As many of you have heard, Speaker Nancy Pelosi last night announced – based entirely on an unseen whistleblower complaint – that the U.S. House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump. Today, in a show of transparency, he released the declassified, unredacted transcript of his July 25th telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the complaint concerns.
I’ve read the call transcript, and ‘underwhelmed’ is an understatement – it contains nothing that warrants even the slightest inkling of wrongdoing that could lead to the impeachment of the President. The reality, however, is that House Democrats been investigating the President for years, dedicating extensive time and resources to this never-ending witch hunt. Not one of their allegations was confirmed by the transcript. Simply put, there was no quid pro quo, no pressure, and no blackmail.
In their obsession to nullify the will of the people and relitigate the results of the 2016 election, Democrats continue to accuse the President without any facts to back them up. The American people see right through the Democrats’ impeach-at-all-costs mentality, and they’re sick of it.
Read my full statement on the impeachment inquiry here.
|Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to question Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz during a Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) Government Operations Subcommittee hearing. The Inspector General community has been absolutely crucial to ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the highest tiers of government. IG Horowitz is one of the best, and I spoke with him regarding his findings in the recently published Comey report. During the testimony, Horowitz acknowledged that former FBI Director James Comey’s actions leaking privileged information to a journalist sets “a dangerous example” for employees within the FBI. In fact, actions like these encourage employees to disregard the established norms and procedures to make decisions based simply on their own judgment call others. Click here to listen to DOJ IG Horowitz’s remarks.
The following day, COR held a full committee hearing to discuss the possibility of D.C. statehood. Article I of our Constitution specifically calls for the creation of a federal district to serve as the permanent seat of the national government, granting Congress the power “to exercise exclusive Legislation, in all Cases whatsoever, over such District.” Despite the very clear language from the get-go, many Democrats have continually pushed for legislation to make Washington, D.C. our Nation’s 51st state. This move is blatantly unconstitutional, and our Founding Fathers never intended for D.C. to become a state. Click here to watch me speak with Constitutional scholar Roger Pilon, of the Cato Institute.
| Hearing From You
|We had a great telephone town hall on Monday night, and I want to thank all of you who listened in and asked questions. If you ever have a question or opinion about the work I am doing in Congress or you need help with a federal agency, please reach out to my office at 770-207-1776 or at hice.house.gov.
Our conversation ranged from Saudi Arabia to the Second Amendment debate to rural broadband, and I appreciated hearing all of your thoughts and getting your feedback. On the call, I asked two poll questions, and the results are in!
|September Hice Headliner
This month’s Hice Headliners – outstanding citizens from the 10th District – are Stu and Kim Scherer of Greensboro. Dedicated Christians and humble volunteers, the Scherers work tirelessly, both together and individually, to help improve our area. Whether it’s their work with the Greene County Habitat for Humanity, ministering to incarcerated men at Kairos Prison Ministry, helping set families on healthy and productive paths at ATLAS Ministry, or simply welcoming folks to their church, Greensboro First United Methodist Church, these partners strive daily to ensure that others feel welcome by sharing God’s grace and love. It’s families and partners like the Scherers who truly help our community grow together – thank you for the outstanding contributions you make every single day!
If you know someone in our region who deserves recognition for helping make it a better place to live, I encourage you to contact my Deputy Chief of Staff, Jessica Hayes at Jessica.Hayes@mail.house.gov.
|Freedom Caucus Podcast: Equal Protection and Equal Power
|In last week’s edition of the Freedom Caucus Podcast, I was happy to welcome Alabama Representative Mo Brooks. With a big Census legal battle shaping up, Congressman Brooks broke down his federal lawsuit to restore voting power to American citizens, highlighting the origins of the case and his opposition to including illegal immigrants for Congressional reapportionment purposes in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud.
|Opening New Career Doors
We’re less than two weeks away from the third annual Regional Jobs Fair! The event will match businesses and entrepreneurs with job seekers to build a stronger workforce. With more than 700 jobs available, I hope those around the district who are looking for work, a career change, or simply trying to take stock of their options will freshen up their resumes, put on their Sunday best, and come down to network and make connections.
