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Wittman Backs House Passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Vice Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The FY 22 NDAA authorizes funding for the United States Department of Defense for the next fiscal year and serves as the...

Wittman Backs National Defense Authorization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Vice Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee backed House Armed Services Committee advancement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The FY 22 NDAA authorizes funding for the United States Department of Defense for the...

Opening Statement of Ranking Member Rob Wittman for the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces NDAA Mark

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Rob Wittman (VA-01) gave the following statement to open the subcommittee’s NDAA mark: “The Seapower and Projection Forces mark is a strong, bipartisan mark. Chairman Courtney has done a great job of advancing the interests of the Seapower and Projection Forces. “This Seapower mark, and as I review the c...

Wittman, Brown Introduce Pilot Program to Improve Military Tactical Vehicle Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Congressman Rob Wittman (R–Va.) introduced the 1st Lt. Hugh Conor McDowell Safety in Armed Forces Equipment Act of 2021 to establish a pilot program that authorizes the use of data recorders, or “black boxes,” to improve the safety and effectiveness of military tactical vehicles. In 2019, lawmakers requested a study on non-combat deat...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman Following the United States’ Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement: “For twenty years, brave men and women rose to the occasion and volunteered to defend our nation, knowing full well their service may take them to the harsh mountains of Afghanistan. And for twenty years, their gallantry and valor held the Taliban at bay. The noble sacrifices made by so many over these last t...

Wittman Calls on Biden Administration to Reject, Extend Taliban Imposed Withdrawal Deadline

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter President Biden urging the United States to continue evacuating eligible individuals from Hamid Karzai International Airport past August 31st. With just 4 days remaining until the “clock runs out,” thousands of US citizens, Afghans who aided US forces, and their families remain stranded in Afghanistan. And just yesterday, it w...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on the Suicide Bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement in response to a suicide bombing that killed a number of U.S. service members and Afghan citizens at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, August 26th: “Earlier today, the United States lost a number of our Marines who were serving in Afghanistan. For some, it is easy to view this solely as a sig...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on President Biden’s Withdrawal Deadline

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s planned adherence to the Taliban’s August 31st deadline for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan: “Last week, Secretary of Defense Austin said the United States would rescue every citizen we can until ‘the clock runs out.’ What President Biden made clear yesterday is ...

Reps. Wittman, Brown Introduce the Just In Case Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R–Va.) and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced the Just In Case Act (JICA). JICA would provide a permanent special emergency reimbursement authority to the Department of Defense, similar to that provided by Section 3610 of the CARES Act which allows contractors to be reimbursed if they are unable to work on-site during times of disaster. ...

Wittman, Stefanik Announce Bill to Establish Afghanistan Commission

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), senior members of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced legislation to establish the National Commission on the United States’ Involvement in Afghanistan. This Commission, modeled after previous national commissions such as the 9/11 Commission, would be tasked with conducting a full review and ...