Congressman Patrick McHenry
September 23, 2018
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Back Home in the Tenth District

Last Monday, I had the opportunity to tour the Phoenix Community Outreach Center in Gastonia. Phoenix provides a comprehensive range of behavioral health, addiction and recovery services in the Gaston, Lincoln, and Cleveland County communities. It was a great to meet the professionals who work at the Community Outreach Center and serve Gaston County's homeless population.

I began Tuesday in Claremont where it was a pleasure to present an Economic Development Administration grant to the city. The grant will support the creation of 285 new jobs.

I then headed over to Claremont Elementary School where I enjoyed a tour of the school and learning about the use of technology in the classroom. Thanks to all the students, teachers, and administrators who welcomed me on the visit.

Wednesday morning I headed to the Lincolnton Volunteer Fire Department, which recently was awarded a SAFER grant. Lincolnton Chief Ryan Heavner says the grant will be used to hire three new career firefighters. Click here to learn more about the grant and how it is awarded.

For additional photos from all of my stops throughout the Tenth District, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram and like my Facebook page.

Hurricane Florence

 Giulia and I are devastated as we continue to hear the stories of the more than 40 people who lost their lives in this horrific storm. Please join us in keeping our neighbors in North and South Carolina in our prayers as they continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Last week, President Trump went to visit some of the hardest hit areas in North Carolina where he discussed recovery efforts with those involved including FEMA Director Brock Long, Governor Roy Cooper, and many of my North and South Carolina colleagues in the House and Senate. Click here or on the image below to watch President Trump's briefing on Hurricane Florence.

Throughout the past week, I’ve worked closely with my North Carolina Congressional colleagues and Congressional leadership to ensure the people of eastern North Carolina receive necessary support from the federal government. This coming week, the House will be voting on an initial relief funding package which you can learn more about here.

Remembering Those Who Never Returned Home

Friday we recognized National POW/MIA Day, which honors the sacrifices made by those who were imprisoned or went missing while serving in our nation's armed forces during armed conflicts around the world. Over 138,000 service members have been imprisoned since WWII and there are still over 83,000 missing in action. I join with the rest of a thankful nation in remembering those who were captured and those who never returned home while serving our country.  You can learn more about the American soldiers who were taken as POWs or continue to be missing in action by clicking here.

What I Have Been Reading

Gaston County Schools celebrates 50th year

Gaston Gazette 

Congratulations to Gaston County Schools as they celebrate 50 years as a unified district. As a proud graduate of Gaston County schools I am thankful for the teachers, principals, superintendents, and others who have dedicated their lives to making this school system such a wonderful place to learn. On Saturday, all 55 schools participated in a parade through downtown Gastonia.

U.S. jobless claims fall to 49-year low for third straight week 

Wall Street Journal

Every week we hear more good news about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is helping Americans all across the country. Right now the number of Americans filing for unemployment continues to remain at a 49 year low. This means there are more job openings than those filing for unemployment in the United States, which is great news for workers everywhere.

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