Congressman Patrick McHenry
October 29, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Connect to Congress

This week I had the opportunity to join News 13 WLOS Connect to Congress to discuss my new bill the PROTECT Act. This bill addresses the flaws exposed in the recent Equifax breach and will ban credit bureaus from using Americans’ most sensitive personal information: our Social Security Numbers. I also had a chance to talk about the unified framework for tax reform, how Congress is combating the opioid epidemic, and other important issues that matter to you. Click here or on the link below to watch the full interview.

Back Home in the Tenth District

After votes ended on Thursday I headed back home to North Carolina. Friday, I attended the Lincoln Chamber Legislative Luncheon where I was able to answer questions and provide an update on what is happening in Washington.

I also had the honor of presenting medals to Lincolnton resident Dennis Ray Smith for his service in the U.S. Mairne Corp. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith was unable to attend so the awards were accepted by his daughter DeeDee.

In the afternoon I headed to the Mount Holly Fire Department to present them with their Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The SAFER grant will allow them to hire six new full-time career firefighters to staff their new station.

Opioid Epidemic is a Nationwide Public Health Emergency

The opioid epidemic has devastated communities throughout the United States, including here in western North Carolina. While Congress has taken important steps to help end this epidemic, more must be done to address this crisis. Yesterday, President Trump took another step in the right direction by declaring the opioid epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency. I applaud the President’s leadership in combatting this epidemic and I look forward to working with him to end the spread and use of these dangerous drugs. To read my full statement on President Trump's announcement click here or on the image below.

Saturday was also the Drug Enforcement Adminstration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is aimed at raising awareness on the potential for misuse of prescribed medications and providing a safe place to dispose of unused prescriptions. Thousands of locations across the U.S., including many in western North Carolina, participated in helping to safely dispose unused prescription drugs. If you were unable to participate in National Take Back Day on Saturday please visit my website by clicking here to find out where in the Tenth District you can safely dispose prescription drugs. To learn more about National Take Back day click here or on the link below.

What I Have Been Reading

House paves way for Trump tax reform plan by passing $4T budget

Fox News

Thursday the House took another important step towards fixing our nation’s broken tax code. Passage of the Senate budget resolution paves the way for meaningful tax reform that will help small businesses and hardworking families here in western North Carolina and across the country.

Recovery, assessment efforts continue in Hickory area after severe storm

Hickory Daily Record

On Monday my thoughts were with everyone back home in western North Carolina and the Tenth District as dangerous storms pass through our area. Recovery efforts have been ongoing since the storm and, as always, my district office staff are available if anyone needs assistance. Contact information for my offices can be found here.                                           

Congress strikes down another bad regulation
Office of Speaker Ryan

This week Speaker Ryan signed another Congressional Review Act bill that repeals misguided, eleventh-hour rulemaking by Obama-era bureaucrats. This one repeals the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule, a deeply flawed regulation that was little more than a handout to trial lawyers and special interests.

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