Jenkins Visits The Northern Panhandle
Though he hails from Huntington, W.Va., United States Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) last week paid a visit to the northern panhandle of the state, as he has recently announced his candidacy for United States Senate. As a member of the House of Representatives, Jenkins currently represents the Third Congressional District, in the southern part of the state.
Jenkins was born and raised in West Virginia and is the father of three children. He has served in Congress since 2014; he was then re-elected in 2016 to a second term of office.
Jenkins said he is running for the U.S. Senate on the principals of West Virginia values and fighting for what the state believes in. Jenkins wants to offer tax cuts to the people to “put more money in their pockets.” He would like to see the Coal Industry moving forward with less regulation and noted an increase in coal trains and barges, moving up and down the Ohio River, since the election of President Trump. Jenkins is also in favor of the building of an ethane storage hub in West virginia.
Jenkins feels he is doing his part to put more money in everyone’s pockets with the recent tax cut bill. Jenkins stated the tax cut bill would offer almost $2,000 more per year for a $45,000-a-year wage earner. “We in effect, by cutting taxes, have given all workers, including teachers, a pay raise” stated Jenkins.
The Congressman helped start Huntington’s Lily’s Place, a place toured by First Lady Melania Trump during her recent visit to the Mountain State.
The facility is designed to help with newborn infants, drug-exposed during pregnancy; these infants suffer through withdrawal for the first days of their lives.
Since its startup, Lily’s Place has taken care of over 200 infants. Jenkins took this experience and turned it into legislation that passed Congress, and was signed into law by President Trump.
In February, Jenkins’ office announced West Virginia had received federal approval to cover treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to drugs like opioids during pregnancy. West Virginia is now the first state federally approved to cover NAS treatment at centers like Lily’s Place.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will now allow the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services to cover treatment for NAS. It will also allow West Virginia Medicaid to recognize Lily’s Place in Huntington as an NAS treatment center.
Regarding the drug abuse epidemic, Jenkins feels drug companies should be held accountable for the overdistribution of medical substances.
Jenkins was also part of the eradicating the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, put into effect by President Obama.
The STREAM Act, also known as the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act, would prevent the Office of Surface Mining from implementing the stream buffer zone rule until additional scientific review is conducted. It would also require the agency to release additional information and data used to write the new regulation.
Jenkins stated the eradiction of this rule saved 1/3 of coal based jobs in America. Jenkins added, “A good job saves a lot of problems.” He feels that jobs will create hope and opportunity, which can help take care of many local problems. He would like to see the state economy move forward.