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.
More on Jobs and the Economy
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is urging West Virginia’s electric companies to lower their rates and pass along savings from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act to consumers.
“Utility companies in all but two states – West Virginia and Tennessee – have already announced rate relief savings to their consumers. It’s time West Virginia utilities to do the same,” Rep. Jenkins wrote to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on new economic statistics that show West Virginia’s GDP rate is outpacing the national GDP rate.
West Virginia’s 2017 GDP growth rate was 2.6 percent, higher than the United States’ GDP growth rate of 2.1 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Additionally, the national unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in April, the lowest rate since December 2000.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) held a call on Tuesday with the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Council and the National Science Foundation to discuss paths forward to keep the Green Bank Observatory open and operational.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that applications are now being accepted for $25 million in funding to redevelop abandoned mine lands in West Virginia.
Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins helped established the AML pilot program, which has brought $80 million to West Virginia since the program started in 2016.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the stage with President Trump in White Sulphur Springs today for a discussion of how tax reform is putting more money into the pockets of West Virginia’s hardworking families.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has been invited to join President Trump in Greenbrier County on Thursday for the president’s fourth visit to West Virginia since taking office.
The president is expected to hold a roundtable event in Greenbrier County, and Rep. Jenkins will join him. More details are forthcoming.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted today to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act and fund a number of critical West Virginia priorities.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting yes to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act, which funds the government through March 23:
“President Trump has asked for the Bipartisan Budget Act to provide critical funding for our national security. This legislation establishes a budget framework that will allow us to fund our nation’s military, strengthen our border security, provide two years of funding for community health centers, renew CHIP for 10 years, and invest in infrastructure.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight:
“What a difference a year makes. In just the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, West Virginia has seen its economy become one of the fastest growing in the nation. West Virginians are more optimistic about our future, our coal miners are going back to work, and tax reform is putting more money in the pockets of hardworking families.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Representatives Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to reopen the government: