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

Hice on the Homefront

Dear Friends,

Summer is in full swing, and I was thrilled to be back at home for another outstanding District Work Period as we observed Independence Day. While traveling the 10th, I am always heartened to meet with so many great individuals and groups in our community. If our office hasn’t had the opportunity to meet with you or your organization yet, please reach out to us at hice.house.gov/contact and make sure you follow me on Facebook and Twitter to keep track of upcoming events!

I was honored to be with so many 10th District residents in Wrightsville as we celebrated America’s birthday. Last week, I was also honored to join Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee, other deputies, and command staff as I presented the families of fallen Correctional Officers Sergeants Curtis Billue and Chris Monica with flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and a statement I delivered on the House Floor. I value every opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform who risk their lives without hesitation.

Congressman Hice speaking with Sheriff Massee and Deputy Sheriff Mosley

I was also pleased to hold office hours in my Milledgeville District Office, after which I visited Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) to discuss one of its pilot projects that will be a public-private partnership focused on mental health clients. I want to thank Mike Couch, Executive Director of CSHLRA, and Dr. Carlo Musso, CEO of CorrectLife, for updating me on the progress of the projects and job creation in the area.

Dr. Carlo Musso (CEO of CorrectLife), Congressman Hice, and Mike Couch (Executive Director of CSHLRA) discussing mental health needs in Baldwin County

While on campus, I also met with students at the Milledgeville Youth Challenge Academy. During the visit, I was honored to pin Alexander Rydholm with a progress star for recently completing the English credits that are required to graduate from the Academy. While in town, I toured the Bostick Nursing Center, a facility that serves elderly and infirmed parolees from the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Congressman Hice pinning Alexander Rydholm with a progress star

Additionally, I showed my appreciation to local veterans, living and deceased, for their service and sacrifice to our Nation. The Putnam County Veterans Wall of Honor Park in Eatonton includes six brick walls that feature over 1,500 bricks engraved with the names of men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

Congressman Hice visits the Putnam County Veterans Wall of Honor Park

Jim Willis (President of the Veterans Wall Park, Inc.) points out a name on the memory wall to Congressman Hice

Congressman Hice joins Bob Landau (Veterans Wall Park Project Manager) and Jim Willis (President of the Veterans Wall Park, Inc.) as they raise a POW/MIA flag in Putnam County

I also held office hours with constituents in my Monroe District Office where we discussed a wide range of topics, including health care, telecommunications, national security, and tax reform. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me!

Congressman Hice meeting with Daniel Baker of Athens

Congressman Hice meeting with Dustin Cannarella of Athens

Congressman Hice meeting with J.R. Krogh of Hoschton

District Connection: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available

If you are a small business owner, an agricultural cooperative, or a nonprofit organization engaged in aquaculture in Jefferson County, I’m pleased to announce that the U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications for entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the severe freezing disaster in March.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.15 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For more information, please visit www.sba.gov/disaster Applications are open until February 28, 2018.

The Week Ahead

The House will vote on the following pieces of legislation this week:

H.R. 1492 - Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017
H.R. 702 - Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 1988 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building
H.R. 954 - To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes
H.R. 1397 - To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes
H.R. 1404 - Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act
H.R. 1541 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes
H.R. 1719 - John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
H.R. 1913 - Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act
H.R. 1306 - Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act
H.R. 2156 - Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act
H.R. 597 - Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017
H.R. 2664 - Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
H.R. 2480 - Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act
H.R. 2200 - Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended
H.R. 23 - Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (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.




Rep. Hice visits area
Union-Recorder – 7/8
When it comes to the job they were elected to do, some of the nation’s senators simply aren’t doing their jobs, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice says. “It’s frustrating, I’ve got to tell you,” said Hice, a (R-Greensboro) and Georgia’s 10th District congressman, who visited Milledgeville and Eatonton Thursday and sat down for one-on-one interview with The Union-Recorder to address several major political topics. “We worked like crazy in the House to get a [health care] bill passed, and then the Senate basically decided to ignore that bill and rewrote of their own. We really don’t know what that bill is going to look like yet. It looks like its facing tremendous hurdles for them to pass it.”

House Rep. Jody Hice votes in favor of bills targeting sanctuary cities and illegal aliens
Red & Black – 7/5
According to a statement issued Thursday, June 29, Georgia Republican House Representative Jody Hice voted in favor of two bills that aim to improve U.S. federal immigration enforcement laws.  H.R. 3003, also known as the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, was first introduced by Virginia Republican House Representative Bob Goodlatte on June 23. The bill clarifies the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority, and withholds federal funding from taxpayer dollars to jurisdictions not in compliance with ICE.

Franks: If Senate Strips Planned Parenthood Defunding From Health Bill, It Will Blow It to 'Smithereens'
CNS News – 7/5
"Finally, living up to an important conservative commitment to promote life and protect the unborn, the bill would prevent federal funding for one year for large abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, and the bill's refundable tax credits could not be used to federally fund abortions," reads the letter. It continues, "As the Senate continues its deliberative process, we urge you to carefully evaluate the American Health Care Act and consider the important role these specific policies played in building consensus in the House."  In addition to Franks, some of the other signers on the letter include Reps. Sam Johnson (R-Tex.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Congressman Massie introduces D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act
Highland County Press – 7/7
Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky, chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, has introduced H.R 2909, the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act. This legislation would allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit issued from their home state to carry their firearms in the District of Columbia. Original cosponsors include: Reps Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Mo Brooks (R- AL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rod Blum (R-IA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Keith Rothfus (R-PA) David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rick Allen (R-GA), Tedd Yoho (R-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Bill Posey (R-FL).