U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Hice on the Homefront

Dear Friends,

With Congress out of session, it was great spending quality time back home in the Tenth District of Georgia. On my schedule was a visit to Augusta University (AU) to discuss its impact on the state’s healthcare and cyber security industries. During the visit, I had the opportunity to see AU’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, where medical students train on high-tech, life-size dummies replicating various medical scenarios in preparation for real life encounters. 

Afterwards, I met with AU President Brooks Keel and Director of Cyber Institute Joanne Sexton to talk about Governor Nathan Deal’s cyber security initiative that he announced in January. The new Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, which will be on AU’s Riverfront Campus, will focus on developing the next generation of cyber workforce through real-world practice, education, public-private collaboration, and interdisciplinary research in the fields of healthcare, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and robotics. As we face increasing challenges in the cyber domain, I’m pleased that AU and the State of Georgia are on the forefront for responding to cyber threats.

Congressman Hice with Justin Owen, AU Director of Simulation Center
 (Photo credit: Augusta University)

Congressman Hice learns firsthand about AU’s simulation center
 (Photo credit: Augusta University)

After a productive stop at Augusta University, I joined Congressman Rick Allen (GA-12), Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, Ten Commandments Georgia President Tom Rush, and local residents to deliver a public display of historical documents to the Columbia County Courthouse. Together, we recognized the importance of educating the public about the history and background of American law. In 2012, Governor Deal signed House Bill 766 into law, authorizing the posting of the Foundations of American Law and Government display in all public buildings for everyone to see and learn.

The historical document display at the Columbia County Justice Center

Congressman Hice greeting a young Georgian in Columbia County

L-R: Ten Commandments Georgia President Tom Rush, Lynda Brown, Congressman Jody Hice, Congressman Rick Allen, and Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross

Next, I toured the International Paper facility in Augusta. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about its operation, including seeing its wood yard and the process by which paper is actually made. Earlier this month, Fortune Magazine named International Paper one of “America's Most Admired Companies” for its ability to attract and retain talented people, quality management, innovation, and long-term investment value. Thanks for having me!

Congressman Hice meeting with International Paper employees

I also visited Central Georgia Technical College’s Milledgeville Campus, where I was briefed by industry leaders about Georgia’s power grid system. As one of the fastest growing states in the Nation, it is critically important that we have the infrastructure to maintain a safe, affordable electrical system. This briefing included an overview of the Department of Homeland Security and FBI’s reports on the cyberattack on the Ukrainian Grid, the dangers of Geomagnetic Disturbances, and Electromagnetic Pulses.     

L-R: Heather Teilhet (VP Government Affairs, Oglethorpe Power), Greg Mullis (VP of Energy Services, Tri-County EMC), Congressman Hice, Thomas Parker (VP External Affairs, Georgia Transmission Corporation), and Raleigh Nobles (VP System Operations, Georgia System Operations Corporation) 

Afterwards, I was thrilled to join local leaders and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County, an organization dedicated to promoting affordable housing in the Tenth District of Georgia. Since 1994, it has built 18 homes benefiting many families in the area. 

Through its efforts, Habitat for Humanity helps make dreams of homeownership a reality for families, building better communities and a better Nation in the process. Thank you for having me!

Congressman Hice speaking with Baldwin County Commissioner Tommy French

Congressman Hice with Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County board members.
L-R: Cathy Chapman, Board President Ed Weimer, Doris Moody, Commissioner Tommy French, Bill McNair, Reverend Janet Cavin, Dr. Kristin English, and Reverend Stephanie Caldwell

Honoring our Veterans

World War II veterans are a group of individuals who have achieved and sacrificed so much, and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. Last week, I had the distinct privilege of hosting a ceremony honoring local members of the greatest generation for their service and sacrifice to our great Nation. In collaboration with Georgia Department of Veteran Services Commissioner Mike Roby and Georgia War Veterans Home State Director Ernie Simons, we presented these heroes with “Ruptured Duck” lapel pins and certificates of special recognition.

It was a true honor to have the opportunity to listen to their stories and give these veterans the recognition they so rightly deserve. A special thank you to all of our World War II veterans and WGXA for covering the phenomenal stories of these incredible men and women.

