Hice in the House
Dear Friends,

Last week, we witnessed one of the most egregious examples of the double standard that exists here in Washington. Federal attorneys prosecuting the case against Roger Stone, a former political consultant and Trump ally, recommended a sentence of seven to nine years – a far more severe sentence than what they had told their superiors they would be recommending. This begs the question of why these federal prosecutors pushed a tough sentence beyond the norms when so many others within the House of Representatives and the Department of Justice have themselves been found to have lied to Congress and federal investigators but have never been held accountable?

Click here to read more about how and why questionable actions by the Department of Justice prosecutors are shielded from the public in my op-ed featured in the Daily Caller and what we can do to enforce greater accountability and transparency.



Day at the Capitol
Also last week, I had the incredible opportunity to visit our Georgia State Capitol to sit and meet with our great leaders to discuss legislative priorities and important projects. Under the leadership of Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia continues on our path of greatness and I thank them for their hard work. Click here to view a video recap of my productive day under the Gold Dome.


Committee Action
On Wednesday, as a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, I felt called to respond to misleading and bogus allegations of “voter suppression” in the State of Georgia. I set the record straight: there is no evidence of voter fraud or suppression of voters in minority communities in Georgia. In fact, in the 2018 midterm election, Georgia saw a record number of minority voters across all demographics. Turnout was significantly higher across the board in the 2018 election than in the last midterm election. False allegations on this issue only serve to undermine the public’s collective faith in the integrity and security of our institutions. Claiming that a party’s electoral defeat is the result of mass voter fraud or suppression without having the evidence to back it up is irresponsible. Rest assured, I will continue to fight to set the record straight on this reprehensive effort to sow division in Georgia. To watch my remarks, click here.

This morning, the Oversight Committee met again, this time to debate Democrats’ allegations that the Trump Administration is promoting religious liberty in an “assault” on the LGBTQ community. This claim is patently false. President Trump has worked to defend our religious liberties, thereby angering House Democrats and Leftist activists. The Left has become relentless in forcing others to accept their own views across society. Under the false guise of promoting tolerance and inclusion, too many have sought to shame and vilify millions of pious Americans and thousands of faith-based organizations simply because they do not accept the Left’s own liberal cultural views. Let me be clear, there is no room for discrimination of any sort in America – and that includes discrimination against those of us who hold our religious faith dear. Ensuring protections for the LGBTQ community is not a justification or an excuse to weaponize the government to coerce all Americans into a single viewpoint. Click here to watch my opening remarks and here to view my discussion with the witnesses.
 


Senate Pro-Life Votes

On Tuesday, two critical pro-life bills were put to a vote in the Senate: the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require medical care be provided to newborns who survive abortion procedures, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy (when unborn children begin to feel pain). Tragically, Senate Democrats successfully blocked both of these live-saving measures.

I am a long-time strong supporter of both pieces of legislation, but I am particularly frustrated with the defeat of the Born Alive bill. Time and again, Democrats in Congress have stood in the way of us protecting those who cannot protect themselves. The Born Alive bill would not have limited pregnant women from choosing to abort their babies, but it would have ensured that those children who survive an abortion receive critical life-saving medical treatment. This is a commonsense policy that is supported by 77% of Americans.

I wholeheartedly believe that all life should be protected, no matter how young and no matter what situation they may have been born into. It is my hope that this roadblock will not cause those in the fight for life to waiver in their stance and that we will continue to protect and empower the most vulnerable among us. I applaud those Senators who fought the right to life of the unborn, and I am firmly committed to continuing to champion the pro-life cause.

 


Hice Headliner

Back in Georgia, I’m honored to recognize Greene County resident Connie Oyler as the Hice Headliner for the month of February. Over the past five years, she has made an immeasurable impact in her community as a passionate and devoted volunteer at ATLAS Ministry. Her work at the community resource center includes mentorship by participating in Bible lessons, helping students with their homework, reading with children one-on-one, and facilitating games and activities.  “A little goes a long way in volunteering,” she said. “You don’t have to do a 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make a big difference. But consistency is important.”  I couldn’t agree more, and on behalf of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, thank you, Connie, for your commitment to the kids in our community.  

If you would like to nominate an outstanding individual who is making a positive impact in your community, please send an email to Jessica.Hayes@mail.house.gov.



The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 35 – Emmett Till Antilynching Act, as amended
H.R. 560 – Northern Mariana Islands Relief Act, as amended
H.R. 2427 – Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2019
H.R. 473 – To authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes, as amended
H.R. 2490 – To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes
H.R. 2819 – Gold Star Mothers Families National Monument Extension Act, as amended
H.R. 3399 – To amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program, and for other purposes
H.R. 1492 – Yucca House National Monument Expansion Act

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In This Edition
- Hice in the House
- Day at the Capitol
- Committee Action
- Senate Pro-Life Votes
- Hice Headliner
- The Week Ahead

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