Fighting for Missouri
It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the month of July. During this week, I once again had the opportunity to visit with our phenomenal community members and listen to their concerns and insights, as well as participate in multiple House hearings.
Being the voice for Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District is a privilege and honor that I do not take lightly. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent and fight for you in Washington.
Please see below for recent work from my office.
Missouri’s F-18 Super Hornet Program
This week, the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget.
I took this opportunity as Ranking Member to question the Navy on its plan to address its Strike Fighter Shortfall. As many Missourians are aware, F-18 Super Hornets are made right here in the Show Me State and are a critical asset to the St. Louis area. But the Navy’s budget request ends the procurement of the Super Hornet, which will exacerbate the current shortfall and negatively impact our state.
This hearing made it clear: The Navy has failed to show Congress a concrete plan to end its shortfall and I remain concerned about the accuracy of the Navy’s most recent analysis. I will continue my efforts in Congress advocating for additional F-18s for FY22 for the sake of our Armed Forces and the state of Missouri.
Supporting Our Border Patrol Agents
When I traveled to the border earlier this year, it was exactly what I had heard: record illegal immigration, cartels controlling the human and drug flow into our nation, and our border patrol agents heroically doing all they can to protect our national security despite difficult circumstances.
That’s why I am proud to join my Republican colleagues in a House resolution to support the selfless members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who are on the front lines of this border crisis. It is the least we can do to thank them for working to secure our nation amid the Biden administration’s failed immigration policies.
L to R: Rene Danler, Jim Kuecker, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, and Trent Lowry.
I recently visited Kuecker Logistics Group, which was founded in a Kansas City basement and now provides warehouse logistical equipment all over the world.
Kuecker Logistics currently has 75 employees and is known for intelligent material handling solutions and distribution centers that are custom designed and implemented. This includes robotic movement of pallets and crates as well as steel roller conveyer systems. During my visit, we discussed the concerning rise in steel prices, supply chain issues with construction materials, and how many companies are struggling to find workers.
Businesses such as Kuecker Logistics provide vital supplies and service that keep our economy moving. I am proud to represent them and the hardworking individuals who provide these services.
Hertzog Meat Co. Ribbon Cutting
L to R: Brian Hertzog, Bailey Hertzog, Katie Hertzog, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Butler Chamber of Commerce president Greg Weaver, Todd Hertzog, Jim and Kathi Hertzog, Butler Chamber Director Barbara Lawrence and chamber member Kim Jacobs.
It was an exciting day for the Missouri cattle industry and Bates County as Hertzog Meat Co. recently hosted their new meat processing facility’s grand opening in Butler, MO. Beforehand, all participants met at Mo-Kan Livestock Market to enjoy burgers cooked by the Bates County MO Cattlemen. Delicious!
We ate lunch and I spoke regarding the importance of expanding the number of meat processing options for both Missouri cattle producers and families and how excited I have been for the opening of this new facility. Afterwards, we traveled down the road to tour the new processing plant and storefront, which will create dozens of jobs. The public can come buy fresh cuts of beef and local foodstuffs right here in Missouri.
It was a pleasure to be in attendance and I look forward to the great impact Hertzog Meat Co. will have in our community.