Congressman Hice presenting a WWII veteran with a certificate of special recognition

Congressman Hice thanking a WWII veteran for his service

Congressman Hice with Georgia War Veterans Home State Director Ernie Simons and Georgia Department of Veteran Services Commissioner Mike Roby

Healthcare Rescue Mission

In case you missed it, I joined several of my colleagues from the Georgia delegation to author an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to explain why and how we're working to implement a patient-centered healthcare system. Below are some of our thoughts:

“As Members of Congress, we work every day to be the voice of Georgians in our Nation’s capital. While we represent different areas, one message we hear as we listen to constituents is resounding: Obamacare has hurt their loved ones and livelihoods, and it must go.

In 2007, President Obama said, ‘I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.’ As many predicted at the time, this has turned out to be an empty campaign promise for Georgia families.”

Click here to read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution piece in its entirety. 

District Connection: FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council

I would like to encourage any 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade students interested in community service or emergency preparedness to apply to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council. As Council members, students have the unique opportunity to meet regularly with FEMA staff as well as participate in local and national emergency preparedness projects.

Completed applications, including two letters of recommendation and academic records, must be submitted to FEMA by March 31, 2017. To learn more, please visit the Youth Preparedness Council website.

The Week Ahead

This week, the House is back in session and will vote on legislation listed below. On Tuesday, President Trump will deliver an address before a Joint Session of Congress. 

H.R. 88 - Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act
H.R. 228 - Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 699 - Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act
H.R. 863 - To facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park, and for other purposes
S. 442 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017
H.R. 1033 - Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act
H.R. 998 - SCRUB Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.J.Res. 83 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness" (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1009 - OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1004 - Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) 

As always, it is an honor to represent 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. 




World War II veterans honored in special ceremony
Union-Recorder - 2/25 
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, along with Georgia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Mike Roby, visited the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville on Thursday afternoon to thank World War II veterans for their service. More than 40 WW II veterans were presented special certificates of appreciation, as well as “The Ruptured Duck” lapel pins for their courageous service to America during time of war. “I never come here without being extremely emotional,” Hice said as he stood outside the entrance of the recreation center at the Georgia War Veterans Home. “These people are heroes. Most of these people never look at themselves as being American heroes, but they are — not only to me, but they are to millions of Americans. I have the utmost respect for our war heroes and particularly those of greatest generation who were in World War II.”

Rep. Jody Hice finds solace in CPAC amid political unrest nationwide
Gray TV Washington News Bureau - 2/24
Hice took the stage just hours after President Trump. He says despite a turbulent political mood across the country, the conference is giving him hope for ideals that matter to conservatives, like the right to life. “Frankly if we don’t defend innocent life, what other issues and liberties are going to be defended in the long haul?” said Hice.

Week in Review: Republicans Talk Obamacare Repeal and Replace Nationwide
Speaker Paul Ryan Press Release – 2/24
The Georgia Republican delegation— Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Jody Hice (R-GA), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rick Allen (R-GA), and Tom Graves (R-GA)—wrote an op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about rescuing the U.S. health care system with ideas from the #BetterWay agenda: “We are going to replace Obamacare with a 21st century health care system that empowers patients.”

Why repeal the Johnson Amendment? There is wisdom in it
Catholic Philly – 2/21
The day before the National Prayer Breakfast, Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Jody Hice introduced a bill (the Free Speech Fairness Act) to amend the ban on endorsements, though not the one on contributions. I’m not sure this is a good idea, though my reasons are probably different from the ones the secular left will advance. The Constitution does not require the Johnson Amendment. Separationists may say that giving churches a tax exemption and letting them participate in political campaigns is a forbidden mixture of church and state.

WWII veterans honored with service pins
WGXA TV – 2/23
Several dozen middle Georgia World War II veterans have a new symbol of their service to America. Congressman Jody Hice took part in an honor ceremony at the Georgia War Veteran's Home in Milledgeville. Veterans watched the documentary "Honor Flight" about a community sending a group of former soldiers on the trip of a lifetime. Forty WWII veterans were presented with honorable service lapel pins which feature an eagle in a ring. Veterans affectionately call it the ruptured duck pin.