U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Detect, Deter, Disrupt
Dear Friends,

It seems like you cannot turn on your television without hearing about the very dangerous world we live in today. Across the globe, there is unrest in Syria, continued conflict in Ukraine, and Kim Jong-un’s nuclear provocation and testing in North Korea. It’s clear that we must use any and all tools at our disposal to combat these ever-increasing threats.

One area I am focusing on is our aviation security. I recently introduced H.R. 4467, the Strengthening Aviation Security Act, which will require the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) to incorporate risk-based methodologies when conducting flight threat assessments. Given our Nation’s track record with terrorism, it’s shocking that FAMS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) only consider travel budget, number of personnel, and qualitative risk factors in determining which flights marshals will be on.

My bill will ensure that federal air agents are collecting substantive quantitative data and devoting their resources to the highest-risk flights in order to detect, deter, and disrupt plots devised by our adversaries. With the holiday season in full swing, millions of Americans are traveling across the country, and the Strengthening Aviation Security Act is just one more step toward ensuring that folks make it to their destinations and safely return to their homes.

Click here to read more about the measure.

Hice in the House
Recent news of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Congress, and across other industries are deeply troubling and completely unacceptable. As we build on the national dialogue taking place, I’m pleased to support new policies and protocols to improve protections for people in the workplace.

Although my entire office already completed training offered by both the Chief Administrative Office and the Office of Compliance, I’m pleased that the House last week passed a resolution that requires anti-sexual harassment training for all Members of Congress and their staffs. I’ve also taken action to address sexual harassment by cosponsoring several measures, including H.R. 4494, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, and H.R. 4495, the Settlement Tax Deductions are Over for Predators Act (STOP Act).

There is absolutely no room for sexual assault, harassment, or abuse – anywhere. These pieces of legislation will prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay future sexual harassment or sexual assault claims, bring more transparency under the Congressional Accountability Act, and curtail companies from writing off sexual mistreatment as a “business expense.”

As a father of two daughters, I wholeheartedly believe that all women deserve to be respected. A new day has dawned, and it was long overdue.
Committee Action
On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to discuss ways to improve and modernize the National Environmental Policy Act, commonly known as NEPA. NEPA was enacted in 1970 as a tool to assess the impacts of government actions on the environment. Unfortunately, nearly five decades later, it has become a sweeping regulatory framework that slows down and impedes the development of public projects. Click here to watch me question industry experts and officials about how they’ve been affected by the red tape involved in NEPA.

The following day, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a legislative mark-up to discuss the merits of several bills. One measure considered was H.R. 4431, the Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act, introduced by my fellow Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-01). Under current legislation, veterans who go into public service must pay a Military Service Deposit (MSD) in order to receive a pension for military service and civil service. Sadly, government agencies oftentimes make mistakes in calculating pensions for their employed veterans, thereby forcing our heroes to later pay back money due to administrative flaws. H.R. 4431 authorizes federal agencies that incorrectly calculate pensions to pay any accrued interests on MSD deposit errors made by government entities. As an original cosponsor of the bill, I’m pleased it passed committee by voice vote. Click here to view my remarks from the hearing.

Here to Serve
While in Washington, I’m fortunate to have a dedicated staff who regularly hosts Mobile Office Hours throughout the 10th District to make our services more convenient and accessible to you and your family.

Next week, my team will be on hand at the Morgan County Board of Commissioners in Madison, the Lincoln County Courthouse Conference Room in Lincolnton, and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro. We’re here to serve you so if you or a loved one needs help with a federal agency, then I encourage you to stop by.

In 2017 so far, I’m proud my constituent services team has helped returned more than $12 million in grants, scholarships, and benefits to Georgians in the 10th Congressional District.
 The Week Ahead

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

Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 1, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees
H.R. 3731 - Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3317 - SAFE Act
S. 1266 - Enhancing Veteran Care Act
H.Res. 259 - Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as amended
H.R. 2658 - Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017, as amended
H.Con.Res. 90 - Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma, as amended
H.R. 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3971 - Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 477 - Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)

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

WGXA (Fox) – 11/30 

Hice: Let's make the sky safer
Covington News – 12/1
Following the deadliest foreign attack on U.S. soil, President George W. Bushaddressed the nation and declared, “These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Without question, none of us will forget the heinous attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. These acts of hate forever changed America and transformed our perceptions and protocols when it comes to the safety and security of our airlines. Since then, there have been several attempts to infiltrate the aviation sector, and these threats have not diminished.

Letter: Rep. Hice proud to have served local veterans
Jefferson Reporter – 11/30
There is no institution in this world that commands such unwavering respect as the United States military. It is our duty as Americans — not just on holidays, but every day — to remember the sacrifices they’ve made and to make certain that our commitments to them and to their families are honored. That’s why I was pleased to host “Helping Our Heroes” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Jefferson County Leisure Center. This veterans’ appreciation event, which I held in partnership with Senator David Perdue and Jefferson County, provided an enjoyable opportunity for me to personally thank our brave men and women for their service to our country. Additionally, we were able to bring together veteran organizations – such as the Georgia Department of Veterans Services, the Augusta Warrior Project, and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center – that offer resources and assistance to our veterans and their families. 

DeSantis Co-Sponsors Bill to End Congress’ Sexual Harassment Hush Fund
The Capitolist – 11/30
Again, let’s emphasize what this bill seeks to correct: under the current system, if you work for Congress and are sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by a member or staffer, the only procedure by which you can seek any relief requires you to give up most of your rights, keeps the wrongdoer’s identity secret, prohibits you from speaking publicly, hides the details from the taxpayers, and even allows the members to disguise the payouts as part of their regular operating budget. In addition to DeSantis and Blackburn, the bill’s original co-sponsors include Representatives Jack Bergman (R-MI), Dave Brat (R-VA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Jim Cooper (D-TN), John Delaney (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Jody Hice (R-GA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), and Brad Schneider (D-IL).

Our current tax code punishes political speech that takes place in churches or non-profits. It’s time to change that
Rare – 11/28
“I have personally been the recipient of the other side of this Johnson Amendment and faced the intimidation and the fear and I know hundreds and hundreds of other pastors have as well,” Congressman Jody Hice (R – Georgia) co-sponsor of the Free Speech Fairness Act, told CBN News of when he was a Baptist pastor. It’s time to “liberate churches,” he said. “This is a major step for religious liberty,” said Hice. “This repeal of the Johnson amendment will take away that authority of the IRS and our government to police speech in the pulpits of America and that is a huge, huge step in the positive direction for religious liberty.”

House Republicans Talk Tax Reform with Families, Workers back Home
House Republicans – 11/28
“Glad to have the opportunity to speak with folks at the McDuffie County Farm Bureau last week on topics spanning from tax reform to the upcoming Farm Bill. I greatly value your thoughts and concerns, and I look forward to meeting with more of you next time! 

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