Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Statement on House Resolution Condemning President

2019/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement regarding House consideration of H.R. 489, the Democrat House resolution condemning President Trump:

 

“With four weeks of congressional session remaining before our government faces yet another government shutdown, the House of Representatives should focus on the job it was elected to do, not political theater.

 

“Instead of wasting time passing resolutions condemning the President, House Democrats should focus on the basic fundamental responsibilities of governing, like passing a budget and keeping the government functioning as well as addressing the challenges of illegal immigration, the flow of illegal drugs over our border, and the need for affordable health care. These are the issues I am working on and the American people are pleading with Congress to deal with – not efforts to impeach the President as called for by a growing number of Democrats in the House.

 

“There is little doubt that we have a loss of political civility on both sides of the aisle, and we are better than this. However, the political theatrics behind this resolution fail to address the urgent problems that the American people are passionately asking us to solve.”

 

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Hartzler Introduces Resolution Condemning Persecution of Christians in China

2019/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to condemn the persecution of Christians in China and encourage the U.S. government, international community and faith leaders to act in support of those who are being targeted for their faith. This bill is introduced on the first day of the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted in Washington, D.C.

 

“The Chinese government is systematically targeting individuals of faith and severely restricting religious activities across its country,” said Hartzler, who serves as the most senior Republican on the House Armed Services Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee. “Chinese authorities are closing and destroying churches, arbitrarily detaining those who practice the Christian faith, restricting minors from attending church and forcing the modification of Christian teachings to conform with the objectives of the Chinese government and Communist Party.”

 

“As a nation built on the fundamental principle of the freedom of religion, the United States should shed light on this persecution and speak for those in China who have no voice,” she added.

 

“The free and peaceful exercise of religion must be protected as a sacred human right. The surveillance, torture, and imprisonment conducted by the Chinese government is horrifying and unjust and the U.S. cannot ignore these attempts to erase Christians from China and intimidate believers,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. “These abuses are getting worse and Chinese officials who direct this brutal mistreatment of their own citizens should be barred from doing business in the U.S. or traveling here until these abuses stop.”

 

The bipartisan resolution specifically:

  • Calls on the President and the Secretary of State to strengthen U.S. religious freedom diplomacy;
  • Calls on the President, Secretary of State, and Trade Representative to ensure trade negotiations include religious freedom conditions as mandated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015;
  • Encourages the President to impose sanctions on Chinese officials accountable for their complicity in egregious violations of human rights;
  • Calls on the U.S. Government to work with foreign international religious freedom institutions;
  • Urges the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to develop an action plan to employ religious freedom programming to address violations in China;
  • Calls on the President to raise cases relating to religious or political prisoners at the highest levels with Chinese officials;
  • Encourages Members of Congress to adopt prisoners of conscience in China;
  • Calls on the Chinese Government to release all religious and political prisoners;
  • Encourages the global faith community to speak in solidarity with the persecuted Christians in China.

 

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler serves as a commissioner on the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC). The Commission was established by Congress to examine China’s adherence to International Human Rights regulations, to establish rule of law in the People’s Republic of China and track victims of human rights abuses in China. The Commission is made up of nine Senators, nine Congressional Representatives and five Administrative Officials appointed by the President.

 

Representatives Hartzler and Speier both serve as members of the House Armed Services Committee.

 

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Hartzler Advocates for Howard, Barton, Cooper, Dallas, Hickory, and Laclede Counties to Receive Disaster Assistance

2019/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement about the counties in her district that were not yet included in the President’s formal disaster declaration last week for Missouri.

 

“It is important that Howard, Barton, Cooper, Dallas, Hickory and Laclede Counties be selected for individual assistance as part of the President’s emergency declaration. I visited several of these counties last month and saw the impact of flooding, severe storms and tornadoes first hand. I am hopeful that FEMA will include these areas as it continues to assess Missouri counties affected by flooding, and I am strongly advocating for their inclusion.”

 

Representative Hartzler sent a letter to President Donald Trump and FEMA’s Acting Administrator on July 16, 2019, ensuring FEMA completes thorough reviews of the counties not initially selected to receive individual assistance (IA).

 

Last week, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Missouri and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on April 29, 2019, and continuing.

 

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and

St. Charles.

 

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Hartzler Rejects Cuts to America’s Military

2019/07/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement upon passage of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020:

 

“For years, under both Democrat and Republican control, Congress has consistently passed a bipartisan defense bill that meets the needs of our military. Since my time in Congress I have supported every NDAA, and as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee I take this vote very seriously.  I believe providing for the national defense is the most important constitutional duty of Congress, which is why my vote against this year’s NDAA is something I do not take lightly.

