The Threat of China
This week, I am pleased to announce the launch of my new four-part series documenting the threats posed by China. This video series, which outlines the military threats, economic threats, malign influence, and human rights abuses done by the Chinese Communist Party, will be viewable on my social media pages as well as on my House website. In Part I of the series, we show the rapid growth of China’s military capabilities compared to the U.S., expose the shocking development of military base islands created out of sandbars, and pull back the curtain on the nation’s operations in the South China Sea. You can view the video here.
My hope is that this series will be an informative resource for our district as we face the growing threat of China. As always, I’d love to hear what you think of projects such as these. Feel free to email any questions to HartzlerQuestions@mail.house.gov.
From “Help Wanted” to “Open for Business” in Missouri
Like many of you, I have also observed the growing number of “Help Wanted” signs throughout our communities. This year, I have long advocated for schools and businesses to be reopened as the number of COVID-19 cases have declined. However, it is not enough for our small businesses to simply reopen. We also need workers to serve the increasing demand as communities lift pandemic restrictions.
I applaud Governor Parson for announcing this week that Missouri will no longer be participating in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs. Thankfully, due to Missouri reopening, these programs are no longer needed, as we have 221,266 jobs available.
The federal unemployment insurance program was designed to give workers a hand up, not a long-term hand out. The programs disincentivized work, paying people more to stay home than return to work. This explains why only 266,000 jobs were created across America last month compared to the predicted one million opportunities, all while 8.1 million job openings exist in our nation. The underwhelming jobs report -- the biggest miss in decades -- is a direct result of the Biden administration paying Americans to stay home. I’m encouraged that, due to Governor Parson’s wise decision, Missourians will now be able to get back on their feet and back to work.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
This week, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, allowing enrolled participants to receive up to $50/month per household for Internet service. Some approved Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) may also offer a $10-50 discount for eligible customers to purchase a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. This can be matched by an additional $100 one-time discount towards the purchase price.
Interested participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because the program will expire when funding is exhausted or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declares an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever occurs first.
In order to participate in the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit program, you must live near a participating ISP and have at least one household member that meets one of the criteria listed here.
Backing the Blue
During National Police Week, we honor our law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to protect and keep Missourians safe. That’s why we must do everything possible to support these community heroes in Washington and at home in Missouri.
I’m proud to co-sponsor legislation in Congress such as the Back the Blue Act, which supports our police officers, firefighters, and EMTs by creating new criminal provisions when their lives are put at risk. It’s the least we can do to defend these courageous men and women after they have been faced with ridiculous defunding proposals from my colleagues across the aisle.
Throughout my tenure in Congress, I’ve made it clear: I'll always be proud to Back the Blue.
We should defend the police – not defund them!
Taking Steps to Stop Suicide
Throughout America, suicide remains a nationwide tragedy we must address. It is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds as suicide claimed 5,954 of these young lives in 2019. Among all Americans regardless of age, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.
My heart breaks for every Missouri family who has lost a loved one by suicide. These staggering numbers underscore the need for action to save these lives and that’s why this issue is such a priority for me.
This week in Washington, I was proud to support the STANDUP Act, the Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act, the HERO Act, the Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act, and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act to address this ongoing tragedy. Fortunately, all five of these bills passed the House on Tuesday.
I am hopeful these pieces of legislation will help bring hope and help to create an America where no more families experience suicide.
Uniting the Republican Party
This week, my House Republican colleagues and I met to discuss the current leadership roles within the House Republican Conference and who would best serve as its Chair, leading our messaging and communications.
I have enjoyed working alongside Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney on the House Armed Services Committee and appreciate her contributions to Republicans as we gained seats during her tenure as House Conference Chair. But unfortunately, her rhetoric has divided our party at a time when we must come together.
House Republicans need to unite in our efforts to hold the Biden Administration accountable, and it starts from the top down. Gas prices are soaring, Americans are at home rather than heading back to work, and our nation’s spending is out of control thanks to the socialist agenda put forth by President Biden and the Democrat party.
That is why I supported a change in leadership within our House Republican Conference and am looking forward to good things ahead moving America forward.