|Hice in the House
With Congress returning to Washington last week, instead of focusing on important legislation, like the enacting a new trade deal or securing our border, the Democrats chose to propose highly-restrictive energy bills in a nod to their Green New Deal agenda, work to restrict our Second Amendment rights, and continue their false impeachment crusade.
What we see in Washington – partisan bickering, senseless investigations, and policy stalemates – is an example of the stark contrast between the right and the left today. However, my focus as your Representative in Congress is to work on behalf of the people of the 10th District, and I will continue to serve as a strong supporter and vocal advocate for our shared values and principles to make sure our priorities are being addressed.
As we marked the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks last Wednesday, I will always remember that, out of the rubble, destruction, and despair, rose an American flag – an unyielding sign of hope. Hand in hand, we demonstrated the unbreakable spirit and resolve of the American people. Let us never forget the promises we made as a country: We will always stand united.
Last week both the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) and the House Natural Resources Committee delved into some important issues, from reducing bureaucratic barriers to maintaining the integrity of our cybersecurity. On Tuesday, I started the day with a Natural Resources full committee hearing on the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from Washington, D.C. to Colorado.
Too many of our federal agencies are located within the Washington beltway, often far away from the people whose lives will be most impacted by the decisions being made. Particularly when it comes to the BLM, which works in large part managing Western lands, it just makes sense for the unit to be located on the ground there. It’s expected that this one, simple move will save the taxpayers millions of dollars through reduced property costs, travel, and cost-of-living payments. These are the kind of practical changes that this Administration is making across the board, and I’m proud to support it. Click here to watch me question William Pendley, the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the BLM.
As some of you may know, for months, Republicans have been urging Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to bring H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to the House Floor. This straightforward and compassionate bill would ensure that babies born alive after a botched abortion could not be denied care and left to die. Unfortunately, more than 80 times, House Democrats have rebuffed the consideration of this bill. Not only that, but Democratic leadership has also refused to allow a committee hearing on this important topic. On Tuesday, conservatives from across the House held our own hearing to investigate the horrors of these failed abortions. Click here to learn more about the importance of passing this life-saving bill.
Later that same that afternoon, the COR Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine our cyber infrastructure and how it affects national and personal security. Our lives are increasingly dependent on the internet, whether it’s social media or healthcare, which makes it all the more important that we ensure the security of our online systems. Click here to watch my opening statement on the topic and here to watch me question experts like Edwin Wilson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy at the Department of Defense on this important topic.
Finally, on Wednesday, the COR Subcommittee on Civil Rights held yet another hearing on this Administration’s supposed maltreatment of immigrants at the border, examining a healthcare policy that was never actually enacted. Democrats’ continued push to ignore and misdiagnose our immigration crisis is only leading to its exacerbation. Their political posturing and demonization of our border patrol agents is causing enhanced hostility and lowered morale. Click here to watch me speak on this national emergency with Thomas Homan, former Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
|Jobs Near You
If you’re a local job seeker, I’ve got good news for you. The third annual Regional Job Fair is right around the corner! Join us on October 4th for a full and exciting career day for both the community and our industry partners. Hosted by the Economic Development Offices of Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, and Walton counties at Gwinnett Piedmont Technical College, this year’s event will showcase dozens of vendors and hundreds of employment opportunities for job seekers. In the last five years alone, Newton County’s unemployment rate has dropped by more than 5%, and our local economy just keeps growing.
The opportunities are endless, and I encourage anyone looking for a job or a change in career to come by, take a look at what’s available, and even drop off a few resumes. New this year is an application prep station for mentors to help with mock interviews, resume support, and job placement, as well as an “Upgrade Your Look” section to provide professional clothing and help you make a good first impression. Having a job is more than just a paycheck, it’s an opportunity to take care of your family and build a brighter future, and I encourage folks to stop by Gwinnett Piedmont Technical College on October 4th to see what opportunity awaits you.
|Red Flags on Red Flags Laws
An important aspect of the broader debate over what to do about violent mass crime is the question of gun control. As we continue this discussion, Congressman Ted Budd, a gun store owner from North Carolina, joins the Freedom Caucus Podcast to discuss the importance of the Second Amendment and how some “red flag laws” have become an unconstitutional tactic to confiscate firearms. Folks can listen to this episode of the Freedom Caucus Podcast on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts.
|The Spirit of Service
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Georgia's top youth volunteers of the year! Through November 5th, students in grades 5 through 12 can apply for national recognition, scholarships, and more through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Since 1995, the program has honored more than 130,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level. Interested volunteers must complete the online application by November 5, 2019, and then submit them to their school principals or to the head of one of these officially designated local organizations: a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member. Top honorees will earn a cash award and all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees will also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Click here to learn more details about the award.
|The Week Ahead
To better serve the needs of 10th District residents, this week, my staff will be on hand in Oglethorpe and Lincoln counties to hear your concerns and assist with any issues you might have with Veterans Affairs, FEMA, Social Security, the IRS, or any other federal agencies. Click here for more information on times and locations.
