MORGANTOWN — Members of West Virginia’s Congressional delegation are once again working to retain funding for the National Energy Technology Laboratory, with Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., this time running point via his post on the House Appropriations Committee, to amend the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.

The committee approved the bill last week, Jenkins said.

Rep. David McKinley’s office provided a copy of the committee report that shows President Trump had proposed only $354.6 million for the Department of Energy’s fossil energy research and development — meaning NETL. This reflected a severe cut: NETL had received $668 million in FY 2017, the report shows.

The committee reduced NETL’s budget, but only by $33.4 million, to $634.6 million.

Jenkins said in a release that he also included a provision in the bill that rejects any restructuring or closings of NETL, which has five sites, including one in Morgantown that employs about 611 federal and contract workers.

Trump had proposed restructuring NETL’s Research & Operations and Infrastructure accounts, the report shows.