U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
A Few Quick Updates
Dear Friends,

Thank you to the more than 3,000 residents who participated in my fifth Telephone Town Hall meeting of the year last Thursday evening. It was an important discussion about the issues most important to you, both on a national and local scale, and I hope more of you can join our next event. Remember, you can always visit my website at hice.house.gov to be added to the call list. The legislative process is ongoing, and your input can help move the needle.

During the conference, I asked two poll questions, and the results are in!

Hice in the House
Our servicemen and women stand on the frontlines to fight our wars and protect our homeland, and it is a top priority of mine to ensure that each and every one of these heroes, whether they are currently on active duty or have served in the past, are taken care of.

Accordingly, I wanted to update you on a bill passed by the House last week that will ultimately improve the healthcare system at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Last Thursday, the House advanced S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, which will address the shortcomings of the VA and curb the retaliatory practices that are known to occur against employees who speak out. I know firsthand just how important the ability to speak freely about the failures of these agencies, without retaliation, is to ensuring accountability in our government. The Whistleblower Protection Act sets standards to protect those who are trying to protect us by bringing attention to the problems they see.

But these standards don’t stop at the VA. They apply to all agencies, government-wide, to address these issues and change them for the better. Providing that starts with ensuring best practices throughout all government agencies.
Committee Action
On Wednesday, I chaired the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security’s hearing to review the government role’s in protecting religious freedom and how it impacts our national security. Click here to watch my opening statement.

Later that afternoon, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing to examine the merits of the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to transfer the background investigation function from Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) back to DOD. Recent reports have shown problems with interim clearance investigations, improper adjudications, and potential reforms to the investigation process. Click here to watch me question Director of Defense Intelligence Gary Reid and Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau Charles Phalen about operation of their agencies.

On Thursday, the Full Committee evaluated the Census Bureau's efforts to redesign and modernize data collection for the 2020 Census. During my line of questioning, I raised concerns about its faulty IT problems and urged the need for improvement. Click here to watch me question Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

District Connection
I’ve always found the citizens of the 10th District to be engaging and active in our communities and take a keen interest in their government. That’s why hearing from you is so important. I encourage constituents to stop by Fishtales in Greene County this Friday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to share your thoughts and ideas on current events. While there, I’ll provide a brief legislative update and will field questions from attendees. For more information about my “Coffee with Your Congressman” event, residents may call my Monroe office at (770) 207-1776.


If you need assistance with a federal agency, members of my staff will be on-hand to help at the Wrightsville-Johnson Chamber of Commerce tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. As always, my team and I stand ready to be your advocate.
This is Newton
Our 2017 job fair was a huge success with over 1,200 participants and 58 vendors in attendance. Check out the short video below produced by the Newton County Office of Economic Development recapping the memorable and successful day.
Hice Staff on the Homefront
Following the shooting incident in June at the GOP Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we have increased security measures for both Congressional members and staff. U.S. Capitol Police and local law enforcement are helping to ensure that we have preventive security measures in place. Last week, the Milledgeville Police Department provided my district staff with firearms safety training, and the information was invaluable. A big thanks to Major John Davis, Officer Eugene McKinney, and Sergeant Nick Reonas for providing instruction to my staff.

The Week Ahead

This week, I’ll be in Dacula and Braselton meeting with students and small business owners. On Friday, I hope you’ll join me in Greene County for my “Coffee With Your Congressman” event.

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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TOP NEWS

Hice on TV
America’s News HQ (Fox News Channel) – 10/15

Congressmen question DoD takeover of security clearance investigations
Military Times – 10/13
“Though DOD has put out a plan for how it would take over investigations, it has yet to issue much in the way of an argument as to why it should do so. There are much clearer reasons for why it should not,” said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga. “The ongoing reform effort could be slowed or abandoned altogether as DoD spends its institutional energy simply recreating what already exists at NBIB.”

More money wanted for next census
Los Angeles Times – 10/15
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) said it appeared officials were repeating the mistakes they made in 2010, when the bureau came close to utilizing new technology but had to switch back to paper-andpencil reporting at the last minute. “We get promises that are never delivered on,” Hice said at the hearing.

Jody Hice to host telephone town hall tomorrow
Red & Black – 10/11
Republican Rep. Jody Hice plans on hosting a live telephone town hall with constituents in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District on Thursday, Oct 12, at 6:15 p.m. Hice will update residents on legislation and local and national affairs during the town hall. The telephone town hall will also give residents the opportunity to pose their questions to the congressman directly. Hice has been the Georgia 10th district representative since 2015 and currently serves on the House Oversight, Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

Hice sends word he will advocate for development
News-Reporter – 10/12
At its regular monthly meeting, the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association (KCBA) board of directors heard a report from Spencer Hogg, a representative speaking for United States Congressman Jody Hice, who said that Hice’s office could advocate for park development.  Hogg’s visit was in response to the KCBA’s request for tracking of its proposals to Federal agencies.

Western Caucus Members Applaud EPA Action to Repeal Obama Administration’s Job-Killing ‘Clean Power Plan’
Congressman Trent Franks – 10/10
“Balancing environmental protection with economic growth is vital for future generations,” said Congressman Hice. “Unfortunately, President Obama’s top-down approach under the Clean Power Plan was deeply flawed and yet another blatant regulatory overreach by his administration. Instead of protecting the public interest, it picked winners and losers, jeopardized jobs, and curbed economic growth. I applaud President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for reversing course, which will ultimately create new jobs and spur the energy sector.”

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