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Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on the Biden Administration’s Shipbuilding Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s proposed shipbuilding plan: “Typically, the word ‘plan’ denotes a detailed course of action. By that definition, what the Administration has proposed can hardly be called a plan,” said Wittman. “It would be more accurate to refer to this as a ‘shipbuilding concept.’ B...

Wittman, Stefanik Propose Sanctions Until Wuhan Lab Investigation Is Allowed

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) introduced the “The World Deserves to Know Act” alongside House Republican Conference Chair Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21). The World Deserves to Know Act: Directs the Intelligence Community to identify individuals connected to the silencing of doctors, citizen journalists and others to suppress information relating to the COVID-19 pan...

Wittman Urges Pelosi to Cancel August Recess

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) announced his letter urging Speaker Pelosi to cancel the House’s August Recess in light of the substantial work presently left unfinished. As scheduled, there are just 21 legislative days prior to August Recess. The House’s appropriations timeline has been compressed by President Biden’s late budget submission- the latest in history. Should ...

Wittman, Palazzo Hold OSD CAPE Accountable for Potential Loss of $720M Savings

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Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-04) introduced legislation holding 50% of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation’s (OSD CAPE) budget until they enter into the bundle-buy contract for LHA 9 and LPD 31, 32, & 33. “The Navy-Marine Corps team asked, and Congress delivered,” said Wittman. “The bundled proc...

Wittman Leads Bipartisan Letter Calling on Air Force to Expand Distribution of Female-Fitting Body Armor

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Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) led a bipartisan letter calling on Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Darlene Costello to expand distribution of newly-designed body armor designed to better-fit female servicewomen to all female airmen assigned to ground-based forces. Currently, Air Force distribution of female-specific body armor is limited to women assigned to US...

Congressman Rob Wittman Announces His Reintroduction of the PROPEL Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) announced his reintroduction of the PROPEL Act. The PROPEL Act would expand access to career and technical education by opening up Pell Grants for short-term vocational or technical training, apprenticeships, or on-job training. Announcing the reintroduction of this bill, Congressman Rob Wittman stated: “Students deserve the freedom to choos...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on Virginia State Police Crime Report

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Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to the 2020 crime report published by the Virginia State Police, which showed a 23% increase in homicides. “Virginia’s homicide rate is wholly unacceptable,” said Wittman. Despite the challenges and dangers so clearly shown in this report, there are still those who call to ‘Defund the Police.’ Ask...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on May’s Jobs Report

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to May’s Jobs Report: “It’s no longer a matter of ‘Building Back Better,’ but a matter of ‘Building Back At All,” said Wittman. “May’s jobs report was, thankfully, better than last month’s but continues to lag behind expectations. Thanks to the irresponsible provisions of President Biden’s previou...

Wittman Applauds Inclusion of the Norfolk Harbor Deepening and Widening Project in President’s Budget Proposal

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WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) applauded the inclusion of $83.7 million in proposed federal funds to the Norfolk Harbor project in the recently released President’s budget proposal. The proposed project funding was announced after Congressman Wittman, along with the entire Virginia Congressional delegation, authored a letter urging the President to prioritize the Norfolk H...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on the Passing of Senator John Warner

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in memory of Senator John Warner, who passed earlier this morning: “I’m sad to say Virginia lost a giant today. Senator Warner was a statesman among statesmen, whom I had the honor of serving alongside early in my career in the House of Representatives. Senator Warner quickly became a friend and mentor, never hesi...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on President Biden’s National Security Budget

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to the release of President Biden’s national security budget: “President Biden’s defense budget fails to keep pace with inflation and represents a cut in terms of real dollars,” said Congressman Wittman. “The National Defense Strategy requires increasing the defense budget by 3-5% in real growth. ...

Wittman Applauds Designation of Tidewater Community College As Center of Excellence

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released the following statement in response to the designation of Tidewater Community College (TCC) as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education. “I am glad Tidewater Community College (TCC) received the designation as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education,” Wittman said...

Wittman, Virginia Delegation Call on Navy to Keep Ships in Norfolk

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Wittman led the Virginia Delegation in sending a letter to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, on the necessity of maintaining a robust presence at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. “As the Navy shifts its attention to China and the Pacific, we cannot ignore the need to maintain a strong presence on the East Coast, especially at Norfolk Naval Shipyard,” said Co...

Washington Update: Runaway Spending

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Friend - When Democrats decided to push through their “COVID” relief package earlier this year without any outreach to or support of Republicans, we warned them about the cost of risking our fiscal stability and making it harder for our economy to recover from COVID. Moreover, economists across the political spectrum warned President Biden about the very real threat that inflation caused by his re...

RELEASE: Wittman Receives Pegasus Award From United States Transportation Command

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Washington - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) received the Pegasus Award from the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). USTRANSCOM bestows the Pegasus Award upon strong proponents of the command and its mission to conduct globally integrated mobility operations, lead the broader Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE), and provide enabling capabilities in order to pr...