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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

October 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s christening of the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams:

October 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s announcement that he is decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement:

September 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass a landmark appropriations bill that includes funding for many West Virginia priorities, including roads, infrastructure, drug treatment, black lung clinics and economic development.

The bill also continues President Trump’s promise to build the wall, providing the president’s full requested funding -- $1.6 billion – for the wall and security along our nation’s southern border.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

“Sixteen years ago, our nation experienced unspeakable acts of terrorism and hatred, but these terrorists failed to divide us. Instead, we joined together as Americans and united as one nation. America still stands as a beacon of freedom, hope and liberty, and no act of terrorism can change that.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s plan to wind down DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

“President Obama overstepped his constitutional authority by creating the DACA program through an executive order. We are a nation of laws and have a responsibility to secure our borders. I remain firmly opposed to amnesty and am committed to ensuring our nation’s immigration policies are constitutional and lawful.”

August 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that he plans to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency:

“I welcome President Trump’s announcement and the additional resources this declaration will give West Virginia to respond to this urgent public health crisis. Too many sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends have been lost to the disease of addiction throughout West Virginia.

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped fund the construction of the border wall, provide healthcare for our veterans, give our troops a pay raise, and save the Appalachian Regional Commission.

All of these important priorities were included in H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed 235-192 on Thursday.

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped secure the full funding requested by President Trump to build the wall along the Mexican border.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has secured a key provision authorizing an additional $10 million for the National Guard Counterdrug Program.

Rep. Jenkins offered the funding increase as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and it was adopted unanimously. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to pass the NDAA, a critical military authorization bill, by a vote of 344-81.

April 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Hunter White of Point Pleasant has been admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Rep. Jenkins nominated White to the academy, and the academy has offered him admission to the class of 2021.

Hunter White, 19, is the son of Sean and Rebecca White of Point Pleasant and a graduate of Point Pleasant High School.