 

“The objective of this Congress is to provide our men and women in uniform with the support necessary to defend our country and protect our way of life. Unfortunately, I do not believe this bill accomplishes this task, as it falls short of the funding levels that former Defense Secretary Mattis and other experts say is needed to maintain the United States’ competitive edge over Russia and China.

 

“The Senate passed their bipartisan version with 86 votes. However, in an effort to placate the far-left wing of the Democrat party, the House bill cuts the President’s budget significantly. It also greatly restricts our military’s traditional mission of supporting border security, leaving our nation vulnerable on multiple fronts.

 

“As a leader on the Armed Services Committee and the most senior Republican on the Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, I have worked for months to secure support for Whiteman AFB and Fort Leonard Wood, including funding for the B-21 program and other important initiatives. It is my hope that a compromise can be reached in our Conference with the Senate that embraces the need for a more robust defense budget that is not diminished by the extreme wing of the Democrat Party. The defense of our nation is too important to be subjected to such partisanship.”

 

The House Democrats’ version of the NDAA will:

 

  • Cut personnel accounts across the board by $1.2 billion, the same accounts that fund troop pay, benefits, and housing.
  • Shrink critical programs designed to deter Russia and China, including cuts to hypersonics, ship construction, 5G development, and rapid innovation programs.
  • Curtail our nuclear deterrent programs, including cuts to the replacement program for our aging intercontinental ballistic missiles and a prohibition on submarine launched low-yield nuclear weapons, which serve as a deterrent to Russia.
  • Reduce readiness recovery, by cutting spare parts, ammunition programs, training, and facilities maintenance.
  • Prevent DoD from using acceptable medical and physical standards for new recruits, thus jeopardizing military readiness and deployability.
  • Curtail DoD from helping with the crisis on the southern border.

 

Conversely, Hartzler supported the Republican NDAA alternative which includes a 4% pay raise for our troops, provides additional funding for the military personnel account and increases important operations and maintenance accounts. These funding increases will reverse cuts to readiness and provide additional money for depot maintenance, spare parts, facilities sustainment, force readiness operations and ammunition programs to ensure our troops have the training and resources necessary to fulfill their mission and continue to reduce the rate of accidents. Unfortunately, this measure did not pass the House.

 

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Hartzler Supports Bipartisan Effort to Protect Veteran Homeowners

2019/07/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) supported H.R. 1988, the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019, which corrects a technical error that was triggered by a banking regulatory overhaul passed into law last year. The bill fixes flaws in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act which inadvertently prevented Ginnie Mae from guaranteeing securities backed by approximately 2,500 veterans’ mortgages.

 

“American service members, veterans, and their families have sacrificed so much in defense of our great nation,” said Congresswoman Hartzler, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “In return, we have the responsibility to ensure that each and every veteran has the support they need to obtain affordable housing, and this measure is a necessary step to ensure that. I applaud this bipartisan effort and the actions of my colleagues in expanding housing options for our nation’s heroes.”

 

This measure would make two essential changes to the current law. First, it would allow for the “orphaned loans” that had been refinanced and guaranteed by the Veterans Affairs Department to be pooled in the secondary market. Additionally, the bill would make it easier for banks to follow a rule in the banking law for refinancing veterans’ home loans so that they qualify for VA guarantees. These small but significant changes will increase overall liquidity and free up capital for the institutions making VA home loans. In turn, these reforms will ultimately preserve lower rates and more affordable borrowing costs for our nation’s veterans.

 

The bill passed the House last night and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

 

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July 5, 2019 Vicky's View from the District

2019/07/05

Humanitarian Relief at the Border

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Last week I supported legislation to provide much needed funding to address the humanitarian crisis unfolding on our southern border. This emergency bill provides $4.5 billion in funding for the border, including $3 billion in humanitarian aid. This funding will ensure those working in border control get paid as they wage the fight to stop human trafficking and drug smuggling at the border.

 

I was pleased that House Democrats and Republicans could come together to pass this legislation, after several Democratic attempts earlier in the week fell short of the crucial funding we needed. A lapse in this funding would have seriously damaged our efforts to combat human trafficking and the drug smuggling epidemic at the border. 

 

Helping Veterans with PTSD

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I visited the Vet Center in Columbia to learn more about PTSD treatment and ways Congress can assist in ensuring our veterans get the help they need and deserve.

