Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has voted to urge that management of the Missouri River be based on common sense and logic, rather than on a narrow special interest agenda. She has voted for an amendment to the Energy & Water bill to restrict any funding for the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Program.
"Environmental concerns regarding the Missouri River are important, but the attention being focused on these concerns is out of whack with all other interests involving the river," said Hartzler. "The federal government is spending $72 million on Missouri River environmental concerns this year, with only $6 million being spent to shore up levees along the river. Getting a handle on flood control must be our top priority."
"My conversations with Missouri River stakeholders, farmers, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources convince me we must make agriculture and transportation interests our Missouri River priorities," continued Hartzler. "While preserving a habitat for the pallid sturgeon, the piping plover and the least tern is important, we cannot allow these narrow interests to take precedence over the lives and activities of farmers, businesses, and residents on or near the river. The well being of our citizens must be government's top priority."
In addition to voting to restrict funding to the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Program, Hartzler voted to restrict funding to the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study to review the project purposes established by the Flood Control Act of 1944.
Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.