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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Jobs and the Economy

Congressman Evan Jenkins will work to create and protect jobs in West Virginia and bring economic opportunity back to our state. The constituents of the Third District know that many of the Obama administration policies have led directly to the loss of good-paying jobs in our region. Evan promises to take a stand against these excessive regulatory schemes and costly healthcare programs driven by the administration and D.C. bureaucrats.

Evan will strive to ensure the priorities of West Virginia families are the priorities of Congress, with a renewed emphasis on growing the economy with good-paying jobs and higher paychecks. Evan supports job training programs for the region and the state to put unemployed West Virginians back to work. He is focused on bringing a pro-growth agenda to Washington, one that will provide certainty to West Virginia businesses and create jobs for the hard-working families in the state.

In the second week of the 114th Congress, Evan voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would require federal agencies to estimate the cost of alternatives to proposed regulations. It also requires them to follow additional steps when proposing “major” or “high impact” rules that have a broader impact. Further, he was an original cosponsor and a strong advocate for the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which passed the House in July. The REINS Act would allow Congress to vote on expensive regulations proposed by the EPA and other federal agencies.

One of the most important things that Congress can do to get our economy moving again is to reduce our debt and deficit. As he serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Evan’s focus will be on finding ways to cut spending in lower-priority programs. When the federal government gets its budget in balance, it provides certainty for every citizen, the nation’s businesses and the broader economy.

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More on Jobs and the Economy

February 17, 2017 Press Release

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:

February 16, 2017 Press Release

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.

February 15, 2017 Press Release

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.

February 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass bipartisan legislation to encourage businesses to hire more veterans and reduce veteran unemployment rates.

Veterans who have served after Sept. 11, 2001, have significantly higher unemployment rates than non-veterans. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act is a crucial tool to reducing this disparity in employment rates. The House voted Monday night to pass this bill 409-1.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

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.

February 1, 2017 Columns

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.

January 30, 2017 Press Release

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.

January 25, 2017 Press Release

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.

January 19, 2017 Press Release

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.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will serve on the following subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee during the 115th Congress: