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U.S. House 3 candidate: Evan Jenkins (R)

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 06:58 PM

PARTY: Republican

COUNTY: Cabell

BIOGRAPHY

I’ve had the privilege of representing the citizens of Cabell and Wayne counties in the legislature. Working together, in a bipartisan manner, we've cut taxes, balanced the state budget, reduced the state's unfunded liabilities, attracted jobs, supported education and fought for quality health care.  My wife and I have three children and live in Huntington. www.evanjenkins.com

QUESTIONS

1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

President Obama and FEMA rejected our disaster declaration request, turning their back on 300,000 West Virginians.  That’s unacceptable!  Federal health and safety officials are also unable to provide needed reassurance that our water is safe. Federal laws and response must be changed.  I sponsored the new law to regulate storage tanks and protect our water to ensure this never happens again.

2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in Poverty?

Over 46 million Americans live in poverty.  While, investment in education and workforce training is critically important, we must stop Washington’s attack on our jobs and economic opportunity.  The current administration’s war on our natural resource industry is devastating the livelihood of thousands of hardworking West Virginias. The war on poverty starts when Washington ends its attack on our jobs.

3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all Americans voters?

I firmly believe every law-abiding American citizen has a constitutionally protected and guaranteed right to vote that must not be infringed upon or limited.  I have help lead the effort at the state level to enact early voting laws to make voting more convenient.  But we must also be proactive to rid our elections of voter fraud and corruption.

Herald-Dispatch questions:

4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?

The Obama-Rahall EPA is waging a War on Coal, and I will fight it tooth and nail. I strongly oppose Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme, carbon tax and job-killing EPA regulations. Too many coal miners are out of work. I understand that in West Virginia, coal is not just our economic lifeblood – it’s part of who we are.

5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?

Too often, President Obama has engaged in a reckless foreign policy that has emboldened our enemies and weakened our military. The administration’s proposed cuts to national defense will damage our ability to deter foreign threats. I believe in peace through strength, and unfortunately I think the administration has moved us in the opposite direction.

6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?

The administration should never have underestimated the threat to our interests from Russia and allowed Vladimir Putin to run roughshod over the international community. Again, we must stop weakening our military if we expect bad actors to be deterred from inciting international conflict.

7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?

Every child deserves access to a good education. In the legislature, I’ve been proud to support education reforms to improve the quality of our schools. I will support on the federal level what I have supported at the state level: more local control, support for our teachers, making a college education affordable, and adequate funding for higher education.

8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?

ObamaCare will cost trillions, raise premiums and kill jobs. As the disastrous implementation of Obama’s health law has proved, this is a classic boondoggle that is already damaging our health care system. I will lead efforts to replace ObamaCare with common sense health care reforms that protect black lung benefits, improve access to quality care and preserve your doctor-patient relationship.

9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?

We must first invest in our number one resource, our people. Workforce training will help provide people with the tools necessary to be successful.  Unfortunately the failed economic agenda put forth by President Obama and Congressman Rahall is costing Southern West Virginia families jobs and wages. I will work across the aisle to bring jobs back to West Virginia.

10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?

The Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I will stand up against the Obama administration in its attempts to infringe on the Second Amendment, and protect our fundamental rights if elected.

11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?

Congress should provide more resources to local governments and community groups to battle this epidemic, through increased law enforcement and addition treatment. In the legislature, I have been a leader in helping to address this scourge on our communities. Increasingly, heroin is coming into focus as a public health crisis; we must step up our efforts to target the problem.

12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?

Improving access to quality health care through a common-sense replacement of ObamaCare will go a long way toward reducing obesity. We can also get folks moving with initiatives that encourage our communities to provide more paths for walking, biking and other activities, as well as ensuring our schools have quality physical education programs.

13. What action by Congress would you favor to address the concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

West Virginia is an energy producing state that powers America. Unfortunately, the Obama/Rahall Carbon Tax is a ‘War on Coal’ and causing thousands of West Virginians to lose their jobs. I’ll never turn my back on hard working West Virginians.  Gas exploration is growing and I support an ‘all of the above’ energy that creates jobs and protects the environment.

14. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters?

I firmly believe every law-abiding American citizen has a constitutionally protected and guaranteed right to vote that must not be infringed upon or limited.  I have helped lead the effort at the state level to enact early voting laws to make voting more convenient.  But we must also be proactive to rid our elections of voter fraud and corruption.

15. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Over 46 million Americans live in poverty.  While, investment in education and workforce training is critically important, we must stop Washington’s attack on our jobs and economic opportunity.  The current administration’s war on our natural resource industry is devastating the livelihood of thousands of hardworking West Virginias. The war on poverty starts when Washington ends its attack on our jobs.

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