Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

Statement on U.S. v. Texas

2016/06/23

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Texas: 

“Today’s decision is a victory for our Constitution and the rule of law. Moreover, it marks another stinging defeat for President Obama’s seven year legacy of executive overreach and ‘going it alone’ by ignoring Congress’s role as a co-equal branch of our government.  

“While today’s decision is a victory, this fight is not over. I find it deeply troubling that half the court would support the President’s lawless executive amnesty, further highlighting the urgent need for a conservative jurist to replace the late Antonin Scalia on our nation’s highest court.” 
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McHenry Capital Formation Bills Pass Committee

2016/06/16

Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, had two bills addressing capital formation pass out of the Committee in a bipartisan manner.

H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016 passed the committee 57 to 2 while H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act passed the Committee 57 to 2. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23). The bills now await action on the House floor. 

"Today, small businesses--particularly those in rural America--face immense challenges raising capital as traditional lenders have greatly reduced small business lending," said Congressman McHenry. "To confront this challenge, we must harness technology and encourage innovative forms of capital formation to fill the void. Crowdfunding and angel investing are two great examples. I'm encouraged to see both of my bills clear the committee in a bipartisan fashion and am hopeful they will both receive a vote on the House floor soon." 

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. You can view McHenry's testimony in support of H.R. 4854 by clicking here. Full text of the bill is available here

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. You can view McHenry's testimony in support of H.R. 4855 by clicking here. Full text of the bill is available here. Read More

McHenry Helps Launch House GOP's A Better Way on the Economy

2016/06/15

Yesterday, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) joined with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, WI-01) and other leaders of the House Republican Conference in rolling out the third plank of House Republican's A Better Way agenda, this one focused on the economy. The plan unveiled yesterday outlines how the economy can be improved by reducing excessive regulations, fostering innovative forms of capital formation, and promoting financial independence for all Americans. 

The plan was launched during a press conference on the West Lawn of the Capitol Complex. Full video of the press conference can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below. Congressman McHenry's remarks began at the 11:40 mark of the video. 


The plan unveiled Tuesday is the third plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of our country’s biggest challenges. Last week, Republicans unveiled initiatives aimed at lifting people out of poverty and keeping the American people safe.

Our plan—available now at better.gop—is comprised of at least 101 ideas, including:

  • Fewer and smarter regulations. Cut down on needless regulations and make the rules we do need more efficient and effective.
  • More affordable and reliable energy. Connect our energy boom to consumers, responsibly produce more of our own resources, and end needless delays that hold up jobs and projects.
  • More financial independence and no more bailouts. Reward people who work hard and do the right thing, and put an end to Wall Street bailouts.
  • More choices for workers and students. Make it easier for people to excel in schools and workplaces, and rip up the red tape that gets in their way.
  • Real Internet innovation. Establish clear and consumer-friendly rules that prevent the FCC from making up regulations as it goes along.
  • A crack down on lawsuit abuse. Keep trial lawyers in check, and improve protections for consumers and small businesses.

These ideas were developed by the Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens, which includes: Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).

About A Better Way 

A Better Way is a bold policy agenda to address some of the country’s biggest challenges. It takes our timeless principles—liberty, free enterprise, consent of the governed—and applies them to the problems of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it starts the debate now on what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a Confident America, at home and abroad. Now we are taking these ideas to the people, so you have a clear choice about the direction of the country. To learn more, visit better.gop.

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McHenry Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack

2016/06/13

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement on the terrorist attack on the Orlando, Florida nightclub which occurred early Sunday morning: 

“I join with the rest of the nation in being shocked and disgusted by the heinous attack in Orlando. My prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of Orlando as they mourn this tragedy. Additionally, I commend the law enforcement and first responders whose quick response saved lives.
 
“In the coming days, we must continue to learn more about the monster who perpetrated this attack, his motives, and his ties to ISIS and radical Islam. This weekend’s attack shows once again these terrorists will stop at nothing to harm America, our people, and the freedoms we hold dear. 
 
