Representative Vicky Hartzler's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 4, Republican
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Vicky Hartzler has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "All life is sacred, and we must protect it. Congress cannot stand by as babies who are capable of feeling excruciating pain are forced to suffer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975055/hartzler-votes-to-protect-unborn-lives#.ViEv-WwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I have co-sponsored two Balanced Budget Amendments." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • "More taxes are not what our country needs. The federal government's debt did not come about because taxes are too low, but because spending is too high." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1057452/issue-position-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • "New taxes need to be stopped in their tracks. I have a record of proven resolve on low taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527823/issue-position-taxes#.VZ6qpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "This bill strengthens and reforms our transportation program while returning more transportation decisions back to state and local governments, providing them long-term certainty they require to complete betterment and repair projects." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051757/hartzler-on-passage-of-long-term-highways-bill (votesmart.org)
  • "If we want to avoid heaping mountains of debt on our children and grandchildren, we have to take a stand now to stop the runaway spending." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must also pursue legislation that empowers small businesses to create jobs by simplifying the tax code and reducing regulatory burdens." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZxA7vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted for the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to make permanent or extend a number of tax cuts that allow Americans to keep more of their own money and grow the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051770/hartzler-votes-to-make-tax-cuts-permanent/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/education (hartzler.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527829/issue-position-education-reform#.VZ6r_XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people have shown overwhelming support for the Keystone XL pipeline. With his veto, President Obama has chosen to ignore their wishes, putting environmental special interests ahead of American jobs and greater energy security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953035/hartzler-responds-to-presidents-keystone-xl-veto/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "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, developing biofuels, using the abundance of clean coal with which we are blessed, and expanding hydro, wind, and solar-powered alternatives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527826/issue-position-energy-independence#.VZ6suXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I believe we must embrace an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that includes tried and true sources of energy such as coal, hydro, and nuclear along with alternative energy sources that include wind and solar power." https://hartzler.house.gov/newsletters/view-capitol-congresswoman-vicky-hartzlers-newsletter-week-june-2-6-2014 (hartzler.house.gov)

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  • "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to advance burdensome regulations that threatens our energy independence, stifles our recovering economy, and forces employers to expend resources on unnecessary regulations." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/energy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557946/#.VZ1cF_lViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Since I was elected to Congress, I have made it a top priority to protect, preserve and defend the ideals held within the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Our founding fathers understood that the right to protects one's self and family is vital to the success of our nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733880/hartzler-receives-nra-endorsement#.VZ6uQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the day I was sworn in office, I have been working with my colleagues to repeal the job-destroying, tax-hiking portions of this bill." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/health (hartzler.house.gov)
  • "Obamacare is hurting Americans. It is causing families to lose coverage they want and forcing them to buy coverage they don't want and can't afford. It has increased the costs of healthcare and caused people to lose jobs or have their hours cut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051803/hartzler-on-veto-override-vote/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/immigration (hartzler.house.gov)
  • "Granting amnesty to those who cross our borders and enter our nation illegally is not the answer to solving the problem of illegal immigration, especially when there are so many people around the globe who wait their turn to apply for visas and pursue legal paths to immigrate to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849353/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.VZ1dU_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "The activist ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act ignored the votes of a bipartisan majority of Congress. This alarming precedent disempowers Congress from making national policy with respect to marriage. We must work to defend the rights of Americans to make marriage policy." http://hartzler.house.gov/press-release/hartzler-statement-supreme-court-decision-defense-marriage-act-and-proposition-8 (hartzler.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/594578/#.VZ1eLPlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527831/issue-position-national-defense#.VZ6v_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Well, we need to be diplomatic, to firsthand, like I said, reaching out to those countries like Turkey and others and encouraging them to put the boots on the ground. And we need to commit the resources that are needed to get this done. And we may need to have more American troop there in advise-and-assist role, to target or provide some close air support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937899/cnn-newsroom-transcript-islamic-state-strategy/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act removes Social Security out of gross income so seniors do not have to pay taxes on the income they receive from Social Security. They paid taxes on their income when it was paid into Social Security; they should not have to pay again when they receive the benefits back." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849361/issue-position-seniors#.VZ6xRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Since taking office, I have worked hard to preserve Medicare, rein in taxation for seniors, advocate for important research, and protect Social Security." https://hartzler.house.gov/resources/senior-citizens (hartzler.house.gov)

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