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Wittman, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Refuge System Protection Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), co-chairs of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus, announced the introduction of the bipartisan Refuge System Protection Act. This legislation grants authority to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to collect civil damages to repair and restored damaged wildlife refuges. “The First District of Virginia...

Washington Update: June Stories You Don't Want to Miss

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Friend - As always, I continue to be amazed by the people of Virginia’s First District. Between meeting with constituents throughout the district, or hearing your voice while in Washington, I am constantly reminded of the hard work and dedication of the folks I am lucky enough to represent. This June was no different: Early in June, I had the chance to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to...

WITTMAN, WARNER, & KAINE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT HISTORIC RESOURCES AND GENERATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE NORTHERN NECK

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01), along with U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), introduced 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 Actwould deliver critical federal dollars, e...

RELEASE: Wittman, Pingree Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01.) alongside Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01), today reintroduced the bipartisan Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, legislation to preserve America’s working waterfronts by creating a grant program and establishing a Working Waterfront Task Force at the Department of Congress. These resources would support coastal communities grappling ...

RELEASE: Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Bill to Spur Water Research Innovation

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WASHINGTON — Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA-01), Josh Harder (D-CA-10) and Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32), today introduced the bipartisan Water Resources Research Amendments Act. The bill would reauthorize an expired program supporting local water research institutes. This reauthorization will solve problems regarding water quantity and quality in collaboration with universities, local governments...

RELEASE: Wittman and Harris call on the Biden Administration to clarify confusing COVID-19 restrictions on Commercial Fishermen

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WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Congressman Andy Harris, MD (MD-01) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky asking they address burdensome and confusing masking mandates on commercial watermen. In February, the Coast Gua...

Wittman sworn in to 117th Congress, vows to ‘work tirelessly’ for Virginians

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement after officially being sworn in to the 117th Congress: “The past Congress, while divided in our political viewpoints and stalled in the quagmire of partisan posturing, accomplished much for the American people, during some of the most difficult times in our history: unprecedented pandemic relief legislation for smal...

Wittman statement on voting YES to support First District Priorities, families, small businesses, and provide greater pandemic relief

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Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which fully funds the government through September 30th, 2021, and provides additional COVID-19 pandemic relief, relief to small businesses, American workers, and more. “The government funding and COVID-19 relief package Congress passed today is a critical funding bil...

Wittman leads House Passage of once-in-a-generation environmental, Chesapeake Bay legislation

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) had the incredible honor to manage suspension debate for the landmark America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, arguably the most important piece of environmental legislation for the Chesapeake Bay, national wetlands, and fish habitats in the past twenty years. “The ACE Act is a once in a generation advancement to clean up the Chesapeake Bay ...

Wittman supports Great American Outdoors Act

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On Wednesday, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The GAOA provides $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provides permanent funding at $900 million per year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In Virginia alone, there is more than $1 billion worth of deferred maintenance at our natio...