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HARTZLER REPORT: Slain Clinton Officer Deserves Highest Respect

March 9, 2018

Along with many of you this week, I was grieved to hear of the passing of Clinton Police Officer Christopher Morton on Tuesday night. Please keep reading to hear more of my thoughts on this tragedy, and as always, thank you for reading my enewsletter.

Slain Clinton Officer Deserves Highest Respect

I met with the Clinton Police Department seven months ago after the death of Officer Michaels in the line of duty. I was grieved to hear they lost another brother in blue, Officer Christopher Morton, on Tuesday night.

We are a tight-knit community, so you probably have already heard that Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was killed Tuesday night after responding to a 9-1-1 call. This news breaks my heart, as I’m sure it does all of us. Officer Morton’s life was clearly one based on sacrifice and service, as he deployed twice with the Army National Guard before returning home to continue serving his country as a police officer. Police officers in communities big and small put their lives on the line every day to protect us and our families, and they deserve our highest respect and heartfelt gratitude.

I pray for the family, friends, and colleagues Officer Morton left behind and for his two fellow officers who were injured in the incident. May God grant them peace, strength, and healing of heart and body and may tragedies like this never happen again.


Making School Lunches Work for Missouri

Meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss school lunch requirements and the 2020 dietary guidelines.

On Monday I had a very productive meeting at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss school lunch requirements and the upcoming dietary guidelines that will be issued in 2020. In our meeting we discussed the process for determining the new guidelines, and I was pleased to hear the USDA is committed to making this process much more transparent than the last one. We also talked about the need to give school lunch programs more flexibility and local control. Our kids need to be fed well, which means we must strike a balance between feeding them healthy food and imposing too many top down mandates such as eliminating salt such that kids don’t eat the food and it goes to waste.

In the past, Washington’s top down regulations drove kids away from the school lunch program and squeezed school budgets. I was a proud sponsor of a bill in the last Congress to eliminate Washington’s mandated school lunch price formula, and I also supported several other bills to provide more flexibility for school lunch officials.

I look forward to continuing to work with the USDA on this problem.


Steel & Aluminum Tariffs Concerns

On Wednesday, I joined my colleagues in writing a letter to the President expressing our concern about proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.

We have made great progress in the last year for American businesses by reducing burdensome government regulations and lowering taxes, but I fear adding new taxes in the form of these broad tariffs would undermine this progress. In our letter, we also asked the President that if he does go forward with imposing tariffs, that he narrow them and then immediately review their effect to see if a different approach would better serve American workers, job creators, and consumers.

I will continue to keep an eye on this issue and work for a good outcome for our American workers. Click here to see the letter.


Washington 2018 Interns

My Washington winter 2018 interns (L-R): Evan Moore, Janae Williams, and Ty Kalleck.

My interns this semester have been such a help in my Washington office! Janae Williams is a senior at Liberty University, majoring in journalism. She says that her experience this semester has been rewarding and insightful, yet fast-paced. Ty Kalleck comes to us from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he is majoring in agriculture education. While answering phones and seeing the Capitol firsthand, Ty says the internship has been “everything and more.” Evan Moore previously worked at the Foreign Policy Initiative, a think tank devoted to promoting American global leadership, and he brought expertise on defense and foreign policy issues to my team while assisting us with research. He said his favorite thing about the internship was the opportunity to serve the people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

I am so thankful for my interns this semester, and I wish them all the best after they leave my office. Great work, guys!

If you or someone you know is interested in a fall internship in my office, please learn more or apply here.


Photos of the Week 

I had a wonderful discussion Monday morning with the Missouri Association of Counties to talk about Missourians’ access to broadband internet, stable infrastructure, and health care.


It was great talking to members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday in Washington about infrastructure and ensuring federal regulations don’t weigh down small businesses and MO jobs!


On Tuesday, I had a meeting with the Missouri School Lunch Nutrition Association to discuss how to get the best possible school breakfasts and lunches into our kids so they can learn well.


I enjoyed also meeting with AIPAC on Tuesday. We share a special partnership with Israel, as it is our greatest ally in the Middle East and the only democracy in the region.


On Wednesday afternoon, I had a great meeting with Stan Brown of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Thanks for the visit!


On Thursday, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I attended a hearing on the posture and mobility of our U.S. Transportation Command.


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