|A Decisive Mission
This weekend, U.S. special operations forces carried out a successful and decisive mission on the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resulting in the death of the most-wanted terrorist in the world. As the leader of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi was responsible for heinous crimes against thousands of innocent people and personally tortured Kayla Mueller, an American Christian missionary who was kidnapped in Syria in 2015.
I’m grateful that our Nation sent a clear message to the world: we won’t rest until ISIS and all other terror groups are defeated. I applaud the brave men and women of our military and intelligence community for their work in planning and executing this raid, and President Trump for authorizing it.
While the world is a safer place after the death of al-Baghdadi, we still must be vigilant in our work to eliminate this organization, which remains a pressing threat to our homeland security.
As a leader on the Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security, I am committed to continuing our work across party lines to keep our country safe.
May God bless you and your family, and may God bless the United States of America.
|Honoring a Hero in Washington
|It is always a privilege to honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, who have risked all to defend our values and strengthen the freedoms that we enjoy each day. Among our Nation’s heroes is 96-year-old Luciano “Louis” Graziano, a World War II veteran from Thomson, Georgia, who landed with the third wave on D-Day on Omaha Beach, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and witnessed the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender at the Little Red Schoolhouse. In fact, he is the last surviving witness to the German surrender of World War II.
Last week, I was proud to have staff members from my office escort Mr. Graziano and his family over to the White House for a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. While there, we presented him with a letter from President Trump expressing the Commander in Chief’s “personal admiration and our Nation’s everlasting gratitude for [his] valiant service during World War II.”
Thank you, Mr. Graziano and all our World War II veterans, for your selfless sacrifice and invaluable service to our Nation. In the words of our President, “Your generation, the Greatest Generation, demonstrates that there is no greater courage than that which burns in the hearts of America’s warriors.”
|Official White House Photos – Tia Dufour
|The Latest on Impeachment
For several weeks now, House Democrats have been holding closed-door impeachment depositions in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the Capitol building - a room designed for secrecy, even though the depositions do not contain any classified information.
These “impeachment inquiry” proceedings have been primarily led by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, spearheading secret interviews, selective leaks, secondhand knowledge, and downright lies about contact with a “whistleblower.”
As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I’m one of a handful of people allowed to participate. But you, the American people, are shut out – along with majority of Congress. There is no real reason why all Members of Congress shouldn’t have access to the impeachment information, especially if they are expected to vote on articles of impeachment in the near future.
I’m confident that Democrats are doing this in order to keep their efforts away from public scrutiny and prevent transparency. By holding hearings cloaked in secrecy, Democrats are able to control the narrative by funneling cherry-picked information to the press. They then point to those leaks and claim that they are impeachable offenses, while at the same time ignoring and concealing any exonerating evidence. It’s a sham – and a shame – from start to finish.
The American people deserve better than made-up claims of collusion, falsified transcripts, secret meetings with a politically-motivated whistleblower, and obscured impeachment plots in the basement of the Capitol.
|A Balancing Act
I’ll be hosting an exciting and informative workshop in Athens next week in conjunction with the Concord Coalition and Mayor Kelly Girtz. “Principles and Priorities” is an interactive budget session that challenges citizens to act as a Member of Congress for a night by reviewing and voting on a range of policy proposals, all while maintaining their legislative priorities. This event is limited to 70 registrants, and my office will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellations.
Anyone interested in participating can register here and learn more about the event on my website. I hope to see folks at the Lay Park Community Center Gymnasium on November 7th!
|October Hice Headliner
|I’m pleased to announce Beverly Powell as our Hice Headliner for the month of October. As a resident of Athens, Mrs. Powell regularly takes the road for the Meals on Wheels program at the Athens Community Council on Aging. She has been delivering hot meals to homes for nearly 15 years – first in Conyers, now in Athens after relocating with her husband about five years ago. Her love for the program all began when her father-in-law, a dedicated volunteer with Meals on Wheels, passed away.
In an effort to carry on his legacy of kindness and generosity, Mrs. Powell goes above and beyond when volunteering, forming personal relationships with the recipients and becoming invested in their lives. We’re certainly lucky to have her as a constituent in the 10th District!
