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  • Wittman on USS Truman Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Wittman released this statement following Vice President Pence’s announcement not to retire the USS Truman: “This is the right choice and I am glad to see the administration make this correction. I have been adamant since the beginning that retiring the USS Truman halfway through its expected service life would be strategically and fiscally irresponsible. Aircraft carriers are the nation’s preeminent power projection platform and the cornerstone of the US Navy. Completin... Read more

  • Opening Remarks of Ranking Member Wittman
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the Subcommittee's hearing titled “Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces." "I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I want to thank Secretary Geurts, Vice Admiral Merz and Lieutenant General Berger for participating in this posture hearing. "I spoke a... Read more

  • Wittman on Relocation of F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Units to Joint Base Langley-Eustis
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released this statement after the Secretary of the Air Force signed a basing decision memo designating Joint Base Langley-Eustis Air Force Base as the only Candidate and Reasonable Alternative for the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Units (FTU): “I believe that the Air Force is making the right decision by relocating the F-22 training unit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis Air... Read more

  • Wittman on Navy’s FY2020 Budget Request
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement on the Navy’s FY2020 Budget Request: “There is currently an increase in reliance on our maritime system; our seas are more stressed, used, and contested than ever before. Our adversaries, specifically Russia and China, are building up their maritime capabilities, and in the Era of Great Power Competition, we must invest in what the Navy has defined as its priorities: to be bigger, better, and more ready. “The President’s defens... Read more

  • Weekly Update: What I Hope to See in FY2020 President's Budget
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation & Infrastructure , Environment, Education, Reforming Congress

    Weekly Update: What I Hope to See in FY2020 President's Budget By Congressman Rob Wittman March 9, 2019 Next week, President Trump is expected to release his budget for FY 2020. The President’s budget is only the first step in the annual budgeting and appropriations process but acts as a venue for the president to publish his policy objectives. And I’m sure you know, the Administration’s FY20 proposal is simply that - a proposal. Any changes in actual funding levels requires Congressional approv... Read more

  • Wittman Leads Bill to Streamline, Modernize VA Procurement Process
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Rob Wittman (VA-01), Jack Bergman (MI-01), and Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) introduced the VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act to streamline and modernize the Veterans Affairs procurement process. This legislation will increase efficiency by requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to track cost savings resulting from its contracting competitions and to use standardized contracting procedures. Reports have shown that the VA racks up at least $6 b... Read more

  • Keep 12 Carriers, It’s A National Imperative: Rep. Wittman
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    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 retiring the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Truman at least two decades early, rather than refueling it... Read more

  • Wittman Supports EO Easing Veteran Transition into Merchant Marine
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Education

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement supporting the executive order President Trump signed today easing the process for veterans to transition into the Merchant Marine: “It is our duty to take care of those who have valiantly served our nation in uniform. President Trump’s executive order today supporting the transition of active duty service members and military veterans into the Merchant Marine does just that. This executive order makes it easier for sea service... Read more

  • Wittman on National Emergency Declaration
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Reforming Congress

    Wittman on National Emergency Declaration WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement after voting “no” on H.J. Res. 46: “The current situation at our southern border is a border security and humanitarian crisis. I have heard from numerous US Border Patrol agents, whose personal accounts confirm what we already know, the conditions at the border demand action. Allowing this crisis at our border to continue presents a significant threat to national security, the safety o... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Bill to Fund VA-01 Priorities, Secure Border
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Federal Employees, Immigration, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Reforming Congress

    Wittman Statement on Bill to Fund VA-01 Priorities, Secure Border WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement after voting in favor of the Conference Report to Accompany H.J. Res 31 – The Consolidated Appropriations Act: “Although not perfect, this bill makes an important down payment for the construction of physical barriers and other border security measures as well as funding for priorities in the First District. The choice tonight was between a government shutdown o... Read more

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