Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry


McHenry on Mick Mulvaney's Confirmation as Director of OMB


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement upon Senate confirmation of Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

“Congratulations to my good friend Mick Mulvaney on his confirmation as the Director of OMB. Mick is just the person we need at OMB: smart, principled, and brutally honest. It is long past time the federal government seriously addressed the challenges facing our federal budget and Mick is the right person to lead those efforts. While he will be missed in the House, I join with the rest of my colleagues in wishing Mick the best as he moves into his new role.”    Read More

McHenry on President Trump's Executive Actions on Dodd-Frank, DOL Fiduciary Rule


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed executive orders relating to the Dodd-Frank Act and the Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule:

“Dodd-Frank’s regulations have driven up costs and made credit less available  for families and small businesses throughout western North Carolina. Over the past six years, the House Financial Services Committee has worked tirelessly to replace this broken law with a system that actually brings down costs and promotes economic growth all while maintaining strong protections for American consumers. 

“With today’s orders from President Trump, it’s encouraging to see we finally have an ally in these efforts. Coupled with the executive order delaying the DOL’s costly fiduciary rule, these two actions illustrate Congress and the Trump Administration’s strong commitment to ensuring long-term financial security for American families and small businesses.” 

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McHenry Introduces the Family Care Savings Act


Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) introduced H.R. 782, the Family Care Savings Act. This legislation raises the cap on dependent care flexible spending accounts from $5,000 to $10,000 and indexes the cap amount to inflation. Joining as an original cosponsor of the legislation is Congresswoman Grace Meng (D, NY-06). 

"In recent years, we've seen the cost of everyday goods and services rise dramatically and yet the vast majority of American families have seen their wages stagnate," said Congressman McHenry. "These new budget realities have posed unique challenges which the Family Care Savings Act aims to address. By increasing the cap on dependent care flexible spending accounts, this bipartisan legislation can help ease the financial burden on families saving for vital child and dependent care services.” 


The dependent care FSA was originally created as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and is designed to help American families plan and budget by using pretax dollars to pay for expenses related to the care of children, disabled spouses, or elderly parents.  The current cap of $5,000 was originally set in 1986 and applies to children under the age of 13, anyone who is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves, and any adult whose care is predominantly paid for by another person.  Minimum and maximum contribution amounts to dependent care FSAs are set by employers. 

Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are a savings vehicle established as part of employer-sponsored health insurance plans.  They allow employees to save a share of their earnings for qualifying expenses which typically include medical or dependent care.  The money is pre-taxed and deducted directly from employee's paychecks.   Read More

McHenry Introduces the EPIC Act


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) introduced H.R. 675, the Empowering Parents to Invest in Choice (EPIC) Act. Introduced during National School Choice Week, this legislation enables parents to save for their children's education in tax-free savings accounts including the popular 529 savings accounts. Additionally, this legislation would increase the contribution limits to Coverdell accounts. 

“Ensuring a good educational foundation for your children is among each parent’s greatest concerns in life,” said Congressman McHenry. “Yet today, rising costs have made it increasingly difficult for parents to achieve this goal. 

“With introduction of the EPIC Act, I hope to change that,”
McHenry continued. “By allowing parents to save tax-free via 529 accounts, this legislation provides children the opportunity to attend the school of their choice, while also increasing access to important educational resources like books, tutors, or special needs services. A strong education is vital for children’s success in life, and this bill gives parents an important tool to invest in their development.” 


H.R. 675 allows parents to use 529 saving accounts for certain K-12 expenses, including: academic tutoring, special needs services, tuition, and fees for schools and books. It also increases the limit on contributions to Coverdell accounts from $2,000 to $12,000. 

529 plans are tax-advantaged investment trusts currently used to pay for higher-education expenses. Withdrawals from these savings plans are tax-free if they are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Payments to 529 accounts must be made in cash or check using after-tax dollars.

