U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Why I Serve You
Dear Friends,

From nominating students to our prestigious Military Service Academies to helping folks who are having problems with federal agencies, I believe the work my team and I do through constituent services is the most important part of my job. With an office in Washington, D.C. and district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson, I’m determined to provide top-notch service, while being accessible to you and your family.

I frequently hear from constituents who need help with federal agencies. While I am not able to override decisions made by these agencies, my casework specialists can submit inquiries to get your questions answered, check on claims, and find solutions to issues with organizations like the Social Security Administration, the Postal Service, the State Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and more. In a district that stretches from Athens to Wrightsville, my staff drives almost a thousand miles a week traveling through multiple counties to make sure they are able to help as many people as possible.

Outside of casework, my team can help arrange White House or Capitol tours, submit a request to purchase a flag to be flown over the Capitol in special recognition of a person or event, support efforts to obtain federal grants, and facilitate unique opportunities for students, just to name a few. As your Representative, I serve as a liaison between you and the federal government to cut through the red tape. I work tirelessly to make sure that your voice is heard, and I have assembled the best team out there to help me do it.

From the bottom of my heart, it is my honor to serve you. If you have questions about any issue with a federal agency or any of the services listed above, I invite you contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4101, my Monroe office at (770) 207-1776, or my Milledgeville office at (478) 457-0007.
Hice in the House
Every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law. As a society, it is our duty to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Last Tuesday, the House, with my strong support, passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would place limitations on elective abortions on fetuses 20 weeks and older. America is one of only seven countries that does not have a 20-week abortion ban. We, as a Nation, should be ashamed to be on this list, alongside the dictatorships of North Korea and China, whose egregious violations of human rights have been well-documented.

I have been a longtime supporter of the right to life, and I’m pleased that both the House and the Trump Administration are making the protection of the sanctity of life a priority of this Congress. H.R. 36 is a step forward for human rights, for compassion, and for the humane treatment of the unborn, and I’m hopeful that additional pro-life legislation, like H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act, and H.R. 586, the Sanctity of Human Life, will be considered as we continue our efforts to defend the defenseless and champion the cause for life.


On Thursday, the House advanced H. Con. Res. 71, the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which outlines reforms to mandatory spending, cuts wasteful programs, and rebuilds our military, while balancing the budget within ten years. Most importantly, it sets the stage for our tax code overhaul efforts by including reconciliation instructions, a special budgetary procedure which only requires 51 votes for a piece of legislation to pass the Senate.

As a legislative body, it is our Constitutional duty to pass a budget resolution that protects and promotes the well-being of our Nation, and I’m pleased to support this conservative policy. While we still have much work to do in reducing our national debt, I believe this is an important step to putting our Nation on a path to prosperity.
Want to grab coffee?
Continuing my community outreach, I’m pleased to announce that my next “Coffee With Your Congressman” event will be Friday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Fishtales in Greene County. These coffees are a great opportunity for me to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and learn about the issues that matter to you. While there, I’ll provide a brief legislative update on current events and will field questions from attendees. Look forward to seeing many of you next Friday.

For more information about “Coffee with Your Congressman,” residents may call my Monroe office at (770) 207-1776.

Productive Talks
On Tuesday, I was happy to welcome representatives from ViewPoint Health, a mental health provider in Newton County, to Washington. This “total care perspective” organization delivers effective behavioral and physical health care options to our community. Thanks for being here!


Congressman Hice meets with representatives from ViewPoint Health

Later that day, I spoke with David Kidd, President of the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards, Inc. (GACSB), to discuss the organization’s efforts to bring community-based and comprehensive public disability services to the region. I was glad to have the chance to speak with you!

GACSB President David Kidd meeting with Congressman Hice in Washington

On Wednesday, I talked timber with Dr. Dale Greene, Dean of the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. I’m always pleased to see a Dawg in D.C., and I had a great time chatting with you about the thriving forestry industry in the 10th District.

Congressman Hice with UGA Dean Dale Greene

The next day, I was also able to meet with members from the Forest Resources Association about the work they’re doing to promote the U.S. wood supply chain from forest landowners to loggers to mill wood procurement workers. These folks are focused on creating safe, efficient, and sustainable forest management and logging operation systems. Grateful for the opportunity to sit down with all of you. 

