U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
A Light in All The Darkness
Dear Friends,

Dee Dee and I are deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all those impacted by this senseless act of evil. As we grieve, may God provide comfort and relief to all those suffering.

The heroic actions taken by the Las Vegas Metropolitan first responders, law enforcement, medical personnel, and off-duty officers saved so many lives, and I’m thankful for their continued service. In the face of this cowardly act, Americans everywhere must stand united as one. Tragedy reveals the worst and the best of humankind, and I’m grateful for all of the everyday heroes who helped others and showed us the goodness and light in the world.
Welcome Back, Steve!
Thursday was an emotional day in the House as my friend and colleague, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), returned to the Capitol to deliver a powerful speech before the Chamber. As you may recall, Congressman Scalise was shot during an appalling ambush of partisan hate at a practice for the GOP Congressional baseball team in June. I was thrilled to welcome him back to Washington and see his recovery first-hand. As Steve said, “God answered our prayers.”
Tax Blueprint
Our tax rates are a burden not only to businesses but also to average American workers and our economy as a whole. Last week, the President and Congressional leaders released a framework to overhaul the tax code by bringing it into the 21st century.

The tax blueprint serves as a template for Congressional committees to develop legislation through an open and transparent process. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our complex tax system, lower rates, and truly make the IRS work for the people. At more than four million words long, the current tax code is a prime example of the government red tape that is strangling our economy. By lowering rates, reducing the scope of the IRS, and closing loopholes, we will put more money back in the pockets of the people who earned it, while spurring robust investment and job creation.


Click here to learn more about our plan.

Connecting with the Community
On Friday, I traveled to Tennille to meet with representatives from Community Health Care Systems, Inc. (CHCS) and toured its mobile unit. CHCS is a federally qualified health center that provides medical services in Johnson, Washington, Jefferson, Warren, Hancock, Glascock, and Baldwin counties. During the visit, I was also given a telehealth demonstration. Great to be with you all!

Congressman Hice speaking with CHCS Executive Officer Carla Belcher about the facility’s resources

Congressman Hice joins a CHCS representative for a tour of its mobile unit

Congressman Hice seeing a telehealth demonstration

Afterwards, I joined Jon Jackson, a veteran who served for 11 years with the U.S. Army Rangers and is now the Executive Director of Comfort Farms, for a tour of its crisis agriculture center. Comfort Farms prepares veterans and students for careers in sustainable food production that integrate economic profitability, environmental stewardship, and healing through the use of agri-therapy and a time-tested natural approach. What a remarkable facility. Thanks for having me!

Congressman Hice with Director of Comfort Farms Jon Jackson as he surveys the farmer’s market area of the farm

I ended my day in Milledgeville, where I attended Georgia Military College’s annual alumni parade. While there, I was humbled to receive its Honorary Alumnus Award for my commitment to developing the next generation of leaders. Thank you for bestowing me with this tremendous honor. The leadership, faculty, and staff at GMC are wonderful friends.

Congressman Hice joins Georgia Military College leaders in pledging allegiance to the flag

Service Academy Deadline
With my Service Academy application deadline right around the corner, I encourage students to learn more about the process of earning an academy nomination. These students are the future leaders of our country, and I’m grateful for their sincere desire to serve our Nation.

If you know any bright and motivated students interested in receiving a first-rate undergraduate education, while giving back to America by serving on active duty as a military officer, then please share this information with them. Please visit my
website or call my academy director, Carolyn Dallas, at (706) 201-5968 for more information.

October Mobile Office Hours
I understand that many of you who are in need of assistance with a federal agency may find it difficult to visit one of my district offices, whether that difficulty is due to schedules, transportation, or other personal matters. That is why, in an effort to conveniently provide 10th District residents with help, I have a full-time team who regularly hosts Mobile Office Hours at various locations throughout our district.

This month, I encourage you to stop by Reese-Hyman American Legion in Warrenton, the Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners Office, or the Wrightsville-Johnson Chamber of Commerce if you need assistance navigating the bureaucratic red tape of federal agencies.

Fraud Alert
It’s difficult to think that anyone would prey on those rebuilding from natural disasters, but unfortunately, it happens. As our community continues to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, please be aware of potential fraud and scam attempts.

