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U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Hice in the House: Back in Session

Dear Friends,

Congress was full steam ahead during our first week back in session. From marking the 100th day of the Trump Administration to the reveal of his tax reform plan to improvements to our new health care bill, there’s lots of exciting news to share.

On the health care front, significant progress was made with the introduction of the MacArthur Amendment. For weeks, I’ve been working tirelessly with President Trump, Vice President Pence, House Leadership, fellow members of the Freedom Caucus, my colleagues in the Tuesday Group, and other Members of Congress to improve H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act. Our shared goal has always been to repeal and replace Obamacare with a better, more affordable health care plan.

Since health care accounts for almost 1/5th of the American economy, reform proposals have always been contentious and extremely complex. When the original iteration of this bill was introduced back in March, only 17% of Americans supported it and, regrettably, it did not drive down premiums or costs for consumers. Day in and day out, we worked to improve the proposal to dismantle the Obamacare taxes and mandates that have devastated job creators, caused premiums to skyrocket, and limited options for patients and health care providers. And I’m happy to report that with the latest addendum, an amendment authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, I now plan to vote for the bill. Read my full health care update here.

In the House, we voted on a number of legislative items last week, including H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. This legislation, which passed by a vote of 378-48, makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Furthermore, it creates a panel made up of Members of Congress and the Librarian of Congress tasked with submitting a list of qualified individuals to lead the U.S. Copyright Office to the President.

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1694, the Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017, by a vote of 425-0. Following the financial crisis in 2008, the taxpayers through the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of $187.5 billion. This legislation requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac institutions to be subject to the requirements of section 552 of title 5, United States Code, commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), allowing the American people the right to know what these entities are doing with taxpayer dollars.

Saturday was President Trump’s 100th Day in office. Since President Trump took office:

  • Congress passed and the President has signed 28 bills into law. (That’s a bill being signed into law every three days.)
  • 13 of those bills were Congressional Review Acts, known as CRAs. These laws will roll back the last-minute regulations that the Obama Administration put in to place, and they have already saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory cost compliance.
  • President Trump nominated and the Senate confirmed a new Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who is an originalist in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • The Senate has confirmed 25 cabinet nominees, including Georgia’s own Secretary Tom Price as the head of HHS and Secretary Sonny Perdue as the leader of USDA.
  • We have stepped up the fight against the Islamic State, including dropping the “Mother Of All Bombs” on ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, launching 59 cruise missiles against Assad for his horrific war crimes against his own people, and holding strong against a rogue North Korea.
  • We have developed and advanced initiatives to reform our health care system, secure our borders, and overhaul our tax code.

With a renewed focus on returning security and prosperity to our Nation, we are working together to implement tax reform, secure our borders, and jumpstart our economy. As always, I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work for you all to improve our communities and our Nation.

Hice on the Homefront

Before heading back to D.C. last week, I had the opportunity to attend Jacob Allen’s signing ceremony to the United States Air Force Academy. Jacob is a senior on the swim team at Walnut Grove High School and will continue his career as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Men’s Swim Team. An Air Force Academy appointment entitles him to the equivalent of a full undergraduate scholarship including room and board, medical and dental care, and a monthly pay allowance.  Upon graduation, Jacob will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. One of the greatest honors of being your Congressman is celebrating the accomplishments and accolades of some of the 10th District’s best and brightest students. Congratulations Jacob!


Congressman Hice with Jacob Allen and his family at his Service Academy signing ceremony

Later that same day, I spoke with Rotarians at the Covington Rotary Club to provide them with an update on legislative activities in Washington and answer questions from leaders of the community. Thanks for having me!

Meetings in Washington

Wednesday was a busy day of meetings on Capitol Hill. First, I met with Georgia Farm Bureau’s State Director for McDuffie County Skeetter McCorkle, Mrs. Bonnie Duvall, wife of American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau’s State Director for Morgan County Marvin Ruark, and other leaders from the Georgia Farm Bureau. I am extremely proud to be named a “Friend of the Farm Bureau,” and I look forward to working with our new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to implement policies that help our rural and agriculture communities!


Skeetter McCorkle, Bonnie Duvall, and Marvin Ruark presenting Congressman Hice with the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award

Next, I sat down with patient advocates from the Community Oncology Alliance to discuss cancer research and their efforts to raise awareness about this deadly disease. Thank you so much for talking to me about such an important issue.


Community Oncology Alliance

Afterwards, I was very glad to have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Shape America about the importance of physical education, particularly with young students. Keeping active is so important, and I appreciate being able to meet with all of you!


Shape America

Following a committee hearing, I was grateful to talk with the young people from Prince Avenue Christian School who were in Washington on their eighth grade class trip.  Thank you for your insightful questions, and I hope this trip was both fun and educational! If any of you are planning school trips to Washington, be sure to contact my office. I’d love to say hi!


Prince Avenue Christian School
Alzheimer's Awareness

Please join us, in coordination with the Alzheimer’s Association, for an event at the Warren County Senior Citizen Center. This free, informational event will take place on Thursday, May 11th from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  There, I will provide a legislative update, speak with Alzheimer’s patients, families, and caregivers about their experiences with the disease, and lead a question and answer forum for others to share their personal stories.

