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  • Wittman and Beyer Build Support for Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Bill As Government Shutdown Looms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON – With time running out to keep the federal government open when funding expires, Virginia Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) have drafted legislation to protect federal employees’ pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act would guarantee back pay for all furloughed workers if Congress and the White House are unable to come to a funding agreement. "Federal employees should not suffer because Congress refuses to end it... Read more

  • Wittman, Sarbanes Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Federal Firefighters’ Work-Life Balance
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act Would Allow Federal Firefighters to Change Shifts Without Losing Pay WASHINGTON – Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today introduced Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act (H.R. 1363), a bipartisan bill that would give federal firefighters more workplace flexibility. The bill would fix a longstanding disparity between federal firefighters and professional firefighters employed by states, counties or municipalities... 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 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

  • 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

  • It Can't Wait Until Tomorrow
    Posted in Weekly Updates on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    Most of us are familiar with the idiom “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It’s the mantra of the industrious. Want to see progress? Want to find success? Want to reach the next rung on that ladder? Finish the task at hand and move on to the next one. That’s how we get from where we are to where we want to be. Mark Twain had a slightly different play on the phrase. “Never put off [until] tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well,” he said. For too long, that’s b... Read more

  • Wittman, Other Congressional Leaders Introduce Resolution to Honor Public Servants
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON – Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) was joined by Representatives Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating May 1-7, 2016 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). The resolution commends federal, state, county and local government employees as well as members of the uniformed services for their tireless and dedicated efforts and details the significant contributions tha... Read more

  • Connolly-Wittman Competitive Service Act Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) welcomed passage of the Competitive Service Act of 2015 (S. 1580) in the House yesterday. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation will strengthen and streamline the federal hiring process and authorize federal agencies to hire candidates from shared competitive service certificates. Wittman and Connolly introduced the House companion measure (H.R. 2827). Empowering agencies to share information about the most qualifi... Read more

  • Norton and Wittman Introduce Bill to Protect Due Process Rights of Federal Employees
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced a bill to clarify and protect certain due process rights of federal employees serving in sensitive positions. The bill would overturn a 2013 federal court decision that stripped many federal employees of due process rights to independent review of an agency decision removing them from a job on national security grounds. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision, Kapla... Read more

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