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Patrick McHenry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • "Patrick believes strongly that every life is precious, from conception to natural death." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "Patrick has never voted for a tax increase, and, as a signer of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, he never will. Patrick believes our current tax system is broken, and supports reforms that will make the system simpler, flatter, and fairer." (
  • Rated 86% by FreedomWorks. (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • ""H.R. 1 is nothing more than a partisan power grab that undermines states' rights and empowers Washington to take over our electoral system," said Congressman McHenry. "Tonight, House Democrats voted to throw out voter ID laws, legalize ballot harvesting nationwide, enable the use of taxpayer dollars to fund campaigns, weaponize the IRS to target political foes, and much more. The last thing the American people want is another bad bill that wastes billions. And they certainly don't want Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats changing the electoral rules in a desperate attempt to maintain power in Washington."" (
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Regrettably, the previous Administration failed to provide our fighting men and women with all of the tools they need to complete their mission." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Rated 86% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "With passage of this relief package, the Paycheck Protection Program will be reopened and expanded so small businesses here in the Tenth District can continue receiving support they need to stay open. We are answering President Trump's call for a new round of economic impact payments for working families and students impacted by the pandemic and including additional funding for the purchasing and distribution of vaccines so we can get our lives back to normal." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "During #SchoolChoice week, I'm proud to introduce the #EPICAct to give parents greater flexibility to save for their kid's educations" (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "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." (
  • "We need common sense solutions that address our changing climate while supporting economic prosperity around the world. It is why @RepFrenchHill and I introduced the International Nuclear Energy Financing Act, which will help ensure funding for nuclear energy in emerging markets." (
  • "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. This approach would lower energy costs in the short run and make America energy independent in the long run. A comprehensive energy policy of this type would create millions of new jobs in the energy sector." (
  • "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." (
  • "#EPA regs hurt job creation and cost American families. I applaud Supreme Court's decision that cost be considered: (
  • Rated 5% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • ""The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, yet Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats continue their efforts to take it away from the American people," said Congressman McHenry. "We need laws that promote public safety and protect our Second Amendment rights, not legislation like H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 that turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals."" (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "Our appropriations package ensures security on our southern border by fully funding President Trump's request for a wall along the southern border" (
  • Rated 87% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • "Patrick will not support a massive comprehensive bill is a back door to amnesty." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "While it is true that America is a nation of immigrants, it is also a nation of laws. Granting any sort of amnesty to illegal aliens would only reward criminal behavior and further encourage the type of actions we are seeing along our borders. As your Congressman, I have and will continue to support efforts to curtail the flow of illegal immigrants into our country, and will not support any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants currently in the United States." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted against S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 20% by Public Citizen. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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