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  • 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

  • An update on my health care listening tour
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friends - Knowing that many of you share my concern and interest in health care policies and public health, I wanted to update you on my recent work in this crucial area. Public health is one of my top priorities as I serve you in Congress. In fact, a large portion of my professional life was spent in the public health field. I earned a master’s degree in public health and worked for 26 years for the Virginia Health Department so I understand many of the challenges people face when it comes to a... Read more

  • A preview of my chairmanship
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend - I wanted you to see my most recent interview with DefenseNews on what the priorities of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee will look like for this Congress. As Chairman, I will immediately focus our efforts on supporting the Navy’s plans to rebuild its fleet from the current level of 274 ships to the Navy’s stated goal of over 350 ships. Not only is Virginia home to the world’s largest naval station and largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces, it also boasts the shipyards... Read more

  • Building our Navy to improve national security
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    When you turn on the news at night or check the headlines on your smart phone, you may notice that in nearly every region of the world events are unfolding that could have a profound impact on the safety of our nation. Indeed, one thing always on my mind as I serve you in Congress is that the world is not getting any safer. In the Asia-Pacific, China has engaged in an unprecedented militarization of unclaimed islands in the South China Sea, threatening our allies there. In Europe, Russia is show... Read more

  • Protecting your retirement savings
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy

    Knowing of your interest in business and our economy, I wanted to update you on actions taking place in Washington to help hard-working Americans save for retirement. Last year the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the “Fiduciary Rule,” placing harsh regulations on financial advisors. The rule requires any individual giving retirement investment advice to act as “fiduciaries” and to provide documentation showing that every particular investment decision is in the best interest of the client. If t... Read more

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