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Patrick T. McHenry

Patrick McHenry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Patrick T. McHenry
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Giulia
Birth Date: 10/22/1975
Birth Place: Charlotte
Home City: Denver, NC
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Responds To Pelosi's Expanded Healthcare Bill. 29 October 2009. "Meet the new plan for a government takeover of healthcare, same as the old one. The American people have already rejected the approach to healthcare reform that says government knows best. The results are the same regardless of how many more pages the Democrats add to this bill: hundreds of millions of Americans will be forced out of their current healthcare plan, Medicare cuts will mean fewer benefits for seniors, bureaucrats will have the authority to restrict healthcare services, taxpayers will fund abortions, federal and state taxes will increase, and the cost of healthcare will rise." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Responds to Supreme Court's Ruling, Upholding Partial Birth Abortion Ban. 18 April 2007. "The Supreme Court's ruling today reflects the compassionate belief that life must be treasured and protected at all costs. Partial birth abortion stands as the most abhorrent and gruesome act perpetrated against the most vulnerable among us and its cruelty has no place in civilized society." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement On Obama's Health Care Bill Signing. 23 March 2010. "Americans do not want a plan that raises their premiums, hits them with 19 new tax increases and forces them pay for abortions. Our best shot at getting rid of Obamacare is "replace and repeal.' We've got to replace these folks that voted for this horrible bill and then we'll have the votes we need to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Patrick McHenry a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Providing Health Care That Americans Deserve. 3 November 2009. "Hundreds of millions of Americans will be forced out of their current plans. Medicare cuts will mean fewer benefits to seniors. Bureaucrats will restrict health care services. Taxpayers will fund abortion. Illegal immigrants will receive taxpayer-funded benefits. Federal and State taxes will go up as a result, and furthermore, the cost to health care will continue to rise." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. "Madam Speaker, I rise to join with millions across this Nation who applaud the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortion. Partial-birth abortion is unrivaled in its gruesome brutality. There is no question it has caused the vicious destruction of viable human life, babies, whose only crime is inconvenience." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Votes Against Obamacare. 21 March 2010. "Today's vote means the President will sign federal funding of abortions, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, 19 tax increases and $500 billion in Medicare cuts into law. His so-called health care "reform' plan raises premiums, ignores lawsuit abuse and adds billions to the federal deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Sanctity of Human Life. 2 November 2011. "The United States has always been a compassionate nation that cherishes innocent human life at all stages of development, from conception to natural death. Tragically, judicial activists on the Supreme Court manufactured an interpretation of the Constitution allowing abortion in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, resulting in the death of millions of unborn children every year. Congressman McHenry is a champion of pro-life causes in the House of Representatives and will fight to create a culture of life for all Americans. This includes defending the ban on partial birth abortion, fighting any effort to legalize euthanasia, and supporting efforts to reduce abortions. The Congressman is a cosponsor of the Right to Life Act of 2005 (H.R. 579) guaranteeing constitutional rights to the unborn, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 356) requiring abortion centers to fully inform patients regarding pain felt by the unborn and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 748) that would make it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for the express purpose of circumventing home state parental notice laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Congressman McHenry Reprimands Roe v. Wade on Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision; Calls for an End to Legislating. 24 January 2005. "It is with deep sadness that today marks thirty-two years of legalized abortion in America. Millions upon millions of unborn children's lives have been snuffed out due to the whims of a 1973 court, packed with liberal judges, who legislated their radical values from the bench. No where in the U.S. Constitution is there written a right to abortion. No where in the U.S. Constitution is there a right to 'privacy' - upon which those judges based their decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "Madam Speaker, America as a Nation must defend life from the moment of conception to natural death. Later today, the House will take up H.R. 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, introduced by my good friend, the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen). This bill will protect minors and their parents from inconsistent State abortion laws." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: National Security. 2 November 2011. "While he was not in Congress at the time the decisions were made to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, Patrick McHenry has consistently voted to provide our troops with the tools and support they need, including a 3.9% pay increase. The surge in Iraq has reduced violence considerably and now Iraqis are taking over more and more responsibility for their country. This will enable the United States to bring our combat troops home with honor and victory. Afghanistan remains an important work in progress. Allowing Afghanistan to once again become a terrorist sanctuary is not option." