Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018:
Today, the House passed a government funding package which will help grow our economy, provide for a strong national defense, and ensure the safety of the American people here at home. The Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act supports our rural economies by undoing many of the job-killing regulations that defined the Obama-era. It provides our troops with the biggest pay raise they’ve seen in years while also reining in government waste by calling for a complete audit of the Pentagon, cutting funding to the EPA, and reducing funding for the IRS.
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $52,858 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 Fairview Volunteer Fire Department in Buncombe County, and comes in the sixteenth round of the 2016 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 Fairview Fire Chief Scott Jones, the grant funds will purchase new physical fitness equipment for all three of their fire stations.
“Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths and the fire service is placing a premium on fitness and readiness,” said Congressman McHenry. “Fairview has been the beneficiary of several AFG Grants and I applaud them on another successful grant to enhance the health and safety of their personnel.”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 and Skyland Fire Department Assistant Chief Ryan Cole, both nationally recognized experts in their fields and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee. Since Congressman McHenry and Chiefs Cash and Cole 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.
“In this dangerous world, it is imperative Congress does all it can to secure our homeland while also providing our military with the resources they need to defend our freedoms abroad. Today, the House took decisive action to keep all Americans safe by passing the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.“This appropriations package supports our military, providing our soldiers with their largest pay raise in eight years and increasing funding for the DOD so our soldiers have the tools they need to keep us safe. This package cares for our returning heroes, providing the highest level of funding ever for the VA. Finally, it fulfills our shared commitment to secure the southern border by fully funding President Trump’s request for a border wall.”
“Yesterday, the House took bipartisan action to hold rogue regimes in Russia, North Korea, and Iran accountable for their destabilizing and threatening actions towards the United States and our allies. The Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act is the result of a bipartisan compromise that takes aim at the most grave threats posed by these regimes, including the Iranian and North Korean missile programs and Russia’s continued use of cyberattacks worldwide. It is a well thought out sanctions package that will ensure American security without undermining our economic interests throughout the world.”Read More
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $582,417 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 Newton Fire Department in Catawba County, and comes in the second round of this year’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awards. SAFER Grants assist local fire departments by providing funding to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities enabling them to respond to emergencies whenever they may occur. Local departments applied for the grants from the program which 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 explained that the grant will allow the department to hire six new full-time career firefighters. “This grant will enable us to add two positions to each of our three shifts,” said Chief Yoder. “From a readiness and manpower standpoint, this is crucial for a growing community.”
This is the latest in a series of FEMA grants that Newton has received. The department received two Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) equipment grants as well as a Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant in recent years.
“It is a real pleasure to once again recognize the Newton Fire Department for their outstanding work,” said Congressman McHenry. “The SAFER Grant is the hardest of the Fire Act grants to get but its impact on a community can be tremendous. I look forward to once again visiting with Chief Yoder and his department to congratulate them for this tremendous achievement.”
"Congressman McHenry has been no stranger to the Newton Fire Department or to our community,” Chief Yoder continued. “We appreciate his support of the SAFER program and the fire service."
Newton is the first Tenth District department to receive SAFER funding in the FY 2016 grant cycle. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.Read More
Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA).
“With the continued threats posed by Islamic extremists and dangerous nations like North Korea, we need a strong and agile U.S. military prepared to confront hostile actors and defend our nation at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, under the previous Administration, the brave men and women who serve in our military did not receive all of the resources they needed to keep our country safe.
“Today the House voted on a bill that fulfills our responsibility to provide for a strong national defense and ensure our nation’s troops have the tools they need to succeed. This FY18 NDAA increases funding for our military—including fully funding the pay raise our troops are entitled to under law—and reforms the way the Pentagon does business by streamlining bureaucracy and embracing efficiency throughout the military. The bill also mandates a complete audit of the Department of Defense to eliminate waste and ensure taxpayer dollars are used responsibly. This is a good bill that provides for a modern military equipped to keep Americans safe and defend our freedoms around the world.”
Background: H.R. 2810 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes funding for base budget requirements of $631.5 billion. More information on H.R. 2810 is available here via the House Armed Services Committee.Read More
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $69,716 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 Bessemer City Fire Department in Gaston County, and comes in the tenth round of the 2016 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments apply for the grants from the program which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
According to Bessemer City Manager James Inman, the grant funds will be used to purchase various vehicle extrication and rescue equipment such as hydraulic cutters, spreaders and stabilization equipment.
“This is the latest grant Bessemer City has been successful in earning in the past few years,” said Congressman McHenry referring to a recent Department of Justice COPS Grant and a combination grant/loan through USDA Rural Development to fund municipal infrastructure improvements. “I enjoyed visiting with Mayor Becky Smith and Bessemer City leaders recently to celebrate these achievements and I look forward to returning 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 and Skyland Fire Department Assistant Chief Ryan Cole, both nationally recognized experts in their fields and former members of DHS’s AFG review committee. Since Congressman McHenry, Chief Cash, and Assistant Chief Cole 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.
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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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