Congressman Patrick McHenry
January 29, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Defending Those Who Cannot Defend Themselves

 On Friday, we saw hundreds of thousands of Americans--including many from western North Carolina--come to Washington to solemnly march against abortion. In recognition of this week's March For Life and the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court's tragic decision in Roe vs. Wade, the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This bill makes permanent the Hyde Amendment which bans all federal funding for abortions. Coupled with President Trump's executive order reaffirming President Reagan's 'Mexico City policy,' these actions illustrate the new Republican majorities' unflinching commitment to defending life. You can read my full statement on supporting this vitally important legislation by clicking here.

A Busy First Week for President Trump

In his first full week as our leader, President Trump has been hard at work fulfilling many of the commitments he made during the campaign. By utilizing executive actions, President Trump has followed through on his promises including: greater border security and immigration enforcement, encouraging job and infrastructure growth by authorizing construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and reducing the size of our bloated federal bureaucracy via a hiring freeze on federal workers.

In addition to these actions, President Trump and Vice President Pence both traveled to Philadelphia on Thursday to address a joint meeting of House and Senate Republicans. Prior to their remarks, I had the pleasure of meeting with both men to discuss our legislative priorities. If the first week is any indication, it should be a productive four years that will improve the lives of all Americans.

Introducing the EPIC Act

This past week we celebrated National School Choice Week and the importance of providing parents and students with the ability to choose the educational setting that works best for them. In recognition of School Choice Week, I introduced H.R. 675, the Empowering Parents to Invest in Choice or EPIC Act. My bill enables parents to save for their children's education using tax-free savings accounts including 529 accounts. Additionally, it increases the contribution limits for Coverdell accounts. Our children's education success is each parent's greatest concern and this bill will help parents provide their kids with more opportunities to succeed. You can read more about the EPIC Act here via the Gaston Gazette and see the full press release on its introduction by clicking here or on the image below.

What I Have Been Reading

Ruth Samuelson, former lawmaker, dies at 56

The Charlotte Observer

I was deeply saddened this week to learn about the passing of former Mecklenburg County Commissioner and state lawmaker, Ruth Samuelson. Ruth was a great public servant and an even better person who valiantly fought cancer. Giulia and I extend our sympathies and prayers to Ruth's family. 

Georgia storm toll reaches 18; 'It sounded like a freight train'

Asheville Citizen-Times

Tragic news from last weekend as horrific thunderstorms and tornadoes broke out across the southeastern United States. The devastation was especially bad in both Georgia and Mississippi where over 20 people lost their lives. My prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones in the storms.  

Catholic college helping students rev careers in motorsports

Gaston Gazette

Very cool story about the motorsport management degree program at my alma mater, Belmont Abbey College. With NASCAR and auto racing's strong ties to the greater Charlotte area, it is great to see local colleges like Belmont Abbey embracing this important industry. As the article notes, Belmont Abbey's program has been very successful, placing nearly 90 percent of graduates directly into careers in the industry.  

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