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Vicky J. Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Vicky J. Hartzler
Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 4, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Lowell; 1 Child: Tiffany
Home City: Cass County, MO
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Champions the Protection of Young Women y Leading Effort to End Taxpayer Founding of abortions. 18 February 2011. "Planned Parenthood isn't about health, it's about profit. They have a record of preferring abortion over the truth. I have seen firsthand their view of truth." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Vicky Hartzler in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Blog: Taking Federal Spending in a New Direction. 15 April 2011. “Most Americans -- pro-life or pro-choice - reject the notion that taxpayers should provide funding for abortion. This 2011 budget plan restores a long-standing provision against the use of federal and local funds for abortions in Washington, D.C.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. “Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Protect Life Act, which will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to pay for abortions through last year's health care bill. It is right and proper that we should do so.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. “There are many, many areas of this budget that we need to rein in, but this is noncontroversial. This is something that over 60 percent of the American people say, I don't want my tax dollars going to pay for abortions, the taking of a human innocent life.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Speaks at March for Life Rally, Meets Missouri Pro-Lifers in Washington, D.C. 24 January 2011. "My pro-life views were already known to many of the good citizens attending the meeting, but I had the opportunity to tell those who were not familiar with my position that I stand for the protection of innocent lives - both the born and the unborn. I also informed the group of our efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions after receiving taxpayer dollars.” (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Vicky Hartzler in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Issues: National Defense. 18 January 2012. “Tragic events keep reminding us that we are in a war against terrorism. We do not want to be in this conflict. We did not start it, but we must finish it. Our safety and future depend on defeating the extremists who hate everything that has made our nation the greatest in history.” (vickyhartzler.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscalm Year 2012. 25 May 2011. “We need to send a clear message to the men and women fighting for our Nation that this Congress is committed to keeping our national defense a priority. We are a Nation at war with men and women fighting in harm's way at this very minute. We need not forget that we face threats throughout the world with enemies bent on destroying our way of life. We have a constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense. I support our troops, and I am proud to stand with them as they protect our freedoms.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Vicky Hartzler voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Praises House Passage of Bill Advancing National Security Goals. 26 May 2011. "In addition, the defense bill strengthens policies and procedures used to prosecute and detain terrorists," added Hartzler. "It does this by affirming that the U.S. is in armed conflict with al-Qaida and the Taliban.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Spends Mother's Day with the Troops in Afghanistan. 10 May 2011. “It would be a mistake to withdraw from Afghanistan before the job is done. Our withdrawal should be based on achievements--not political calculations." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler on the Front Lines in Effort to Protect National Security. 15 December 2011. “The United States Constitution makes it clear that the primary obligation of Congress is to provide for the defense our country. Defense spending has already been cut dramatically and we must stop further cuts from taking place. This "defense fix' should allow us to allocate the funding that is necessary to protect us from would-be aggressors." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Vicky Hartzler voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler Votes to Fully Fund America's Men and Women in Uniform. 8 July 2011. "The Defense Appropriations bill provides the funding needed to keep our national defense strong. First and foremost, it provides our brave men and women in uniform with a pay increase to help them keep pace with rising costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler Says "Enough" to More Government Borrowing and More Cuts to Defense; Votes "No" on Debt Ceiling Agreement. 1 August 2011. "I appreciate House Speaker John Boehner's rejection of liberal demands for a blank check debt limit increase and liberal calls for tax increases, but the solution approved by Congress and sent to President Obama dramatically cuts our national defense," said Hartzler. "This agreement strips $350 billion from the Base Defense Budget and has the Obama Administration bragging that this is, "the first defense cut since the 1990's.' The package also leaves the door open to the possibility of $500 billion in defense cuts down the road. This is unacceptable!” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Urges House Leadership to Prioritize National Defense. 17 March 2011. "I support efforts to stop any wasteful spending at the Defense Department, but believe any efficiencies should be reinvested in our fighting men and women. We must keep in mind that the costs of protecting America are the first claim on the budget. We are fighting wars on two fronts, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and must be alert to emerging nuclear threats from rogue nations like Iran and North Korea. For the men and women who are risking their lives for America, we must replace aging military equipment that makes their work even more dangerous and difficult, especially when quick response must be vital to our military thinking." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Issues: No New Job-Destroying Taxes. 19 January 2012. “New taxes need to be stopped in their tracks. I have a record of proven resolve on low taxes. In the Missouri legislature, I worked for lower taxes on families, job creators and seniors, and voted against every major tax increase bill that came our way.” (vickyhartzler.com)
