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 – Through his work on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped ensure continued funding for black lung clinics and substance abuse treatment.
Black lung clinics will receive $7.2 million for Fiscal Year 2018, which Rep. Jenkins fought to include in the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. The committee voted to approve the bill late Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped ensure that Morgantown’s National Energy Technology Laboratory will stay open.
Rep. Jenkins wrote a provision, included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which rejects any restructuring or closings of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. The House Appropriations Committee voted today to pass the bill, including the NETL provision.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) took action today to protect the Appalachian Regional Commission, voting to fund the program for the next fiscal year.
The administration’s budget had proposed eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission, but Rep. Jenkins fought strongly for this program through his role on the House Appropriations Committee. On Wednesday, Rep. Jenkins voted in that committee to provide $130 million for the ARC in the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy & Water Appropriations bill.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) reintroduced their legislation on Thursday to 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.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Waters of the United States rule:
WASHINGTON – A House committee on Tuesday approved the RECLAIM Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) that will help redevelop and diversify West Virginia’s coalfields to attract more jobs.
Through this bill, nearly $200 million would be designated for West Virginia over five years to fund reclamation work on abandoned mine lands so they can be used for economic development. Without reclamation work, these abandoned mine lands cannot be redeveloped and used to attract new industries and jobs.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on President Trump’s plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord on the environment:
“After years of policies that put America second, we now have an administration and president focused on making America competitive again. President Trump is keeping his word by pulling us out of an agreement that was all pain, no gain for America’s workers, families and economy.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped introduce legislation today to permanently protect pensions for our coal miners and their widows.
Rep. Jenkins is an original cosponsor of the Miners Pensions Protection Act, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.). The legislation builds on the recent permanent fix of miners’ healthcare benefits, ensuring miners’ pensions are protected for themselves, their families and their widows.
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.