Energy and Mining
Congressman Evan Jenkins believes America needs affordable domestic energy to power our homes, businesses and economy. West Virginia has an abundant amount of reliable, domestically produced energy resources – one of the largest reserves in the nation. Evan will continue to advocate on behalf of West Virginia’s energy workers and resources, in particular coal and natural gas, to grow our economy and make our nation more secure.
Evan has always promoted coal as a key component of our nation’s energy policy and believes that an all-of-the-above strategy is the best way to address our energy needs and challenges. He has strongly criticized the previous president’s regulatory overreach, which hurt West Virginia coal, laid off our miners, and increased energy costs for American families and businesses.
The Obama war on coal battered Appalachia and cost West Virginia thousands of good-paying jobs.
From the start of the 114th Congress, Evan has fought for West Virginia jobs and West Virginia energy. Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, he has helped advance legislation to scale back the war on coal, including cutting the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency budget. He helped to secure key provisions to prohibit the implementation of costly rules and regulations that would hurt coal-fired power plants and coal mining operations.
He cosponsored legislation – which has passed the House and the Senate – to stop the job-killing Obama stream buffer zone rule and prevent it from being reintroduced again without congressional approval. President Trump is expected to sign this into law.
He has also introduced and secured key amendments to halt harmful regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One amendment, adopted in committee markup, would prohibit the EPA from rewriting ground-level ozone standards, a rewrite that could stifle economic development and halt important transportation projects in West Virginia and across the nation. Additionally, Evan has secured provisions that protect our nation’s small specialty glass manufacturers, such as Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia, from potentially devastating EPA rules.
In addition to Evan’s work on the House Appropriations Committee, he has cosponsored and worked to pass dozens of other important energy bills. He was an original cosponsor of the Ratepayer Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives. This bill would ensure that states are not forced to adopt new, burdensome federal regulations if they increase costs for our energy producers and consumers.
Additionally, Evan has cosponsored a measure that disapproves of a proposed carbon tax. He supported two other congressional resolutions to block the administration’s carbon dioxide regulations on new and existing power plants. Evan also proudly cosponsored the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act, which would ensure that our state and local officials are the ones responsible for overseeing coal ash management – not EPA bureaucrats.
Further, he was an original cosponsor and a strong advocate for the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act, which was passed by the House, would allow Congress to vote on expensive regulations proposed by the EPA and other federal agencies.
With deep roots in coal mining, Evan is a passionate advocate of miners and their families. He is an ardent supporter of efforts to improve the health and safety of miners. The first piece of legislation Evan introduced as a member of Congress was a resolution ensuring that coal miners would be able to keep their black lung benefits regardless of changes to federal healthcare policy. He has also reintroduced that resolution in the 115th Congress. Evan will continue to fight for the black lung program and encourages efforts to improve working conditions for our miners.
Evan introduced the Assisting America’s Dislocated Miners Act, which would establish a new Dislocated Miners Assistance Program at the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Through this bill, $20 million a year would be available to laid-off miners to get training and education to help them find other jobs. He also introduced the COAL Miners Act, which would extend unemployment benefits for states hit hardest by the war on coal by 16 weeks.
As someone who stands up for our West Virginia miners and their families, Evan is a proud cosponsor of the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act. This bill will ensure that excess funds from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund will be reserved for many retired miners’ pension and health benefits and continue the solvency of such pension plans.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) joined President Trump today as he signed into law legislation to protect thousands of West Virginia coal jobs.
President Trump signed H.J. Res 38, cosponsored by Rep. Jenkins, during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.
The law blocks implementation of the Obama stream buffer zone rule, which took effect one day before President Trump’s inauguration. It is estimated that if this new rule was fully implemented, it would kill one-third of all coal jobs nationwide.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is calling on members of Congress to support his resolution to strengthen and protect black lung benefits for our miners, retirees and widows.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass a resolution cosponsored by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) to stop the job-killing Obama stream buffer zone rule.
The House voted 228-194 to pass H.J. Res 38, a joint resolution of congressional disapproval to stop the stream buffer zone rule. The resolution now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If Congress votes to overturn the rule, it cannot be introduced again unless first authorized by Congress.
In the final weeks of his administration, President Barack Obama pushed forward yet another job-killing regulation aimed at West Virginia’s coal miners.
Having lost thousands of coal jobs over those eight years, West Virginians could not afford yet another federal effort to close mines and put miners out of work. But that’s exactly what the stream buffer zone rule would do — and why Congress is putting a stop to it.
On Wednesday, the House will act on legislation I’ve introduced to stop the stream buffer zone rule, the final component of the last president’s war on coal.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), along with his colleagues, introduced a resolution of disapproval today to overturn a regulation that would kill coal jobs and hurt West Virginia’s economy. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on this resolution on Wednesday.
The joint resolution of congressional disapproval would stop the stream buffer zone rule, which took effect on Jan. 19.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand retraining opportunities for dislocated coal miners.
The bipartisan Assisting America’s Dislocated Miners Act, H.R. 663, would establish a Dislocated Miners Assistance Program at the U.S. Labor Department to identify dislocated miners, assess their skills and training, identify job training programs, and provide grants to job training providers. The bill would also authorize $20 million a year for five years to fund the Dislocated Miners Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) said that Congress needs to act immediately to stop the stream buffer zone rule, which goes into effect Thursday.
Rep. Jenkins has introduced H.J. Res. 11, a joint resolution of congressional disapproval, to stop the stream buffer zone rule from going into effect. This resolution would require a simple majority vote of each chamber on the stream buffer zone rule. If Congress votes to overturn the rule, it cannot be introduced again unless first authorized by Congress.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will serve on the following subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee during the 115th Congress:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation today to bring millions of dollars to struggling coal communities to spur investment and diversify the economy.