U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
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Dear Friends,

Our government works best when representatives and constituents communicate directly with each other. Even when we disagree on some policy issues, we can still discuss the challenges facing our Nation in a respectful, positive manner. Last week, I spoke with over 11,000 constituents from across the 10th District during my 10th telephone town hall meeting. These calls are a great way for me to give you updates, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns, and I thank all who joined in on Thursday’s call. If you would like to subscribe for the next telephone town hall, sign up here.

During the interactive conference call, I asked two poll questions, and the results are in!

Hice in the House
The Senate’s health care debate and floor proceedings on legislation that would repeal and replace portions of Obamacare have dominated most headlines. And while I am disappointed that my colleagues in the Senate were unable to come to a consensus on a way forward, I encourage them to go back to the drawing board and continue doing the hard work required to save the American people from the disaster of Obamacare.

At this very moment, Americans are stuck with a failing health care law. Networks continue to narrow. Premiums continue to rise. And choice continues to decline. Although there are some who would like to simply throw in the towel, I promise you that this fight is not over. It’s imperative that we find a health care solution that lowers costs, empowers patients with more choice, and increases access to quality care, and I remain just as committed today as I’ve ever been to doing just that. We can and we must do better.

In the House last week, we passed several measures that will update the GI Bill and improve educational benefits for our veterans, place strict sanctions on our adversaries, and deliver on the President’s request to build a border wall.

On Monday, the House took action by approving the biggest GI Bill expansion in a decade with the unanimous passage of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also commonly known as the #ForeverGIBill. This measure continues our work to reform veterans’ aid programs by expanding the post-9/11 GI Bill and eliminating the 15-year time limit on the use of education benefits for new recruits. It also eliminates the requisite three years of active service for recipients of the Purple Heart to receive benefits, while easing requirements for GI Bill eligibility for National Guard members and reservists, survivors, and dependents.

Furthermore, this GI Bill update gives veterans a better shot at in-demand science and technology jobs through a pilot program of non-traditional technology courses. Benefits will also be extended by nine months for veterans enrolled in STEM five-year degree programs. The GI Bill has been helping veterans for over 70 years, and I’m pleased that the #ForeverGIBill will improve upon this excellent cause and allow our servicemembers and their families to better prepare for the future.

On Tuesday, we advanced a sweeping sanctions package targeting Russia, Iran, and North Korea, which will hold each of these countries accountable for their aggressive actions toward the United States and its allies. We all know that these nations pose a grave danger to America, and I’m pleased that this comprehensive legislation, H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, will send a clear message that North Korea’s ballistic missile program, Iran’s support of terror groups and efforts to develop ballistic missiles, and Russia’s attempts to interfere with our elections and violate Ukraine’s sovereignty are no longer tolerated. I look forward to this forceful and much-needed bill being signed into law by the President.

With the power of the purse, we as legislators craft, debate, amend, and ultimately vote on appropriations bills. H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, includes funding for four of the 12 annual appropriations bills, specifically the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, the Legislative Branch, and Energy and Water. In passing this legislation, we voted on Thursday to:

  • Fund operations to defeat ISIS;
  • Rebuild our military after years of neglect and troop drawdown;
  • Improve our missile defense capabilities to defend against threats from North Korea and other adversaries;
  • Provide $1.6 billion to start the construction of the first installment of President Trump’s border wall;
  • Keep faith with those who defend us by funding care for our veterans;
  • Invest in our military and civilian infrastructure, while supporting our economy and improving security.
I want to take a moment to outline a couple of my own legislative proposals I’m very proud to be introducing in the coming months. One such bill, the Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Improvement Act, will require the Department of Homeland Security to collect extensive information about criminal aliens who are sex offenders and share it with the Department of Justice, as well as local law enforcement, to ensure that these criminals are placed on sex offender registries. Simply put, all sex offenders — regardless of immigration status — should be identified and registered.

Another measure I’m working on is the Strengthening Aviation Security Act. When it comes to protecting our skies, we need to use every method at our disposal, and my bill will require the Federal Air Marshal Service to incorporate risk-based strategies in deciding domestic and international air marshal allocation.

You may rest assured my team and I are working day in and day out to enact meaningful legislation that will benefit the citizens of the 10th District, our state, and our great Nation. Click here to read about the big issues that aren’t getting big headlines.

Committee Action
Last week as part of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, we looked into the infringement of free speech occurring on college campuses across the country. For so many, college is a time of questioning beliefs and being challenged both ideologically and intellectually. However, all too frequently, we’re seeing ideological intolerance leading to unconstitutional restrictions on our most basic and fundamental right as Americans – the right to express our beliefs. Occasionally, these protests have even turned violent. The suppression of free speech anywhere is alarming, and it is the responsibility of those of us in Congress to protect these fundamental rights. Click here to watch me question Ms. Nadine Strossen, a professor at the New York University School of Law, regarding actions being taken as part of this troubling trend.  

Open Door Policy
Whether I’m in Washington or in the 10th District, I strive to be available and accessible to all of my constituents. Last week, I welcomed several folks and organizations to my D.C. office. On Tuesday, Matt Jones, a student at Georgia College in Milledgeville, stopped by to discuss his experience as an intern at the Fund for American Studies and ways to bring public policy into schools.

