U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Workforce Development & Career Opportunities
Dear Friends,

It was an honor to collaborate with the economic development offices of Newton, Morgan, Jasper, and Walton counties to bring world-class employers directly to the people of the 10th District at Thursday’s Regional Job Fair in Covington. With nearly 60 employers and more than 1,400 job seekers, we connected community talent with good-paying jobs at respected businesses in our region.

Over the past few years, the State of Georgia has distinguished itself as a powerhouse for business with its growth in the industries of manufacturing, film, and tourism, and I want to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success. To read more about the job fair, check out these great articles from the Covington News and the Rockdale Citizen. You can also watch my Facebook Live videos from the event here.

Congressman Hice addressing the crowd at the 2017 Regional Job Fair

Congressman Hice with job fair partners

While at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, I was also thrilled to meet and learn what students from Eastside High School, Newton High School, and Alcovy High School are doing to prepare themselves for the workforce. It’s truly humbling to see young people make such positive contributions to the community.

Congressman Hice with Eastside High School students


Congressman Hice getting a firsthand look at the German Apprenticeship program

Congressman Hice speaking with students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Congressman Hice presenting Alcovy High School students in the German apprenticeship program with certificates of recognition

Hice on the Homefront
I began my week in Athens, where I attended the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s grand reopening ceremony. With 25 years of powerful outreach, this operation has served over 40 million people. Food insecurity is a problem that doesn’t often get the attention it deserves, and I want to thank the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia for the great work it has been doing in our community. It’s a testament to what can take place when we come together for a common cause. I firmly believe that the best solutions to ending hunger are – and should be – community driven, and I am pleased to see the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia leading by example.

Congressman Hice congratulating the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia on 25 years of service

Congressman Hice joining community leaders in Athens

Next, I joined Travis Woody in Monroe for a briefing about the local juvenile justice office and to congratulate him on his retirement as Staff Sergeant after 20 years of service. For nearly two years, he has worked to get kids back on the right track by being genuine and honest with them. Thank you for your service.

Congressman Hice with Department of Juvenile Justice representatives in Monroe
On Tuesday, I joined UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, as well as other agriculture and state leaders, for a discussion during a tour of Northeast Georgia farms. The conversation reminded me not only of the far-reaching scope of agriculture in Georgia, but also of the vital collaboration between land-grant institutions and farmers across the region. Thanks for having me!

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Black, UGA President Jere Morehead, and Congressman Hice at Farmview Market in Eatonton

Towards the end of the week, I traveled to Milledgeville for a site visit to Air Evac Lifeteam. As the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air ambulance service in the United States, it serves more than 125 bases across 15 states.

This organization works to ensure that patients are transported to the most appropriate medical facility and provide much-needed access to underserved areas. What a remarkable visit.

Congressman Hice meeting with Air Evac Lifeteam members and community leaders

Congressman Hice discussing flight operations with Air Evac representatives

Congressman Hice preparing for takeoff

Afterwards, I was humbled to participate in Georgia Military College’s (GMC) Constitution Day parade. As our Nation’s most fundamental document, the Constitution is the cornerstone of our liberties and freedoms and speaks to the tenacity of Americans. “We the People” should remember every day how important it is to uphold the principles, values, and character upon which America was founded. At the ceremony, I was pleased to honor Lieutenant Colonel Edward Shelor for his retirement from GMC and welcome him as the newest addition to Team Hice.

Congressman Hice congratulating Lt. Col. Edward Shelor on his retirement from GMC

Congressman Hice pins award to GMC Prep School student for his leadership and community service

Later, I spoke with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to discuss the importance of the program and the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). CASA is a national association that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.

Congressman Hice meeting with Baldwin County Commission Chairman Sammy Hall and CASA representatives

I ended my day on Friday with local heroes at the Military Officers Association of America’s (MOAA) Statewide Convention. As the Nation's largest association for military officers, it assists veterans and their families at every stage of their careers. We discussed legislation that has impacted our service members, veterans, and military families, including the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) / Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset, commonly known as the “widow’s tax.”

These heroes have gallantly served our Nation, and we must uphold our commitment to care for them when they return from battle. As your representative, I will continue to fight to ensure our Armed Forces, veterans, and military families are a top priority. 

Congressman Hice addressing the crowd

Student's Corner: Midshipman Update
My office recently received an update from one of my Service Academy nominees, Korrey King of Henry County. It was a privilege to nominate him, and it gives me great confidence to know that he will one day be an officer in America’s Armed Forces. I encourage you to read his message below.

Don’t forget: The deadline for submitting an application for a Service Academy nomination is less than three weeks away! If you know any bright and motivated student interested in receiving a first-rate undergraduate education, while giving back to our Nation by serving on active duty as a military officer, then please share this information with them. To learn more about the application and nomination processes, please visit my website or call my academy director, Carolyn Dallas, at (706) 201-5968.

October Mobile Office Hours
I’m proud to have a full-time team of dedicated staff who are well-versed in delivering constituent services and interacting with federal agencies. If you have questions regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, the IRS, and other federal programs, I hope you will stop by the Reese-Hyman American Legion in Warrenton, the Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners Office, or the Wrightsville-Johnson Chamber of Commerce in October. Although we can’t guarantee the outcome, we can promise that we’ll do our very best to cut through the red tape and help to resolve your problem. My staff will gladly be available to assist you at the following dates and times: 
 The Week Ahead

Before I head back to Washington, I’ll join Rotarians in Henry County for a legislative update. This week, we will consider the following pieces of legislation on the House Floor:

H.R. 2061 - North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended
H.Res. 311 - Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, as amended
S. 1141 - Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017
H.R. 2519 - The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, as amended
H.R. 1235 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, as amended
H.R. 3823 - Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017
S. 810 - To facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes
H.R. ____ (Awaiting bill number) - Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017
H.R. 2824 - Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (Subject to a Rule)
S. 327 - Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017
H.R. 3229 - To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes, as amended

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

WXIA-ATL (NBC) – 9/25 

Super-rich ex-presidents and the taxpayers who support them
Fox News – 9/21
Ms. Ernst told “Fox & Friends” that she and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., reintroduced the bill this year and are “very hopeful to get it over the finish line.” While Ms. Ernst has the right idea, she doesn’t go far enough. There is no reason for taxpayers to fund these individuals at any level. They have more than enough money to fund their own offices, and anything else they want to indulge in. It is also reasonable that we require ex-presidents to have Secret Service protection. We should maintain it as a requirement of ex-presidents, and they should reimburse the Treasury for the cost.

Hundreds line up for job fair
Covington News – 9/21
Hundreds of people were lined up to meet prospective employers at a regional job fair Thursday morning. U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and local economic development offices are playing host to the event at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Main Campus until 4 p.m. Thursday. “It is an awesome event,” Hice, R-Ga., said. “If you are looking for a fresh start, or you’re just beginning a career, this is the place for you to be.”

The Price We Pay for Former Presidents
GOP USA – 9/22
“Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, said that while presidents should keep getting taxpayer-funded security details, they don’t need the more than $1 million in pensions and office equipment that former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush are each expected to cost in 2018,” The Times reported. “Her bill would cap the annual pension payment at $200,000 per president, and would impose a cap on how much an ex-president’s office can cost. Initially the cap would be $500,000 a year, dropping over a decade to $250,000 per presidential office,” the newspaper said. Ms. Ernst told “Fox & Friends” that she and Rep. Jody Hice, Georgia Republican, reintroduced the bill this year and are “very hopeful to get it over the finish line.”

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