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  • VOTE: Do you think Congress should get a summer vacation?
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    Friend- President Trump has called on Congress to cancel August recess if we don’t pass all 12 appropriations bills to fund our government. I couldn’t agree more! In fact, for years I’ve introduced legislation to do just that. If we don’t fulfill one of our most basic responsibilities, there is no time for vacation. The American people want us to get the job done. Do you think Members of Congress should get a summer vacation if appropriations bills have not been passed? Yes No I don’t know Click... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Process Makes Perfect
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Budget, Immigration, Environment, Reforming Congress

    Weekly Update: Process Makes Perfect By Rep. Rob Wittman March 31, 2018 The Constitution’s Appropriations Clause is the cornerstone to what we in Congress refer to as “the power of the purse.” Article I of the Constitution clearly states: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” Congress exercised that power just days ago. Last week, Congress passed a funding bill that included all 12 appropriations bills. Appropriations bill lay out exactly ... Read more

  • Wittman Votes to Secure Stable Military Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement after voting in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act: “I believe it is our primary constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense. Right now, we are in a readiness crisis and the damage of Congressional budget dysfunction has come at a major cost, a human cost. In the past year, we have had 80 military casualties during peace time training and operations. This is, in part, a direct result of the lack of re... Read more

  • ICYMI: Highlights from January
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Federal Employees, Environment, Reforming Congress

    Friend- What a start to 2018! In just the last few weeks, I saw my legislation to recognize six Virginia Indian Tribes become law, introduced bipartisan legislation that made sure federal employees were backpaid during the government shutdown, and led a Congressional Delegation down to Naval Station Norfolk. In case you missed the work I was up to at the start of the this year, I've compiled some of my favorite pictures from January below. I met with my Fredericksburg Veteran’s Advisory Council ... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on President Trump’s First State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this Statement following President Trump’s first State of the Union address: “Tonight, President Trump made clear his priorities to make America safe, strong, and proud. Chief among those, rebuilding our military and giving them the resources necessary to complete their missions. Now that President Trump has detailed his policy objectives, it is time for Congress to take action. In 2018, my legislative priorities will be to fund and build tow... Read more

  • Weekly Update: My Legislative Priorities for 2018
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Federal Employees, Education, Reforming Congress

    Weekly Update: My Legislative Priorities for 2018 By Rob Wittman January 27, 2018 This year we are already off to an amazing start. Just one month into 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is delivering. Over 2 million American workers have already seen the benefits of tax reform. Companies across the country have been announcing bonuses, pay raises, and investments, and I’m sure there will be more good news to come. As the legislative calendar starts to pick up, I want to make sure you know what my ... Read more

  • Wittman Votes “No” on Fourth Short-Term CR in Five Months
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    Wittman Votes “No” on Fourth Short-Term CR in Five Months WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) voted "no" on the H.R. 195 – Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act. The bill extends existing discretionary appropriations at current levels through February 16, 2018. "We know the consequences, but yet again we find ourselves budgeting by crisis,” Wittman said. “We should not be funding our government through continuing resolutions (CRs). For the fourth time in five months, Congres... Read more

  • Weekly Update - Congress should cancel August vacation
    Posted in Weekly Updates on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    For American families, the next several weeks are prime vacation time. Thousands will flock to Virginia's beaches, wildlife areas, and historic sites for rest, relaxation, and some time off from work. These vacations are a well-deserved reward for the months of hard work and school that preceded them. But in just a few weeks, Congress will go on its annual month-long August vacation without having completed its most important work. If your family believes that you have to earn your vacation, you... Read more

  • Wittman to Speaker Ryan: Keep House in Washington Through August
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON - With only 29 in-session days left between today and the annual August recess, and with the House still having critical legislative items to address, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for the House to remain in-session through August to complete critical legislative items. Of most pressing concern is the FY2018 budget and 12 appropriations bills. In the letter Rep. Wittman highlighted his resolution, H.Res 43, which changes congres... 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

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