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  • Staying focused on national security
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friends - Knowing of our shared interest in defense and maintaining national security, I wanted to share an article with you that highlights my efforts to grow the size of our Navy as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. My goals for the subcommittee are to lay out a reasonable path to a 355 ship Navy, boost the base defense budget, and ensure our ship and submarine building industrial base can handle that increased capacity. A larger Navy will better allow our military t... Read more

  • Update on my work to support veterans
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend - Knowing that you share my concern and interest in supporting our nation's veterans, I wanted to update you on my latest work in this critical area. Earlier this week I convened a meeting of my First District Veterans Advisory Council. This gathering was part of my ongoing efforts to hear directly from veteran constituents who have first-hand knowledge of the issues facing veterans in our community. We had a productive meeting and I received a lot of great feedback to take up to Was... Read more

  • Keeping fish management in local hands
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Friends - On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the creation and management of marine monuments and sanctuaries. The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process. I pressed the panel on issues surrounding marine monuments and sanctuaries that take fishing management decisions away from states and transfer them to federal bureaucrats... Read more

  • My thoughts on the new health care bill
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friends - This week House Republican leaders unveiled the American Health Care Act, legislation that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. In my view, the ACA has fallen well short of its own stated goals to expand choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs. That is why I voted to repeal all or parts of it numerous times. All across the country insurance providers are leaving the ACA-created exchanges, resulting in less choice and higher costs. In Virginia, pr... Read more

  • My message to the White House: protect the Bay
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend - Last week I sent a letter to the White House. My message was simple: protect the Chesapeake Bay. Specifically, I, along with a bipartisan group of concerned members of the House, asked President Trump to include $73 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The letter also states how critical federal funds are for the continued health of the Bay, and I hope the White House takes our request seriously. You can read the rest of the letter we sent to the W... Read more

  • Continuing to reduce regulatory burden
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Reforming Congress

    Friend - Unnecessary regulations are continuing to strangle the American economy. Instead of protecting consumers, workers, and the environment, these regulations are increasing the power of government agencies and driving up the costs of compliance for Main Street. In fact, we have so many unchecked regulations, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all and there is red tape everywhere that prevents companies from growing and hiring. That is why the House worked to pass three bills this... Read more

  • Sign Up: Telephone Town Hall Meetings
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Dear Friend, Communicating with you is an important part of my job as your representative. One of the tools that I use to communicate with First District constituents are Telephone Town Hall Meetings. These telephone meetings, held numerous times each year, allow thousands of callers to participate in a conference call forum to ask me questions about issues before Congress in a live setting. If you would like to participate in a future Telephone Town Hall Meeting, please sign up on my website an... Read more

  • I pledge to protect life
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values

    Knowing that you share my commitment to upholding family values, I wanted to update you on an award I just received! The family is at the center of American society, and at a time when traditional values are under attack, it’s so important for leaders to step up and protect that first source of support and understanding. I was adopted, and I’ve seen first-hand the transformative power family can have. As a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-Life Caucus in the House of Representatives, ... Read more

  • Wittman to helm Navy plan for larger fleet
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend, I wanted you to see a recent article from The Daily Press highlighting my plan as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee to grow our Navy to a 355 ship fleet. If you are interested in receiving future email updates like this one highlighting my work on your behalf in Congress, click here. I will keep you updated on my work as the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, as well as on other issues important to Virginia, throughout the year. Sincere... Read more

  • What matters most to you?
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget, Federal Employees, Health Care, Transportation, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Education, Reforming Congress

    Hi Friend- Americans spoke louder than ever to say: Washington needs to change the way it does business and I agree. I am fully dedicated to representing the constituents of the First District. I will continue to work hard to ensure that Veterans receive the benefits they deserve; that we bring jobs back to the hard-working men and women of Virginia; that we preserve and build our military strength; and that we meet the needs of our dedicated federal employees. I am here to serve you and I want ... Read more

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