SAY NO TO DC STATEHOOD

Dear Friends,

The front pages and headlines over the past few weeks have been filled with targeted vandalism and toppled statues, including those of our country’s Founding Fathers — including Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. These aren't the only efforts to tear down physical representations of our history. This week, radical activists and their allies in the Democratic Party are targeting another tangible legacy of the Founders' vision: the federal district of Washington, D.C.

Last week, House Democrats, in typical partisan fashion, rushed to the floor H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. And, as is so often the case under Speaker Pelosi, the bill blatantly ignores more than just the plain text of the Constitution, it completely disregards the history and the reasoning behind it. 

When the Founders gathered in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention of 1787, they had a difficult task in front of them. Through heated debates and many compromises, they had to come up with a national government that would govern and hold together 13 sovereign states, each of which was wary of the others' ambitions. The Founders were explicitly clear that the seat of our federal government was to be established in a special federal enclave, outside any one state’s influence or control, and would be governed by all the sovereign states together. This area became the District of Columbia that we know today.

Furthermore, recent events have shown that the federal government is required to step in to defend American citizens and institutions even today in the District of Columbia. When D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser failed recently to put an end to the chaos in the streets of nation’s capital, it was U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr who ultimately restored order to the area surrounding the White House. The District has been plagued for decades by mismanagement of local politicians, and this most recent example demonstrates clearly that it is unable to become a state in its own right and govern itself totally without federal involvement.

History is clear, and we ought to learn from it rather than tear it down. The current D.C. statehood proposal before Congress may briefly appease the Left’s radical activists, but it completely ignores the importance of the District of Columbia’s status under our constitutional system. Putting aside the cold, hard fact that making the District into a state requires a constitutional amendment rather than a simple act of Congress, doing so in any form would accomplish the exact opposite of what the Framers intended for the seat of our national government.

To read more of my thoughts on D.C. Statehood published in Newsweek, click here, and to watch my statement in front of the House Rules Committee, click here.


LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH

There is an old saying that claims, “Justice is blind.” It implies that our laws should be equally applied to all and the courts’ decisions should be based on objective facts and not upon the influence of public opinion. This Monday, however, Americans experienced just that. Rather than remain objective in its rulings, Chief Justice Roberts allowed partisan politics to cloud the courts judgement.

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that fundamentally protected women through holding abortion clinics to a basic medical standard. It is clear that Chief Justice Roberts would rather champion the abominable and misguided legacy of Roe v Wade than protect the health and safety of pregnant women. This decision sets a dangerous precedent for vulnerable mothers and their unborn. Many abortion clinics have decades-long history of unsanitary conditions and substandard medical care, which in some cases have resulted in women undergoing a hysterectomy.

Every medical complication has the potential to become serious and endanger a woman’s reproductive health. Lowering public health and safety standards for the abortion industry is in no way “pro-woman." As a member of Congress, I uphold the principle that it is my job to ensure policies protect every citizen and fight to close loopholes which would endanger them.


PRESIDENT TRUMP PROTECTS MONUMENTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

For weeks, our country has experienced a wave of violent crime. More recently, we have seen our heritage attacked. Historic statues and memorials are now targets for anti-government extremists. Our leaders have allowed radical activists to vandalize public property as our cities descend into lawlessness.

Last Friday, President Trump signed into effect an executive order that will not only protect historic monuments and statues, but will also restore public safety for all Americans. I applaud his leadership in opposing these criminal acts. We cannot permit our cities to fall into a state of anarchy and this executive order mandates that any individual who has participated in this recent rise of violence and destruction of society will be held to the fullest extent of the law.

Americans have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacefully protest, but violence is a sin against what we stand for as a nation. It is my hope that following President Trump’s leadership in signing this executive order, rioters will give way and shift toward peaceful protests as we actively work to restore domestic tranquility.

To read the President's executive order, click here.


COVID-19 SAFTEY MEASURES EXTENDED

On Monday, Governor Brian Kemp signed two executive orders: one which extends the Public Health State of Emergency from June 29, 2020 to August 11, 2020, and the second which provides additional guidelines for navigating these unprecedented times. 

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, social distancing will continue, mass gatherings must remain under fifty people unless there is six feet between each person, and sheltering in place is required for high-risk individuals and seniors in long-term care facilities.

As Georgians continue to fight the virus, please consider wearing a mask, adhering to public safety guidelines, and washing your hands regularly.


To read Governor Kemp’s executive orders, click here and for further guidance outlined on the Georgia Department of Health and Safety website, click here.


JOIN TEAM HICE

It is my honor to welcome interns into my Washington, D.C. and district offices every season. 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please visit my website and fill out the application form. If you have any questions, or are a university representative and would like to set up a contact with my office regarding internships, please email Megan Quinn in my D.C. office at megan.quinn@mail.house.gov or Keri Gardner in Georgia at keri.gardner@mail.house.gov.

We’re looking forward to welcoming new members to #TeamHice.

Sincerely,

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SAY NO TO DC STATEHOOD
LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH
PRESIDENT TRUMP PROTECTS MONUMENTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
COVID-19 SAFTEY MEASURES EXTENDED
JOIN TEAM HICE
 
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