Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

McHenry to Assist 10th District Veterans in Receiving Missing Awards

2015/08/07

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced today his offices in Hickory and Gastonia will be assisting 10th District veterans in an effort to obtain military service awards which were granted to but never received by local veterans and local veterans’ survivors. Due to problems in oversight, it has been estimated that hundreds, and possibly, thousands of service medals and awards were never granted to those entitled to these awards recognizing their service.

“Countless American men and women fought bravely in defense of our nation, but regrettably, did not receive the decorations in recognition of their service,” said Congressman McHenry. “I look forward to working with my staff, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to ensure that every 10th District veteran receives the medals and awards they rightfully earned."

Local veterans who were eligible but did not receive their awards, and also for those veterans who would like replacement medals if their medals were lost, stolen or destroyed, should contact Congressman McHenry's offices in Hickory or Gastonia. If a veteran lives in Buncombe, Gaston or Polk Counties, they should contact Joe Bost at 704-833-0096. For those veterans living in Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln or Rutherford Counties, they should contact Joanna Rowe at 828-327-6100. These awards will be presented by Congressman McHenry in a ceremony on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. Complete details on that ceremony will be released closer to the date. 

Any veteran who served during wartime and would like to participate must fill out a Form 180 and a signed Privacy Release allowing Congressman McHenry to make the inquiry on the veteran’s behalf.  Forms are available at both the Gastonia and Hickory offices. The forms must be returned to either Congressman McHenry's Gastonia or Hickory Office no later than 5 PM on Friday, August 28th, 2015

NOTE: Congressman McHenry's office can assist veterans with lost or stolen medals at anytime. The 08/28/15 deadline is simply for those who wish to participate in the 11/11/15 ceremony or receive their medals by that date.  Read More

McHenry Announces Seven Town Hall Meetings Across 10th District

2015/08/01

Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) will be holding seven town hall meetings for constituents across the 10th Congressional District throughout the month of August.

At each Town Hall meeting, Congressman McHenry will give an update on recent legislative activity in Congress and what can be expected in the coming months.  Town Hall meetings are an opportunity for constituents to share their thoughts on the issues about which they are concerned and ask Congressman McHenry questions on pending legislation and other issues before the House of Representatives. 

Additionally, the Congressman’s staff will be available to meet privately with constituents who have issues with federal agencies including Social Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Internal Revenue Service.

A full schedule of the seven town hall meetings including contact information for each venue is below:

​Buncombe County
Tuesday, August 4th at 6 PM
AC Reynolds High School
1 Rocket Drive 
Asheville, NC 28803

​Gaston County
Wednesday, August 5th at 6 PM
Gaston County Courthouse - Commissioners Chambers
325 North Marietta Street 
Gastonia, NC 28052

​Lincoln County
Thursday, August 6th at 10 AM
North Lincoln High School
2737 Lee Lawing Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092

​Polk County
Monday, August 17th at 6 PM
Polk County Commissioners Chambers
40 Courthouse Street
Columbus, NC 28722

​Rutherford County
Tuesday, August 18th at 6 PM
Rutherford County School Board Chambers - Cool Springs Board Room
382 West Main Street
Forest City, NC 28043

​Cleveland County
Wednesday, August 19th at 6 PM
Cleveland Community College - Keeter Auditorium 
137 South Post Road
Shelby, NC 28152

​Catawba County
Tuesday, August 25th at 2 PM
Conover Station 
409 4th Street SE
Conover, NC 28613


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McHenry: Five Years Later, Dodd-Frank Has Failed

2015/07/21

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law:

“Five years ago today, President Obama and Congressional Democrats celebrated Dodd-Frank as the cure to all that ailed our financial system. In the President’s own words, Dodd-Frank would ensure that never again do the American people foot the bill for bailing out the financial industry.

“Five years later, we have seen the exact opposite. Dodd-Frank’s myriad—and still incomplete—regulations have led to the closure of community banks and credit unions, the elimination of vital financial services like free checking accounts, and—most troublingly—has codified federal bailouts into law.

