U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

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Dear Friends,

Keeping in contact with my constituents is one of the most important responsibilities of my job, and one of the most effective ways of doing this is through telephone town halls in which thousands of residents from Georgia’s 10th District have the opportunity to share their thoughts with me and ask questions about our shared future.

I want to thank all of you who joined last Thursday evening’s discussion, where I provided a legislative update and answered many of your questions. During the call, I asked two poll questions, and the results are in!

When asked whether you support the repeal and replace of Obamacare with a patient-centered, market-driven health care system:

When asked whether you support increasing our defense budget in order to better deter North Korea and defend ourselves in the event the North Korean regime follows through on their repeated threats against the U.S.:

Hice in the House

The Second Amendment is not just about hunting or target practice. It’s about protecting our lives, families, and homes, and as a tireless defender and champion of the Second Amendment, I believe that all law-abiding Americans should be able to carry a firearm. Although elected officials are all average citizens, we must also recognize that lawmakers are increasingly becoming targets.

With that in mind, I introduced H.R. 2945, the Congressional Personal Safety Act, which will allow Members of Congress to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States, except for the U.S. Capitol Building. The right to keep and bear arms is a vital element of the order that our Founders handed down to us, and I will continue to preserve the Second Amendment rights that help make us more safe, secure, and free as a nation.


Congressman Hice sending well wishes to Congressman Steve Scalise after the introduction of H.R. 2945

High quality career and technical education programs help ensure that students across the country have access to rewarding and high-paying jobs in an increasingly competitive global economy. Last week, the House passed two bills that will empower Americans to transition out of welfare and into the workforce. H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizes the Perkins Act and provides additional monetary support to state and local career and technical education programs to expand opportunities so that all students are ready for, have access to, and can compete for in-demand jobs. H.R. 2842, the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, facilitates local partnerships between businesses and agencies to meet the demands of local communities and incentivizes the hiring of recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Through apprenticeships and hands-on learning, we can better help hardworking Americans reach their potential and bridge the gap to build strong pathways from the classroom to the workplace.

On Thursday, I spoke on the House Floor to honor the lives of two Georgia State Corrections officers, Sergeants Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica, who were killed in the line of duty on June 13th in Putnam County, Georgia. I share with their families and friends the deep sorrow perpetrated by the violence of two rogue inmates, and I pray that God comforts the loved ones of Sergeants Billue and Monica in their time of grief.

Described as hardworking, kind, and devoted, they will be remembered for their service and sacrifice, for their loyalty as public servants, and for their love and dedication to their families. Every American law enforcement officer makes a promise to keep our country and communities safe and, in return, we must restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to all members of the law enforcement community who are on the front lines of our homeland’s security.

Click here to watch my floor speech.

 
Investigate the Investigators?

In case you missed it, I joined my colleagues, Congressmen Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), to author an op-ed on FoxNews.com to explain why we believe it’s time for the House to have hearings on the past actions of Mr. Mueller and Mr. Comey, as part of the Holder and Lynch justice departments, which call into question their impartiality. Below are some of our thoughts:

“Former FBI Director James Comey misled the American people during last year’s presidential campaign when he referred to the Clinton email scandal as a “matter,” not an investigation. He did it willfully. He did it intentionally. And he did it at the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.”

“Mr. Comey misled the American people in the early weeks of the Trump administration by furthering the perception that President Trump was under investigation, when in fact he was not. He again did this willfully and intentionally.”

“Comey recently admitted that, after being fired from the FBI, he had a friend leak an internal FBI document to the New York Times detailing a conversation Comey had with President Trump. Comey testified under oath that he ordered the leak to help create public momentum for the appointment of a special counsel, which we now know is Comey’s mentor and predecessor, Robert Mueller.”

“The American people want justice to be blind. They want equal justice and equal protection for everyone. But Mr. Comey’s actions continue to call his impartiality, and the impartiality of the Holder and Lynch Justice departments, into question.”

Click here to read the Fox News piece in its entirety.

