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.) voted today to provide a permanent solution for miners’ benefits and keep the government open for the remainder of the fiscal year.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that a deal has been reached to permanently secure healthcare benefits for our miners. House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a letter to Rep. Jenkins with more details on the agreement, which solves a critical issue for tens of thousands of miners in West Virginia and across the nation. Please click here to read the letter from Speaker Ryan.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) praised the Trump administration’s victory in a federal court today on a landmark Obama-era anti-coal regulation.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump administration’s request to pause an existing case on the so-called Clean Power Plan, an anti-coal regulation pushed through by the Obama administration. President Trump issued an executive order in March rolling back implementation of the rule, and the court’s decision will likely make it easier for the administration to halt it.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the story of a McDowell County mining family on the House floor as he urged his colleagues to protect miners’ benefits.
He read a letter written to him by Teresa Anderson, who shared how her father, Donald Richardson, asked her to defend the benefits he earned for his wife, Mary.
WASHINGTON – A House subcommittee heard today how the RECLAIM Act, cosponsored by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), will help redevelop and diversify West Virginia’s coalfields.
The House Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee heard from experts about how this bill would spur reclamation and development of abandoned mine lands. Bill sponsor Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) testified before the committee.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the seventh anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine tragedy:
“We pause to remember and honor the 29 fathers, sons, brothers and friends we lost seven years ago today. Every mining family prays for their loved one to come home at the end of each shift, and we pray for peace and strength for these 29 families. We must do all we can to ensure the safety of each and every miner, and we will never forget those we lost on this sad day.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order rolling back a rule killing coal-fired power plants:
WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor this morning, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged Congress to reinvest in coal communities in West Virginia and other coal-producing states.
Rep. Jenkins spoke in support of the RECLAIM Act, which would help redevelop abandoned mine land sites in West Virginia and across the country to create jobs and diversify local economies. Rep. Jenkins is an original cosponsor of the RECLAIM Act, which was introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped introduce bipartisan legislation today to allocate $1 billion in federal funds to revitalize and diversify coal communities and create new jobs.
WASHINGTON – On the House floor Thursday, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the story of a retired Raleigh County coal miner who he met at the UMWA Career Center last Friday.
Preston Thomas of Raleigh County mined coal for 36 years before retiring in 2010, and he relies on the benefits he earned to provide prescription drug coverage for his wife. If the miners’ healthcare benefits are allowed to expire, his wife will not have access to the medications she needs.