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Evan Jenkins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WV) - District 3, Republican
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Evan Jenkins has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973#.VYCUpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is precious, and I am proud to stand up for the rights of the unborn. I supported a similar bill while a state senator in West Virginia, and I am pleased the House has passed this important ban. We must protect the most innocent among us – the unborn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972839/rep-jenkins-votes-to-protect-the-unborn#.VYCTcnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Evan Jenkins is a proud supporter of the right to life and has help pass several pieces of legislation in Congress to protect the sanctity of life." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/family-values (evanjenkins.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Herald Dispatch "Don Perdue (D-Wayne), an assistant majority whip in the West Virginia House of Delegates, and State Sen. Evan Jenkins (D-Cabell) both said that Bush's budget proposal – though it will never pass with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate – include devastating cuts to West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x1227068260 (www.herald-dispatch.com)
  • "Evan knows we must end the 'tax and spend' ways of Washington. Our nation's $17 trillion deficit is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren and must stop. He believes we must live within our means and tax relief, not tax increases, is what we need to get our country moving in the right direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839926/issue-position-fiscal-conservative#.VYCVpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Drug courts make a real difference in helping those struggling with addiction to find new, successful lives. It makes no sense why the president wants to cut drug treatment programs that work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974644/rep-jenkins-secures-funding-for-drug-courts-treatment#.VYCfmnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The president also asks for an additional $4 billion in mandatory spending for a fund to promote his Climate Action Plan and Clean Power Plan. The implementation of these plans would result in higher energy costs for consumers and problems with energy reliability. The administration is simply out of touch with the needs of American consumers and hardworking families." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/media-center/columns/appropriations-platform-west-virginia (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • "Evan knows we most end the "tax and spend' ways of Washington. Our nation's $17 Trillion deficit is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren and must stop. He believes we must live within our means and tax relief, not tax increases, is what we need to get our country moving in the right direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839926/issue-position-fiscal-conservative#.VZ7c4XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "West Virginia must reform its tax structure so all payers – businesses and individuals – have a fairer system that provides the resources for cost-effective government programs. We must look to cut the tax burden and streamline government expenditures. I will fight to ensure that every tax dollar is spend properly and efficiently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/517214/issue-position-taxes#.VYCU2XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Evan knows we must end the 'tax and spend' ways of Washington. Our nation's $17 trillion deficit is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren and must stop. He believes we must live within our means and tax relief, not tax increases, is what we need to get our country moving in the right direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839926/issue-position-fiscal-conservative#.VYCVpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Jenkins also believes that we need policies that restore local control to our public schools and empower parents, not Washington, to decide what’s best for their students." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/education (evanjenkins.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL pipeline would reduce our independence on oil from the Middle East. By vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline, the president has said no to new jobs, no to secure energy, and no to working together with Congress." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-jenkins-president-wrong-veto-keystone (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • "The Keystone pipeline is a critical component of a national all-of-the-above energy strategy that maximizes using resources like coal, natural gas, and oil from domestic sources and friendly nations." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-jenkins-praises-keystone-bill-passage (evanjenkins.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "President Obama and his EPA are waging a War on Coal, and Evan will fight it tooth and nail. He'll strongly oppose Obama's cap-and-trade scheme, a carbon tax, and job-killing EPA regulations. Evan understands that in West Virginia, coal is not just our economic lifeblood – it makes us who we are." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839923/issue-position-coal#.VYCaa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "West Virginia's economy has already been significantly damaged by the EPA's overreaching regulations and the looming release of the power plant rule." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-jenkins-statement-wv-v-epa-0 (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • "U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W. Va.) has secured provisions to ensure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's war on coal is not funded and to block implementation of new rules on power plants, waters of the United States, and stream buffer zones." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-jenkins-secures-cuts-epa-budget-blocks-new-epa-rules (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • "President Obama and his EPA are waging a War on Coal, and Evan will fight it tooth and nail. He'll strongly oppose Obama's cap-and-trade scheme, a carbon tax, and job-killing EPA regulations. Evan understands that in West Virginia, coal is not just our economic lifeblood – it makes us who we are." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839923/issue-position-coal#.VYCaa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe deeply in the rights enumerated in the Constitution and was honored to read the Second Amendment on the House floor during my first week in Congress. The right of Americans to keep and bear arms is fundamental; our citizens must be able to protect themselves and their families and engage in sporting and hunting traditions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954276/rep-jenkins-reads-2nd-amendment-on-house-floor#.VYCbnXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Evan Jenkins is a proud supporter of the Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding Americans." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/second-amendment (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8297/evan-jenkins#.VZ7hpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZ7i6HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Evan Jenkins believes we must repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with commonsense health reforms that focus on lowering costs and improving access to quality health care." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/health-care (evanjenkins.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W. Va.) voted yes today on legislation to block President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954287/rep-jenkins-no-to-presidents-amnesty-plan#.VYCfMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our immigration system is broken and solutions must come through a robust debate in Congress, not by executive order. Recently, Congressman Evan Jenkins joined with his colleagues to vote for a homeland security funding bill to protect our borders, while at the same time blocking the president's executive actions on immigration." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/immigration (evanjenkins.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B. 238 "Ban on Sexual Orientation Discrimination" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/24376#.VYCdo3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • The National Journal "Jenkins and Rahall had similar views on issues such as gun control and gay marriage (both of which they oppose)." http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/2014-new-members/west-virginia-3-evan-jenkins-r-20141104 (www.nationaljournal.com)
  • "Evan knows that life begins at conception and is firm in his convictions. He supported West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act clearly recognizing that marriage is between one man and woman, and will always defend your constitutionally guaranteed 2nd Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839928/issue-position-traditional-values#.VZ7junUVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/elections/wva/x1126477810/U-S-House-3-candidate-Evan-Jenkins-R (www.herald-dispatch.com)
  • "Keeping our military strong is the central role of the federal government. Although I support funding levels that maintain America as the world's pre-eminent military power we must spend our money wisely and not waste critical resources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912290/hotair-interview-evan-jenkins-wv-3-candidate#.VZ7kmnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have voted repeatedly to keep the Department of Homeland Security open so it can continue its work to keep our country safe. […] My vote today supports protecting our homeland from threats of terrorism […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954316/rep-jenkins-votes-to-keep-dhs-open#.VYCYqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Jenkins opposes the Obamacare-mandated cuts to Medicare Advantage, and he opposes the privatization of Social Security." https://evanjenkins.house.gov/issues/seniors (evanjenkins.house.gov)
  • "Because of the need to keep these obligations to workers and seniors, I have opposed privatizing Social Security or Medicare. But I haven't just said these things, I've taken action by sponsoring legislation in the WV legislature opposing the privatization of Social Security." http://evanjenkins.com/issue/keeping-commitment-seniors-workers/ (evanjenkins.com)

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West Virginia State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Using the key, indicate what funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
Maintain Statush) Emergency preparedness
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusj) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Eliminate Food tax

Undecidedl) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Nom) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Non) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for West Virginia governors?
Undecidedb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for West Virginia state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in West Virginia are closed?
Undecidedh) Should West Virginia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Noi) Should racetracks be able to offer casino-style table games?
Yesj) Should the use of eminent domain be restricted to seizures of property necessary for public use?
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Implement the death penalty in West Virginia.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement other penalties than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
k) Increase state funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent or respond to terrorism.
Xl) Increase sentences on sex offenders.
Xm) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make Methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing Pseudophedrine, Ephedrine and Phenylpropanolamine.)
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
a) Public employment
b) State college and university admissions
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to West Virginia's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in West Virginia.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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