“The American people have always rallied together in the face of tragedy. This time will be no different.”
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McHenry Announces Tenth District Service Academy Appointees

2016/06/10

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced eight young men and women from North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District have accepted appointments to our nation's military service academies for the Class of 2020. Each of these students applied for a nomination through Congressman McHenry's office and were interviewed by the Congressman's Military Advisory Committee. 


"The young men and women who attend our nation's service academies are the best our country has to offer and once again this year, the Tenth District will be well represented at the academies," said Congressman McHenry. "I would like to congratulate each of these eight students on this tremendous achievement. Over the last few months, I've had the opportunity to meet with and talk to each of these students. I'm confident they will be excellent representatives for western North Carolina at the academies and later as leaders of our military." 

The eight students accepting appointments from Congressman McHenry will be attending either the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; and the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Below is a list of all eight students, the names of their parents, the academy they will be attending, their hometowns, and the Tenth District high schools from which they graduated.

United States Military Academy at West Point:

Daniel Mulcahy of Stanley; graduate of East Lincoln High School, son of Daniel and Teresa Mulcahy

United States Naval Academy at Annapolis:

Jake Clary of Lincolnton; graduate of West Lincoln High School, son of Brian and Amy Clary

Thomas Garbee of Asheville; graduate of Christ School, son of Henry and Sarah Garbee

Jamie Honeycutt, Jr. of Stanley; homeschooled, son of Mike and Martha Honeycutt

Dillon Lewis of Mt. Holly; graduate of East Gaston High School, son of Melanie and Jeff Abernathy

Pia Mackie of Asheville; graduate of Asheville High School, daughter of Tom and Liesbeth Mackie

United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs:

Hayes Cloninger of Gastonia; graduate of Forestview High School, son of Michael and Brooks Cloninger 

Stephen Moore of Cramerton; graduate of Stuart W. Cramer High School, son of Michael and Judith Moore


Last week, Congressman McHenry held a reception at his Hickory office for each of the Tenth District appointees where the appointees were recognized along with their parents and families. Photos from that ceremony can be found on Congressman McHenry's Facebook page or by clicking here.
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McHenry Pays Tribute to Fallen Firefighter

2016/06/09

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) spoke on the House floor to pay tribute to Captain Bradley Long, a fallen firefighter from the Tenth District. Video of Congressman McHenry's speech can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below:


Bradley Long was a Captain in the Newton Fire Department. He also served as a volunteer with Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue. Captain Long died Monday while attempting to retrieve the body of a drowned swimmer. You can read more about Captain Long here via the Charlotte Observer and here via the Hickory Daily Record
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Congressman McHenry Announces $128,096 Homeland Security Grant for Fairview Volunteer Fire Department in Buncombe County

2016/05/24

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $128,096 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department in Buncombe County received the grant which comes in the third 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 apply for the grants through a program administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  

Fairview Fire Chief Scott Jones indicated that the grant funds will be used to purchase an exhaust ventilation system for one of the department’s substations.  Fire engines put out a large amount of exhaust and repeated exposure to those fumes can cause health problems over time.  The exhaust removal system eliminates noxious vehicle fumes before they can be released into the vehicle bays and ultimately the rest of the fire station. 

The grant will also fund the purchase of twenty-five sets of new turnout gear, three thermal imaging cameras and a personnel accountability system for incident command situations.

“Our department will be able to make tremendous strides in firefighter safety due to this grant,” said Chief Jones.  “All of this gear and equipment will better protect our firefighters as they do their jobs.  We appreciate all that Congressman McHenry does to assist the fire service.”

“The Fairview VFD’s personnel are true professionals,” stated Congressman McHenry.  “This is the second consecutive year they have received an AFG grant which is a testimony not only to the persuasiveness of their grant narratives, but--more importantly--to the dedication of the entire department."

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process. Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for Tenth 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, Tenth District EMS and fire departments have consistently won more grants than departments in most of North Carolina’s other Congressional Districts.  

Fairview is both the second Tenth District department and the second Buncombe County department to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle bringing the total awarded to Tenth District departments to $237,187. 