Congressman Hice speaking with Matt Jones

On Wednesday, I spoke with representatives from AgGeorgia Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit about the current state of the upcoming Farm Bill and opportunities to modernize the crop insurance program and guaranteed loan levels. Thanks for coming! Your insight was much appreciated.

Congressman Hice with representatives from AgGeorgia Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit

On Thursday, I started my morning with members of the National Cotton Council, where we talked about the market situation in the cotton industry and received an overview of the industry’s priorities. Agriculture is Georgia’s oldest and largest industry and, as such, plays a major role in our economy. I will continue to be a friend and supporter of all those working in this critically important field.

Congressman Hice meeting with members of the National Cotton Council

Later that afternoon, I had some very special guests stop by my office in Washington: the Frye Family. Athens-area State Representative Spencer Frye, who serves House District 118, was in town with his family for an educational trip to our Nation's Capital. Hope you all enjoyed your time in D.C.!

Rep. Spencer Frye, Gretchen Frye, Congressman Hice, Ruby Frye, and Spencer Frye III

District Connection: 2017 Academy Day & Honoring Local Heroes
Attention high school students: Are you interested in a world-class education while serving your country? On Saturday, August 19th, I will be hosting my annual Academy Day at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees will hear the ins and outs of the nomination and application processes and have the opportunity to talk with members of my staff and representatives from all five military branches representing their respective academies. Admission is free, and parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Visit my website or contact Carolyn Dallas at Carolyn.Dallas@mail.house.gov or (478) 457-0007 for more information.

On the House Floor, I also had the humbling responsibility of honoring two local heroes who recently passed away: Curry Haynes and Larry Eley. Curry Haynes was a record-breaking veteran of the Vietnam War from Newton County. Mr. Haynes received ten Purple Heart Awards for his service as part of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade. He passed away on July 16th after a fight with cancer. On the battlefield, Haynes sustained multiple battle wounds, losing two fingers and being shot in the arm, thighs, and hand during one enemy ambush alone. When asked how he survived combat with his numerous injuries, Haynes simply said, “I don’t believe in luck, I owe it all to Jesus Christ.” His story is a true tale of bravery, and his loss will be an immense one for our community.
Larry Eley was a friend and strong voice for agriculture from Greene County. He was a fearless advocate for local farmers as part of the Greene County Farm Bureau and was a dedicated family man. Larry passed away at the age of 71 just a few weeks ago and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Watch Congressman Hice’s Floor Remarks Honoring Larry Eley

 
The Week Ahead

This week, I’ll be in Jefferson, Glascock, and Barrow Counties meeting with 10th District residents, visiting local businesses and hospitals, and participating in a UPS ride along.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of upcoming events!

Sincerely,  

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TOP NEWS

Reaction to the defeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal effort
Augusta Chronicle – 7/28
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., urged the Senate to keep trying to follow the House’s example. He called for “repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a health care system that lowers costs, empowers patients with more choice, and increases access to quality care.” “While we in the House came to agreement on legislation that accomplishes those goals, I am disappointed that the Senate came up short,” he said in a statement. “I encourage my colleagues to continue doing the hard work required to save the American people from the disaster of Obamacare.”

Working on big issues that aren’t getting big headlines
Walton Tribune – 7/29
With all the noise coming out of Washington lately, big-ticket items, like health care and tax reform, have been on the forefront of most of our minds. While these are important issues we’re tackling, they’ve also drowned out some of the other valuable things Congress is doing. With that in mind, I want to take the time to outline a few of my own legislative proposals I’m very proud to be introducing in the coming months.

Beggs family honored by congressman
Lincoln Journal – 7/27
Beth, Bethany, and Benjamin Beggs were presented a flag in honor of the memory and service of Sheriff Bruce Beggs that flew over the capitol in Washington, D.C. courtesy of Congressman Jody Hice.

JOB FAIR 2017
Newton/Covington Economic Development – July
The Honorable Congressman Jody Hice, (Georgia 10th) is proud to announce the commitment to partnership and workforce development with the Newton, Morgan, Jasper and Walton Economic Development Offices and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Hice Tele-Town Hall
WUGA – 7/25
Georgia House Representative Jody Hice will be hosting a telephone town hall this Thursday at 6:15PM. According to his office, callers will be given a brief legislative update and the opportunity to ask the congressman a question. “These types of Town Halls allow me to easily interact with thousands of 10th District residents from the comfort of their homes,” Congressman Hice said in the email announcing the town hall. Hice represents Georgia’s 10th District, which includes part of Athens-Clarke County. This will be his fourth conference call this year.

Hice announces Service Academy Day for 10th District students
Covington News – 7/25
Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) today announced that he will host his annual Service Academy Day on Saturday, August 19th on the campus of Georgia Military College.  The event is designed to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for the nation’s five military service academies.  Students in grades eight through twelve are invited to attend.  The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium, where representatives from the United States Air Force, Naval, Military, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Academies will discuss their requirements for admittance.

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