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Rep. Rob Wittman: Working to make the buildout of rural broadband a reality

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I want to respond to a recent letter to the editor published in The Free Lance–Star on June 3 regarding efforts to address rural broadband [“When is rural internet access coming?’]. First, I want to thank the writer for his comments and concerns on this issue facing rural Virginia. Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has emphasized the increased importance of addressing it. As Virginians have be...

Rep. Rob Wittman: The US Navy’s modernization rush must not harm mine countermeasures

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that even in a time of unprecedented technological growth and development, simple and primitive threats have the ability to radically alter our way of life. In spite of astonishing medical advancements, some threats, unfortunately, remain timeless. Many people have drawn comparisons between the current coronvirus pandemi...

Rob Wittman column: We can't leave rural America behind

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As it has for most Americans, the coronavirus has significantly disrupted my daily life. As we adhere to social distancing practices, I am holding telephone town halls and virtual meetings, and I hear from folks in Virginia’s First District about how this crisis is affecting their health and financial independence. As Americans have been adapting to a new way of life during the coronavirus outbrea...

Wittman Speaks on Trillion Trees Initiative

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WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) spoke at a press conference on H.R. 5859, the Trillion Trees Act. U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) and Budd...

Keep 12 Carriers, It’s A National Imperative: Rep. Wittman

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The biggest story of the 2020 budget is likely to be the one we first reported: Amidst rising anxiety over whether the US Navy’s thousand-foot-long flagships could evade Chinese missiles in a future war, the Pentagon decided to cut the aircraft carrier fleet from 11 today to 10. The military would save tens of billions on overhaul and operations costs that it could invest in other priorities by re...

Rep. Rob Wittman: Shutdowns really ARE avoidable – Here's how to never have another one again

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Rep. Rob Wittman: Shutdowns really ARE avoidable – Here's how to never have another one again We just ended the longest government shutdown in American history. We reached a point of dysfunction that few had ever seen. With the State of the Union only days away, we are preparing to get to work on the president’s agenda for 2019, but also facing the threat of another shutdown. The clock is set; two...

The Jury Is Still Out on the Pentagon’s Audit

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The Jury Is Still Out on the Pentagon’s Audit The Department of Defense didn’t fail its audit—not really. “Failure” implies that the Pentagon failed to achieve its mission, but the real mission of the 2018 audit wasn’t to receive a clean bill of accounting health. Rather, it was to get our feet squarely planted on the ground, see where we are and where we need to be, and to keep our Defense Depart...

Congress must back America’s war fighters with a budget cap deal

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Congress must back America’s war fighters with a budget cap deal As we begin a divided 116th Congress with government funding uncertainty, Congress will soon find itself in another financial predicament — securing defense spending levels on par with the needs of our Department of Defense. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 allowed for important growth and investments in fiscal 2018 and fiscal...

Defense spending: critical to Virginia's economy

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Defense spending: critical to Virginia's economy Virginia’s critical role in our nation’s defense is undeniable. The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to 27 military bases, representing every branch, along with the Pentagon — the headquarters of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the largest office building in the world. While Virginia contributes much to our nation’s defense, the commonwealth als...

Wittman OpEd on a ready Reserve Force

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U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman OpEd on a ready Reserve Force While news cycles and memes have recently focused on the future Space Force, I believe we need to first focus on another, already existing force: the Ready Reserve Force (RRF). The RRF functions as the nation’s emergency seafaring logistics arm, ready at a moment’s notice to support rapid worldwide deployment of U.S. military forces, namely, the ...