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U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Hice in the House

Dear Friends,

Each day, our law enforcement officers carry their badges with pride and swear to serve and protect our communities without hesitation. Last week, the House recognized these heroes for their sacrifice, celebrated their commitment, and passed several pieces of legislation that will help protect and aid our law enforcement officers as they complete their duties. The bills passed include:  

  • H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, amends the federal criminal code to make it easier to pursue the death penalty for those who kill or attempt to kill a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder;
  • H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act, directs the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to streamline its standards and procedures to help quickly identify arrestees and offenders, as well as reduce the overwhelming backlog in forensic DNA analysis;
  • H.R. 1039, the Probation Officer Protection Act, provides probation officers the necessary tools to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes or obstructs an officer’s performance of his or her official duties;
  • H.R. 1428, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, incentivizes state and local governments to hire American veterans and new law enforcement officers;  
  • H.R. 1616, the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act, establishes a National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to disseminate homeland security information related to the investigation and prevention of cyber crime, including threats or acts of terrorism;
  • H.R. 1892, the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, authorizes governors to proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a local police officer, firefighter, first responder, or public safety officer, who die while serving in the line of duty.

In all, these bills help honor our pledge to support those who keep the peace and provide them with the tools, resources, and training to best serve and protect our communities. To all of our heroes, thank you! 

Committee Action 

On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing to review recent state successes with the “Rigs to Reefs Program.” Since 1942, the State of Georgia has been a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and has played a key role in establishing reefs off of coastlines to host marine life. This particular hearing examined utilizing decommissioned oil and gas platforms for this purpose. Click here to watch me question panelists regarding the efficacy of the program and ways to optimize program management.

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that compares compensation in the federal government to that of the private sector, while detecting potential areas for improvement and modernization in the current system.

During the hearing, I highlighted the abuse of “official time,” a practice utilized by various federal agencies, like the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, all of which legally permit employees to perform union-related activities during the workday at taxpayer expense. In an ongoing effort to reduce the waste, fraud, and abuse caused by this practice, I introduced H.R. 1364, the Official Time Reform Act, earlier this year. To learn more about the Official Time Reform Act, click here. To watch my question and answer segment during the hearing, click here.

Updates from Cadets & Midshipmen

One of my greatest honors as your Congressman is the opportunity to nominate some of the best and brightest from the 10th District to our Nation’s Service Academies. There, they learn the skills and leadership necessary to become officers in our Armed Forces. Recently, two Henry County High School graduates, Korrey King and Andrew Salies, earned Fully Qualified Appointments. Korrey will be a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and Andrew will be a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. I am incredibly proud of the dedication each of these young men has already shown to reach this point. 

In other cadet news, Chris Anderson, who I had the great privilege to nominate in 2015, has just finished his first year as a “plebe” at West Point with a 3.0 GPA! He will be attending Air Assault School this summer, in addition to Cadet Field Training. You’ve got a busy schedule ahead of you, Chris, and I could not be more proud. Keep up the great work!


USMA Cadet Chris Anderson and a fellow plebe

Saturday also marked Armed Forces Day. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes at some point this week to recognize the brave men and women both in our neck of the woods and across the country who have dedicated their lives to protecting America and her interests. We will never forget your sacrifices.

 
Meetings in D.C. 

In addition to committee hearings, votes, and other leadership commitments, I often sit down and hear the thoughts and concerns from various organizations and constituents. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Georgia Association of Realtors, Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association, NORPAC, the Vinyl Institute, and many more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me! 


Georgia Association of Realtors

Georgia Utility Contractors Association

NORPAC

Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association

Vinyl Institute
 
White House Internship Opportunities 

I’m excited to announce that the 2017 Fall White House Internship Program application is now open. The Fall term runs from September 6 to December 8, 2017.  To be eligible, all applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the internship and must be able to commit to the full internship term. Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).
  • Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the internship program start date.
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty—for any length of time—in the two years preceding the internship program start date.

Applications are due to the White House by 11:59PM EDT on June 16, 2017.  Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The White House Internship Program is a unique opportunity and is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump Administration. Questions about the White House Internship Program application can be directed to intern_application@who.eop.gov. For more information, including details about placement in the White House Internship Program and frequently asked questions, please click here.

The Week Ahead

This week, the House will consider the following pieces of legislation:

H.R. 1862 - Global Child Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 1842 - Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017
H.R. 1188 - Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017
H.R. 883 - Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017
H.R. 695 - Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
H.R. 1625 - TARGET Act
H.R. 1809 - Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017
H.R. 1808 - Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017
H.R. 2052 - PRIVATE Act
H.R. 467 - VA Scheduling Accountability Act
H.R. 1005 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans
H.R. 1162 - No Hero Left Untreated Act
H.R. 1329 - Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017
H.R. 2288 - Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1545 - VA Prescription Data Accountability Act
H.R. 1725 - Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1370 - Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2473 - Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 624 - Social Security Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1293 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees
H.R. 953 - Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1973 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (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.

Sincerely, 

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Next up: Fix the tax code
Walton Tribune – 5/20
With the Senate now doing its work on health care reform, the U.S. House of Representatives is focusing on overhauling the tax code. This is a monumental undertaking that has been a long time coming, but I am confident we will deliver reform that fosters economic growth and unleashes the next era of prosperity in America.  Our tax code hasn’t seen major reform in more than 30 years and is in desperate need of both modernization and simplification. 

Johnson, Hice address Mueller appointment
Gwinnett Daily Post – 5/21
Hice, on the other hand, said, “Over the past year, we have seen what happens when the FBI gets bogged down in partisan politics and personal relationships receive more focus than the facts. I am hopeful that Director Mueller will rise above these controversies and will oversee this ongoing investigation with impartiality and a steady hand.”

 Two Henry County High graduates appointed to U.S. Service Academy
Henry Herald – 5/19
Congressman Jody Hice, GA-10, on Thursday announced that two Henry County High School graduates have earned Fully Qualified Offers of Appointment to U.S. Service Academies. Korrey King and Andrew Salies graduated from Henry County High School in 2016 and went on to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (or West Point Prep), respectively. Both men will enter the Class of 2021 – Korrey as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland and Andrew as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Commentary: Johnson Amendment has chilling effect on free speech
Palm Beach Post – 5/16
The Free Speech Fairness Act, sponsored in the House by Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Georgia, and in the Senate by Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, does exactly that. It amends Section 501(c)3 to permit statements related to political campaigns as long as they (1) are made in the organization’s ordinary course of its activities for which it was founded, and (2) incur no more than minimal, incidental costs. It does this for all 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations — churches or not, and regardless of their mission, focus or political views.

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