REP. JENKINS VOTES TO PASS BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT
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.
“In addition, it addresses our state’s opioid crisis by providing billions more, and I will keep fighting to make sure West Virginia receives its fair share of this vital funding. This framework is a step in the process to a final full-year funding bill, which must be in the best interests of West Virginia to have my support,” Rep. Jenkins said.
Before the vote, Rep. Jenkins spoke on the House floor about the importance of ensuring this new opioid funding reaches the states hardest hit.
“As a member of the Appropriations Committee and having a direct hand on how the $6 billion will be targeted, I’ve been reassured that rural states like mine will not be short changed. And we will work to make sure the language in our funding bill makes it abundantly clear to the federal agencies that actually set the allocation formulas – we want resources flowing to where they count most,” Rep. Jenkins said on the floor.