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.
“President Trump was elected on a pledge to protect our homeland and ensure security for all Americans. Today, the House passed two important bills that help fulfill the President’s commitment to making public security the top priority.
“The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act begins a long overdue crackdown on sanctuary cities by withholding federal taxpayer funds for these cities that refuse to enforce our laws. Kate’s Law pays tribute to Kate Steinle who was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had re-entered the country after being deported. This new law will toughen punishments for illegal immigrants who re-enter, hopefully preventing future tragedies like what the Steinle family experienced.”
You can learn additional information about both H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004 by clicking here courtesy of the House Judiciary Committee.
Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10), along with original cosponsor Jodey Arrington (TX-19), introduced H.R. 3090, the No Free Rides Act. H.R. 3090 would prohibit illegal aliens who received Social Security Numbers through former President Barack Obama’s deferred prosecution of illegal immigrants from qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Under President Obama’s executive actions, illegal immigrants who qualify for the program are eligible to receive Social Security Numbers. With Social Security Numbers these illegal immigrants could then qualify for the EITC if they met certain criteria.
"President Trump ran on the promise of reducing illegal immigration and securing our borders. While significant gains have been achieved on both fronts, more must be done to ensure illegal immigrants who received Social Security Numbers from the previous Administration do not receive benefits intended for American families,” said Chief Deputy Whip McHenry. "The No Free Rides Act is an important step towards accomplishing this goal. It blocks all illegal immigrants from receiving the EITC, a benefit designed for American families who most need the assistance."
“When middle and working class families in America are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, and our nation is running trillions of dollars in debt, it's outrageous that our federal government will reward those who enter our country illegally with thousands of dollars in benefits,” said Congressman Arrington. “This bill closes an Obama-era loophole that could cost us billions of dollars. It puts Americans first and helps restore Rule of Law.”
Background: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reduces the payroll and income tax burdens of low and moderate income families via either lower rates or a tax refund. Historically, citizenship or legal status did not play a factor in determining eligibility because only individuals with a Social Security Number would be eligible to qualify for the EITC. However, President Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration allows illegal immigrants who qualify for deferred prosecution to receive Social Security Numbers and work permits.Further information on illegal immigrants potentially receiving money through the EITC can be found here. Read More
Washington - Last week, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) and Congressman Juan Vargas (D, CA-51) introduced H.R. 2856, the Combating BDS Act of 2017, which fights back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that has been employed to delegitimize and isolate the state of Israel. In addition to McHenry and Vargas, the bill was introduced with a bipartisan group of six original cosponsors including Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-05).
“The BDS movement is economic warfare against our most sacred ally,” said Chief Deputy Whip McHenry. “We have to do what is in our power to stop these hateful actions that attempt to undermine and weaken Israel. The Combating BDS Act gives our state and local governments the power to combat this by divesting from any group engaged in these wrong-headed actions.”
"I am proud to join this bipartisan effort to support local and state governments combating any attempts to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel," said Rep. Juan Vargas. "Congress must make it clear that the United States will not tolerate the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that undermines our ally and threatens its security by passing the Combating BDS Act."
“If you seek to harm Israel, a beacon of democracy and vital partner for the United States, then we will do everything in our power to stop you.” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “I am proud to introduce this legislation to help state and local governments financially combat this hateful movement. We must defend our ally Israel against biased attacks, and our bill does just that.”
Background: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is used by opponents of Israel to drive a wedge between Israel’s government, businesses, universities and people from its allies around the world through the boycotting of Israeli goods, cultural institutions, universities, and divesting from Israeli companies and endowments. It has been used as a weapon to wage economic warfare against Israel and to delegitimize the country. In recent years, there have been emerging efforts in state and local governments to enact measures to divest from entities that participate in the anti-Israel BDS movement.
H.R. 2856 strengthens these state and local efforts by affirming, at the federal level, the legal authority of those governments to take actions to counter the BDS movement’s ongoing economic warfare against Israel. The bill clarifies that state or local governments have the legal authority to identify and divest public funds from entities engaged in the BDS movement when these designations are knowingly done and based on “credible information available to the public.” By clarifying this authority, H.R. 2856 will protect state and local governments from lawsuits alleging that they are unreasonably burdening or discriminating against interstate or foreign commerce. Additionally, by providing safe harbor for asset managers, H.R. 2856 gives states an offensive capability against any entity seeking to economically damage Israel.
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are leading a bipartisan group of 36 Senators who have introduced a companion bill, S. 170, the Combating BDS Act.Read More
Washington – Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017:
“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices, voluntarily putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our freedoms. Through their service, they have earned access to the best care possible but unfortunately, the VA has too often failed them.
“With today’s House passage of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, we begin to change that. This bill makes it easier to fire underperforming VA employees while protecting whistleblowers who showed the courage to expose the VA’s shortcomings. This is an important, long overdue reform and I look forward to seeing President Trump sign it into law soon.”
S. 1094, which addresses some of the bureaucratic inefficiencies that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs, passed the Senate on June 6, 2017 by a voice vote. After passing the House by a vote of 368 to 55 it now moves to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.Background: S. 1094, The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 creates a new efficient process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, while protecting employees’ due process rights and providing them with the right to appeal the action. It also creates additional protection for whistleblowers by barring the VA from removing employees with an open whistleblower complaint or case. In March, the House passed a similar legislation, H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. 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.
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