Common practices include fake housing inspectors, building contractors, and requests for disaster donations, to name just a few possibilities, and these ploys can be made over the phone, by mail, email, text messages, or even in person. Keep in mind that local, state, and federal officials never request money for their services and always carry identification badges. If you suspect that you’ve been a victim of fraud, then I encourage you to file a complaint
here.

 The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 2316- Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017
H.R. 1547 - Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act
H.R. 2582 - Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act, as amended
H.R. 965 - Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act
H.R. 2937 - Community Reclamation Partnerships Act
H.R. 289 - GO Act, as amended
S. 652 - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017
H.R. 2408 - Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act
H.R. 1918 - Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1624 - Municipal Finance Support Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
H.Con.Res. 71 - Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027 (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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TOP NEWS

WMAZ (CBS) – 9/30
WMAZ (CBS) – 9/29

Bolstering local economy, talking tax reform in House
Walton Tribune – 9/30
Economic opportunities abound in Georgia, and the 10th District certainly is no exception. In the Covington-Newton County area, the explosive growth of the film and manufacturing industries is welcoming new ventures, like Three Ring Studios, Shire Biologics, and General Mills, to its community. I’m also encouraged by expansions that are happening in Milledgeville and Monticello such as the development of Norton Packaging.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Republicans back Trump’s tax reform proposal
Gwinnett Daily Post – 10/1
Hice said, “I really like what I’m seeing so far with the tax reform framework. This bold, new proposal is just the first step toward creating a system that is both competitive and fair. I’m pleased that it will empower Americans to take home more of their hard-earned paychecks and enable businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive.”

A Call for Pastoral Support of Free Speech Legislation
NRB – 9/29
The Free Speech Fairness Act is sponsored by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) in the House of Representatives and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in the Senate. Upon its introduction earlier this year, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB President & CEO, called the bill “a fair and reasonable remedy.” He said the Johnson Amendment “has dangled like a sword above the heads of pastors and ministry leaders” for too long and urged the legislation’s passage.

GMC announces 2017 Alumni Weekend award recipients
Union-Recorder – 9/28
Georgia Military College alumni and friends are meeting this weekend to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2017. One of the highlights of the weekend is honoring a select group of individuals with Georgia Military College Alumni Awards. The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected annually from submitted nominations.  This year’s award recipients are: Dr. George L. Echols, HS 1948, JC 1950 (Distinguished Alumnus Award), Rep. Jody Hice, United States Congressman, Georgia’s 10th Congressional District (Honorary Alumnus Award), Lt. Col. James T. Kjer, USA (Ret.), HS 1973 (Alumni Achievement Award), Chad Christian Rogers, JC 1999 (Community Service Award), Col. Charles David Sikes, HS 1965, JC 1967 (GMC Service Award).  These five extraordinary people are representative of the fine character and countless acts of excellence displayed by the alumni and friends of Georgia Military College. GMC is fortunate to have been a part of the lives of each of these fine people. The contributions of the 2017 Alumni Award recipients have without a doubt made the world a better place.

Yamaha Pro Michael Iaconelli Visits the Hill
Fishing Wire – 9/29
Yamaha Pro Michal Iaconelli traveled to Washington D.C. on Sept. 26 and 27 for meetings on Capitol Hill. During his trip, Iaconelli discussed fishing issues with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and several Congressmen including Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.). For the veteran Pro Angler from New Jersey, these meetings represented an opportunity to advocate on behalf of recreational anglers nationwide, and talk about getting kids involved in fishing through The Ike Foundation's outreach (theikefoundation.org). Iaconelli has been a supporter of Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (B.A.S.C.), a grassroots advocacy effort developed by B.A.S.S.®, since its inception in 2015 and believes that by supporting the rights of saltwater anglers, he is also protecting and supporting the growth of freshwater recreational fishing.

WTAS: Widespread Praise for President Trump's Unified Framework for Tax Reform
White House – 9/27
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA): “I really like what I’m seeing so far with the tax reform framework. This bold, new proposal is just the first step toward creating a system that is both competitive and fair. I’m pleased that it will empower Americans to take home more of their hard-earned paychecks and enable businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive. We're moving in the right direction, and I'm proud to be a part of this long overdue reform effort. As the tax-writing committees continue to flesh out the specific legislation, I look forward to being a partner in the discussion so we can send a final bill to President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.”

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