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Patrick McHenry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 10, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NC) - District 10


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Patrick McHenry has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "Patrick believes strongly that every life is precious, from conception to natural death." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to add my name to the discharge petition to force a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This life-saving bill will help to ensure that any child born alive during an abortion is provided the procedures needed for them to survive." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Congressman strongly supports the small business and middle class tax cuts of 2001 and 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans need a tax code that grows the middle-class, increases American competitiveness, and creates good-paying jobs. Today, House Republicans introduced a plan that will do that. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides real middle class tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman McHenry believes in lowering the tax burden on American workers, families and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama took huge cuts out of Medicare in order to fund Obamacare, and the program is scheduled to be bankrupt in 2024. Patrick supports reforms that give consumers choices with their healthcare, reforms that will also strengthen Medicare and ensure that it is available for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Patrick believes in transforming and modernizing the Social Security system -- as many industrialized countries have done -- to allow younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in a nest egg that they can pass on to their children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "In our dangerous world where Islamic extremists control broad swathes of the Middle East and hostile regimes like North Korea and Russia threaten global security, America needs a strong military prepared to defend our nation and its assets abroad at a moment's notice." (votesmart.org)
  • "Regrettably, the previous Administration failed to provide our fighting men and women with all of the tools they need to complete their mission." (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the key components of economic investment, development, and growth is adequate infrastructure, including roads and highways. Western North Carolina's infrastructure projects have historically been underfunded by the state and federal government. Congressman McHenry has worked to secure federal funding for infrastructure projects in the Tenth District, including $661,333 to fund construction on Highway 321, $2.4 million to help fund construction of Highway 74 Bypass, $1.3 million to complete the new Highway 16, and $800,000 to fund construction of Highway 150." (votesmart.org)
  • "Many of the bridges and roads in Western North Carolina are in desperate need of repair, with recent studies showing 20% of our highways in poor condition. Our bill cuts red tape that has slowed these restorations and empowers those who know the problems best--the individual states and local governments instead of Washington bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans need a tax code that grows the middle-class, increases American competitiveness, and creates good-paying jobs. Today, House Republicans introduced a plan that will do that. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides real middle class tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • "Just two weeks after being stood up, funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)--a popular and necessary program for America's struggling small businesses--ran out. While Republican efforts to replenish this fund have been stalled, financial institutions of all sizes are stepping up to ensure that as soon as Democrats stop playing political games, they are ready to rush critical support to small businesses and their workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government has a role to play in education, but most of these decisions are best made at the local level, so that we can have an education system responsive to the needs of parents and students." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman McHenry's plan would invest the flood of new revenue from drilling into the development and practical applications of alternatives energy sources like solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectric." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to have an all-of-the-above energy strategy that makes the most of oil, gas, wind, water, solar, nuclear -- and any sources of energy we may not yet have discovered." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Regulations that waste our money, time and resources are bad for jobs, but the EPA is going one step further to restrict our personal freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman McHenry strongly supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution. He has continually defended the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, use, and keep personal firearms. Congressman McHenry is a member of the National Rifle Association." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Since it became law, I committed to repealing and replacing this broken law and today's House passage of the American Health Care Act is the first step in that process." (votesmart.org)
  • "As an alternative to the burdensome, expensive and intrusive Obamacare, Patrick is a proud cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act, which would replace Obamacare with a free market solution" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our appropriations package ensures security on our southern border by fully funding President Trump's request for a wall along the southern border" (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House took decisive action to keep all Americans safe by passing the Make America Secure Appropriations Act it fulfills our shared commitment to secure the southern border by fully funding President Trump's request for a border wall." (votesmart.org)
  • "Patrick will not support a massive comprehensive bill is a back door to amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Patrick has been a leader in Congress on supporting Israel, including sending letters to the United Nations about Hamas's rocket arsenal and use of human shields, urging stricter sanctions on Iran, and voted to increase sanctions on Hezbollah." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman McHenry supports global efforts to track down and eliminate terrorists. We must prevent rogue regimes in North Korea and Iran from giving nuclear technology to terrorists." (votesmart.org)
  • "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 a work in progress. Allowing Afghanistan to once again become a terrorist sanctuary is not option." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "With Russia's aggressive actions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, instability spreading across the Middle East from ISIS to Syria to Iran, Afghanistan remaining a work in progress, and China expanding their influence in Asia, we must protect our national defense and readiness." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a long overdue, bipartisan accomplishment. Here in the Tenth District, the much-needed improvements included in the USMCA will help to ensure that one of western North Carolina's most important industries--textile manufacturing--is more competitive in the global market." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 20% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Through the new trade agreement with China, the USMCA, and pro-growth policies like opportunity zones, President Trump has delivered meaningful results that have helped improve the lives of American families and kept our economy booming." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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