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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 ...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on President Biden’s Afghanistan Address

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement: “Throughout President Biden’s address yesterday, he presented a false dichotomy. Based on his address, one would be led to believe the United States must have either withdrawn exactly as we did or remained in Afghanistan for another decade. That is not the case. The criticism President Biden faces is not for ...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman Honoring Veterans of Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement: “Those who served in Afghanistan did so with exemplary valor and unquestionable honor. For two decades, the United States dominated the battlefield. We established a democratic government. We secured freedom for the Afghan people. For many veterans of Afghanistan, watching the chaos they held at bay for nearl...

Statement of Congressman Rob Wittman on President Biden’s Historic Failure in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement: “Earlier today, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul. We watched as the democratically-elected President was forced to flee the country. We watch as our Armed Forces continue to rapidly evacuate our embassy. And sadly, we will likely soon be forced to watch as the Taliban execute, maim, torture tho...

Statement of Congressman Wittman on the Failed Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement: “Over the last 20 years, American warfighters have fought, bled, and died to build a lasting democracy in Afghanistan. As the United States withdraws after two decades of combat operations, we owe it to all those who served and sacrificed to leave in a dignified manner with our successes left intact, at the v...

Wittman, Gallagher Introduce the Surface Warfare Officer Leadership Enhancement Act

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WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08) introduced the Surface Warfare Officer Leadership Enhancement (SWOLE) Act. The SWOLE Act would: Establish specialized career paths for Surface Warfare Officers (SWO’s), as preferred by 65% of SWO’s. In turn, this would eliminate the learning curves associated with billet rotations, as well as improve mora...