 
Student's Corner

I am impressed by 10th District students more and more each day! Last week, I presented Rachael Liu, a recent graduate of Archer High School, with the Congressional Award Gold Medal. This award is the highest distinction bestowed upon young people by the United States Congress and is given to acknowledge youth for their initiative, achievement, and service.

To earn this honor, Rachael completed over 450 volunteer hours at a local food ministry and served more than 6,000 individuals in her community. I’m proud to have outstanding students, like Rachael, in the 10th District. Keep up the good work!


Chairman of the Congressional Award Foundation’s Board of Directors Paxton Baker, Rachael Liu, and Congressman Hice

Our first session of summer interns finished up last week after six weeks in my Washington, D.C. office! While it was tough to see Amanda and Mitchell go, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and want to thank both of them for their hard work and dedication.

If you know anyone interested in interning with either my D.C. or District offices, please encourage them to visit my website to learn more information about the application process. Deadline for the Fall semester is Friday, July 21st at 5:00 p.m., so mark your calendars!


Congressman Hice thanks 2017 summer interns, Mitchell and Amanda, for all of their work

In U.S. Service Academy student related news, Calli McMullen – a 2016 Georgia Military College Preparatory School graduate – is continuing her success as a cadet and athlete at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Not one for a light schedule, she finished the outdoor track season in mid-May, attended air assault school for two weeks, and will return to West Point for additional military training at Camp Buckner before heading back to school in August. 

Check out the Union Recorder’s article highlighting her success.

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

H.R. 2547 - Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017
H.R. 1684 - Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017 H.R. 2258 - ADVANCE Act
H.R. 1726 - Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017
H.R. 497 - Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act
H.R. 220 - To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes
H.R. 1073 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a structure for visitor services on the Arlington Ridge tract, in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and for other purposes
H.R. 1135 - To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program
H.R. 1500 - Robert Emmet Park Act of 2017
H.R. 1967 - Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act
H.Res. 397 - Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty
H.Res. 351 - Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya, as amended
H.R. 1215 - Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3003 - No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3004 - Kate’s Law (Subject to a Rule)

As always, I want to hear from you. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. Visit my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more updates about my work in Washington on your behalf.

Sincerely, 

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TOP NEWS

Hice on TV
Fox Business (Varney & Co.) – 6/21 
WFXL Fox (Albany, GA) – 6/21 

Hice on the Radio
 WSB-AM Atlanta – 6/23 

Congressman Jody Hice hosts telephone town hall meeting
Red & Black – 6/26
On Thursday, June 22, Georgia congressman Jody Hice hosted a telephone town hall for 10th District constituents and interested parties. Listeners tuned in for an update on legislation, local and national affairs and the chance to pose their questions to the congressman directly. Hice answered questions from Facebook and from constituents calling in live. Hice was originally scheduled to host the town hall meeting on June 15, however it was postponed for a week following the shooting at a GOP baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia. In Thursday’s telephone town hall meeting Hice described the attack as a “cowardly act.”

“Tax reform is the most important thing I will ever vote on”
House Republicans – 6/20
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) on Fox Business: “We’re focused on tax reform. …tax reform, regulatory reform, and trade — those are the key issues that will transform our economy, get it jump started and back on track where it needs to be. That is the focus.”

Rep. Hice on Karen Handel victory
Fox24 – 6/21
U.S. Representative Jody Hice spoke to WGXA about Karen Handel's win over Jon Ossoff following an expensive and heated race for the District 6 seat. "An enormous victory and a very hard fought one," Hice said. "I look forward to working with her and continuing to move forward our conservative Republican agenda. This was made up to be a referendum on the White House and on the president and in reality this is nothing more than a referendum on the Democrat party. They spent tons of money and came up empty handed." Hice also said he thinks Democrats have a lot of soul searching to do going forward.

U.S. lawmakers propose boost in Capitol Police funding after shooting
Reuters – 6/22
On Wednesday, Republican Representative Jody Hice of Georgia, warning that members of Congress have a "bull's eye on our backs," said he had introduced a bill to make it legal for senators and representatives to carry guns anywhere in the country, except the U.S. Capitol building. The gunman in last week's attack in Alexandria, Virginia, was killed in a gun battle with police.

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