  • Vick Hartzler signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Vicky Hartzler, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the) state of Missouri and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler View on Tax Reform. 19 January 2012. “I am a co-sponsor of H.R.547, which would repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) on individuals. The AMT was created in 1969 to target wealthy individuals who were using loopholes to avoid paying any taxes. Instead of addressing the actual problem associated with the tax code, Congress created a parallel tax structure. Unlike other exemptions in the tax code, the AMT is not adjusted for inflation. Past Congresses have “patched” the AMT preventing an unintended tax increase that would otherwise fall on millions of Americans. The previous Congress patched the AMT until the 2012 tax year. If Congress does not enact another patch approximately 34 million taxpayers will be affected by the unfair and complicated AMT in 2012. I believe we need a long-term solution to this troubling tax system.” (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Calls for End to Employment Uncertainty. 5 April 2011. "Sadly, the Senate has done little to address government spending and end the threat of tax hikes on businesses and individuals. Failure on the part of the previous Congress to pass a budget for 2011 has contributed to that uncertainty that stifles job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2011. “Americans are overtaxed and need a break from this burden. The high taxes stand in the way of productivity and stop businesses from flourishing. It is time for a revamping of our tax structure.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Votes to Create Jobs and Prevent America from Going Broke. “Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has taken a responsible step to put America on a course that slashes government spending to create jobs and avoid national bankruptcy. She has voted in support of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution to cut $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade compared to the President's budget.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler: Failure of House Democrats to Support Balanced Budget Amendment a Defeat for the American People. 21 November 2011. "While I am disappointed, I am not about to give up on the need to put a stop to runaway federal spending. I will fight for reforms to get us on the path to a balanced budget and continue to pass job-creating legislation to grow our economy while still fighting for a Balanced Budget Amendment in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. “The August 2nd deadline is approaching quickly. Americans are losing hope as Congress could again fail on its promise to permanently rein in government spending. The debt ceiling is intended to control federal spending but Washington continues to simply raise it without considering the consequences. American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler and House Colleagues Launch Pro-Jobs Agenda. 26 May 2011. "It is clear that liberal ideas of more taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create jobs. Our pro-jobs plan will address our economic challenges, encourage investment, and support job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners. Our plan will reduce many of the regulatory government burdens on small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler: "If This is the Road to Recovery, it's Time to Map a Different Route." 16 June 2011. "A year ago, Vice President Biden told us the Recovery Act was working and predicted the summer would be a very active period of job creation. President Obama claimed his trillion dollar stimulus package was prompting businesses to begin hiring again. The lack of jobs shows this has failed. As a small business owner I am familiar with burdensome government regulations and mandates that hinder economic growth.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler: Disappointing Jobs Reports Point to Urgent Need for a Solid Job Creation Plan. 2 June 2011. "It should come as no surprise that one of the reasons we're experiencing the slowest economic and jobs recovery in modern memory is because businesses of all sizes are dealing with high levels of uncertainty. As a small business owner, I know that employers are concerned about our historic debt leading to higher taxes -- taxes that stand in the way of innovation, expansion, and job creation. We have to cut taxes and stop spending money we don't have if we are to put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler and House Colleagues Launch Pro-Jobs Agenda. 26 May 2011. "It is clear that liberal ideas of more taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create jobs. Our pro-jobs plan will address our economic challenges, encourage investment, and support job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. View From the Capitol. 4 October 2011. “President Obama refuses to take a leadership role in efforts to preserve and strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. His insistence on raising taxes on job creators is unacceptable and shows he is not willing to take the steps necessary to address the issues confronting us. Any proposal to raise taxes on both small businesses and on private capital -- the essential ingredients for job creation in our economy -- cannot be taken seriously.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Views on Tax Reform. 19 January 2012. “At the same time that our system is becoming riddled with loopholes and inconsistent approaches to tax credits, fewer Americans are actually paying federal income taxes. In 2010, almost fifty percent of Americans paid no federal income taxes, leaving half of taxpayers to shoulder an ever-growing tax burden. Since assuming office I have already co-sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at decreasing taxes on job creators such as: […] I have co-sponsored H.R.937, the Rising Tides Act, which would lower the maximum income tax rate for corporations from 35% to 23%. Individuals and small businesses are not the only entities facing an uncertain and burdensome economic climate.” (hartzler.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Views of Education. 19 January 2012. “Education is best left to local schools and parents rather than the federal government. Parents know what learning experience is best for their children. While federal education initiatives often sound good, the numerous parents, school administrators, and teachers I know overwhelmingly confirm that federally directed initiatives often make it more difficult to teach. The cumbersome paperwork and regulations added by federal directives take time away from teacher/student learning time and harm the delivery of real content in the classroom. To that end, I support the overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).” (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Building a Tomorrow of Promise and Opportunity. 19 January 2012. “I believe the best education occurs locally through the commitment of parents, local schools, teachers, and the community. Washington does not know what is best for our children. Parents and teachers know best. This premise should be the focus of any bill.” (vickyhartzler.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler calls for opening of ANWR to oil exploration and resumption of drilling in the Gulf. 29 March 2011. “As citizens of the 4th Congressional District cope with gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is calling for an all-encompassing oil exploration policy that includes opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and reversing the de facto moratorium on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issues: Energy Independence. 18 January 2012. “It is imperative to our national security that we take proactive steps to becoming energy independent. Instead of capping our energy resources and limiting energy production here at home, let's aggressively pursue all energy alternatives, including building more nuclear power plants, drilling for oil and gas in coastal waters and ANWR […]” (vickyhartzler.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler criticizes President Obama for promoting Brazilian oil industry at expense of American jobs. 24 March 2011. "The hypocrisy is blatant. While President Obama opposes oil drilling off the coast of the U.S. he is pledging to help Brazil with technology and support in developing its offshore oil reserves. This is not only hypocritical but bizarre considering the president has spoken of the need to move toward energy alternatives and to wean the U.S. off foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Applauds House Approval of Bid to Boost Offshore Drilling. 6 May 2011. “Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), an original sponsor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, is praising House approval of this commonsense approach to sustaining America's energy needs. […] H.R. 1230 would require the Secretary of the Interior to auction offshore oil and gas leases in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico, as well as in an area off the coast of Virginia.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler votes to extend reduced tax rates on middle class. 14 December 2011. “Revising the MACT regulation will help many schools, hospitals, universities, farms, manufacturing plants, and power plants in the Fourth Congressional District by saving them from being forced to conduct expensive and pointless emissions testing, and comply with very difficult and complicated control standards. There is bipartisan support for removing this burden.” (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issue Position: Jobs & Growth. 1 January 2011. “When Skelton gave our vote to Pelosi for cap and trade, people across the district couldn't believe it. Ike Skelton's vote for cap-and-trade -- or cap and tax -- is one of the reasons the Missouri Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm group, repudiated Skelton as bad for Missouri agriculture and endorsed Vicky Hartzler for Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issues: Jobs & Growth. 18 January 2012. “To end the uncertainty that is helping throttle the natural energy of the economy, Vicky will stand foursquare against any effort to revive the Skelton-voted national energy tax (“cap and trade”). This second massive tax hike threatens the loss of $426 million in Fourth District income in just the first year, 2012, and the loss of 3,909 non-farm jobs, with as many as 58,900 lost jobs across Missouri. Along with job-killing new energy taxes would come vast new power and controls over the economy by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” (vickyhartzler.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Facebook: Wall. Status Update. 23 December 2011. “The Obama Admin.'s job killing green agenda marches on. EPA finalized rule which will shut down many coal power plants.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Issues: Liberty and Free Enterprise. 18 January 2011. “I am 100% pro-life and a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment.” (vickyhartzler.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler promotes legislation to protect Second Amendment rights. 20 May 2011. "The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act will allow anyone with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues permits to carry. This will give law-abiding gun owners with concealed carry permits the same rights as licensed drivers who cross state lines. A permit issued by one state would be recognized as valid in another state that issues these permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issue Position: Veterans. 21 July 2011. “I am a cosponsor of H.R.420, the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011. This bill would provide a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between June 26, 1934 and October 31, 1968 without fear of prosecution. This legislation corrects a law that unfairly treats WWII and Korean War veterans like criminals for not registering war relic firearms with the federal government. After everything that our veterans have done for this country they should be able to keep the firearms they acquired overseas without fear of prosecution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Video: MO04; October 19, 2010; Vicky Hartzler 2 of 3. 19 October 2010. “It really means a lot to have the support of gun owners of America and you, most importantly, the citizens of Camden county.