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  • Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21 When Lt. Col. James Doolittle took off from the USS Hornet in his twin-engine B-25B Mitchell medium bomber in April 18, 1942, he couldn’t have imagined the immediate impact his raid would have on the outcome of World War II or the long-term impact it would have on bomber operations. Lt. Col. Doolittle and his “Raiders” successfully engaged their intended targets and shook the resolve of the Japanese, who were now acutely aware that the United St... Read more

  • Growing the Navy requires a plan to save money, congressman says
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Growing the Navy requires a plan to save money, congressman says Our nation continues to address regional security challenges in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including the contentious South and East China Seas and an increasingly belligerent North Korea. These challenges, along with those posed by Russia in the Mediterranean Sea and elsewhere, are a serious threat to the United States which must be met with strength, resolve and a realistic plan. The U.S. Navy will continue to play a vital role... Read more

  • Continuing Resolutions are a Bad Way to Do Business. Here's Why.
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    In the age of procrastination and irresponsible spending in Washington, continuing resolutions have become a comfortable fall back for Congress. Instead of buckling down, skipping the archaic breaks, and getting spending bills done in time for measured debate, lawmakers look to last-minute, stop gap measures to fund the federal government. The last time Congress was able to maintain regular operations without a continuing resolution was in 1996—two decades ago. I’ve said before that continuing r... Read more

  • Free Lance-Star: Nation's strategy to defeat ISIS must evolve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    The November terrorist attacks in Paris have led to some critical self-reflection here in the United States. In the aftermath of the slaughter that left at least 130 dead (the body count continues to rise) and some 100s more injured, Americans have linked arm-in-arm with our oldest ally—mourning the dead, pledging increased military support and redoubling our collective resistance to fear as a way of life. But this “act of war,” as French President Francois Hollande called it, has implications b... Read more

  • VA Delegation Urges President to Continue Federal Support For Port of VA’s Craney Island Project
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on November 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Virginia’s congressional delegation is urging President Obama to support funding to expand the Port of Virginia. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the members urged the Administration to support funds for a pro... Read more

  • Wittman says long-term federal highway bill vital for region
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on October 22, 2015 | Preview rr

    In August, this newspaper published an editorial that described the challenges that commuters and businesses in our region face because of the debilitating traffic on our roads. As a commuter myself and as a representative of a congressional district that covers much of the Interstate 95 corridor in Northern Virginia, as well as the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula and a significant portion of Hampton Roads, I am familiar with both the veins and arteries that make up Virginia’s transportation... Read more

  • Daily Press: Defense bill needs signature
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on October 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Appropriations

    Last week, Congress fulfilled its constitutional duties by passing the annual defense policy legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act, for fiscal year 2016. The bill simply awaits President Barack Obama's signature to become law and assure our men and women in uniform that they will have the tools and resources they need. Despite strong bipartisan support for the legislation, the president has promised to veto the bill in order to gain leverage for increased domestic spending demands.... Read more

  • Free Lance-Star: Wittman seeks end to sequestration, defense budget cuts
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on May 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    A recent guest columnist highlighted my public advocacy against harmful defense budget cuts slated for later this year. I am glad he shares my commitment. These additional reductions to our defense budget—known as sequestration—will hollow out our military and leave our nation in a position where our military leaders say we will be unable to defend against the threats we face. I fought hard to prevent these cuts from taking effect in previous years, and while I was pleased that they were delayed... Read more

  • New York Times: A Long-Term Need for Oil Can Be Safely Met
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on February 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    To view the Obama administration’s proposal to allow energy exploration off the Atlantic coast solely in light of the current price of oil is to miss the long-term strategic value of safely, and effectively, harnessing our domestic resources... Read more

  • Virginian-Pilot: Virginia coastal energy: a worthy pursuit
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on August 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    No one wants to see harm done to the oceans or the creatures that inhabit them. Industry has made great advancements in prevention and containment; and we share a firm resolve to leave our children with clean air, clean water and clean soil. Read more

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