All in all, I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding event to connect local talent, robust businesses, industry leaders, and public partners as we build on this exciting economic momentum and expand opportunities in our community. If you or someone you know is interested, be sure to stop by Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Friday, October 4th, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It could make all the difference! Read more here.
The Week Ahead
This week, the House will consider the following pieces of legislation:
H.R. 3190 - To authorize humanitarian assistance and impose sanctions with respect to human rights abuses in Burma, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2327 - To direct the Secretary of State to provide assistance to civil society organizations in Burma that work to secure the release of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Burma, and assistance to current and former prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Burma, and for other purposes.
H.Res. 127 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the importance and vitality of the United States alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea, and our trilateral cooperation in the pursuit of shared interests.
H.R. 1632 - To require a strategy for engagement with Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
H.R. 2229 - To waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster.
H.Res. 444 - Reaffirming the importance of the United States to promote the safety, health, and well-being of refugees and displaced persons.*
H.R. 1595 - To create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3106 - To require a joint domestic terrorism report, establish within the Department of Homeland Security a National Center for the Study of Domestic Terrorism, authorize research within the Department of Homeland Security on current trends in domestic terrorism, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3691 - To require the TSA to develop a plan to ensure that TSA material disseminated in major airports can be better understood by more people accessing such airports, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2589 - To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a homeland intelligence doctrine for the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3710 - To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for the remediation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3526 - To authorize certain counter terrorist networks activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3675 - To require a review of Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler programs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3694 - To require the Transportation Security Administration to implement training for frontline Administration personnel regarding the screening of pregnant women and families with young children at passenger screening checkpoints, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3722 - To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3246 - To require GAO review of certain TSA screening protocols, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2528 - To direct the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to carry out programs and activities to ensure that Federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving Federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool, and for other purposes.
H.R. 335 - To require the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating, and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2203 - To increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3525 - To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry, and for other purposes.
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|In This Edition
|- Impeachment Talk
- Hearing From You
- Committee Action
- September Hice Headliner
- Freedom Caucus Podcast: Equal Protection and Equal Power
- Opening New Career Doors
- The Week Ahead
Trish Reagan Primetime
Fox Business – 9/23
Congressman Hice on Democrats’ possible plan to impeach the president
The Todd Starnes Show - Talk 1300 (WGDJ)
Albany, NY – 9/24
Congressman Hice on Impeachment
WRDW (CBS) News 12 Midday
Augusta, GA – 9/23
Congressman Hice to host Telephone town hall
WDMA (NBC) Capitol Review
Washington, DC – 9/22
Congressman Hice on disaster relief
Atlanta, GA – 9/19
Congressman Hice’s statement about Mr. Horowitz
Rep. Jody Hice: The principles that make America great (op-ed)
Washington Examiner – 9/20
As voters watch Democrats duke out their differences in the presidential primary, one common thread appears to unite their party: an utter lack of regard for individual freedoms. Democrats want to grow the scope and size of government, taking control of your healthcare, your firearms, and even your pocketbook. The unyielding dedication to the protection and advancement of the liberties that made America great continues to make our nation great today. While coastal elitists from both parties may have forgotten the importance of individual freedoms, working men and women have not. Free speech, religious liberty, and the right to bear arms have distinguished our country in the course of history and continue to pave the way for greater prosperity and human flourishing tomorrow. Free speech is in our nation’s DNA. Who we are and how we live is built on the notion that each person can and should have the right to think and speak for themselves. But today, public speech is being policed by those claiming to know better than you and me.
