U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
A Sincere and Honest Thank You
Dear Friends,

To our heroes near and far and to all of our veterans who have worn the uniform of our great Nation, I hope you enjoyed a happy and blessed Veterans Day weekend. The debt we owe you cannot be overstated. It is your courage and sacrifice – exhibited throughout our Nation’s history – that has made America the greatest country on Earth.

Veterans Day is a special time to reflect on everything that the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have done to protect and preserve our way of life. They’ve propelled our military to victory in countless conflicts and served as a source of inspiration and hope to millions upon millions of freedom-loving people around the globe.

One day a year is simply not enough time to honor the tremendous efforts and accomplishments of our veterans. As Americans, it’s incumbent upon us to express our appreciation and support for those who have served each and every day of the year. Please join me in this important task – today and every day. Click here to watch my special Veterans Day message and here to listen to stories of 10th District heroes. Keep reading for a full Congressional update and to view more photos from this weekend.

Congressman Hice with Wrightsville Police Department Chief Aaron Price and his son Tyler Price

Congressman Hice joining veterans in Wrightsville on Saturday

Congressman Hice thanking World War II veteran Flip Jackson in Wrightsville

Hice in the House
Ahead of Veterans Day, last week, the House passed a number of measures aimed at assisting our Nation’s heroes and ensuring that they receive the care they earned through their service to America. From improving veteran’s health care to streamlining educational benefits and protecting veterans’ finances, these bills work to uphold the commitment of Congress to fulfill the promises made to our veterans. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for the gift of freedom they have bestowed upon each and every one of us.

The House-passed measures to support our veterans include:
  • H.R. 1133, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide all care and services needed for a veteran to receive an organ transplant from a live donor, regardless of whether the donor is eligible for VA health care or whether the health care facility is part of the VA;
  • H.R. 2601, the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act, to enable veterans who aren’t able to access care at a VA transplant center to seek care at a community transplant facility;
  • H.R. 3705, the Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, to direct the VA to develop a new, plain language debt notice letter to provide a clear explanation of why VA is alleging that the veteran owes such a debt;
  • H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, to instruct the VA to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the Veterans Crisis Line;
  • H.R. 918, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act of 2017, to require the VA to provide an initial mental health assessment and any subsequent mental health services required to meet urgent mental health care needs to former servicemembers who would otherwise be ineligible for such services because they were discharged from military service under other than honorable (OTH) conditions;
  • H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act (VETS) Act of 2017, to give the VA Secretary the legislative authority to allow VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines;
  • H.R. 3949, the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act, to simplify the approval process by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency; and
  • H.R. 3122, the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017, to direct the VA to work with federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect individuals who are eligible for this increased pension from dishonest, predatory or otherwise unlawful practices.
For a comprehensive rundown of all the veterans-related bills that have been signed into law and passed the House, click here.
Committee Action
Last week was another busy one in committee! On Tuesday morning, the Natural Resources Committee held a hearing addressing the challenges faced by Puerto Rico as they begin the recovery process after being hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. In the aftermath of these devastating natural disasters, it is imperative that we ensure efficient, transparent, and prudent efforts to rebuild. Click here to watch me question Ms. Natalie Jaresko, the Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine steps toward relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Despite the fact that Congress has consistently voted to support the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital since 1995, our embassy remains in Tel-Aviv. It is long past time that we keep our promises to Israel and recognize Jerusalem as the rightful and legitimate location for our embassy. Click here to watch me question former Ambassador to the U.N., the Honorable John Bolton.

Upcoming Events
Spending time with constituents from around the 10th District is the best part of my job. I hope to see many of you around McDuffie, Warren, and Jefferson Counties at one of my upcoming events. It is your thoughts, opinions, and concerns that allow me to be an effective representative for you in Washington.

On Friday, I invite residents to stop by the McDuffie County Farm Bureau office between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to enjoy candid conversation with me over fresh coffee and warm biscuits. Afterwards, I will participate in back-to-back unveiling ceremonies for the display of the Foundations of American Law & Government – a collection designed to educate the public about the history and background of American law – which will be prominently featured at the courthouses in McDuffie and Warren Counties. The first dedication ceremony will be at the McDuffie County Courthouse starting at 9:15 a.m. with the Warren County Courthouse ceremony slated to begin at 10:15 a.m.

On Saturday, November 18th, I’m happy to host a Helping Our Heroes event with U.S. Senator David Perdue, Jefferson County, and community partners benefiting our local veterans. If you or a family member have ever worn a uniform in service to our Nation, come and enjoy a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway in your honor. At the event, veterans will also have the opportunity to learn more information about filing claims, housing, benefits, suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment, and much more. For more information, please call (478) 457-0007 or email my Deputy Chief of Staff, Jessica Hayes, at Jessica.hayes@mail.house.gov.
White House Fellowship Opportunities
I’m excited to announce that the 2018-2019 White House Fellowship application is now open. Founded in 1964, this highly competitive program is a unique leadership and public service opportunity. The fellowship term runs from August 2018 to August 2019. To be eligible, all applicants must be United States citizens and have completed their undergraduate education. The selection criteria includes:
  • A record of remarkable early-career professional achievement;
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal Government; and
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Applications are due to the White House by January 10, 2018, at 5:59 p.m. EST. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, including details about the fellowship, its history, and the selection process, please visit: www.whitehouse.gov/participate/fellows. Any questions regarding the White House Fellows program can be directed to whitehousefellows@who.eop.gov.
 The Week Ahead

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th, I’ll be hosting a live telephone town hall with constituents from across the 10th District of Georgia. I value the thoughts and opinions of members of our community, which is why I’ve continued to host these forums that give every constituent the ability to join the conversation from the convenience of their own homes. Residents may sign up to participate by clicking here or calling my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-4101. Constituents can also join the conference by calling (855) 756-7520 and using the passcode 37621# at any point during the event.