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008. 13 June 2007. "What the ranking member on this subcommittee has said is there is too much spending. We have got too many bureaucrats being thrown into the Department of Homeland Security. This money is not being spent wisely. It is not being spent in the right ways. We are not funding defense like we should. We are not funding border security like we should. We are not funding intelligence capabilities like we should. Yet there is a large increase in spending in this appropriations bill. Where is it going? Where is it going?...The gentleman points out an interesting quandary, I must say. He says that Republicans are delaying the implementation of homeland security funding. The Department is funded through October 1. Beyond that, if it were important for us to put our priorities first, we would start, Mr. Chairman, with the Department of Defense, for national defense purposes. Instead, he's pulling a political game on us, Mr. Chairman, to simply say that we are harming national security because we're trying to restrain pork-barrel spending within this appropriation. He actually points out a very important thing the American people need to understand. If the Democrats wanted to focus on priorities, we would have started with homeland security and national defense on day one. Instead, the new Democrat majority played politics with our troops in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. They played politics with that funding, Mr. Chairman. They played politics for 100 days. And they're continuing to play politics with the funding for our troops in harm's way, Mr. Chairman. And we should oppose that. And the American people are reacting to that. They don't want to defund our troops in harm's way. They don't want to do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Federal Budget and Government Oversight. 1 January 2010. "The federal budget has been mismanaged for too long. President Bush did not adequately control non-defense discreationary spending. Under President Obama, the federal budget is spiraling dangerously out of control. Believing that government can simply spend its way back to prosperity is dangerously simplistic and misguided. The President's budget increased spending by $1 trillion in just one year. That is enough money to pay off the credit card debt of every American. This year's budget compiles a national debt larger than the total amount of debt accumulated by the federal government from 1789 to 2008. Paying it off will require enomous tax increases on current and future generations of working Americans. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Congressman McHenry supports a fiscally-responsible approach to budgeting. We should cut, save, and incentivize economic growth instead of the usual tax, spend, and borrow approach. The budget that Congressman McHenry supported would have held the line on discretionary spending and prioritized investment in projects that truly stimulate economic growth. That balanced budget did not raise taxes or cut veterans health care and defense programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 9 July 2012. "Securing the homeland, and keeping America and our interests safe is the most important duty of the Congress. As a member of the Budget Committee, Congressman McHenry voted to increase funding for homeland security and national defense by 8%. The Congressman supports active, effective oversight for Department of Homeland Security, and he believes Congress should establish ways to measure the Department's effectiveness, so that progress can be measured against spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: National Security. 9 July 2012. "The main responsibility expressly outlined for the federal government in the Constitution is providing for national defense. Congress faces no greater duty than ensuring that members of our armed forces have the training, equipment, and funding necessary to protect citizens of the United States and our interests abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry: Stop Playing Politics With Defense. 8 October 2009. "'This is Washington politics at its worst. Playing politics with defense authorization is downright immoral. [¦] 'With this bill, Speaker Pelosi has made her priorities crystal clear: politics first, defense second. I applaud those moderate Democrats who stood up to the radical liberals who run their party and voted against one of the most cynical pieces of legislation to come before the House in a long time.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 17 March 2005. "I would like to talk more about the qualities of our House budget that we have on the floor today. I think that is why we need to pass that budget unamended. First, our House budget fully funds the defense budget request of our President. There is a 4.8 percent increase, which totals $419 billion in defense spending, and a net increase of 2.3 percent in nonmilitary appropriated accounts for homeland security, including $32.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick McHenry signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. A Poorly Kept Secret. 17 January 2007. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pass along some inside information to the American people. By the way, this is the most poorly kept secret in Congress. Big surprise: The Democrats want to raise taxes, again. Never mind that tax revenues increased by 11.5 percent last year because of strong economic growth, economic growth created by the Bush tax cuts over the last 6 years. Never mind, never mind, the economy is strong. Never mind that last year the U.S. Government took in more revenue than any government in history. Actually, in the history of the planet." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Democratic Agenda. 