I visited the Columbia Vets Center this week to meet with the great people working to help our veterans suffering from PTSD and other service-related problems. This center opened in September of 2010 and works closely with the Truman VA Medical Center to address the readjustment needs of veterans. The Columbia Vets Center has a physical building in Columbia, but it also has a mobile unit that makes its way through 38 Missouri counties. Its mission statement is: “To welcome home and honor those who served, those still serving, and their families by reaching out to them, engaging their communities, and providing them with quality readjustment counseling and timely referral.” I cannot say enough good things about this center and what it is trying to accomplish.

 

Technology Tackles Autism

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I had the chance to meet with the ECHO Telehealth team and tour the NICU at Mizzou Health Women’s and Children Hospital. Pictured from L-R: Alicia Brewer Curran, myself, Dr. Rachel Brown, Melinda Odum, Cristin Sohl, and Rachel Mutrux.

While I was in Columbia, I had the opportunity to stop at the University of Missouri’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital to check in on Mizzou’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Project ECHO connects specialists in Columbia with health care professionals in other parts of the state or country via videoconferencing to allow them to share best practices and techniques. The initiative also provides access to specialists who might not be readily available in some cities or towns.

 

I am a firm believer in this use of telemedicine. In fact, I recently co-sponsored the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act to bring more mental health services to rural and underserved areas, providing more seniors with better access to mental health care professionals. We can use technology like this to better serve people and even save lives. I am happy to see the University of Missouri embracing telemedicine.

 

Celebrating America

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I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the Fourth of July with food, fun, and fireworks! As we celebrate the birth of our country’s independence, let us all take a moment to reflect on the fact that we live in the greatest nation on earth. As Americans, we embrace the cherished truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We realize that these rights have come at a great cost to those who fought for our freedom. I ask all citizens of MO-4 to join me in being thankful to the men and women in uniform who fought and died to defend our way of life and to the brave Americans who are defending us today. Let us always be thankful for the wonderful things God has bestowed upon our great nation, and may God continue to bless America.

 

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I had a great time at Hulston Mill celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Heritage Festival. If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Hulston Mill Historical Park, a hidden gem in Dade County, I highly recommend it! 

 

 

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I was so glad to meet in D.C. with the first place winner of my Congressional Art Competition, Gabe Greis of Boonville High School! His painting, “Home of the Immigrants,” depicts his great grandfather and siblings who came to the U.S. from Germany. As the first place winner for Missouri’s Fourth District, Greg was flown to Washington for the unveiling of his artwork, which will now hang in the main hallway tunnel connecting the House office buildings and the Capitol in Washington for one year. His piece will be displayed alongside artwork from other Congressional districts from across the country. Such talent!  

 


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I enjoyed meeting with MO-4 4-H students last week. It was fun to learn about the differences and similarities in their experiences compared to my own 4-H memories. I am glad to see that this wonderful program is still impacting youth in my district.

 

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I was glad to get home and catch some of the wheat harvest. We’ll be no-till planting soybeans into the wheat stubble after we finish combining. 



 
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The Moving Vietnam Wall came to Harrisonville last week. It was sobering to experience this hallowed reminder of the sacrifices of over 58,000 Americans and see the names of the husbands, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters who gave so much. God rest their souls. May we never forget. 

 

Weekly Dose of Good News

Tyson Foods, which employs over 1,000 residents of Sedalia, has made a $40,000 donation to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri that will help support Mobile Food Pantries in Sedalia and LaMonte. Mobile Food Pantries are refrigerated box trucks that allow The Food Bank to provide perishable goods to communities that might not have brick-and-mortar pantries. Tyson’s donation will help with the continued distribution of fresh produce, protein, and dairy products to residents of Pettis County. This is a wonderful example of a very successful business giving back to the community in which it operates, making a positive difference for its employees as well as those who live nearby.


Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

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Hartzler Supports Bi-Partisan Humanitarian Relief Funding Bill

2019/06/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3401 which provides much needed funding to address the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. The measure passed 305 - 102 with Hartzler’s support.

 

“Today’s passage of this much needed emergency aid bill provides $4.5 billion in funds for the border, including $3 billion in much needed humanitarian aid. It ensures our men and women working tirelessly in border control and security get paid – something that was not guaranteed as existing funds dissipated – while continuing to fund efforts to combat the human trafficking and drug smuggling epidemics at the border. A lapse in funding would have seriously damaged these efforts.   

 

“House passage of the Senate bill came only after House Democrats were unable to advance their bill which failed to fund many of these important provisions. Thankfully we were able to come together and support a Senate bill that represents the best interests of the American people.”

 

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June 21 Vicky's View from the Capitol

2019/06/21

 

 
     
 
 

USDA Jobs Come to Kansas City

I am thrilled to share that two agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon be calling the Kansas City-area home. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be relocated to the Kansas City region! Many of my colleagues and I, on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, have been working hard to make this a reality since USDA announced the proposal to move the agencies last year.

