No CRT in our Military Schools
The House’s last legislative week before the August district period was a busy one, as I introduced important legislation, fought for Missouri cattlemen in our hearings, and gained valuable insight into the issues facing our state and America as a whole.
L to R: High school track athlete Margaret O'Neal, world champion sprinter Cynthia Monteleone, Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson, Independent Women’s Forum Senior Advisor Andi Bottner, Values Action Team Executive Director Katie Doherty, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
One of these engaging meetings I participated in discussed women’s sports and how it is vitally important for us to stand up for female athletes. It was an honor to be joined by world champion sprinter Cynthia Monteleone, high school track athlete Margaret O'Neal, and Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson as they detailed their experiences and difficulties competing against biological males identifying as females in female competitions.
For the complete rundown of my week, please see below.
Keep Critical Race Theory Out of Our Military Schools
Children of our service members should never be taught that the country their mom or dad is fighting for is inherently bad. That’s why I introduced the No CRT for our Military Kids Act, which prevents funding for the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools on our military bases around the globe.
This bill would prevent funding for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) from teaching CRT or incorporating it in any curriculum. DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents and oversees more than 150 schools that teach nearly 70,000 military children. Many of the children DoDEA educates are stationed with their families abroad in foreign countries.
Critical Race Theory is inherently anti-American and has no place in our schools – especially schools which educate the children of our armed forces. Our military already sacrifices so much and for our soldiers’ children to be taught they should be ashamed of who they are based on their skin color is shameful, divides their families, and harms future generations. Let’s stop this madness and get back to teaching the ABC’s and promoting the American Dream.
Combating Christian Persecution in China
Across China, the Chinese Communist Party is committing atrocious human rights abuses and persecuting Christians for simply practicing their faith. China has closed and destroyed churches, installed surveillance equipment on church property, arbitrarily detained and tortured those who practice the Christian faith, and forced the modification of Christian teachings to conform with the objectives of the Chinese Communist Party.
This is unacceptable and must end.
Through my work as a commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Committee on China, I have uncovered abuses which warrant legislation such as the Combating the Persecution of Christians in China Act to push back on these attacks towards individuals of faith within the nation. Read more about this vital legislation here.
Fighting For Our Cattle Market
The Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (LFA), of which I proudly serve, held a hearing this week to dig into the “State of the Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery, and Rebuilding.” The focus remained on the supply chain, processing capacity, and how cattle markets responded to the recent shocks including the Holcomb fire, COVID-19, and recent cyberattacks. I have toured my district and heard from several stakeholders within the cattle industry about the challenges they face and how we can best move forward after these disruptions.
Based on those conversations, I introduced the bipartisan Optimizing the Cattle Market Act which calls for the reauthorization of Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR), directs USDA to create a cattle contract library and establish regionally sufficient levels of negotiated cash and negotiated grid trade based on economic research and stakeholder input, and mandates that packers report the number of cattle scheduled for delivery each day for the next 14 days. The goal of this legislation is to enable mechanisms for greater price discovery and transparency within the cattle market, while equipping producers with more tools and useful information to succeed.
I am grateful the committee decided to hold this important hearing and will continue to ensure producer voices are heard.
Medal Of Honor Ceremony
I had the honor of attending a Medal of Honor recipient ceremony right here in Harrisonville, MO for Sergeant Major Sterling A. Galt. He served in the United States Army and was awarded with the Medal of Honor by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 for his heroic actions during the Philippine–American War.
Galt swam across a rain-swelled river in 1899 with a rope in his teeth and tied it to a tree on the other side. This helped over a hundred U.S. soldiers cross the river safely before the enemy converged on them. Truly courageous!
I am so thankful for heroes like Sergeant Major Galt who set the example for future generations of going above and beyond for their fellow man and their country.
Small Business Wage Growth
Missouri continues to lead the nation in small business wage growth. In June, hourly earnings increased over four percent to $27.82 per hour for our small businesses employing fewer than 50 workers, higher than the annual national average trend over the past decade. Our state’s small businesses also created 13,855 new jobs, with the largest gains coming from companies that employ less than 20 people.
In addition to these great figures, the following counties have the highest per capita of self-employed Missourians: Bates, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Hickory, Morgan, and St. Clair. They lead 85 other state counties with 13 – 26 percent of the population as self-employed. I’m so proud of all the entrepreneurs in our district and all the hard work that has led to business expansion and higher wages for their employees.
Taking risks and investing in yourself is no easy task but without these entrepreneurs, our economy would not be able to grow and wages would not increase at unprecedented levels. Thank you for your efforts!
MO-04 COVID-19 Update
If you’re like me, you’d like the COVID pandemic to be a thing of the past. But we’re not quite there yet, with a resurgence of coronavirus and (specifically) the Delta variant making an unwelcome impact in Missouri.
With stories of high COVID numbers and the suffering of several families in our district as a result, I thought you’d be interested in hearing the latest from some of our district’s healthcare teams. Through my staff’s conversations, many hospitals are seeing increased inpatient numbers, with the majority being Missourians who are unvaccinated. This has caused additional stresses on healthcare workers, many of whom have already spent the past year working overtime for our communities. Please keep these tireless workers in your thoughts and prayers.
Should you wish for additional information, resources are available for our communities through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.