21 June 2006. "They say fiscal responsibility. That is one of their agenda items. Well, that is a wonderful thing to advocate, but it is laughable coming from Democrats. Here on this House floor, just this year, the opposition party has asked for $45 billion in new spending; $45 billion. And they call that fiscal responsibility. That is just amazing. And do you know what? They want to have all these new spending programs and call it fiscally responsible. Well, how are they going to do that? How are they going to pay for it? By raising every American's taxes. That is how they will do it. They say roll back the Bush tax cuts. What that means is every American will pay more next year if the Democrats are in control than if Republicans are in control. That is what it means." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Early Actions Of New Democrat Majority. 5 January 2007. "Now, the fundamental budget problem is not spending too little and taxing too little; it is the fact that right now in our country Federal revenues climbed by $550 billion over the past 2 fiscal years, and that is as a direct result of the economic support and economic growth of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. As the economy grows and more people are employed, fewer people use government services. As fewer people use government services and are making money on their own, they actually begin to pay taxes. When people are paying taxes, revenue to government goes up. It is a basic process. And through this robust economic growth that has come out of these tax cuts, we have had more revenue come into government." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issues Facing Congress. 4 May 2006. "Mr. Speaker, it is a very basic concept that we, as conservatives, believe and that is that individuals can make better choices. Individuals can stimulate the economy. Government does not. Therefore, the more money we allow people to keep, the more of their own hard-earned dollars that they are able to keep, the more they can do in their communities, the more they are able to do to benefit their schools, Mr. Speaker. But, you know, there are those on the other side of the aisle, the Democrats in this institution, that don't want to continue President Bush's tax cuts. They say, roll back the Bush tax cuts. That is what they scream. The government needs more money. Well, I will tell you, the receipts to government have gone up in the last 5 years because more people are working, businesses are growing, businesses are investing in individuals, and you are seeing a turnaround in our economy. And the turnaround in our economy leads to more government income. And you know what? If we do not continue the Bush tax cuts and make them permanent, you will see job losses. You will see a hundred billion less in economic output next year, and you will see slower wage growth and salary growth. And you will also see low-income workers have to pay more in taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Republicans Accomplishments. 25 May 2006. "Additionally, what this House did, in closing, I would add, the House, this House, along with the Senate, and it was signed by the President just last week, we were able to extend the Bush tax cuts, $70 billion in tax cuts, in order to ensure that the American people don't pay more next year in Federal taxes than they did this year, and, in order to make sure the stock market continues to move forward and to move our economy forward in a general basis as well as affect every small business owner across this great country of ours. We have ignited this economic growth because of these tax cuts, and we, here, the Republican majority, we are moving forward and ensuring that that economy continues to grow across this great Nation of ours." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. The Official Truth Squad. 17 April 2007. "Madam Speaker, I urge this Democrat majority to rethink their tax increase strategy, because it is going to raise taxes on every American who pays taxes. And, furthermore, those that are in the low income of our economy are actually going to see their taxes increase as well because they are going to roll back all the Bush tax cuts over the last 7 years. I think that is the wrong thing for the American people. It is the wrong thing for my constituents of western North Carolina. And I think that that is something that is going to harm our economy, the strength of our growing economy. So I think the Democrats should rethink their tax increase strategy and do what is right for the American people. Reform the Tax Code. Cut taxes at the very least, but reform the Tax Code so we can actually inject more capital into the marketplace and allow people to keep more of what they earn because it is good for their families and good for our economy, and I think it is generally good for America." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Providing for Consideration of H. Con. Res. 376, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget of Fiscal Year 2007. 6 April 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I want to say that this Democrat budget alternative is laughable in the extreme. They want to balance the budget on the backs of the taxpayers. They want every American citizen to pay more in taxes next year than they did this year, and they call that rolling back the Bush tax cuts. That is a tax increase, and that is how they want to balance the budget." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick McHenry. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry: Obama Budget Savings = 0.002%. 20 April 2009. "I am encouraged that President Obama has finally recognized the need for fiscal discipline. The first three months of his administration have been defined by boundless government spending. In doing so, the President broke his often-repeated campaign promise to go "line by line" to identify savings in the federal budget. Although these cuts are too miniscule to be considered anything more than symbolic, at least it's a step in the right direction. In fact, we could have saved three times that much by not buying a new fleet of cars for government employees in the so-called stimulus bill. As the national debt continues to spiral out of control, I hope President Obama will work in a bipartisan way to reform the careless way in which Washington spends tax dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Patrick McHenry a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement on Democrats' Historic Increase in Discretionary Spending. 