U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Pro-Worker, Pro-Family, Pro-Growth
Dear Friends,

In the last week, our Nation has experienced heartbreaking and unsettling acts of violence in both New York and Texas. Dee Dee and I grieve with the victims and their loved ones, and we pray that God provides comfort and relief to all those suffering. We cannot and will not allow evil to win. In any instance of such malevolence, we’re grateful for the response of law enforcement, first responders, and the brave men and women who risked their own safety to protect and assist their fellow Americans. Psalm 147:3 tells us that, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” I hope you will join me in praying for the families of everyone affected by these senseless tragedies.
The Road to Putting More Money Back in Your Pocket
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled a comprehensive tax reform bill – H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – based on our unified framework that cuts income tax rates for hardworking Americans, doubles the standard deduction, significantly increases the child tax credit for families, and reduces taxes for businesses and job creators.

My staff and I are continuing to dig through the bill with a fine-toothed comb to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises for you, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like a big step in the right direction. Folks back home will see a dramatic reduction in their tax rates, while getting to keep a lot more of their hard-earned money when tax time comes.

According to the nonpartisan, independent Tax Foundation, in Georgia alone, this tax bill is expected to create nearly 30,000 new jobs, and increase families’ income by over $2,300! That’s more money to save for retirement, your next vacation, or an upcoming home project. It also brings simplicity and common sense back to our convoluted tax code by streamlining the filing process so that more than 90% of American families will be able to do their taxes on a piece of paper the size of a postcard.

Working in tandem with the Trump Administration, Congress is ready to help get our economy moving again, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act delivers on that promise by advancing a simpler and fairer system for all Americans, creating and keeping more jobs here at home, and allowing folks to safeguard more of their hard-earned money.

As the committee of jurisdiction moves through the mark-up process and regular order, I encourage you to learn more about the plan here. We are taking action to achieve tax relief that’s built for growth, and I’m excited to get lasting reform across the finish line. We’re on track to advance the bill in the House before Thanksgiving and give working families the financial relief they need. Stay tuned to my e-newsletter for more updates.

Hice in the House
Last week, the House, with my support, passed two pieces of legislation that will vastly improve choices for seniors and children based on their specific health care needs. H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017, repeals Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a group of 15 people often referred to as the “death panel,” and rolls back power from unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from slashing Medicare spending and compromising access to health care for seniors. It’s time to shift decisions away from Washington and back to the people and their doctors.

H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, extends federal funding for important public health priorities, including reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years, community health centers for two years, and other programs, such as the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education curriculum, for two years. Given the current state of our health care system, this legislation is good for Georgia children and families, but rest assured that I will continue to work hard to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.


In a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last week, we delved into the recent report from the Office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) regarding America’s ongoing efforts to build, train, equip, and sustain the Afghan National Defense and Security and ensure the future success of the United States in Afghanistan. Click here to watch me question Special Inspector General John Sopko.


During a legislative hearing on Thursday morning in the House Natural Resources Committee, we examined the merits of three bills – H.R. 221, the Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act, H.R. 1176, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, and S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act. Click here to watch me question Governor Paul LePage of Maine on how these bills will impact our Nation.


On the House Floor, I joined my colleagues for a special order to highlight some of the House’s important work that has been stalled in the U.S. Senate. As of today, the House has passed over 300 bills that are sitting in the Senate awaiting action, including measures to advance the right to life – H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion, and H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Life is our Creator’s most precious gift, and all human life – at every stage of its development – is worthy of protection.

Simply put, the Senate has no excuse. They must get to work and help us continue to implement the positive agenda that we promised the American people. Click here to watch my remarks urging the Senate to act swiftly.

Congressman Hice speaking outside of the Capitol at a press conference supporting H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017
Advancing Conservative Principles 
I came to Congress to stand up for the advancement of conservative values, and last week, I was humbled to be recognized by the American Conservative Union Foundation for my principled voting record during a time when our country is facing so many critical issues. I will continue to champion pro-growth, limited government policies that help ensure we leave this country and Georgia’s 10th District better than we found it for our kids and grandkids.

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp honoring Congressman Hice with the 2016 Award for Conservative Excellence
 
Thank You
As we approach Veterans Day, I’m thrilled to be participating in various events throughout the 10th District to honor our heroes. On Thursday, I’ll join the Athens Area Military Officers Association of America for its annual Veterans Day celebration, where I will recognize and remember the tremendous sacrifice of our Nation’s veterans. On Friday, I’ll address students at Social Circle High School and pay tribute to our local heroes and their family members who have preserved and protected America’s freedoms.

That afternoon from 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., I encourage veterans to come by my Monroe District Office to enjoy coffee and pastries and discuss important issues facing our servicemen and women. On Saturday, I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Celebration in Johnson County. Check my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for pictures from the events.


