Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


McHenry Votes to End Operation Choke Point


Congressman Patrick McHenry applauded House passage of H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 which ends Operation Choke Point. While serving as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in 2014, Congressman McHenry led efforts to bring Obama Administration officials before Congress to answer as to why legal businesses were being targeted. 

“Operation Choke Point was a thinly-veiled effort by the Obama Administration to target legal businesses—such as retailers of firearms and ammunition—with which they philosophically disagree. Yesterday, the House voted to bring this illegal program to an end," said Congressman McHenry. “Having chaired the first Congressional hearing that examined Operation Choke Point, today is an important day. With passage of H.R. 766, never again will Washington bureaucrats possess the power to manipulate the banking system and threaten the livelihood of legal businesses they don’t like.” 

Operation Choke Point was an effort led by the Department of Justice (DOJ) along with the FDIC, Federal Reserve, and OCC  which targeted financing for so-called 'high-risk' industries. Based on Congressional reports and documents produced by the DOJ it is clear Operation Choke Point led to banks terminating relationships with a wide variety of legal merchants including pawn shops and gun and ammunition merchants.

On July 15, 2014 Congressman McHenry chaired a hearing of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee entitled "The Department of Justice's 'Operation Choke Point'" which examined Choke Point. Testifying at the hearing were representatives from the DOJ, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and OCC. Additional information on the hearing is available here

H.R. 766 includes reforms to bring greater transparency to federal oversight of banks. It prevents federal regulators from abusing executive power by preventing legitimate businesses from using depository institutions. It additionally requires federal regulators provide justification in writing of any request to terminate a customer account except in instances of threats to national security.  Read More

McHenry Receives Conservative Achievement Award


Congressman Patrick McHenry was recently presented with an award from the American Conservative Union (ACU) recognizing his conservative voting record in 2014. Congressman McHenry, who enjoys a lifetime conservative rating of 95.2% from the ACU, was presented with the Conservative Achievement Award in his Washington office by ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. 

"I'm honored to again this year receive the ACU's Conservative Achievement Award," said Congressman McHenry. "As a lifelong believer in the conservative principles of small government and individual rights, I've worked tirelessly during my time in Congress to advance these causes and my voting record reflects that."

Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the ACU said,“I have known Congressman McHenry for many years, personally and professionally, and he is a solid conservative leader in the House of Representatives, as reflected by his lifetime ACU rating of over 95%.  This year was no different as we again presented him with our Conservative Achievement Award recognizing his continued work to reduce the size and scope of our government."

For almost five decades ACU has published what is known as the “gold standard” for congressional ratings. The ACU Conservative Achievement Award is given to Members of Congress who receive at least an 80% ACU rating during the last year. McHenry scored an 88% in 2014, but has an ACU lifetime average of 95.2%, the second highest rating for any member of North Carolina's Congressional delegation. The average ACU rating for all U.S. Representatives in the 113th Congress was 44.6%.

In addition to the congressional ratings, ACU is the host of the annual CPAC conference, which last year was the 3rd most widely covered media event (following the Super Bowl and the State of the Union Address). 

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McHenry & 1776 Host Constructive Fintech Roundtable


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee joined with Washington, DC-based incubator 1776 to host a roundtable discussion between Members of Congress and fintech entrepreneurs. The discussion focused on regulatory challenges facing the fintech industry and what policy makers in Congress can do to reduce these barriers.

"Today's event provided my colleagues and I the unique opportunity to hear directly from fintech entrepreneurs about the challenges they face," said Congressman McHenry. "The companies we heard from today are revolutionizing the way we donate to charities, save for college, and shop for mortgages but Washington regulations are getting in their way. Thank you to 1776 for facilitating this constructive discussion about what can be done to reduce these barriers."

The fintech companies that joined today's discussion are all member institutions at 1776. Fintech or financial technology companies use software to provide financial services which--in the past--would have been provided by traditional financial institutions like banks or credit unions. 

Among the companies that joined today's discussion were the founders of payments platform GoodWorld which seeks to make donating to charities as simple as a tweet or Facebook post that includes '#donate,' online mortgage marketplace Myolo, and two companies--Leaf College Savings and MPOWER--which are revolutionizing the way families and students save for college. Also participating were executives from Beyonic & GradFin

Joining Congressman McHenry for today's roundtable were Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15), Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45), and Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-03).     Read More

McHenry on Obamacare Repeal Veto Override Vote


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House vote to override President Obama's veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 which repealed Obamacare and cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood:

“In January, Congressional Republicans sent an important message to the American people when we sent a full repeal of Obamacare and defunding of Planned Parenthood to President Obama’s desk. We showed that—with a new President—it is possible to ditch this broken law and with it all of the disastrous policies which have driven up costs and reduced the quality of healthcare for so many Americans. At the same time, we can save taxpayers the half a billion dollars currently being sent to Planned Parenthood.  
“While today’s veto override vote failed, it is important to remember what can be accomplished once President Obama leaves office. I remain fully committed to repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood and their heinous acts. Congress has now demonstrated each of these can be achieved in a year’s time.” 