The simple fact, in the words of Secretary Perdue, is “the Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland.” There is also acknowledgement from the Secretary that the Kansas City area already has a wealth of agricultural talent that will provide “access to a stable labor force for the future.” 

Because of the wonderful cost-of-living in the KC area, the USDA will also save $20 million a year on employment costs and rent, which can be used for more research. Additionally, the move puts the two agencies closer to their customers, most of whom are in the Midwest – not Washington. 

The final decision is a testament to the wonderful attributes of the Heartland and reflects the hard work of our local Congressional representatives and members of the Kansas City community who did an excellent job highlighting the benefits of relocating these jobs to our area.

The General Services Administration (GSA) this week announced it will be accepting applications for lease space from three counties in the region, including Jackson County, Missouri. There is no doubt that the Kansas City Region, which includes a number of MO-4 counties, will see the benefits of this wonderful decision.


Making Sure our Veterans are Covered

This week I was pleased to introduce bipartisan legislation to aid the medical transportation of our veterans. Under this bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be allowed to reimburse certain veterans for ambulance transportation required during their medical treatment. Current law allows the VA to reimburse emergency ambulance rides to and emergency treatment at non-VA hospitals until the VA patient is medically stable. But if the veteran is stabilized and then requires continued care at a VA facility, the VA is not allowed to reimburse his or her transportation to that facility. 

Obviously, such transportation could incur costs that many veterans cannot afford to pay out of pocket. My bill would repair this hole in the safety net, to ensure that veterans and community health providers are not left holding the bill for costly medical transfer. I am working to move my common-sense legislation through the House and then to the Senate for approval.

 

Open Now: Application Period for Service Academies

This is a good time to remind students who are considering applying to one of the United States Service Academies that the application process, which runs through October 4, 2019, is now open. The academy nomination process requires you to apply through your Congressional offices and directly to the academies. If you have not already contacted the academy of your choice, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible to ensure you have all the necessary information to apply. My application for 2019 is available on my website here

The U.S. Service Academies are among the most respected educational programs in the nation. If accepted, students receive their college education for free of charge. The honor of attending one comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. 

I look forward to receiving applications from the many qualified students in our Congressional district.

 

SCOTUS Rules to Protect Cross Honoring WWI Heroes

You may have heard before about the Bladensburg Memorial, a 40-foot cross on public land in Maryland that commemorates 49 local soldiers who died in World War I. Several years ago, a humanist group sued Maryland over the cross, claiming that its shape, which is a religious symbol, violated the Establishment Clause. I signed onto two amicus briefs concerning this case: the first petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case, and the second argued in favor of the Bladensburg Memorial.

Today, I’m happy to report that the Supreme Court ruled the historic cross does not violate the Establishment Clause. This peaceful monument has stood for nearly a century, honoring the memory of 49 local fallen World War I heroes. Faith has always had a prominent role in American society. We should seek to preserve our treasured religious freedom, which is exactly what Thursday’s decision did.

Religiously-based symbols and monuments throughout our country, much like the Bladensburg Cross Memorial, honor all of America’s service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. These monuments will continue to honor our religious heritage and honor those who sacrificed to secure our freedoms.

 

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In last week’s House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock & Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing, we discussed just how important the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is. The agreement opens new markets for dairy poultry, eggs, and wheat to Canada and preserves a no tariff policy for Mexico. With Mexico and Canada being Missouri’s number one and number two export markets for agriculture, it’s essential we lock down this pivotal agreement.



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Lowell and I enjoyed the Twilight Show of Wings air show over Whiteman last Friday. We enjoyed catching up with the dedicated airmen and families at Whiteman, seeing historic and current aircraft, and being wowed by the skills displayed in the air show, which included a night jump by the U.S. Army’s Golden Knight Jump Team. So proud of this base and all our servicemembers.

 


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We’re working hard to get our soybeans planted after the wet spring and flooding. The beans we planted three weeks ago are having a hard time coming up, due to the crust the pounding rain created. We were thankful for a shower that brought puddles last Friday night and are hopeful more beans will be able to push through. Other parts of the district are still too wet to plant. I’m praying for all farmers during this challenging planting season.

 


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My visit to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Pleasant Hill brought me up to speed on the forecasting tools used during the most recent flooding of the Missouri River and its tributaries. This NWS center services 44 counties in the greater Kansas City region and provided information that was essential to keeping citizens safe during the recent flooding. The men and women of the National Weather Service are providing valuable information to Americans across the country, and I am grateful for the work they do.

