Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


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

McHenry on Passage of the Supporting America's Innovators Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after his bill, H.R. 1219, the Supporting America's Innovators Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 417 to 3:

"Almost five years to the day after the JOBS Act became law, it is fitting that the House is again coming together in a bipartisan fashion to pass a bill that will help small businesses and startups access much-needed capital. 

"The Supporting America's Innovators Act is a common sense bill that will remove needless and outdated regulations replacing them with a regulatory framework that will encourage the growth of innovative forms of capital formation, which help businesses grow and create jobs."

You can see McHenry's floor speech in support of H.R. 1219 by clicking here, or on the image above. H.R. 1219 now moves to the Senate where it awaits further consideration. A Senate version of H.R. 1219, S. 444 authored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Dean Heller (R-NV), unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in early March. 

H.R. 1219, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 250 people for qualifying venture capital funds. The bill would eliminate a significant barrier facing small businesses and startups, instead incentivizing venture capital funds to grow their investments in rural-state entrepreneurs, helping local economies grow and thrive.  

Yesterday, McHenry joined with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) to host a round table discussion celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. They were joined at the event by investor Steve Case, venture capitalist Kate Mitchell, and other Members of Congress to talk about the JOBS Act's success and how it can be improved. You can read more about yesterday's anniversary event here

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ICYMI - McHenry on the American Health Care Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) spoke this week with CNBC's Squawk Box and CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss the first part of House Republicans' three-phase plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the American Health Care Act. Click on the images or links below to see video from Chief Deputy Whip McHenry's appearances:

CNBC's Squawk Box

CNN's Wolf

Additionally, on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Deputy Whip McHenry joined with Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) and the rest of the House Republican Deputy Whip team for a visit to the White House where they met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other senior members of the White House staff to discuss the House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare. 

                                 (photo courtesy of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

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McHenry Bill to Encourage Angel Investing Passes Financial Services Committee


Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, spoke in support of and voted for his bill H.R. 1219, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017. The bill passed out of the committee by a vote of 54 to 2. H.R. 1219 now awaits a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. You can see the full video of McHenry's statement from today's markup in support of H.R. 1219 by clicking here, or on the image below.

"Over the past five years I've worked tirelessly to update our federal regulatory framework so it works for small businesses and startups," said McHenry"Today, we took a huge step in those efforts as the Supporting America's Innovators Act passed out of both the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees. With bipartisan support in both chambers, I'm confident this bill will soon become law, allowing angel investing to reach its true potential."

H.R. 1219, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 250 people for qualifying venture capital funds. The bill would eliminate a significant barrier facing small businesses and startups, instead incentivizing venture capital funds to grow their investments in rural-state entrepreneurs, helping local economies grow and thrive. 

Earlier today, H.R. 1219's Senate companion legislation, S. 444, unanimously passed the the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The Senate companion, which was introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D, ND) and Senator Dean Heller (R, NV), now heads to the full Senate for a vote. Following committee passage of S. 444, Senators Heitkamp and Heller released the following statements.

“By making sure rural startups and small businesses have better access to investments from venture capital funds, we can help create new jobs and strengthen our hometown economies,”said Heitkamp. “Today, committees in both the House and Senate agreed. By passing our bipartisan, bicameral bill, it will help sharpen the focus on exciting new startup and small business investment opportunities that exist here in the heartland and get rid of a barrier to economic growth. We introduced our bill just last week, and it’s already gained tremendous momentum – and I’ll keep working to build on that excitement for bipartisan reforms that grow and invigorate our economy.”

“This bipartisan piece of legislation allows for more investors to enter into venture capital-type funds. That means small businesses will now have more access to capital to grow and create jobs. It also allows for more individual investors to participate in ventures with small businesses.  I’d like to thank Senator Heitkamp for her leadership on this legislation,” said Heller.

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McHenry Announces Details for the Annual Congressional Art Competition


Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced submission deadlines for the 2017 Congressional Art Contest. 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 Tenth District is home to a number of bright and talented art students,” said Congressman McHenry.  "Once again this year, I'm proud to help recognize these talented artists by hosting the Congressional Art Competition." 

The winning artwork from each congressional district will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The “Grand Prize” winner will also receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
All entries will be judged by a panel, and one winner will be selected.  Artwork must be submitted electronically to Joe Bost  of Congressman McHenry's Gastonia office.  The deadline to submit the artwork is May 5, 2017.  
Once all artwork has been received, submissions will be posted on the Congressman's Facebook page and users can share their thoughts on the work by liking their favorites.     
The Congressional Art Contest is a privately-funded competition with support from Southwest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please click here

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McHenry Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Promote Investments in Businesses & Startups


Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) joined with U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help encourage and boost investments in small businesses and startups in western North Carolina and throughout the country. 

H.R. 1219, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017 amends an exemption under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 205 people for qualifying venture capital funds. The bill would eliminate a significant barrier facing small businesses and startups, instead incentivizing venture capital funds to grow their investments in rural-state entrepreneurs, helping local economies grow and thrive. 

Often, would-be venture capitalists are discouraged from establishing funds in rural areas where smaller-dollar investors are more common, for fear of violating the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) limit of 100 accredited investors before a fund is required to spend the time and money registering with the agency. While this may not be an issue for some venture capital funds in high-net worth areas of the country – whose high-dollar investors make this ceiling difficult to reach – it can deter venture capital funds who would otherwise seek investments in states like North Carolina where local small businesses and startups often identify initial seed funding as their primary hurdle to getting off the ground. The Supporting America's Innovators Act would address this problem. 

“Small businesses drive our economy and create jobs, but have suffered the most in recent years.  With small business lending down, we need to pursue policy that encourages greater innovation in capital formation and allows American to invest in each other. The Supporting America’s Innovators Act does that and I’m proud to join with a bipartisan, bicameral group to introduce this important bill,” said Congressman McHenry.

“Too often, federal rules are written without rural America in mind, causing local small businesses and startups to lose out – but my bipartisan bill with Senator Heller seeks to change that,” said Senator Heitkamp. “Rural-state entrepreneurs shouldn’t be precluded from investment opportunities in their startups or small businesses, but when the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission limits accredited investors to 100 before registration with the agency is required – which doesn’t take long in rural areas where small-dollar investments are more common – that’s exactly what’s happening, and it’s time to level the playing field. By removing roadblocks to venture capital investments, we can help grow opportunities rural-state small businesses and startups need to thrive.” 

“Growing businesses need capital investments in order to expand, invest, and hire new employees. This bipartisan legislation updates outdated limits on investments, allowing for Nevada’s job creators to access critical capital that they can use to grow. Nevadans are tired of Washington limiting innovation and holding back our economy, and this proposal is another way to curb excessive government interference while supporting entrepreneurship,”
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McHenry on President Trump's Address to Joint Session


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight, President Trump laid out a clear and unifying vision for our country, a vision focused on creating good-paying jobs, lifting up the middle class, and keeping Americans safe and secure. In his first 40 days, we’ve already seen progress towards these goals with executive actions to cut regulations and secure our southern border.

“With his speech tonight, President Trump outlined the next steps in our work: describing details on his plans to repeal and replace Obamacare and reform our broken tax code. In the coming days and weeks, I look forward to working with him to achieve these shared goals and improve the lives of all Americans.” 

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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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