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

H.R. 3973 - Market Data Protection Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2331 - Connected Government Act, as amended
H.R. 3071 - Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3739 - Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. 599 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes
H.R. 1207 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office"
H.R. 3109 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building"
H.R. 3893 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office"
Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2672 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office"
H.R. 2873 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building"
H.R. 3369 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office"
H.R. 3821 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office"
H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)

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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Hice: Congress strives to help our veterans
Covington News – 11/10
There is no institution in this world that commands such unwavering respect as the United States military. Veterans Day is a day of national remembrance — a special occasion to honor all the men and women in uniform, past and present, who took up arms in defense of our great nation. It is our duty as Americans — not just on Veterans Day, but every day — to remember the sacrifices they’ve made and to make certain that our commitments to them and to their families are honored.

The Story of a Warrior on Veterans Day: William Smith
Monroe Local News – 11/11
In my time as your Representative in Congress, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and honor incredible veterans and hear their extraordinary stories. In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who have faithfully served our country, I want to share the account of William Smith of Sandersville, Georgia, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1974. Through the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress, a member of my staff sat down with Mr. Smith in July, when he described wartime stresses and “the weeks in the jungle with mosquitoes, ants, and leeches.” He first enlisted right out of school at the age of 18 and trained at Fort Benning in Columbus, where he learned “how to kill and how to survive,” as well as how to be “an American soldier.” As part of the 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Wolfhounds Unit, he rose in rank to become a squad leader for Company D and established a reputation as a dedicated, energetic, and expert servicemember.

House will vote next week to cap perks for former presidents
Washington Examiner – 11/10
House lawmakers next week are expected to pass legislation that would cap pensions for former presidents, and also scale back the monetary allowance they're allowed to use to rent an office and keep a staff. The Former Presidents Act is expected to get a vote early next week. The bill, from Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., would cap the pensions of former presidents at $200,000, just a bit lower than the $205,000 they receive today.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Loganville says more cast ballots cast than in last two contested mayoral elections
Gwinnett Daily Post – 11/11 Hice says U.S. was not vigilant enough with Russia: U.S. Rep. Jody Hice took to Facebook Wednesday and said a broad range Russian actions against the United States and elsewhere in the world happened because American foreign policy did not do enough over the years to prevent it. He said the case of Uranium One, a Canadian company with holdings in the U.S., is an example of American leaders not doing enough to keep Russia in check. The company was sold to Rosatom, a Russian firm, in 2010. Republicans have accused the U.S. state department, which was led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when the sale happened, of not doing enough to stop it at the time. The Department of State was part of a nine-agency review board that had to sign off on the sale before it could happen. “I think most of my colleagues would agree that Russia’s actions over the past two years – which include everything from cyberattacks to supporting Assad’s bloody regime in Syria – demonstrate their intention to disrupt the stability of both the United States and the world, ” Hice wrote.

House GOP's Tax Reform Plan a Boost for Families, Free Speech says Family Research Council
Family Research Council – 11/9
"In a victory for free speech, this bill includes Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Jody Hice's Free Speech Fairness Act which puts an end to the IRS's role of policing the speech of churches, and non-profit organizations. The IRS has no constitutional basis to monitor and then censor speech that doesn't meet with the approval of government bureaucrats. "Our vision is to see families flourish – and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act moves the nation in that direction.  We urge the House to pass this bill and then for the Senate to get this bill to President Trump's desk," concluded Perkins.

Event designed to assist veterans
Jefferson Reporter – 11/9
Staff from the offices of Congressman Jody Hice (Ga-10) and U.S. Sen. David Perdue will be in Louisville Saturday, Nov. 18, for a program, Helping Our Heroes. The program is a veterans’ appreciation even at the Jefferson County Leisure Center. There will be a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway as well as information available to the veterans on filing claims, veteran housing, benefits suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment and more. “Our veterans deserve the utmost respect for protecting our freedom. Although one event is not enough to express our debt of gratitude, I hope that on Nov. 18th our local heroes will know how grateful we are for their service and that we always will hold them in the highest regard,” Hice stated.

Chambliss Leadership Forum exceeds $1 million fundraising goal
UGA Today – 11/9
"Julianne and I are grateful for the support of so many friends and former colleagues," said Chambliss. "The Chambliss Leadership Forum at UGA is close to our hearts, and we are grateful that so many folks from both sides of the aisle see the value in providing bright students, regardless of economic background, the opportunity to live and work in our nation's capital. I believe strongly these internship opportunities are valuable not just to the students, but to the university, our state, and ultimately those public institutions where they serve." Attending the event were Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) were also in attendance.

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