Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

McHenry Recognizes Retiring Chamber President Danny Hearn

2016/07/13

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spoke on the House floor to recognize Danny Hearn, the President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce who will be retiring at the end of September after twelve years of service to Catawba County's business community. Click here or on the image below to see video of the Congressman's remarks.

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McHenry Supports Conscience Protection Act

2016/07/13

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of the Conscience Protection Act of 2016:

“No American should be forced to choose between following their conscience or following the law. Yet—on the issue of abortion—that is exactly what the Obama Administration is forcing medical professionals to do. The Conscience Protection Act changes that by reaffirming long-standing federal policy which allows doctors and hospitals who oppose abortion to live out the tenets of their faith.” 

BACKGROUND:


The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 reaffirms the protections found in the Weldon amendment. Next, the bill opens the courts to discriminated individuals and entities to obtain necessary legal relief. Finally, the bill clarifies that nothing in the Act prevents providers from voluntarily electing to participate in abortion or makes changes to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Read more about this legislation hereRead More

McHenry Pays Tribute to Alderman Mike Rhyne

2016/07/12

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) today spoke on the House floor to pay respects to Ellenboro Alderman Mike Rhyne who passed away last month at the age of 69. Click here or on the image below for full video of the Congressman's remarks.

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McHenry Introduces Fintech Bills

2016/07/12

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, yesterday introduced two bills: H.R. 5724, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2016 and H.R. 5725, the IRS Data Verification Modernization Act of 2016. These bills restore consistency in our lending laws to reflect the new realities of financial innovation, and fix the problems with the IRS’s manual income verification process so that small businesses and consumers can receive more accurate credit assessments faster.

“Innovation in financial services has created more convenient and secure ways to meet the demands of American consumers,"
said McHenry. "For these to succeed, however, Washington must rethink its own laws and regulations to keep up with the growth and creativity in the private sector."  

"These two bills are important first steps in our efforts to harness technology to make lending more accessible for all Americans," McHenry continued. "Now is the time for Congress to take a leading role in supporting the expansion of safe and affordable credit by embracing innovation and making our lending laws more consistent.”

Yesterday, McHenry spoke with the Wall Street Journal about both bills. You can read that story here. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23).

BACKGROUND:  

H.R. 5724, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2016 reaffirms the longstanding legal precedent under the National Bank Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act that federal law preempts a loan’s interest as valid when made.  

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case Madden v Midland.  In Madden, the Second Circuit held that the National Bank Act, which preempts state usury laws regulating the interest a national bank may charge on a loan, does not have a preemptive effect after the national bank has sold or otherwise assigned the loan to another party.  This reading of the National Bank Act was unprecedented and has created uncertainty for fintech companies, banks, and the credit markets.

H.R. 5725, the IRS Data Verification Modernization Act of 2016 requires the IRS to automate the Income Verification Express Services process by creating an Application Programming Interface (API), which would reduce paperwork and the waiting period burdens on borrowers. 

As part of the loan and mortgage processes for consumers and small businesses, each applicant completes an IRS form called a “4506-T,” which gives the lender the right to access a summarized version of their tax transcript, which is used to confirm certain data points on their application.  According to industry reports, this manual process at the IRS takes 2-8 days, which creates needless delay for fintech companies and banks that rely on leveraging data and technology to make faster, informed decision for consumer and small business lending. Read More

McHenry Hosts Opioid Crisis Workshop for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

2016/07/07



On Friday, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) hosted a workshop for local Tenth District law enforcement agencies focusing on the heroin epidemic that has struck communities in western North Carolina and across the nation. The workshop--which was attended by 20 Tenth District law enforcement agencies--was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and focused on law enforcement strategies to help combat this epidemic.

"The heroin and opioid epidemic has destroyed lives, families, and it threatens our western North Carolina communities," said Congressman McHenry. "This epidemic must be confronted from every angle: awareness of the dangers posed by opioids, preventing access to them, and rehabilitating those suffering from addiction."

"Ultimately our law enforcement agencies are the first line of defense in the fight against this epidemic," Congressman McHenry continued. "The workshop provided these agencies with the information and resources they need to lead this important fight. I thank them for attending and for the hard work they do each and every day to keep us safe." 

