Congressman Patrick McHenry
October 14, 2018
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Celebrating Pastor Brunson's Release

For over two years we have called for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson. Today, our prayers were answered and Pastor Brunson can finally be reunited with his family. Pastor Brunson, who is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was imprisoned in Turkey on October 7, 2016. On March 13, 2018, Pastor Brunson was issued an indictment filled with bogus charges relating to terrorism and espionage. Click here or on the image below for my full statement on Pastor Brunson’s release.

In May, a bipartisan group of my colleagues in the House and I sent a letter denouncing the wrongful imprisonment of Pastor Brunson. You can read the letter by clicking here. I also called for the release of Pastor Brunson in a June speech on the House Floor, which you can click here. On Saturday, I was honored by President Trump's invitation to join him and Pastor Brunson in the Oval Office to celebrate his return home. You can watch Saturday's meeting by clicking here or on the image below.

Firefighters Grant Workshop

On Wednesday, my office held it's annual FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program workshop for Tenth District fire and rescue departments on the campus of Gaston College in Dallas. It was a great turnout and special thanks to Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash and Assistant Chief Jason Wofford for serving as instructors for the class.

In the Tenth District, fire and rescue departments use these grants to help them better serve their communities. A great is example is the Linconlton Fire Department, a recent recipient of a grant, which is planning on using the funding awarded to hire additional full-time firefighters. Click here to learn more about the Lincolnton Fire Department courtesy of the Lincoln Times News.

Did You Know?

The House of Representatives has been very productive. While you may have heard about historic legislation like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the important steps the House has taken to combat the opioid epidemic, and the well-deserved pay raise we voted on for our troops, the House of Representatives has done much more. Since January of 2017, the House has been working hard on the issues that matter in the Tenth District and all across the country. Click here to learn more about some of the 245 bills that are now law.

What I Have Been Reading

'I don't have anything left': Hurricane Michael survivors scramble for food, water as death toll rises

USA Today

This week our nation was once again hit by a deadly storm that left devastation in its wake.We are thankful for all of the emergency responders and their tireless work to save lives. Giulia and I are praying for all of those impacted by Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence as communities all across the southeast begin to rebuild.  

The Navy turns 243 today- check out these incredible photos of the Navy in action
Business Insider

On October 13, 1775 the Continental Congress established what became today’s United States Navy. Please join me in honoring the service of the brave men and women of the U.S. Navy who have defended our freedoms for the last 243 years.

Gastonia police go pink for breast cancer awareness

Gaston Gazette 

The month of October is breast cancer awareness month. This month we honor and remember all of the mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends who have suffered from this terrible disease. The Gastonia Police Department is doing its part to raise awareness by wearing pink badges on their uniforms. It is inspiring to see our law enforcement officers, who keep our communities safe every day, go above and beyond for their neighbors in Gaston County.

2334 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: 202.225.2576
Fax: 202.225.0316

Suite 115
Gaston Co. Administrative Bldg
128 West Main Avenue
Gastonia, NC  28053
Telephone: 704.833.0096

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

160 Midland Avenue
Black Mountain, NC  28711
Telephone: 828.669.0600

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