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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

June 27, 2017 Press Release

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:

June 27, 2017 Press Release

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.

June 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has cosponsored the GO Act, legislation that would speed up expansion of broadband Internet in rural and low-income communities.

The Gigabit Opportunity Act would target areas most in need by directing investment to low-income and rural areas, streamlining regulations, and eliminating barriers to investment. The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and in the House by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

June 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) joined President Trump on Friday for an announcement on new initiatives to speed up highway construction across our nation.

June 1, 2017 Press Release

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.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the release of the president’s budget:

“While I appreciate the president’s aim to cut wasteful spending, this budget goes too far in critical areas for West Virginia. The proposed cuts to our safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP, would hurt too many of our state’s most vulnerable citizens, and I cannot support this budget proposal.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will vote on Wednesday to increase investments in Appalachia and help spur economic development in coal communities.

 The fiscal year 2017 omnibus – which includes the permanent fix for miners’ healthcare benefits – also makes important investments in West Virginia. It increases funding for programs that are making a real difference in our state, including the Appalachian Regional Commission:

April 28, 2017 Press Release

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.

April 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), working with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), brought together more than 30 local, state and federal leaders in Washington this week to discuss how to get the King Coal Highway project moving again.

April 5, 2017 Press Release

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.