Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


McHenry on Passage of the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses & Investors Act


This evening, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, applauded the passage of H.R. 6427, the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act. Included in H.R. 6427 were two bills introduced by Congressman McHenry: H.R. 4854 the Supporting America's Innovators Act and H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a vitally important role in the American economy, especially in communities like those I represent in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "Yet today, the combination of a sluggish economy and misguided Washington regulations have led to these communities losing more jobs than they create."

“This evening, the House voted on a bipartisan legislative package that can begin to change that,"Congressman McHenry continued. "The Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act includes two bills I authored that will make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to utilize innovative forms of capital formation to grow their ideas. While there is more work to be done to improve the small business climate in America, today’s vote is a step in the right direction.”

Earlier today, Congressman McHenry spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 6427. Video of those remarks can be accessed by clicking here or on the image above.

H.R. 6427 is a package of six bills that passed the House earlier this year. The two bills introduced by Congressman McHenry, H.R. 4854 and H.R. 4855, originally passed the on July 5th. You can read more about those votes by clicking here.

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.

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.

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McHenry on Passage of 2017 Defense Authorization Bill


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report accompanying S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“We live in a dangerous world with multiple ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and regimes hostile to our American ideals leading countries in both Europe and Asia. In the face of these threats, it is our military men and women who keep our nation safe. Today, the House passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act ensuring they have the resources they need to get the job done.
“This bipartisan bill boosts base funding, closes the readiness gap, and maintains the prohibition on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to American soil. Ultimately, our armed forces are only as strong as the men and women who serve and our bill makes sure they are rewarded by providing the largest troop pay increase in six years. We are blessed to have the best military in the world and I’m proud to support this NDAA to maintain that strength.”   

For additional information on the FY2017 NDAA courtesy of the House Armed Services Committee click hereRead More

McHenry on Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act:

“America has long been a world leader in medical innovation but for Americans suffering from a disease, medical innovation and breakthroughs are not coming fast enough. The 21st Century Cures Act changes that. Our bill includes increased funding for medical research and development, removes barriers that block greater medical innovation, and also reforms our nation’s mental health system. 
“Passage of the Cures Act is a bipartisan effort, the conclusion of three years of hard work aimed at improving the lives of Americans afflicted by these horrific diseases. While there is still work to be done, today’s vote provides hope more cures are within reach.” 

Further information about H.R. 34 can be found here courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Additionally, you can click here to see a video detailing the three years of work that went into passing the 21st Century Cures Act.  Read More

McHenry Visits East Lincoln Speedway to Talk RPM Act


Last month, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) visited the East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley to talk about his bill to combat EPA overreach into auto racing, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016.

During his visit, Congressman McHenry had the opportunity to drive a late model race car on East Lincoln’s dirt track. After completing a few laps, Congressman McHenry spoke with SPEED SPORT about the RPM Act, its progress in the House, and his experience on track. Click here or on the image below to watch McHenry's interview. 

H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 or “RPM Act” was introduced by McHenry in March as a response to attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate modified motor vehicles used for racing.

At the time, the EPA had proposed a rule under the Clean Air Act that would have made it illegal for automotive enthusiasts to use modified street vehicles—like the late model car McHenry drove today—as race cars even though Congress never intended for race cars to be subject to the Clean Air Act.

In response to the introduction of the RPM Act, the EPA on April 15th withdrew its proposed regulation. Despite the EPA decision to withdraw the proposed rule, McHenry continues to advocate for Congressional action on the RPM Act to ensure this misguided regulation is stopped for good.

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McHenry Assists First Responders Fighting Party Rock Wildfire


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) is continuing to work with local businesses and government officials to provide support to those affected by the more than 20 active wildfires burning in western North Carolina, including the Party Rock fire near Lake Lure.

"My prayers are with the firefighters working around the clock to bring these fires under control," said Congressman McHenry. "They face a difficult job in challenging conditions and we are so thankful for their hard work. 

"In the coming days and weeks, I will continue to work with local leaders on the ground to ensure they have the resources they need to bring these fires under control,"
McHenry continued. "I'd like to thank everyone here in western North Carolina who has pitched in and would encourage everyone to help out if they are able." 

Over the last week, Congressman McHenry’s staff made calls to help hasten FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grant Declaration, which was formally granted on November 11.

Last week, a member of the Congressman’s staff was in attendance at Governor McCrory’s incident command briefing on the wildfires. Additionally, he has remained in close contact with Lake Lure Mayor Bob Keith and Rutherford County Commission Chairman Bryan King to ensure that support is provided to the people of Western North Carolina impacted by these fires.

