The Impeachment Probe
Dear Friends,

Since 2016, the one constant in national politics has been the unwillingness of the Democrat party to accept that Donald Trump was duly elected as the 45th President of the United States. They boycotted his inauguration, pushed the Russia collusion narrative for years, and spent millions of dollars on federal investigations – only to be told that there was no collusion and no smoking gun.

Still unsatisfied, they brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. The conclusion didn’t change, and nothing was accomplished but a disgrace of a political sideshow.

So, it was time to fuel the next scandal: the Ukraine investigation. Before seeing any evidence to support the claim, they alleged that President Trump told the Ukrainian government that their military aid from the U.S. would be tied to their willingness to investigate Joe Biden for political gain. That's not what happened. When President Trump willingly released the transcript of the call in question with the Ukrainian president, the reference to the Bidens was in the context of fighting corruption - which runs rampant in Ukraine – and was not a precondition of aid. It’s a reasonable concern to discuss, considering the corruption likely occurring, and the heads of state ought to be discussing issues affecting our two nations. Finally, as we saw from the transcript that was released last week, there was simply no quid pro quo.

But those facts don’t matter as Speaker Pelosi – in a bid to appease the socialist left wing of her caucus – announced that they will move forward with the impeachment process, and I’m sure there will only be more theatrics to come.

However, our Nation faces serious challenges. The needs of families and businesses are being overshadowed by political distractions. The American people want to see us address the debt, lower drug prices, pass appropriation bills on time, and bring the USMCA trade deal to the floor. Instead, the rest of this year will be focused on conspiracies and hearsay. I truly hope we can get back to the people’s business very soon.

Floor Action 
Congress has now officially squandered nine months of precious time on these pointless, endless investigations. The fixation on the President has blinded House Democrats from accomplishing the actual work necessary to our country.

While I wish we pursued more bipartisan priorities, last week, we voted on legislation to improve healthcare for illegal immigrants, while doing absolutely nothing to address the crisis on the southern border. This bill, H.R. 3525, the U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, requires the Department of Homeland Security to set up an electronic health records system for illegal immigrants. Keep in mind that the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense will not have similar systems for another nine and five years, respectively.

In other words, this legislation would put illegal immigrants in line for health screenings before American veterans and servicemembers. This is unacceptable, and I know this is not the sort of “immigration reform” that the American people want. Fortunately, although this passed the House almost entirely along party lines, it seems unlikely that this terrible bill will be taken up by the Senate.

New Editions of the Freedom Caucus Podcast
I’m excited to announce that two new Freedom Caucus Podcasts are now available on SoundCloud and iTunes! During one of the new episodes, listeners will hear Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida weigh in on President Trump’s hardline policies on China and describe its influence on the world stage.

In a very special second edition, outgoing House Freedom Caucus (HFC) Chairman Mark Meadows and incoming HFC Chairman Andy Biggs join the program to highlight their favorite memories and discuss what’s next to come for the caucus.


Coffees with Your Congressman
Next week, during the District Work Period, I’ll be hosting two “Coffee with Your Congressman” events for folks to come hear how I am working on their behalf in Congress and share their questions and concerns with me. There’s no doubt that the best solutions I bring to Washington come directly from the residents of the 10th District.

On Tuesday, October 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., I will join constituents at the Windmill Plantation Clubhouse in Evans for a hot cup of joe and a legislative update. In partnership with the City of Auburn, on Wednesday, October 9th, I’ll meet residents between 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at the Perry-Rainey Center for a morning brew while we discuss our Nation’s most pressing issues.

For additional event details, please click here.

The Week Ahead
For folks looking for a job, I cannot stress this enough: Now is the time to dust off your resume. With over 700 jobs available right now, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is the place to be this Friday, October 5th for the third annual Regional Job Fair. Learn more here.

For the remainder of the week, I look forward to spending quality time with many of you around the District. If we haven't had the opportunity to meet with you or your organization yet, please remember you can always reach out to me at hice.house.gov/contact.

As always, I’m humbled to serve you in Congress, and my team and I are here to help. 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 legislation and events!

