REP. JENKINS HELPS HOUSE PASS TWO FUNDING BILLS FOR 2019
July 19, 2018
Two 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 two more 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. 6147 the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019. The House voted today to pass the bill 217-199.
“I’m using my role on the House Appropriations Committee to fight for West Virginia’s priorities and needs. We’re sending the Senate a package of two government funding bills that provide much-needed funding to help diversify West Virginia’s economy, and fight the drug epidemic,” Rep. Jenkins said.
Rep. Jenkins spoke in support of the funding bill which includes $30 million to redevelop abandoned mine lands in order to help diversify West Virginia’s economy and attract new industries.
“Our towns, counties, and state need the resources to provide for the future and this bill does it,” Rep. Jenkins said on the floor during debate on the bill. “It helps us diversify our economy, it helps attract employers and create much-needed jobs. Putting West Virginians and Americans back to work. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, also known as HIDTA, will receive $285 million in H.R. 6147 to help fight the opioid crisis, including $100 million for the Drug-Free Communities program.
The bill funds important West Virginia programs, including:
- $500 million for the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which provides millions to West Virginia counties like Greenbrier and Pocahontas to pay for local services like police, firefighters, school and road construction.
- $1.6 billion for the Fish and Wildlife Service, which will fund operations at hatcheries like the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.
- $3.25 billion for the National Park Service.