U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
The Road Ahead
Dear Friends,

There’s a lot of work being done as Georgia communities recover from Hurricane Irma, and I want to assure you that my team and I remain committed to serving as a resource to you and your family. These catastrophic storms were devastating, and we continue to coordinate closely with federal, state, and local authorities to help get our homes and towns back on track. Once again, I want to thank our first responders and emergency personnel for their swift response as they clear debris and restore power. If you need any help with federal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of my offices:

Monroe District Office – (770)-207-1776
Milledgeville District Office – (478)-457-0007
Washington, D.C. Office – (202)-225-4101

I also encourage you to visit FEMA’s website for safety tips and resources, like what to do if your home has been damaged, how to report scams and fraud, how to help children cope with a disaster, and more by clicking here.
Hice in the House
These days, former presidents receive speaking fees in the tens of thousands of dollars and sign multi-million dollar book deals. Last week, as a small step in the journey toward reining in frivolous federal spending, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and I introduced joint legislation to limit unnecessary taxpayer subsidies to former presidents.

By identifying outdated measures and prioritizing principles of accountability, the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act creates a market-based plan to save taxpayer dollars. We will achieve this goal by making several changes to the way we approach spending when it comes to compensating former presidents in the modern era. I’m pleased that my bill was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which I am a member, with overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s clear that updating this outdated law is in the best interest of American taxpayers, and I am extremely glad to be spearheading this effort in Washington, D.C. Learn more about my efforts here.

On Thursday, the House – with my support – passed H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, by a vote of 233 to 175. This bill, of which President Trump has been a vocal proponent, is a commonsense measure that will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to improve domestic security and restore public safety by denying criminal alien gang members admission to the United States.

Gangs, like MS-13 and others, are responsible for a staggering number of heinous crimes – from rape and murder to identity theft to human trafficking and even sex slavery. Unfortunately, gang membership is not a deportable offense in and of itself. H.R. 3697 will require illegal aliens to be detained and deported if immigration enforcement officers can prove that they are members of a criminal street gang. The safety and security of the American people is our highest priority, and I encourage the Senate to take quick action to pass this bill.

The House also passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018, with my support. Its passage marks the first time since 2009 that all twelve appropriations bills have cleared the chamber on time. This bill includes pro-life protections, cuts wasteful government programs, funds our national security, provides vital resources to NIH and other important health and research initiatives, and stops harmful regulatory overreach by multiple agencies.
Tax Reform Push
The current tax code is nearly 2.4 million words long, and it leaves far too many families behind. With that in mind, I'm working with my colleagues to create a fair, simple, and competitive solution that benefits our families, businesses, and economies. America is the greatest Nation in the world because we give our citizens the opportunity to work hard and succeed on their own merit. While details of our plan are still being worked out, our fair and simple tax reform plan will lower rates at every income level so that all Americans can keep more of their hard-earned money to save, spend, and invest in the way they see fit. Learn more by clicking here.

Welcome to Washington & On the Homefront
Before heading home on Thursday afternoon, I was thrilled to meet with members of the Georgia Credit Union and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association in Washington, where we discussed their priorities and regulatory issues. Thank you for your insight and feedback. Your thoughts and concerns are invaluable as we work to address the critical issues of our time.

Congressman Hice with Georgia Credit Union representatives


Congressman Hice meets with members of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association

On Friday, I took a trip to Fred’s Pharmacy in Social Circle to have a face-to-face discussion about the services that pharmacists provide to the community, such as receiving, filling, and dispensing prescriptions, administrating safety checks, and counseling patients on their medication. This local business fills more than 700 prescriptions monthly and employs over 1,000 individuals, while making significant contributions to our state’s economy. Thanks for having me!

Congressman Hice speaking with Fred’s Pharmacy employees


Fred’s Pharmacy Manager Eva Mendsen discussing store operations with Congressman Hice

L to R: David Pryor (District Manager), Eva Mendsen (Pharmacy Manager), Congressman Hice, Regina Lott (Store Manager), and Steve Stewart (Clinical Field Coordinator)

THIS WEEK: Regional Job Fair
If you're looking for work, looking to change your career or know someone who is, join me for our Regional Job Fair this Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College Main Campus in Covington.

Over 50 employers are seeking to add to their teams, and this is a great opportunity for you to network with industry leaders and interview prospective employers on the same day! Be sure to bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally.

There is no fee to participate in the job fair and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit selectnewton.com/your-life/job-fair-2017. Learn how Georgia, specifically the 10th District, is open for business by clicking here.
 The Week Ahead

Among many other things, I’ll be in Athens attending the grand re-opening of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, in Monroe visiting a Juvenile Justice Office, in Eatonton speaking with agriculture leaders, in Covington hosting my 2017 Regional Job Fair, and in Milledgeville keynoting the Georgia MOAA Statewide Convention.

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

WGXA Fox Macon (Connect to Congress) – 9/13 
Fox Business (Varney & Co.) – 9/13 

Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers
AJC Politically Georgia – 9/16
Athens-area Republican Congressman Jody Hice said he wanted to hear more about what happened with Equifax before recommending policy, but that “as a general rule, companies like that have got to police themselves or they’re going to lose business.” Many other Georgia congressmen have tread carefully after the hack, urging their colleagues to hear from Equifax’s top executives before considering next steps.

Trump drew a line in the sand on any immigration deal with Democrats
Business Insider – 9/15
Critics of chain migration, such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, say it is a significant factor in bringing large numbers of low-skilled immigrants to the US. In a March study, FAIR wrote that the "problem with chain migration is that while the United States retains the ability to say 'yes' or 'no' to individual immigrants, the pool of immigrants is self-selecting." Rep. Jody Hice, a Georgia Republican, introduced a bill to curb chain migration earlier this year called the Nuclear Family Priority Act, which he said in a February statement "would take crucial steps to reform an antiquated immigration selection process and prioritize keeping nuclear families intact."

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) and wife recovering after I-40 car wreck
WSB-TV – 9/12
The force of the impact caused the Loudermilks’ car “to leave the road and flip multiple times, coming to rest on the passenger side. Both the Congressman and Mrs. Loudermilk were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries where they were treated and released.” Rep. Jody Hice ✔@CongressmanHice
Lifting my friend and colleague @RepLoudermilk and his wife up in prayer as they heal from this accident. Get well soon, friends.

Bill Would Slash Taxpayer Subsidies for Rich Former Presidents
Liberty Headlines – 9/13
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) introduced the bill, H.R. 3739, in the House. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. “The lifestyle of the modern post-presidency has dramatically changed in recent years, affording former presidents many lucrative opportunities, including high-dollar speaking engagements, book deals, and board memberships, just to name a few,” said Hice in a press release. “With Americans looking down the barrel of a $20 trillion debt, we must find ways to reduce wasteful spending, and our former presidents will lead by example in cutting costs under this bill.”

A special unveiling ceremony
Lincoln Journal – 9/17
A special unveiling ceremony held last week highlighted the newly erected American documents at the Lincoln County Courthouse, which include the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta, Mayflower Com­pact, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Preamble to the Georgia Constitution, the Star- Spangled Banner, Lady Justice, and the national motto of the United States, which is “In God We Trust.” The documents, a part of the Historical Display Law initiative, have now been hung in over 30 government building across the state. Those present for the unveiling were (l-r) activist Linda Brown, Congressman Jody Hice, Commission Chairman Walker Norman, Tax Assessor Brenda Danner, and Com­missioner Virginia Williams.

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