U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Thankful to Serve You
Dear Friends,

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping 10th District folks through various constituent services. Too often, my team and I hear from residents who are struggling with the rules and regulations of federal agencies and discouraged by its agonizingly slow process. Examples of federal matters include inquiries relating to Social Security and Medicare claims, disability filings, IRS problems, and veterans’ benefits – among others.

This year, I’m pleased that my office has already helped thousands of constituents sift through the gridlock. Although we cannot guarantee the success of your claim, we promise to be your advocate and do everything we can to help you get answers to your questions.

My office up in Washington can also provide you with a number of services, including arranging tours of the city’s favorite attractions, like White House and the U.S. Capitol Building! Whether part of a family vacation, a school trip, or a weekend getaway, we’ve facilitated some 140 White House tours and more than 300 Capitol tours so far in 2017.

Rest assured, we stand ready to help you in any way, and I’m thankful to serve those who are seeking help. I encourage you to go to my website for a full list of services that my office and I can offer to you and your family.

Help For Heroes
Joining the military means taking a vow to put country before self. It is an act that turns ordinary people into heroes and requires the greatest bravery and the strongest humility. It is an act of love and passion for America. Because of their pledge, I am committed to supporting improved care for our patriots and their families.

At every turn, my team and I aggressively pursue opportunities to assist our Nation’s veterans in overcoming the battles they face every day. Earlier this month, I hosted a veterans’ appreciation event with Senator David Perdue’s office and Jefferson County in order to personally thank our brave men and women for their service to our country. During the event, I was grateful to meet many local veterans, including Mr. James Brooks, a Marine who was able to get assistance from my office after his initial request was denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). With a smile on his face, he declared, “This is the first time I’ve ever had a politician help me.”

Through meaningful veterans-related measures being signed into law this year, such as the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act and the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, I am hopeful that these changes will make a big difference in the lives of veterans nationwide, like Mr. Brooks. I’m proud to serve the people who have served America, and I will continue to fight for the benefits they deserve and have earned. Today and every day, we rally for their success and thank them for securing our freedom.

Deputy Chief of Staff Jessica Hayes speaking with James Brooks

James Brooks with his letter stating that his medical bills had been paid in full
Upcoming Assistance Events
In an ongoing effort to provide top-notch constituent services, my staff regularly hosts Mobile Office Hours throughout the region to make our services more convenient and accessible to you.

In December, my team will set-up shop at the Morgan County Board of Commissioners in Madison and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro. A constituent service representative will be at each of the following locations:

Monday, December 11, 2017
Morgan County Board of Commissioners
Commission Meeting Room
9:30 am-12:30 pm
150 E. Washington St.
Madison, GA 30650

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Greene County Chamber of Commerce
111 North Main Street
Greensboro, GA 30642

White House Fellowship Opportunities
The 2018-2019 White House Fellowship application is still now open for submissions. Founded in 1964, this highly competitive program is a unique leadership and public service opportunity. The fellowship term runs from August 2018 to August 2019. To be eligible, all applicants must be United States citizens and have completed their undergraduate education. The selection criteria includes:
  • A record of remarkable early-career professional achievement;
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal Government; and
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Applications are due to the White House by January 10, 2018, at 5:59 p.m. EST. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, including details about the fellowship, its history, and the selection process, please visit: www.whitehouse.gov/participate/fellows. Any questions regarding the White House Fellows program can be directed to whitehousefellows@who.eop.gov.
 The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 2768 - Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act
H.R. 2615 - Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017
H.R. 1491 - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3115 - Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 995 - 21st Century Respect Act, as amended
H.R. 2228 - Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. ____ - Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress, and for other purposes
H.R. 3905 - Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3017 - Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 4182 - Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1699 - Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing 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. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of upcoming events!




Passing landmark tax, job laws
Walton Tribune – 11/22
For months now, tax relief and tax reform have been front and center in Congress, and this week, we moved it one step closer toward the finish line. On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to simplify and modernize our unwieldy tax code. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain some of the ways that this new bill will help folks in Georgia, in addition to some of the amendments I’ve been fighting to include in the tax package. With key provisions like doubling the standard deduction, vastly decreasing the small business tax rate and increasing the Child Tax Credit, this measure works to give hardworking families a leg up.

Move for freer political speech divides Georgia’s religious community
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 11/23
For Athens-based Congressman Jody Hice, the fight over the Johnson Amendment is personal. The second-term Republican dove into politics for one of the first times in 2008, when as the head minister at Barrow County’s Bethlehem First Baptist Church he joined three-dozen other religious leaders to endorse John McCain’s presidential bid from the pulpit. The move was designed to trigger a legal fight with the IRS. “Every election cycle I would receive threatening letters that I could be sued, that my church could be sued, that we could lose tax-exempt status if I addressed certain issues,” Hice said. The letters from secular groups were “very official, very intimidating, very frightful.”

Jody Hice visits local area, unveils historical displays
McDuffie Progress – 11/23
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice traveled to McDuffie and Warren County to speak with his constituents and be a part of dedicating two historical document installations. Hice spoke to constituents at the McDuffie County Farm Bureau on Nov. 17.  “There’s a lot going on in Washington today,” Hice said. “You see it in the news. It’s a pretty bizarre place to be.”

What we’re talking about around the Thanksgiving table
House Republicans – 11/22
Because it makes us happy, we’ll be talking about all the cute family pictures Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) shared with the world this year.

Lawmakers to Trump: Stop Stalling on Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Washington Free Beacon – 11/21
"The upcoming deadline is the right time to enforce the Jerusalem Embassy Act," the lawmakers write. "We are encouraged by the promise you made after the first waiver deadline of your administration in June 2017—that it is a question of when, not if, you will choose to relocate the embassy—and we hope to see your promise fulfilled this December." Other signers of the letter include: Reps. Brian Mast (R. Fla.), James Comer (R., Ky.), Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), Glenn Grothman (R., Wis.), Jody Hice (R., Ga.), Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), Dennis Ross (R., Fla.), and Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.).

GPO – 11/16
On October 31, 2017, Representative James Comer (R–KY) introduced H.R. 4182, the Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act of 2017, with Representative Mark Meadows (R–NC) and Representative Jody Hice (R–GA). H.R. 4182 was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Committee considered H.R. 4182 at a business meeting on November 2, 2017, and ordered the bill favorably reported by a recorded vote of 19 to 17.