Later in the week, the House will consider the following pieces of legislation:
H.R. 2211 - To require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a consumer product safety rule for free-standing clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over related death or injury, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3170 - To prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation into the United States of any crib bumper, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3172 - To prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation into the United States of any inclined sleeper for infants, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1618 - To encourage States to require the installation of residential carbon monoxide detectors in homes, and for other purposes.
H.R. 806 – To require compliant flame mitigation devices to be used on portable fuel containers for flammable liquid fuels, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4285 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2134 - To reauthorize the Helen Keller National Center for Youths and Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind.
H.R. 2486 - To reauthorize mandatory funding programs for historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.
H.R. - Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes
H.R. 1423 - To amend title 9 of the United States Code with respect to arbitration.
H.R. 3625 - To establish a whistleblower program at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3619 - To amend the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 to provide the Appraisal Subcommittee with the authority to modify annual registry fees for appraisal management companies, to maintain a registry of trainees and charge a lower trainee registry fee, and to allow grants to States to assist appraiser and potential appraiser compliance with the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2290 - To require the Federal financial regulators to issue guidance encouraging financial institutions to work with consumers and businesses affected by a Federal Government shutdown, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2613 - To require the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to carry out a study on the use of emerging technologies within the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and for other purposes.
H.R. 550 - To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II.
H.R. 1396 - To award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, and to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race.
H.R. 3589 - To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Greg LeMond, in recognition of his service to the Nation as an athlete, activist, role model, and community leader.
H.R. 1830 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
S. 239 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe.
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|In This Edition
– Hice in the House
– Committee Action
– Jobs Near You
– Red Flags on Red Flags Laws
– The Spirit of Service
– The Week Ahead
The Todd Starnes Show (WGST)
Atlanta, GA – 9/9
Interview with Congressman Hice – Legislative Agenda
Good Morning Augusta
Augusta, GA - 9/16
Congressman Hice discussing Senator Isakson’s retirement
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson spends final weeks in Washington ahead on retirement
WJBF – 9/16
Isakson is set to retire at the end of this year and in their first week back in Congress, members are sharing their special moments with the Georgia staple. “I said Senator how in the world do you remember everything? And he just looked at me and said Jody you stick around here long enough you’ll remember it as well,” Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) said.
A DC Update From a Congressman
WGAU – Athens News & Weather – 9/12
Legislative update from Congressman Jody Hice
Washington, D.C. – 9/11
Congressman Hice – Moving federal workforce outside D.C. Beltway
Georgia senators and representatives reflect on 9/11
WFXL Fox 31 – 9/11
Georgia senators and representatives spent the morning remembering the September 11 attacks. FOX 31 has collected the tweets and statements issued by each so far. Jody Hice, from Georgia's tenth district: The memories of September 11th are etched forever in our hearts and minds, but our resolve as Americans will always endure. May God bless the United States of America.#Remembering911
Exclusive–Jody Hice: ‘Insane and Highly Offensive’ to Call NRA a ‘Terrorist Organization’
Breitbart – 9/10
Congressman Hice, a member of the NRA, spoke with Breitbart News in the wake of the NRA’s lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, California, after the city declared the organization a “domestic terrorist organization,” alleging the declaration violated its free speech rights. NRA lawyer William A. Brewer III said, “This [domestic terrorist resolution] is an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country. There can be no place in our society for this manner of behavior by government officials. Fortunately, the NRA, like all U.S. citizens, is protected by the First Amendment.”
Biggs to replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus chairman, effective Oct. 1
Roll Call – 9/10
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs will serve as the third chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after the group of roughly three dozen hard-line conservatives elected him to take over its leadership effective Oct. 1. The sophomore congressman will replace North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows next month — a fall leadership transition that Meadows had long been planning. Meadows has served as the group’s chairman for the past 2 1/2 years following the two-year tenure of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the founding chairman. Biggs will make leadership decisions for the caucus in consultation with its board, on which Meadows and Jordan will continue to serve. In February, the Freedom Caucus also created two new leadership positions, electing Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson to serve as policy chair and Georgia Rep. Jody Hice to serve as communications chair.
States still not up to snuff on election security, researchers warn
Politico – 9/10
Georgia Rep. Jody Hice, the top Republican on the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, is expected to focus in part on private sector architecture security since many federal agencies rely on private cloud services.