Congressman Patrick McHenry
June 18, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

A Challenging Week in Washington

As you may have heard, It was a very difficult week in Washington following Wednesday's attack on the GOP Congressional baseball team's practice. My friend, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was severely injured in the attack. For the last three years, I've worked closely with Steve every day I am in Washington. Beyond work, Giulia and I count Steve and his wife Jennifer as dear friends. He remains in critical condition in a Washington hospital. I ask that you please keep Steve and his entire family in your prayers in the days ahead.

While Wednesday's attack was a horrific act of hate, there were examples of tremendous bravery. US Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner, David Bailey, and Henry Cabrera--who are all members of Whip Scalise's security detail--confronted the shooter. These heroic actions saved many lives.

On Thursday, the House passed House Resolution 385 recognizing these Special Agents and local law enforcement for their quick, life-saving response. I am so thankful to the US Capitol Police for their service keeping members of Congress, our staff, and our visitors safe. Events like what happened Wednesday serve as a reminder of the bravery and valor displayed by our law enforcement each day. God bless all our men and women in blue.

The photo above of Whip Scalise and me was taken as we headed to the House floor for votes. Special Agent Griner can be seen in the foreground. Below is a photo of Special Agent Bailey and me from Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. SA Bailey threw out the first pitch.


Standing With Our Ally Israel

In recent years, opponents of Israel have been engaging in economic warfare against the Israeli government and its people through the hateful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. These opponents hope to use these harmful tactics to isolate the State of Israel from the rest of the world. These attacks on our sacred ally are unacceptable and this week, I introduced legislation to stop them. H.R. 2856, the Combating BDS Act of 2017 is a bipartisan bill that grants state and local governments the authority to divest from any enterprise that seeks to use the BDS movement to undermine Israel. You can learn more about this important legislation by clicking here or on the image below.

Ensuring Our Vets Receive the Care They Earned

Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices, voluntarily putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our freedoms. Through their service, they have earned access to the best healthcare possible. For too long though, the VA has failed them. This week, we took action to change that with House passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This bill makes it easier for the VA to fire underperforming employees while also protecting whistleblowers who displayed courage by exposing the VA's shortcomings. This bill now heads to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. You can read my full statement on this important reform to help our nation's heroes by clicking here or on the image below. You can also read more about this week's vote here via CNN.

What I Have Been Reading

Good Samaritan Stops Man Holding Woman at Knife Point

WCCB Charlotte

Impressive display of heroism from my friend, Gaston County Commission Chairman Chad Brown. Last Thursday, while attending his son’s baseball game in Stanley, he stepped in to help a woman who was being held at knife point, an action that police say may have saved her life. Great work, Chairman Brown. 

Democrats Down Republicans, Both Down the Rhetoric

Roll Call

After a difficult week in Washington, Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game was a welcome break. The game, which broke attendance records with nearly 25,000 people at Nationals Park, served as a bipartisan celebration of America and our nation's resilience in the face of tragedy. The night's highlight was Special Agent David Bailey throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. 

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