Sincerely,

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Top News

Hice on TV
News This Morning @ 6:00 AM – WAGT (NBC)
Augusta, GA – 9/26
Congressman Hice’s comments on impeachment

News 12 This Morning – WRDW (CBS)   
Augusta, GA – 9/26
Congressman Hice’s comments on impeachment

Hice on the Radio
Atlanta’s Morning News – WSB-AM 
Atlanta, GA – 9/26
Congressman Hice’s statement on Trump’s conversation with Ukraine

‘Disgrace’: GOP Rips Adam Schiff for Making Up Trump Quote, Then Claiming ‘Parody’
Breitbart News – 9/26
Rep. Jody Hice (on Twitter): "Whistleblower"? To something they haven’t witnessed first-hand? More like a rogue, self-appointed private eye scooping up second-hand gossip and reading public news articles. No quid pro quo, no crimes. @realDonaldTrump didn't break any laws. @RepAdamSchiff is a disgrace.

The Jolt: Why some top Republicans haven’t applied for Isakson’s Senate seat
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – 9/27
One name to take off the list of potential Senate applicants: Congressman Jody Hice, R-Monroe. The senior House Freedom Caucus member told The Walton Tribune he plans to run for a fourth term in the 10th Congressional District. “I’ve had a lot of folks who have asked me to consider the Senate position and have my name in the hat, but the people of the 10th District voted me to represent them in the House," he told the paper.

Interior Solicitor Commits to Not Giving Congress ‘Wingdings’
Bloomberg Environment – 9/27
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) also called it “offensive” that Interior would send 12,000 “wasted” pages of blank documents. Interior’s “actions paint a picture of a department acting in bad faith,” Grijalva said. “The committee can’t do oversight envisioned in the constitution.” Interior defended its actions at the hearing, saying the department hasn’t changed how it responds to congressional document requests compared to previous administrations, according to Principal Deputy Solicitor Daniel Jorjani, who was just confirmed as solicitor by the Senate.

Hice running for reelection in 2020
The Covington News – 9/27
Rep. Jody Hice will run for reelection in 2020 and said he is not asking Gov. Brian Kemp to consider him for the upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Hice, a Republican from Greensboro, was elected to the House in 2014. At the time, he lived in Bold Springs and became the first Walton County resident elected to Congress. Hice was reelected without opposition in 2016 and won a landslide vote for a third term in November. “I’ve had a lot of folks who have asked me to consider the Senate position and have my name in the hat, but the people of the 10th District voted me to represent them in the House,” he told The Walton Tribune in an interview Thursday afternoon.

What Georgia lawmakers say about impeachment inquiry
95.5 WSB – 9/26
Jody Hice District 10, Republican, Supports inquiry: No "In their obsession to nullify the will of the people and overturn the results of the 2016 election, Democrats have become experts at hurling accusations before all the facts come out." Email statement, Sept. 24.

'It's time': Dems defend Trump impeachment inquiry after release of Ukraine call memo
News10 – 9/25
“The American public can read for the transcript for themselves. @HouseDemocrats' sole agenda is impeachment theater,” said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., on Twitter. “No quid pro quo, no pressure, no blackmail by @realDonaldTrump. Can we [say] the same about @JoeBiden?”

Some lawmakers want to expand gun background checks, but how well does the current system work?
Conservative Review – 9/26
House Freedom Caucus Communications Chair Jody Hice, R-Ga., also sees problems with expanding the current background check, given the data. “You have a tragedy that takes place in our country, immediately people start screaming ‘do something, do something, do something’” Hice explained. “Why don’t we do something like trying to enforce the laws that we already have?” Citing the 2010 enforcement numbers, Hice said, “There’s obviously an enormous problem that this whole background check system that we currently have is not working.” “So what is Congress’ solution to that?” Hice asked. “Let’s go back and expand it; let’s make this even bigger. That is not the way to address this problem.” The “lie and try” issue has received increased attention in recent years from the Trump administration’s Justice Department.
 

THORNER: PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY EAGLES HEAR FROM CONSERVATIVE POLICY MAKERS AND CURRENT AUTHORS
Illinois Review – 9/27
Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) presented the Keynote Address on Saturday, September 14th, at the "Life of the Party Luncheon."  He served as a pastor before going into politics. Said Hice: "What we need is a spiritual awaking.  Without morality and Christianity our country cannot succeed.  They are indispensable.  Our Constitution was written for a moral and religious society.  It can't exist in a secular society, for there must be an understanding of what is right and wrong.

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