Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


McHenry, Vargas Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Against Targeting of Israel


Washington - Last week, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) and Congressman Juan Vargas (D, CA-51) introduced H.R. 2856, the Combating BDS Act of 2017, which fights back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that has been employed to delegitimize and isolate the state of Israel. In addition to McHenry and Vargas, the bill was introduced with a bipartisan group of six original cosponsors including Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-05).

“The BDS movement is economic warfare against our most sacred ally,” said Chief Deputy Whip McHenry. “We have to do what is in our power to stop these hateful actions that attempt to undermine and weaken Israel. The Combating BDS Act gives our state and local governments the power to combat this by divesting from any group engaged in these wrong-headed actions.”

"I am proud to join this bipartisan effort to support local and state governments combating any attempts to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel," said Rep. Juan Vargas. "Congress must make it clear that the United States will not tolerate the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that undermines our ally and threatens its security by passing the Combating BDS Act."

“If you seek to harm Israel, a beacon of democracy and vital partner for the United States, then we will do everything in our power to stop you.” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “I am proud to introduce this legislation to help state and local governments financially combat this hateful movement. We must defend our ally Israel against biased attacks, and our bill does just that.”

Background: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is used by opponents of Israel to drive a wedge between Israel’s government, businesses, universities and people from its allies around the world through the boycotting of Israeli goods, cultural institutions, universities, and divesting from Israeli companies and endowments. It has been used as a weapon to wage economic warfare against Israel and to delegitimize the country. In recent years, there have been emerging efforts in state and local governments to enact measures to divest from entities that participate in the anti-Israel BDS movement.  

H.R. 2856 strengthens these state and local efforts by affirming, at the federal level, the legal authority of those governments to take actions to counter the BDS movement’s ongoing economic warfare against Israel.  The bill clarifies that state or local governments have the legal authority to identify and divest public funds from entities engaged in the BDS movement when these designations are knowingly done and based on “credible information available to the public.” By clarifying this authority, H.R. 2856 will protect state and local governments from lawsuits alleging that they are unreasonably burdening or discriminating against interstate or foreign commerce. Additionally, by providing safe harbor for asset managers, H.R. 2856 gives states an offensive capability against any entity seeking to economically damage Israel.

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are leading a bipartisan group of 36 Senators who have introduced a companion bill, S. 170, the Combating BDS Act.

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McHenry on the Passage of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017


Washington – Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017:

“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices, voluntarily putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our freedoms. Through their service, they have earned access to the best care possible but unfortunately, the VA has too often failed them.

“With today’s House passage of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, we begin to change that. This bill makes it easier to fire underperforming VA employees while protecting whistleblowers who showed the courage to expose the VA’s shortcomings. This is an important, long overdue reform and I look forward to seeing President Trump sign it into law soon.”

S. 1094, which addresses some of the bureaucratic inefficiencies that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs, passed the Senate on June 6, 2017 by a voice vote. After passing the House by a vote of 368 to 55 it now moves to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Background: S. 1094, The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 creates a new efficient process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, while protecting employees’ due process rights and providing them with the right to appeal the action. It also creates additional protection for whistleblowers by barring the VA from removing employees with an open whistleblower complaint or case. In March, the House passed a similar legislation, H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017.  Read More

McHenry on Trey Gowdy's Selection to be Next Oversight & Government Reform Chairman


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee recommended Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) to serve as the next Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

“Congratulations to my good friend Trey Gowdy on his selection as the next Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Trey is an intelligent, reform-minded conservative who possesses the utmost honor and integrity. I’m confident he will be a principled but fair leader of the Committee as it continues its important work.” 

NOTE: This recommendation will be presented to the full House Republican Conference for official ratification. Read More

McHenry on Passage of the Financial CHOICE Act


   (click on the image above to see McHenry's speech in support of the CHOICE Act)

- Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed  H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act:

“Families and small businesses are the foundation of small, rural communities like those I represent in western North Carolina. Yet, over the last seven years, the Dodd-Frank induced regulatory onslaught has made their lives harder and more expensive. Today, the House began work to undo the damage done by Dodd-Frank with passage of the Financial CHOICE Act.  

“Since Dodd-Frank was signed into law, American families have lost access to basic services like free checking and mortgage lending. Saving for life’s important events like buying a first house or sending your child off to college has never been harder. For small businesses, the story hasn’t been much better. Small business loans—which previously made up half of the loan value on bank balance sheets—are down to 20 percent while American counties with less than 100,000 people are losing more jobs than they create.

“The Financial CHOICE Act will begin to change this. It removes onerous Washington mandates that have made it too expensive for many American families to access the most basic of financial products. It addresses the plight of small business by embracing innovation and encouraging the use of new forms of capital formation that will help small businesses grow and create jobs, ultimately stimulating economic growth in America’s rural and urban communities. 

“These are important reforms that will help our economy grow and, more importantly, make life easier for American families. I’m proud to have worked closely with Chairman Hensarling and my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to draft this bill and I’m hopeful it will become law soon.” 

On Wednesday, Chief Deputy Whip McHenry spoke on the House floor in support of the Financial CHOICE Act. Video of those remarks can be accessed by clicking here or by clicking on the image above. Read More

McHenry Announces Tenth District Service Academy Appointees


Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced Megan Ann Gavel and Zachery Joseph Lorch from North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District have accepted appointments to our nation's military service academies for the Class of 2021. Each of these students applied for a nomination through Congressman McHenry's office and were interviewed by the Congressman's Military Advisory Committee.

