• Wittman Supports Passage of NDAA Conference Report

    WASHINGTON – Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, today supported passage of the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation, the final version of the bill that establishes the funding authorizations and priorities for the nation’s military, passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 375-34. “This bipartisan bill is designed to support the most essential compo...

  • The American Presidency and the Transfer of Power

    In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and the adoption and ratification of the United States Constitution, there remained a heightened level of anxiety about the kind of power the President might wield. The nation—in its early infancy—needed an executive who was strong enough to protect the national interests, but not so strong that his rule was oppressive to the people (who had just come out from under the thumb of the tyrannical King George III). He had to be balanced, level-headed, and ab...

  • Wittman Statement on Marine CH-53 Investigation

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement today after the results of an investigation into the crash of two CH-53 helicopters last January that resulted in the deaths of 12 Marines confirmed that significant readiness shortfalls contributed to the incident: “Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have always been willing to do more with less—that’s what makes them the greatest fighting force t...

  • Weathering the Storm: How to Prep for Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew battered Florida’s East Coast early Friday, and experts maintain that the worst effects are yet to come. It looks like the weather system is tracking away from Virginia’s coast, but it remains to be seen whether the entire storm center will cross over land. According to National Hurricane Center Director Richard Knabb, the storm “is going to get a lot worse before it [has] a chance of getting better.” The fact is that weather is unpredictable, and it pays to be ready for any co...

  • Want to See Education Policy That Works? This is It.

    A few weeks ago, I met a young woman named Sarah. She was smiling, and it was the smile of a student who just solidified her future, her success. She just completed a career and technical education program in manufacturing technology. She is already far on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a manufacturing engineer, even before receiving her high school diploma. Not all careers start with a bachelor’s degree—some begin before students have even started high school. Credential and two-yea...



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