Congressman Patrick McHenry
August 20, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Hearing From You

This week I got the chance to hear directly from some of you at the town hall meetings I hosted in Catawba, Cleveland, and Gaston Counties.  Every year I welcome the opportunity to speak to my constituents to share my thoughts on our work in Congress while also taking your questions about the issues of importance to you. If you were unable to attend the town hall meetings but would like to learn more about what was discussed, you can find more information on the Catawba County town hall here via the Hickory Daily Record, the Cleveland County town hall here via the Gaston Gazette, and the Gaston County town hall here also courtesy of the Gaston Gazette.

Next week, I will be holding three more town hall meetings for Buncombe, Iredell, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford Counties. As you might know, these meetings have been rescheduled from the first week of August when I had to delay them after I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused. The rescheduled town hall meeting dates, times, and locations are below:

A Busy Week in the Tenth District

This week has been a busy for me in western North Carolina. In addition to the town halls meetings I have travelled around the district meeting with companies and organizations to share my thoughts and learn more about their roles in western North Carolina. First I met with the Newton Fire Department to present them with their SAFER grant check.

Thursday morning, I had the opportunity to tour the Carus Corporation where I learned more about the solutions they provide to environmental concerns involving water, air, and soil.

Next I spoke with veterans at the monthly meeting of the Gaston Veteran Council, which has veterans from all of the veterans organizations and different groups that serve veterans in Gaston County.

Afterwards I had the opportunity to tour the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Gaston College which will offer enhanced education and training for students.

I then spoke at the Montcross Chamber of Commerce Growth Forum to share my thoughts on future growth in Gaston.

I also had the chance to stop by a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Gaston and get a tour of their store. I really enjoyed meeting some of their store associates and learning more about their roles and how they help their customers.

Lastly, I stopped by Gastonia's first brewery, Cavendish Brewing, to visit the facility and also meet the owner, Scott Cavendish, and their brewmaster, Will Warren. 

The Solar Eclipse is Coming to Western North Carolina

Like so many others throughout western NC and across the country, I am looking forward to Monday's solar eclipse. The Tenth District and western North Carolina is a prime location for viewing the eclipse and I am excited that the Congressional schedule will allow me to be home to see it. I hope everyone has their glasses ready and is prepared to safely watch this incredibly rare phenomenon. If you want to learn more about the eclipse, NASA has some excellent information which you can access by clicking here or on the image below. Additionally, if want to know exactly how much of the eclipse you will be able to see click here for a great interactive map courtesy of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

What I Have Been Reading

Charlottesville Rally Turns Deadly: One Killed After Car Strikes Crowd
NBC News

I was horrified by the violence that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. My prayers go out to the families of Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates as well as to all those injured in Saturday’s attack. I join with all Americans condemning the hate, bigotry, and racism that spurred this weekend's events. As a nation, we must reject the KKK, neo-nazis, and all those groups whose views run counter to the ideals our nation was founded upon. 

From Age 3 to 80, Barcelona Victims Represent a Wide World
Associated Press 

I was also deeply saddened to hear about the devastating terrorist attack in Barcelona. Please join Giulia and me in praying for those injured in these attacks and the families of those who lost their lives. It is disturbing  to again see a group of radical Islamic terrorists attacking a European city. We will stand with our friends in Spain against these horrific acts.

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