June in Review
June was a busy month and I wanted to share with you a look back at some highlights. Working on behalf of the people of the First District is always my top priority in Congress. Although the House was in-session for most of the month, I was consistently advocating for Virginia priorities. Scroll down to take a look.
I met with health care administrators at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital to discuss health care services in the Northern Neck. We focused on the lack of physicians in the Heathsville/Reedville area and increasing access to treatment in King George County. They had important insight into how to make sure constituents of the First District have access to care, no matter where they live.
I met with constituent members of the American Nurses Association. We discussed how the ANA is ensuring a supply of highly skilled and educated nurses, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, and fostering high standards of nursing practice and how we in Congress can help.
I met with Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, as I do every year. These are high school juniors whose primary residence is served by NNEC. I was able to discuss the legislative process and describe what daily life is like for a Member of Congress.
I, along with my collegue U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would make it the policy of the United States to achieve the Navy’s requirement of 355 ships.Under the “Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act,” the fleet would be comprised of the optimal mix of platforms, with funding levels subject to annual appropriations. Currently, only 276 ships are in the battle fleet.
I testified before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in support of the Military Residency Choice Act, which would ease the burden on military families by allowing them to establish one state of residency.
I sent a letter to Speaker Ryan urging him to keep the House in session through August to complete critical legislative items. The American people expect us to do the basic work of governing, and Members should be willing to forego their August recess to complete that work. We cannot allow Congress to leave town for a month when we need a budget, to approve spending bills, and to address the debt limit.
As I said, this month I spent a lot of time in Washington. Watch the above video to see what a typical day is like for me when Congress is in session!
I also wanted to share with you a few stories I was featured in this month. To keep up with all of my work around the First District and in Washington, connect with me on Facebook.
Editorial: Wittman, Brat want to skip August recess: Free Lance Star
Va. gains in NDAA defense spending measures, Kaine, Wittman report: The Daily Press
9 Republicans now say they oppose proposed cuts to federal retirement: Federal News Radio
Letter: Wittman backs aid for vets, wounded: Free Lance Star
Clarkson: Wittman comfortable on the water, devoted to the bay: Richmond Times Dispatch
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