Hice on the Homefront 
Dear Friends,

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with many friends here at home, and I was thrilled to start off the District Work Period by spending the day under the Gold Dome in Atlanta. From Governor Brian Kemp to Attorney General Chris Carr to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, it was so great to talk with our state and local leaders and community partners. I truly appreciate each of them for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk about our shared priorities, growth, and the booming business environment in our state.


While there, I also had the chance to make a few remarks on the floor of the State Senate, meet with members from the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and talk with TeenPact students about the happenings in Congress and legislation relevant to the 10th District. It was a pleasure spending quality time with new and familiar faces.

On Thursday, I spent the day in Warren and Taliaferro counties. My first stop was the Warren County School System to say hello to some of our youngest Georgians. A small, rural school system that has beaten the odds in student performance, I enjoyed learning about its accomplishments, including being named Georgia's Charter School System of the Year, as well as its commitment to doing “whatever it takes” to achieve success in the classroom. I’m proud that our educators continue to help prepare and encourage our youth. Thanks so much for having me!

Later that same morning, I dropped by the Taliaferro County Health Clinic in Crawfordville to see the new facility and equipment and get additional insight into its operation. Situated on the campus behind Taliaferro County Schools, I was heartened to learn about the unique partnership shared by the school system and clinic.

A big thank you to Community Health Care Systems CEO Carla Belcher, Director of Marketing and Outreach Kay Lawrence, and Site Coordinator Michelle Weatherford-Usry for their efforts to make this clinic a reality.


My next stop was the future site of Harrison Poultry – a state-of-the-art chicken feed manufacturing facility projected to be completed by October of 2020, bringing more than 230 full-time jobs to the region. Simply put, this is huge news, marking the first major industry to move into the area.

Then, I wrapped up the day by joining community leaders for lunch at the Taliaferro County Farm Bureau. It has been a busy time in Washington, so I appreciated having the opportunity to share recent news and information with local leaders and learn about their new initiatives in the community.



Express Yourself
The 10th District is home to many talented high school artists, and I take pride in showing off the artistic spirit of the Peach State in the People’s House. Friendly competition has a knack for bringing out the best in us, and I am pleased once again to be a sponsor of the United States Congressional Art Competition for students in our district. The winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year and will receive airfare to attend the national reception in Washington!

For complete details on this year's competition, including information about how to submit a piece of artwork, please click
here. If you know any students who might be interested in participating this year, please share the details with them! All entries must be submitted to one of my District offices by Thursday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m.


Pit Stops  
Our district spans 25 counties, and regardless of where you live, I want residents to have the opportunity to meet directly with my office. In March, we’ll be hosting three opportunities to meet with a knowledgeable member of my team to discuss issues of importance and how we can better advocate for you. We’ll be setting up shop in Lincolnton, Mansfield, and Watkinsville, and I encourage anyone seeking help with a federal agency to stop by. Learn more here


Achieving Excellence 
Located in the heart of Milledgeville, Georgia Military College has been a staple of our community for decades, and I’m incredibly proud that it was recently recognized as a premier prep school by the U.S. Air Force Academy. This is an honor that has now been bestowed on GMC by four of our Nation’s five service academies and is a remarkable recognition of its work to prepare the next generation of military leaders for our Armed Forces. The motto “Start Here, Go Anywhere” certainly holds true, especially now, as these young men and women with outstanding character begin their service to our country.


Award-Winning Resident
Last Tuesday, I attended the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and was honored to join Regina Quick as she accepted the Athena Award. As a former State Representative, the first female Superior Court Judge in the Western Judicial Circuit, and now the General Counsel for the Lieutenant Governor, Quick has been a pillar of our community for years. Presented to “a person who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and success in business and furthers those goals for other professional women,” I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations, Regina, and thank you for your dedicated service!


The Week Ahead
I will be back in Washington this week for legislative business. In addition to committee hearings, the House will be voting on the following pieces of legislation:

H.R. 583 - PIRATE Act
H.R. 501 - Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019
H.R. 525 - Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019
H.R. 539 - Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019
H.R. 425 - Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act
H.R. 276 - Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act
H.R. 1235 - MSPB Temporary Term Extension Act
H.J.Res. 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 (Subject to a Rule)
S. 47 - Natural Resources Management Act
H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)

As always, I’m here to serve 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 legislation and events!

Sincerely,


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In This Edition
- Hice on the Homefront
- Express Yourself
- Pit Stops
- Achieving Excellence
- Award-Winning Residents
- The Week Ahead

 
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