25 February 2009. "On the heels of the so-called $787 billion stimulus bill, the Democrat majority in Congress has not made the tough choices necessary, but are increasing discretionary spending at its highest rate since the Carter Administration. Worse, the omnibus spending bill includes 8,696 earmarks to fund the pet projects of politicians at a cost of $11 billion. This is money that taxpayers do not have and cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement on Democrats' Non-Stimulus Spending Bill. 13 September 2009. "Behind closed doors, House and Senate Democrats secretly negotiated a bill that has fewer tax cuts for small business, less tax relief for working families, and more wasteful spending. As for jobs, the Democrats' bill spends $263,000 for every job created. By contrast, the House Republican Stimulus Plan creates twice as many jobs at half the cost to taxpayers. That's because it focuses entirely on stimulating the economy, not funding the pet projects of politicians. Middle class families will now receive a mere $1.10 in tax relief per day for just two years. Meanwhile, the bill increases the tax burden to $9,900 for every American family. Less than 3% of the bill is devoted to job-creating tax cuts for small businesses. Investment in road and bridge projects was cut down to less than 4% of the total spending. And yet, the bill wastes billions of tax dollars on non-stimulus projects, including green golf carts, urban canal inspection, removal of fish barriers, the National Endowment for the Arts, the voter-fraud group ACORN, and an experimental levitating train between Disneyland and Las Vegas." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "The word I hear most from small business folks: uncertainty. Uncertainty costs jobs and that's what we're seeing in this report. Unfortunately, federal policy is creating this uncertainty and it's further proof that the President's economic policies are failing. Small businesses cannot thrive under the burdensome regulations and taxes in ObamaCare and are struggling to get lending under Dodd-Frank. The debt hangover from the failed "stimulus" is costing us jobs. Now is the time to restore fiscal responsibility in our government and reject tax increases -- our job creators deserve nothing less." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropiations Act, 2010. 23 July 2009. "Mr. Chairman, at a time when Congress is burning through unprecedented amounts of taxpayer dollars, oversight and accountability are of greatest importance. We need to know who's getting the money and what it's being used for. As of the end of June, this Congress has already spent $2.6 trillion, and we're on pace to have a $1.8 trillion deficit this year--the largest in our Nation's history. The American people know we're spending a lot of money in Washington. Whether they like it or not is another question. But we need to make sure that we're getting value for our dollar. Amtrak has recently benefited from this unprecedented funding by taking in $1.3 billion from the so-called stimulus bill in addition to their annual appropriations of $1.4 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Urging Congress To Do The Right Thing. 21 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs? Unemployment in my district has hit 14 percent--14 percent. Failed stimulus aside, Washington is doing nothing but making matters worse. Put yourself in the shoes of the only people that can lift us out of this economic recession--small business owners. Let's see what they're facing. They're facing higher energy costs because of this Democrat cap-and-trade tax on energy. They're facing higher health care costs because of a government takeover of health care. They're looking at higher energy taxes, higher health care costs, and the kicker is, higher personal income taxes. The liberals are already proposing it." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick McHenry. Issues Facing Congress. 4 May 2006. "So let's see what the tax cuts have done to job growth. Here again, you see unemployment go down with this red line, and job growth go up because of President Bush's stimulus package we put in place. Twenty-five million small business owners saved, on average, $2,800; 4.7 million new jobs created in the last 29 months; 17 straight quarters of economic growth; and an unemployment rate under 5 percent. Now that is a stronger unemployment rate than all the '90s, all of the '80s, all of the '70s, all of the '60s. That is a very positive thing." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement on Budget Vote. 2 April 2009. "We must provide tax relief to help working families weather the storm and offer tax incentives for small businesses to hire new workers. Job creation and economic growth, not deficit spending, will restore prosperity for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Hickory Daily Record - McHenry Named Chair of New Oversight Subcommittee. 20 December 2010. "We need to make these tax cuts permanent, bottom line. A last-minute, two year extension does not alleviate the massive uncertainty faced by small businesses," said McHenry after the vote. "However, the short-term consequences of failing to act now would be devastating - our economy is too fragile. We can't afford to gamble on a Democratic Senate and President supporting a better deal in January. It would squander our ability in the majority to fight for the long-term solution that we need." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Providing for Consideration of H. Con. Res. 376, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget of Fiscal Year 2007. 6 April 2006. "What we have done, what this Republican Congress has done through President Bush's tax cuts, through the stimulus to the economy, is we have let people keep more of what they earn. And by keeping more of what they earn, they spend, they employ people, the economy grows. And when the economy grows, Mr. Speaker, tax revenues increase with economic growth. With tax increases it stifles economic growth, and in the end the Treasury doesn't net out as much as it would with pro-growth tax policies." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Education and School Choice. 