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

 




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Ensuring the Military Has the Resources Needed to Protect Our Nation

2016/05/18

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017:

“In our dangerous world where Islamic extremists control broad swathes of the Middle East and hostile regimes like North Korea and Russia threaten global security, America needs a strong military prepared to defend our nation and its assets abroad at a moment’s notice. Yet in recent years our forces have developed a readiness gap that threatens our security and must be addressed.
 
“This evening the House did that with passage of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Our bill increases funding to the military by $18 billion above President Obama’s budget request, reforms our outdated acquisition system, and—most importantly—gives our troops a much deserved pay raise. Regrettably, President Obama has threatened to veto this bipartisan measure in an effort to extract more funding for his domestic priorities. I sincerely hope he will reconsider this ill-advised threat and support this bill ensuring that America’s fighting men and women have the resources they need to defend our nation at home and abroad.” 


BACKGROUND (from the House Republican Conference):

H.R. 4909 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill authorizes $543.4 billion in base funding, an additional $23.1 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO) for base requirements, and an additional $35.7 billion in the OCO fund to cover contingency operations through April 2017. When factoring in $8.3 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $610.5 billion is authorized to be appropriated, which is equal to the President’s overall budget request. Further information is available here and here via the House Armed Services Committee Read More

McHenry on Launch of Crowdfunding Portals

2016/05/16

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee released the following statement marking today's launch of investment crowdfunding portals:

“Five years after I first introduced legislation to legalize investment crowdfunding, today’s opening of portals is a long-overdue but historic step in our efforts to democratize finance and capital formation for all. Today marks a milestone in our efforts to realize the true promise of crowdfunding: allowing the American people to invest in small businesses and innovative ideas they believe in.
 
“But there is still more work to be done. The SEC’s nearly 700-page rule is overly complex and burdensome creating a credibility crisis for investment crowdfunding. If we actually want to see investment crowdfunding realize its full potential, Congress must act. As part of House Republican’s Innovation Initiative, I’ve introduced the Fix Crowdfunding Act which will fix the issue’s posed by the SEC’s rule by allowing investment crowdfunding to achieve its ultimate goal of helping small businesses across the country grow and succeed.”

BACKGROUND: 


Earlier this year, Chief Deputy Whip McHenry introduced H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act. Further information on that legislation can be found here

Financial Times - May 16, 'US crowdfunding launch faces fight over rules' 

The long-delayed introduction of crowdfunding in the US takes effect on Monday, amid warnings that the new market will be choked by regulation and an attempt by Republican lawmakers to relax the rules.
 
A law change more than four years ago to open up investment in private companies beyond wealthy “accredited” investors was heralded as a breakthrough to allow anyone to back the next generation of tech start-ups. But a protracted review by the Securities and Exchange Commission delayed the new market, as regulators struggled with how to prevent fraud and money-laundering.
 
“The SEC has really created a credibility crisis for crowdfunding,” said Patrick McHenry, the Republican vice-chairman of the House financial services committee, in an interview with the Financial Times. “It’s as if regulators don’t have trust and confidence that this marketplace can work. It seems like they have no trust that we can successfully invest in each other.”
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Congressman McHenry Announces Homeland Security Grant for Skyland FD in Buncombe County

2016/05/12

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $109,091 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The Skyland Fire Department in Buncombe County received the grant which comes in the second 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 through a program administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Skyland Fire Chief Dennis Presley indicated that the grant funds would be used to replace the department’s entire stock of turnout gear (between 40-50 sets total).“This grant will be a tremendous help in protecting our firefighters by replacing our turnout gear,” said Chief Presley. “Our current gear it at the end of its useful life and this grant will allow us to replace it with gear that meets all of the latest protection standards.”

“It has been my pleasure on two occasions to have visited the Skyland Fire Department,” said Congressman McHenry. “Chief Presley and his team do a great job protecting the lives and property in such a large response area.”

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.

Skyland is the first Tenth District department to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle.A total of $1,153,914 in AFG funds was awarded to Tenth District departments in the 2014 cycle.

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

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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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