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Wittman delivers wins in funding package for defense community, military members in Virginia

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Washington, December 22, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON –Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement after voting in favor of theConsolidated Appropriations Act,which fully funds the government through September 30th, 2021, and provides additional COVID-19 pandemic relief, relief to small businesses and American workers, and measures to support the defense community and military members in Virginia and across the nation.

“The government funding and COVID-19 relief package Congress passed is a critical funding bill that funds many of the priorities of the First Congressional District,”Congressman Wittman said.“This is a piece of legislation that I believe does right by our men and women in uniform and provides funding for sound, strong defense priorities for the coming year and the coming challenges.

“Our area is home to one of the largest populations of military members, their families, and the hardworking Americans who develop and support the platforms, systems, and programs that our warfighters use to execute their critical missions around the globe. Advocating for these individuals is one of my top priorities, and I am proud of the provisions in this funding package that put our military community first.

“I will continue advocating for the people of Virginia’s First Congressional District in Washington and will do my utmost to ensure Congress remains accountable to the people we serve.”

TheConsolidated Appropriations Actincludeskey military funding advanced and supported by Congressman Wittman:

National Defense

  • Provides our military with the resources to defend our nation and advance U.S. national security
  • Includes a 3% pay raise for the troops and provides the resources to continue rebuild our military, deter adversaries, and defend our national security interests
  • Allocates funding for two Virginia-Class submarines, one above the budget request, both of which are built in Virginia.
  • Provides $2.87 billion for the overall Columbia-Class submarine program, providing a great boost to the economy in the Commonwealth
  • Allocates $10 million for the Cable Ship Security Program, which Congressman Wittman had authorized in the FY20 NDAA to shore up a critical strategic infrastructure gap
  • Supports Congressman Wittman’s legislation that was included in the FY21 NDAA to bundle the acquisition of amphibious ships which will save the taxpayers roughly $1 billion
  • Extends Sec. 3610 of the Cares Act which allows for reimbursement to federal contractors for the cost of providing COVID-19 related leave
  • Funds two Virginia-class submarines, one above the budget request and $2.87 billion for Columbia-class submarine program; both of which are built in Virginia
  • Includes $10 million for the Cable Ship Security Program, which Congressman Wittman had authorized in the FY20 NDAA to shore up a critical strategic infrastructure gap
  • Supports Congressman Wittman’s legislation that was included in the FY21 NDAA to bundle the acquisition of our amphibious ships which will save the taxpayers roughly $1 billion
  • Increases the Navy’s shipbuilding budget by $3.4 billion to support the National Defense Strategy and allow us to compete on the global stage

Veterans

  • Fully funds veterans’ healthcare, including the MISSION Act’s community care program, as well as other critical programs
  • Provides a total of $2.63 billion to continue VA’s transition to a new electronic health records system and increases congressional oversight of the program
  • Provides a total of $10.3 billion for VA mental health programs, including $313 million for suicide prevention outreach
  • Provides a total of $1.9 billion to prevent veteran homelessness, including $420 million for Supportive Services for Veterans Families and $270 million for the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
  • Provides $661 million for gender-specific care to ensure VA meets the needs of women veterans, including $1 million for peer support programs

Virginia’s First Congressional District is home to one of the largest populations of military members, their families, and the hardworking Americans who develop and support the platforms, systems, and programs that our warfighters use to execute their critical missions around the globe. Advocating for these individuals is one of Congressman Wittman’s top priorities in Washington, and several measures in this funding package put our military community first.

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.

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