|Hice in the House
Every January, thousands flock to our Nation’s capital to give voice to our most vulnerable: the unborn. The March for Life is one of the most unique events in American culture, attracting participants from across the country. This year’s event was historic as President Trump became the first sitting president to address participants and supporters.
However, despite growing numbers, the March continues to be ignored by the mainstream media. Too often, instead it is mischaracterized by news outlets with deceitful labels to conform to a false narrative. Read more about this misrepresentation in my op-ed featured in the Washington Examiner.
Last Tuesday, I led a House Committee Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security hearing, where I questioned Mr. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, on the Trump Administration’s Middle East strategy. It has been almost nineteen years since our conflict with Afghanistan began. In that time, it has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and thousands of brave servicemen and women their lives.
We must prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists so that we will never repeat the events of 9/11 that brought us into this conflict. Click here to watch my opening remarks and here to listen to my line of question in the hearing.
Afterwards, I participated in a Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Liberties hearing, which was focused on promoting the basic freedom of religious expression across the globe. Fighting to promote religious freedom and free speech is why I ran for Congress and remain committed to the ensuring those rights. It is critical that we protect religious groups from persecution both at home and abroad. Click here to watch my remarks from this important hearing.
Later that same afternoon, the Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing to reexamine our whistleblower protection laws. It is essential that we promote government accountability while simultaneously ensuring that whistleblower statues cannot be weaponized for political gain. Click here to watch my question in the hearing.
On Thursday, we observed the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a full Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, I highlighted how there has been an unfortunate increase in hate crimes against American Jews, especially in the last few months, and discussed how we must combat this sinister surge in violence. Click here to watch my remarks from the hearing.
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered
By signing the United States Mexico-Canada- Trade Agreement (USMCA), President Trump fulfilled yet another promise to the American people. For years, we saw outdated trade deals wreck the farming and manufacturing industries which employ so many in our area. The USMCA changes that. The American manufacturing can thrive when bad trade policy isn’t stacked against it, and this deal provides a strong framework for 21st century trade that will support economic growth, enhance market access, create jobs, and unleash new sources of opportunity.
For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the agreement, here are some of its key provisions:
- Increases market access for Georgia products in Mexico and Canada;
- Gives Georgia poultry producers new export access to Canada for chicken and eggs;
- Supports more than 100,000 jobs in the Peach State and created hundreds of thousands of job nationwide;
- Assists American innovators by creating a new chapter dedicated to digital trade; and
- Bolsters American car production and automotive jobs.
The USMCA is a win for Georgia and America. I have heard about the importance of this agreement from Georgia businesses, farmers, ranchers, and consumers firsthand. It’s exactly why I continually advocated for the USMCA in Congress and voted to pass this vital legislation in December.
By negotiating from strength, the Trump Administration is delivering results, creating jobs, and building a foundation for an even stronger economy. This landmark agreement puts America first! I thank President Trump for his leadership and commitment to getting this deal across the finish line. It is the latest example of President Trump fighting for American workers and achieving meaningful results. Promises made, promises kept!
|New HFC Podcast: Discussing Health and Conscience
On the latest Freedom Caucus Podcast, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan joined to discuss the work of HHS to defend and support the rights of individual citizens and social service providers to serve their neighbors according to their conscience, freely and without coercion. He also touched base on the recent outbreak of the coronavirus.
I’d encourage anyone who is interested to take a listen here on SoundCloud or iTunes. With guests ranging from Members of Congress to groups providing research and legislative analysis to some of our Senate colleagues in the upper chamber of Congress, I’m very excited for what we have planned in the next few weeks, and I hope you continue to support the program.
|A Plan for Peace
In addition to signing a historic trade deal, President Trump announced his Middle East peace plan. The strategy focuses on achieving peace, security, and opportunity for Israel and the Palestinian people.
With the announcement of this proposal, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to securing peace in the Middle East. No nation can create a safer and more prosperous global community alone – and it is time for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to lay a new foundation together. On behalf of the people, they have the opportunity to resume negotiations and take bold action for a brighter future.
Decades of hostilities won’t be solved overnight – but comprehensive peace is within the grasp of those willing to forge a transformative path. I applaud the Administration for outlining a powerful vision and taking constructive steps to deliver harmony, stability, and security in the region.
It’s noteworthy that the advancement of these important priorities is a stark contrast to the Democrats' impeachment agenda. While they remain focused on removing a duly-elected President, Republicans, and our Commander-in-Chief continue to concentrate on issues that contribute to the strength of Georgia and America.
The results speak for themselves – thanks to our pro-growth policies, we are seeing unprecedented economic growth, a 50-year low unemployment rate, sustained wage growth, and millions of new jobs created. In fact, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2019 and found that real GDP has grown at a 2.5 percent annual rate for the first three years of the Trump Administration, beating expectations.
We should certainly celebrate this historic economic prosperity, but we cannot ignore the fact that we continue to face serious long-term fiscal challenges, particularly the ever-increasing federal debt.
|From the Homefront
On Monday, I joined the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce for its annual awards dinner. I was honored to open the chamber banquet in prayer and lead the pledge of allegiance. A big congratulations to Dr. Andrea Daniel, the President of Athens Technical College, for receiving the chamber’s ATHENA award!