On Saturday, November 18th, I’m hosting a Helping Our Heroes event with U.S. Senator David Perdue, Jefferson County, and community affiliates for our local veterans. If you or a family member have ever worn a uniform in service to our Nation, come and enjoy a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway in your honor. During the event, veterans will also have the opportunity to learn more information about filing claims, housing, benefits, suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment, and more.

The following organizations will participate in the event to support our local veterans: American Legion Department of Georgia, Augusta Warrior Project, Augusta Vet Center, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Jefferson County Vets in Action, Jefferson Hospital, and Tools for Life. For more information, please visit my website, call (478) 457-0007, or email my Deputy Chief of Staff, Jessica Hayes, at Jessica.hayes@mail.house.gov.
Need Help with Grants?
As your Representative, my staff and I can provide valuable resources and tools to assist federal grant seekers with each step of the application process. We’re pleased to be able to help you find out if you are eligible for a grant, identify project funding, or write a letter of support. My office recently received word that the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia in Athens was approved for a Community Facilities loan through the Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) program. This exceptional development is one that transcends boundaries, bringing innovation and excellence together with cherished traditions to create something exciting and new, and I was proud to be an advocate for the project.

If you have questions about any issue with a federal agency or need assistance with your next project, I encourage you contact my Monroe office at (770) 207-1776 or my Milledgeville office at (478) 457-0007.

Approval letter from the USDA awarding a grant to the Westminster Presbyterian Homes in Athens

The Week Ahead

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

H.R. 1066 - VA Management Alignment Act of 2017
H.R. 3122 - Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 3562 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes
H.R. 3656 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable
H.R. 3657 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries
H.R. 3911 - Risk-Based Credit Examination Act
H.R. 2148 - Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans, as amended
H.R. 918- Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, as amended
H.R. 1133 - Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1900 - National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act
H.R. 2123 - VETS Act of 2017
H.R. 2601 - VICTOR Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3634 - SERVE Act of 2017
H.R. 3705 - Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3949 - VALOR Act, as amended
H.R. 4173 - Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 3441 - Save Local Business Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2201 - Micro Offering Safe Harbor 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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TOP NEWS

Hice on the Radio
Michael in the Morning – 11/2
WGAU Fox News Radio – 11/3 

Hice: Latest terror attack shows need for immigration reform
Covington News – 11/3
In light of the grievous terror attack in New York earlier this week — perpetrated by a terrorist who entered the country through the Diversity Visa Program — it’s becoming more evident that our flawed immigration system needs to be addressed. Let me start by expressing my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families who were impacted by this horrific act of violence. I’m keeping all those affected in my prayers, and we need to be mindful of this event as we move forward with our conversations regarding immigration. It is for the sake of these innocent lives that we need to review destructive policies that allow these terrorists to enter our nation.

Rep. Jody Hice receives Award for Conservative Excellence
Red & Black – 11/4
Congressman Jody Hice, who has been representing Georgia’s 10th Congressional District since 2015, received the Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation. The ACU’s award is given annually to members of Congress based on their commitment “to advance conservative principles of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and a strong national defense.” “I came to Congress to stand up for the advancement of conservative principles, and I’m proud that my voting record reflects that commitment," said Rep. Hice in the press release.

GOP to Repeal Johnson Amendment's Muzzle on Pastors Through Tax Reform
CBN News – 11/2
Another score Republicans hope to make through the tax bill: repealing the Johnson Amendment. "I'm excited about the Johnson Amendment being put in there that will address the rights of churches and nonprofits to be able to speak without losing their tax exempt status," Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., tells CBN News. Hice says GOP leaders and President Trump are united in wanting to end the law and seeing the tax plan move forward. "I think we're going to see the economic engine of America boom if we're able to get this over the finish line," Hice said.

Hice to host Veterans Appreciation Coffee
Covington News – 11/2
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) announced that he will host a “Veterans Appreciation Coffee” Friday, Nov. 10. Hice invites 10th District veterans to stop by his Monroe district office, at 100 Court St., in Monroe, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for coffee and pastries.  Hice will be there to thank veterans for their service and to discuss important issues facing our military and veterans. “It’s important that we recognize the generations of men and women who wore the uniform in defense of our country and liberties,” Hice said.  “Veterans Day is just one opportunity to do so, and I hope that all Americans will take time this season to demonstrate respect and express their gratitude to our nation’s valiant warriors.”

House Takes Up Bill to Protect the Unborn with a Heartbeat
CBN News – 11/1
Rep. Jody Hice, R-Georgia believes it is the government's duty to guard humanity's inalienable rights. "We understand that life itself is a gift of God. It is not something granted by government or any institution.  It is a God thing.  And our task, among other things, is to guard, to defend, to protect those inalienable rights," he explained. One motto used by the pro-life movement for many years is "Abortion stops a beating heart."  The Heartbeat Protection Act would flip that slogan, so the new reality would be "A beating heart stops abortion."

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