Congressman Patrick McHenry
February 21, 2021
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Staying Busy in the Tenth District

It was great to spend time in Hickory with Mayor Hank Guess on Tuesday morning. I was proud to support the BUILD Grant the city was awarded in 2018 and was excited to see firsthand the City Walk and River Walk projects which are partially funded by this grant. Thanks also to the Mayor for presenting me with a book commemorating the Hickory’s 150th Anniversary. On my tour I was joined by the Hickory Daily Record. We discussed what is happening in Washington, including the impeachment and Democrats’ wasteful coronavirus bill that won't help the Tenth District. You can read more from the interview by clicking here.

Later that morning, I was able to visit the Catawba County Emergency Operations Center and get an overview of the county’s COVID-19 response. It was also informative to hear input on the federal response from the county manager, department heads, Sheriff Don Brown, and Commissioners Kitty Barnes, Barbara Beatty, and Sherry Butler. Thanks to all those who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic.

On Wednesday, I joined Troutman officials to visit The Career Academy & Technical School. CATS does an incredible job of educating our students and preparing them for the workforce. Thank you to Principal Larry Rogers, Superintendent Jeff James, and Iredell-Statesville Board of Education Chairman Martin Page for your leadership and dedication to the community.

I ended my morning in Troutman with a tour of C.R. Onsrud with owner Jeff Onsrud. C.R. Onsrud manufactures CNC machinery that is used is many industries around the world. Thanks to Troutman Mayor Teross Young, Councilmen Paul Henkel, George Harris, Eddie Nau, and Town Manager Duck Wyatt for hosting me during my visits and and showing me some of the great things that are happening in Troutman.

At lunch, I stopped by FeedNC where Executive Director Lara Ingram gave me a tour and shared her vision for the future. I am grateful for the tremendous work FeedNC is doing to help their community. Through groceries, meals, and job training, FeedNC is helping their neighbors through tough times.

It is always a pleasure to celebrate with our brave first responders when they receive federal funding. Last week I was able to show my appreciation to the Shepherds Volunteer Fire Department who were awarded two FEMA grants totaling over $1 million. Thank you to Shepherds VFD for keeping our community safe and allowing me to recognize your achievements. Click here to read more about Wednesday's grant presentation courtesy of the Statesville Record and Landmark.

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more pictures and videos from last week's events and to stay up to date on what is happening in the Tenth District and in Washington.

Celebrating the Opening of the Mooresville District Office

Last week I celebrated the official opening of my new district office in Mooresville. This office will help my staff and I fulfill our mission of providing the best constituent service possible to the Tenth District. Constituents who need assistance working with federal agencies like the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration or need help obtaining Medicare, Veterans benefits, procuring a passport, or other issues with the federal government should contact the office.

The office is located at:

Iredell County Government Center South
2nd Floor
610 East Center Avenue
Mooresville, NC 28115
Toll-Free in NC: (800) 477-2576

The Mooresville office will be open on Tuesdays from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursdays from Noon – 5:00 PM, and by appointment.

I would also like to thank Iredell County Commission Chairman James Mallory, Commissioners Gene Houpe and Scottie Brown, and Iredell Clerk of Court James Mixson for joining me to celebrate the opening of the Mooresville office.

Gamestop Hearing

America’s robust capital markets are part of what makes our nation the best place in the world to start a business. During last week's House Financial Services Committee hearing on GameStop, I spoke about the importance of giving everyday investors greater access to those markets and ensuring Americans from all walks of life can benefit from our economic success. Click here or on the image below to watch my opening remarks from Thursday's hearing.

On Friday, I joined Yahoo Finance to discuss my key takeaways from Thursday’s hearing, including what we still need to learn and how we can provide more opportunities for everyday investors. Click here or on the image below to watch.

What I Have Been Reading

Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70

Fox News

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rush Limbaugh. Rush was an icon in the conservative movement, speaking directly to millions of Americans daily and revolutionizing the way those on the right consumed news. He has served as an inspiration to many during his courageous battle against stage four cancer in recent years. My prayers are with his family as they mourn.

‘A path of destruction.’ Three dead after tornado rips through coastal NC community

The News and Observer 

Please join me in praying for all of our neighbors in eastern North Carolina who were affected by Monday night’s deadly tornado. I am grateful to the first responders working to keep the Brunswick County community safe after this devastating storm.  My thoughts are also with all those in Texas and throughout the southern United States who have been impacted by harsh weather conditions.

2004 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: 202.225.2576
Fax: 202.225.0316


Iredell County
Government Center South
2nd Floor
610 East Center Avenue
Mooresville, NC 28115
Toll-Free in NC: 800.477.2576

1990 Main Ave. SE, PO Box 1830
Hickory, NC 28603
Telephone: 828.327.6100
Toll-Free in NC: 800.477.2576
Fax: 828.327.8311

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