SPINDALE — Security was tight at Congressman Patrick Henry’s town hall at Isothermal Community College Foundation Monday night. Every one was required to go through a metal detector. The large crowd was quiet and respectful.
McHenry assumed the responsibilities of the third-highest ranking member of the majority party in the House, majority whip, since Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice. McHenry represents the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina that currently includes all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln Polk, and Rutherford counties, and part of Catawba, Iredell, and Buncombe counties.
County Commissioner Chair Bryan King read the the provided scripted bio as an introduction, but added his personal comments and endorsement of McHenry’s willingness to meet with the RC commissioners to discuss their concerns. McHenry also regularly holds public town hall meetings to hear citizens’ concerns, questions and requests. McHenry’s staff was on site to help anyone having problems with the federal government.
McHenry opened with a brief update on Washington issues. McHenry said that in the first 7 months of Trump’s presidency, the president has signed more bills into laws than any president since Ronald Reagan. The need to repeal and replace Obamacare (ACA) is still an open issue.
Addressing the recent violence in Charlottesville, McHenry condemed those who bully and intimidate with torches, masks, and clubs. McHenry then moved to field questions from the audience.
John Huddle, author of Locked In and former Word of Faith Fellowship member, inquired if McHenry was aware of the federal investigations and the Associated Press articles.
Other questions addressed concerned the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, immigration, Russian meddling in US elections, and his relationship with the President. McHenry is in both support and in opposition to presidential polices. He did say he suggested to Trump that he tweet less.
Another question regarding technology upgrades for air traffic controllers brought discussion on the high safety record of our current systems and the perceived need for change.
McHenry throughout the evening stated the need for open, honest and rational dialogue and ended the evening with an invitation to contact his office and staff.