U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

We Are With You

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, I was horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in London. Americans are keeping the people of the United Kingdom in our thoughts and prayers. We stand with our friends and allies against radical Islamic terrorists and the unspeakable evil they have incited. Simply put, we cannot accept these types of horrific attacks as the norm.

Strengthening Global Partnerships

In an ongoing effort to strengthen our partnerships with key allies, last week, I led a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to Japan and South Korea with Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which I am a member, as well as Members of the House Ways and Means and House Financial Services Committees. During the five-day engagement, we toured the U.S. Navy’s combat-ready aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), to learn about our maritime interests and met with several foreign leaders and high-ranking military officials to discuss a range of issues, including continued provocations by North Korea and security concerns in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The CODEL provided vital insight into our military capabilities, national security, and regional stability. Below are a few photos from the visit.

Congressmen Mike Bishop (R-MI), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Jody Hice, and Ted Budd (R-NC) with Rear Adm. Charles Williams (middle) on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Lt. Kenyatto Mayes discusses the flight deck control panel aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with Congressman Hice

Congressman Hice thanks sailors from Georgia in the hangar bay of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander, Task Force 70, talks with Congressmen Jody Hice and Gary Palmer (R-AL) (front right) and Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, executive officer of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), on the ship’s bridge

Capt. Buzz Donnelly, commanding officer of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), discusses in-port cabin operations with Congressman Hice
Hice on the Homefront

After returning home from the CODEL, I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the JANUS Research Group to discuss their current projects, including the development of an intelligent irrigation system. JANUS is also working with the Brier Creek Soil and Water Conservation District and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to revolutionize technologies that improve and monitor water quality in real time. Their goal is to help farmers both at home and abroad increase their crop yield, while reducing their water need.

L-R: JANUS Group Vice President Shawn Rodier, Rod Roeber, Tom Mims, Chief Technology Officer Scott Martin, Congressman Hice, CEO John Dewey

In addition to learning about its advancements in agriculture, I saw firsthand some of the progress JANUS is making in augmented reality. Through the use of a small headset, I was able to view, manipulate, and explore the representation of a GE engine in a virtual environment.

Congressman Hice demos the virtual capabilities of a GE engine

JANUS also recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in May, and I hope it will have another successful 20 years to follow! Thanks for having me! 

L-R: JANUS Group Chief of Staff Mike Wiltse, Vice President Shawn Rodier, CEO John Dewey, Congressman Hice, Chief Technology Officer Scott Martin, COO Rob Elich, Rod Roeber, and Congressman Hice’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jessica Hayes
District Connection: Grants and Small Business Workshop

I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting my annual Grants and Small Business Workshop on Wednesday, June 21st at the Tarbutton Business Development Center at Oconee Fall Line Technical College. The workshop is an opportunity for individuals to network with state and federal representatives and receive valuable tips and tools to help your business or project succeed.

Representatives from the CSRA Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, Grants.gov, Small Business Administration, UGA Small Business Development Center, USDA Rural Development, and WorkSource East Central Georgia will be available to help answer questions or concerns. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please click here.

What: Grants & Small Business Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Ben J. Tarbutton Business Development Center
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082 

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

H.Res. 354 - Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future, as amended
H.R. 390 - Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. 355 - Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks
H.Con.Res. 33 - Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library
H.R. 2213 - Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 10 - Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Visit my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more updates about my work in Washington on your behalf.