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

I was elected to Congress because the great citizens of the 10th District of Georgia put their trust in me to represent them well and hold Washington accountable. I remember our shared values every single day that I’m in Washington and in the District, and I’m working around the clock to help make our future safer and brighter.

Rest assured, I'm laser focused on repealing and replacing Obamacare, rewriting the tax code, and upholding my promise to put the safety and security of Georgians – and all Americans – first. Please keep reading for a full Congressional update.
Hice in the House
Last Tuesday, the House advanced H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, by a vote of 229 to 199. This bill makes practical reforms to the Clean Air Act to streamline implementation of national air quality standards and improve the ability of states to meet the new ozone requirements. This measure is a promising start to our goal of developing commonsense solutions that will reduce barriers to a more productive U.S. economy, while preserving the public health and well-being of Americans.

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorization Act of 2017, which is one more step toward our mission to provide for the common defense. Specifically, the bill asserts the Article I Authority of Congress to write laws and give direction to DHS, improves organizational efficiencies by eliminating, consolidating, and streamlining programs and offices, and supports America’s frontline defenders and first responders.

In Committee, I questioned experts about the Magnuson-Stevens Act as part of a House Natural Resources legislative hearing. The seafood and recreational fishing industries contribute billions of dollars to the economy and support over one million jobs nationwide. Unfortunately, due to overbearing regulations, in recent years both commercial and recreational fishing have taken a hit with harvest levels falling far below annual catch limits. It is imperative that we look for solutions that include responsible water management, while allowing local and commercial fishermen to continue fishing at sustainable levels. Click here to watch me question Mr. Nick Wiley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The House Natural Resources Committee also held hearings to evaluate new onshore oil and gas developments, as well as access to hardrock mining across the country. Our land management agencies have been overburdened by Obama-era regulations for far too long. It’s time to unleash the potential of the rich natural resources present in America by getting big government out of the way. You can watch my line of questioning here.
On the Homefront
After votes on Thursday, I flew home to attend a special informational session about the expansion of the Three Ring Studios in Newton County. The proposed 700,000 square foot facility would integrate the three phases of video production: pre-production, production, and post-production, while generating an estimated $1.8 million per year in local property and sales tax revenues. I spoke with Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnson on Facebook Live to discuss bringing businesses to the area. Check out the interview below.

On Friday, I traveled throughout Oglethorpe County visiting with many of you and touring local businesses. One of my first stops of the day was Bloodroot Blades in Arnoldsville. This company makes artisan kitchen knives and other various tools and encourages sustainability by using materials that are recycled, local, and handmade. Thanks for having me!

Congressman Hice with David Van Wyk of Bloodroot Blades

Mr. Van Wyk showing Congressman Hice and Oglethorpe County Administrator Josh Hawkins blade materials

Next, I headed to Gretsch Brothers Angus, a farm located in Lexington that specializes in raising premium cattle. The Gretsch family also has a rich history in music and honors the family tradition by branding its horses with the Gretsch Musical Instrument trademark. What a great visit!

Fred Gretsch of Gretsch Brothers Angus explaining the impact of the cattle industry

Congressman Hice and Fred Gretsch in the field

Afterwards, I spent time with Marc Richardson and Richard Barry at their seven-acre nursery, Goodness Grows, in Crawford. Growing nearly five hundred different varieties, they provide local gardening enthusiasts with a wide assortment of plant options, including the Dianthus or ‘Bath’s Pink,’ the Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff,’ the Achillea ‘Oertel’s Rose,’ and the Veronica ‘Goodness Grows.’ Goodness Grows was one of the first nurseries in the South to offer container-grown perennials year-round and to use display gardens for marketing and educational purposes.

Congressman Hice with Lexington Mayor and owner of Goodness Grows Nursery Rick Berry, Oglethorpe County Economic Development Director Amy Stone, and Georgia Economic Development Region 5 Project Manager Tina Herring

Later that day, I explored the William Bartram Trail in Crawford. William Bartram was an American naturalist known for his detailed botanic and ornithological drawings and traveled throughout the Southeast for many years documenting the region and his observations of Native Americans. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I was grateful for the opportunity to discover the area.

Congressman Hice at the Bertram Trail Marker with Brad Sanders of the Bartram Trail Conference, Linda Helmly of Oglethorpe Fresh, and Amy Stone
Freedom Fighter
Last week, I was honored to receive FreedomWorks’ Freedom Fighter Award for my relentless support of economic freedom, individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government. I firmly believe that the federal government’s role should be to eliminate barriers to success, not create them. Rolling back burdensome, overbearing regulations and implementing meaningful tax reform is necessary to preserving our liberty and ensuring the flexibility of our small businesses, and I will do everything in my power to continue to support our job creators. Thank you to the CEO of FreedomWorks Adam Brandon for presenting me with this honor.

FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon presents Representative Hice with the Freedom Fighter award

District Connection: 2017 Academy Day
Did you hear the exciting news? On Saturday, August 19th from 1:30-3:30 p.m., I will be hosting my annual Military Service Academy Day. The event is for students, parents, and high school counselors interested in learning more about the Congressional nomination process for admission to one of America’s military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Attendees will hear step-by-step directions for navigating the application process from members of my staff and representatives from each of the service academies. Visit my website or contact Carolyn Dallas at Carolyn.Dallas@mail.house.gov or (478) 457-0007 for more information.

Honoring a Community Leader

We were all deeply saddened by the passing of Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce C. Beggs earlier this month. As a lifelong resident of Lincoln County, Sheriff Beggs served the community in various capacities, including as an Advisory Board Member of the Peace Officers Training Academy at Augusta Technical College, a dispatcher, a firefighter with the Lincolnton Volunteer Fire Department, an emergency medical technician, a chief and member of the Lincoln County Rescue Squad, and a former director of the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Last week, a member of my staff presented his family with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of his service. This man was truly a public servant, dedicated to improving the lives of the people in his community, and he will be sorely missed.

Members of the Beggs Family with Congressman Hice’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jessica Hayes after she presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol honoring his life
The Week Ahead

The House will consider the following pieces of legislation this week:

S. 114 – A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended
H.R. 3218 - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act 6 of 2017
H. R. 282 - Military Residency Choice Act
H. R. 1058 - VA Provider Equity Act, as amended
H. R. 1690 -  Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, as amended
H. R. 2006 - VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act
H. R. 2772 -  SEA Act
H. R. 2781 - Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act
H. R. 2749 - Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3262 - Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2017
H. R. 95 - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, as amended
H. R. 1848 - Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, as amended
H. R. 2333 - Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2017
H. R. 2056 - Microloan Modernization Act of 2017
H. R. 2364 - Investing in Main Street Act of 2017
H. R. 3180 -  Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, as amended
H.R. 3298 - Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017, as amended
H. R. 3178 - Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017, as amended
H. R. 2182 - Plum Island Preservation Act
H.R. ____ (Awaiting bill number)  - Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act
H. J. RES. 111 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements"
H. R. 3210 - SECRET Act of 2017
H. R. 2370 - Escambia County Land Conveyance Act
H. R. 1927 - African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, as amended
H. RES. 317 - Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran, as amended
H. R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, 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!




Three Ring Studios head dreams big
Rockdale Newton Citizen – 7/21
The proposed 700,000 square foot facility, to be located off Alcovy Road near the Covington Municipal Airport, is expected to require a $110 million investment and will generate an estimated $1.8 million per year in local property and sales tax revenues. Back in January, when Charania spoke to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, he said the facility would integrate the three phases of video production: pre-production, production and post-production so that “everybody who is making a movie, making a commercial or making a TV show only has one county on their mind — and that is Newton County.” Several elected officials were on hand Thursday night, including Marcello Banes, chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Ronnie Johnston of Covington and U.S. Congressman Jody Hice, whose 10th District includes parts of Newton County. “Three Ring Studios will have an enormous economic impact for years and years to come,” Hice said.

Hice to host Service Academy Day Aug. 19
Union-Recorder – 7/18
Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) will host his annual Service Academy Day Saturday, Aug. 19 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 12 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.

Robins AFB – 7/18
Georgia proponents highlighted the money that would flow to the state and its military communities under the bill, as well as to how it would help bolster the country’s defense readiness. “Simply put, an innovative, flexible and agile military force is vital to keeping America safe, our allies assured and our enemies deterred,” said U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe. “With the passage of the (measure), we’ve taken a step in the right direction.” The legislation itself does not allocate federal money. It greenlights funding that must later be approved in government spending bills later this year.

Three Ring Studios announces scholarship exclusively for Newton, Rockdale
Covington News – 7/22
In other news, TRS also announced the date for its job fair, in partnership with Congressman Jody Hice, Newton, Morgan, Jasper and Walton Economic Development Offices. Set for Sept. 21 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC’s) Newton Campus, located at 8100 Bobby Williams Parkway, in Covington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 businesses are expected to be represented at the fair with anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 job openings available. For more information, visit