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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Congresswoman Hartzler returns from Congressional Delegation trip to Middle East

September 5, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) recently returned to the United States after a 10-day trip in the Middle East with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and members of the committee.  

While on the Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip, which stopped in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco, Congresswoman Hartzler held meetings with various foreign heads of state including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.  In each country, the delegation also met with local defense officials and with the United States embassy staff regarding local defense and economic issues.

“Given the current state of affairs and the challenges posed in the region, I am grateful for Chairman McKeon putting this CODEL together,” Hartzler said, “The timeliness of this trip couldn’t have been better.”

“Each of the countries we visited is facing unique, but similar issues regarding terrorism and Islamic extremism,” Hartzler added.  “There are legitimate fears of the march of ISIS toward an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and the desire of others like Hamas in Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Boko Haram in Africa to impose Islamic extremism across the region.  Even though each of the countries we visited expressed an interest in working with the United States, the fact is we are lacking a clear vision and strategy from our president.  We cannot afford to sit on our hands any longer – now is the time for decisive action and leadership.”

In meeting with American troops stationed in the area, Hartzler commented, “I am always honored to meet with the men and women that protect our freedom and way of life.  The sacrifice they make to defend this country is commendable. I look forward to using the valuable insight gained from this trip as I continue my work in Congress.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.