U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Irma
Dear Friends,

As Irma continues to impact the State of Georgia, I urge residents to pay close attention to weather conditions, heed these warnings, and prepare accordingly. I want to thank our state and local officials, as well as our first responders and emergency personnel for their swift action, which has undoubtedly helped reduce the loss of life and destruction of property caused by this storm. If you are seeking assistance, please call your county’s State of Emergency contact, which can be found here.

I encourage you to follow @GeorgiaEMA on Twitter and monitor local radio and television outlets for live updates. Additionally, you may visit FEMA’s website for safety tips and resources, like what to do if your home has received damage, how to report scams and fraud, how to help children cope with a disaster, and more by clicking here.

Never Forget
Yesterday, September 11th, marked a solemn day in our Nation’s history that no American will ever forget. It is hard to believe it has already been 16 years since the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 as the memories are still so fresh.

In the days that followed, Americans once again proved our resilience through countless acts of selflessness and exhibited bravery and patriotism in response to this heinous strike on our Nation. On the 16th anniversary, we renewed our pledge to “Never Forget,” and we remembered the almost 3,000 American lives lost in the cowardly terror attacks. I also want to thank our men and women in uniform who continue to fight for our freedom. Watch my 9/11 message below.

On September 11, 2012, we again saw that there are those who seek to do us harm when we lost four of our fellow Americans in a coordinated attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens, CIA security contractors and former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and State Department communications specialist Sean Smith are national heroes who valiantly gave their lives in service to our country. We must continue to honor their sacrifice and bravery. Indeed, September 11th is a day that our Nation will never forget.
Hice in the House 
When Congress returned last week, we kicked off efforts on Wednesday to help the people of Texas recover and rebuild from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey by advancing a no-strings-attached $8 million relief bill – something I wholeheartedly supported. Unfortunately, what I didn’t support last Friday was attaching that relief bill to a debt ceiling increase with no spending reforms and a short-term spending bill – called a continuing resolution – that maintains Obama-era spending levels.

We need to get serious about curbing our spending addiction and get back on track toward fiscal responsibility. Furthermore, our military is in the midst of a readiness crisis, and these three-month spending bills hurt our men and women in uniform. Our military leadership has been clear on this point: a lack of budget stability prevents them from being able to defend our nation to the best of their ability. We cannot continue on this path. We have to do better in the future, especially as we experience the ongoing damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

On Wednesday, the House also advanced H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act of 2017, which improves the safe and innovative development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars. The Self Drive Act establishes a federal framework for the regulation of self-driving cars, something industry experts say is sorely needed in the early days of this technology. To read more about the legislation, click here.
Committee Action
On the committee front last week, we discussed the merits of three bills in a House Natural Resources legislative hearing: H.R. 2661, the State Mineral Revenue Protection Act, H.R. 2907, the Planning for American Energy Act, and H.R. 3565, the Federal Land Freedom Act.

In recent years, the scope of federal land grabs has increased dramatically thereby drastically reducing the freedom that localities have to pursue energy production strategies to meet the needs of their communities. These three bills would amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Federal Land Freedom Act by returning power to the states when it comes to addressing their own energy needs. Click here to watch me question Mr. A.J. Ferate, the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

As the vice-chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, I led a hearing last Thursday examining the shipment of illicit drugs through international mail. Looking into the U.S. Postal Service’s security standards for international mail, we found a shocking lack of screening measures in place that would prevent these drugs from entering our country. Click here to watch my opening remarks and here for the full hearing.
Meetings in D.C.
I had a great breakfast meeting with representatives from the City of Covington and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, where we discussed the area’s economic development and tax reform. It was a pleasure being with all of you, and I look forward to our job fair on September 21st!

Congressman Hice meeting with 10th District leaders in Washington

As a strong supporter of the right to life, I was honored to be named a “Heartbeat Bill Hero” for my work to protect every unborn child whose heartbeat can be heard. In addition to my co-sponsorship of H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act, I’ve sponsored another pro-life measure, H.R. 586, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which defines life as beginning at conception. My commitment to defending these innocent children is steadfast and unwavering, and I will continue to press forward when it comes to this critical issue.

Founder and President of Faith2Action Janet Porter honoring Congressman Hice with the “Heartbeat Bill Hero” award
District Connection: Job Fair & Mobile Office Hours

Did you hear the exciting news? I’m partnering with the economic development offices of Newton, Morgan, Jasper, and Walton counties for a Regional Job Fair on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College Main Campus in Covington.

The event is geared toward connecting local industry leaders with potential employees in areas ranging from pharmaceuticals to film production. With over 50 employers expected to be represented, we invite anyone looking for a job or new career to join us and see what our community has to offer. There is no fee to participate in the job fair and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit selectnewton.com/your-life/job-fair-2017.

Tomorrow, September 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., my team will be on hand at the Jasper County Farm Bureau to help 10th District residents who are in need of federal assistance. I encourage residents in Jasper County and the surrounding area to take advantage of the opportunities to meet one-on-one with my staff.

The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 3284 - Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2453 - DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2017
H.R. 2427 - Pathways to Improving Homeland Security At the Local Level Act, as amended
H.R. 2470 - Homeland Threat Assessment Act
H.R. 2468 - Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act, as amended
H.R. 2433 - Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists Use of Virtual Currencies Act
H.R. 2443 - Department of Homeland Security Classified Facility Inventory Act, as amended
H.R. 2454 - Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2442 - FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act, as amended
H.R. 2471 - TRACER Act, as amended
H.R. 931 - Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 2611 - Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act
Complete Consideration of H.R. 3354 - Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3697 - Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (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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Open for Business
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Over the past few years, the State of Georgia has distinguished itself as a powerhouse for business with its growth of its manufacturing, film, and tourism industries. Among others, these trades are spurring our economy and enriching our cities and local neighborhoods.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep. Jody Hice’s staffers holding mobile office in Jackson County
Gwinnett Daily Post – 9/9
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice’s staff will go out into the community this week to help constituents with issues they may be dealing with. The staff is schedule to set up a mobile office from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Jasper County Farm Bureau, 671 W. Washington St. in Monticello. The mobile office is designed to give constituents who can’t make it to his district office a chance to talk with his staff about federal agencies and programs. The congressman said his staff will make a separate trip to American Legion Post 233 in Loganville this month, but his office said that would be a private presentation. “Whether I’m in Washington, D.C., or working hard in the district, I’m fortunate to have a dedicated team of constituent service representatives who stand willing and ready to help,” Hice, R-Ga., said in a statement. “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 my mobile office hours.

Fate unclear for Perdue’s immigration bill after Trump’s DACA move
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 9/8
Indeed, a group of conservative Republicans introduced a companion bill in the House on Thursday. On hand were Georgia lawmakers Buddy Carter and Jody Hice. “I think the time has come that we bring our immigration policy up to the 21st century and have people come into the United States who are the best of the best as well as have a robust guest worker program,” Hice said. House and Senate Republican leaders have not divulged exactly what they would like to do with DACA but indicated they would follow Trump’s lead.

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