At the workshop, Congressman McHenry announced that his office has launched a comprehensive addiction resources page on his website, McHenry.House.Gov. The page includes information on treatment, helplines, and a complete list of drug collection units in the Tenth District. That page can be accessed by clicking here

Friday's workshop was held at the Gaston County Administration Building in downtown Gastonia. Congressman McHenry and Jennifer Kline, a Tenth District resident who lost her brother to opioid addiction, also spoke at the workshop. Click here or on the image below for Time Warner Cable News - Charlotte coverage on the workshop. Additionally you can read about the workshop here courtesy of the Lincoln Times-News

 
The workshop was attended by 20 Tenth District law enforcement agencies. A full list of the agencies in attendance can be found below:

Gaston County Sheriff's Office
Gaston County Police Department
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Cramerton Police Department
Mount Holly Police Department
Conover Police Department
Catawba County Sheriff's Office
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
Gastonia Police Department
Newton Police Department
Maiden Police Department
Shelby Police Department
Lincolnton Police Department
Asheville Police Department
Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
Stanley Police Department
Hickory Police Department
Belmont Police Department

Additional photos from Friday's workshop can be found on Congressman McHenry's Facebook page. If you would like to use these photos for stories, please contact Jeff ButlerRead More

McHenry Eugenics Compensation Legislation Passes House

2016/07/06

Last night, the House passed Congressman Patrick McHenry's (R, NC-10) eugenics compensation legislation, H.R. 2949 the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, as part of a larger bill, H.R. 5210, the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act. H.R. 5210 passed the House by a voice vote. 

“North Carolina’s eugenics program is a sad part of the history of our great state,” said Congressman McHenry. “While we can never fully compensate the victims for the pain they suffered at the hands of the state, this bipartisan bill will at least ensure they are not further penalized for accepting compensation payments they deserve.”

H.R. 2949 was included with H.R. 5210 when it passed the House. H.R. 5210 was introduced by Congressman Tom Price (R, GA-06). You can learn more about that bill here.  

BACKGROUND ON H.R. 2949:

During the early decades of the 20th century, over 30 states implemented eugenics or compulsory sterilization laws which led to the mandated sterilization of more than 60,000 citizens. Those sterilized were overwhelming poor and were often unaware they were being victimized. At the time, North Carolina was known to have one of the most aggressive sterilization programs, with only two states having been known to sterilize more of their citizens. 

In 2013, North Carolina passed legislation becoming the first state to compensate victims of forced sterilization. This legislation set aside $10 million in the state budget to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program. As of the beginning of 2015, more than 200 victims have been awarded approximately $20,000 each in compensation.  

H.R. 2949 was introduced to further assist victims of these programs by ensuring the payments victims receive do not count towards their eligibility for, or amount of, any benefits they receive from the Federal government. This includes Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), unemployment, Supplemental Security Income, and any other Federal benefits. 

H.R. 2949's companion legislation in the Senate, S. 1698, which was introduced by North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr passed that chamber by unanimous consent on November 30, 2015. You can read more about its passage here. Read More

McHenry Votes for Bipartisan Reform to Our Nation's Mental Health System

2016/07/06

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by a vote of 422-2: 

“Mental illness effects hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families including many in western North Carolina. It is a serious medical crisis that for too long has been ignored, leading to premature deaths and unnecessary tragedies.  
 
“This afternoon the House took a major step forward by passing the most comprehensive mental health reform bill in years. This legislation makes significant reforms to our nation’s mental health system including increasing the number of psychiatric hospital beds available to treat patients, increasing mental healthcare in small and rural communities, and utilizing innovation to improve the care provided to patients.”  
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McHenry Crowdfunding, Angel Investing Bills Pass House

2016/07/05

This evening, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, had two bills addressing capital formation for small businesses pass the House with wide, bipartisan support. 

H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act passed the House by a vote of 388 - 9, while H.R. 4855 the Fix Crowdfunding Act passed the House by a vote of 394 - 4. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23). The bills now head to the Senate where they await action. 

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are America’s true job creators, especially in communities like those I represent in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "But today, they face a capital crisis. Small business lending from traditional banks is way down and America’s smallest communities are losing more jobs than they create."

“Today, the House passed two bills with strong bipartisan support that begin to confront this crisis," Congressman McHenry continued. "Angel investing and investment crowdfunding are both innovative new forms of capital formation that—in the proper regulatory climate—can become vital tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses. My two bills help to ensure investment crowdfunding and angel investing reach their true potential.”

