Ann will have the opportunity to see her painting unveiled,” Hartzler added. “She’ll be flown to Washington to join first place winners from across America at the unveiling ceremony. I look forward to welcoming Ella Ann to Washington for this momentous occasion. The Congressional Art Competition brings out the best of our district’s artistic talent each year. I congratulate all who entered and wish them much success in their future art endeavors.”


The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. It began in 1982 and has since had 650,000 high school students participate. This Congressional Art Competition is one of the many district events Congresswoman Hartzler looks forward to every year.


Hartzler, a former school teacher in Lebanon and Belton, has hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition in Missouri’s Fourth District since 2011.



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Hartzler Praises Committee Passage of Farm Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, praised the Committee’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Committee passed the measure by a margin of 26 to 20.


“I am pleased that the Agriculture Committee has worked together to pass this important bill in a timely manner,” Hartzler said. “Missouri farmers work hard everyday to feed the world, and they need the certainty of a five-year Farm Bill. This bill strengthens safeguards for our food supply and improves public/private risk management programs that are vital to American agriculture. In addition, the Farm Bill makes significant investments in rural broadband, including a provision I authored to expand access to loan guarantees for broadband infrastructure in rural America and set a minimum speed for federal investment. Today was an important step, and I look forward to the upcoming floor vote to move this process forward.”


Hartzler noted that this bill makes historic improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and helps recipients break the cycle of poverty. “Improving work opportunities for able-bodied adults receiving federal nutrition assistance is a key development in this year’s Farm Bill. Missourians have always supported giving their fellow man a hand up, and these common-sense improvements to the nutrition program will help those receiving SNAP find meaningful employment,” said Hartzler.


Specifically, the Farm Bill:


  • Reauthorizes and strengthens Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, maintains crop insurance.
  • Streamlines existing work requirements for able-bodied SNAP recipients and pairs them with a variety of options to increase SNAP recipients’ opportunities.
  • Provides a safety net for farmers who are affected by unfair foreign trading practices.
  • Reforms key conservation programs, expands access to working land programs, and includes language Rep. Hartzler authored to increase grazing flexibility for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands.
  • Authorizes substantial funding for the expansion of rural broadband.
  • Establishes new programs to protect the health of the nation’s livestock.
  • Improves assistance for specialty crops and reduces fraud in organic imports.
  • Helps beginning farmers and ranchers establish themselves in agriculture.


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Hartzler: Time to Say Goodbye to Broken Tax Code


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today celebrated the final day of our antiquated tax code, noting that April 17th marks the last time that taxpayers will have to deal with the old, broken tax system.


“Some things from 1986 are worth keeping. The tax code is not one of them,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who today celebrated the last day of America’s 32 year-old tax code. “Today marks the last time Americans will have to file under this cumbersome, antiquated tax system. In fact, most people at this time next year will be able to file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act has simplified our tax code while providing relief for almost everyone who pays taxes,” added Hartzler, who noted that the standard deduction, which 71% of Missourians use, will nearly double.


“The new tax code will help hard-working families in Missouri and across the United States who, for too long, have had to focus on just getting by instead of getting ahead,” said Hartzler. “Under the new system, families will receive an enhanced child tax credit as well as a doubling of the standard deduction. It is time we put working families first,” added Hartzler.


Other highlights of tax reform include:


  • Increases child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 to help parents with the cost of raising children.
  • Preserves the adoption tax credit.
  • Maintains the deduction for charitable contributions.
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and newly purchased homes up to $500,000, providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • Reduces corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% so businesses can grow and hire more employees.
  • Reduces small business tax rate to the lowest it’s been since World War II.
  • Maintains deduction for higher education.



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Hartzler, Correa, and Bost Introduce Bill to Enhance VA Hiring of Health Care Providers


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA), and Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would make the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) more competitive in recruiting top-quality physicians to care for America’s veterans.  The bill authorizes the VHA to begin the recruitment and hiring process for health care providers up to two years prior to the completion of required training, placing VHA on a hiring timeline that is competitive with the private sector.  The bill also releases physicians from “non-compete agreements” for the purpose of serving in the VHA, and updates the minimum standard for VHA physicians to include the completion of a postgraduate medical residency.


“America’s veterans deserve the best health care available.  We want to remove barriers the VA faces in hiring physicians to care for those who have served our country,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.  “Our bill puts veterans’ hospitals on a level playing field with the private sector when it comes to recruiting timelines, and allows physicians that want to depart the private sector and serve at the VA to do so without fear of reprisal.  I’m pleased to advance these common sense reforms on behalf of our veterans, who have done so much for our nation.”


Rep. Correa said, “Great healthcare depends on great doctors. I am proud to join Congresswoman Hartzler in finally addressing the thousands of vacancies in veterans’ hospitals around the country by providing practical and common sense solutions already at work in the private sector. This legislation will help remove the barriers preventing great doctors from joining the VA and ensure we have enough highly-trained medical professional to care for our veterans. We must do everything we can to ensure our veterans have the resources and skilled doctors they need. We owe them all.”


The American Legion has voiced their support for the bill as well, saying, “The VA Hiring Enhancement Act will help address the shortcomings in recruitment and retention of highly qualified physicians.”  The bill, addressing health care within the VA system, is especially welcomed by some at a time when Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) like American Legion have expressed growing concern about the privatization of veterans’ health care. 


The bill comes at a time when the VHA reports over 30,000 vacant positions.  Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin has said, “[hiring is] the single most challenging thing that I know of in VA.”  The VHA is the nation’s largest integrated health care network, serving over 9 million veterans.



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(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

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Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Press Conference

2017-09-26 21:22:20

House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Navy Readiness

2017-09-21 18:19:31

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2017-09-15 20:47:59

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2017-09-13 14:56:35

Rep. Vicky Hartzler Speaks on House Floor about the School Lunch Affordability Amendment

2017-09-12 17:23:30

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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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