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  • An update on my health care listening tour
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friends - Knowing that many of you share my concern and interest in health care policies and public health, I wanted to update you on my recent work in this crucial area. Public health is one of my top priorities as I serve you in Congress. In fact, a large portion of my professional life was spent in the public health field. I earned a master’s degree in public health and worked for 26 years for the Virginia Health Department so I understand many of the challenges people face when it comes to a... Read more

  • A preview of my chairmanship
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend - I wanted you to see my most recent interview with DefenseNews on what the priorities of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee will look like for this Congress. As Chairman, I will immediately focus our efforts on supporting the Navy’s plans to rebuild its fleet from the current level of 274 ships to the Navy’s stated goal of over 350 ships. Not only is Virginia home to the world’s largest naval station and largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces, it also boasts the shipyards... Read more

  • Building our Navy to improve national security
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    When you turn on the news at night or check the headlines on your smart phone, you may notice that in nearly every region of the world events are unfolding that could have a profound impact on the safety of our nation. Indeed, one thing always on my mind as I serve you in Congress is that the world is not getting any safer. In the Asia-Pacific, China has engaged in an unprecedented militarization of unclaimed islands in the South China Sea, threatening our allies there. In Europe, Russia is show... Read more

  • Protecting your retirement savings
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy

    Knowing of your interest in business and our economy, I wanted to update you on actions taking place in Washington to help hard-working Americans save for retirement. Last year the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the “Fiduciary Rule,” placing harsh regulations on financial advisors. The rule requires any individual giving retirement investment advice to act as “fiduciaries” and to provide documentation showing that every particular investment decision is in the best interest of the client. If t... Read more

  • Privacy matters don't you think?
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    We all like our privacy and the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees it. However it’s not hard to see that the world around us is evolving. Technology gives us the opportunity to better ourselves and the communities in which we live. It helps us to connect with friends and family and do business at speeds we could never before imagine. But these developments shouldn’t come at the cost of security or privacy. Right now, law enforcement agencies can gain access to emails and other ... Read more

  • An update for federal employees
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    In my last message to you, the federal employees of Virginia's First Congressional District, I promised that I would engage with the groups and leaders that represent your interests. Today I wanted to send you a brief update on those efforts. First, I recently met with J. David Cox, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to discuss the group's legislative priorities for this year. We discussed a number of issues including bargaining rights, dues deductions, and the p... Read more

  • Putting your security first
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Immigration

    The safety and security of Virginians is my greatest concern and top priority. We must never forget that there are individuals, groups, and indeed, entire countries that seek to do harm to our citizens and destroy our way of life. So we must be ever vigilant in protecting our homeland to ensure all of our citizens can live in peace and security. This is one of the fundamental roles of the federal government, and one which I am personally committed to working on every day on your behalf. For year... Read more

  • Making Congress work for you
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    When I speak with Virginians, one thing I consistently hear is, "we need to change how Congress operates." People are rightly frustrated by what they see happening in Washington: budget by crisis, missing important legislative deadlines, and partisan bickering, just to name a few. I am frustrated, too. That is why I have made reforming how Congress works one of my top priorities as your representative. In fact, one thing I am most looking forward to working on with the new Trump Administration i... Read more

  • Weekly Update: The end of business as usual in Washington
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Health Care, Reforming Congress

    Yesterday we witnessed one of the most important American political traditions: the orderly, peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. Millions of Americans, from the National Mall to homes across the country, watched as Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And as only forty-four others have done, President Trump addressed the nation as our Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Let's Get Started
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Health Care, Reforming Congress

    “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” For the sixth time, I have been blessed to stand up before God and Country and promise to defend t... Read more

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