BACK TO WORK
Dear Friends,

I strongly believe it is important for Congress to fully get back to work and set an example for the rest of the country. That requires us as individuals to be responsible and take the proper actions necessary for the health and safety of those around us.

Last week was one of these moments. Out of an abundance of caution, I entered a quarantine after coming into contact with an individual who had developed COVID-19 symptoms and was awaiting test results. Fortunately, those test results came back negative and the individual has since fully recovered.

Separately, I also had three brief interactions with my friend and colleague Rep. Louie Gohmert, who has since tested positive for coronavirus. Upon further examination, Congress’s Attending Physician believes these encounters were low risk and did not require a precautionary quarantine.

After consulting with the Attending Physician, I am happy to share that I have been released from quarantine and cleared to return to work. I look forward to representing my fellow Georgians in Washington this week!


STIMULUS NEGOTIATIONS

As you may have heard, talks are ongoing in Washington to pass a fourth coronavirus package to stimulate the economy and extend expiring provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, which Congress enacted in March. One such provision is the extra $600 per week provided by the federal government to boost unemployment benefits for those laid-off during the shutdown.

Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats have already rejected several offers from the White House and Senate Republicans to reach an agreement. The negotiations are still underway, and I recommend following my social media accounts for updates.


CLOCK TICKING FOR TIKTOK

Many of you may be familiar with the popular social media app TikTok, a platform that enables users to share short videos. What you may not know is that the app collects a huge amount of data from users and grants its Beijing-based parent company ByteDance full access to your smartphone’s audio, video, GPS location, and other personal information.

Over the last year, the Trump Administration has been assessing the national security risks posed by TikTok and launched an investigation into whether the app’s parent company shares customer information with the Communist Chinese government.

Due to these security concerns, earlier this summer, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced legislation to prevent federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices. I am proud to say that I am an original cosponsor of the House bill that has since been included in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. All federal employees and military personnel are now prohibited to use TikTok on government smartphones. We cannot allow government technology to be used as a launchpad for Chinese espionage operations.

On August 2nd, President Trump went a step further by banning the Chinese-owned social media platform so that TikTok cannot be used in the United States, period. However, the President has granted a 45-day window so that TikTok may be sold to an American company – thereby closing the door to Chinese intelligence.

I spoke with One America News (OAN) with Alex Salvi last night to discuss the threat this app poses to our national security. Click here to watch my interview.


CORONAVIRUS TESTING LOCATIONS

On Monday, August 10, Community Health Care Systems (CHCS) will be hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site from 10 am until 2 pm. Testing will take place at the Warrenton clinic located at 1008 Atlanta Highway. Patients should call 1-844-552-2427 to schedule their time-slot. Patients do not have to show signs of COVID-19 to be tested. Testing is free of charge and results come back in 3-4 days.

For those in need of a quicker turnaround, rapid tests are available and provide results in 15-20 minutes. However, these rapid tests are limited to first responders or patients showing severe symptoms.

If Warrenton is too far away, you can find other COVID-19 testing sites by clicking here.


SERVICE ACADEMY DAY

Students, mark your calendars for August 29th, and make sure to RSVP before space fills up! My team and I will be hosting a Service Academy Day at Georgia Military College in Milledegeville. Service Academy Day is an annual event that brings together representatives from the United States Military, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine academies. This event is an important opportunity to ask questions as you embark on an exciting journey to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces. 

Here’s what one student, Margaret Curran, had to say who went on to receive an academy appointment: “I wanted to thank you and Honorable Jody Hice for today's Academy Day. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions about the nomination process. I am looking forward to corresponding with you in the upcoming weeks while I complete the nomination packet.”  Margaret is now a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Congratulations, Maggie!

Please note that because of social distancing requirements, we are limited to how many people may attend the event. Every person who plans to come – parents, teachers, students, and siblings – must sign up beforehand. To register, send an email to GA10Noms@mail.house.gov by Tuesday, August 25th. Click here for all the details.

 

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW
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As always, I’m humbled to serve you in Congress, and my team and I are here to help. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,

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BACK TO WORK
STIMULUS NEGOTIATIONS
CLOCK TICKING FOR TIKTOK
CORONAVIRUS TESTING LOCATIONS
SERVICE ACADEMY DAY
DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW
 
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