Congressman McHenry Weekly Update Remembering September 11thTwenty years ago, our nation suffered a terrible tragedy. On September 11, 2001 our nation was attacked and 2,996 lives were lost. We will always remember and honor the brave first responders and the sacrifices they made on that terrible day. Please join me in praying for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on that horrific day twenty years ago. We will never forget.image widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widgetimage widget
September 12, 2021
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update
Remembering September 11th
Twenty years ago, our nation suffered a terrible tragedy. On September 11, 2001 our nation was attacked and 2,996 lives were lost. We will always remember and honor the brave first responders and the sacrifices they made on that terrible day. Please join me in praying for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on that horrific day twenty years ago. We will never forget.
Condemning Biden's Vaccine Mandate
Last week, after months of saying the government would not, should not, and could not impose vaccine mandates on U.S. citizens, President Biden announced he would be doing just that. To make matters worse, Biden is imposing these mandates on 80 million Americans by forcing private businesses to comply with his executive order. This is a massive and deeply concerning overreach by the federal government. I also have serious questions about whether this is even Constitutional. As this piece outlines, this latest mandate is reminiscent of the CDC’s eviction moratorium which the Supreme Court recently affirmed was unconstitutional. Rather than being subject to Washington mandates, private employers should be allowed to determine what policies work best for their individual businesses and employees.
Afghanistan's New "Government"
Just days before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, former Guantanamo detainees and a U.S.-designated terrorist with close ties to al Qaeda were placed in senior positions in the Afghan government. We must ensure that our government never acknowledges the Taliban’s hand-picked leadership as a legitimate government. The AWOL Act—which I cosponsored last week—would do just that.
Trying to Fix Another Biden Administration Failure
So far, Congress has sent more than $46 billion in rental aid to those impacted by the pandemic. Yet, the Biden Administration has failed to get emergency rental assistance funds to the COVID-impacted renters in need. Congress’ promise to help renters has been broken by President Biden and his Democratic allies. While Republicans have been sounding the alarm for months, Committee Democrats finally held the first hearing on the issue on Friday. You can watch my opening statement from Friday's hearing by clicking here or on the image below.
This ineptitude and mismanagement from the Administration and Congressional Democrats must end. That is why on Friday, I filed a discharge petition, to DEMAND the House take up the Renter Protection Act. I introduced this bill in June to provide much-needed relief to renters and address the mismanagement of the Emergency Rental Assistance program. It is long past time we took action on this urgent issue.
All across the Tenth District, communities came together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11th. 10 cadets from the Hickory High JROTC, most of whom were born after September 11th, marched to honor veterans and active-duty military members. I join these cadets in honoring our service men and women, including those who helped to defend our freedom after the terrible attacks twenty years ago.
In almost 100 years, our nation has not faced an immigration crisis on the scale we are now experiencing at our southern border. Over the past 6 months, we have seen the highest rate of illegal crossings since 1924. Yet, instead of managing this challenge, the Biden Administration’s policies have only made it worse. They have already lost track of one third of the unaccompanied children they have released this year alone. The Biden Administration must address the crisis at our southern border.
President Biden’s economic troubles continued as the latest jobs report fell well short of expectations with nearly half a million fewer jobs created in August than predicted. Unemployment is high despite the 10 million job openings in America. So why do Democrat’s want to continue their reckless spending spree when it is clear the trillions of American taxpayer dollars Democrats have already spent are only slowing America’s economic recovery?