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  • Weekly Update: Congress faces budget decision
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Reforming Congress

    Dear Friends - It's spring time in Washington and that means you can count on two things: the cherry blossoms returning to bloom and Congress renewing the budget and appropriations process. The season always kicks off with the release of the president's budget, which serves as a recommendation to Congress. The House and Senate Budget Committees then produce budget resolutions of their own that, if passed, guide the Appropriations Committee in drafting the 12 actual spending bills that fund feder... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today released the following statement on the U.S. airstrikes in Syria. “Last evening, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from two United States Navy ships, striking Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. This airfield was used as the staging point for Tuesday's horrific chemical weapons attack perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. I believe this Tomah... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. "The confirmation process made clear that Judge Neil Gorsuch is eminently qualified to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. He will bring to the Court both the experience gained from his academic and judicial background and a legal philosophy that places life, liberty, and the words of the Constitution above all else. I a... Read more

  • Staying focused on national security
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friends - Knowing of our shared interest in defense and maintaining national security, I wanted to share an article with you that highlights my efforts to grow the size of our Navy as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. My goals for the subcommittee are to lay out a reasonable path to a 355 ship Navy, boost the base defense budget, and ensure our ship and submarine building industrial base can handle that increased capacity. A larger Navy will better allow our military t... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Delay of House Health Care Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Health Care

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statement on the House leadership’s decision to delay a vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). "The American people want Obamacare repealed and replaced, as I have voted more than 60 times to do. What the American people don't want is a replacement that is only a slight improvement over the ACA. This legislation did not immediately reduce costs and left in place too many of the regulations responsible for drivin... Read more

  • Wittman Receives Thad Cochran Award for Support of Shipbuilding Industry
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON- Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) received the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association’s (ASSA) second annual “Thad Cochran Leadership Award.” Named after its first recipient, Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the award recognizes the public servant that best supported the defense shipbuilding industry and the vast industrial supplier base. The decision was made by a vote of ASSA’s member companies and the results were near unanimous. “I am truly honored to receive the Thad Coch... Read more

  • Wittman Backs House Passage of Defense Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today supported House passage of H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill provides $577.9 billion in total defense spending, a $5.2 billion increase over last year, and contains $21.2 billion for ship procurement. Those funds will allow the Navy to procure 13 ships including three DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, three L... Read more

  • Wittman to Join President Trump at Newport News Shipyard
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    On Thursday, March 2, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, will travel to Newport News Shipyard with President Donald J. Trump to meet with service members and shipbuilders and view the soon-to-be-commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. President Trump will deliver remarks aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford. WHO: Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) President Donald J. Trump WHAT: Visit to Newport News Shipyard WHER... Read more

  • Wittman Receives Sentinel Award for Support of American Service Members
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Award recognizes advocacy for American made military clothing and equipment WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today received the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award for his support of American service members. The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes Rep. Wittman for his advocacy to provide servicemen and women with high quality, American made military clothing and equipment, such as body armor, combat clothing, boots, and helmets. "Our troops deserve th... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on President Trump's Address to Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman released the following statement following President’s Donald J. Trump’s address to Congress: “Tonight President Trump made clear that we will keep the promises made to the American people. Chief among those are changing the way we do business in Washington, creating economic conditions that allow for job growth and prosperity, and, most importantly, ensuring the safety and security of all Americans through a national defense strategy that provides our milita... Read more

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