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

I am dedicated to providing you with a much-needed tax cut as soon as possible so that you can save more of your paycheck every month. It is also critical that we reduce the corporate tax rate to improve the business climate, create more American jobs, and bring businesses back to our communities from overseas.

Last week, the House adopted a budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions — a special legislative procedure that only requires 51 votes for a bill to pass the Senate – thereby moving our tax overhaul effort forward.

It has been over 30 years since Congress has passed comprehensive tax reform, and we’ve watched the American middle class struggle and seen businesses stifled as they try to grow. In the coming week, the full text of our plan will be released. It will include concrete details on how we’re going to achieve the wide-ranging transformation Americans so desperately need, while allowing middle-class families and small businesses to keep much, much more of their hard-earned income.

We’ve heard a lot of outstanding ideas, and now we are setting the stage to complete something truly historic and great. Read more about our efforts to unleash economic opportunity and prosperity in the Covington News here.
Hice in the House
As the Trump Administration continues to engage with our allies around the world in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution with the regimes in Iran and North Korea, Congress is doing our part to strengthen the President’s negotiating position and bring even greater economic pressure to bear wherever possible. Last week, we passed a number of bills designed to address the difficult circumstances we’re confronting in the Middle East, including:

  • H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, which requires the administration to provide Congress with information about the supply chain used by Iran to finance its ballistic missile program and requires the President to apply sanctions to any entity that supports further development;
  • H.R. 3329, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, which sanctions regimes that provide weapons to Hizballah, targets Hizballah’s fundraising and recruiting efforts, and gives the administration tools to respond to Hizballah’s global criminal network;
  • H.R. 3342, the Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, which imposes targeted sanctions on Iran and Hizballah for the use of civilians as human shields;
  • H. Res. 359, which urges the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members; and
  • H.R. 3898, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act, which imposes additional sanctions on North Korea and steps up enforcement activities by other countries.

Last week, the House also passed a legislative package to reassert the Article I Power of Congress. The best way to fix Washington is to push back against the powerful unelected bureaucracy and increase the power of the people. Among the bills passed were:

  • H.R. 469, the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, which requires agencies to publicly publish any negotiated sue-and-settle consent decrees and legal settlement agreements — which compel an agency to undertake a new rulemaking — at least 60 days before they're filed in court; and
  • H.R. 732, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, which puts an end to an unjust and reprehensible practice known as “sue and settle,” which became widespread during the Obama Administration.
Committee Action
On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Government Operations held a joint hearing to discuss regulatory reform. Earlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order that requires federal agencies to repeal two outdated regulations for each newly-introduced regulation in order to identify and eliminate unnecessary, burdensome rules. Federal agencies across the board are making substantial progress when it comes to streamlining regulatory business and reducing their overall footprint. Click here to watch me question Ms. Diane Katz, the Senior Research Fellow for Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation, and here to watch me question Ms. Joo Chung, the Director of the Oversight and Compliance Directorate at the Department of Defense

The next day, we held another joint hearing to discuss the ongoing mismanagement at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For years, the IRS has been replete with waste, fraud, and abuse, with persistent issues ranging from rehiring fired employees to the long-awaited admission of the targeting of conservative organizations. We have seen problem after problem arise due to the fundamentally flawed management of this agency. Click here to watch me question Mr. Jeremy Tribiano, the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support at the IRS.

IRS Oversight Update
As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to examine the waste, fraud, and abuse at federal government agencies. At the IRS, there has been an ongoing culture of intimidation, and I think it has been well-documented that this agency has been in dire straits for some time.

In 2013, Commissioner John Koskinen was appointed by President Obama as a “turnaround” man – to save the agency from spiraling out of control following the scandal that targeted conservative groups, institute reform and transparency, and restore the public’s trust in the agency. None of these things have happened. Instead, the IRS and its leadership have continued placing themselves above the law.

