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.) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.).
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.