<em>Commentary<\/em>\r\n<h1>U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) has fought successfully through his work on the House Appropriations Committee to secure full funding for the FAST Act, the landmark five-year highway bill that will reinvest in West Virginia\u2019s infrastructure.<\/h1>\r\nRep. Jenkins supported $45 billion in highway spending for Fiscal Year 2018, meeting the level included in the FAST Act. The funding is included in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which the committee passed on Monday night.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have so many infrastructure needs across West Virginia, and this will provide important funding to help us rebuild our roads, repair our bridges, and construct new highways. It will be up to the governor and legislators in Charleston to decide how to prioritize this funding, and I will continue to urge them to invest in West Virginia\u2019s long-promised projects like the King Coal Highway and Coalfields Expressway. I look forward to seeing this money put to good use across West Virginia to invest in our infrastructure - as go the roads, so go the jobs,\u201d Rep. Jenkins said.\r\n\r\nThe bill also provides key funding and support for West Virginia priorities, including:\r\n\r\nLanguage written by Rep. Jenkins directing the Federal Aviation Administration to update the Appropriations Committee on the repairs to Yeager Airport\u2019s Engineered Materials Arresting System, a critical safety feature for the Charleston airport.\r\n\r\n$269 million for the Essential Air Service, which supports air carriers serving small and rural communities.\r\n\r\n$1.1 billion in funding for Amtrak\u2019s national network to serve long-distance routes such as the Cardinal line in West Virginia.\r\n\r\n$9.7 billion for public transit system grants to help local communities build, maintain and expand their bus and other transit systems.\r\n\r\nIt also includes $2.9 billion for Community Development Block Grants, which help to fund important housing, infrastructure and anti-poverty programs in West Virginia.