Capitol Connection 
Dear Friends,

As many of you know on Friday, President Trump signed a bill – agreed to by Senate and House Leaders – that reopens the government for three weeks. This temporary solution will provide room for negotiations as border security discussions continue and signals yet again that the President is ready and willing to work with Democrats to find a resolution to this urgent matter.

I’m glad that President Trump has taken action that will allow for federal employees to get paid while presenting Congress with another opportunity to address our broken immigration system and security needs. Make no mistake about it, though, this isn’t a permanent fix, and there is a lot of work to be done so we don’t end up right back at the same place in three weeks.

Frankly, I’m deeply frustrated by the gridlock and disappointed by the actions of many of my Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week. More than 215 Democrats voted against motions that would have immediately paid federal workers. And that wasn’t the first time they voted against ensuring government workers would receive their pay – the week before, 222 Democrats voted against federal employees  their first paycheck of the year. I truly hope that we can move away from this type of political posturing in the coming weeks.

The President has made multiple overtures to our Democrat counterparts and offered a range of possible deals to finally secure our border, but those proposals seem to fall on deaf ears as the issue deteriorates into an “us against them” issue.

During the next few weeks, I hope folks from both sides of the aisle will work together to reach a long-term agreement. President Trump has shown a great willingness to compromise, and I urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to do the same. I remain committed to fully funding the government and securing our border.

However, to be clear, our immigration system is broken, and there are steps we must take to deter illegal immigration. Now that we have reopened the government, we need the Democrats to come to the table and engage in actual meaningful negotiations so we can secure our borders and resolve the border crisis.

Safety and security are not and should not be partisan issues. I look forward to what we can accomplish together in the coming weeks.

Hice Headliner
This year, our newsletter will include a special monthly section that highlights a few of the outstanding citizens in Georgia’s 10th District who work hard every day to brighten the lives of the people surrounding them and improve our community. I’m very proud to announce that our first “Hice Headliner” is Ms. Cynthia Watkins, a substitute school teacher born and raised in Monroe, Georgia.

Last summer, while volunteering with Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) Ministries, Ms. Watkins was delivering meals to needy children who were home for summer when she noticed that she knew many of them. Ms. Watkins felt the Lord calling her to serve these children, and since then, she has delivered hundreds of meals, blankets, and gloves to children throughout the Monroe area.

In fact, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ms. Watkins delivered 45 meals and blankets to those in need in our community! Not only that, but every Tuesday evening, she partners with Tanglewood Ministries, which provides a meal and Bible study to anywhere between 30 and 50 children. As she puts it, “I’m not doing this for recognition, I’m just trying to do what the Lord has called me to do.” From the bottom of our hearts, Cynthia, thank you for dedicating your time, talents, and treasure to the children of Monroe and for shining His light wherever you go.

If you’d like to nominate someone in our district to be recognized in an edition of our e-newsletter, please email
Jessica.Hayes@mail.house.gov with their name and a brief account of what they’re doing to help the people around them.

Hice Senior Field Coordinator Ben Stout, Cynthia Watkins, Minister Geraldine Reed, and Adrienne Dowdy at Tanglewood Outreach Ministry


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Congressman Hice thanks 2018 summer intern Avery for his hard work in Washington

Hice on the Homefront
I wrapped up the week back home in Georgia, where I spent time celebrating local businesses and economic growth with folks at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce's and Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce's annual dinners on Friday and Saturday respectively. While there, I updated attendees on the latest from our Nation’s capital and highlighted the work I’m doing to protect and preserve historic American battlefields, like Wilkes County’s own Kettle Creek Battlefield.

It’s always great being with the good people of Georgia’s 10th District, and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.



Representative Hice greets attendees in Washington, GA


Congressman Hice provides a legislative update


Canfor Vice President of Operations Keith McGregor, Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce President Ruth Clements, and Representative Hice

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The Week Ahead
Having members of my staff travel throughout the 10th District allows more time for those with concerns and questions to explore solutions with people who are in a position to help. On Wednesday, January 30th, my staff will set up shop at the Tennille Community Health Center to bring the services of my office closer to you. For more information, please click here.

This week, the House will consider the following pieces of legislation:

H.R. 624 - Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act
H.R. 502 - FIND Trafficking Act
H.R. 56 - Financial Technology Protection Act
H.R. 424 - Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act
H.R. 495 - FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act
H.R. 428 - Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists’ Use of Virtual Currencies Act
H.R. 449 - Pathways to Improving Homeland Security at the Local Level Act
H.R. 504 - DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act
H.R. 769 - Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2019
H.Res. 77 - Expressing the sense of Congress that financial institutions and other companies should work proactively with their customers affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government who may be facing short-term financial hardship and long-term damage to their creditworthiness through no fault of their own
H.R. 790 - Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019

As always, I’m here to serve you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Be sure to follow me on
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Sincerely,


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In This Edition
– Capitol Connection
– Hice Headliner
– Now Accepting Summer  Internship Applications
– Hice on the Homefront
– Sign Up for the Next Edition
– The Week Ahead
 
Top News

CSPAN – 1/23
Constitution Special Order

Morning Briefing with Tim Farley
Sirius XM – 1/24
Border Wall and Government Shutdown

Hice: Security solutions for the border
Covington News – 1/25
Regretfully, another week has come and gone without any real progress in addressing the border security crisis and ending the partial government shutdown. As the impasse continues, I want to take time to detail just why it’s so important to secure our border, stem the flow of illegal immigration into our country, and reopen the government, as well as how Congressional Republicans intend to accomplish this.

House Republicans Vote Twice to Pay Government Employees During Shutdown
Daily Signal – 1/24
In a statement provided to The Daily Signal, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., said Democrats’ failure to vote with Republicans to pay federal employees is telling. “Before choosing to go home early for the weekend, 215 Democrats voted to deprive hard-working federal workers of their pay,” Hice said, adding: Once again, they blocked a good faith effort to ensure all federal employees receive pay during this stalemate as we allow negotiations to continue on border security. This is just the latest example that Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are only interested in hurting President Trump instead of actually solving problems.

Mark Meadows re-elected as Freedom Caucus chairman
Washington Examiner – 1/28
Meadows told the Washington Examiner that he will serve in the position for about one more year until December. He completed a two-year term in December last year. "I will remain as chairman until December to allow for a smoother transition," Meadows said. The other lawmakers who were considered for the post were Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Jody Hice, R-Ga., before Meadows ultimately won out in an unanimous vote to continue leading the roughly three-dozen member caucus.

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve America’s Battlefields
All on Georgia – 1/29
The Preserving America’s Battlefields Acts would increase the authorization of the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program to $20 million a year, including up to $2 million a year for the restoration and interpretation of high-priority battlefields sites, helping to transform these sites into historic tourism destinations. The U.S. House of Representatives previously passed companion legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Jody Hice, R-Ga.-10, during the 115th Congress. Hice reintroduced the legislation earlier this month as H.R.307.

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