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Patrick McHenry (R)

10th District Candidate

Candidate Background

Patrick McHenry on the Issues

1- Preservation of American Democracy

McHenry has not expressed concern about Russian election meddling. He did support release of the Nunes memo, and stated that it raised serious concerns about possible abuses within the FISA system.

He has not called for the release of Trump's tax returns, but did state he supports improving financial disclosure statements going forward for presidents, as well as for House and Senate members.

2- The Environment

McHenry voted to allow drilling on the outer continental shelf and to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He has supported barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. He opposed cap-and-trade legislation, and has signed the "No Climate Tax" pledge. He says he supports renewable energy but has voted against renewable energy tax credits in the past.

3- Gun Violence

McHenry voted to allow drilling on the outer continental shelf and to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He has supported barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. He opposed cap-and-trade legislation, and has signed the "No Climate Tax" pledge. He says he supports renewable energy but has voted against renewable energy tax credits in the past.

4- Immigration

McHenry supports strengthening border security and immigration enforcement. He voted to deny funding to sanctuary cities, and introduced the "No Free Rides" act to deny the Earned Income Tax Credit to DACA recipients. He agreed with Trump's decision to end DACA.

5- Health Care

McHenry has voted multiple times to repeal the ACA. He supports only market based solutions, including allowing businesses to band together through association health plans, and expanding the use of health savings accounts.

He voted for the repeal and replacement bill (AHCA) that passed the House in 2017, which would have given smaller tax credits for people to buy insurance and would have imposed a 30% surcharge on people who had a lapse in coverage, making coverage unaffordable for many. The AHCA would have allowed states to undermine the essential benefits protections for the ACA, and the exclusion against charging higher premiums for pre-existing conditions. The bill would also have rolled back Medicaid expansion, and millions would have become uninsured due to these changes.

McHenry has stated he prefers control over Medicaid and Medicare be handed to the states. He voted for the AHCA which would have changed Medicaid into a per capita allotment system, leading states to cut eligibility and benefits.  He voted for Paul Ryan's budget in 2011 that would have turned Medicare into a voucher program, shifting more costs onto seniors. He has also opposed allowing Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs.

 

 

Primaries Voters Guide

District 10 Candidates

David Wilson Brown (D)
Gina Collias (R)
Albert Wiley (R)
Patrick McHenry (R - incumbent)
Ira Roberts (R)
Jeff Gregory (R)
Seth Blankenship (R)

District 11 Candidates

Steven Woodsmall (D)
Phillip Price (D)
Scott Donaldson (D)
Mark Meadows (R- incumbent)
Chuck Archerd (R)
Christopher Money (R)
Clifton Ingram (L)