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Vicky Hartzler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate (MO)


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Issue Positions

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  • "She supports life with legislation, with votes, and with her voice. She was honored to be one of three featured speakers at the March for Life in 2014 speaking to over one million pro-life champions on the National Mall in Washington. She speaks on the House floor in support of life and was appointed to the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives to investigate the fetal baby part procurement industry." (
  • "As we remember America's unborn, I am encouraged by a new generation of young people embracing life. An understanding of human biology, advanced technology, the reality of the lifelong regret experienced by many women who have an abortion, is not lost on our kids. Abortion ends the life of an unborn child, harming mothers and fathers, and jeopardizing the health of women. We must continue to fight for a day when abortion becomes unthinkable, when women are empowered to choose life, and when we learn to love them both, mother and child." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (
  • Rated 85% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "According to the annual reports of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees, both programs will run out of funds within the next 25 years. Medicare is projected to run out of money by 2026. While not as imminent of a threat, in 2033, the Social Security trust's funds will be insolvent, and payments to beneficiaries would immediately have to be cut by 23 percent. Reforms must be made now to ensure the long-term solvency of these programs so today's seniors and tomorrow's beneficiaries can rest assured these programs will be there when they are needed." (
  • Signed a letter saying "We write to express strong bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage program, which 39.2 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries, more than 22 million people, choose to enroll in. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program for current and future Medicare beneficiaries." (
  • "This legislation ends ‘qualified immunity,’ diminishing law enforcement’s ability to make difficult decisions in dangerous and unanticipated situations and drastically increases the threat of unwarranted lawsuits against these crimefighters. This results in individual police officers having to spend time and personal resources defending themselves from unjust claims while the focus should be on keeping people safe even though law enforcement officers already can be and are often sued for enforcement actions outside legal parameters as there is no immunity for excessive police actions that violate civil rights." (
  • "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." (
  • "Currently, defense spending accounts for some 18 percent of the federal budget. By 2019, defense spending is projected to represent only 12 percent of our budget -- a far cry from the 49 percent it constituted in 1962. Further, even though it does not drive the deficit, it is slated to take around 50 percent -- $1 trillion over the next 10 years -- of the cuts brought on by the BCA and sequestration." (
  • "I am committed to supporting a strong military and working to ensure that we do not have to consider any Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) proposals." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "In addition to cutting wasteful spending, we need to grow the economy in order to balance the budget. We need to get people back to work and encourage the growth of good-paying jobs. This can be done by getting Washington out of the way of job creation." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "I have co-sponsored 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." (
  • "I know many liberals love looking to Europe for answers. England has a 19% corporate tax rate. US has 35% tax rate. Time for #TaxReform" (
  • Rated 85% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "The reinforcements sent to the frontlines of this war must be as bold and extraordinary as the #coronavirus crisis itself. That’s why Congress has come together on this legislative package to put the American people first and provide the protections they need." (
  • "Today's bill sends needed battle reinforcements to both fronts. It provides funds to purchase more medical supplies and to support our hospitals, while also sending much-needed help to businesses so that they can make payroll and keep the doors open. It sends money directly to almost every household and supports those who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 crisis. Most importantly, it gives this Nation hope: hope that we will get through this by supporting our healthcare workers, enabling businesses to stay open, and sending Americans funds needed to get them through. While this bill is far from perfect and the price tag is sobering, I believe we are in an unprecedented battle, and it is imperative we win this war. I will be voting ``yes,'' and I invite all Americans to join us in this battle." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "As a former public schoolteacher, I believe federal mandates hurt our schools rather than help them. Read how I’ve been working to roll back federal mandates affecting school lunches" (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "The administration's current top-down, "Washington-knows-best" policy continues to have detrimental effects on average Americans. While I believe we must continue to look for alternative sources of energy, I continue to support an all-of-the-above energy policy that utilizes all North American resources to provide safe, stable, and affordable energy to all my constituents." (
  • "I’m pleased with the progress that Republicans have made on the regulatory front. President Trump’s repeal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will keep costs affordable for consumers and farmers who depend on fossil fuels for low-cost and reliable energy." (
  • Rated 91% by the American Energy Alliance. (
  • "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to advance burdensome regulations that threaten our energy independence, stifle our economic recovery, and force employers to expend resources on unnecessary regulations. Many of these regulations are implemented without scientific justification or proper cost-benefit analysis and all too often arbitrarily pick winners and losers." (
  • 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" (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I am an ardent supporter of our constitutional rights including the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. This right is one of the fundamental principles of our Republic. The federal government should take no action to suppress this right or any right." (
  • 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" (
  • "I fully support @POTUS using the powers of the presidency to make changes to Obamacare. Many Missourians down to one choice for insurance." (
  • "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." (
  • "Obamacare worsened healthcare by forcing individuals to purchase insurance they didn’t want nor could afford. We can do better! II am committed to continuing to work towards these goals so everyone has healthcare they not only want, but can afford." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 92% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "For decades America has felt the repercussions of a failed, outdated immigration system that has rewarded those who enter this country illegally at the expense of those who have followed the law. These pieces of legislation address illegal immigration where it starts -- at the border -- by allocating funding for a border wall and enhancing security measures that would drastically scale back illegal immigration into the United States." (
  • "My democrat colleagues this week in HASC tried to say that we don’t have a crisis at the border and DOD need not have a mission there. They neglected to mention that Congress has already approved a DOD counter drug mission with the ability to build fences/walls." (
  • "This includes investing in three key capabilities for a strong border -- funding for a secure border wall, providing advanced technology such as sensors and cameras, and securing more customs officers and Border Patrol agents." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 92% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "The United States must counter every effort by Iran and North Korea to develop advanced nuclear capabilities," Hartzler said. "These sanctions will punish those who do business with Iran and North Korea, making it more difficult for these regimes to access capital and resources." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • ""The decision to abruptly pull troops out of Syria is a mistake. Leaving the region will mean abandoning the Kurds who have been fiercely loyal allies as we've moved to eliminate ISIS and stabilize the region. Withdrawing from Syria before establishing stability with Turkey will not only create uncertainty for the region, but will create a power vacuum that will jeopardize the gains we've made. "We cannot allow those who have fought by our side to be left alone at a time when bad state actors like Russia and Iran are looking to increase their sphere of influence across the Middle East. I'm concerned about the precedent that would be set by caving to Turkey who has increasingly taken actions contrary to the best interests of the United States. "I urge the White House to reconsider this decision", Hartzler said." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Today the White House confirmed that Osama bin Laden’s son was killed in a counterterrorism operation. Hamza bin Laden was a key figure in recruiting and training of terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East. This is a big win for America. (
  • "I'm thrilled to hear that President Trump and the U.S. Trade Representative's office are closing in on this deal with Japan. This agreement is a big win for Missouri agriculture. Japan imports a half-billion dollars' worth of goods produced in Missouri and is the largest market in terms of value for U.S. pork exports. Missouri's beef, poultry, and ethanol industries stand to make big gains with this new agreement," Hartzler said." (
  • "I am grateful for @MOFarmBureau's endorsement as I run for re-election. As a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, I am committed to promoting free trade, preserving crop insurance, and easing federal regulations so the agricultural community can thrive." (
  • "I am pleased with the President's signing today of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement. We are moving in the right direction in providing certainty for our farmers, consumers, businesses and workers across the nation. There are several important wins in the agreement for producers back home, including the manufacturing and dairy industries." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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