U.S. Congressman Jody Hice | E-Newsletter
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice
Mobilizing Efforts 
Dear Friends,

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone facing unprecedented flooding following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Our first responders and emergency personnel are fully engaged in their rescue operations, and I appreciate their amazing work as rain continues to fall throughout the week. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with disaster relief efforts, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities.
On the Ground
Heading into the final week of the August district work period, I look forward to meeting many of you around the community, attending a ribbon cutting ceremony in Winder, hosting a “Coffee with Your Congressman” event in Taliaferro County, and speaking with students in Greensboro – just to name a few.

Congressman Hice providing a legislative update at a Monroe Rotary meeting


Congressman Hice thanking a local boy scout

There was a great crowd at my “Coffee with Your Congressman” event in Lincoln County on Thursday, and I want to thank each of you for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me. I value your feedback and appreciated all of your outstanding questions. Without a doubt, the residents in the 10th District are remarkable, and it is truly an honor to serve each and every one of you.

Congressman Hice welcoming folks at his “Coffee with Your Congressman” event in Lincoln County

Congressman Hice speaking with constituents in Lincolnton

Afterwards, I participated in a dedication ceremony for “The Foundations of American Law and Government Display,” which includes nine framed documents that have played a significant role in the development of the legal and governmental system of the United States.

With the help of Lincoln County Commission Chairman Walker Norman and a board member of Ten Commandments Georgia, Lynda Brown, the collection is now prominently showcased at the Lincoln County Courthouse. I was grateful to offer a prayer of blessing and thank both Ms. Brown for spearheading the local initiative and the county for approving this important display.

Congressman Hice making remarks at the dedication ceremony in Lincoln County

Congressman Hice inside the Lincoln County courthouse in front of the display

Then, I joined the Georgia Childcare Association at the Little Geniuses Daycare in Thomson for a tour of its facility, which offers a warm and caring environment and provides age-appropriate programs that enhance children's emotional, social, and cognitive development. While at the school, I read to a class of preschoolers and discussed new fingerprint rules and requirements with its staff. It is safe to say that “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is a favorite among the young learners. Thanks for having me!

At lunchtime, I attended the Thomson Rotary Club’s monthly meeting for a discussion about the pace of the Congressional calendar, Service Academy nominations, and how we have secured $8.5 million in benefits, grants, and scholarships to the district this year in constituent services, while fielding questions from Rotarians. During my remarks, I also acknowledged the outstanding achievement of Will Johnson, an alum of Briarwood Academy and one of my nominees who received an Academy appointment last year. Will graduated from Cadet basic training at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) on August 8th!

Will Johnson graduating from USAFA basic training earlier this month

Congressman Hice addressing Rotarians in Thomson


Congressman Hice greeting 10th District resident Steve Chalker


Congressman Hice providing a legislative update at the Thomson Rotary Club meeting

I continued my day by stopping by the Warren County School system, which includes Warren County High School, Warren County Middle School, and M.E. Freeman Elementary. Serving approximately 630 students, the teachers have incorporated creative techniques taught at the famed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta into their classrooms, including bringing in local artists to help paint their classroom walls.

They also have an outstanding garden, where students plant and harvest their own produce. Just last year, Georgia’s Department of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics honored Warren County Schools with the bronze level “Golden Radish Award” for their farm to table program. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of “The Warren County Way!”

Next, I made my way to Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta for a site visit. Old Hudson is a family-owned, modern shooting club that offers Skeet, Trap, 5-stand, and a newly added 14-station Sporting Clays course in Hancock County. As an avid outdoorsman and staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment, I thoroughly enjoyed touring the venue.

Additionally, Old Hudson is one of the Georgia’s most successful game hatcheries, producing quail and pheasant chicks and guided hunts for the same birds between October and March. Thank you, Nancy and Neal Bush, for having me! 

Co-owner of Old Hudson Planation Neal Bush showing Congressman Hice hatching quail eggs

Congressman Hice readies himself to shoot skeet

Congressman Hice discussing facility operations with Old Hudson employees

That evening, I was grateful to join folks at the Hancock County Farm Bureau, where residents were able to enjoy a vibrant exchange of ideas over a cup of coffee with me. We discussed topics ranging from health care reform to my work on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during my legislative update. Throughout the question and answer period, constituents asked about how to support those who were legally immigrating to the U.S., rural health care, President Trump’s border wall initiative, the farm bill, and the state of our military.

Congressman Hice meeting constituents at his “Coffee with Your Congressman” event in Hancock County

Congressman Hice shaking hands with a Sparta resident

Congressman Hice taking questions from the crowd

At the end of the week, I paid a visit to Athens, where I attended the ReNew Athens Revitalization Project ceremony thanking those who have helped restore vital housing opportunities for individuals trying to get out of hard times. I commend State Representative Spencer Frye, who is incredibly active with Habitat for Humanity and the project, and Mayor Nancy Denson for their hard work.

