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  • My view: Spending bill prioritizes defense, veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on August 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend- Before adjourning for recess, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a critical bill to fund the Department of Defense, including our nuclear weapons programs, military construction projects, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Passing the Make America Secure Appropriations Act sends a strong signal that we are dedicated to the safety and security of all Americans and the well-being of our veterans. The world is an increasingly dangerous place and, having assessed those thre... Read more

  • my view: our defense has three focus areas: growth, technology & budget
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend - As an Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman, my focus is on strengthening our national security and maintaining Virginia's role in ensuring our military remains the greatest fighting force the world has ever known. To do that, three specific areas I am working on are boosting the base defense budget, growing the size of the Navy's Fleet to 355 ships, and utilizing technology and innovation to maintain a competitive advantage over our adversaries. I explained why each of those is imp... Read more

  • Wittman Backs National Security Funding Package
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today backed House passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which funds the Department of Defense, military construction and veterans affairs projects, energy and water development, and the Legislative Branch. "Passing this national security funding bill sends a strong signal that we are dedicated to the safety and security of all Americans and the well-being of our veterans," Rep. Wittman said. "The world is an i... Read more

  • Wittman Backs House Passage of Defense Authorization
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today backed House passage of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18 NDAA). The bill is the main mechanism through which Congress "provides for the common defense" of our nation. This bill equips, supplies, and trains our troops; cares for them and their families; and sets national security policy in a dangerous world. The autho... Read more

  • Weekly Update - Defense bill boosts national security, grows Navy, includes local priorities
    Posted in Weekly Updates on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend - One of the fundamental duties of the federal government is to "provide for the common defense." As a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), I work every day to ensure we take that duty seriously and that the members of our Armed Forces are supported as they do the difficult job we ask them to do. Last week, the HASC advanced the major bill through which Congress provides for the defense of our nation. This bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), equips, s... Read more

  • Wittman Applauds Committee Passage of Annual Defense Authorization
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today applauded committee passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). "Since I became the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Chairman two things have become painfully obvious: First, over the last several years, we have woefully under resourced the demands of our United States Navy and United States Air Force to support th... Read more

  • Wittman's Local Priorities Included in Annual Defense Authorization
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    WASHINGTON - The House Armed Services Committee today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The bill, one of the few passed annually by Congress, includes numerous local priorities championed by Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01). "The Virginia priorities in this bill are critical not only to our Commonwealth's economy and continued role as the national leader in supporting our Armed Forces, but in the national security of our country as well," Rep. Wittm... Read more

  • My letter to the Speaker: don't unfairly target federal workers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Federal Employees

    Friend - As you've probably heard by now, President Trump's first budget proposal contains provisions that would make significant changes to the retirement system for current and future federal employees and current federal retirees. Singling out the federal workforce in this way, and trying to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking federal employees and retirees, is unacceptable to me. I joined a group of my colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Le... Read more

  • Momentum is building
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Reforming Congress

    Friend- Momentum is building for my legislation, the Stay on Schedule Resolution (H. Res 43). Just this week Rep. Dave Brat, another Virginian, and I were featured in The Free Lance Star for urging House Leadership to forego August Recess in order to complete our work in Washington. The American public has signaled time and time again that it is frustrated with Washington. For far too long, Congress has failed to fund the federal government in a responsible, long-term manner, and I have consiste... Read more

  • Jim Mattis agrees, Congress needs a budget
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Friend, Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified yesterday before the House Armed Services Committee on the Department of Defense budget request. In his remarks, Secretary Mattis discussed the harmful effects of not passing a budget on time and the problems that creates for the DoD and members of our Armed Forces. “In the past, by failing to pass a budget on time or eliminate the threat of sequestration, Congress sidelined itself from its active constitutional oversight role,” Mattis said. “I... Read more

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