Because of his ineffectiveness and deliberate deception of Congress, I’ve consistently called for the censure, impeachment, and removal of John Koskinen as the head of the agency. On Friday, I was pleased to hear that President Trump has selected a replacement, and John Koskinen will no longer be at the helm effective November 12th. This is a victory for the American people and is one more important step toward creating a more transparent and accountable federal government.
Service to Remember
Last week, it was a great honor to welcome Ms. Riezl Baker and her son to the Capitol as we presented the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest honor the United States Congress can bestow— to Filipino veterans of World War II. One of the veterans posthumously honored during the ceremony was Ms. Baker’s grandfather, Mr. Ramon Bagatsing, a survivor of the Bataan Death March who served in the Battle of Manila under General MacArthur. Although Mr. Bagatsing is unfortunately no longer with us, I’m pleased that he and his family were recognized for his dedicated service. 

The “greatest generation” is an unsung group of heroes who fought courageously in defense of our country during one of the most important periods of American history, and I thank each of you for your service, valor, and patriotism.

Upcoming Veterans Appreciation Events
In November, I’m thrilled to be hosting two veteran-focused events in the 10th District. On Friday, November 10th, I encourage our local heroes to stop by my Monroe District Office between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for an appreciation coffee. While there, we will also discuss important issues facing our military and veterans.

On Saturday, November 18th, I’m working with U.S. Senator David Perdue, Jefferson County, and community partners to host a Helping Our Heroes event. Veterans are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway, while learning more information about filing claims, housing, benefits, suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment, and more.

I firmly believe that we must honor the generations of men and women who wore the uniform for protecting our freedom. Although one event is not enough to express our debt of gratitude, I hope that our local heroes will know how grateful we are for their service and that we always will hold them in the highest regard.

The following organizations will participate in the event to support our local veterans: American Legion Department of Georgia, Augusta Warrior Project, Augusta Vet Center, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Jefferson County Vets in Action, Jefferson Hospital, and Tools for Life. For more information, please call at (478) 457-0007 or email Jessica.hayes@mail.house.gov.

The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 2921 - National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017
H.R. 2941 - Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act
H.R. 3567 - To authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, and for other purposes
H.R. 2521 - South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017
H.R. 3903 - Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1585 - Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, as amended
H.R. 425 - FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. 422 - Urging adherence to the "one country, two systems" policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong, as amended
H.R. 3279 - Helium Extraction Act of 2017
H.R. 1074 - To repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation"
H.R. 2600 - To provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and for other purposes, as amended
H.R. 1488 - The Indiana Dunes National Park Act, as amended
H.R. 2936 - Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 849 - Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
Consideration of Legislation Related to the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Other Public Health Programs

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!




Hice on TV
WGXA Fox – 10/26
WGXA Fox – 10/26
 Varney & Co. (Fox Business) – 10/25  

Hice: Tax reform is top priority
Covington News -  10/27
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice says conservatives in Congress are focused on one thing right now: tax relief for American families.

Ga. reps lobby colleagues to give Vogtle lifeline in tax overhaul
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 10/30
Georgia lawmakers are urging House Republicans to include a provision in their tax overhaul that’s viewed as critical to the survival of the state’s troubled Vogtle nuclear project. All but two of the state’s U.S. House members wrote to the chairman of the chamber’s tax-writing committee on Friday urging him to fold language into the upcoming tax overhaul that ensures the operators of the $25 billion project receive roughly $800 million in federal tax credits.

IRS Hiring, Equifax Contract Dominate Oversight Hearing
Lexis Nexis Legal Newsroom – 10/26
IRS hiring practices that allowed four employees to return who either had been terminated, or resigned because they failed to file their federal income tax returns, dominated a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing October 25 on the tax agency's management challenges. "It is not a management problem; it is a mismanagement problem," said Rep. Jody B. Hice, R-Ga. "It's been taking place for years. And it filters down from the top to the bottom, and infects everywhere it goes."