WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman has been named as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee for the 116th Congress.
“I am honored to return to the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee as the ranking member. Last Congress, when I presided over the subcommittee, we accomplished so much – authorizing and appropriating a block buy of two Ford-Class aircraft carriers, putting into law our nation’s goal of reaching 355 ships, providing the necessary oversight of the investigation into the ship crashes in the Pacific, and working with the Navy to provide them the tools they need to project power across the globe. This Congress, under Rep. Courtney’s leadership, I am confident we will remain a strong, bipartisan subcommittee and he will continue this progress forward.
“My priorities for the 116th Congress include working to build our attack submarine fleet to 66, the level requested by the Navy, working to complete existing work on our Ford-Class carriers and expanding throughput on future Navy aircraft carriers, delivering capable KC-46A tankers, providing the continued oversight of revisions to the training for the Navy’s surface warfare community, and continuing to advance the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and B-21 Raider bomber programs.
“Not only is Virginia home to the world’s largest naval station and largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces, it also boasts the shipyards and skilled workers needed to build and maintain the next generation of ships and submarines in our Navy’s fleet. As ranking member, I look forward to serving both our Nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I am committed to ensuring that our military remains the greatest fighting force the world has ever known.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.