Congressman Patrick McHenry
July 30, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

A Vote to Keep Americans Safe

In this increasingly dangerous world, it is imperative our federal government does all it can to keep Americans safe. This week, the House of Representatives passed a critical, bipartisan funding bill that will help accomplish that goal. H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act provides funding to rebuild the military, including the biggest troop pay raise in eight years. It supports our veterans by providing the VA with the highest funding level it has ever received. Finally, it strengthens security at home by fully funding President Trump’s request for a wall on the southern border. Click here or on the image below to learn more about H.R. 3219 and read my full statement on it passing the House. You can also read more about the bill's passage here via the Associated Press.

Sanctions Against North Korea, Iran, & Russia

The dangerous and destabilizing actions from Russia, Iran, and North Korea threaten democracies and harm the United States and our allies around the world. This week, the House and Senate took action to confront these nations with passage of a bipartisan sanctions bill that takes aim at the most dangerous threats posed by these bad actors. This package targets the Iranian and North Korean missile programs and Russian cyberattacks. This bill is a good bipartisan compromise that holds these rogue regimes accountable and helps to ensure American security.

On Friday, I joined with other House leaders as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan officially signed the House version of the bill. To learn more about what is in the sanctions package, click here. Additionally, you can read my full statement on passage of this important measure by clicking here.

(Photo courtesy of the office of Speaker Paul Ryan)

I Want to Hear From You

Each August since I was first elected to Congress, I committed to holding town hall meetings for each county of the Tenth District. That commitment will continue this year as next week I will host the first round of town hall meetings for constituents in Buncombe, Iredell, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford counties. At these meetings I will provide constituents with an update on what has been happening in Washington while also taking questions from those in attendance. Additionally, my staff will be on hand should any constituents need assistance with casework matters such as help with Social Security or the VA. The dates, times, and locations of this week's town hall meetings are below.


What I Have Been Reading

Trump welcomes first responders in Congressional shooting to White House


Very nice ceremony at the White House this week as U.S. Capitol Police special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner as well as three Alexandria Police Department officers were recognized for their life-saving actions during the Congressional baseball practice shooting last month. All five officers were awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest recognition that can be bestowed on a public safety officer in the United States. 

Rep. Steve Scalise Discharged From Hospital, Now Begins Rehabilitation

NBC News 

Wonderful news this week as it was announced that my dear friend, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been released from the hospital to begin rehab. Whip Scalise was gravely injured in the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice but has made a tremendous recovery thus far. The entire House of Representatives can't wait to see Whip Scalise back at the Capitol soon.  

House passes bill to expand veterans' GI benefits

The Hill 

In addition to the bills mentioned above, the House also took action this week on two bipartisan pieces of legislation that will help our nation's heroes. The first bill, H.R. 3218, is known as the Forever GI Bill and it updates the current GI Bill to reflect the new realities of the changing workforce that our veterans are entering into. Additionally we passed. S. 114 which addresses a funding shortfall in the Veterans Choice program.  

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