Monday, October 26, 2015

Rob Wittman's Weekly Update

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During these past couple of weeks, I have been thinking a lot about leadership and what it means to be a leader. According to Douglas MacArthur, leadership is about integrity. "A true leader," he said, "has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." As individuals, we aspire to live up to that standard every day, but what does that look like for countries operating in a global environment? What does it mean for the United States to be a leader?

For one thing, leadership means that we take care of our men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for us, on and off the battlefield. It means, as Reagan said, that we "prepare for peace" by maintaining a well-trained and well-equipped military force to stave off would-be aggressors like ISIS, Russia, and China. It means that we fulfill our commitment of assurance to Israel and our other allies. And it means that we encourage innovation and industry on the home front by taking care of the federal civilian workers and companies that provide services to support our national security efforts. That's what the annual defense policy legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), for fiscal year 2016 does.

Two weeks ago, Congress fulfilled its constitutional duty under Article I, Section 8 by passing the NDAA. Despite strong bipartisan support, the President followed through with his threat to veto the bill marking the first time in our national history that an administration has withheld necessary funding for our military in order to advance domestic policy. Making sure our service members are able to operate in the safest conditions possible and providing them with the resources and benefits they need to take care of their families is not only a baseline requirement for national leadership, it's our duty. The President was remiss to neglect that obligation.

In the international theater, leadership means energy and economic independence. That's why I co-sponsored H.R. 702, a bill that would lift the arbitrary ban on crude oil exports to more accurately reflect the state of our crude oil store and global market conditions.  In the last weeks, the House passed H.R. 702, but Senate Democrats have blocked the bill. In the event that it does pass the Senate, President Obama has again threatened to weaken our national security by vetoing the legislation. Crude oil exports from the United States would mean that our ally nations have an alternative energy source and no longer have to depend on adversary countries for their oil supply. This bill not only creates economic opportunity, it makes us safer, and it makes us a better ally to nations who support our national interests. Again, I've urged Senate Democrats and the President to consider what is at stake and support this bill. 

Perhaps the most publicized kind of leadership, since Speaker John Boehner announced his intent to resign at the end of this month and Kevin McCarthy withdrew from the race for the Speakership, has been House Leadership. I believe that it's time for Republicans to come together and elect leaders who will stand strong behind our military, support a healthy economy, and make sure that our country is moving in a direction that we can be proud of. Our nation is facing real issues like the debt, the deficit, and partisan gridlock, and the next Speaker of the House needs to be someone who moves us forward and helps us deal with these issues in a timely and thoughtful way. As MacArthur said, a leader is made through "the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." The next Speaker of the House should be someone who empowers Members so that the best conservative ideas stand a chance of making their way to the forefront. 

I know that the best ideas do not come from Washington D.C. but from the great folks in Virginia's First District, and I hope that you will continue to contact me with your thoughts about how we, as a nation, can move forward. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Friday, October 16, 2015

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October 16, 2015






Mr. Robert B. Alexander, Jr.

615 Carys Chapel Rd
Yorktown, VA 23693-2509


Dear Mr. Alexander:


Thank you for contacting me to express your opinion on the upcoming House of Representatives Republican Party leadership elections. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me. I value your views on the important issues facing our Commonwealth and the Nation.


As you know, on September, 25 2015, Representative John Boehner announced he would be stepping down as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and would retire Oct. 30, 2015. To date, the House Republican Conference has not elected a candidate for the office of Speaker. The election for Speaker in the full House of Representatives is currently scheduled to occur on October 29, 2015. However, I would like to inform you that I did not support Representative Kevin McCarthy for Speaker, because I believe the Republican Conference needs a new direction and new leadership in the Speaker's Chair.


 I appreciate hearing your concerns about the ability of Speaker Boehner and the elected Republican Leadership to lead the Party, and I would like to share with you the critical priorities that I believe must be addressed by any candidate running for Speaker or other leadership positions within the Republican Caucus. I have personally written to every candidate for leadership, including Speaker, to outline these priorities and to request each candidate's position on these critical issues.


