Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

McHenry Eugenics Compensation Legislation Passes House

2016/09/27


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) applauded House passage of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. S. 1698 is the Senate companion to H.R. 2949 which Congressman McHenry introduced in July of 2015. Click here or on the image above to see Congressman McHenry's floor speech from earlier today in support of S. 1698.

"North Carolina's eugenics program is a sad part of the history of our great state," said Congressman McHenry. "While it is impossible to fully compensate those victimized at the hands of the state, this bill helps ensure these individuals are not again penalized. I'd like to thank my Senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, and my House colleague G.K. Butterfield for working with me over the past 14 months to ensure this bill--which helps our constituents throughout North Carolina--becomes law." 

S. 1698, which originally passed the Senate by unanimous consent on November 30, 2015, passed the House of Representatives today via a voice vote. It now heads to President Obama's desk. 

BACKGROUND ON H.R. 2949: 

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 overwhelmingly 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.  

H.R. 2949's companion legislation in the Senate, S. 1698, was introduced by North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.

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McHenry Introduces Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016

2016/09/22

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 6118, the Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016. The bill was introduced as part of the Innovation Initiative which McHenry jointly launched with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) earlier this year. 

"For generations, America has been the world's leader in innovation, spanning a variety of fields from transportation to medicine to software," said McHenry. "One area we're falling behind, is the financial services industry. The bill I introduced today changes that."

"The Financial Services Innovation Act represents a mindset shift in the way we address financial regulation," McHenry continues. "Rather than the command-and-control structure of the past, my bill establishes an evolved regulatory framework that encourages financial innovation, all while maintaining our regulators' commitment to the safety of consumers and our financial markets."

"Ultimately this bill serves the American people. New financial technologies already make it easier to pay friends, save for college, or access credit needed to start and grow a business. Continued innovation will only further that progress, making it easier and cheaper for all Americans to access our financial system." 

BACKGROUND:

H.R. 6118 establishes a federal regulatory framework that allows financial services companies and entrepreneurs the flexibility they need to go to market sooner with innovative, new financial technology products.

The bill requires twelve different federal regulators to have a mandate to foster innovation in financial services through the creation of Financial Services Innovation Offices (FSIOs) within their agencies.  Companies may apply for an “enforceable compliance agreement” with the FSIOs that, if accepted, will allow them to provide an innovative product or service under an alternative compliance plan, which waives or modifies regulation that is out-of-date or unduly burdensome. 

McHenry will be formally unveiling H.R. 6118 during a speech at the Electronic Transactions Associations' FinTech Policy Forum at 4:05 PM this afternoon. More details on that event are available here.  

In July, McHenry introduced two other fintech bills, H.R. 5724 the Protecting Consumers' Access to Credit Act and H.R. 5725 the IRS Data Verification Modernization Act. You can learn more about those bills hereRead More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Named Guardian of Small Business

2016/09/19


Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) received the biennial Guardian of Small Business Award from The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, in recognition of his outstanding support of America’s small business owners during the 114th Congress.  

“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. McHenry is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.” 

"Small businesses are America's true job creators and remain vital economic engines in small and rural communities like those I represent in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "I always have their interests foremost when voting in Washington and I'm honored to receive this award from NFIB as recognition of my strong record supporting small businesses." 

The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.    

Congressman McHenry received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.

“NFIB is honored to present Rep. McHenry with this award,” Duggan continued.    

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McHenry Pays Tribute to Fallen Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen

2016/09/14

Earlier today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to pay tribute to fallen Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen who died Monday from injuries sustained int he line of duty over the weekend. Video of McHenry's remarks can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below.

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McHenry Statement on the Death of Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen

2016/09/12

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the Shelby Police Department announced the death of Officer Tim Brackeen, who was shot in the line of duty over the weekend:

"I am devastated to learn of Officer Tim Brackeen's death. His tragic passing in the line of duty highlights the grave dangers our men and women in blue face each day they put on their uniforms and keep us safe. Giulia and I send our prayers and sympathies to Officer Brackeen's family and the entire Shelby Police Department as they mourn the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, and fellow officer." Read More

Congressman McHenry Announces Homeland Security Fire Prevention Grant to City of Asheville Fire Department

2016/09/08

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $91,886 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 Asheville Fire Department in Buncombe County, and comes in the fifth round of this year’s Fire Prevention & Safety Program (FP&S) awards which support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and mitigate high incidences of death and injury. Examples of the types of projects supported by FP&S include fire prevention and public safety education campaigns, media campaigns, and arson prevention and awareness programs. 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.  

Asheville Deputy Fire Chief Chris Budzinski explained that the grant will fund several items including a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm campaign called “Get Alarmed Asheville!,” stovetop fire extinguishers, address numbering kits, smoke alarm installation tool kits, and printed materials, all to enhance household safety for Asheville residences.  

The grant will also have an educational component, funding the purchase of a portable children’s fire education house and a digital fire extinguisher training system with smoke generator.

