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No Vaccine Mandates. Period.

October 15, 2021
Newsletter

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Here in Missouri, an honest day’s work is just our way of life. It can be seen throughout our state and especially in our farming communities. This past Tuesday, we celebrated National Farmers Day and recognized these individuals for the critical work they do feeding America.  As a life-long Missouri farmer, I thank you for all of your efforts!

Please see below for a rundown of this week’s events. 

No Vaccine Mandates. Period.

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President Biden’s authoritarian overreach will have devastating consequences for the services provided to Missourians throughout our state.

America is well on its way to combating this pandemic. More than 65 percent of U.S. citizens have at least one dose of the vaccine, with countless more individuals already obtaining antibodies through exposure to COVID-19. In the months ahead, this pandemic will hopefully be behind us and Americans can get back to normal again. But should Biden's mandate take effect, millions of workers will be targeted, terminated, and thus unfairly lose their livelihoods and careers because of an ill-advised vaccine demand by the federal government.

I’ve already heard from many hardworking Americans in the public and private sectors who worry about the detrimental consequences for the state’s agriculture and health industries, as well as the livelihoods of rural Missourians and their families. That’s why I urged the U.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesU.S. Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense to find solutions to keep America’s businesses and government offices open.

Put bluntly: Vaccine mandates are wrong. The federal government should never force medical procedures on their citizens. 

Refusing to Green Light Speaker Pelosi's Massive Spending

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This week, the House voted to raise America’s debt ceiling by $480 billion and kick the can down the road to deal with our nation’s finances in December. This is no way to run our country and I refuse to green light more massive spending by Speaker Pelosi, Senator Schumer, and President Biden.

This path we are currently on will only decimate our economy, substantially increase inflation, and put future generations at a significant disadvantage from their first breath.

The great American experiment is a fragile one and should not be distorted to a socialistic image through fiscal negligence. As such, I will not support raising the debt ceiling and enabling Democrats’ flawed leadership to do more damage to our nation. 

Procurement Conference

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler delivers remarks for the Procurement Conference at the University of Central Missouri.

On Tuesday, I addressed hundreds of small business owners at the University of Central Missouri for this year’s procurement conference, hosted by the Missouri Procurement Assistance Center (MPTAC). As the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee, I want Missouri’s best and brightest to help our nation by producing the preeminent products needed by our military and veterans. This includes millions of crucial components manufactured by small subcontractors that help provide our troops with the best equipment in the world. 

Thousands of federal contracts are offered and awarded annually by the U.S. government. Approximately 3,387 Missouri-based firms received prime federal contracts in FY 2019, worth $18.1 billion, or 5.4 percent of Missouri’s 2019 GDP. 

There are over 28,000 active federal opportunities to compete for and I am grateful to MPTAC for hosting this procurement conference which helps bring jobs and economic opportunities to Missouri small businesses. 

Rocheport Bridge Ceremony

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L to R: Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Brandi Baldwin, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Gov. Mike Parson, State Senator Caleb Rowden, and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna.

This week, I had the opportunity to join Governor Mike Parson in celebrating the inauguration of the Rocheport Bridge construction project. 

I worked with my Missouri colleagues in Congress to secure over $81 million in federal funding for this project. The Rocheport Bridge was built in 1960 and has been rehabilitated four times over that time span. Unfortunately, the long-term cost benefits of repairing the bridge exceeded benefits of constructing a replacement, but I am proud to say that I collaborated with my colleagues and former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to complete funding for the project. 

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler speaks at the Rocheport Bridge ceremony.

The Rocheport Bridge operates as a crucial link between Kansas City and St. Louis, connecting both cities and the nation through the I-70 corridor, which is approximately 2,153 miles long, from Maryland to Utah. The I-70 corridor is a major transportation route for both our state and our nation, making the Rocheport Bridge a vital link connecting Boone and Cooper Counties, and for the 12.5 million vehicles and 3.6 million trucks that cross over annually. 

The $240 million project will begin soon and is expected to be completed in December 2024.