2 November 2011. "The federal government can play a role in education, but schools should be controlled to the greatest degree possible at the local level. The No Child Left behind Act sets priorities for accountability and allows for children to escape failing schools, but Congressman McHenry believes the legislation is overreaching and establishes a cumbersome bureaucracy. The Congressman supports innovative ideas such as charter schools and vouchers. He believes that parents should have the ability to move their child from an under performing school to an educational institution of their choosing. Congressman McHenry is a strong supporter of home schooling and will work to protect the rights of those who wish to teach their children at home." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Democrats Lock Away 80% of American Oil Offshore & 100% of American Oil Shale. 10 September 2008. "Any serious energy policy that will lower gas prices must permit drilling for American energy resources deep at sea and the production of oil shale. But the Democrats would rather play politics than help struggling families." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Democrats Block Drilling By Offering No Revenue to States. 16 September 2008. "The Democrats want to appear to support drilling while rigging the legislation to ensure no drilling actually occurs. It comes with a wink and a nod to extreme environmental special interests who bankroll the Democrats' campaigns." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry: Stimulate Economy by Lowering Gas Prices & Making Tax Cuts Permanent. 19 September 2008. "We must strengthen our economy and create jobs by addressing the energy crisis and making the middle class tax cuts permanent. It is undeniable that high gas prices are a primary cause of the economic recession. Last year, we drained $1 trillion out of the American economy by importing 66% of our oil from dangerous and hostile foreign regimes. And yet the Democrat-run Congress passed a bill this week that effectively blocks offshore drilling and any hope of increasing the production of American oil and natural gas, which would create millions of new jobs in the energy sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement On Vote Against Cap And Trade. 26 June 2009. "For this Congress to cut jobs and raise energy costs on working families at a time like this truly boggles the mind. The economy is shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs every month and families are struggling to pay their bills. So I fail to see the wisdom in eliminating 88,000 jobs in North Carolina alone, raising energy prices by $1,400 annually on every household, and hiking gasoline prices by 77 cents per gallon. For what? So we can possibly lower the earth's temperature by two-tenths of a degree by the end of the century. Any serious climate change initiative must include binding commitments from China and India to reduce carbon emissions. In the absence of that, we are asking the American people to bear enormous sacrifices at a time when they can least afford it - for two-tenths of a degree by 2100." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. "Finally, Congressman McHenry believes firmly that the culture of the Environmental Protection Agency must be reformed so that it works to help businesses and individuals comply with regulations instead of strictly acting in a punitive manner and working to put good people out of business. Congressman McHenry supports common sense measures where business, government agencies and citizens work together to address local concerns and comply with environmental regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Campaign for Liberty: 2012 North Carolina Federal Survey Results. Responded "Yes." to the question: "Will you oppose so-called "Cap and Trade" legislation?" (www.campaignforliberty.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Urging Congress To Do The Right Thing. 21 July 2009. "Failed stimulus aside, Washington is doing nothing but making matters worse. Put yourself in the shoes of the only people that can lift us out of this economic recession--small business owners. Let's see what they're facing. They're facing higher energy costs because of this Democrat cap-and-trade tax on energy. They're facing higher health care costs because of a government takeover of health care. They're looking at higher energy taxes, higher health care costs, and the kicker is, higher personal income taxes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Praises Supreme Court Decision Overturning D.C. Gun Ban. 26 June 2008. "The right to bear arms is a basic, fundamental right in this country. I'm glad the Supreme Court made it clear that this right is guaranteed to every individual citizen by the Second Amendment. Shame on the four justices who blatantly disregarded the explicit text of our Constitution," (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Campaign for Liberty: 2012 North Carolina Federal Survey Results. Responded "Yes." to the question: "Will you vote to oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to prohibit the sale, use, or carrying of firearms?" (www.campaignforliberty.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Patrick McHenry a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Patrick McHenry in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 2 November 2011. "Congressman McHenry strongly supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution. As your representative, Congressman McHenry will defend the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase, use, and keep personal firearms. Gun control laws only endanger honest citizens. Criminals will not be deterred by additional rules and regulations preventing the right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Congressman McHenry Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bear Arms. 18 March 2008. "The right to bear arms is a basic, fundamental right in this country. I hope the Supreme Court will take this opportunity to make clear that this right is guaranteed to every individual citizen by the Second Amendment. It is immoral for any government to deprive people of the right to defend themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Congressman McHenry Votes to Protect America's Gun Owners and Manufacturers. 