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Wittman Urges Biden Administration to Extend Comment Period For Consequential Proposed Rule for Wildlife Refuges

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Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the agency to extend the comment period for their proposed National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) biological, integrity, diversity, and environmental health (BIDEH) rule. If implemented, this rule would have far-reaching consequences for the NWRS, fish, wildlife, as well as sportsmen and…

Wittman’s SHARKED Act Passes U.S. House

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Today, Congressman Rob Wittman’s (VA-01) bipartisan Supporting the Health of Aquatic systems through Research, Knowledge, and Enhanced Dialogue (SHARKED) Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The SHARKED Act will establish a task force to work with fisheries management groups to address the problems posed by increased shark depredation and identify…

Wittman Applauds Passage of Key Provisions of Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act in 2024 Appropriations Bill

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Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today applauded the passage of key provisions from H.R. 615, known as the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2023, into the FY24 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The included provisions ensure that none of the allocated appropriations can be utilized to prohibit the use of lead ammunition or…

Wittman, Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Establish Chesapeake National Recreation Area

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rob Wittman, along with U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). The bill proposes to unite a series of voluntarily contributed park areas and iconic Bay properties under the operation of the National Park Service (NPS)…

Wittman, Chesapeake Bay Delegation Introduce Legislation to Accelerate Bay Restoration Efforts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) joined fellow co-chairs of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force – Reps. John Sarbanes (MD-03), Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) – to introduce the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Acceleration Act of 2023, which would accelerate conservation goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The legislation would…

Wittman, Sarbanes, Scott, Kiggans Lead Bipartisan House Effort to Restore the Chesapeake Bay and Expand Environmental Education Programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) joined U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (MD-03), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), and Jen Kiggans (VA-02) to reintroduce the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill to restore the health of the Bay Watershed, strengthen fisheries management and expand environmental education…

Wittman, Bonamici, Pallone, Pingree Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Aquaculture Farmers and Harvesters

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation to uplift and support aquaculture and aquaculture farmers and harvesters. The Sustaining Healthy Ecosystems, Livelihoods, and Local Seafood (SHELLS) Act will create a program office for aquaculture…

Wittman Participates in Choose Clean Water Coalition Annual Chesapeake Bay Day Briefing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, participated in the Choose Clean Water Coalition’s 11th Annual Chesapeake Bay Day Briefing. The Choose Clean Water Coalition hosts an annual Chesapeake Bay Day in Washington, D.C. where Members of Congress and Coalition members meet to discuss the importance of clean water…

Wittman Appointed to House Natural Resources Committee, Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee and Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) announced his appointment to the House Natural Resources Committee for the 118th Congress. Congressman Wittman will serve on both the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee as well as the Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee. Following this announcement, Congressman Wittman stated: “I am honored to serve once…

Wittman, Warner, Kaine Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect The Northern Neck, Generate Economic Activity

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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) and U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded passage of their legislation to preserve invaluable local resources and help generate economic activity in the Northern Neck. By officially designating the region as a National Heritage Area (NHA), the Northern Neck National Heritage Area Act will…