Many of us are impacted either directly or indirectly by Alzheimer's. My mother was among the many Americans who suffered from this debilitating disease, so I understand the pain of caregivers and their families. If you’d like helpful information about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, I encourage you to join me in Warrenton next week.  

What:  Coffee and Conversation with Congressman Hice
Who:  U.S. Representative Jody Hice, the Alzheimer’s Association, and 10th District residents
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Warren County Senior Citizen Center
48 Warren Street
Warrenton, GA 30828

For more information, please call 706-564-1286.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Registration is not required.

 
Posters on the Hill: Celebrating Student Success

On Wednesday, I welcomed University of Georgia student and Gwinnett County native, Nikhil Gangasani, to Washington. Nikhil was selected as a winner for the 2017 Posters on the Hill competition and presented his research during a two-day event. The annual conference is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to facilitate and promote undergraduate-faculty collaborative research and scholarship efforts. The scientific research conducted by university students, like Nikhil, is an invaluable contribution to our society, and I thank him for sharing his research with me. Like CUR, the University of Georgia believes that the best way to learn a subject is by doing it. Go Dawgs! 


Gwinnett County native Nikhil Gangasani explaining his research to Congressman Hice


Congressman Hice with UGA student Nikhil Gangasani
And the Winner is...

Our community is full of talented young artists that deserve to be recognized. On Saturday, I was once again amazed by the 54 incredible creations made by high school students from across the 10th District of Georgia. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the art teachers and administrators who supported this year’s Congressional Art Competition and thank our schools for placing an emphasis on the arts to encourage the next generation of artistic talent.

Congratulations to Emma Babushkin, a sophomore at Mill Creek High School, for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork, titled “Theodore,” was a graphite sketch, and the judges commended her drawing’s composition, detail to the subject’s anatomy, and depth. Emma received two airline tickets and an invitation to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C., where her artwork will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Rebecca Moye, a student at Loganville Christian Academy, was the recipient of the 2017 People’s Choice Award. Her work was a pencil drawing, entitled “Tropical Majesty,” and will be hung in my Monroe District Office.

I also want to thank the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts for allowing us to use their space for the exhibit, the Monroe Downtown for facilitating the placement of the artwork in Downtown shops and for providing the prizes to the winning students, and Don MacPherson, owner of the Gilded Lily, for the spectacular custom frame he donated. Wonderful events like these are possible when the community comes together. Check out all of this year’s winners below!


Don MacPherson, owner of the Gilded Lily, Emma Babushkin, & Congressman Jody Hice

2nd Place Winner Savannah Lappett and Congressman Hice


3rd Place Winner Nicole LaPia and Congressman Hice

Honorable Mention Cecelia Hasty and Congressman Hice

People’s Choice Winner Rebecca Moye and Congressman Hice

 
The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 910 - Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017
H.R. 1312 - Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act
H.R. 1366 - U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 657 - Follow the Rules Act
H.R. 1242 - 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, as amended
H.R. 1644 - Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, as amended
H.R. 1665 - Disaster Declaration Improvement Act
H.R. 1679 - FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017
H.R. 1678 - To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes, as amended
H.R. 1180 - Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, as amended (Subject to a Rule)
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017

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.

Sincerely, 

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Closing in on health reform
Walton Tribune – 4/29
For weeks, I’ve been working tirelessly with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House leadership, fellow members of the Freedom Caucus, my colleagues in the Tuesday Group and other members of Congress to improve House Resolution 1628, the American Health Care Act. Our shared goal has always been to repeal and replace “Obamacare” with a better, more affordable health care system.

House Freedom Caucus Member Pledges Support For Health Care
One America News Network – 4/28
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Congressman Jody Hice visits Morgan County Elementary
Morgan Citizen County – 4/27
The determination of a local mother and daughter convinced Georgia Republican Congressman Jody Hice to visit Morgan County Elementary School’s (MCES) to observe the special education program firsthand. Hice toured MCES and sat in on special education classes last Wednesday, meeting one-on-one with Emma Elwood, a MCES fifth-grader, and her mother Mandi Yates Elwood, who are worried funding for special education may be cut under the new presidential administration.  Emma, who struggles with dyslexia, is passionate about special education programs. “I want to become a teacher one day to help kids like me with dyslexia learn,” said Emma. “I hope Mr. Hice will help us keep the funding for the program. I hope we can get more money so we all can continue learning and be on the levels we need to be with our education.”

OPINION: Hice: 'I'm accessible to you'
Red & Black – 4/27
Representing you as the Congressman for Georgia’s 10th District is one of the greatest honors of my life. Having the chance to meet you, share our ideas, hear your thoughts and concerns, as well as what’s working well in your lives and then head to Washington D.C. to fight for you are tasks I deeply value. That’s why claims made by groups like Indivisible Georgia and Athens for Everyone that I’m unavailable and inaccessible could not be further from the truth.

Watch the 2017 'Washington – A Man of Prayer' event
World Net Daily – 4/26
This year marked the sixth annual “Washington – A Man of Prayer” service in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, where weekly Christian church services were held from 1800 to 1869. While Ryan opened this year’s event, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., served as honorary hosts. The list of House members who attended included such names as Brian Babin, R-Texas; Jody Hice, Ga.; Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.; Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.; Ralph Abraham, R-La.; Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga.; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Steve King, R-Iowa; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; and Mark Walker, R-N.C. Many of the lawmakers stepped forward to lead the room in prayer.

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