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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Seniors

Congressman Evan Jenkins will protect Social Security and Medicare, benefits that West Virginia’s seniors have worked hard their entire lives to receive. These programs must be preserved to fulfill our promises to our seniors, now and in the future.

He opposes the Obamacare-mandated cuts to Medicare Advantage, and he opposes the privatization of Social Security. During his time as a state legislator, Evan worked to lower costs of prescription drugs for seniors as well as to reduce the tax burden they face.

Congressman Jenkins will work with his colleagues to ensure seniors receive the benefits they paid for and deserve. He was proud to support the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. This legislation has a number of provisions to help our seniors including community programs, meals on wheels, and assistance with transportation in a number of our cities and towns.

Evan also cosponsored legislation to ensure that seniors have access to prescription medications, especially those seniors in rural areas. He voted to secure seniors’ access to the doctors they choose to see. He also knows that receiving care in one’s home is preferable when possible, and he cosponsored legislation to ensure this care is covered by Medicare. Rep. Jenkins will continue to be a champion of seniors in Washington.

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May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted today to provide a permanent solution for miners’ benefits and keep the government open for the remainder of the fiscal year.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that a deal has been reached to permanently secure healthcare benefits for our miners. House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a letter to Rep. Jenkins with more details on the agreement, which solves a critical issue for tens of thousands of miners in West Virginia and across the nation. Please click here to read the letter from Speaker Ryan.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the story of a McDowell County mining family on the House floor as he urged his colleagues to protect miners’ benefits.

He read a letter written to him by Teresa Anderson, who shared how her father, Donald Richardson, asked her to defend the benefits he earned for his wife, Mary.

March 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On the House floor Thursday, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the story of a retired Raleigh County coal miner who he met at the UMWA Career Center last Friday.

Preston Thomas of Raleigh County mined coal for 36 years before retiring in 2010, and he relies on the benefits he earned to provide prescription drug coverage for his wife. If the miners’ healthcare benefits are allowed to expire, his wife will not have access to the medications she needs.

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Byrd amendment and its black lung benefits are protected as Congress considers the American Health Care Act.

February 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is calling on members of Congress to support his resolution to strengthen and protect black lung benefits for our miners, retirees and widows.

January 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has been named again to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that sets the budget for all federal agencies and departments.

Rep. Jenkins served on the committee during the 114th Congress. Subcommittee assignments are expected to be announced later this month.

January 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged the new Congress to pass legislation now to protect pensions and healthcare benefits for our miners and their widows.

“We must act now to keep the promise. We must honor their work in the mines by protecting the pensions and healthcare benefits they worked their whole lives to earn. We must pass legislation I’ve cosponsored to protect these hard-earned benefits for families like Rita Blankenship of McDowell County, who wrote me asking for help,” he said on the House floor Wednesday morning.

January 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) was sworn in today for his second term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am humbled and honored to have the trust of the people of the Third Congressional District of West Virginia and to be their voice in Congress. Over the next two years, the people’s voices will be heard loud and clear in Washington as we reject the policies of the past eight years. I look forward to working with our new president, Donald Trump, to bring hope and jobs back to our state and nation. 

December 7, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On the House floor today, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared stories from West Virginia miners and families asking Congress to protect their pensions and health care.

Robin Workman of Boone County wrote to Rep. Jenkins about how she and her husband depend on the benefits he earned.

“She said, ‘My husband put in 35 years underground. A promise made to them shouldn’t be broken! West Virginia helped keep the lights on back then as well as today. Please don’t forget about us!’” Rep. Jenkins read on the House floor.