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McHenry: Strengthening Sanctions Against Iran


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act:

“When advocating for the Iranian nuclear agreement, President Obama committed to maintaining all non-nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. In the months since, this has proven to be untrue and there remains no law that prevents the Administration from further lifting sanctions.
“The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act changes that. With passage of this bill, the Obama Administration is blocked from offering sanctions relief to any Iranian banks or other entities that conduct business with terrorist organizations including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hamas, and Hezbollah. 
“In light of the regime’s recent missile tests and the capture and detention of ten US Sailors, it is imperative President Obama sign this bill into law and show the Iranian regime that their continued hostile acts will not be tolerated.” 
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McHenry Announces Details for the Annual Congressional Art Competition


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC) announced submission deadlines for the 2016 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 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 be submitted electronically to Joe Bost of Congressman McHenry's Gastonia office.  The deadline to submit the artwork is April 15, 2016.  

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.     

Over the last few years interest in the Congressional Art Competition has boomed in the 10th District,” said Congressman McHenry.  "We've seen record entries and impressive works from students throughout the district. I'm hopeful this year will be more of the same."

The Congressional Art Contest is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please visit Read More

McHenry's Hickory District Office Moving


Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced today that his Hickory district office is moving to a new location. The new Hickory district office will be located at 1990 Main Avenue, SE, Hickory, NC 28602 in the same building as the NC Center for Engineering Technologies and the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center. The new office will open Wednesday, January 27th and maintain the same hours as the previous location, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

"This move allows my district staff to continue serving the needs of Tenth District constituents," said Congressman McHenry. "Coupled with my offices in Gastonia and Black Mountain, Tenth District residents are well served should they have issues with or questions for the federal government."  

Tenth District constituents can visit the Hickory office for assistant with casework issues relating to federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and the Internal Revenue Service. The Congressman's district staff is also available to assist with federal grant applications, assistance with obtaining passports, and information on nominations to service academies. 

The new location will maintain the same phone (828-327-6100) and fax numbers (828-327-8311) as the previous location. Additionally, the mailing address will remain the same as before, P.O. Box 1830, Hickory, NC 28603. 

Because of the move, the Hickory office will be closed on Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th. Constituents needing assistance should contact Congressman McHenry's Gastonia office at 704-833-0096.   Read More

McHenry Statement on the State of the Union Address


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address:

“The speech we heard tonight was not the speech the American people were looking for. Today, we awoke to news of a terrorist attack in Turkey targeting German tourists and ended the day with news of U.S. sailors taken into custody by Iran. What the American people want is a plan to defeat the threat posed by radical Islamic terror and confront the bellicose actions of rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea. Instead, we heard a victory lap.

“The American people want leadership, not rhetoric. It is no wonder 70% of Americans believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction. After seven years, it is clear our nation is in need of new ideas and new leadership. Throughout his final year in office, House Republicans will paint a clear contrast to the failed policies of President Obama. We will outline a governing vision aimed at empowering the American people and highlighting American exceptionalism at home and abroad.”

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Obamacare Repeal Heads to President's Desk


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House concurred with the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act which sends a full repeal of Obamacare to President Obama's desk:

“This evening the House upheld our commitment to the American people and sent a full repeal of Obamacare to President Obama’s desk. This law has not worked. For my constituents in Western North Carolina it has meant higher costs, less access, and inferior care. It is time we start over.

“This reconciliation bill fully repeals Obamacare, saving taxpayers over $500 billion. It cuts all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, ensuring our tax dollars never again fund their horrific acts. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to start over so we can provide the American people real healthcare reform that lowers costs and improves care.

“Now President Obama must decide, he can continue to defend this disastrous law or he can provide the American people relief they have sought from this failing policy.”  
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McHenry Statement on President's Executive Actions on Firearms


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after President Barack Obama's announcement of new executive actions to limit the sale of firearms: 

“This morning we’ve once again seen a President more committed to flouting the Constitution and expanding his executive powers than seriously addressing our nation’s problems. The executive actions President Obama announced today would do nothing to address the recent tragedies we’ve experienced and instead are more likely to target law-abiding Americans exercising their Constitutionally protected rights. 
“Rather than infringing on the Second Amendment and legislating by executive fiat, this Administration should instead focus on actually enforcing the laws currently on the books to prevent violent criminals from obtaining firearms, and seriously address the root cause of many of these tragedies: mental illness.” 
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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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