U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Hice on the Homefront
Dear Friends,

Last week, I had a productive start to the August District work period traveling to different areas of the 10th and meeting with many of you. I was pleased to join elected officials and community leaders for a discussion at the Jefferson Energy Cooperative breakfast in Wrens. At the event, I provided a legislative update and took questions from the audience. The topics of the conversation and questions included health care and tax reform, the Port of Savannah, and the difficulty of getting bills passed through the Senate. Afterwards, I sat down with Jefferson Hospital’s new CEO Lou Semrad to discuss his plan for growing the hospital’s revenue. His proposal includes expanding the hospital’s lab program, participating in the 340 B Drug Program, and utilizing telemedicine in modern, creative ways. Jefferson Hospital provides access to three Physician’s Health Group Clinics (one in each area of the county) and medical emergency care for residents.

Congressman Hice providing a legislative update to attendees at the Jefferson Energy Cooperative breakfast

I also had the opportunity last week to tour Glascock County with Sheriff Jeremy Kelley and Commissioner Lori Boyen. My first stop was a visit to the new building space for the Sheriff's office, now located in the center of town.

Glascock Sheriff Jeremy Kelley, Congressman Hice, and Commissioner Lori Boyen

While in town, I learned about some of the new businesses that have opened in the community, including Hometown Market of Gibson. Located off Warren Street, residents can get a scoop of ice cream or grab some fresh, locally grown apples, peaches, mangos, squash, snap beans, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and eggplant, among other quality produce. Thanks for having me!


Hometown Market Owner Rachel DeLoach speaking with Congressman Hice about the store’s operation

Later in the week, I visited the United Parcel Service’s (UPS) facility in Athens. This 27,000 square foot UPS location has been serving the community for 30 years and currently employs over 200 people, including delivery drivers, tractor trailer drivers, mechanics, and management personnel. Check out a few photos below!


I also got some on-the-job experience while making deliveries to local stores and residents throughout area. Daily, these workers put out more than 26,000 packages with the morning shift accounting for 18,000, while the evening shift accounts for 8,000. 
District Connection: Mobile Office Hours & Upcoming Service Academy Day
Whether I’m in Washington, D.C. or working hard in the 10th District, I’m fortunate to have a dedicated team of constituent service representatives who stand willing and ready to help. I’m pleased to announce that my staff will be hosting two Mobile Office Hours events this month in Warrenton and Eatonton. If you have questions regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, immigration, veterans’ benefits, the IRS, and other federal programs, I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to meet with members of my staff. A constituent service representative will be at each of the following locations:

Warren County, GA
Monday, August 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Warren County Senior Citizen Center
48 Warren Street
Warrenton, GA 30828

Putnam County, GA
Monday, August 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, Board Room
305 N Madison Avenue
Eatonton, GA 31024

We are less than two weeks away from my annual Academy Day at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. This is a great event to learn how to receive a world-class education, while serving your country! On Saturday, August 19th from 1:30-3:30 p.m., students will hear the best practices of the nomination and application processes and have the opportunity to talk with members of my staff and representatives from all five military branches representing their respective academies. Admission is free, and parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Visit my website or contact Carolyn Dallas at Carolyn.Dallas@mail.house.gov or (478) 457-0007 for more information.
Did you know?
Since January, the House has been pushing forward with our agenda to enact legislation to tackle the issues that matter to your family. Already this Congress, we’ve passed bills to help bolster the economy and create jobs, rebuild our military, secure our border, and fix Washington, while increasing accountability and decreasing regulation. We’ve also passed sweeping reforms to crack down on human trafficking and illegal immigration, provide better care at the VA, and impose sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. In total, the House has advanced more than 260 measures so far this year, and we’re ready and excited to do more! Read more about what the House has been up to by checking out DidYouKnow.gop courtesy of the House Republican Conference.


Purple Heart Day
Today marks National Purple Heart Day, where we honor and celebrate those who proudly served and earned America’s oldest military decoration for their wounds in combat. I am truly grateful for the generations of our brave men and women in uniform who willingly protect our country, our values, and our freedom. I cannot thank them enough for their service and sacrifice, and I encourage you to take time to thank our heroes. We, as a Nation, owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

 
White House Internship Opportunities
I’m excited to announce that the 2018 Spring White House Internship Program application is now open. The Spring term runs from January 10 to April 27, 2018. 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 September 8, 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.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep track of upcoming events!

Sincerely,
 
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TOP NEWS

WTAS: praise for the RAISE Act
White House – 8/2
Representative Jody Hice: “Great bill! Addressing the ever-rising tide of chain migration, while admitting immigrants based on the skills they bring to the table.”

Military Service Academy Day
Oconee County High School – 8/3
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice is hosting a Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, August 19. The event will be held from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Goldstein Center Auditorium at 325 S. Elbert Street, Milledgeville, GA During this event, students will meet and speak to representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Bill would help home infusion Medicare patients
News-Press Now – 8/5
“Hardworking American taxpayers are already overburdened and should not be forced to pay for a program that has vastly expanded beyond its intended scope and is riddled with waste, fraud and abuse,” Scott said. “My bill will reform the Lifeline Program and restore it to its original purpose of providing landline services and prohibit Universal Service support for mobile services. “In order to promote government accountability, cut government fraud and waste, and protect consumers from further increases to their phone bills, the Lifeline Program’s free cell phone plans should end.” The bill has 18 co-sponsors — all Republicans — including three of Scott’s Georgia colleagues — Reps. Jody Hice, Rick Allen and Drew Ferguson.

Recap: House committee holds campus free speech hearing, raises FIRE issues
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – 7/31
Speech codes were also front and center during the hearing. Rep. Jody Hice, for example, wanted to know why speech codes continue to proliferate despite a string of court decisions striking them down. Hice: Now we’ve got these … these speech codes in place… We have court decisions… overwhelmingly have ruled against a majority of the speech codes in universities, and yet to this day about 40% of our colleges still have speech codes in place against what has been determined by the rule of law. And why is that? Strossen: You know, law is not self-enforcing. The Constitution is not self enforcing. We still have segregated schools all these decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, and that’s why it’s so important for organizations like the ACLU, FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to be able to bring lawsuits to actually enforce principles. I mean the examples of using so-called “time, place and manner restrictions” as a pretext for suppressing ideas, that’s illegal and unconstitutional, but you have to bring a lawsuit in order to vindicate that position.

 

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