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Why Ike Skelton Lies. 11 October 2011. “Her 1999 vote against sending a right-to-carry initiative to a vote of the people was a principled stand based on her belief that our Second Amendment rights are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and should not be put to a popular vote. As an outspoken advocate for right-to-carry, she believed the legislature should just give the people the rights already granted to them in the U.S. Constitution.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Advances Proposals to Solve America's Health Care Problems. 20 January 2011. "When crafting ObamaCare its supporters threw in bits and pieces of their big government wish list and forced votes on an entire package which included some beneficial, but mostly bad ideas. Many of the items included in the bill were detrimental to businesses and to citizens and would never have passed had they been voted on individually. Now that we have voted to repeal this job-destroying law we are going to put forward solutions to improve health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler calls for repeal of ObamaCare on first anniversary of health care law. 24 March 2011. "I remain committed to repealing this onerous law that places burdens on all businesses - hitting small businesses particularly hard. […] This law will only serve to keep our unemployment rate at alarmingly high levels. It is time to repeal and replace ObamaCare with affordable health care coverage that Americans want." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Addresses Business Leaders on Need to End Government Red Tape, Allow Businesses to Create Jobs. 23 February 2011. “Congresswoman Hartzler has co-sponsored several bills designed to ease the burdens on business. They include legislation to repeal job-destroying ObamaCare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler praises Florida judge's ruling on unconstitutionality of ObamaCare. 1 February 2011. "We have been arguing since Day One that the ObamaCare law is bad for this country and that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Ike Skelton's Phony Position On Obama Health Care Is Exposed By Failure To Join Democrat Colleague For Repeal. “Vicky Hartzler takes principled stands on issues. She has opposed ObamaCare from the outset, fearing it will do irreparable harm to the best health care system in the world. She knows it will cut Medicare for seniors by $500 billion.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Vicky Hartzler voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler to Skelton: Pass a Clean Defense Bill. 20 September 2010. "Mr. Chairman, today I ask you to stand up for Missouri families and oppose Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's liberal agenda and commit to stripping these radical social issues out of the legislation and pass a clean bill. […] Senator Reid To Include Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants Who Attend College. […] According to published reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping to add the so-called DREAM Act that would reward illegal immigrants for attending college in an effort to woo Hispanic voters ahead of the November election.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. “A compassionate solution for the illegal immigrant population living and working in the United States can be accomplished without resorting to amnesty. I cannot support a policy which rewards the criminal behavior of violating America's immigration laws. Current illegal immigrants should not receive all the rights and privileges they would have been eligible for had they come legally. They should not be eligible for citizenship. To pardon lawbreakers and reward them with the objective of their offence is inappropriate and will accelerate the flow of illegal immigrants. The opportunity to work in the United States is a valuable one, and those who break our laws should not have the privilege of competing in the same labor market as law-abiding citizens of our great nation. Granting amnesty to those who cross our borders and enter our nation illegally is not the answer to solving the problem of illegal immigration […] Supporting Comprehensive Legislation: I have co-sponsored H.R.2000, the SAVE Act of 2011. This bill would produce a three point plan to stop illegal immigration. The first step would be to secure America's international borders by increasing Border Patrol agents. It would then expand the E-Verify program and make it mandatory for all employers. The third step would enhance and utilize current enforcement methods by increasing the investigative abilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and expediting the processing and removal of illegal aliens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Video: MO04; October 1, 2010; Vicky Hartzler 4 of 11. 1 October 2011. “The first step is to secure the border. You can't talk about sending people back or encouraging people to go back until you know that they're not going to come back in a couple of days. […] There's lots of things we can do, and then we can begin the discussion about what to do with people who have been here for years and years.” (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. McKeon Signs onto Congressional Resolution Supporting Defense of Marriage Act. 10 March 2011. “I have serious concerns about the Administration arbitrarily overreaching and unilaterally determining the constitutionality of legislation, a move that should be left for the courts to decide. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress in 1996 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It has been official law for 14 years. That's why I signed onto a resolution this week to reverse the Administration's unruly decision not to defend DOMA.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. “As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Skelton Abandons the Heartland for Bill Clinton and New York City. 21 October 2010. “In 2004, she was spokesperson for Missouri's successful constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Video: MO04; July 23, 2010; Vicky Hartzler; Part 1 of 1. 23 July 2010. “We believe it's wise public policy that marriage be between a man and a woman.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Vicky Hartzler in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Vicky Hartzler in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. Views of Foreign Affairs. 