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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Weekly Update: Congress faces budget decision
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Reforming Congress

    Dear Friends - It's spring time in Washington and that means you can count on two things: the cherry blossoms returning to bloom and Congress renewing the budget and appropriations process. The season always kicks off with the release of the president's budget, which serves as a recommendation to Congress. The House and Senate Budget Committees then produce budget resolutions of their own that, if passed, guide the Appropriations Committee in drafting the 12 actual spending bills that fund feder... Read more

  • Continuing to reduce regulatory burden
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Reforming Congress

    Friend - Unnecessary regulations are continuing to strangle the American economy. Instead of protecting consumers, workers, and the environment, these regulations are increasing the power of government agencies and driving up the costs of compliance for Main Street. In fact, we have so many unchecked regulations, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all and there is red tape everywhere that prevents companies from growing and hiring. That is why the House worked to pass three bills this... 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

  • Wittman Statement on Selection of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values, Reforming Congress

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statement on the selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. "Judge Gorsuch boasts an impeccable academic and judicial resume, making him an excellent pick to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. His record on the Tenth Circuit makes clear he believes a judge's role is to apply the law based on the original text of the Constitution, not impose their own preference or ideology. Our highest court should reflect a ... Read more

  • Making Congress work for you
    Posted in Weekly Updates on January 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    When I speak with Virginians, one thing I consistently hear is, "we need to change how Congress operates." People are rightly frustrated by what they see happening in Washington: budget by crisis, missing important legislative deadlines, and partisan bickering, just to name a few. I am frustrated, too. That is why I have made reforming how Congress works one of my top priorities as your representative. In fact, one thing I am most looking forward to working on with the new Trump Administration i... Read more

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