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  • Setting Defense Policy for FY20
    Posted in Weekly Updates on June 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Every year, the House Armed Services Committee creates and brings to the floor the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA directs policy and spending plans for the Defense Department. This week, the subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee released our proposals for the next NDAA, which included a broad range of provisions ranging from increasing shipbuilding and innovation efforts, boosting military pay and benefits, and developing a strategy for dealing with new 5G tec... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Why I serve
    Posted in Weekly Updates on May 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    This week, we celebrated Public Service Recognition Week to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. The First District is home to so many hardworking federal employees and I am very grateful for their service. A passion for public service is what drives me. My dad served in World War II, and he instilled in me the ethos of putting service to others above self, and that still drives me to achieve every day. The greatest honor of my li... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Finding a Health Care Solution
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Last week I traveled all across the First District meeting with groups of all sizes on different issues important to them. In particular, I visited several different health care facilities that offer so much to our community. I visited Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center to tour their facility and receive a brief on the services they offer to patients. I specifically learned about a new program they have that utilizes telemedicine to help patients in rural areas. I then attended the grand o... Read more

  • Weekly Update: The Results Are In - Most Americans Saved Money
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy

    Virginians just finished filing their taxes for 2018. And this is the first year that the benefits of the Republican-led Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have improved the lives of our citizens. Over the past year, we have experienced more jobs, historic levels of small business optimism, bigger paychecks, increased business investment, and lower tax liability. The New York Times recently performed a survey that said that only 40% of Americans believed they had received a tax cut, however in reality... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Keep our Internet Free
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure

    It is no secret that I have been a long-time advocate of increasing access to rural broadband in the unserved areas of the First District. Last year, I held two meetings of my Rural Broadband Taskforce, where I brought together federal, state, and local leaders along with industry stakeholders to discuss ways of expanding broadband to unserved areas. In March of 2018, I fought to secure more than $685 million in the government funding bill to expand federal support in leveraging private investme... Read more

  • Weekly Update: It’s Time to Make the Tough Decisions
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy

    Every American understands the pains of budgeting. Each financial decision takes forethought, planning, and tough decisions. I’ve spent hours huddled around my kitchen table, like many First District families, crunching numbers and working through spreadsheets, and how to put my family in the best place going forward. To me, budgeting is really all about being intentional with where one’s money goes in order to achieve a goal – maybe it’s paying off a student loan, saving for a down payment on a... Read more

  • ICYMI: FAQs at My Town Hall Meetings
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    In case you weren’t able to make it out to one of the four town halls I held across the First District last week, I wanted to give you a quick recap! Folks brought a lot of insightful questions covering nearly every current policy area. As the week went on, three topics came up at every single event: our national debt, school safety, and rural broadband expansion. Here's what I had to say: What are you doing to expand access to rural broadband? Americans rely upon the internet to carry out every... Read more

  • Weekly Update: What I Hope to See in FY2020 President's Budget
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation & Infrastructure , Environment, Education, Reforming Congress

    Weekly Update: What I Hope to See in FY2020 President's Budget By Congressman Rob Wittman March 9, 2019 Next week, President Trump is expected to release his budget for FY 2020. The President’s budget is only the first step in the annual budgeting and appropriations process but acts as a venue for the president to publish his policy objectives. And I’m sure you know, the Administration’s FY20 proposal is simply that - a proposal. Any changes in actual funding levels requires Congressional approv... Read more

  • Some of my favorite moments from the 115th
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Environment, Education

    Dear Friend- Just like that, we are at the end of 2018 and the 115th Congress. At the beginning of this Congress, we put forth a bold policy agenda to leave folks better off now than they were two years ago. I believe we've seen incredible progress on multiple policy fronts. We put more money back in the hands of hard-working families, cut regulations to allowour businesses to thrive, took historic steps to combat the opioid epidemic, began rebuilding our military, improved veterans benefits an... Read more

  • Weekly Update: A Legacy of Honor
    Posted in Weekly Updates on December 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Weekly Update: A Legacy of Honor By Congressman Rob Wittman December 8, 2018 Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation, Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all. Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call. This week, the nation mourned the loss of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush. A man who indeed fulfilled his great, noble call to serve with integrity, courage, and honor. President Bush’s list of achievements was impressive ... Read more

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