Vicky Hartzler2-2016

Champions in Missouri!

Did you know that Missouri will be sending 11 athletes to the Olympic games? One of Missouri’s own is J’den Cox from Columbia, who will be competing as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Summer Games. Currently a junior at Mizzou, J’den is now one of only two students in Mizzou’s history to qualify for the Olympic wrestling team. While J’den was on the U.S. National Wrestling Team, he was not guaranteed a place on the 2016 Olympics as the team did not place high enough. Despite these odds, J’den traveled to Mongolia where he competed and earned his place on the U.S. Olympic Team.

The Olympic Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will run from Aug. 5 through 21. All of us want to wish J’Den and all Team USA athletes much success. We will be cheering you on!

A Visit to the “Home of The Big Red One”

Recently Vicky visited Fort Riley, home of the 1st Infantry Division (also known as “The Big Red One”). Vicky is the first member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to visit Fort Riley in 10 years and accompanied Congressman Tim Huelskamp who represents the military installation near Junction City, KS.

As Chairwoman of the HASC Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Vicky toured the base and met with base leaders to learn more about the Big Red One and the important missions it carries out. Specifically, she learned about the readiness of our nation’s troops and the significant role Fort Riley plays in preparing our nation to meet any threat.

Missouri Highlights

Lebanon Business and Professional Leaders

Focusing on national defense, law enforcement and border security, Vicky attended the Rotary Club of Lebanon where she addressed these and other issues facing Congress. She discussed our nation’s troubling deficit, emphasizing her support in cutting our unsustainable mandatory spending, and detailing her efforts to rein in an administration that has consistently circumvented Congress. She outlined her recent efforts to stop President Obama’s guidance which forces schools to accommodate students’ gender choice by jeopardizing the privacy and safety of children at educational institutions throughout the country. Additionally, Vicky discussed how she is fighting to undo erroneous regulations initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency causing excessive burdens on people and businesses across the country.

Some of our Nation’s Finest Youth

During a recent visit to Osceola, Vicky was honored to tour the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation where each summer, the 4,200-acre reservation plays home to over 6,600 Boy Scouts and 3,000 Scout leaders. Vicky met with scouts and staff while touring the reservation. As a former high school teacher, Vicky has a special heart for young people and was thrilled to see all the leadership programs Scouts are experiencing here in the Heartland.

The Peach Nehi float!

Have you ever had a chance to visit Scott’s Iconium Store in rural St. Clair County? You should! Vicky was given a tour, learned of the store’s history dating back to the 1890s by owner Shannon Tucker, and enjoyed her first Peach Nehi float–a famous ice cream and Nehi soda drink that has been featured in the Kansas City Star. Vicky was excited to visit this iconic store which is a staple to the area.

The Job fair is Almost Here!

Many know a friend or family member who is looking for a job or would like to advance their career. The purpose of this event is to connect job seekers with businesses that are hiring or plan to hire in the near future. The goal of this event is to provide a one-stop employment shopping experience for job seekers in our district. If you or someone you know is in the market for a job or a new opportunity, feel free to come out and join Vicky and a number of local employers on Aug. 23. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Thank you for investing your time in reading my weekly newsletter. It is my goal to serve you and Missouri’s Fourth by providing accurate and timely updates from our nation’s Capital.

Have a great week.

Vicky Hartzler

Member of Congress