U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
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Dear Friend,

As the August district work period continues, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time back home in the 10th District. I’ve met with many constituents and community groups, which is always rewarding, and my team has assisted hundreds of residents in navigating the red tape of federal agencies, including the IRS and VA. Check out a few highlights below!

In an ongoing effort to provide top-notch constituent services, my staff held Mobile Office Hours in Eatonton and Warrenton last week. At the events, they assisted farmers, veterans, seniors, and more.


Constituent Services Director Beth Goolsby greets Fred and Polly Vergeer at my Mobile Office Hours in Warrenton

Constituent Services Representative Keri Gardner assisting Eatonton residents

I was thrilled to attend the “Gwinnett Chamber ON TOPIC” gathering, where I was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Enterprise Award for my commitment to paving the way for innovation in the business sector.

L to R: Moore Hallmark, Executive Director of the Southeastern Region Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Congressman Jody Hice, Dr. Dan Kaufman, President/CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, & Chris Clark, President/CEO of Georgia Chamber of Commerce

It was a packed house at my 2017 Service Academy Day on Saturday! With representatives from all five Service Academies, students heard the best practices of the nomination and application processes. A big thank you to Georgia Military College for providing the venue for the event. Don’t forget, the application deadline for interested students is Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Congressman Hice speaking with a prospective student at his 2017 Service Academy Day

I was humbled to speak at the 50th Vietnam Commemoration Ceremony in Winterville. Our veterans, from the State of Georgia and across the Nation, represent the very best of America, and while we can never repay them for their service and sacrifice, we must honor them as best we can. I was pleased to inform the group that H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, and S.114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, were recently signed into law. Both of these bills will greatly improve educational benefits for our heroes.

Congressman Hice speaking to veterans in Winterville


Congressman Hice with veterans at the 50th Vietnam Commemoration Ceremony

My office recently received word that the Monroe Fire Department was awarded the 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which will enable the department to hire an additional six firefighters to address the needs of the community. I’m incredibly proud of our first responders and cannot think of a better group to help strengthen our community’s ability to respond to fire hazards. I’m also pleased to have a full-time grants coordinator who stands ready to help with research or letters of support.

Upcoming Events
I’m pleased to announce two opportunities for 10th District residents to meet with me for candid conversations over a hot beverage. On Thursday, August 24, I will be hosting two “Coffee with Your Congressman” events, where I will provide a brief legislative update, listen to your concerns, and take questions you may have. That morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., I’ll be at Home Café in downtown Lincolnton. Later in the day from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., I’ll be at the Hancock County Farm Bureau in Sparta.

These meet-and-greets are a great chance for constituents to speak with me and my staff one-on-one. I look forward to catching up with some old friends, and I hope to see some new faces too as we discuss the topics that are most important to you. As your representative, hearing from you and receiving feedback is a critical part of my job, and I encourage you to stop by if you’re in Lincoln County, Hancock County, or the surrounding area.


The Week Ahead
I’ll be traveling throughout the 10th District meeting with different folks and community leaders. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of my work on your behalf!

Sincerely, 

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TOP NEWS

 Athens Rep. Jody Hice comments on Charlottesville violence
Red & Black – 8/13
Following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one protestor was killed and others were harmed after marching against a white nationalist event, Congressman Jody Hice released a statement via Twitter. Hice represents Georgia's 10th district, which encompasses Athens. "The events that have transpired in Charlottesville over the last few days are shameful, vile and horrific. I strongly condemn the message and actions of these white nationalists," Hice said in a tweet. "Let me be clear: there is no place for hate or racism in America. We are all the same at the foot of the cross and we, as Americans must stand for freedom, peace and justice for all. As we pray for national healing, Dee Dee and my thoughts are with the victims and community shaken by this awful violence."

Republican Study Committee Releases Budget Proposal
Harris Federal Law Firm – 8/10
Eliminate the Use of Official Time The RSC budget proposal recommends adopting Congressman Jody Hice’s (R-GA) bill, The Official Time Reform Act, to stop “the federal governments sanction of union activity at federal expense” thereby making “federal workforce more effective and efficient”.

Hice to Host Lincoln County “Coffee with Your Congressman,” unveil historical document display
WRDW-TV – 8/14
Congressman Jody Hice will be hosting "Coffee with Your Congressman" this week. The coffee spectacle will be 8-9 a.m Thursday, August 24th, at the Home Café in downtown Lincolnton. Following the event, Hice will participate in a dedication ceremony for “The Foundations of American Law & Government Display,” which is showcased at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

How House Conservatives Plan to Revive Obamacare Repeal, and Why It Could Work
Daily Signal – 8/16
It’s time to “put the screws” to Republican lawmakers who promised to repeal Obamacare, one House member says, and that’s why he supports reviving a successful 2015 attempt to get rid of the health care law. “We certainly can’t give up,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said in a phone interview with The Daily Signal. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal that he will sign the discharge petition upon his return from the August recess. “We cannot afford to lose momentum, and I refuse to give up on our commitments,” Hice said.

Hice to present Service Academy Day
Walton Tribune – 8/16
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice is planning a day for area residents who are interested in attending one of the nation’s service academies. Service Academy Day will be from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Georgia Military College. The event is designed to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Military and Naval academies.

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