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

Defending the Homeland

Dear Friends,

There is no duty I take more seriously as your Representative than protecting the safety of all Americans, both at home and abroad. With global threats coming at us from every direction, from ISIS to the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, we should be using every tool available to ensure the protection of each and every American. Last week in the House, we took several steps to vastly improve our national and domestic security.

On Wednesday, the House passed key pieces of legislation to combat human trafficking, which is happening all too frequently right here at home. This horrific crime is growing at an alarming rate, and I’m pleased to say that the House advanced three bipartisan bills last week – and a total of 16 this Congress – to help address this growing problem, while assisting victims and punishing offenders. H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, will train employees of the U.S. Department of Labor to detect and prevent human trafficking. H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, will enable the Justice Assistance Grants Program (JAG) to help develop and carry out programs to fight the scourge of sex trafficking. Lastly, H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, will reauthorize funding for the multi-agency international and domestic anti-human trafficking efforts as part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. All three of these bills passed by unanimous vote.

On Friday, we began to bolster our military power by passing H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which sets policy for the U.S. Department of Defense and authorizes spending levels so that our Armed Forces receive the tools they need to complete their mission. After too many years of inadequate funding, outdated equipment, and readiness shortfalls, this NDAA supports increasing defense spending by more than 10% from last fiscal year.

This increase will go toward countering threats from rogue nations like North Korea, supporting cyber operations at the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon in Augusta, and providing our troops with a well-earned 2.4% pay raise. I’m very proud to have supported this legislation, which passed the House on Friday by a vote of 344-81.

Click here to watch my floor speech in favor of several FY’18 NDAA Amendments.

For a comprehensive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY’18, click here.

Constituent Connections

While I’m up in Washington, I love having the chance to speak with Georgians, whether they’re here touring the historic city or on official business. Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Christie Grundy of Dacula, the Georgia Agribusiness Council, and the Kwater Family of Monroe. We were able to discuss a wide range of topics, from the state of agriculture in Georgia to the role of the Department of Education. I had a great time meeting with you all. Thanks for visiting!

Diane Umbarger, Christie Grundy, and Wendy Wing

Congressman Hice with representatives from the Georgia Agribusiness Council

Congressman Hice welcomes the Kwater family of Monroe
District Involvement
Mark your calendars! On Saturday, August 19th from 1:30-3:30 p.m., I will be holding my annual Military Service Academy Day, which will feature representatives from all five academies. The United States Service Academies award some of the largest and most prestigious scholarships in the country, and this is a great chance to learn more about the application and nomination processes and hear directly from those involved. If you’re interested in attending the event or seeking a nomination, please visit my website or contact Carolyn Dallas at Carolyn.Dallas@mail.house.gov or (478) 457-0007.

If you or someone you know is interested specifically in attending the U.S. Naval Academy, the USNA Office of Admissions will be hosting a forum next month to answer any questions you may have! This event will be held on August 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can RSVP at the following link: www.usna.edu/admissions/events.

In some heartwarming news, on Friday, members of my staff toured the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department to learn about Operation Second Chance, also known as the “Jail Dogs” program. This program pairs the Sheriff’s Department with the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia to rescue dogs from the Gwinnett County Animal Control and assign them to a primary inmate handler. Through this partnership, we save dogs from euthanasia, while allowing local inmates to learn handling skills and benefit from the company of man’s best friend. Keep up the good work!

The Week Ahead
The House will consider the following pieces of legislation this week:

H.R. 2210To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center.
H.J.Res. 92 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to amend the Washington Area Transit Regulation Compact
H.J.Res. 76 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to a enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission
H.R. 2786 – To amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility
H.R. 2828 – To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project
H.R. 3050 – Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017
H.R. 806 – Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2910 – Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2883 – Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 218 – King Cove Road Land Exchange Act (Subject to a Rule)

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.




House Floor Speech on NDAA– 7/12
Varney & Co. – 7/12
House Floor Speech on NDAA – 7/14

Defense bill would bolster Georgia’s military bases
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 7/14
Georgia proponents highlighted the money that would flow to the state and its military communities under the bill, as well as to how it would help bolster the country’s defense readiness. “Simply put, an innovative, flexible and agile military force is vital to keeping America safe, our allies assured and our enemies deterred,” said U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe. “With the passage of the (measure), we’ve taken a step in the right direction.”

10 Things That Happened Last Week
GOP Communications – 7/10
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA): “Proud to join folks yesterday in Putnam County as we honor local veterans. No one deserves red carpet treatment more than our heroes in uniform.”

Special Counsel Witch Hunt
Center for Security Policy – 7/14
Representative Jody Hice (GA-10) joined Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio. Rep. Hice is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. Rep. Hice explained his concerns about the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Muller.

Senate leaders heed to David Perdue’s request to shorten August recess
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 7/11
Perdue said more work days were needed to fulfill the GOP’s largest campaign promises, including taxes, the budget and government spending. “This is much bigger than just health care,” Perdue said. “We’re very close to what people back home are telling us, and that is they expect results up here.” Echoing calls from the House Freedom Caucus (including Georgia’s Jody Hice, R-Monroe), Perdue kicked off his effort two weeks ago, with an op-ed in the right-leaning blog The Daily Signal. From there, he sent a letter to party leaders, winning the support of nine other GOP colleagues, President Donald Trump and the head of the Republican National Committee.