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  • I pledge to protect life
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values

    Knowing that you share my commitment to upholding family values, I wanted to update you on an award I just received! The family is at the center of American society, and at a time when traditional values are under attack, it’s so important for leaders to step up and protect that first source of support and understanding. I was adopted, and I’ve seen first-hand the transformative power family can have. As a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-Life Caucus in the House of Representatives, ... Read more

  • Wittman to helm Navy plan for larger fleet
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend, I wanted you to see a recent article from The Daily Press highlighting my plan as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee to grow our Navy to a 355 ship fleet. If you are interested in receiving future email updates like this one highlighting my work on your behalf in Congress, click here. I will keep you updated on my work as the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, as well as on other issues important to Virginia, throughout the year. Sincere... Read more

  • What matters most to you?
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget, Federal Employees, Health Care, Transportation, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Education, Reforming Congress

    Hi Friend- Americans spoke louder than ever to say: Washington needs to change the way it does business and I agree. I am fully dedicated to representing the constituents of the First District. I will continue to work hard to ensure that Veterans receive the benefits they deserve; that we bring jobs back to the hard-working men and women of Virginia; that we preserve and build our military strength; and that we meet the needs of our dedicated federal employees. I am here to serve you and I want ... Read more

  • 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

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