A Coverdell account is a tax-advantaged investment account that can be used to pay for higher-education expenses as well as elementary and secondary school expenses. Currently, these accounts are capped at $2,000 per year.  Read More

McHenry on Republican Actions to Defend Life


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act:

“This Friday, many western North Carolinians will travel to Washington to join with hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans solemnly marching against the tragedy of abortion. Our House majority is committed to standing with them in defense of life and today we voted to do that with passage of HR 7.  

“Combined with President Trump’s executive order Monday reaffirming President Reagan’s Mexico City policy, passage of HR 7 will ensure federal tax dollars are never used to fund abortions either at home or abroad. These important steps reaffirm our commitment to standing in defense of those who cannot defend themselves.” 

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McHenry Congratulates President Trump


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the swearing-in of President Donald J. Trump:

“Congratulations to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Now's the time for action. Over the next four years, I look forward to working with President Trump to repair our nation’s broken healthcare system, rewrite our tax code, and create a regulatory climate that allows small businesses to grow and prosper. Together, we can improve the lives of all American families."

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Beginning the Process of Repealing Obamacare


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 3, the Obamacare repeal resolution:

“Obamacare was sold as a plan that would reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Here in western North Carolina it has done the opposite: canceling popular plans, driving up costs, and leaving my constituents worse off.

“Today, the House made good on our commitment and passed a resolution that begins the process of repealing Obamacare. Now the hard work begins. Over the coming days and weeks, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass bills that actually reduce costs and improve healthcare for all Americans.” 

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McHenry Introduces RPM Act


Last week, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) introduced H.R. 350, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 or "RPM Act" which permanently blocks attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate modified motor vehicles used for racing. The bill was introduced with a bipartisan group of 44 original cosponsors. 

For decades, automotive enthusiasts have modified street vehicles into race cars used exclusively at closed race tracks. In early 2016, the EPA issued a proposed rule that would make it illegal for this practice to continue via the Clean Air Act even though Congress never intended for race cars to be subject to the Clean Air Act. While the proposed EPA regulation was withdrawn in April of 2016, the RPM Act would make permanent that race cars are exempt from EPA regulation via the Clean Air Act.

"Automobile racing plays an important role in our state, both as a significant part of our local economy and also as a pastime for many North Carolinians," said Congressman McHenry. "Last year I was proud to lead the fight against the misguided EPA regulation targeting racing, but our work is not done. In the coming months, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new Administration to ensure the RPM Act becomes law." 

BACKGROUND: The Clean Air Act authorizes the EPA to regulate motor vehicles but these regulations have never applied to race cars.  In 1990, Congress affirmed this exemption when it authorized the EPA to regulate “non-road vehicles” and explicitly excluded any “vehicle used solely for competition” from the non-road definition.  Despite the clear intent of Congress, the EPA's previously proposed rule attempts to amend the Clean Air Act.  H.R. 350 simply confirms that it would not be considered tampering to modify these vehicles for exclusive track use. 
Converting a motor vehicle into a race car is a significant part of American automotive heritage with the practice having played a large role in the foundation of NASCAR.  Additionally, the specialty automotive industry employs over 1 million Americans. Companies that manufacture, distribute, and sell products that improve race vehicle performance are a large and growing part of our economy.  Read More

McHenry Votes to Bring Greater Accountability to the Federal Regulatory Process


Last night, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017:

“Over the last eight years, the Obama Administration has led a regulatory onslaught. With a cumulative economic cost of nearly $2 trillion, these unilateral actions have killed jobs and driven up the prices for everyday goods and services.

“Tonight, the House took an important step to slow these regulations with passage of the REINS Act—a bill that requires any regulation with an economic impact over $100 million be submitted to Congress for approval. I’m proud to support this simple, common sense measure bringing accountability to the regulatory process.”
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McHenry Pays Tribute to Cleveland County Commissioner Ronnie Hawkins


Yesterday, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to pay tribute to former Cleveland County Commissioner Ronnie Hawkins, who passed away after a long battle with illness on December 8th, 2016. You can access video of Congressman McHenry's remarks by clicking here or on the image below.


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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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