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

About Last Week...

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard, last week was an eye-opening experience following Wednesday's cowardly attack on the GOP Congressional baseball team's practice in Alexandria, Virginia. My friend, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, a Congressional aide to Representative Roger Williams, and the Director of Government Relations for Tyson Foods, Matt Mika, were all injured in the appalling act of partisan hate. Although the differences between Democrats and Republicans may seem immeasurably vast, we must not let our differing views lead us down a dark path of violence.

Because Congressman Scalise is a member of the House leadership, he is assigned a security detail of Capitol Police, who although injured were able to incapacitate the shooter within minutes. Had it not been for these heroes, the situation could have been far worse.

And while the ambush was horrifying, there was tremendous bravery shown by our law enforcement officers. On Thursday, the House passed House Resolution 385 recognizing these special agents and local law enforcement for their quick, life-saving response. I am thankful more and more for the U.S. Capitol Police and their service in keeping Members of Congress, our staff, and our visitors safe.

I also want to send my heartfelt condolences to the families of Sergeants Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica, who were fatally shot by two fugitives in Putnam County last Tuesday. Both of these slain officers will be remembered as dedicated public servants devoted to their loved ones.

Events like last week’s serve as humble reminders of the valor displayed by our law enforcement each and every day. May God bless all of our men and women in blue. As Congressman Scalise and Mr. Mika remain in serious condition, and all those impacted by Wednesday’s attack continue to heal, I ask that you please keep them and their entire families in your prayers in the days ahead.


Republican and Democratic Members of Congress pray together before the annual Congressional Baseball Game last Thursday

Hice in the House

Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices, willingly putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our freedoms. Unfortunately for too long, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has fostered a culture of complacency, and our heroes are not receiving the care they have earned or deserve. Last week, we took action to restore accountability at the VA with the House passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Whistleblower Protection Act. This measure builds on earlier reforms by empowering the VA Secretary with the authority to quickly remove, demote, or suspend VA employees – from executives to rank-and-file – for poor performance or misconduct, expanding critical whistleblower protections, and appointing permanent medical VA directors.

The legislation also contains a number of other provisions to hold employees accountable, including:

  • Streamlining the ability of the Secretary to recoup bonuses and awards for bad actors;
  • Authorizing the Secretary to reduce an employee’s pension if they are convicted of a felony that influenced their job performance;
  • Requiring the VA to evaluate supervisors based on the protection of whistleblowers;
  • Incentivizing managers to report poor performance and misconduct among employees by requiring the VA secretary to include this as part of the annual performance plan; and
  • Prohibiting relocation expenses to employees who abuse the system.
The commitment of our nation’s veterans is undeniable, and our commitment to them must be the same. I’m pleased that this vital legislation passed the House and Senate and is now headed to the President’s desk for his signature.
 
Summer Advisory

With the official start of summer right around the corner and lots of us heading to pools, lakes, and beaches, it’s important that we remember water safety. There were more than 200 drowning-related deaths in Georgia alone last year. In order to help keep your family and community safe this summer, I encourage you to follow the Georgia Department of Natural Resources summer advisory, SPLASH.


For more information, please click here.
Georgians in D.C. 
In the midst of last week’s tragedy, I was lucky enough to meet with so many Georgians, including Boy Scout Troop 537 of Watkinsville, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, the Hoeppel family of Evans, representatives from the Georgia Chemistry Council, and the Bowen family of Washington, Georgia.


Congressman Hice with Boy Scout Troop 537

Congressman Hice greets Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on the Capitol steps

Congressman Hice with the Hoeppel family of Evans

Congressman Hice meeting with Georgia Chemistry Council representatives

Michael and Nathan Bowen earned a top spot at this year’s National History Day with their impressive project on General Billy Mitchell, and they have distinguished themselves through their hard work and commitment to learning. I am extremely proud of everything they’ve accomplished so far, and I’m honored to have these young gentlemen in the 10th District of Georgia.


