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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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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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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