Congressman Patrick McHenry
January 15, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Beginning the Process of Repealing Obamacare

Obamacare is broken. It has driven up costs, reduced the quality of care, and made healthcare worse for individuals and families throughout western North Carolina. With President Obama leaving the White House in less than a week, we can finally begin to provide some relief by repealing this disastrous law. This week, the House and Senate began that effort by passing S. Con. Res 3, the Obamacare repeal resolution. In the coming days and weeks, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass bills that will enable better care, at lower costs for all Americans. You can read more about this week's votes here and see my full statement on repealing Obamacare below:

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tomorow, I will join with all Americans in honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King devoted his life to serving and helping others. His Biblical teachings and message of peaceful resistance were--and continue to be--so powerful in the fight against racial inequality. As we honor Dr. King's life, we must never forget his life of service and his message of liberty for all, regardless of the color of their skin.


Re-Introducing the RPM Act

Auto racing and the industry and history surrounding the sport have deep roots here in North Carolina. It is both a significant local employer and also a pastime enjoyed by many. Yet racing has been under threat from Washington bureaucrats, with the EPA attempting to limit the ability of racers to modify their cars for closed track use. Last year, I introduced the RPM Act to block these efforts and the EPA backed off.

This week, I reintroduced the RPM Act so that we can permanently block the EPA from attempting to regulate this vital industry. You can read more about re-introduction the RPM Act in the Carolina Journal and the Raleigh News and Observer. Additionally, you can see my full statement on re-introduction of this important legislation by clicking on the image below.


What I Have Been Reading

McHenry: Working with Trump, repealing Obamacare and helping business

Gaston Gazette

With the new Congress beginning, I took some time to talk about my priorities for the 115th Congress with the Gaston Gazette's Kevin Ellis. We discussed working with President-elect Trump, our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, and my continuing efforts to advance crowdfunding and fintech legislation to help small businesses. 

Record $16 million to save WNC farms, streams

Asheville Citizen-Times

Western North Carolina has countless acres of pristine farmland that needs to be maintained. Recently, I was proud to join with Senator Burr and other local legislators in writing a letter to the Department of Agriculture supporting a grant application by the Asheville-based conservation group Blue Ridge Forever. Recently, those efforts paid off as Blue Ridge Forever received an unprecedented $8 million grant

Lincolnton High receiver Sage Surratt named N.C. Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year

Charlotte Observer

Congratulations to Lincolnton High School's Sage Surratt who was recognized as the Associated Press' Offensive Player of the Year for North Carolina. Surratt set state records for receptions and receiving yards while scoring 28 touchdowns this season. This is the second consecutive year this award has gone to a member of the Surratt family as his brother Chazz won it last year. Very impressive! 

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