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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

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.

March 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order rolling back a rule killing coal-fired power plants:

March 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor this morning, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged Congress to reinvest in coal communities in West Virginia and other coal-producing states.

Rep. Jenkins spoke in support of the RECLAIM Act, which would help redevelop abandoned mine land sites in West Virginia and across the country to create jobs and diversify local economies. Rep. Jenkins is an original cosponsor of the RECLAIM Act, which was introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday.

March 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped introduce bipartisan legislation today to allocate $1 billion in federal funds to revitalize and diversify coal communities and create new jobs.

March 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that Mohawk Industries will be closing its factory in Holden, Logan County:

February 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement tonight regarding President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress:

February 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) applauded President Trump’s executive order today aimed at killing the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States rule.

The Waters of the United States rule is an aggressive expansion of federal jurisdiction over waters that would affect a wide variety of permitting requirements and definitions.