Transportation and Infrastructure
Congressman Evan Jenkins believes that a safe, modern and efficient transportation system is a critical component of our nation’s prosperity. Making smart, prudent investments in America’s transportation infrastructure is one of the best ways to help provide an environment to create jobs and economic growth. He is a strong proponent of building and improving the infrastructure that grows our economy and provides us with reliable transportation options.
Evan has been a leading champion for reauthorizing a long-term, fully-funded transportation bill. As a lifelong West Virginian, he knows that federal funding for highways and transit is an important part of building and maintaining our nation’s rural infrastructure. West Virginia must have the necessary funding resources to deal with the challenging terrain and weather that impact the cost and lifecycle of their transportation systems.
He championed key provisions in the FAST Act, the recently enacted surface transportation bill. These measures focus on providing flexibility for states to address the needs of rural communities. The FAST Act will bring nearly $2.5 billion in transportation funding to West Virginia over the next few years. These funds are critical to building new roads, repairing existing highways, and fixing unsafe bridges. This fiscal year alone West Virginia will receive more than $400 million, and that amount is expected to grow each year for the duration of the law.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Evan has advocated for investments that are critical to our economic growth and important to the safety of our citizens. The Appalachian region is comprised of challenging, mountainous terrain that has unique needs separate from other parts of the nation. Evan will be an advocate on behalf of West Virginians for the robust funding necessary to maintain and develop the state’s infrastructure. At every opportunity, he will seek to improve southern West Virginia: its roads and bridges, aviation and rail systems, broadband access, and water and sewer services.
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issue the following statement on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which was released this morning:
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 – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that he has helped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers make key progress on a planned segment of the King Coal Highway.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after President Trump signed two executive orders to expand access to rural broadband:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on news that China Energy will be investing more than $83 billion in West Virginia on shale gas and infrastructure projects:
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.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped secure nearly $13.5 million to make vital repairs to the Yeager Airport runway damaged in 2015.
Rep. Jenkins worked with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster in May to include language in the omnibus government funding bill making Yeager Airport eligible for millions in emergency funds to rebuild its EMAS (engineered materials arresting system).
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 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.).