If you know a fellow resident who is making our community a better place to live, reach out to my office at Jessica.Hayes@mail.house.gov to nominate them as a Hice Headliner.
|The Week Ahead
Members of my team will be making a stop in Putnam County tomorrow to meet with constituents who may be having problems with a federal agency. Whether it’s issues dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, or Medicare, my caseworkers have seen it all, and they’re ready to go to bat for you. For more information, visit my website here.
The House will consider the following pieces of legislation this week:
H.R. 4334 - A bill to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2020 through 2024, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Education and Labor.
H.R. 2440 - To provide for the use of funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the purposes for which the funds were collected and to ensure that funds credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used to support navigation, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2548 - To modify eligibility requirements for certain hazard mitigation assistance programs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1306 - To amend the Disaster Recovery Reform Act to develop a study regarding streamlining and consolidating information collection and preliminary damage assessments, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2502 - To amend title 40, United States Code, to require certain prospectuses for public buildings to be made publicly available, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3942 - To apply requirements relating to delivery sales of cigarettes to delivery sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and for other purposes.
H.R. 886 - To direct the Attorney General to establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program.
H.R. 2514 - To make reforms to the Federal Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4067- To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to direct the Office of Community Affairs to identify causes leading to, and solutions for, under-banked, un-banked, and underserved consumers, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1865 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2423 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, giving women in the United States the right to vote.
H.R. 2781 - To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to the health professions workforce, and for other purposes.
H.R. 728 - To amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2115 - To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers.
H.R. 1781 - To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission with access to certain drug payment information, including certain rebate information.
H.R. 1623 - To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for the treatment of payments for child care and other personal use services as an authorized campaign expenditure, and for other purposes.
H.Res. 107 - Establishing the Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program for the placement in offices of Members of the House of Representatives of children, spouses, and siblings of members of the Armed Forces who are hostile casualties or who have died from a training-related injury.
H.R. 4842 - To authorize the Secretary of State to provide funds for a United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4695 - To impose sanctions with respect to Turkey, and for other purposes.
H.Res. 296 - Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide.
H.R. 1373 - To protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2181 - To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico.
H.R. 823 - To provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. For continued updates on my work for you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
|In This Edition
|– A Decisive Mission
– Honoring a Hero in Washington
– The Latest on Impeachment
– A Balancing Act
– October Hice Headliner
– The Week Ahead
Hice on TV
WJBF News Channel 6 at 5:30 (ABC)
Augusta, GA – 11/23
The Republicans demand transparency
Atlanta, GA – 10/23
The Republicans push for open process
Republican lawmakers storm closed-door impeachment session - EWTN News Nightly
EWTN – 10/23
Hice on Impeachment
Hice on the Radio
Atlanta, GA – 10/23
GOP calls for fairness
Isakson, Perdue both sign on to oppose impeachment inquiry
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – 10/25
The president praised the roughly two-dozen House Republicans who flooded a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the deposition of a senior defense official was about to occur, delaying her testimony by five hours. The group of lawmakers, which included three Georgians — U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter of Pooler, Jody Hice of Monroe and Rick Allen of Evans — said Democrats were eschewing transparency by holding hearings behind closed doors. (Hice, as a member of the House Oversight Committee, has been able to participate in the inquiry while it’s being conducted behind closed doors.)
Hice calls on BD to suspend operations
The Walton Tribune – 10/23
Two days after the state asked a Newton County judge to force a temporary shutdown of the plant, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice has called on Becton, Dickinson and Co. to suspend operations in Covington. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday filed a request for a temporary restraining order that would stop BD from operating its medical device sterilization plant in Covington due to an alleged violation of the state Air Quality Act.
Hearing on the Trump Administration's Syria Policy
C-Span – 10/23
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing on the Trump administration’s Syria policy. Experts testified that President Trump’s decision to pull out troops from Syria is “a foreign policy disaster that has plunged Syria further into chaos.” They also testified to the Kurds partnership with U.S. military forces and how U.S. credibility is currently perceived in the region. Among those testifying were Ilhan Ahmed, the co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, and Martin Palmer, a former special forces officer who fought alongside the Kurds.