Congressman Patrick McHenry
December 2, 2018
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Honoring the Life of President George H.W. Bush

President George Herbert Walker Bush was a patriot who dedicated his life to serving our nation. Beginning in his teens when he enlisted as a Naval Aviator during World War II, service that led him to being shot down over the Pacific, he always put country first. During his time as Vice President and later President, he was an impressive world leader advancing our values abroad and helping end the Cold War. Personally, I will never forget gathering a group of friends to go see President Bush at a campaign rally in my hometown of Gastonia during his 1992 reelection campaign.

Beyond his service to our country, President Bush was a tremendous father and role model for all Americans. Alongside his beloved wife Barbara, he raised a wonderful family and throughout his political career, President Bush led with such decency, always treating political allies and rivals with the same level of respect. Giulia and I join the rest of a grateful nation in praying for the entire Bush family as they mourn the passing of a true statesman.

My New Role in the 116th Congress

I am honored to have been elected to be the Republican leader of the House Financial Services Committee for the 116th Congress. I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Democrat and Republicans alike—as we continue to help families and small business right here in the Tenth District and all across the country. You can read my full statement by clicking here or on the image below.

A couple of weeks ago I joined Bloomberg to discuss my candidacy to be the Ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee. There I had the opportunity to discuss what I hoped to achieve as Ranking Member during the 116th Congress and the importance of focusing on the families and communities that are impacted by financial services legislation. In addition, I shared my thoughts on a recent hearing with Fed Vice Chairman Randal Quarles on stress tests for banks and the need for new technologies to help banks address the challenges they are facing today. Click here or on the image below to watch the full interview.

America is Better Off

As we approach the end of the 115th Congress, it is a good time to reflect on the many positive things we have accomplished so far. Last December, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law, helping American families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Congress has also invested over $10 billion to address the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities. Legislation has also been passed to help make our country safer and our communities stronger, including giving our troops their biggest pay raise since 2010. Click here or on the image below to learn more about why Americans are better off now.

What I Have Been Reading

3 US service members killed in Afghanistan roadside bomb blast; deadliest incident this year

Fox News

Please join me in praying for the family and loved ones of the three American servicemen killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Their service and sacrifice to this great country will never be forgotten. Every day I am thankful for the brave men and women of the U.S. military who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms.

Shelby to create Fallen Heroes Memorial, park

Shelby Star

Our heroes deserve to be remembered for their service to their communities and to our country. Downtown Shelby is creating a Fallen Warriors Memorial that will honor local heroes like Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen who was killed in the line of duty two years ago. You can watch my tribute to Officer Brackeen that I delivered on the House Floor by clicking here

New nonprofit devoted to serving veterans

Lincoln Times-News 

Our nation's veterans have already done so much in their service to our country and yet many continue to serve their communities after their time in the military has ended. Local veterans Chris Duschel and Larry Cline are continuing to serve with their new nonprofit, the Veterans and Community Alliance, that helps repair vehicles for veterans and their families at little to no cost. I am thankful for the service of these two heroes first in our armed forces and now in the Tenth District community.

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