Congressman McHenry Weekly Update Honoring Our Nation's VeteransLast Thursday, we came together as a grateful nation to observe Veterans Day. On November 11th and every day let us remember and honor the brave men and women who have served in our country’s military. Since the founding of America, these heroes have defended our freedoms and kept our country safe. Please join me in thanking our veterans for their service. God bless all who serve.image widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widget
November 14, 2021
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update
Honoring Our Nation's Veterans
Last Thursday, we came together as a grateful nation to observe Veterans Day. On November 11th and every day let us remember and honor the brave men and women who have served in our country’s military. Since the founding of America, these heroes have defended our freedoms and kept our country safe. Please join me in thanking our veterans for their service. God bless all who serve.
Staying Busy In the Tenth District
Last week I stayed busy in the Tenth District touring some of the businesses and organizations that play an important role in our community. I began my day in Iredell County where I met with Tenth District students to discuss our system of government. I had a great discussion with Mrs. Rhonda Waugh's 8th-grade class at West Iredell Middle School.
I also had the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful educational opportunities available in Iredell with a tour of Mitchell Community College. It was great to get an update on strategic planning and tour the new Health Sciences Building. This facility is a tremendous asset to the college and our community.
Next I stopped by AirBox, a family business that manufactures commercial-grade, portable, plug-in air purifiers. They recently completed transitioning their Statesville operation into a manufacturing and product development facility. I enjoyed seeing how the skills and technology from the motorsports world translate to innovation in our daily lives.
I ended my day in Statesville at Fourth Creek Brewing. Jonathan and Krystyn Nobinger work with local farmers to create fantastic beer for their community. Thank you for hosting me for a tour!
I also spent some time in Catawba County where I visited the Catawba Valley YMCA’s Moretz Early Learning Center in Conover. The new facility is fantastic, and I thank YMCA for serving the needs of children and families in Catawba County.
I was honored to end my day in Catawba County by presenting a Department of Justice Grant Check jointly to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Hickory Police Department. The DOJ grant will be used for a Virtual Reality Training platform.
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Protecting American Infrastructure from Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware payments in the U.S. have totaled more than $1 billion since 2020. In May, North Carolinians felt the effects of one of these attacks firsthand when a Russian ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down a vital pipeline until the company paid hackers. It is critical we protect America's critical financial infrastructure from these disruptive and dangerous attacks. That is why I introduced the Ransomware and Financial Stability Act, which will help deter, deny, and track down hackers who threaten financial institutions. Click here or on the image below to learn more about the bill.
In recognition of Veterans Day last week, check out this great story from the Hickory Daily Record about how the Catawba County Veterans Treatment Court is taking a unique approach to providing a much-needed support to local veterans. I am grateful for their work helping veterans here in the Tenth District get back on track.
I enjoyed seeing the pictures and videos from last weekend’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Winston-Salem. However, what I enjoyed even more, was hearing from those who attended the parade about what Veterans Day means to them. I join them in honoring our nation’s veterans for their incredible sacrifice and bravery.
The Biden Administration is currently considering a plan to offer separated immigrant families reparations for the alleged trauma they suffered after illegally crossing our border. Initial reports claim the settlement payments could amount to $450,000 per person and nearly $1 million per family. This is outrageous and must be stopped. That is why I cosponsored legislation that would prohibit the Department of Justice from awarding compromise settlements to illegal immigrants unless they are explicitly approved by Congress.