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

Hice on the Homefront

Dear Friends,

Whether they are veterans, educators, manufacturers, farmers, medical professionals, law enforcement officers, small business owners, or tomorrow’s leaders – I am grateful for the people of the 10th District who help our community thrive.

On Monday, I joined community members in Barrow County for the grand opening of the Wimberly Center for Community Development. The center, named after Robert Wimberly who died in January 2016, is a 20,000-square-foot facility that is home to several local service organizations and nonprofits, as well as Lanier Technical College offices.


Congressman Hice speaking to the crowd at the grand opening of the Wimberly Center

Congressman Hice with community leaders at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Wimberly Center for Community Development

On Tuesday, I stopped by Accurus Aerospace Athens for a tour of its facility and participated in an F-35 Lightning II simulator demonstration. Founded in 1963, Accurus is one of Georgia’s largest aerospace metal machining companies and currently employs more than 200 people. The facility offers a wide range of capabilities, including expertise in the high speed machining of castings and forgings. Thanks for showing me around!


Congressman Hice speaking with Accurus Aerospace Athens employees

Congressman Hice in the F-35 Lightning II simulator

On Wednesday, I was honored to attend William “Will” Caldwell’s signing ceremony to the United States Military Academy at West Point. A senior at Georgia Military College (GMC) Prep School, Cadet Caldwell will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather (USMA ‘48) and father, Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, (USMA ‘76) by attending this prestigious Service Academy. With this appointment, he will receive the equivalent of a full undergraduate scholarship including room and board, medical and dental care, and a monthly stipend and will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. Click here to watch my remarks from Will’s signing ceremony.

I would also like to congratulate GMC Prep School’s Class of 2017 for their accolades. To date, 16 students have been awarded military appointments, academic, athletic, or fine arts scholarships. Without question, GMC Prep has some of the best students in the country, and I could not be more proud of these young leaders.


Congressman Hice with Will Caldwell at his signing ceremony to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Congressman Hice with GMC Prep scholarship recipients

Later that afternoon, I toured Dura-Line’s facility in Sandersville. Dura-Line is a manufacturer that creates plastic pipes that are used in telecommunications and gas distribution projects. Thanks for having me!


Congressman Hice speaking with Charles Lee, Executive Director of the Washington County Development Authority, and Brandon Lindsey, Dura-Line Quality Manager

Congressman Hice discussing plant operations with Dura-Line employees 

Congressman Hice with Dura-Line employees, Washington County Development Authority members, and Washington County Board of Commissioners representatives

Following my tour of Dura-Line, I paid my respect to the family of Mr. George Ivey, Jr., a relative and WWII veteran who passed earlier this month. Mr. Ivey served honorably in the U.S. Marines from 1943-1946, and I was humbled to present his wife with a flag dedicated to his service to our country.

On Saturday, Dee Dee and I were thrilled to attend an event celebrating our local law enforcement in Greensboro. These brave men and women risk their lives every day without hesitation, and I cannot thank them enough for protecting our communities.


Congressman Hice and Dee Dee thanking a law enforcement officer in Greensboro


Congressman Hice and Dee Dee speaking with Greene County Commissioner Ernie Filice
 

Congressman Hice greeting Greensboro Mayor Glenn Wright
 
Kings Bay & Port of Savannah Site Visit

In an era of unprecedented threats and technological change, ensuring that our Armed Forces are agile, ready, and lethal is vital to our Nation’s safety and security. Last week, I toured the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, where I got an in-depth look into our state-of-the-art operations and the Atlantic Fleet's Ballistic and Guided Missile Submarines. If we are to compete with near-peer adversaries like Russia and China, our military readiness must to be a priority. This site visit was extremely educational, and I look forward to learning more about our military capabilities and hearing from our warfighters and commanders.

I also toured the Port of Savannah, one of the fastest growing seaports in the United States. From manufacturing to large-scale retail import distribution centers, Georgia is riding a wave of success in attracting business and expanding trade opportunities that have a direct impact on companies and communities across all 159 counties. 


Congressman Hice touring the Port of Savannah


Congressman Hice with Georgia Port Authority Governmental Affairs Manager Lee Beckmann and Director of Economic Development and State Government Affairs Bart Gobeil
Picture Perfect

By now, many of you have seen just how talented Georgia’s 10th District high school artists are. If you haven’t already, please visit my Facebook page to see the submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition and vote on your favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award! Every “like” earns one point and a “share” earns two points for each piece of art. Voting closes at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28th, and the winning piece of artwork will be hung in my Monroe District Office!  