“The Asheville Fire Department serves the largest city in the Tenth District and one of the south’s best tourist destinations,” said Congressman McHenry. “The leadership of AFD has put together an innovative grant that will help to inform citizens of all ages about fire safety with the end goal of saving lives and protecting the treasures of this beautiful area of North Carolina.” 

Asheville is the first Tenth District fire department to receive FP&S funding in the FY 2015 cycle. Read More

Congressman McHenry Announces $156,952 Homeland Security Grant to Lowell Fire Department in Gaston County

2016/09/08

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $156,952 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 this year’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awards which assist local fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities to help them better 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 (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  

Lowell Fire Chief Scott Moore explained that the grant will fund several initiatives aimed at recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Included in these initiatives are: a per call reimbursement for volunteers, training rebates for expenses to attend classes, rewards for certifications obtained, awards for outstanding service, physicals and immunizations for new recruits, and a complete set of new turnout gear for new recruits.

This is Lowell’s second FEMA grant of the FY 2015 cycle. Earlier this summer, the department received an Assistance to Firefighters equipment grant.

“It is a real pleasure to once again recognize the Lowell Fire Department for their outstanding work,” said Congressman McHenry. “The SAFER Grant is the hardest of the Fire Act grants to get but it’s impact on a community can be tremendous.  I look forward to once again visiting with Chief Moore and his department to congratulate them on both grants they have received this cycle.”

Chief Moore stated, "In a day and age when it is harder and harder to recruit volunteers to the fire service, this grant will be a tremendous asset to our department in ensuring we have ready and well-trained firefighters today and for years to come. We thank Congressman McHenry for his support of the SAFER program and all he does for the fire service."

Lowell is one of two Tenth District departments to receive funding in the ninth round and they are the first Tenth District department to receive SAFER funding in the FY 2015 grant cycle.  Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.   Read More

Congressman McHenry Announces Homeland Security Grants to Claremont and City of Newton Fire Departments in Catawba County

2016/09/01

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced a combined $277,447 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grants will go to the Claremont Fire Department and the City of Newton Fire Department in Catawba County, and come in the twelfth 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 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.  

Claremont’s grant is for $23,810. The department will use the grant to replace older turnout gear and other personal protective equipment.  

Newton’s grant totals $253,637. According to Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder, the grant will be used to purchase 45 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs to upgrade the department’s stock of breathing apparatus. Congressman McHenry visited the Newton Fire Department last year to see an SCBA refilling station purchased with the department’s last AFG grant.

Claremont and Newton Fire Departments serve different areas of Catawba County and are both home to dedicated firefighters,” said Congressman McHenry. “It has been my pleasure to have visited both departments in recent years. These AFG grants will serve the needs not only of these departments, but of their communities for years to come.”

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.  

Claremont and Newton are two of five 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle with a total of $573,521 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.   Read More

Congressman McHenry Announces $58,887 Homeland Security Grant to Lowell Fire Department in Gaston County

2016/08/30

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $58,887 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 tenth round of the 2015 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, 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 Lowell Fire Chief Scott Moore, the grant funds will be used to purchase forestry equipment to combat brush fires.  The department’s current brush fire equipment is over twenty years old and will be retired.

“The Lowell Fire Department has been very successful in recent years with the AFG Program,” said Congressman McHenry referring to Lowell’s grants in 2013 and 2014.  “I enjoyed visiting with Chief Moore and his department a few years ago and look forward to returning to recognize this significant accomplishment on their part.”  

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 five 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle with a total of $573,521 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

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

 

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McHenry to Co-Host 2016 NC Business & Economic Development Summit

2016/08/12

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced that he will be joining with the entire North Carolina Congressional delegation to co-host the 2016 North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit. The summit will be on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th with all events occurring in Washington, D.C.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy here in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "Our North Carolina Congressional delegation is always working to advance public policies that help these businesses grow and create good-paying jobs. The Business and Economic Development Summit provides local businesses an excellent opportunity to hear about these efforts and interact directly with their representatives in Washington. I strongly encourage all Tenth District businesses to attend." 

The North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit is an annual event and takes place on the campus of the U.S. Capitol. The 2016 schedule is still being finalized but attendees can expect to hear from guest speakers including members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation. In addition to Congressman McHenry, the other hosts of the event are Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Walter Jones (NC-03), David Price (NC-04), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Alma Adams (NC-12), George Holding (NC-13), and U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

Businesses interested in attending can find additional information here. Those businesses wishing to register for the 2016 Summit can do so here Read More

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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.


Serving With

Renee Ellmers

NORTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walter Jones

NORTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Virginia Foxx

NORTH CAROLINA's 5th DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT

David Rouzer

NORTH CAROLINA's 7th DISTRICT

Richard Hudson

NORTH CAROLINA's 8th DISTRICT

Robert Pittenger

NORTH CAROLINA's 9th DISTRICT

Mark Meadows

NORTH CAROLINA's 11th DISTRICT

George Holding

NORTH CAROLINA's 13th DISTRICT

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