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That was then…

All 6 GOP Reps in Missouri Voted for That Crazy ‘Tax Reform’
Posted By Danny Wicentowski on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Like a collection of sycophantic Santa Clauses all muscling down a chimney at once, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives today finally gave President Donald Trump the legislative gift he’s been hoping for all season. And Missouri representatives were right there in the heart of the huddle.

One barely needs to check the list of votes once, let alone twice. In Missouri, the vote came down to a straight party line, with Ann Wagner, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith, Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler each casting their vote for a tax bill that, in addition to pumping up the nation’s deficit and providing luxurious belly rubs to corporations, also unstitches Americans’ current healthcare coverage and provides big breaks to the wealthy.

Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

This is now…

Very early this morning:

Hartzler Opposes Legislation with Massive Price Tag
February 27, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement regarding tonight’s vote on the American Rescue Plan:

“For the sixth time in less than a year, Congress considered legislation to address the COVID pandemic. The last five COVID relief packages have provided a combined total of $4 trillion in relief funding. However, an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Budget has found approximately $1 trillion that has yet to be spent from the previous relief packages.

The American Rescue Plan is serving as an excuse to spend our tax money on unnecessary things completely unrelated to the pandemic. With less than nine percent of this legislation designated for COVID, this spending spree could not be further from ‘relief.’

This package contains $112 million for Speaker Pelosi’s Silicon Valley tunnel project, $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and $12 billion in foreign aid. None of these items actually tackle this pandemic.

By pushing this bill through Congress in the name of ‘relief,’ we are recklessly gambling with our future while expanding our national deficit by trillions.

With a growing economy, COVID numbers going down, and over $1 trillion still available for ongoing needs, now is not the time to go further in debt by passing wish-list pork for the Speaker disguised as ‘COVID relief.’”

That is, at the very least, an ironic choice for a press release headline.

What was that vote again on the massive Donald Trump (r) giveaway for the top 1%? Oh, yeah, we already mentioned that.

And, of course, this, from last Spring:

Hartzler-owned firms receive disaster loans
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at 5:37 PM

Like many businesses, those owned by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler and her husband, Lowell Hartzler, applied for and received Paycheck Protection Program loans to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program was created in the relief bill approved March 27 and given $349 billion for loans to businesses that kept employees on the payroll. The money may also be spent on expenses such as rent, mortgages and utilities, and if spent within eight weeks of receipt does not have to be repaid.

Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, voted for the original legislation and last week voted to add $310 billion to the loan fund. She opposed a proposal to create a special Congressional oversight subcommittee to monitor spending of federal aid and the overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vicky Hartzler (r) got hers. She apparently doesn’t believe most other Americans need similar help.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2018 file photo].

The vote on COVID-19 relief in the House early this morning:


H R 1319 YEA-AND-NAY 27-Feb-2021 2:01 AM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: American Rescue Plan Act

—- YEAS 219 —


—- NAYS 212 —

Graves (MO)
Smith (MO)


[emphasis added]

This morning from Representative Adama Schiff (D):

Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff
Late last night, I voted YES on the COVID relief package.

Relief checks. Funding for vaccines and reopening schools. Food, unemployment and rental assistance.

These measures are urgently necessary. And incredibly popular.

The Senate must act. There’s no time to waste.
9:02 AM · Feb 27, 2021

That’s reality for the rest of us. Vicky Hartzler (r) resides in a different, rarified world.