Congressman Patrick McHenry
September 30, 2018
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Supporting Our Troops and Hurricane Florence Relief

On Wednesday, the House voted on two issues important to our nation and to our state. We took a step towards fulfilling our responsibility to the U.S. military by ensuring our troops have the funding they need to restore military readiness. Further, it includes funding to give our troops the biggest pay raise they’ve received in nine years and provides initial relief funding to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Click here or on the image below for a great rundown, courtesy of Speaker Ryan, on the reasons we needed to send this bill to President Trump's desk.

In addition, we voted on over $10 billion in disaster relief funding to our neighbors in eastern North Carolina. Earlier in the week, I joined my North Carolina colleagues for a bipartisan meeting to discuss Hurricane Florence relief. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to provide support to those impacted by the destruction and flooding caused by this storm. Click here to read my full statement and to learn more about these important votes.

Continuing the Work to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has caused pain and suffering in communities all across the country including here in western North Carolina. On Friday, we sent a bipartisan, bicameral bill to the President’s desk that addresses all sides of this devastating crisis. Click here or on the image below to read my full statement on this important legislation. For additional information on the House of Representatives' efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, click here.

Tax Reform 2.0

Last December, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in to law. Thanks to historic tax reform our economy is booming and Americans here in western North Carolina and all across the country are keeping more of their hard earned money. This week, there was more good news for hardworking Americans and their paychecks. The House voted to make last December’s tax cuts permanent for families and small businesses. Click here to learn more about what these tax cuts means mean for you and your family.

What I Have Been Reading

'I will now and forever be a broken man:' Maddox Ritch's dad writes emotional post after a boy's body is found

ABC News

Absolutely heartbreaking and devastating news. Giulia and I join the rest of the Gaston County community in praying for the Ritch family as they mourn the death of their beloved son Maddox. I am thankful for the tireless efforts of local law enforcement, fire and rescue as well as our federal and state partners in their search to find Maddox.

Sweeping tribal land drug arrests in WNC leads to warning: A generation is at risk

Asheville Citizen-Times 

These arrests are good news in the battle against opioids and methamphetamines here in western North Carolina. I am thankful for the work of Secretary Zinke, the Indian Affairs task force, and local law enforcement. We must continue to work together to help end addiction.

Gastonia's Parkdale wants clothes to be more biodegradable

Gaston Gazette

It is always great to see new innovation and especially when it comes from a local company. Parkdale Inc., which is based in Gastonia, wants to rethink what happens to our clothes after we wear them by using a new technology that will help synthetic fibers biodegrade more quickly. Looking forward to hearing more about this new technology.

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