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Congressman McHenry drops in PDF Print
Monday, 13 August 2007 20:00

Congressman McHenry’s in western North Carolina today- and at yesterday’s Town Council meeting in Newland, he said

he was glad to be out of the D.C. heat, temperature heat as well as political heat. While at the meeting, McHenry listened to concerns of his constituents, including fears surrounding immigration issues. McHenry said the real problem lies in “a government system that is still so absolutely broken.” According to McHenry, the reason the United States has a security issue on its borders is because it’s difficult to get into the country legally. He cited data that shows fifteen thousand people that sought citizenship 21 years ago are still waiting to be processed. “If you’re waiting 21 years, and I think we’re all reasonable people,” he said, “you’d say to heck with it.” According to McHenry, the system needs to be fixed in order for border patrol security to be effective.

McHenry also addressed the concerns of National Guardsman Madison Thompson, who was injured while not on duty. Thompson was not covered for a foot injury that occurred while moving. McHenry promised to work on that, saying, “The National Guard should be able to access state employee healthcare.”

Avery County Commission Chair Kenny Poteat brought concern over state bridges to McHenry’s attention. Poteat feared talks of a gas tax increase to accommodate bridge maintenance. McHenry promised his opposition to gas tax, and said much of the money allotted for repairs was going to the eastern portion of the state. McHenry promised to continue to fight for western North Carolina interests.

This morning, McHenry is having breakfast with the Avery-Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at Grandfather Mountain Café- then, it’s a full day in Mitchell County.
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