"I would like to congratulate Megan and Zachery on this tremendous achievement. The young men and women who attend our nation's service academies are among the best and brightest in our nation," said Congressman McHenry. "I know both Megan and Zachery will be excellent representatives of western North Carolina at the service academies they have chosen and I commend them for their commitment to serving our nation."

Megan Ann Gavel of Denver, NC is the daughter of Kirk and Lisa Gavel and graduated from Lincoln Charter School in Denver. She will be attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Zachery Joseph Lorch of Iron Station, NC is the son of Eric and Susan Lorch and a graduate of Woodlawn School in Mooresville. He will be attending the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.

On Tuesday, Congressman McHenry held a reception at his Hickory office for the Tenth District appointees where the appointees were recognized along with their parents and families. Zachery Lorch was, regrettably, unable to attend due to a prior commitment.  

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McHenry Announces 2017 10th District Art Competition Winner


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Shelby Yang as the winner of the Tenth District's 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Shelby’s work, "Luminous Soul", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District. Shelby, who lives in Claremont, is a junior at Bunker Hill High School where she studies art under teacher Jana Farris. 

On Tuesday, Congressman McHenry hosted a reception recognizing Shelby at his Hickory District Office. Joining Shelby for the reception were her parents, Lee and Charlie.

“First, I’d like to thank each of the Tenth District students who submitted pieces for this year's competition,” said Congressman McHenry. “The level of participation from Tenth District art students has grown annually and 2017’s competition was no different.” 

“Congratulations to Shelby on being chosen as this year’s winner,” McHenry continued. “I look forward to seeing her artwork represent the Tenth District throughout the next year.” 

Shelby’s artwork, seen below, will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. By winning the Tenth District's competition, she will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.  

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please click hereRead More

McHenry on the Passing of Mayor Rudy Wright


Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement on the passing of Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright:

"Giulia and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Mayor Wright's sudden passing. Mayor Wright was synonymous with Hickory, displaying his love for the city during the entirety of his nearly two decades of service as mayor. His tenure was marked by significant economic transformation in our area, throughout which Mayor Wright always remained the city's biggest advocate and booster. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Donna and the entire Wright family as they mourn this loss." Read More

McHenry on Passage of the American Health Care Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act:

“Seven years ago, Obamacare was sold to the American people as a plan that would reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for all Americans. In the years since, western North Carolinians have seen the opposite with plans cancelled, costs skyrocketing, and choice virtually nonexistent.

“Since it became law, I committed to repealing and replacing this broken law and today’s House passage of the American Health Care Act is the first step in that process. The AHCA removes many of Obamacare’s most disastrous policies including the government mandate that all Americans buy health insurance, the employer mandate that has hurt job creation and small business growth nationwide, and the law’s myriad taxes which have drastically restrained economic growth.

“But the AHCA is about more than just repealing Obamacare, it is about replacing it with a healthcare system that actually works. Our plan does that by maintaining popular Obamacare provisions including protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26. It also expands health savings accounts and the use of refundable tax credits. 

"The AHCA makes the most significant changes to Medicaid in a generation, achieving the entitlement reform President Reagan first called for in the 1970s. These changes remove the authority from Washington bureaucrats and empower each state to tailor the program to meet the needs of their individual citizens.

“Today’s vote on the AHCA is the first step in our three phase process to undo the damage of Obamacare and repair our nation’s healthcare system. This is the beginning and more work must be done. I’m proud to have worked closely with President Trump and his Administration to pass this law and look forward to continuing our efforts to create a healthcare system that actually works in the days and weeks ahead."
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McHenry on Passage of Government Funding Bill


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year: 

“As we continue the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in the Middle East and face the growing threat from North Korea, it is imperative our Armed Forces have the resources they need to keep us safe. Today, the House passed a government funding bill which does that. This bill provides the largest military pay raise in six years, reverses Obama-era personnel cuts, and funds new warships, aircraft, and weapons systems. 

"Additionally, this bill upholds many of President Trump's core commitments by increasing border security funding and curtailing the authority of un-elected Washington bureaucrats at the IRS and EPA.
“Finally the bill passed today includes funding for important western North Carolina priorities including an additional $650 million to confront the opioid epidemic, increased funding for the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail and wild-land firefighting, and it maintains the Hyde Amendment protections which prevent any federal money from going to fund abortions.”

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Providing Working Families Greater Flexibility


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act:

“Over the past few decades, economic challenges have led to rapid changes in the American workforce. Yet—as more American families become dual income households with both parents working—our nation’s laws have not been updated to reflect this new reality. 
“Today, the House took action to change that with passage of the Working Families Flexibility Act. This legislation updates federal standards as it relates to comp time, ensuring private sector workers are treated the same as their public sector counterparts. It is an important step in our efforts to make life easier for hard-working moms and dads throughout the United States.”

Background on the Working Families Flexibility Act (courtesy of the Education and the Workforce Committee): 

• Allows employers to offer employees a choice between cash wages and comp time for overtime hours worked. Employees who want to receive cash wages would continue to do so. No employee can be forced to take comp time instead of receiving cash wages.

• Protects employees by requiring the employer and the employee to complete a written agreement to use comp time, entered into knowingly and voluntarily by the employee. Where the employee is represented by a union, the agreement to take comp time must be part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the union and the employer.

• Retains all existing employee protections in current law, including the 40-hour work week and how overtime compensation is accrued. The bill adds additional safeguards for workers to ensure the choice and use of comp time are truly voluntary.

• Allows employees to accrue up to 160 hours of comp time each year. An employer would be required to pay cash wages at the overtime rate of time-and-a-half for any unused time at the end of the year. Workers are free to ‘cash out’ their accrued comp time whenever they choose to do so.  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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