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Cleveland County lost a dedicated public servant this week with the passing of Cleveland County Commissioner Ronnie Hawkins. Ronnie committed his life to public service, serving in the US Army and later on both the Kings Mountain District Schools Board of Education and the Cleveland County Commission. He was a dear friend who will be deeply missed. Giulia and I send our prayers to his beloved wife Libby and the entire Hawkins family as they mourn their loss. Below is a picture of me with Ronnie and Libby at last year's Cleveland County Chamber annual banquet. http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20161208/commissioner-hawkins-dies-at-64

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Huge congratulations to Gastonia native and Forestview High School alum Harold Varner III on his victory as last weekend's Australian PGA Championship. Varner, who also attended East Carolina University, is the first American golfer to win at the Australian PGA Championship since 1978. Hopefully this is the first of many victories for HVIII! http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/other-sports/article118826868.html

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Saddened to learn of the passing of John Glenn. Glenn was a true American hero who lived a life of public service; serving in the Marine Corps where he reached the rank of Colonel, going to space as a NASA astronaut, and then serving the state of Ohio as a Senator for four terms. May he rest in peace. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/us/john-glenn-dies.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

A Better Way on Tax Reform

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Our tax code is broken. Fortunately, House Republicans know there is a Better Way. This video outlines our plan to reform the tax code to make it fair for all Americans. Learn more: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=tax-reform

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As we continue to recognize the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, I highly recommend the story below from The Gaston Gazette. It profiles Belmont's Gene Reinhardt who dropped out of Shelby High School in 1940 to enlist in the Army. He was at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day 75 years ago and is now Gaston County's last remaining survivor of the attacks. http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20161203/pearl-harbor-survivor-from-gaston-county-part-of-dwindling-breed

McHenry on Passage of the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses & Investors Act

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This evening, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-leader of House Republican's Innovation Initiative, applauded the passage of H.R. 6427, the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act. Included in H.R. 6427 were two bills introduced by Congressman McHenry: H.R. 4854 the Supporting America's Innovators Act and H.R. 4855, the Fix Crowdfunding Act. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a vitally important role in the American economy, especially in communities like those I represent in western North Carolina," said Congressman McHenry. "Yet today, the combination of a sluggish economy and misguided Washington regulations have led to these comm...

McHenry on Passage of 2017 Defense Authorization Bill

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Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report accompanying S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017: “We live in a dangerous world with multiple ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and regimes hostile to our American ideals leading countries in both Europe and Asia. In the face of these threats, it is our military men and women who keep our nation safe. Today, the House passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act ensuring they have the resources they need to get the job done. “This bipartisan bill boosts base funding, closes the readiness gap, and maintains the prohibition on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to American so...

McHenry on Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

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Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act: “America has long been a world leader in medical innovation but for Americans suffering from a disease, medical innovation and breakthroughs are not coming fast enough. The 21st Century Cures Act changes that. Our bill includes increased funding for medical research and development, removes barriers that block greater medical innovation, and also reforms our nation’s mental health system. “Passage of the Cures Act is a bipartisan effort, the conclusion of three years of hard work aimed at improving the lives of Americans afflicted by these horrific diseases. While there is still work to be done, today’s vote provi...

McHenry Visits East Lincoln Speedway to Talk RPM Act

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Last month, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) visited the East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley to talk about his bill to combat EPA overreach into auto racing, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016. During his visit, Congressman McHenry had the opportunity to drive a late model race car on East Lincoln’s dirt track. After completing a few laps, Congressman McHenry spoke with SPEED SPORT about the RPM Act, its progress in the House, and his experience on track. Click here or on the image below to watch McHenry's interview. H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 or “RPM Act” was introduced by McHenry in March as a response to attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regu...

McHenry Assists First Responders Fighting Party Rock Wildfire

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Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) is continuing to work with local businesses and government officials to provide support to those affected by the more than 20 active wildfires burning in western North Carolina, including the Party Rock fire near Lake Lure. "My prayers are with the firefighters working around the clock to bring these fires under control," said Congressman McHenry. "They face a difficult job in challenging conditions and we are so thankful for their hard work. "In the coming days and weeks, I will continue to work with local leaders on the ground to ensure they have the resources they need to bring these fires under control," McHenry continued. "I'd like to thank everyone here in western North Carolina who has pitched i...

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Cleveland County lost a dedicated public servant this week with the passing of Cleveland County Commissioner Ronnie Hawkins. Ronnie committed his life to public service, serving in the US Army and later on both the Kings Mountain District Schools Board of Education and the Cleveland County Commission. He was a dear friend who will be deeply missed. Giulia and I send our prayers to his beloved wife Libby and the entire Hawkins family as they mourn their loss. Below is a picture of me with Ronnie and Libby at last year's Cleveland County Chamber annual banquet. http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20161208/commissioner-hawkins-dies-at-64

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Huge congratulations to Gastonia native and Forestview High School alum Harold Varner III on his victory as last weekend's Australian PGA Championship. Varner, who also attended East Carolina University, is the first American golfer to win at the Australian PGA Championship since 1978. Hopefully this is the first of many victories for HVIII! http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/other-sports/article118826868.html

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Saddened to learn of the passing of John Glenn. Glenn was a true American hero who lived a life of public service; serving in the Marine Corps where he reached the rank of Colonel, going to space as a NASA astronaut, and then serving the state of Ohio as a Senator for four terms. May he rest in peace. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/us/john-glenn-dies.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

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As we continue to recognize the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, I highly recommend the story below from The Gaston Gazette. It profiles Belmont's Gene Reinhardt who dropped out of Shelby High School in 1940 to enlist in the Army. He was at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day 75 years ago and is now Gaston County's last remaining survivor of the attacks. http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20161203/pearl-harbor-survivor-from-gaston-county-part-of-dwindling-breed

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75 years ago today, the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today--as we've done every December 7th since--we remember all those lost and injured on that horrific day. We also remember the Greatest Generation who--after being forced into service by the attacks at Pearl Harbor--fought for our nation with such honor and distinction during World War II.

A Better Way on Tax Reform

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Our tax code is broken. Fortunately, House Republicans know there is a Better Way. This video outlines our plan to reform the tax code to make it fair for all Americans. Learn more: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=tax-reform

McHenry Speaks in Support of H.R. 6427

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Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, speaks on the House floor in support of H.R. 6427, the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act.

McHenry Questions Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf

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Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, questions Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf about fake consumer accounts.

McHenry Speaks in Support of the Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act

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Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) speaks on the House floor in support of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act which passed the House on September 27, 2016. Congressman McHenry introduced H.R. 2949, the House companion to S. 1698.

McHenry Honors Fallen Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen

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Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) pays tribute to Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen who died after being shot in the line of duty.