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Rep. Patrick McHenry makes a stop in the mountains

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC 10th District, addressed tensions with North Korea, health care and jobs during a whirlwhind tour of Buncombe County on Thursday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC 10th District, addressed tensions with North Korea, health care and jobs during a whirlwhind tour of Buncombe County on Thursday.

McHenry visited Green Opportunities, an Asheville job training hub, to see how federal grant dollars help fuel its programs.

"It's such a great model, a great program and vitally important," he said of the program.

McHenry also talked about domestic and international issues, as President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against North Korea and praised China for ordering banks to stop doing business with the nation.

"This is a concerted effort, diplomatic effort at this point, and the economic impact of the results of the UN coming together two weeks ago will start taking hold of the North Korean regime and, hopefully, have the benefit of stopping this rogue dictator," McHenry said.

And here at home, McHenry and his colleagues must soon address the DACA program, which protects the children of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. Trump recently announced he'd end the program in six months unless Congress finds a longterm solution.

McHenry also believes shoring up border security should be a priority.

"We've got to make sure we have a solid program, a legal program that is constitutionally and legally appropriate for those who arrive here illegally," he said.

The Senate is poised to vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare next week. McHenry said the House did its job earlier this year and now the ball's in the Senate's court. He believes there are severe problems with the Affordable Care Act that have to be tackled.

"Right now, it's mainly a Senate conversation about the legislation they're wrestling with. We did our job in the House. We got that resolved this summer and sent it to the Senate. I'm looking forward to seeing the result and seeing the final product they produce," he said.

McHenry stressed that the lack of health care choices must be addressed.

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