20 October 2005. "It is absolutely ridiculous to say that a gun manufacturer is to blame when a criminal uses one of their products in a crime. These same liberals who make this argument often refuse to hold the criminal accountable that committed the crime! They feel society has let the criminal down and they can't be blamed for their own actions. The scary thing is that some judges have bought into this liberal insanity. Now we must move to protect gun manufacturers from judicial harassment." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Gun Control Myths. 14 June 2006. "Mr. Speaker, the Washington Times reported last week that while firearms sales in the United States remained on the rise, gun-related crime and gun accidents are on the decline. Figures released by the Treasury Department show that retail sales of firearms and ammunition rose by almost 3 percent in 2005. All told, 4.7 million new guns were sold during this past year. Yet government figures and independent statistics revealed that firearm crimes and accidental fatalities, including among youth, all trend downward. A recent assault on the Mall, ironically involving one of the Capitol Police chief's children who was one of the victims, underscores the importance of making guns available to law-abiding citizens in Washington, DC. Residents here deserve the same self-defense measures that we do in our individual States. The second amendment applies to all Americans, not just some. It does not take a constitutional scholar to figure that out. Mr. Speaker, anti-gun activists attacking our second amendment rights are perpetuating a myth of more guns equals more violence. It is not true." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "The word I hear most from small business folks: uncertainty. Uncertainty costs jobs and that's what we're seeing in this report. Unfortunately, federal policy is creating this uncertainty and it's further proof that the President's economic policies are failing. Small businesses cannot thrive under the burdensome regulations and taxes in ObamaCare and are struggling to get lending under Dodd-Frank. The debt hangover from the failed "stimulus" is costing us jobs. Now is the time to restore fiscal responsibility in our government and reject tax increases -- our job creators deserve nothing less." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement On Obama's Health Care Bill Signing. 23 March 2010. "Obamacare will mean higher taxes, higher spending and fewer jobs. Western North Carolina is hurting and the President has just prolonged the pain of this recession. Americans do not want a plan that raises their premiums, hits them with 19 new tax increases and forces them pay for abortions. Our best shot at getting rid of Obamacare is "replace and repeal.' We've got to replace these folks that voted for this horrible bill and then we'll have the votes we need to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Statement on Virginia Judge Ruling Health Care Law Unconstitutional. 13 December 2010. "The individual mandate is the centerpiece of ObamaCare, and the Administration has argued that the penalty for not purchasing health coverage under the law is a "tax.' However, any rational person would agree that this fee is clearly punishment for not purchasing a product. This is a well-reasoned decision that upholds what most Americans believe to be the proper, constitutional boundaries of the federal government. I am hopeful the Supreme Court will agree that ObamaCare goes far beyond the limits our founders placed on the federal government's powers." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Votes Against Obamacare. 21 March 2010. "The fight goes on. This summer more than 5,000 people stood up against Obamacare at the 11 town halls I held across Western North Carolina. The battle against government-run health care is one of the most important I have ever fought and I am not about to give up now. I will work with like-minded Americans across our nation to repeal or challenge this unconstitutional government takeover." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Letter to the Honorable Roy Cooper, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina. 24 March 2010. "In the wake of President Obama's new health care law, we strongly urge you to join other Attorneys General from around the country in challenging its constitutionality. The Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but this legislation goes far beyond that power. An individual is not engaged in interstate commerce if he decides not to purchase insurance, and compelling him to make such a purchase is beyond the bounds of the interstate commerce clause. Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, Idaho, and Washington are all challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented new mandate on the American people. The state of North Carolina should be a part of that effort. This new law will kill jobs. It hurts small businesses, hurts families and will drive up the cost of health care in this country. It is an imposition on North Carolinians' freedom and will do real harm to the people of our state. We urge you to stand up for the people of North Carolina and challenge this new law in court. Thank you in advance for your consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Instructing Certain Committees to Report Legislation Replacing the Job-Killing Health Care Law. 20 January 2011. "Small businesses are the job creators that hold the key to our economic recovery. They cannot afford the hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes in the ObamaCare law and the new employer mandate as well. Our small businesses need certainty in the Tax Code and certainty in the regulations coming out of Washington. ObamaCare only makes matters worse." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Letter To The Honorable Roy Cooper, Attorney General Of The State Of North Carolina. 