“Dodd-Frank’s greatest accomplishment has been further bloating and empowering our federal bureaucracy. From the Financial Stability Oversight Council to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats now have vast powers to declare which financial institutions are secure and which products are acceptable.

“Dodd-Frank was premised on the notion that deregulation caused our financial crisis. Now—five years later—it is the law’s overregulation that threatens another. Through all of this, it is the American consumer—who cannot access a mortgage or basic banking services—that bears the true brunt of this law’s failures.”

NOTE: Chief Deputy Whip McHenry wrote about the law's negative impact on North Carolina consumers in an op-ed for The Charlotte Observer which published Sunday. That op-ed can be found here.

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McHenry: Congress Must Disapprove of This Deal

2015/07/14

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after this morning's announcement by the Obama Administration of a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran:

"Today's announcement, coming after weeks of extended and missed deadlines, leaves me deeply concerned that the effort to find a deal has led this Administration to a bad one. The announced details thus far include no guarantee of access to sensitive sites for third-party inspectors, shreds the rigorous sanctions regime that has worked so well in recent years, and only increases the chances that Iran will possess nuclear weapons in the future.

"President Obama's claims that no deal will lead to war lacks basis in reality and looks instead to be fear mongering aimed at engendering popular support for a bad deal. This Iranian regime contributed directly to the deaths of countless American soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq, directly supports Hezbollah and the Assad regime in Syria, and continues to be fully committed to the downfall of our sacred ally Israel. To provide them sanctions relief with no meaningful, long-term constraints on their nuclear program is extremely dangerous to our allies in the Middle East and world peace more broadly. It is my belief that Congress must disapprove of this deal."  

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Congressman McHenry Announces $39,226 Regional Homeland Security Grant to City of Newton Fire Department in Catawba County

2015/07/10

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $39,226 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District.

The City of Newton Fire Department in Catawba County received the grant that comes in the ninth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).  The AFG Program aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country.  Local departments applied for the grants and the program is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder indicated that the grant funds would be used to purchase a new compressor and refilling station for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs.  It was by sheer coincidence that Congressman McHenry was just given a tour of Newton’s new fire station last week by Chief Yoder and Newton mayor Anne Steadman.

“The City of Newton has made a tremendous investment in the safety of its citizens with its new fire station,” said Congressman McHenry. “It was a real pleasure to see and I know this grant will continue Chief Yoder’s mission to provide the citizens of Newton with a top notch fire service.”

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process.  Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for.  The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee.  Since Congressman McHenry and Chief Cash began the program, 10th District EMS and fire departments have consistently won more grants than departments in most of North Carolina’s other Congressional Districts.  

Newton is one of four 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2014 cycle with a total of $601,081 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

Grants will continue to be announced in rounds weekly through the coming months.  

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Congressman McHenry Announces $61,606 Homeland Security Grant to Lowell Fire Department in Gaston County

2015/07/10

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $61,606 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grant will go to the Lowell Fire Department in Gaston County, and comes in the ninth round of the 2014 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country.  Local departments applied for the grants, and the program is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

According Lowell Fire Chief Scott Moore, the grant funds will be used to purchase new protective turnout gear for the department’s personnel.

“This is the second consecutive year that Lowell has received an AFG Grant,” said Congressman McHenry referring to Lowell’s FY 2013 AFG grant that funded new air packs.  “It was a pleasure to visit Chief Moore and his department last year to congratulate them on last year’s grant.  I hope to return in the near future.”  

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process.  Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for.  The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee.  Since Congressman McHenry and Chief Cash began the program, 10th District EMS and fire departments have consistently won more grants than departments in most of North Carolina’s other Congressional Districts.  

Lowell is one of four 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2014 cycle with a total of $601,081 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

Grants will continue to be announced in rounds weekly through the coming months.  

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Congressman McHenry Announces $171,429 Homeland Security Grant to Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Buncombe County

2015/07/10

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $171,429 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grant will go to the Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in Buncombe County, and comes in the ninth round of the 2014 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country.  Local departments applied for the grants, and the program is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

According to Broad River Fire Chief Brent Hayner, the grant funds will be used to purchase a multi-use light rescue truck.  The vehicle can also be used for brush fires and various other responses.

“Vehicle acquisition is the hardest and most competitive category within the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,” Congressman McHenry stated.  Following the recent Weed Lane Fire in Black Mountain, it is imperative our local departments have the tools they need to protect our community.  I commend Chief Hayner and his department for writing a compelling grant and for providing first rate protection to a large portion of the Tenth District in Buncombe County.”

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process.  Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for.  The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee.  Since Congressman McHenry and Chief Cash began the program, 10th District EMS and fire departments have consistently won more grants than departments in most of North Carolina’s other Congressional Districts.  

Broad River is one of four 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2014 cycle with a total of $601,081 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

Grants will continue to be announced in rounds weekly through the coming months.  

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Reps. McHenry & Butterfield Introduce Bill to Help Victims Receiving Eugenics Compensation Payments

2015/07/08

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) and Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D, NC-01) introduced H.R. 2949, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. This legislation would block all payments received from a state eugenics compensation program from being considered as income when determining eligibility for federal benefits.

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.

"North Carolina's eugenics program is a vestige of a dark period in our state's history which unfortunately still impacts our citizens today," said Congressman McHenry. "While we could never fully repay these victims for the trauma they suffered, this legislation ensures they are not further victimized for accepting the compensation they deserve. I would like to thank Congressman Butterfield and Senator Tillis for their efforts supporting this legislation and I look forward to seeing it pass the House in the near future."

“Between 1929 and 1976 more than 7,000 people in North Carolina were sterilized in one of the nation’s most aggressive eugenic programs," said Congressman Butterfield. "By the 1960s, African Americans accounted for nearly two thirds of sterilizations in that state, though they only comprised one quarter of the population.  Sadly we cannot undue the wrongs of our past.  Through this bill we hope to prevent additional hardship to eugenics victims by ensuring their eligibility for other federal benefit programs.”

On June 25th, Senator Thomas Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the Senate companion to H.R. 2949, S. 1698.

The complete text of H.R. 2949 can be found here

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Congressman McHenry Announces $328,820 Homeland Security Grant to City of Conover Fire Department in Catawba County

2015/07/06

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $328,820 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grant will go to the City of Conover Fire Department in Catawba County, and comes in the eighth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country.  Local departments applied for the grants, and the program is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

The grant funds will be used to purchase forty new airpacks and twenty-five new sets of turnout gear. 

“The Conover Fire Department, under Chief Mark Hinson’s leadership, has been a leader in the fire service,” commented Congressman McHenry.  “This is just the latest of many AFG grants they have received over the past few years and speaks to the department’s professionalism and dedicated service.”

Chief Hinson thanked the Congressman for his support of the fire service, “The Congressman has been a champion of fire departments in his district.  He has visited our department and we look forward to having him back again soon.”

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process.  Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for.  The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee.  Since Congressman McHenry and Chief Cash began the program, 10th District EMS and fire departments have consistently won more grants than departments in most of North Carolina’s other Congressional Districts.  

Conover is the first Tenth District fire department to receive AFG funding as a part of the FY 2014 grant cycle.  In FY 2013, five grants were awarded in the Tenth District totaling $2,202,916 including a regional grant that benefited every department in Catawba County.

Grants will continue to be announced in rounds weekly through the coming months.

 

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McHenry Statement on King vs. Burwell Decision

2015/06/25

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on today's Supreme Court decision in the case of King vs. Burwell:

“Obamacare has driven up costs, reduced choice, and harmed small businesses throughout the country. This year alone, North Carolinians are facing premium increases of as much as 25 percent because of President Obama's federal takeover of our healthcare system. It is bad policy and it must be fully repealed.
 

“Today’s decision is unfortunate, but it does not change my strong belief this law is broken. Real healthcare reform should reduce costs, expand choices, and put important healthcare decisions in the hands of consumers, not government bureaucrats. 

“Through the final 18 months of the Obama Administration, Congressional Republicans will continue to keep the pressure on Obamacare. This law is fundamentally broken and no court decision can change that. Rest assured, I remain fully committed to a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare; I’m hopeful this can be accomplished with a change in the White House come 2017.”

 
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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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