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  • My Take: Energy Development Means Virginia Growth
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy

    Folks, Earlier this week, The News and Advance ran a story that called the Obama Administration’s decision not to allow offshore energy production in the Atlantic Ocean a “blow to Virginia and others.” I couldn’t agree more. The Administration’s policy shuts down growth opportunities for people across the Commonwealth and compromises our economic prosperity and national security. I don’t think we can afford to ignore the fact that fossil fuels are and will remain our dominant source of energy in... Read more

  • Wittman: Virginia Needs Energy Exploration
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement today in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision not to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean: “This decision suggests a blatant disregard for the energy and economic realities this country is facing. By refusing to allow drilling, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is shutting down opportunity for people across the Commonwealth and compromising our energy and national security. In Virginia, t... Read more

  • Rob Wittman's Weekly Update
    Posted in Weekly Updates on October 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Energy, Reforming Congress

    During these past couple of weeks, I have been thinking a lot about leadership and what it means to be a leader. According to Douglas MacArthur, leadership is about integrity. “A true leader,” he said, “has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” As individuals, we aspire to live up to that standard e... Read more

  • Rob Wittman's Weekly Update
    Posted in Weekly Updates on August 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Energy

    The dog days of summer are rolling in, and things have been heating up across the First District and in Washington as I continue working to find solutions to the challenges facing our nation. These challenges are substantial, but they are not unsolvable, and the hearings and meetings I have in both Washington and Virginia are geared toward building a thorough understanding of the issues and generating thoughtful, healthy debates about possible solutions. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportun... Read more

  • New York Times: A Long-Term Need for Oil Can Be Safely Met
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on February 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    To view the Obama administration’s proposal to allow energy exploration off the Atlantic coast solely in light of the current price of oil is to miss the long-term strategic value of safely, and effectively, harnessing our domestic resources... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Passage of Keystone Pipeline Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement after the House passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 270-152: “Achieving North American energy independence and creating more American jobs are essential to growing our economy and maintaining economic competitiveness in the future. The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical for both of these goals, and I’ve been proud to support this project at every opportunity. Americans have... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Interior Department Five-Year Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy, Appropriations

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement after the Interior Department announced a draft proposal for offshore oil and gas leasing which includes a potential lease sale off the coast of Virginia: “Virginians across the political spectrum have voiced support for offshore energy exploration and development, and I have consistently voted to push the Administration to open up a significant amount of the Outer Continental Shelf for this purpose. This proposal... Read more

  • Wittman Supports Keystone XL Pipeline Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement today after the House passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 266-153: “The Keystone XL pipeline is a long overdue project that will help to achieve North American energy independence and also create American jobs. It is unacceptable that the White House has failed for so long to approve this project, even though the State Department itself has mitigated concerns over potenti... Read more

  • Rob Wittman's Weekly Update
    Posted in Weekly Updates on December 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy, Energy, Reforming Congress

    Approval of this pipeline is a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy policy, one in which we are exploring all options to ensure energy security in this country. I believe it is possible to both harness our natural resources, as well as preserve them for future generations. I will continue to push for the Keystone XL Pipeline's approval and advocate for energy policies that include responsible development of oil and natural gas as well as alternative forms of energy, such as renewables. Read more

  • Rob Wittman's Weekly Update
    Posted in Weekly Updates on October 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Taxes & Economy, Energy, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    Too often, our domestic energy industry finds itself encumbered by strict, unnecessary regulations that slow down the process for exploring and developing energy both onshore and offshore. I strongly believe that we can increase American energy production in a safe, environmentally responsible way ... Read more

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