Congressman Patrick McHenry
March 11, 2018
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

2018 Congressional Art Competition

One of the highlights of my year is hosting the Congressional Art Competition for all Tenth District students. I look forward to seeing the submissions of the many talented young artists we have here in the western North Carolina as part of the the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The image below depicts the winners of the 2017 competition, Shelby Yang of Claremont, and the 2016 winner, Lily Reed of Gastonia. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. where they will have the opportunity to view their artwork on display in the Capitol. Click here to learn more about this year’s competition—which is open to any Tenth District high school student—and how you could win a chance to see your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Touring Shelby With the Internet Association

I recently joined the Internet Association to tour some of the small businesses in Shelby's downtown. During the tour, I had the opportunity to meet with these small business owners and learn more about how they were using the power of the internet to help their businesses grow and thrive. Click here or on the image below to watch the video and learn more about how the internet is helping small businesses in places like the Tenth District succeed.

Tax Cuts for Tenth District Families

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction and increased the child tax credit, providing much-needed tax relief to American families. Since President Trump signed this historic legislation into law this past December it has continued to help hardworking Americans all across the country, allowing them to keep more of their paycheck and helping our economy grow. Right here in the Tenth District the typical middle-income family of four will receive a tax cut of over $1,800 thanks to tax reform. You can learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by clicking here.

Hardworking families aren't the only ones who are benefiting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Businesses all across the country are announcing that the savings they received from tax reform will be passed on to their employees, their customers, and their communities. Click here to see a list of these businesses courtesy of the Office of Majority Whip Steve Scalise. A couple of weeks ago I met with some of the businesses that were bringing the benefits they received from tax reform back to their employees right here in the Tenth District. Cavendish Brewing in Gastonia, for example, is already seeing some of the benefits of tax reform for the craft brewing business. Click here to read about my recent visit in this article from the Gaston Gazette

What I Have Been Reading

Gaston crowns its Spelling Bee champ

Gaston Gazette 

Congratulations to Piedmont Community Charter eighth-grader Robert Gorlach on winning the Gaston Gazette spelling bee and earning a chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring. Addison Champion, the spelling bee champion from Clevelend County, will join Robert in DC to compete for the national title. Good luck to you both!

County library, museum work to preserve Hmong culture

Hickory Daily Record

A very interesting project that the Catawba County Library is working on with the Historical Association of Catawba County and the Digital Heritage Center of North Carolina. The library is collecting items that represent the local Hmong community in an attempt to preserve and promote the Hmong culture in North Carolina. North Carolina has the fourth largest Hmong population in the country. The Hmong are a community with their own language that are originally from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Many fled to the United States during the Vietnam War.

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