H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 to by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 250 persons for qualifying venture capital funds. Congressman McHenry's floor speech in support of H.R. 4854 can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below. The text of H.R. 4854 is available here


H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act amends Title III of the JOBS Act by raising the dollar amount limit and clarifying certain requirements under the Exchange Act 12(g) requirements, and permit single purpose funds to participate in the sale and offer of crowdfunding securities. Congressman McHenry's floor speech in support of H.R. 4855 can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below. The text of H.R. 4855 is available here

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Statement on U.S. v. Texas

2016/06/23

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Texas: 

“Today’s decision is a victory for our Constitution and the rule of law. Moreover, it marks another stinging defeat for President Obama’s seven year legacy of executive overreach and ‘going it alone’ by ignoring Congress’s role as a co-equal branch of our government.  

“While today’s decision is a victory, this fight is not over. I find it deeply troubling that half the court would support the President’s lawless executive amnesty, further highlighting the urgent need for a conservative jurist to replace the late Antonin Scalia on our nation’s highest court.” 
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McHenry Capital Formation Bills Pass Committee

2016/06/16

Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, had two bills addressing capital formation pass out of the Committee in a bipartisan manner.

H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016 passed the committee 57 to 2 while H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act passed the Committee 57 to 2. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23). The bills now await action on the House floor. 

"Today, small businesses--particularly those in rural America--face immense challenges raising capital as traditional lenders have greatly reduced small business lending," said Congressman McHenry. "To confront this challenge, we must harness technology and encourage innovative forms of capital formation to fill the void. Crowdfunding and angel investing are two great examples. I'm encouraged to see both of my bills clear the committee in a bipartisan fashion and am hopeful they will both receive a vote on the House floor soon." 

H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 to by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 250 persons for qualifying venture capital funds. You can view McHenry's testimony in support of H.R. 4854 by clicking here. Full text of the bill is available here

H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act amends Title III of the JOBS Act by raising the dollar amount limit and clarifying certain requirements under the Exchange Act 12(g) requirements, and permit single purpose funds to participate in the sale and offer of crowdfunding securities. You can view McHenry's testimony in support of H.R. 4855 by clicking here. Full text of the bill is available here. Read More

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Patrick McHenry is serving his sixth term in the United States Congress where he represents the citizens of North Carolina’s 10th District. Congressman McHenry’s district comprises seven counties in western North Carolina, from the suburbs of Charlotte to Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In the 114th Congress, McHenry serves as the Chief Deputy Whip, a position he was selected to Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) on June 26th, 2014. Assuming the Chief Deputy Whip position on August 1st, 2014, McHenry directly assists Majority Whip Scalise by leading a team of five Senior Deputy Whips and helping to manage the legislative priorities of Congressional Republicans on the House floor. Congressman McHenry is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. In the 113th Congress, Congressman McHenry served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. In this role, the Congressman provided oversight of the Federal Reserve, Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Export-Import Bank. He was previously a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Throughout his career, Congressman McHenry has been a vocal and effective advocate for the men and women who wear the uniform of our country. He received awards from the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League for his extensive work in bringing a veterans’ health care clinic to his district after nearly two decades of delay. The National Guard presented Patrick McHenry with the Charles Dick Medal of Merit for his exceptional service to the North Carolina National Guard.

McHenry has been recognized as a leader of the conservative movement in America. He shares the most conservative voting record in Congress on family values issues, according to National Journal. Having never voted for a tax increase in his career, Congressman McHenry is continually recognized as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform.

Congressman McHenry is the recipient of several additional awards including: the National Association of Manufacturing’s “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” Award, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Champion” Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, the 60 Plus Association’s “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” Award, the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” Award, and Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award.

Most importantly, Congressman McHenry continues to listen to the voters of the 10th District and act as their voice in Washington. His main focus is to provide the highest level of constituent services at home in Western North Carolina.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2004 at the age of 29, Patrick McHenry represented the 109th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, a post he was appointed to by President Bush. Patrick McHenry is a graduate of Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, N.C. and Belmont Abbey College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Congressman McHenry and his wife Giulia live in Denver, N.C. and worship at Holy Spirit Church. On August 15th, 2014 Congressman McHenry and Giulia announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Cecelia Rose.


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