Mr. Horowitz Speaks
The Wall Street Journal – 9/19
He expanded on how grave a problem it is for senior law-enforcement officials to think they get to operate outside rules and procedures. Asked by Georgia’s Rep. Jody Hice why he’d chosen in his August report to score Mr. Comey for setting a “dangerous example” in leaking his Trump memo, Mr. Horowitz blew up the former director’s claim that his actions had been necessary or justified. “Our concern,” Mr. Horowitz said, “was empowering the FBI director, or frankly any FBI employee or other law-enforcement official, with the authority to decide that they’re not going to follow established norms and procedures because in their view they’ve made a judgment that the individuals they are dealing with can’t be trusted.”
DOJ watchdog Horowitz has been in contact with US attorney responsible for filing charges
Washington Examiner – 9/19
Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican from Georgia, asked Horowitz about Durham in the Oversight hearing. “I am going to defer to him and the Attorney General on that issue as to what they’re doing,” Horowitz replied. “I have had communications with him but it’s, really, they’re a separate entity and he’s working under the direction of the Attorney General. I’m obviously independent.”
Georgia members of Congress likely to play big roles in impeachment investigation
11 Alive – 9/25
Congressman Jody Hice of Greensboro had the most pointed critique of Democrats. "The simple fact that Speaker Pelosi could not be bothered to wait a mere 24 hours, when the President has said he'll release the call's transcript, shows how desperate and misguided the Left has become,” Hice said in a statement.
In Congress, Washington, D.C. leaders make pitch for statehood
WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – 9/20
While some calls for D.C. statehood have been bipartisan in the past, that was not the case on Thursday, as the reaction of GOP lawmakers at the hearing on D.C. statehood was basically one of furrowed eyebrows. "I think our Founders wisely gave us a Federal City," said Rep. Jodi Hice (R-GA), who joined other Republicans in saying the only way a change could be made is by a Constitutional Amendment. "At the end of the day, we are dealing with a Constitutional issue," Hice said at the hearing. Republicans not only harped on what they said was a requirement for a Constitutional amendment, but they also cited political corruption in the city as a reason to not consider the idea.
Justice Dept. IG referred James Comey for criminal prosecution
The Washington Times – 9/18
Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend. And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would “assess” Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate. Mr. Horowitz’s disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer. He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.
Democrats forced President Trump into finding alternatives to build the border wall
USA Today – 9/17
Engaging with everyday Americans in my congressional district in Georgia and across the nation — from law enforcement to grieving “angel parents” of those murdered by illegal immigrants — has shown me beyond a shadow of a doubt that we must act now to address the crisis at the southern border. Fortunately, President Donald Trump and his administration have taken measured, legal steps to protect our country and close the dangerous loopholes in our immigration system. The simple truth is border security is national security, and the federal government’s foremost responsibility is maintaining the safety of the American people. Thousands of individuals rush our Southwest border every month. The lack of control or even knowledge of who and what is coming into the United States creates a glaring vulnerability in our national security.
Hice hosts panel of upcoming job fair partners
The Covington News – 9/17
The fair is back in town ... the job fair, that is, which returns to the area to offer employment opportunities to people throughout the region. The third annual Regional Job Fair will return beginning at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and will feature more than 50 industries, staffing companies and partners, as well as 740 jobs. The event offers interviews and employment options to job seekers from Greene, Madison, Newton and Walton counties. Hice said he was thrilled to help bring the event to the area. "This has been a spectacular success before and I am confident it will be again," Hice said. "We are connecting people with jobs and employers. That's what this is all about."
Hice holds telephone town hall
WGAU Athens News & Weather – 9/23
U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) today announced that he will host his seventh telephone town hall of the year on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. During the wide-ranging discussion, Hice will provide constituents from across the 10th District with a community update, discuss legislative priorities, and take live questions from participants. “I take pride in actively communicating with constituents daily both in D.C. and in Georgia,” said Congressman Hice. “Congress has a lot of important upcoming decisions to make, and I look forward to having an open dialogue with folks on policies coming out of our Nation's capital that affect each and every one of us.”
$3 billion in federal aid for farmers hit by natural disasters
WSAV 3 – 9/17
Georgia Congressman Jody Hice says it’s a shame that farmers suffered while Congress debated. Now that the money is available, lawmakers are urging farmers to find time to apply.