Congressman Hice leads the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce in prayer
Congressman Hice and his wife, Dee Dee, congratulate Andrea Daniel on her award
|February Mobile Office Hours
|I know that Georgians are busy, but oftentimes people want to sit down face-to-face with someone who can help them navigate federal concerns. That’s why each month my Team hosts Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout Georgia’s 10th District. During these events, residents have the opportunity to talk directly with one of my Congressional staff members about issues related to Social Security, the Veterans Administration, passport issues, or any other federal matter. If you need assistance with a federal agency, I encourage you to stop by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce or the Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce to receive one-on-one help this month.
|The Week Ahead
As I head back to Washington for legislative business, I’m also looking forward to hearing from President Trump tonight as he gives his State of the Union Speech from the House Chamber.
The House will consider the following pieces of legislation:
H.R. 4305 - PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act
H.R. 4044 - Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, as amended
H.R. 1132 - San Francisco Bay Restoration Program, as amended
H.R. 2247 - PUGET SOS Act, as amended
H.R. 1620 - Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, as amended
H.R. 4031 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019
H.R. 4275 - To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, and for other purposes, as amended
H.R. 2382 - USPS Fairness Act
H.R. 3830 - Taxpayer Right-to-Know Act, as amended
H.R. 3941 - FedRAMP Authorization Act, as amended
S. 375 - Payment Information Integrity Act of 2019
S. 394 - Presidential Transition Act Enhancement Act of 2019
H.R. 5214 - Representative Payee Fraud Protection Act of 2019
H.R. 3976 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 12711 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, as the "Aretha Franklin Post Office Building"
H.R. 4794 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8320 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, as the "Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Post Office Building"
H.R. 4981 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2505 Derita Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the "Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Memorial Post Office"
H.R. 5037 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3703 North Main Street in Farmville, North Carolina, as the "Walter B. Jones, Jr. Post Office"
H.R. 3317 - To permit the Scipio A. Jones Post Office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to accept and display a portrait of Scipio A. Jones, and for other purposes
H.R. 4279 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 445 Main Street in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, as the "Melinda Gene Piccotti Post Office"
H.R. 2474 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 5687 - Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, 2020 (Subject to a Rule)
Legislation Related to the Administration’s Proposed Guidance on Medicaid Funding
As always, I’m humbled to serve you in Congress, and my team and I are here to help. 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!
|In This Edition
|— Hice in the House
— Committee Action
— Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
— New HFC Podcast: Discussing Health and Conscience
— A Plan for Peace
— From the Homefront
— February Mobile Office Hours
— The Week Ahead
Congressman Hice on Impeachment Trial Witnesses
NewsmaxTV – 01/30
The Jolt: David Perdue’s $8 million campaign war chest will be tough to beat
AJC – 01/31
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican from Monroe, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Examiner where he defined being “pro-life” as not just anti-abortion. He said being pro-life means he opposes anything that would harm natural human life regardless of a person’s age.
Chemical group testing seven Georgia locations for ethylene oxide
Rome News Tribune – 01/26
A congressional task force was recently formed to urge the EPA to act on community concerns over EtO emissions. Members of the task force include Georgia Republicans Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk and Georgia Democrats David Scott and Hank Johnson.
Rep. Jody Hice to Newsmax TV: US Issues 'Reflection of Heart'
NewsmaxTV – 01/29
Some of the country's problems run deeper than laws and are not necessarily corrected by more legislation, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., told Newsmax TV.
A rundown of Georgia lawmakers’ guests to the 2020 State of the Union
AJC – 02/03
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe: Sean Davis, a co-founder of conservative media outlet The Federalist and a critic of Trump’s impeachment
Augusta commissioners to discuss downtown parking, state veterans cemetery and more Tuesday
Fox 54 – 02/03
The delegation received three letters of congressional support from South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson and Georgia Congressmen Rick Allen and Jody Hice.
Georgia leaders react after Senate rejects witnesses for Trump's impeachment trial
11 Alive – 02/01
Rep. Jody Hice tweeted that "JUSTICE PREVAILS" after the Senate voted.
Prayer needed for divisiveness in Washington, says Rep. Jody Hice
Rockdale Newton Citizens – 01/28
Tenth District Congressman Jody Hice says with the current divisiveness in Washington, D.C., that prayer is needed for both the country and Congress.
America’s longest war is now its most expensive, and almost all the key indicators are trending the wrong way
Washington Examiner – 01/31
“Every time we talk about oversight of our efforts in Afghanistan, I believe we sound like a broken record. It's America's longest war, and it's held that title for a long time now,” said Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice, at a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing on Afghanistan strategy this week. “To date, American taxpayers have spent $780 billion on combat operations, $137 billion on reconstruction efforts since 2002. So we're pushing a trillion dollars here. During that time and in spite of that money, we've lost 2,400 courageous American service members during the conflict, and one stat that often is overlooked is over 20,000 who have been wounded in action, many of them very seriously.”
EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump’s Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS
EPA – 01/28
“The Obama-era ‘Waters of the United States’ rule is a prime example of harmful and overreaching federal regulations that increase the burden on Georgia farmers, ranchers, and small businesses,” said Congressman Jody Hice. “I applaud the Trump Administration for throwing this extreme rule out the window by announcing updated guidelines to reduce the federal control over land and water resource management. The new ‘Navigable Waters Protection Rule’ strikes the right balance between the regulatory authority of the federal government while allowing states to take care of their own natural resources.”
Sen. Rand Paul Releases Impeachment Trial Question Censored by John Roberts
Washington Sentinel – 01/30
.@RandPaul asked a reasonable question, and the Chief Justice is wrong to not let the managers answer the question. Regardless of whether this individual is the "whistleblower," there are legitimate concerns that the Deep State conspired with Democrats against @realDonaldTrump.