L to R: Tom Beyer (Director of Government Affairs, Georgia Forestry Association), Thomas Trembath (Southern Operations Manager, Forest Investment Associates), Congressman Hice, Tim Lowrimore (Manager of Public Affairs, Interfor), David Harrelson (Senior Vice President, St. Joe Timberland Company), and Chad Lincoln (Regional Investment Forester, Forest Investment Associates)

Then on Friday, once I was back home in Georgia, I sat down with several constituents for one-on-one and small group meetings to discuss issues with which they were personally concerned. If you’re interested in setting up a similar meeting for yourself, please head to my website here to request a meeting.

Congressman Hice meeting with Austin Cosper, the State of Georgia’s 2017 Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador

Congressman Hice meeting with Sean Larson in his Monroe District Office
Don't Miss Out
Each year, I am fortunate enough to nominate several bright, young students from the 10th District for appointments to our country’s most prestigious service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. I am incredibly proud of all our servicemen and women, and I am overjoyed to have the privilege of participating in this process. If you are considering applying to a service academy, or know an interested 10th District student who wants more information, please encourage them to visit my website or call my academy director, Carolyn Dallas, at (706) 201-5968 for more information. Applications and all necessary documents must be submitted to my Monroe District Office by Friday, October 13th at 5 p.m.

On the casework front, I know navigating through the bureaucratic red tape of federal agencies can be frustrating, and it is my goal to streamline that process for 10th District residents. If you need assistance with a federal agency, take advantage of these opportunities to meet one-on-one with my staff to get help.

Tomorrow, my team will set up shop at Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners Office in Lexington, and the following week, they’ll be in Wrightsville hosting a Mobile Office Hour at the Wrightsville-Johnson Chamber of Commerce.
 The Week Ahead

On Thursday, October 12th, I’ll be hosting a Telephone Town Hall at approximately 6:15 p.m. With so much going on currently before Congress, fostering thoughtful discussion, where my constituents and I can talk about the issues of the day, is of the utmost importance. I value any opportunity to hear from 10th District residents, and I look forward to speaking with many of you during Thursday’s conversation. To RSVP, please click here.

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

H.R. 294 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2700 Cullen Boulevard in Pearland, Texas, as the Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya Post Office Building"
H.R. 452 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 324 West Saint Louis Street in Pacific, Missouri, as the "Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office"
H.R. 1858 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office"
H.R. 2254 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2635 Napa Street in Vallejo, California, as the "Janet Capello Post Office Building"
H.R. 2302 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, New Jersey, as the "Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. Post Office"
H.R. 2464 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the "John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post Office"
S. 1617 - To designate the checkpoint of the United States Border Patrol located on United States Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, as the “Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint”
H.R. 2105 - NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2763 - The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017, as amended
S. 190 - Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act
S. 920 - National Clinical Care Commission Act
H.R. 378 - Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2196 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients.
H.R. 2229 - All Circuit Review Act
H.R. 2989 - Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, as amended
H.R. 3031 - TSP Modernization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3243 - FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017
S. 585 - Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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!

Sincerely, 

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Reaching out to community as your U.S. congressman
Walton Tribune – 10/7
One of my most important responsibilities as your Congressman is to be an advocate for you when you encounter problems dealing with a federal agency. That assistance may come in the form of a mediator, a red-tape cutter, or even an expediter. Most often, my staff and I help 10th District residents with Social Security claims, federal disability filings, Internal Revenue Service headaches, veterans’ benefits and immigration requests.

Former presidents no longer need taxpayers to give them millions of dollars
Washington Examiner – 10/4
Reform legislation has been introduced in the House by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., as H.R. 3739, and in the Senate by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, as S. 1791. The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017 would limit the pension a president could receive to $200,000 annually, with the amount being indexed to inflation. It would also limit the annual allowance for office space and other expenses to $500,000 for the first five years, reduced to $350,000 for the next five years, and down to $250,000 per year afterwards. The act would reduce this allowance dollar for dollar by the amount that a president's adjusted gross income exceeds $400,000. The bill would leave intact current healthcare benefits and Secret Service protection (costs for which are classified.)

Federal officials weigh in on Las Vegas shooting
Covington News – 10/2
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., issued this statement through his office late Monday: “Dee Dee and I are deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all those impacted by this senseless act of evil. As we grieve, may God provide comfort and relief to all those suffering. The heroic actions taken by the Las Vegas Metropolitan first responders, law enforcement, medical personnel, and off-duty officers saved so many lives, and I’m thankful for their continued service. In the face of this cowardly act, Americans everywhere must stand united as one. Tragedy reveals the worst and the best of humankind, and I’m grateful for all of the everyday heroes who helped others and showed us the goodness and light in the world.”

Constitution Day Parade 2017
Georgia Military College – 10/2
Congressman Jody Hice was the guest speaker at Georgia Military College's 2017 Constitution Day Parade.

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