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  • Rep. Wittman, Connolly Reintroduce Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Parity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Taxes & Economy

    WASHINGTON – Reps. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), Co-Chairs of the Smart Contracting Caucus, have reintroduced the Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Parity Act to provide equality by extending the tax credit currently received by military personnel to the civilian federal employees working alongside them. “America’s First District is the home of many hardworking and dedicated patriots who serve the people of this nation every day and I am very aware of the invaluable contribu... Read more

  • Wittman Issues Statements on Trump Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Federal Employees, Environment, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statements on President Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. On the budget: "This budget proposal rightly prioritizes defense, national security, and controlling spending on mandatory programs, which are the major drivers of our debt. And I support the efforts in this budget to reduce the deficit and debt. “It is now up to Congress to review this proposal and make decisions about future spending. I will be working... Read more

  • Wittman Highlights Constituent Engagement in First 100 Days
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget, Federal Employees, Immigration, Health Care, Transportation, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Energy, Education, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON -- With Saturday marking 100 days into the Trump Administration, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) highlighted his constituent engagement efforts during that time in an email to First District residents. The email spotlighted the overall number of constituent contacts Rep. Wittman made during the first 100 days and also included figures for constituent correspondence received, responses sent, bills introduced, and forums held. "Listening to constituents is my top priority and helps me b... Read more

  • Wittman and Beyer Build Support for Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Bill As Government Shutdown Looms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON – With time running out to keep the federal government open when funding expires, Virginia Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) have drafted legislation to protect federal employees’ pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act would guarantee back pay for all furloughed workers if Congress and the White House are unable to come to a funding agreement. "Federal employees should not suffer because Congress refuses to end it... Read more

  • Wittman, Sarbanes Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Federal Firefighters’ Work-Life Balance
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act Would Allow Federal Firefighters to Change Shifts Without Losing Pay WASHINGTON – Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today introduced Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act (H.R. 1363), a bipartisan bill that would give federal firefighters more workplace flexibility. The bill would fix a longstanding disparity between federal firefighters and professional firefighters employed by states, counties or municipalities... Read more

  • What matters most to you?
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget, Federal Employees, Health Care, Transportation, Family Values, Taxes & Economy, Environment, Education, Reforming Congress

    Hi Friend- Americans spoke louder than ever to say: Washington needs to change the way it does business and I agree. I am fully dedicated to representing the constituents of the First District. I will continue to work hard to ensure that Veterans receive the benefits they deserve; that we bring jobs back to the hard-working men and women of Virginia; that we preserve and build our military strength; and that we meet the needs of our dedicated federal employees. I am here to serve you and I want ... Read more

  • An update for federal employees
    Posted in Weekly Updates on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    In my last message to you, the federal employees of Virginia's First Congressional District, I promised that I would engage with the groups and leaders that represent your interests. Today I wanted to send you a brief update on those efforts. First, I recently met with J. David Cox, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to discuss the group's legislative priorities for this year. We discussed a number of issues including bargaining rights, dues deductions, and the p... Read more

  • Weekly Update: The end of business as usual in Washington
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Health Care, Reforming Congress

    Yesterday we witnessed one of the most important American political traditions: the orderly, peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. Millions of Americans, from the National Mall to homes across the country, watched as Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And as only forty-four others have done, President Trump addressed the nation as our Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Let's Get Started
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Health Care, Reforming Congress

    “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” For the sixth time, I have been blessed to stand up before God and Country and promise to defend t... Read more

  • It Can't Wait Until Tomorrow
    Posted in Weekly Updates on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Federal Employees, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    Most of us are familiar with the idiom “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It’s the mantra of the industrious. Want to see progress? Want to find success? Want to reach the next rung on that ladder? Finish the task at hand and move on to the next one. That’s how we get from where we are to where we want to be. Mark Twain had a slightly different play on the phrase. “Never put off [until] tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well,” he said. For too long, that’s b... Read more

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