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Addressing rural transportation challenges in coastal Virginia

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Virginia’s 1st District encompasses some of the most unique transportation challenges in the country. From congested highways to strained commuter rail systems and deteriorating roads and bridges to sediment-filled waterways, our infrastructure faces significant hurdles. This is particularly evident in Virginia’s Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula, where residents depend heavily on a robust ne...

Wittman Opening Statement at FY25 NDAA

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement at the full committee markup for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025. The subcommittee's mark is available here. Watch Rep. Wittman's opening remarks here. Rep. Wittm...

Wittman Backs FY25 NDAA

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces (TAL) Subcommittee voted in favor of the committee’s advancement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). The bill was reported favorably out of committee with a vote of 57-1. Following his vote in favor...

Wittman Secures Wins For Virginia in FY25 NDAA

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces (TAL) Subcommittee voted in favor of the committee’s advancement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). The bill includes significant investments in Virginia’s shipbuilding industry, submarine industri...

Wittman Announces 2024 Congressional App Challenge

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Wittman (VA-01) announced that the 2024 Congressional App Challenge is now open to all middle and high school students in Virginia’s First District. The deadline for this year’s competition is Oct. 24, 2024. The Congressional App Challenge is designed to encourage students’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. This nati...

Wittman, Lawmakers Urge Secretary Austin to Deploy American-Made Drones on Battlefield

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), alongside 10 colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, urging the U.S. Department of Defense to send more American-made drones to Ukraine to deploy on the battlefield. Currently, most drones being used in Ukraine’s fight against unprovoked Russian aggression are made by a single Chinese company. The use of American drones in...

Wittman Statement on Biden Withholding Arms Shipments to Israel

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement on the Biden administration withholding arms shipments to Israel: “President Biden’s decision to withhold critical arms shipments to Israel is an insult to our only true democratic ally in the Middle East. It is more critical than ever that the United States supports Israel’s right to defend itself and its mission...

Wittman’s Protecting Access For Hunters and Anglers Act Passes U.S. House

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman’s (VA-01) Protecting Access For Hunters and Anglers Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation will prohibit the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture from banning the use of lead ammunition or tackle on federal lands and waters unless such regulation is consistent with state law and supported by science. “As a life...

Wittman, Warner, Kaine, McClellan Statement on Meeting With Postmaster General DeJoy

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) met with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy alongside U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (both D-VA), and Rep. Jennifer McClellan (VA-04) to discuss the severe mail delays affecting communities in Virginia and the related implementation of new reforms by the United States Postal Service (USPS). “Today, we met with Postmaster DeJoy for...

Wittman Statement on Security Supplemental Bills

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Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement after voting for a series of critical security supplemental bills: “Russia is waging the largest land war in Europe since World War II against a sovereign democratic nation, China continues its military buildup to threaten Taiwan, and Iran is funding terrorists while directly attacking our ally Israel. “America First means sup...

Wittman Congratulates Winners of VA-01 Congressional App Challenge

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Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) congratulated the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for Virginia’s First District. The winning app, PatriotPerks, was developed by Deep Run High School students Yashvanth Singamaneni, Sujash Joseph, Sidhartha Basu, and Abhijit Somala from Glen Allen. PatriotPerks connects veterans with local businesses that offer affordable prices and discounts. While ...

Wittman Chairs Hearing on 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Defense’s Fixed-Wing Tactical and Training Aircraft Programs

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Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, held a subcommittee hearing to review the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Defense’s fixed-wing tactical and training aircraft programs. “While our focus remains on the National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes China as our prima...

Wittman, Magaziner Launch Bipartisan Congressional Toy Caucus

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Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) and Congressman Seth Magaziner (D-RI-02) relaunched the bipartisan Congressional Toy Caucus to create a forum for the U.S. toy industry and elevate the important role the industry has in the education and development of our nation’s children. The Toy Caucus is dedicated to raising awareness on issues impacting the toy industry, including ensuring product sa...

Wittman Hosts Mental Health Seminar in Williamsburg

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Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) hosted an informational mental health seminar in Williamsburg to provide parents, educators, first responders, and interested Virginia’s First District residents with resources to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy. The congressman was joined by mental and behavioral health professionals from Colonial Behavioral Health, Riverside Health Sys...

Wittman, Virginia Lawmakers Statement on USPS Inspector General Report on Richmond Regional Processing and Distribution Center

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Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), alongside U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Representatives Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04), Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), Bob Good (R-VA-05), and Jen Kiggans (R-VA-02) released the following statement regarding the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Inspector General (IG) report on the Richmond Regional Processi...