• This Children's Story Can Teach us a LOT About Diplomacy with Iran

    As a boy, I remember hearing a fable about a scorpion and a frog that goes something like this: A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.” The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they will both drown, but has...

  • Continuing Resolutions are a Bad Way to Do Business. Here's Why.

    In the age of procrastination and irresponsible spending in Washington, continuing resolutions have become a comfortable fall back for Congress. Instead of buckling down, skipping the archaic breaks, and getting spending bills done in time for measured debate, lawmakers look to last-minute, stop gap measures to fund the federal government. The last time Congress was able to maintain regular operations without a continuing resolution was in 1996—two decades ago. I’ve said before that continuing r...

  • The Missing Man and the Military Veteran

    What does it mean for a civilization to contend with the true costs of war? Here in the United States, most of us remain significantly untouched by war. Our conflicts are confined to remote places and our battles are fought by other people’s sons and daughters. Most of us are living the same lives we lived before Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. We go to the same stores, we wear the same clothes, and we love the same people. But I think that if you look hard enough, you will find that there is some...

  • In Historic Vote, House Committee Passes Wittman Bill to Extend Federal Recognition to Six Virginia Indian Tribes

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Wittman applauds passage by the House Natural Resources Committee of legislation that would grant federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. Wittman’s bill, H.R. 872, was included in a larger package of federal recognition bills that were considered by the Committee late last week. Wittman’s legislation would right long-standing historical wrongs by extending federal recognition to the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock,...

  • Wittman Votes for Streamlined Appeals Process and Harsher Penalties for Misconduct at the VA

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) today supported House passage of H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016. This legislation would target misconduct and bolster accountability at all levels by expanding authorities granted to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Secretary would be authorized to reduce the pension of any SES employee who commits wrong-doing within the scope of his or her employment. Additionally, this legislation would offer t...



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