 

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I was thrilled to pick up my very own USS Missouri stamps from Natalie Thompson at the Pleasant Hill Post Office on Monday. The USS Missouri was the backdrop of the official end of World War II, its deck serving as the spot where Allied powers and imperial Japan signed documents confirming Japan's surrender. This new stamp was released last week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning on June 11, 1944. It is a fitting tribute to the historic “Mighty Mo” – a truly iconic American battleship. Pick up your piece of history today!
 



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It was wonderful to meet with MO Electric Cooperatives Youth this week! They represent the “cream of the crop” of the rural youth of America from our district. I was honored to spend some time with them and appreciated their coming to visit me in the Capitol.

 

Weekly Dose of Good News

There is something very special about neighbors helping neighbors during rough times. We saw exactly that when the California Women’s Business Council and other local businesses stepped in to raise money for those affected by the May 22 tornadoes. The California Women’s Business Council, composed of six California, MO business owners, created a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” raffle fundraiser that brought in over $20,000. Eighty-five businesses from California and other parts of Moniteau County donated raffle prizes for the event. I am so proud of the good people of Moniteau County for taking the initiative and helping their fellow Missourians as they work to recover from the devastating storms.  


Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

 
 
 

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Hartzler Applauds SCOTUS Ruling to Protect Bladensburg Memorial

2019/06/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, also known as the Bladensburg Cross case.

 

“I am pleased with SCOTUS’s strong 7-2 decision today in favor of the historic Bladensburg WWI Memorial Cross,” Hartzler said. “This peaceful monument has stood for nearly a century, honoring the memory of 49 local fallen World War I heroes. Faith has always had a prominent role in American society. We should seek to preserve our treasured First Amendment rights, which is exactly what today’s decision does.”

 

“Religiously-based symbols and monuments throughout our country, much like the Bladensburg Cross Memorial, honor all of America’s service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. These monuments will continue to serve as a stark reminder that freedom is never free,” she added.

 

Congresswoman Hartzler, along with her colleagues, signed onto two amicus briefs concerning this case: the first petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case, and the second argued in favor of the Bladensburg Memorial.

 

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Hartzler Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Aid Vets’ Medical Transportation

2019/06/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse certain veterans for ambulance transportation required during their medical treatment. Currently, the law allows the VA to reimburse ambulance rides to non-VA hospitals, as well as emergency treatment at such hospitals, for a veteran until he or she is medically stable. However, if the veteran is stabilized and then requires continued care at a VA facility, the VA is not allowed to reimburse his or her transportation to that facility - which often must be accomplished using ambulance resources that can be too expensive for patients to cover out-of-pocket.

 

“In 1999, Congress created a safety net to ensure that the most vulnerable veterans weren’t left holding the bill for emergency care that could leave them in financial ruin,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.  “This bill repairs a hole in that safety net that has too often resulted in veterans and community health providers being liable for costly transfer to a VA hospital, a necessity for veterans unless they want to pay out-of-pocket for their medical costs. I’m proud to introduce this common-sense reform that will enhance the protection we provide to veterans who need it most.”

 

“Veterans should not be left holding the bill for expensive, surprise transportation to get the care they need, especially when dealing with an emergency situation,” said Congressman Joe Cunningham. “I am proud to work across the aisle to close this unnecessary gap in coverage for our veterans.”

 

American Veterans (AMVETS) is one Veterans’ Service Organization (VSO) among many who have voiced their support for this bill.  “It is easy to overlook the importance of the remedy that the VA Emergency Transportation Act offers. Unless you happen to be a veteran who needed emergency services and was forced to rely on ambulance transportation from a community ER to a VA medical facility for ongoing treatment,” said Sherman Gillums, AMVETS Chief Advocacy Officer. “The fear of getting hit with a hefty ambulance expense after the fact has proven to be a deterrent to seeking timely emergency care for too many veterans. This bill, if passed, would change that.”

 

The VA Emergency Transportation Act is also endorsed by: Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Reserve Officer Association, Military Officers Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Blinded Veterans Association, Association of the United States Navy and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. 

 

Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Mike Turner (R-OH), Don Bacon (R-NE), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Tom Cole (R-OK), Brian Mast (R-FL), Greg Steube (R-FL), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Josh Harder (D-CA), Susan Wild (D-PA), Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) have signed on to this measure as original cosponsors.

 

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(May 10, 2019) Rev. Dr. Tom Leuther Opens US House Floor in Prayer

2019-05-20 16:03:02


(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


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

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

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

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

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

The Hartzler family lives near Harrisonville in Cass County.


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Ann Wagner

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Sam Graves

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