In addition to those efforts, McHenry has been working closely with food and beverage distributors throughout the Tenth District to provide supplies to those who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the fires. Among those contributing are Choice USA Beverage in Gastonia, NC who provided a truckload of water and snacks and Merchants Distributors (MDI)/Alex Lee, Inc. in Hickory, NC which is working with the Red Cross to provide food and other supplies.

Then yesterday, McHenry's District Director Brett Keeter delivered a car load of water and other supplies to Mayor Keith in Lake Lure. 

As the fires continue, additional supplies and assistance are greatly appreciated. To find out what supplies are needed, please click here. If you would like to assist as a volunteer, information on how to sign up can be found here

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McHenry's Hickory Office to Host Naval Midshipman


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced today that his Hickory office will be hosting, Jake Simpson, a current United States Naval Academy Midshipman from North Carolina on Tuesday, November 22nd. MIDN Simpson will be on hand at  Congressman McHenry's Hickory office from 3 PM to 4:30 PM to answer questions about the Naval Academy and the service academy experience from Tenth District students interested in attending the academies. 

MIDN Simpson will be able to give prospective students a look at life at the Naval Academy and  the other academies. This is an informal meeting and is not mandatory for any students wishing to receive a nomination from Congressman McHenry. It is rather a chance for prospective academy candidates to ask questions of someone who was in their shoes recently.

Congressman McHenry's Hickory office is located at the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technology located at 1990 Main Avenue, SE. Students interested in attending can RSVP by clicking here or contacting Nancy Meek at 828-327-6100. 

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McHenry Mourns the Passing of Donna Ballenger


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on the passing of Donna Ballenger, the widow of Congressman Cass Ballenger who previously represented North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District:

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Donna Ballenger, the widow of my predecessor and friend, Congressman Cass Ballenger. Donna led a life committed to public service. Whether it was assisting poor and oppressed people in Central and South America or improving childcare and medical services at home in Catawba County, Donna dedicated her life to helping those in need. Like her husband, Cass, Donna had a quick wit and a gift for motivating people to get the job done. Giulia and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the entire Ballenger family at this difficult time."  Read More

McHenry Helps Tenth District Constituents Attend Presidential Inauguration


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Chief Deputy Whip, has set up a page on his website for constituents to request tickets for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration which will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. That page can be accessed by clicking here.

Tickets to the inauguration can only be obtained through congressional offices, and the page will provide an easy to use system for those interested in attending the inauguration. The office will reward the tickets through a lottery which constituents can enter until December 16th, 2016. NOTE- Tickets are available for residents of North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District only. 

"The Presidential Inauguration is a vital aspect of our democracy as we celebrate the peaceful transition of power," said Congressman McHenry. "I strongly encourage Tenth District residents interested in attending this historic, quadrennial event to sign up for tickets through my website."  

Constituents who are interested in attending but lack internet access can request inauguration tickets by calling Congressman McHenry's Washington, DC office at 202-225-2576. 

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McHenry to Host Government Contracting & Exporting Workshop


Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced today that he will be hosting a Government Contracting and Exporting Workshop for local companies interested in selling to federal, state, and local government agencies on Wednesday, November 2nd. The workshop will be co-hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and will be led by instructors Noah Robins and Georges Neuenschwander, both of the SBTDC. 

Congressman McHenry will be in attendance for portions of the event and will be delivering remarks. The workshop can be especially useful for small businesses interested in expanding their customer base through hospitality related government contracting and exporting. Full details on the event are below:

WHO: Congressman Patrick McHenry and the SBTDC

WHAT: Government Contracting and Exporting Workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM

WHERE: Cochrane Science Building, Room CSB 117
Gaston College, Lincoln Campus
511 South Aspen Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Those interested in attending, can register at this link. If you are unable to register online, you can RSVP by calling Congressman McHenry’s Hickory office at 828-327-6100 or 800-477-2576.
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McHenry Eugenics Compensation Legislation Becomes Law


President Barack Obama signed S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act into law. S. 1698 assists victims of state-sponsored eugenics programs by exempting all payments received from state eugenics compensation programs from being considered as income when determining eligibility for federal benefits. In July of 2015, Congressman McHenry introduced H.R. 2949 which is the identical, House companion legislation to S. 1698.

"This is an important day for our fellow North Carolinians who were victimized by our state's eugenics program," said Congressman McHenry. "While we can never fully compensate for all their suffering, S. 1698 becoming law ensures they can now accept the compensation they deserve without fear of losing access to the social safety net. This law is the product of over fifteen months of bipartisan and bicameral work with my North Carolina colleagues and I'm proud to see it signed into law today."

S. 1698, which was introduced by Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, passed the Senate by unanimous consent on November 30, 2015. It passed the House on September 27, 2016 by a voice vote. Congressman McHenry spoke on the House floor in support of passage. Video of those remarks can be found here.


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 overwhelmingly 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, was introduced by North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.


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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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