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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

October 9, 2017 Press Release

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.

September 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the unveiling of the Republicans’ tax reform plan:

“Our current tax code costs us jobs, keeps money out of families’ pockets, and holds back our small businesses. Working with President Trump, our tax plan focuses on helping middle-class families so they can keep more of what they earn. West Virginians go to work every day to provide for their families, and they know best how to spend their money, not the government.

September 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass a landmark appropriations bill that includes funding for many West Virginia priorities, including roads, infrastructure, drug treatment, black lung clinics and economic development.

The bill also continues President Trump’s promise to build the wall, providing the president’s full requested funding -- $1.6 billion – for the wall and security along our nation’s southern border.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) met with President Trump on Air Force One on Monday night to discuss how to bring more jobs to West Virginia and grow our state’s economy.

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Thanks to his work on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped cut the EPA’s budget by more than half a billion dollars.

The fiscal year 2018 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency is cut by $528 million in the Interior Appropriations bill, which the committee approved last Tuesday night. It also supports President Trump’s plan to rightsize the agency by providing the resources the White House to offer buyouts and voluntary separation agreements to EPA employees.

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has fought successfully through his work on the House Appropriations Committee to secure full funding for the FAST Act, the landmark five-year highway bill that will reinvest in West Virginia’s infrastructure.

Rep. Jenkins supported $45 billion in highway spending for Fiscal Year 2018, meeting the level included in the FAST Act. The funding is included in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which the committee passed on Monday night.

July 12, 2017 Press Release

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.

July 12, 2017 Press Release

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.

June 29, 2017 Press Release

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.

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: