Congressman Patrick McHenry
February 12, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Celebrating Black History Month


Each February we celebrate the numerous contributions of African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month. From business, political, and military leaders to leading educators and inventors, African Americans have made countless meaningful improvements to our nation. The month of February provides us an additional opportunity to recognize these leaders and thank them for all they've done to improve our country. This February marks the first Black History Month since the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I strongly encourage anyone visiting Washington to make time to visit this impressive addition to the Smithsonian.



A Vote to Protect Your Email Privacy


Email has become a vital part of the daily lives of the majority of American people. Yet--even as hundreds of millions of Americans use the technology--the federal law dealing with email privacy has not been updated since it first passed Congress in 1986. That law--the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)--allows the government to obtain your emails without a warrant as long as they are more than six months old and sit on a third-party server. This means that if you sent an email using Gmail, Yahoo, or any other third party email provider last June, the federal government can access it without your knowledge or permission.

This needs to change and this week, the House voted to do that by passing Representative Kevin Yoder's Email Privacy Act. This bipartisan bill would require the government to obtain a warrant before being able to access our emails. I was proud to support this common sense fix to protect our electronic privacy. You can learn more about this important bill by reading an op-ed authored by Congressman Yoder here.

 

Follow Me on Social Media


As the new Congress begins, I want to be sure you know the best places to keep up to date with what is going on in Washington and western North Carolina and also the best ways to contact me. For near-daily updates, be sure to follow me on my social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can click any of the links above to follow my pages. Additionally--should you need to contact my staff or me--you can find information on how to do that here. One of the best options to get in touch with me is via email which can be sent using this link. Please be sure to keep up to date with my work and let me know whenever I may be of assistance.



What I Have Been Reading

Trump signs three new executive orders on crime reduction

CNN

Again this week, President Trump kept up the brisk pace at the start of his Administration by signing three executive orders aimed at reducing crime and protecting our nation's police officers. Our men and women in blue do so much to keep our communities safe and I commend President Trump for taking these actions to keep them safe. 


Fifth-grade wits? No problem

Gaston Gazette

Great story on a fun event in Gaston County called 'Are You Smarter than a Gaston County Fifth-Grader.' As part of the event, local businesses teamed up with each of Gaston County's elementary schools for a competition at Stuart Cramer High. Congratulations to the team from Gardner Park Elementary and their adult teammates from Tindol Ford-Subaru-Roush on their victory. 


Former US Sen. Hagan faces long, complex road to recovery after encephalitis

The Charlotte Observer

My prayers go out to our former Senator Kay Hagan as she begins her recovery from encephalitis. Senator Hagan served our state with distinction in both the NC and US Senate and Giulia and I wish her the best as she begins to recuperate from the illness that struck her suddenly a couple months ago. We join with the rest of the state in hoping for a speedy and full recovery for Senator Hagan. 

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