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

Hice on the Homefront

Dear Friends,

Happy belated Mother’s Day to the mothers and grandmothers throughout the 10th District, especially to my beautiful wife, Dee Dee, and my two daughters, Anna and Sarah!

Last week was a busy one, and I thoroughly enjoyed being home for the district work period. On Tuesday, I attended the signing ceremony for Wyatt Galloway, a senior at Piedmont Academy who will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis starting this summer. It is my belief that the young men and women who receive appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are among of the brightest in the country, and I cannot wait to see how they will serve our Nation. Congratulations, Wyatt! 

Congressman Hice joins Wyatt Galloway at Piedmont Academy for his signing ceremony to the U.S. Naval Academy

Congressman Hice congratulating Wyatt on his accomplishments 

Following the signing ceremony, I met with Jasper County community and industry leaders to discuss ways to bring broadband access to rural areas and the latest on health care reform. Then, I spoke with Rotarians at the Jackson-Butts County Rotary Club to provide a legislative update and address the needs of our communities. Thanks for having me! 

Congressman Hice speaks with Rotarians in Butts County

Later that day, I toured the American Woodmark’s manufacturing plant in Jackson, Georgia. This location has manufactured more than 22 million kitchen and bath cabinets and works with independent dealers and distributors, such as Lowe’s and The Home Depot. At Woodmark, I saw the process of assembling cabinets and discussed its direct economic impact on the local community. Thanks for the tour! 

Congressman Hice learns about assembling cabinets at American Woodmark

Congressman Hice watching demonstration

Congressman Hice with American Woodmark employees

On Thursday, I started my morning in Warrenton with 10th District constituents and Alzheimer's Association representatives for a “Coffee and Conversation.” With more than five million Americans over the age of 65 living with this debilitating disease, supporting Alzheimer’s care and treatment means we’re not only supporting Americans who have the disease and those who care for them, but it also means we’re caring for the future of this country. I was heartened by the stories residents shared with me, and I look forward to encouraging innovation that drives discovery.

Congressman Hice greets event attendees

Congressman Hice speaking with Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Congressman Hice highlights the importance of caring for our loved ones during Alzheimer’s awareness event

Next, I joined the Georgia Forestry Commission for its “Tree Farm Field Day” in Washington. As a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I know just how important forestry is to our community, contributing nearly $84 million to the economy of the 10th District alone. At the event, I spoke with landowners about my work to reduce stifling federal regulations, the ongoing Tri-State Water Wars, and trade. It was also great to hear from experts in the field about timber management, water quality, turkey management, and forest education. Thanks for having me! 

Congressman Hice addresses the crowd

Congressman Hice meets with event attendee

Congressman Hice greets landowner in Washington, Georgia

On Friday, I met with constituents from the open to close of business in my Monroe District Office, and I want to thank each of you for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me. Together, we will help make the 10th District an even better place to call home! 

The Means Report

From the overhaul of Obamacare to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, there is plenty of news to share. Last week, I sat down with Brad Means on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to discuss what is happening in D.C., in the 10th District, and across America. Watch my interview on the Means Report here

#BackTheBlue: National Police Week

This week marks National Police Week. Our law enforcement officers understand firsthand the unwavering dedication and daily sacrifice it takes in order to protect and serve our communities. I would like to thank all of the patriots across the 10th District who honorably stand strong in defense of America and her citizens, and I encourage you to join me in reflecting on the service and sacrifice of all those who have been killed in the line of duty. 

I-85 Reopens!

In Gwinnett County related news, I’m pleased to announce that I-85 is now up and running! After only about six weeks, the Georgia Department of Transportation has reopened northbound and southbound lanes far ahead of schedule following the unfortunate fire. This is great news for all Atlanta commuters, and I’m incredibly impressed by GDOT, Governor Deal, and C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. for their around-the-clock dedication to reopening these vital roads. Thank you so much for your efficiency and your effectiveness!

The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 510 - Rapid DNA Act of 2017
H.R. 1892 - Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
H.R. 1428 - American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1616 - Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2266 - Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017
H.R. 984 - Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017
H.R. 194 - Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017
H.R. 195 - Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017
H.R. 653 - Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 2227 - MGT Act, as amended
H.R. 2169 - Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act, as amended
H.R. 2213 - Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2281 - Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1177 - Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act
H.R. 2154 - To rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, as amended
H.R. 672 - Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. 145 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America, as amended
H.R. 1677 - Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 115 - Thin Blue Line Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1039 - Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Visit my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more updates about my work in Washington on your behalf.




Hice on TV
The Means Report, Part 1 (WJBF Augusta) – 5/14
The Means Report, Part 2 (WJBF Augusta) – 5/14
The Means Report, Part 3 (WJBF Augusta) – 5/14

GOP religious freedom bill restores free speech, not 'dark money'
The Hill – 5/9
Congressional Republicans are not calling for a full repeal of the Johnson Amendment. In fact, Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.), who served briefly as chairman for purposes of the hearing, introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), in order to roll back a problematic part of the Johnson Amendment. The idea behind the Free Speech Fairness Act is to restore the First Amendment freedom of speech to pastors and other 501(c)(3) organizations’ leaders, while ensuring churches and other non-profits do not become about “dark money” or transition into political action committees. The Free Speech Fairness Act is all about speech. It does not allow 501(c)(3) organizations to begin purchasing political campaign ads, or to otherwise create a cash flow of “dark money” for politicians.

Wyatt Galloway To Attend Naval Academy
Monticello News – 5/11
Wyatt Galloway, a senior at Piedmont Academy, Tuesday signed a letter to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Congressman Jody Hice was in town to extend the appointment to Mr. Galloway. Appointments are actual invitations to attend an Academy. In other words, an appointment is an offer of admission.

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice speaks to Butts County Rotarians
Jackson Progress-Argus – 5/11
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., was the guest speaker at the Jackson-Butts County Rotary Club meeting May 9. Hice represents the 24-county 10th District that includes Butts County. A member of the Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group, Hice discussed the Congressional Review Act, health care and the federal budget. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to repeal new regulations issued by federal agencies, Hice said. After rules are submitted, Congress has 60 legislative days to repeal them. The 115th Congress is looking at what Hice called “midnight rules” imposed by former President Barack Obama.

Georgia leaders call for enforcing Open Skies to protect U.S. jobs
Delta News Hub – 5/9
Today, leading members of Georgia’s business community and the top political figures in the state released letters calling for action against major violations of international trade deals by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. These two Gulf nations have funneled more than $50 billion in subsidies to their state owned airlines – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – violating Open Skies agreements and skewing the industry’s competitive playing field. These subsidies threaten over 1.2 million American aviation jobs and would have a particularly harmful impact in Georgia, where commercial aviation sustains more than 114,000 jobs and drives more than $17 billion in commercial activity.