Additionally, I hope you will join me this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon for our 2017 Congressional Art Competition Celebration, starting with an artwork scavenger hunt and ending with the announcement of the winners of both the Congressional Art Competition and People’s Choice Award. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Monroe Art Guild, located at 205 South Broad Street.


The Week Ahead

Before heading back to Washington after a productive two weeks in the 10th District, I will attend another Service Academy signing ceremony for a worthy young man and meet with constituents in the Covington area.

The House will vote on the following pieces of legislation this week:

H.Con.Res. 35- Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition
H.Con.Res. 36 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby
H.R. 455
- To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the "R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse"
S. 496 - To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform"
H.R. 876 - Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1372 - Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended
H.R. 534 - U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act, as amended
H.Res. 187 - Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan, as amended
H.R. 1695 - Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1694 - Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
Possible Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017

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

Hice on TV
WGXA (Fox) Macon – 4/19 

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Jody Hice opens People’s Choice voting for congressional art competition
Gwinnett Daily Post – 4/22
What makes something good art? Or rather, what is good art? Those questions are the impetus behind a new request from U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., to his constituents. The congressman has opened public voting for his 10th Congressional District Art Competition’s People’s Choice Award. The art contest features submissions from 52 high school students across Hice’s district.

Jody Hice speaks on tax reform and healthcare at Rotary Club
Lincoln Journal – 4/20
During his visit to the Washington Rotary Club, Congressman Jody Hice updated members and guests on current political moves being made that would affect not only the state of Georgia, but the nation as a whole. The congressman broached the subjects of business regulations, health care, and tax reform, before answering a series of questions posed by the audience.

End Gov’t Waste: Stop Paying Federal Employees to Perform Union Business
CNS News – 4/20
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) introduced the Official Time Reform Act of 2017, which prohibits federal employees from lobbying on behalf of federal employee unions on official time. In addition, any federal employee who spends 80 percent or more on official time in a day loses service credit hours for that day. Meaning those employees would not accrue pension contributions on days they primarily conduct union business.

GMC Prep cadet accepts West Point nomination
Union-Recorder – 4/20
GMC Prep cadet William B. Caldwell V is following in the footsteps of the two men that held that name before him in attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. Caldwell formally accepted the appointment in a ceremony held in the legislative chambers of the Old Capitol Building Wednesday morning. The ceremony was attended by friends, family and U.S. Congressman Jody Hice, who provided the nomination required to be accepted to West Point.

Congresssman Hice pays Morgan County a visit
Morgan County Citizen – 4/20
Jody Hice, a Republican congressman for Georgia’s 10th District, visited Madison last week for a small update on government affairs at Farmview Market to about 25 of the community’s city, county, and business leaders. A few concerned citizens also showed up at Wednesday’s informal gathering. Hice, who assumed office in 2015 and is a member of Congress’s Freedom Caucus, which is comprised of the House’s most conservative representatives, discussed plans to lower taxes, pass deregulation on businesses, beef up the military and the issue on everyone’s mind: healthcare reform.

Lockheed Martin defends F-35 during program at Athens manufacturer
Athens Banner-Herald – 4/18
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who was at Tuesday’s event along with the Athens area’s other congressman, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, acknowledged in an interview that members of Congress can get concerned about the cost of various defense initiatives, and said he was glad that Conroy addressed F-35 cost concerns. “Lockheed Martin has been up front in addressing their issues,” Collins said. “A lot of though went into this aircraft.”

Ga.’s congressional Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 4/21
Quiet so far has been the Price family, which at one time had been close to Handel. As far as we can tell, Tom Price has not publicly weighed in on the race. His wife, state Rep. Betty Price, who herself had mulled a run to succeed him, was spotted with competitors Moody and former Johns Creek city councilman Bob Gray ahead of Election Day on April 18. Every Georgia Republican in the House signed onto Friday’s endorsement: Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Doug Collins, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rick Allen and Tom Graves.

Stop Paying Federal Employees to Perform Union Business
Competitive Enterprise Institute – 4/19
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) introduced the Official Time Reform Act of 2017, which prohibits federal employees from lobbying on behalf of federal employee unions on official time. In addition, any federal employee who spends 80 percent or more on official time in a day loses service credit hours for that day. Meaning those employees would not accrue pension contributions on days they primarily conduct union business.

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