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Wittman: Biden defense budget compromises American security

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Opinion: Biden defense budget compromises American security By. Rep. Rob Wittman May 21, 2022 The Virginian-Pilot We are at a turning point in our nation’s history. Russian President Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his clear rejection of post-Cold War global order through his ferocious invasion into a sovereign nation. China remains the pacing challenge through their threat to open trade, human ri...

Wittman Reacts to USS Connecticut Grounding Command Investigation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member on the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the Navy’s release of the command investigation into the USS CONNECTICUT grounding that occurred on 2 October 2021 last year: “Last October, I was dismayed by the grounding of the USS Connecticut (SSN-22) after the Sea Wolf-cl...

Wittman Opening Statement at Hearing on Air Force Projection Forces Aviation Programs and Capabilities for FY23

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on Air Force Projection Forces Aviation Programs and Capabilities for FY23. Rep. Wittman’s remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to thank Chairman Courtney for yielding and thank our witnesses for testifying toda...

Wittman, Suburban Caucus Announce Legislative Platform

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), along with Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House Suburban Caucus, and Co-Task Force Chairs Representatives French Hill (R-AR), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) this week announced the Suburban Caucus Legislative Platform. The Suburban Caucus's mission is to formulate a federal policy agenda that positivel...

Wittman Opening Statement at Hearing on FY23 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the FY23 budget request for seapower and projection forces. Rep. Wittman’s remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to thank Chairman Courtney for yielding and thank our three witnesses for testifying today. I al...

Rob Wittman Column: We must unleash American energy independence

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Rob Wittman column: We must unleash American energy independence To read this online in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Click Here. One consistent message I hear from constituents throughout Virginia’s 1st Congressional District and folks throughout the entire commonwealth is American families are feeling the pain of soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy costs in a very real way. This year, avera...

Wittman, Courtney Back Marine Corps’ Amphib Strategy for Indo-Pacific

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced legislation establishing that the combat forces of the Navy shall not include less than 31 operational amphibious battle force ships. “I am proud to introduce this ...

Wittman Statement on the Unprecedented Leak of the Draft SCOTUS Opinion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to the unprecedented leak of the draft SCOTUS opinion: “I am 100% pro-life, and I believe all life is precious and deserves to be protected—including the unborn. The unprecedented leak of the draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization does irreparable damage to the ...

Wittman Visits Goddard School of Ashland

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Ashland, VA – On April 20, 2022, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) visited The Goddard School of Ashland, an early childhood education center in Hanover County, Virginia. During this visit, Congressman Wittman toured the school’s facilities, learned about the school’s goals and programs, and spent time with students and teachers in their learning environment. “As the son of a former teacher in Hanov...

Wittman Visits Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg

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Newport News, VA – On April 18th, 2022, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) visited Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. During this visit and tour, Rep. Wittman had the opportunity to see the first 3D printed Habitat for Humanity house in the nation and tour the Williamsburg ReStore. “The dedication and hard work of the individuals who work for and support Habitat for Humanity is ...

Wittman, Rogers Voice Concerns on Biden’s Shipbuilding Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, and Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement voicing concern regarding President Biden’s shipbuilding plan. “China is the pacing threat – this is something we’ve consistently heard from our military Commanders. Howev...

Wittman and Rogers: The Biden Administration's New Shipbuilding Plan is Wholly Inadequate

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The 30-year shipbuilding plan from the Biden Administration does not reflect our legacy or prevent a vision for our future. Instead, this plan would abandon key tenants of American naval power, shirk congressionally mandated shipbuilding requirements, break faith with our shipbuilding-industrial base, and put the Navy on a path of near-term decline during a pivotal decade for confronting the coerc...

The Nation Needs a Real Plan to Grow the Navy

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The Department of the Navy needs a serious, strategy-driven shipbuilding plan; and Congress must provide full, consistent funding to turn that plan into real ships. Read my Op-Ed on this issue from the U.S. Naval Institute - Proceedings below. Russia’s aggressive and intolerable invasion of Ukraine serves as a wakeup call for the United States. Russian leader Vladimir Putin invaded a free and ind...

Wittman Opening Statement at Hearing on Posture and Readiness of Mobility Enterprise

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the posture and readiness of the mobility enterprise. Rep. Wittman’s remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to thank Chairman Courtney for yielding and especially thank Chairman Garamendi and Ranking Member Wal...

Wittman Introduces National Small Business Workplace Solutions Week Resolution

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), announced his resolution, H.Res. 999 - expressing support for the designation of the week of March 28th through April 1st, 2022, as National Small Business Workplace Solutions Week. “Small businesses are the backbone of our nation,” said Congressman Wittman. “They are not just job creators – they are innovators. The strength of small busin...