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Wittman Statement on Biden-Xi Summit, China Threat

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Wittman released the following statement in response to President Biden’s virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping: “President Biden has downplayed and even denied the threat of China despite clear and consistent aggression from the Chinese Communist Party. This meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping was a missed opportunity to reass...

Wittman Urges Leadership to Prioritize Passage of NDAA, Government Funding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to drop the misguided attempt to advance the largest tax and spend bill in American history, and to instead accomplish the most basic of Congressional responsibilities: funding the government and providing for our national defense. As it stands, Congress is currently scheduled to be in sessio...

RELEASE: Wittman Calls for Full Force of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Capabilities Following ISIS Threat

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Attorney General Merrick Garland following reports of a potential ISIS threat to the Northern Virginia area. In this letter, Congressman Wittman calls for the full force of the U.S. government’s federal law enforcement and intelligence capabilities, as appropriate, to bolst...

Wittman, Members Urge Reconsideration of Contractor Vaccine Mandates

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Vice Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter with his colleagues on the Committee to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin voicing their grave concerns surrounding the impending vaccination deadlines for Department of Defense contractors. The letter points to the serious long-term costs that ...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on the USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Investigation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) responded to the Navy’s recent accident investigation into the July 2020 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) fire. The July 2020 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) ultimately led to a multi-billion dollar loss and the destruction of the critical warship. Although started by an act of arson, the results of this investigation found that the lo...

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...