U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

Let Freedom Ring

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a safe and happy Independence Day with family, friends, and neighbors. These powerful words from the Declaration of Independence - “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – still ring as true yesterday and today as they did on July 4, 1776. This hallowed document has endured the test of time because so many brave Americans heard the call and rushed to its defense, and I am eternally grateful for all those who put their lives on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice for our values.

While it is our right to enjoy our freedom and independence, it is also our responsibility to preserve it so that our Nation’s promise can continue to be realized by future generations of Americans.


Congressman Hice, Dee Dee Hice, and two of their grandchildren enjoying 4th of July weekend festivities


Hice in the House

While the Senate continues its efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, the House is still working hard to bring down costs and make coverage better for everyone. Last Wednesday, I voted in favor of H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, which reins in out-of-control medical malpractice lawsuits in cases where care was provided by the federal government. Even though this sounds small, it is quite important; excessive malpractice lawsuits – and sometimes, frivolously filed suits – are a tremendous burden to doctors and hospitals, which increase the cost of medical care for everyone. Driving down these prices will help to reduce the costs of insurance and medical care for all Americans.

On Thursday, the House advanced two bills aimed at strengthening public safety and curtailing illegal immigration. H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, withholds federal grant funding from localities which refuse to comply with federal immigration law, commonly known as sanctuary cities. The bill also allows individuals or their family members to sue sanctuary jurisdictions if they are a victim of a felony committed by an illegal immigrant who is released against the federal government’s wishes. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, greatly enhances the criminal penalties for deported felons who re-enter the United States. This piece of legislation was named in memory of Kathryn Steinle, a young woman who was shot and killed while she was walking with her father in San Francisco in 2015 by an illegal alien who had already been deported on five separate occasions. I wish that this tragedy was an isolated incident, but stories like Kate’s are sadly becoming more and more common as a result of lax immigration policies. These measures are a huge step forward for law and order and for protecting America’s borders, and I am proud to have voted for them.

 
District Connection: Grants and Small Business Workshop & Upcoming Job Fair
I would like to thank everyone who made it out to my annual Grants and Small Business Workshop at the Tarbutton Business Development Center at Oconee Fall Line in June. My staff enjoyed learning about the small businesses and projects in the area, and it is our goal to help each of them succeed. Below are a few comments and photos from the event!

 “Appreciate this opportunity and focus on rural areas.”

“Very good outreach program and a lot of information to assist attendees in learning about the resources available to business owners. Enjoyed!”

“Friendly and helpful staff, breaks were often enough to keep everyone engaged.”

“1st one I attended in my 30 years of living here. Keep it up!”

“The information was very useful for me. I hope to attend the next workshop.”

“This was my first time attending one of your events and I was very pleased with how well everything was planned. This fair is a great resource for this area to have! Thank you!”


Congressman Hice’s Grants Coordinator, Keri Gardner, welcoming attendees

USDA Rural Development representative speaking with attendees

WorkSource East Central Georgia assisting 10th District resident

For those interested, on July 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is hosting a job fair for openings in the Washington-Wilkes County area. Check out the flyer below for more details!

 
Student's Corner

Throughout the summer, I’ve been providing updates from cadets and midshipmen that I had the honor of nominating to our Nation’s distinguished Service Academies. The latest update comes from Ikerria Sanders, a rising sophomore at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

While her freshman year presented its challenges, it also challenged her to become “a better me” and allowed her to “discover things [she] never knew about [herself],” including her strength and resiliency. Ikerria’s core classes were Math, English, History, and Science, and, in March, she earned her Prop and Wings, solidifying an official place in the Cadet Wing. As part of the Drum and Bugle Corps, she had the opportunity to travel across the country this year to support the Academy’s various sports teams. Over the summer, she has been taking classes and exploring the area. I’m so proud of the progress she’s made so far, and I know we can only expect more great things to come!


Ikerria Sanders with Congressman Hice at her Air Force Academy signing ceremony last year

On Thursday, I welcomed Emma Babushkin, a sophomore at Mill Creek High School and the overall winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition, to our Nation's capital as she was recognized alongside competition winners from across the United States. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Washington, D.C., and I am proud to have her drawing represent our part of Georgia as it hangs in the U.S. Capitol.


First Place winner Emma Babushkin with Congressman Hice next to her artwork, “Theodore,” in the U.S. Capitol
 
The Week Ahead
I’ll be in Baldwin County meeting with many of you, visiting local businesses and hospitals, and honoring our current and fallen heroes, including Sergeants Curtis Billue and Chris Monica.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Visit my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more updates about my work in Washington on your behalf.

Sincerely, 

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TOP NEWS

Hice introduces bill that would allow members of Congress to carry firearm
Monroe Local News – 6/22
In the light of the attack on U.S. Congressional Republicans last week that left five people injured, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) yesterday announced the introduction of a bill that would allow members of Congress to carry a firearm. H.R. 2945, dubbed the Congressional Personal Safety Act, would allow members of Congress to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States, except in the U.S. Capitol Building.

In Trump Russia probe, investigate the investigators
News-Messenger – 6/23
Former FBI Director James Comey misled the American people during last year’s presidential campaign when he referred to the Clinton email scandal as a “matter,” not an investigation. He did it willfully. He did it intentionally. And he did it at the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Comey misled the American people in the early weeks of the Trump administration by furthering the perception that President Trump was under investigation, when in fact he was not. He again did this willfully and intentionally.

No malicious intent by Homeland Security in alleged Georgia probing
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 6/26
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has completed a report indicating there was no malicious intent last year when Secretary of State Brian Kemp alleged the federal agency may have tried to hack into the Georgia’s voter registration system. The finding came after Georgia U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and Utah U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested an independent review of the incident. Hice and Chaffetz, who will be leaving Congress on Friday, made the request after Kemp said the agency had not been completely forthcoming about what happened.

Hice: Change must come for health care
Walton Tribune – 6/28
Rep. Jody Hice is confident Americans will see health care reform soon. The American Health Care Act, which would replace former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health reform law, passed the House earlier this year. However, it was on life support in the Senate even before a Congressional Budget Office review suggested it would increase the number of Americans without insurance by 22 million in the next nine years.

Bill would change gun laws
Walton Tribune – 7/1
Congressmen would be able to carry guns almost anywhere if Rep. Jody Hice gets his way. Hice, a Republican representing Walton County, introduced a bill June 20 to be known as the Congressional Personal Safety Act. It came a week after Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot during practice for a congressional softball game. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, shot Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, an aide and a lobbyist at the practice on June 14.

House Rep. Jody Hice votes in favor of bills targeting sanctuary cities and illegal aliens
Red & Black – 7/5
According to a statement issued Thursday, June 29, Georgia Republican House Representative Jody Hice voted in favor of two bills that aim to improve U.S. federal immigration enforcement laws.  H.R. 3003, also known as the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, was first introduced by Virginia Republican House Representative Bob Goodlatte on June 23. The bill clarifies the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority, and withholds federal funding from taxpayer dollars to jurisdictions not in compliance with ICE.

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