It is no secret that the American public is frustrated with Washington, and rightly so. For too long, Congress has failed to fund the federal government in a responsible, long-term manner, and I have consistently argued that Congress should return to doing business on schedule and end the current cycle of crisis management and stop-gap budget measures. That's why I introduced two pieces of reform legislation, the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 174) and the Stay on Schedule resolution (H.Res.17). The No Budget, No Pay Act would prohibit members of Congress from being paid if a budget resolution is not passed by April 15 of each year. The Stay on Schedule resolution would amend House rules to prevent the House from taking an August recess unless it has passed all regular appropriations bills by July 31. Additional legislation to change the annual budgeting process to a biennial budgeting process should also be considered. This would allow Congress to complete its budget resolution and appropriations bills in the first year of each Congress, and conduct critical oversight of federal programs in the second year. These are simple, commonsense initiatives that will allow our nation's elected leaders to show their constituents that they are serious about getting the job done and will end this cycle of uncertainty and decision-making by crisis.


Additionally, I believe we must end the defense budget sequester level caps and restore national defense spending to proper levels for national security. If defense sequestration is allowed to continue it will have devastating effects on our ability to defend our nation and interests around the world. The new Speaker must outline a plan to end the defense sequester caps and restore defense funding levels to at least FY2012 levels adjusted for inflation.


Since being elected to Congress, I have consistently fought for accountability from congressional leadership. It is my belief that the Speaker of the House takes direction from the House Republican Conference, and it is the responsibility of every member of the Conference to hold congressional leadership accountable to the people. Now more than ever, I believe it our duty as Republicans to hold the new leadership responsible for their actions, and I will do that with every ounce of energy I have.


Thank you again for sharing your views and opinions with me on the important issues facing our Nation. I pledge to you that I will continue to work hard on your behalf and to fight for the principles that will continue to make this Nation great. I honestly would not be able to serve the First Congressional District of Virginia without hearing from great folks like you. As we move forward, your input on these pivotal issues will be extremely important, so please keep in touch with me via telephone at (202) 225-4261, through my website (, on Facebook (, or via Twitter (

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Thank you

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me.  I am eager to answer your questions and to assist you in any way I can.  If you need urgent and immediate assistance with a federal agency, please call my Washington office at (202) 225-4261. You can also call my offices in Stafford (540-659-2734), Tappahannock (804-443-0668), or Yorktown (757-874-6687).

Your thoughts and ideas are incredibly important to me as I represent you in Congress.  Please be assured that you will receive a response soon.  Feel free to print this email for your records.

In the meantime, I hope you'll consider signing up for my enewsletter, which I use to keep folks up to date on my activities here in Washington and across the First Congressional District of Virginia.  You can also stay engaged with me via Facebook and Twitter, where I post videos, answer questions, provide updates, and interact with constituents on the issues important to you.

In addition, my office is able to provide a number of other services to First District residents.  A list of these services can be found here.  Whether you need help with a federal agency, are interested in finding tickets to various tourist attractions in Washington, or are considering applying to a service academy, I am eager to serve you.

Thank you again for emailing me.  I am committed to serving you to the best of my abilities.


Rob Wittman

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

I need your help this weekend!

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With only 25 days remaining until Election Day, I am working hard to connect with voters throughout the 96th House District. This weekend I will join my friend Mark Matney, candidate for the Virginia Senate, to knock on doors in York County. Mark will be an outstanding addition to the Senate, and I am excited to support his campaign efforts. 

We need your help this weekend! Meeting voters at the door is the most effective form of grassroots campaigning. We are walking on both Saturday and Sunday, and I hope you can join Mark and me on either day as we get out the Republican vote! 

When: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10 AND
3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11
Where:  Meet in the parking lot of the James York Plaza Shopping Center, 601 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg. Meet between Shorty's and the old location of the Bushin martial arts studio.
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I've remained busy during the recent weeks, and I am looking forward to even more activity during the final stretch of the campaign. Thank you to all of the people who have supported me by posting a sign on their property, placing a sticker on their vehicle's bumper, or making a financial contribution. 
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