Congressman Hice at the ReNew Athens Revitalization Project site

Congressman Hice with 10th District resident Gordon Rhoden

After that, representatives from the Peach State Federal Credit Union welcomed me to Lawrenceville for a tour of its headquarters to learn more about federal issues facing the industry and talk about the need for commonsense regulations. Thanks for having me!

Peach State Federal Credit Union CEO Marshall Boutwell, Senior Vice President of Business Development Ryan Hawk, and Congressman Hice at its headquarters in Lawrenceville

Congressman Hice with Peach State Federal Credit Union CEO Marshall Boutwell

On Saturday, I was honored to present Department of Defense Lapel Pins and the State of Georgia’s Certificate of Honor to some of our local heroes at the American Legion Post in Statham. I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again, our veterans represent the very best of America, and while we can never repay them for their service and sacrifice, we must honor them as best we can.
Want to have coffee?
In order to better represent you in Washington, I often host “Coffee with Your Congressman” events. Continuing this tradition, on Thursday, August 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., I will be hosting another meet-and-greet at the Taliaferro County Farm Bureau in Crawfordville. I encourage residents from Taliaferro County and the surrounding area to join me for a legislative update and an open conversation to discuss the issues that are most important to you in the community.

A New Path Forward
Last Monday, President Trump addressed the Nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, to announce the administration’s strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia. The President was very deliberate in reaching his decision on Afghanistan and considered a host of different options for moving forward. While his decision was not reached easily, it must be considered in the context of the previous policies which have failed.

Most notably, when President Obama set an arbitrary timeline for withdrawing from Iraq, the coalitions we worked so hard to craft fell apart, setting the stage for ISIS and other terrorist organizations to fill the void. Simply put, we cannot repeat this legacy in Afghanistan.

I am pleased that President Trump articulated a strategy rooted in taking the fight directly to the terrorists, lifting engagement restrictions which have for so long tied the hands of our troops in theater, and applying pressure to our partners in Afghanistan and Pakistan to more aggressively combat terrorists operating within their borders.

It is my hope that these policies will more effectively create the conditions necessary to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a staging ground for those who wish harm upon us. Now it is incumbent upon Congress to provide our brave men and women in uniform with the resources required to achieve that success.

The Week Ahead
Heading into the final week of the August district work period, I look forward to meeting many of you around the community, attending a ribbon cutting ceremony in Winder, hosting a “Coffee with Your Congressman” event in Taliaferro County, and speaking with students in Greensboro – just to name a few.

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

Rep. Hice visits Peach State FCU to talk CU difference
CUNA News – 8/29
In what was termed an “educational” meeting, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) visited Peach State FCU, Lawrenceville, Ga., on Aug. 25. “Congressman Hice had an opportunity to meet with our senior managers and many of our staff members, some of whom knew him,” said Marshall Boutwell, president/CEO of Peach State FCU. “I’m struck by Congressman’s Hice’s desire to learn about how credit union’s work and how they serve their communities. His whole focus was on learning how credit unions operate, and he’s genuine in that endeavor.”

A consequence of term limits to consider
Walton Tribune – 8/26
District 10 U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Greensboro, was the featured speaker during the Rotary Club of Monroe’s regular meeting Monday at the Monroe Golf & Country Club. Hice spoke on a wide-range of topics — from the inability to get important legislation like healthcare and tax reform through the Senate to the stand down of North Korea — providing important and timely information on all the subjects covered. You’ll be able to read more about what Hice had to say about these and other issues in a story Managing Editor David Clemons is doing for our Wednesday edition.

Urge on Alzheimer’s work
Augusta Chronicle – 8/25
Georgia congressmen Rick Allen and Jody Hice both continue to support the fight against Alzheimer’s by joining the Congressional Bipartisan Alzheimer’s Task Force, supporting the HOPE Act (HR-1559), and supporting increased research funding in the House budget. Both congressmen understand the long game: If we are not successful in finding a cure, the economic burden will be unsustainable.

UGA College Republicans kick off semester with visit from gubernatorial candidate
Red & Black – 8/24
Aside from Hill, representatives for several other candidates including Brian Kemp, Casey Cagle, Houston Gaines, Josh Finley, Jody Hice and Wesley Ross spoke briefly about their Republican platforms and candidates’ government experience. Candidates also discussed internship opportunities and ways for students to become involved with their campaigns.

Congressman Jody Hice announces 2017 Regional Job Fair
Covington News – 8/24
You are invited to attend the 2017 Regional Job Fair on Thursday, Sept. 21. The job fair was announced by Congressman Jody Hice as a commitment to partnership and workforce development between the Economic Development Offices of Newton, Morgan, Jasper and Walton counties, and Georgia Piedmont Technical College. During the job fair, potential employees will have the opportunity to connect with local industries in the bio/life sciences, advanced/process manufacturing, service industries, and film and tourism sectors. “As a member of Congress, one of my top priorities is to improve Georgia’s economy by encouraging job growth in the 10th District. As such, this event will connect local industry leaders with potential employees to demonstrate that the 10th District really is the best place in which to do business,” said Congressman Jody Hice. The four counties are bringing the job fair together with Congressman Hice leading the program. 

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