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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS HELPS HOUSE PASS FIRST THREE FUNDING BILLS FOR 2019

June 8, 2018
Press Release
Three appropriations bills now on their way to the Senate
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped the U.S. House of Representatives pass the first three government funding bills for 2019, which include vital West Virginia priorities.
 
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins helped write H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019. The House voted Friday to pass the bill 235-179.
 
“I’m using my role on the House Appropriations Committee to fight for West Virginia’s priorities and funding needs. We’re sending the Senate a package of three government funding bills months before the funding deadline, and I urge them to take up this legislation quickly. This bill provides much-needed funding for West Virginia’s veterans, rivers, dams and the Appalachian Regional Commission and deserves our support,” Rep. Jenkins said.
 
Rep. Jenkins helped stop an amendment that would have cut funding for fossil energy research and development, including the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown.
 
“The DOE Fossil Energy account helps our nation develop the next generation of fossil technologies. If we don’t develop it, other nations will,” Rep. Jenkins said on the floor during debate on the bill. “Cutting this funding will only set America back. We have abundant, reliable domestic energy resources, and abandoning this research will put our energy future in severe jeopardy.”
 
 
H.R. 5895 also provides $155 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, including $50 million for economically distressed coal counties. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $7.28 billion, including $30.8 million for critical construction and dam maintenance projects throughout West Virginia.
 
The legislation also funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and critical services for our servicemen and women:
  • $85.3 billion for VA programs (a nearly $4 billion increase over the previous year), including VA medical care, processing disability claims, VA construction, and the new VA electronic health record system.
    • $71.2 billion for VA medical care, including: 
      • $8.6 billion in mental health care services. 
      • $7.4 billion in homeless veterans treatment, services, housing, and job training.
      • $589 million for traumatic brain injury treatment.
      • $387 million for opioid abuse prevention.
      • $196 million in suicide prevention outreach activities.
Earlier this week, Rep. Jenkins proudly supported the House’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act, H.R. 8. This legislation authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects and mission: navigation, flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration.