Congressman Patrick McHenry
August 2, 2020
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Supporting PPE Made in America

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that the United States has failed its hospitals and frontline healthcare workers because of our over-reliance on Chinese-made personal protective equipment (PPE). Today, I was proud to partner with Representative Pascrell to introduce a bipartisan bill that addresses the concerns raised by the current crisis while also incentivizing future investments so our hospitals and frontline healthcare workers have access to high quality PPE made by American companies. Click here or on the image below to learn more about the bipartisan American PPE Supply Chain integrity Act.

Protecting the Blue Ridge Mountains

Here in western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains are treasured for so much more than their incredible beauty. They are also home to a rich history, culture, and tradition that is cherished in North Carolina and around the world. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was created to protect and preserve these unique Appalachian traditions. Additionally, the region supports thousands of jobs and is vitally important to our local economy. I was proud to introduce a bill that will help ensure we uphold the history and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the positive impact they have on western North Carolina communities for many years to come. Click here or on the image below to learn more about the legislation I introduced to reauthorize the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

This Week in the Financial Services Committee

On Thursday, I delivered opening remarks at the Financial Services Committee's hybrid hearing with the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathy Kraninger, on the Bureau’s work to protect consumers during the coronavirus crisis. At the hearing Committee Democrats asked if the CFPB is protecting consumers both during and outside of the pandemic. In my opening remarks, I highlighted the fact that despite what Democrats may say to score political points, the CFPB has worked diligently to provide resources, guidance, and protection for consumers most at risk in these unsettling times. Click here or on the image below to watch my opening remarks.

What I Have Been Reading

Dallas Police Chief honored with state award

Gaston Gazette

Congratulations to Gaston County native and Dallas Police Chief Robbie Walls on being named the North Carolina Police Executive of the Year. Carr Elementary School Principal Rebekah Duncan nominated Chief Walls in recognition of his work to help students at her school and the Dallas Community as a whole. I am thankful for law enforcement officers like Chief Walls for the role they play in making our Tenth District communities a better place to call home. Thank you for everything you do Chief Walls and congratulations!

The Rev. Billy Graham in the US Capitol? He's one big step closer
The Charlotte Observer 

Here in Washington, I have been leading the ongoing process to remove Charles Aycock’s statue as one of North Carolina’s two statues in the Capitol and replace it with a statue of one of North Carolina’s finest sons, the Reverend Billy Graham. I was excited to hear that North Carolina is one step closer to having this truly great American represent us in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Reverend Graham was one of our nation’s great spiritual leaders, through his work he not only introduced the gospel to millions but also served as a spiritual advisor to countless world leaders including twelve American Presidents. I feel blessed to have had the honor of representing him in Congress.

Stuart Cramer band director now Grammy nominated

Gaston Gazette

It is always great to see local educators being recognized for the incredible work they do to teach and inspire young people in the Tenth District. Stuart Cramer High School’s band director, and Gastonia native, Kameron Radford has a shot at winning a Grammy after having been nominated by a student. Radford was one of 215 selected from over 2,000 music educators who applied for the award. Please join me in wishing him good luck. We are all rooting for you to win that Grammy! 

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