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  • Weekly Update: Wildlife Refuges
    Posted in Weekly Updates on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Weekly Update: Wildlife Refuges By Rob Wittman October 14, 2017 It’s marked by a sign bearing a flying goose. Behind this sign is a sanctuary; a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. If you find yourself there, you are in one of America’s National Wildlife Refuges. Have you ever visited a wildlife refuge? Odds are you have. America’s 561 National Wildlife Refuges are located in all 50 states and the five territories. They make up 150 million acres of pr... Read more

  • Weekly Update: A Window of Opportunity
    Posted in Weekly Updates on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes & Economy

    A Window of Opportunity By Rob Wittman September 30, 2017 A window of opportunity is a small amount of time to meet a challenge where an otherwise unattainable solution exists. A time where what was once only imaginable becomes achievable; I believe that window is open now for tax reform. This is an issue that members on both sides of the aisle can agree on: our tax code is a mess. It costs more and more each year just to do your taxes, let alone pay them. The tax code is too complicated and con... Read more

  • Weekly Update: The Power of the Purse
    Posted in Weekly Updates on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Appropriations Clause is the cornerstone to what we in Congress refer to as “the power of the purse.” Article I of the Constitution clearly states: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” Congress has been shirking these duties for a long time but finally, the House has done its work. For the first time since 2009, the House has passed all 12 appropriations bills through regular order; this includes 12 subcommittee markups and 12 full co... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Are you prepared?
    Posted in Weekly Updates on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    Friend- Yesterday marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month. After witnessing the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey in Texas, we must work to prepare ourselves in the event of a similar disaster here in Virginia. Disasters may not be able to plan ahead, but you can! I wanted to share with you some resources to assist you in helping to keep yourself, your family, and our communities safe in the event of a hurricane or extreme weather. Preparing for a storm: • Be Informed. Knowing ... Read more

  • Weekly Update - A story you're not hearing
    Posted in Weekly Updates on August 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Health Care, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Education

    Dear Friend - Let's face it: there is a lot of news coming out of Washington these days. And much of it is designed to draw a reaction from you or get you to take sides. But there is another story out there that you're not hearing. That's the story of the important accomplishments made by the House during the first eight months of this year. From the outset of 2017, we made it a priority to work on the issues that matter most to you and I believe we took meaningful steps to grow our economy, str... Read more

  • Weekly Update - Congress should cancel August vacation
    Posted in Weekly Updates on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    For American families, the next several weeks are prime vacation time. Thousands will flock to Virginia's beaches, wildlife areas, and historic sites for rest, relaxation, and some time off from work. These vacations are a well-deserved reward for the months of hard work and school that preceded them. But in just a few weeks, Congress will go on its annual month-long August vacation without having completed its most important work. If your family believes that you have to earn your vacation, you... Read more

  • Weekly Update - Defense bill boosts national security, grows Navy, includes local priorities
    Posted in Weekly Updates on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend - One of the fundamental duties of the federal government is to "provide for the common defense." As a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), I work every day to ensure we take that duty seriously and that the members of our Armed Forces are supported as they do the difficult job we ask them to do. Last week, the HASC advanced the major bill through which Congress provides for the defense of our nation. This bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), equips, s... Read more

  • The Case for the American Health Care Act
    Posted in Weekly Updates on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend, This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, with my support. It is clear the Affordable Care Act is failing and must be fixed. Having reviewed the text of the bill and the Upton and MacArthur Amendments, I believe this legislation does what is necessary to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, meets the principles for health care reform I laid out several months ago, and puts in place policies that will expand health care choices, i... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Congress faces budget decision
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Reforming Congress

    Dear Friends - It's spring time in Washington and that means you can count on two things: the cherry blossoms returning to bloom and Congress renewing the budget and appropriations process. The season always kicks off with the release of the president's budget, which serves as a recommendation to Congress. The House and Senate Budget Committees then produce budget resolutions of their own that, if passed, guide the Appropriations Committee in drafting the 12 actual spending bills that fund feder... 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

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