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U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Town Hall Results

Dear Friends,

A big thank you to all of you who joined our district-wide Telephone Town Hall event last Tuesday night. With thousands of constituents tuning in, we discussed critical issues that are on everyone’s mind – health care, tax reform, the budget, sanctuary cities, my legislative priorities, and Russian involvement in the recent elections. During the call, I asked two poll questions on two different topics: Obamacare and sanctuary cities. And the results are in!

 
Hice in the House

On Monday, the House advanced two pieces of legislation that put North Korea’s dangerous regime on notice. H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017, urges the State Department to formally designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and H.Res. 92 condemns North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and recommends that the United States implement new sanctions on the regime in response to its recent actions.

I was encouraged to hear Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s report that the United States is considering a number of additional responses to North Korea’s international provocations, which have rightly alarmed the international community. North Korea has grown increasingly hostile, and the best way to protect our national security and peace in the region is to act decisively.  I will continue engaging with our global partners to stymie North Korea’s nuclear ambitions once and for all.

Additionally, the House passed two bills that update decades-old federal laws in an effort to increase access to capital for small businesses and startups around the Nation.  H.R. 1343, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act, passed by a vote of 331-87 and amends U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations in order to encourage capital formation at small and emerging businesses. The second bill, H.R. 1219, the Supporting America’s Innovators Act, passed by a vote of 417-3. This bill modernizes the Investment Company Act of 1940 to allow more individuals to invest in certain qualifying venture capital funds without triggering SEC registration requirements, which are both costly and burdensome. I was pleased to support both of these pro-growth bills.

Finally, the House passed and sent to the President’s desk, S. 544, which will extend the Veterans Choice program that was set to expire in August. The Veterans Choice program was started in 2014 to provide our heroes with additional choices and access to medical professionals outside of traditional VA care. The Veterans Choice program has helped over 1 million veterans get care in a timely fashion from their local community providers, rather than remain stuck on VA waiting lists. By preserving this vital program, we took another step toward reforming health care services for our veterans in a meaningful way. It’s long past time that we ensure our men in women who have served in uniform have access to the best possible health care available when they need it.

 
Committee Action

As part of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, I questioned Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials about their responses to the flood disaster in Baton Rouge last August. As many of you may remember, this was one of the worst flood disasters in American history with over 150,000 people registering for assistance through FEMA.

Despite the urgency of the situation and the hundreds of thousands in need, FEMA’s delivery of manufactured housing units was plagued by incompetence and mismanagement, eventually leading to the death of several residents. It is imperative that, in the wake of any disaster, our agencies and elected officials work efficiently and effectively together to mitigate the adverse effects caused by these emergencies. Click here to watch me question Governor Edwards about the State’s response and the federal government’s recovery strategies.


Syria

My heart aches at the horrific images that were released last week following Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own citizens. Through his proportional response, President Trump signaled a clear departure from the many years of failed policies that have allowed for further destabilization in the region.

I stand with the President and commend his swift and decisive action. Furthermore, I have the deepest respect and appreciation for our brave men and women in uniform involved in the execution of this response; they made it possible for America to send a strong message to Assad and the international community that his actions are unacceptable. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress as we address the Administration’s plans for future engagements.


The Divine Nine

Today, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacant seat left by the passing of an incomparable and irreplaceable legal scholar, Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Gorsuch’s belief in the rule of law, judicial restraint, religious liberty, and the value of life will serve America well.

I would like to commend President Trump for keeping his commitment to nominating a Justice in the mold of Scalia, and I congratulate Justice Gorsuch, whose commitment to upholding the Constitution will have a positive impact on the rule of law in the years to come.

 
The Week Ahead

While Congress is out of session, I am still hard at work back home in the 10th District meeting with many of you and learning how I can better serve folks as their representative in Washington. This week, in addition to my meetings, I’ll be touring local businesses, speaking with our youth, and attending service academy signing ceremonies for three deserving 10th District students.

Please pass this email on to other folks in the 10th district so that they can learn more about my work for the district and the different services my office has to offer. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of upcoming events!

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely, 

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TOP NEWS

Hice on TV
WGXA (Fox) Macon – 4/7 
WFXL (Fox) Albany – 4/7 

Hice on the Radio
WSB-AM Atlanta – 4/8 

Rep. Hice hosts telephone town hall
The Red & Black- 4/5
Congressman Jody Hice held the second telephone town hall meeting of the year on April 4, and encouraged constituents to join the call to hear updates on his progress in Washington, voice concerns and ask questions they may have for Hice. Hice began the call meeting by introducing himself and his intentions for the meeting, then began addressing questions posted on his Facebook after a Facebook Live video earlier in the evening.

Louisiana's flooding response blasted by GOP congressmen
McClatchy DC Bureau – 4/5
"The federal government fell on its face, and the state didn't do too much to help either," said Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican. When Edwards graded his administration's flood response a B-plus, Georgia Rep. Jody Hice said that sounded "like a very generous grade when there is so much destruction."


Congressman Hice on the federal budget
WGXA – 4/6
WGXA spoke to Georgia Congressman Jody Hice about actions to stop the federal government from shutting down. The House and Senate may have less than a week to agree on a budget to avoid stopping non-essential services after the April 28 deadline. Hice said Congress can get it done. "I think the best path is probably a six month to the end of September or so continuing resolution to give time for this administration to work with Congress to put forth a budget for 2018," Hice said. The Senate and the House Appropriations Committees plan to submit their proposals by the week of April 24.

The Church in a Lurch under Johnson Amendment
Family Research Council – 4/6
Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) think its high time someone clarified the law -- which is exactly what their Free Speech Fairness Act aims to do. Instead of abolishing the amendment, it fixes it so that the IRS can't be used as a club to beat believers over the head. And at least two of the country's biggest state leaders think it's time Congress got on with passing it. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) sent a joint letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreeing with Trump that "Congress should 'totally destroy' the Johnson Amendment."

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