19 January 2012. “While recognizing the complexity of our relationship with Pakistan, we must remain resolute in our commitment to rooting out terrorism. Pakistan has helped us find and kill terrorists near and inside their borders. Yet, there is also the real possibility that they knowingly concealed Osama bin Laden inside their country for many years. It is indisputable that Pakistan provides adversarial attitudes towards the United States.” (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Congresswoman Hartzler Returns From Fact-Finding Visit to Israel. 31 August 2011. “While we were there, the terrorist group Hamas was launching rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. […] It is imperative that we stand by Israel -- an unwavering friend and partner in peace." (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Defense and National Security Views. 19 January 2012. “We must be ever vigilant in countering the threats we face in today’s uncertain world. Iran and North Korea continue in their pursuit to master nuclear weapons technology. From Afghanistan and Iraq to the Greater Middle East, radical Islamists seek to undermine governments and stifle liberty. While our attention is rightly focused on combating global terrorism, we must not forget other national security threats in China, Venezuela, and Russia. Sadly, additional threats persist with home grown terrorism. With these concerns foremost in mind, I work every day to help keep our country safe. Providing our military the resources necessary to safeguard our liberties and to protect our shores is one of my top legislative priorities.” (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Standing With America's Most Steadfast Ally in the Region. 25 May 2011. “We all want to see peace in the Middle East. But it is unrealistic and naive to think that peace will come as a result of Israel, the only democratic state in the region, making more concessions. Restoring the pre-1967 borders would be a victory for Hamas, a terrorist group committed to Israel's demise. This is not the path to peace, and the President should acknowledge this. President Obama must stand by our most steadfast ally in the region. He must acknowledge that peace cannot be achieved through Israel's weakening its ability to defend itself against terrorists. The President, and all of us, must stand with Israel.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler.C ongresswoman Hartzler Praises House Passage of Bill Advancing National Security Goals. 26 May 2011. "In addition, the defense bill strengthens policies and procedures used to prosecute and detain terrorists. It does this by affirming that the U.S. is in armed conflict with al-Qaida and the Taliban and affirming U.S. authority to detain certain individuals until the end of hostilities.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Vicky Hartzler. America's Greatest Generation--Our Senior Citizens. 26 October 2011. “Tonight you have heard from a lot of us, Republican women here in Congress. You've heard our stories and our love and our respect for senior citizens, and our heartfelt desire and commitment to serve and to represent them and to make sure that their rights are protected and that their voice is heard here. You've heard how we have had proactive plans put forth here in the House from our group to address Medicare and to preserve and protect it for the future. You've heard how we care about Social Security, and we're not going to take it away. We want to make sure it is there for future generations […] Lastly, you've heard about our respect for this generation, and we know of their desire to pass on an America to their grandchildren that is just as great and just as promising as the one they grew up in. We are committed to making sure that we rein in our runaway federal spending here, we keep our fiscal house in order as a country, and that that promise is alive and well for their grandchildren.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Issue Position: Senior Citizens. 1 January 2012. “Seniors have interests that must be protected. Since taking office, I have worked hard to preserve Medicare, rein in taxation for seniors, advocate for important research, and protect Social Security. I believe we must strengthen the viability of these important financial and health programs so that current seniors can utilize these services without having to worry that their benefits will be drastically cut any day. Additionally, by strengthening these programs' long-term solvency, future beneficiaries can rest assured that these programs will still exist when they retire […] Social Security Trust Fund has been cashing in the IOUs and the federal government has had to use General Revenue to pay it back. Eventually, the IOUs will all be cashed in and the Fund won't have the revenues needed to pay out all the benefits due to people. According to the President's own actuaries, the Trust Fund will reach this point in 2037, requiring painful across-the-board benefit cuts for seniors unless we take action soon. Waiting until the program faces an imminent financial crisis would be a disservice to future retirees. That is why earlier this year as part of the House budget, a discussion was started on what could be done to maintain the future solvency of this vital program. No specific recommendations were made, but the budget did direct the Social Security Board of Trustees to do a study to determine the viability of the Social Security system and to make recommendations for its solvency. This could be done fairly easily. However, waiting until we reach that date would be irresponsible. It is vital that we honor the promises made to current retirees while preserving this important financial program for future beneficiaries.” (votesmart.org)
  • Vicky Hartzler. Vision for Senior Citizens. 19 January 2012. “That is why earlier this year as part of the House budget, a discussion was started on what could be done to maintain the future solvency of this vital program. No specific recommendations were made, but the budget did direct the Social Security Board of Trustees to do a study to determine the viability of the Social Security system and to make recommendations for its solvency. This could be done fairly easily. However, waiting until we reach that date would be irresponsible. It is vital that we honor the promises made to current retirees while preserving this important financial program for future beneficiaries.” (hartzler.house.gov)


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