25 March 2010. "In the wake of President Obama's new health care law, we strongly urge you to join other Attorneys General from around the country in challenging its constitutionality. The Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but this legislation goes far beyond that power. An individual is not engaged in interstate commerce if he decides not to purchase insurance, and compelling him to make such a purchase is beyond the bounds of the interstate commerce clause." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Mchenry. McHenry Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "Just yesterday, President Obama spoke out against the anti-business, burdensome federal regulations that plague our government. However, his healthcare bill would create over ten thousand pages of new regulations should it be fully implemented. I challenge him to join the House of Representatives in listening to the American people and support the repeal and replacement of this law with common sense reforms that actually lower costs. Simply put, this law costs too much and adds to the economic uncertainty facing our nation's job creators. New taxes -- to the tune of $570 billion -- and a new employer mandate will only make things worse for small businesses. Congress needs to be in the business of eliminating barriers to job creation, not adding to them." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. Mooresville Tribune: Mchenry Tackles Health Care, Immigration. 27 August 2009. "You send 12 million illegals out and you got 12 million new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Patrick McHenry in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Patrick McHenry in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Immigration Reform. 17 May 2006. "Mr. Speaker, the U.S. House last year in December did the right thing and passed a strong immigration reform bill that increases border security and takes amnesty off the table. Now it is time for the Senate to respond to the growing problem of illegal immigration and do what is best for legal immigrants and citizens of this country. I am encouraged by President Bush's plan to increase our security by positioning National Guard troops on our southern border. This will provide essential, but temporary, security along our porous and vulnerable borders. However, the better alternative is to enact a comprehensive border security program like the House bill by constructing fences, bolstering our Border Patrols, and improving our surveillance capabilities. Additionally, a guest worker program is nothing more than amnesty wearing makeup. It is easier to look at, but it is still ugly underneath. The simple truth is that if you break the law to come to this country, you will not respect it once you are here." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 2 November 2011. "Congressman McHenry believes that illegal immigration is one of the top national security issues facing America. There are currently an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America, including over 300,000 in North Carolina. The congressman believes we must improve our border security and provide better surveillance equipment. Simply put, Congressman McHenry believes that those who break our laws to get here, will not respect our laws once they are here. Therefore, he opposes offering amnesty to illegal immigrants, and supports increased border security to keep would-be terrorists from crossing into America to do harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Immigration/Border Security. 2 November 2011. "Illegal immigration threatens both our national security and and economic security. North Carolina has one of the highest populations of illegal immigrants in the country. Social services such as health care and education for illegal immigrants cost North Carolina taxpayers millions of dollars every year. In 2007, Patrick McHenry led the charge in the House of Representatives to defeat a bill that would have granted amnesty to 18 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The Congressman is an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan SAVE Act, a plan that secures our borders with 8,000 new border patrol agents and increased aerial and satellite border surveillance. In 2005, his first year in Congress, Patrick McHenry supported an immigration reform bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other provisions, the bill calls for the construction of a security fence along our southern border, streamlines federal and local law enforcement cooperation on immigration matters and helps protect American workers by mandating an instant check system for businesses to verify the legal status of their employees. The Congressman introduced legislation in November 2005 titled the Comprehensive Immigration Data and Technology Accountability Act of 2005 (Comprehensive Immigration D.A.T.A. Act). This bill creates a comprehensive computerized database to more effectively and efficiently track immigrants applying for visas or U.S. Citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Says "No" to Amnesty. 8 December 2010. "Democrats ignored the will of the American people and chose to pass a bill that immediately places over a million illegal aliens on a path to citizenship, rewarding those who unlawfully entered the United States with the ability to petition for their family members to gain full citizenship. Why should the multitudes of people waiting to enter this country legally be skipped over in favor of those who broke the law? Amnesty is not the solution to our immigration problem, and I won't support it." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. McHenry Slams Senate Immigration Amnesty Agreement. 22 May 2007. "The Senate's proposal is nothing more than amnesty wearing make-up - it's easier to look at, but just as ugly underneath. The simple truth is that if you break the law to come to this country, you will not respect it once you're here. Providing amnesty to illegal immigrants is a slap in the face to law-abiding immigrants who came to our nation and faced head-on the process of becoming legal citizens." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Patrick McHenry voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Patrick McHenry voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, we must defend traditional marriage. Marriage, family and community are not catch phrases. They are the backbone of our American society. Sadly, however, there is an organized effort by judicial activists and the radical left in this country to destroy our traditional American culture. The Federal Marriage Amendment provides a national definition of marriage and leaves marriage laws to the State legislatures. It adds a layer of protection against court-imposed arrangements other than marriage and protects States from being forced to recognize same-sex unions created by other States. Years of social science evidence confirms that children respond best when their mom and dad are married and live in the home. That is why it is important that we defend traditional marriage and this traditional notion of family law that emphasizes the importance of the foundational principle of family and to address the needs of children in the most positive and effective way." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Press Release - Congressman McHenry Condemns New Jersey Supreme Court Homosexual Marriage Ruling. 25 October 2006. "First Massachusetts and today, New Jersey, have shown us all why we desperately need a federal constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage and we need it now. A few liberal judges in these two states have abused their positions of trust by legislating from the bench. This is another attempt to destroy the institution that is the cornerstone of civilization and family life “ marriage." (votesmart.org)
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Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Patrick McHenry. Congressman McHenry Restates Need to Fix Social Security After New Trustees Report Shows System Going Bankrupt One Year Earlier than Expected. 23 March 2005. "For the sake of our children and grandchildren we need to reform the system to make sure that current and soon-to-be retirees receive the benefits they were promised. We also need to transform the system to allow younger workers invest a portion of their taxes into a nestegg of bonds and stocks, where the return is higher and safer than Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Patrick McHenry supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Issue Position: Social Security. 2 November 2011. "As the program currently exists, it will go completely bankrupt in 2041 - the year Congressman McHenry is eligible to collect benefits! The Congressman believes in transforming and modernizing the Social Security system - as many industrialized countries have done - to allow younger workers to control a portion of their Social Security taxes into a nest egg that they can pass on to their children and grandchildren. Just like federal workers invest their pensions into safe market options, younger workers should be able to do the same. This will keep the system solvent for decades to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Reforming Social Security. 10 March 2005. "My colleagues on the other side of the aisle on the left would say that it is a great political issue. They would like to see it for years to come so that they can try to win elections on this issue, this problem. But to help strengthen Social Security, the President has proposed, and I support, allowing younger workers such as myself to invest a small portion of their payroll taxes, take that small portion and invest it in Social Security personal accounts, diversified bond and stock funds, safe investments, tried and true investments here in the United States of America and, in fact, in the world market." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Social Security Has to be Fixed. 16 March 2005. "When Social Security began there were roughly 40 workers working for one retiree. During the 1950s it was 16 workers per one retiree. Soon it will only be two workers per one retiree. Without reform it will go bankrupt, and soon. So it is not a matter of I want to fix Social Security or I think it should be fixed. Social Security must be fixed. And the best way to dothat is to transform the system into one where workers can put a portion of their Social Security savings into personal accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Social Security Reform. 11 May 2005. "It has been a vital institution for our Nation over the last 70 years. It has helped many seniors be lifted up out of poverty. It has given a strong benefit to those that maybe are not able to work anymore. And it is a commitment that we have made as a great Nation to those that have put in their fair share into the system, those that have worked their whole life, played fair, paid into the system, and done what was right. We need to maintain that obligation that we have made, that previous generations in this country have made to seniors. This Republican Congress, this Republican House, this Republican President, have taken this issue on so that we can do good things for our seniors. We do not want to break Social Security. We want to make it stronger. The key way to make it stronger, the key way to create permanent, lasting solvency is through personal retirement accounts. That is the vital component for any reform. There are a couple of options that we can look at." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick McHenry. Social Security. 23 June 2005. "The Democrats believe in tax hikes. In fact, the only Democrat proposal to reform Social Security is to raise your taxes. But the best way to reform Social Security is with personal accounts, to get a better return on our investments. And there are a lot of proposals out there. In fact, Ways and Means Committee leaders actually came up with a good plan yesterday that has personal accounts, that everyone paying into the system would get a personal retirement account by using the Social Security surplus that we have for the next few years. I like this idea because it means politicians cannot spend the money and it is a true lockbox for every citizen that pays taxes." (votesmart.org)

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