Michael and Nathan Bowen at their display in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Congressman Hice congratulates the Bowen family

 
THIS WEDNESDAY: Grants and Small Business Workshop
Join my staff this Wednesday, June 21st for my annual Grants and Small Business Workshop at the Tarbutton Business Development Center at Oconee Fall Line Technical College. This free informational session is an opportunity for you to network with state and federal agencies, while hearing valuable feedback for your business or project. At the event, attendees will learn strategies to grow your small business, secure economic development funds, and apply for federal grants. This event is open to the public. For more information, please click here.

What: Grants & Small Business Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Ben J. Tarbutton Business Development Center
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082

 
The Week Ahead
On Thursday, June 22nd, I’ll be hosting a Telephone Town Hall at approximately 6:00 p.m. With a district as geographically widespread as the 10th, these forums are a modern and effective way to connect with the maximum amount of residents, where we can discuss the best path forward for our community and talk about the critical challenges facing our nation. I value the opportunity to hear from my constituents, and I look forward to speaking with many of you on Thursday. To RSVP, please click here.

The House will consider the following pieces of legislation this week:

H.R. 2847 - Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act
H.R. 2866 - Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, as amended
H.R. 1551 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities
H.R. 2742 - Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act
H.R. 2834 - Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act, as amended
H.R. 2857 - Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act, as amended
H.R. 2484 - Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017
H.R. 2132 - Traveler Redress Improvement Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 625 - REPORT Act, as amended
H.R. 2131 - DHS FIRM Act, as amended
H.R. 2283 - DHS MORALE Act, as amended
H.R. 1282 - DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2190 - Streamlining DHS Overhead Act, as amended
H.R. 1393 - Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017
H.R. 1873 - Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act
H.R. 2353 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
H.R. 1654 - Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2842 - Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) 

As always, I want to hear from 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.

Sincerely, 

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TOP NEWS

Fox Business (Lou Dobbs) – 6/14
WJBF ABC (Augusta) – 6/15
WMAZ CBS (Macon) – 6/14

Hice, staff safe after shooting
Walton Tribune – 6/14
Walton County’s representative wasn’t on the scene when shots broke out a practice for a congressional baseball game. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, as were police officers and congressional aides. In a tweet, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., noted the “horrifying news” and urged for prayers for Scalise, Capitol police and others.

Only three Georgia U.S. House members sign on to help official English legislation in Washington D.C.
Macon Telegraph – 6/12
The official English bill currently has more 43 co-sponsors, but only three from Georgia. Imagine a campaign speech in which a candidate for Congress tells you, “If I go to Washington to represent you, I promise to do nothing to help unify our nation with official English…” Reps. Barry Loudermilk, Jody Hice and Doug Collins, have signed on to the bill. We can’t help but wonder what reasons any lawmaker would have for not supporting English as our official language, and we take a particular interest in hearing from readers who ask their own congressmen why they haven’t co-sponsored this common sense measure.

HICE: RELEASE ENERGY DEPT DOLLARS FOR UGA
WGAU Radio – 6/14
10th District Congressman Jody Hice is calling on the US Department of Energy to release grant money earmarked for the University of Georgia: UGA and Penn State University received the $7 million grant from the Department of Energy through a Cooperative Agreement in January, and the funding for the project was initially set to be released on May 1. In April, the Trump Administration imposed a freeze on the Energy Department grants and contracts pending a further review.

Thin blue line keeps holding
Walton Tribune – 6/17
Every American law enforcement officer — police, sheriffs, detectives, deputies, other first responders — makes a promise to this country. They will fight to their last breath to keep our country and communities safe. We see example after example of them running into danger for strangers. They stand between order and chaos, and they always answer the call.  Recent events in Putnam County, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia, are examples of this commitment. Each and every day, they walk out the doors of their homes to protect and serve our families at the risk of not returning to theirs.

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