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.) 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.).
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.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the release of the president’s budget:
“While I appreciate the president’s aim to cut wasteful spending, this budget goes too far in critical areas for West Virginia. The proposed cuts to our safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP, would hurt too many of our state’s most vulnerable citizens, and I cannot support this budget proposal.
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.