October marked the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019 where, for the first time in a decade, our military started the year with on-time, reliable funding. Restoring years of decaying military readiness so our service members can complete their mission and come home safe has been a top priority of mine. From funding the military, to fighting back against the opioid crisis, to restoring funds for the Chesapeake Bay Program, to bringing our economy back to life, I’m proud of how I have worked to advance critical First District priorities.
Throughout the district work period this month, I traveled across every county in the district helping constituents with casework issues, visiting businesses, and holding constituent forums to discuss the pressing policy areas facing our nation.
See where I have stopped across the First District this month below:
Earlier this year, the President signed my bill granting federal recognition to the Virginia Indian tribes into law. I visited Werowocomoco to celebrate this long overdue recognition for the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Monacan, Nansemond, Rappahannock, and Upper Mattaponi tribes.
I met with folks in Gloucester and shared an update on my work to rebuild our military, expand broadband access, improve care for our veterans, and connect students with 21st Century jobs.
I hosted an opioid forum in Stafford to highlight resources for those suffering and the work being done to end this crisis once and for all.
I spent an afternoon touring businesses on Main Street in Bowling Green.
One of the most important parts of my job is helping constituents navigate federal agencies. I spent an afternoon meeting with families to hear about their casework success stories.
I joined Falls Run NARFE Chapter 2343 to detail how I’ve advocated for our nation’s federal workforce.
I stopped by Walmart’s store and academy in Fredericksburg to chat with employees and see how they are providing opportunities for veterans.
I heard from C&P Offroad Specialists about ways Congress can help sustain current economic growth, keep our businesses competitive, and remove government barriers to success.
I talked with my Young Professionals Council about job creation, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, and ways to sustain our current economic growth.
I hosted a seniors’ resources forum to discuss recent Medicare improvements and important resources to guard against consumer scams.
I spoke at the 100th Anniversary of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren.
Everytime I attend an honor flight send off, I’m reminded of how much our nation’s veterans have sacrificed for us.
I hosted two Career & Technical Education symposiums, one in Hanover and the other in Stafford, to bring schools and businesses together to help our students cultivate the skills needed in today’s workforce.
I stopped by Greencore's operations here in Virignia to hear how regulatory relief has impacted their business.
I met with government contractors in Prince William County to discuss how I fought for Virginia priorities in this year's National Defense Authorization Act.
I stopped by Iron Mountain Data Center In Manassas to catch up with employees after attending their grand opening last year.
I toured Northern Virginia Community College's workforce development program to hear more about how we are equipping our students with he skill’s toot succeed in today’s economy
I met with Supervisor Anderson to visit Old Bridge Road and discuss congestion solutions.
I received the Guardian of Seniors Right’s Award from the 60+ Association for my commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare for current beneficiaries.
I visited StreetLight Ministries in Prince William County to drop off some donations and talk with their team about the ways they serve the homeless in Northern Virginia.
This Month’s Clips
For the first time in a decade, the Department of Defense begins new fiscal year with funding in place (WTKR News)
Interview: Rep. Rob Wittman (Defense News)
Wittman Named “Hero of Main Street” (Prince William Living)
HDT to hold high-tech ribbon cutting for its new Spotsylvania facility (Free Lance-Star)
Navy, Air Force officials tell Congress that aircraft fixes to help curtail crashes are underway (Stars and Stripes)
Recognition of the tribes (Gazette-Journal)
Virginia’s Congressional Republicans Receive NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award (The Republican Standard)
Wittman wants Navy to take over part of bridge cost (Gazette-Journal)
Wittman fields questions from local veterans (Virginia Gazette)
Wittman updates supervisors on issues affecting county (Richmond Times Dispatch)
Mission accomplished: Honor flight makes final trip (Virginia Gazette)
Greeley history at Dahlgren spans four generations, 85 years (Free Lance-Star)
EDITORIAL: Navy, Dahlgren celebrate first century together (Free Lance Star)
I really enjoyed getting out in the community to interact with constituents regarding the issues most important to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me so I can best represent you.
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