Congressman Patrick McHenry
April 2, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Busy Week of Meetings w/ NC-10 Constituents


The spring months are a busy time in Washington as numerous constituents from western North Carolina visit for meetings and tours around the city. This past week was no different. On Wednesday, I met with Tenth District advocates from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association and also with representatives from North Carolina 4-H.


On Thursday, I greeted a group of students from Asheville's Owen Middle School who had arranged a tour of the US Capitol through my office.


On Friday, with Congress out of session, I was back home in western North Carolina. In addition to constituent meetings held at my Hickory District Office, I visited Lenoir-Rhyne University where I met with new university president, Dr. Fred Whitt. Dr. Whitt took over late last year from former President, Dr. Wayne Powell who retired. Dr. Whitt is a great addition to a strong university and I look forward to working with him in his new role.


After my meeting at LRU, I headed to Hickory's Mountain View Elementary School where I participated in a Google CS First Roadshow. The roadshow is a Google effort to highlight the importance of computer science and STEM education in our schools. You can read more about the roadshow's visit to Mountain View here via the Hickory Daily Record.


For additional photos from my meetings in Washington and back home in western North Carolina, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like my Facebook page.


Progress on Undoing Obama-Era Regulations


While it might not be getting the media attention it deserves, Congressional Republicans and President Trump have been making significant progress undoing many of the overreaching Washington regulations that defined the Obama Administration. Using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act or CRA, we've been able to roll back burdensome regulations that hurt job growth and infringe the rights of individual Americans. Thus far, the House has passed fifteen CRAs and President Trump has signed seven of the fifteen into law. You can see a complete recap of the CRAs that have been signed into law by clicking here or on the image below.



The Future of FinTech in the US


Since coming to Congress, I've made it my goal to find legislative solutions that allow greater access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Whether it is angel investing, crowdfunding, or fintech, I'm working to make it easier for everyday Americans to use innovative forms of capital formation to grow their ideas and create jobs. Early last month, I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address at the LendIt Conference in New York City about fintech and the need for the United States to update our federal regulatory framework to allow fintech to truly flourish. You can see my full speech by clicking here or on the image below.

 

What I Have Been Reading

"CANNED": a trash can valet service started by a Mount Holly 9-year-old

Fox 46 Charlotte

It is always great to see the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in our children. The story above from Gaston County is a good example of that. Mount Holly's Noah Empson created a trash can valet service for his neighbors called "Canned." I look forward to seeing Noah on Shark Tank sometime soon. 


Roy Williams? 'He Doesn't Have an Accent. You Have an Accent.'

The New York Times

I really enjoyed this story on UNC basketball coach Roy Williams and his western North Carolina roots and dialect. Coach Williams, who grew up in Buncombe County, is well known for his unique expressions. I wish him and his team the best of luck in Monday night's championship game.  


Silver Stars reveal secret valor among Delta Force, other commandos

USA Today

A series of amazing stories of the bravery and courage of American special operators and commandos from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. God bless all our troops who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe. We as a nation are blessed to have such brave men and women serving our country. 

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GASTONIA DISTRICT OFFICE
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Gaston Co. Administrative Bldg
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Gastonia, NC  28053
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Hickory, NC 28603
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Black Mountain, NC  28711
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