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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Defense and National Security

As the son of a World War II veteran, Congressman Evan Jenkins is a proud supporter of our nation’s military. He understands that our armed services are critical in protecting our nation, maintaining peace, and safeguarding our interests abroad. Evan knows it is the duty and responsibility of Congress to prioritize how our nation’s tax dollars are spent, and there is no greater priority than the protection of our country through a strong national defense.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Evan works to ensure that our military is sufficiently funded by increasing defense spending. He has voted to give our troops a pay raise and to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to maintain the best-equipped and most capable military in the world. Evan also voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which continues the work to upgrade our military to continue being the best in the world.

Our nation’s military members and their families have made great sacrifices to protect the lives of countless individuals. Evan will work to guarantee that service members, as well as their families, have access to the services they need when returning to civilian life. He has voted for legislation that balances maintaining a strong military force and spending the American taxpayers’ dollars wisely.

Congressman Jenkins opposes any agreement or legislation that would enhance Iran’s capability to obtain a nuclear weapon, including the 2016 Iran nuclear agreement. This agreement will destabilize the Middle East and poses a grave danger to our allies in the region, especially Israel. Evan has visited Israel, met with its leaders and observed firsthand the importance of maintaining its safety and security. He voted no in the House on the Iran deal and continues to support legislative efforts to prevent the Iranian regime from funding terrorist groups.

More on Defense and National Security

May 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal:

April 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement of targeted strikes on Syria:

“As the United States and our allies begin strikes on Assad’s murderous regime in Syria, we pray for the safety of our troops as they carry out their missions. Members of Congress will be receiving national security briefings on these strikes and their progress. Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians cannot go unanswered.”

April 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has urged Department of Defense representatives to use the former Hobet mine site as a possible military training facility.

As the Department of Defense looks for new locations to train our troops, Rep. Jenkins is asking them to consider using the 15,000 acres at the Hobet mine in southern West Virginia. Its unique and diverse terrain is already being used by the West Virginia National Guard for training exercises.

March 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted today to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act and fund a number of critical West Virginia priorities.

February 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting yes to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act, which funds the government through March 23:

“President Trump has asked for the Bipartisan Budget Act to provide critical funding for our national security. This legislation establishes a budget framework that will allow us to fund our nation’s military, strengthen our border security, provide two years of funding for community health centers, renew CHIP for 10 years, and invest in infrastructure.

February 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will vote later today on a government funding bill to prevent a government shutdown on Thursday – a bill Senate Democrats are already saying they will not pass.

February 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA memo:

“I read the memo once it was made available to House members, and I called immediately for it to be made available to the American public. This is a matter of transparency and accountability, and Americans can now read the findings for themselves.”

The memo is available on the congressman’s website here.

January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight:

“What a difference a year makes. In just the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, West Virginia has seen its economy become one of the fastest growing in the nation. West Virginians are more optimistic about our future, our coal miners are going back to work, and tax reform is putting more money in the pockets of hardworking families.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is calling on the House Intelligence Committee to make public a memo about the use of FISA surveillance during the 2016 election:

January 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to reopen the government: