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 – In a speech on the House floor, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged his colleagues to support a resolution disapproving of a carbon tax.
“Simply put, a carbon tax is an attack on the welfare of all Americans, especially on seniors and families on fixed incomes,” Rep. Jenkins said on the House floor. “A vote in support of this rule and resolution is a vote supporting the hard-working men and women of West Virginia and Americans who make this country great.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s directive on the role of coal-fired power plants in our national security:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has invited EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to visit West Virginia and see the positive results of the Trump administration’s rollback of onerous, anti-coal regulations.
“I want to extend an invite to you to see success, see progress, see people back to work. So, I hope you will come to West Virginia,” Rep. Jenkins said to Administrator Pruitt at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday.
“Absolutely,” Administrator Pruitt said.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON – The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday passed legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) to prohibit federal agencies from using flawed metrics when writing new regulations.
H.R. 3117, the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act (THERA), would prohibit the federal government from using the flawed social cost of carbon and social cost of methane metrics in the rulemaking process.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) submitted testimony for the record at today’s Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Charleston on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on news that China Energy will be investing more than $83 billion in West Virginia on shale gas and infrastructure projects:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) praised the Trump administration’s announcement today that it will formally end the so-called Clean Power Plan rule. This rule was a key part of the previous administration’s anti-coal agenda.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) joined a bipartisan group of representatives today to introduce the American Miners Pension Act, legislation to protect pensions for our nation’s coal miners.
The American Miners Pension Act is sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and cosponsored by Rep. Jenkins, among others from both sides of the aisle.