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.
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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:
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.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has asked new West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith to prioritize much-needed, long-delayed highway projects throughout the Third Congressional District.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that West Virginia will receive $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help repair and rebuild flood-damaged federal highways and roads.
This expedited funding will allow our state to immediately begin working to address the catastrophic damage done by storms, flooding, and mudslides.
WASHINGTON – A new EPA rule will hurt West Virginia’s economy and make it harder to attract new employers, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) said on the House floor Wednesday.
“Counties not in compliance with the new standard could find it even harder to attract and build new developments. In southern West Virginia, that means we might not be able to redevelop our former mine sites to full productivity and potential. It could even halt the much-needed Hobet mine redevelopment,” he said.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped secure $44 billion in funding for our nation’s highways, providing the full amount authorized for fiscal year 2017 by the recently-enacted five-year highway law – the FAST Act.
The $44 billion is included in the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which the House Appropriations Committee passed unanimously on Tuesday. Rep. Jenkins is a member of the subcommittee responsible for crafting the legislation.
West Virginia has many road projects that have been long promised but never completed. Some are actually seeing progress, like Route 35 in Mason and Putnam counties, which is on schedule to be fully upgraded. Others, like the King Coal Highway, Coalfields Expressway and Tolsia Highway remain in various stages of completion – or lack thereof.
The Protecting Our Infants Act, a necessary measure that will improve care for babies who are exposed to drugs during pregnancy, has been signed into law by President Barack Obama.