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ENG: Patrick Timothy McHenry (born October 22, 1975) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for a single term. The district is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes Hickory, Morganton, Lincolnton, Shelby, and part of Gastonia. Early life, education and career McHenry was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. He grew up in suburban Gastonia, North Carolina, the son of the owner of the Dixie Lawn Care Company, and attended Ashbrook High School. A Roman Catholic, McHenry was the youngest of five children. His parents are now deceased. Halfway through North Carolina State University, McHenry transferred to ...
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McHenry Calls on Cordray to Testify

Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs, issued the following remarks in response to President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “The President should stop allowing his Chicago political campaign to make his Washington policy decisions. The unprecedented appointment of Mr. Cordray runs counter to the constitutional requirements for a recess appointment and Obama’s own campaign pledge to run ‘the most ...

Three Cheers for Cong. Patrick McHenry

The economic condition of the U.S. economy is affected by poor job creation. A necessary requirement for creation of employment opportunity is financing. Yorktown University's John Hilston reportsthat American banks have reduced lending to small businesses by $15 billion. That affects the ability of existing, profitable, businesses to grow. Most small businesses have "receivables" that they can borrow against and that gives them adequate cash on hand to pay their employees and vendors until their own customers make payment on services and goods. Small business owners also have personal lines ...

McHenry vows to give high level of services

Providing good constituent services and fighting to eliminate federal regulations are on the top of his priority list, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Cherryville, said Nov. 10 at Magnolia’s restaurant in downtown Asheville. About 100 people attended the one-hour program, sponsored by the the Council of Independent Business Owners.McHenry, who has held office for seven years, represents the 10th congressional district, which includes thei entirety of seven counties, including Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln and Mitchell, as well as parts of Gaston, Iredell and ...

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McHenry Crowdfunding, Angel Investing Bills Pass House
This evening, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, had two bills addressing capital formation for small businesses pass the House with wide, bipartisan support.  H.R. 4854, the Supporting America's Innovators Act passed the House by a vote of 388 - 9, while H.R. 4855 the Fix Crowdfunding Act passed the House by a vote of 394 - 4. Both bills are part of the Innovation Initiative which was jointly launched by Congressman McHenry and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23). The bills now head to the Senate where they await action.  “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are America’s true job creators, especially in communities like those I represent in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "But today, they face a capital crisis. Small business lending from traditional banks is way down and America’s smallest communities are losing m
McHenry Hosts Opioid Crisis Workshop for Local Law Enforcement Agencies
On Friday, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) hosted a workshop for local Tenth District law enforcement agencies focusing on the heroin epidemic that has struck communities in western North Carolina and across the nation. The workshop--which was attended by 20 Tenth District law enforcement agencies--was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and focused on law enforcement strategies to help combat this epidemic. "The heroin and opioid epidemic has destroyed lives, families, and it threatens our western North Carolina communities," said Congressman McHenry. "This epidemic must be confronted from every angle: awareness of the dangers posed by opioids, preventing access to them, and rehabilitating those suffering from addiction." "Ultimately our law enforcement agencies are the first line of defense in the fight against this epidemic," Congressman McHenry continued. "The workshop provided these agencies with the information and resources they need to lead this importan
McHenry Eugenics Compensation Legislation Passes House
Last night, the House passed Congressman Patrick McHenry's (R, NC-10) eugenics compensation legislation, H.R. 2949 the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, as part of a larger bill, H.R. 5210, the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act. H.R. 5210 passed the House by a voice vote.  “North Carolina’s eugenics program is a sad part of the history of our great state,” said Congressman McHenry. “While we can never fully compensate the victims for the pain they suffered at the hands of the state, this bipartisan bill will at least ensure they are not further penalized for accepting compensation payments they deserve.” H.R. 2949 was included with H.R. 5210 when it passed the House. H.R. 5210 was introduced by Congressman Tom Price (R, GA-06). You can learn more about that bill here.   BACKGROUND ON H.R. 2949: During the early decades of the 20th century, over 30 states implemented eugenics or compulsory sterilization
McHenry Votes for Bipartisan Reform to Our Nation's Mental Health System
Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by a vote of 422-2:  “Mental illness effects hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families including many in western North Carolina. It is a serious medical crisis that for too long has been ignored, leading to premature deaths and unnecessary tragedies.     “This afternoon the House took a major step forward by passing the most comprehensive mental health reform bill in years. This legislation makes significant reforms to our nation’s mental health system including increasing the number of psychiatric hospital beds available to treat patients, increasing mental healthcare in small and rural communities, and utilizing innovation to improve the care provided to patients.”  

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