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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) this week advocated against the adjournment of the House of Representatives for the month of August, submitting the following statement for the Congressional Record:

“Mr. Speaker, once again, I am disappointed that Congress plans to adjourn this August without addressing critical issues important to the American people.

“I appreciate that district work periods allow Members to visit and work on behalf of their constituents. I am fortunate to commute from my home in Montross to Washington DC on a daily basis, so I am in my district listening to the concerns of my constituents every day.

“However, too much unfinished business remains, and too many important issues must still be addressed with a limited amount of time on the calendar. Congress has not completed its work, and our constituents expect us to stay and finish the job.

“I am prepared to stay in Washington until we complete the people’s work. As I have asked year after year, let’s clear our schedule, halt the outdated tradition of adjourning for the month of August, and stay in Washington to complete the work our constituents sent us here to do.”

Wittman has also argued against previous August adjournments:

Wittman: Stay in Washington, Get the Job Done (August 2, 2013)

Rob Wittman calls on Congress to stay in DC, finish critical business (August 2, 2012)

Representative Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.



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POLL CHART 2014 Virginia Senate: Gillespie vs. Warner

This Chart combines the latest opinion polls using a poll-tracking model and is updated    whenever a new poll is released

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement today upon the announcement of Representative Eric Cantor’s (VA-7) resignation from the 113th Congress effective August 18, 2014:

“I have been honored to serve alongside Eric, and I am proud to consider him a friend. Eric has been a steady voice on behalf of Virginians and has consistently pursued policies and ideas to preserve our American freedoms and improve the way of life in our communities, Commonwealth, and nation. I wish Eric and his family the best as he begins this next chapter, and I know that he will continue to be a champion for the causes he cares about most. I commend Eric for his 22 years of service, both in the General Assembly and the House of Representatives, and I am forever grateful for his selfless commitment to the people of Virginia.”

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.

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OpEd: Lobbied for company that paid women 39% less than men

Did you, Virginia, know that Acme, a corporation that handed Ed Gillespie $3 million to lobby in Washington, has received over 50 warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency? Do you, Virginia, realize that Acme, the infamous corporation that made Ed Gillespie a millionaire, paid women 39% less than men? Well, the jobs that Acme haven't already outsourced to China. Ed Gillespie: betting against America--and women.

Source: The Federalist on 2014 Virginia Senate race , Jan 16, 2014

Accused of minority outreach? Guilty as charged

The 2000 convention in Philadelphia was a huge success, perhaps the most effective ever in terms of branding. We worked hard to recruit African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, and women speakers and entertainers. At one point we did a remote feed featuring the Reverend Herb Lusk, a former Philadelphia Eagles running back, from his church in North Philly with his gospel choir in the background, and then cut back to the First Union Center, where we had a gospel choir on stage. It was one of the highlights of the convention.

The media were cynical. My friend Kevin Merida of the "Washington Post" said he couldn't help notice the abundance of blacks on stage but the dearth of them on the convention floor where the delegates were seated.

"If you're accusing us of reaching out to minority voters, guilty as charged," I said. "If black voters come away from this convention with the sense they are welcome in the Republican Party, we will have been successful."

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p. 31 , Sep 5, 2006

Courts should not encroach on definition of marriage

The feeling of being denied the opportunity [to have a fair debate] fuels much of the intensity in the pro-life community. The same is true when it comes to gay marriage. Ballot initiatives and state legislatures are addressing this issue all across the country, as is Congress. Having a reasoned public debate over the negative implications of such a significant change in a fundamental institution like marriage will result in the kind of accommodation and respect that a court can never achieve.

In the long term, I suspect supporters of gay marriage may gain control in the public arena, while supporters of abortion on demand without limits will lose ground. But to the extent courts encroach on the proper venue for policy-making, any ability to affect direction will be denied the citizens of this country.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.219 , Sep 5, 2006


Deciding marriage at state level is not gay-bashing

The Republican Party platform is clear. We believe "marriage" is the legal union of one man and one woman. Americans want to see changes in our tax code, changes in our schools, and changes in our health care system, but there is no public clamor to change the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. In fact, polls consistently show that 2 out of every 3 Americans oppose recognizing same-sex marriage.

We cannot allow tolerance to be redefined as having to agree with one another on every issue. The 86 senators who voted in 1996 to allow states to decide for themselves whether they will recognize gay marriage rather than having that decision imposed upon them by another state's activist supreme court are not "gay bashers."

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement today after supporting a supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 5230) to address the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the southwestern border of the United States:

“Throughout the debate on how to address the ongoing crisis involving unaccompanied alien youth crossing our southern border, I’ve been consistent in what I want to see done. I have demanded an increased focus on securing the border, including sending in the National Guard. I’ve called for changes in the treatment of individuals from Central American countries as compared with those from Mexico who are designated for removal from the U.S. Children from Central America coming to the U.S. must be treated the same as those from Mexico. I’ve also demanded that unaccompanied alien children not be housed at Department of Defense facilities so that our men and women in uniform can focus on their military duties. I’ve advocated for compassionate treatment of these children while they remain in U.S. custody, while also stressing that the most humanitarian thing we can do for them is to return them safely to their families in their home countries.

“I could not support an earlier version of this bill because I believe it did not go far enough in preventing this crisis from continuing. I communicated my concerns to leadership, and I am glad they addressed these concerns by crafting a new version. Today’s bills are a positive step forward in fixing a broken immigration system, and I encourage the President and the Senate to work with the House to secure our border and ensure that those who are entering this country are doing so legally.

“While I am glad that today’s bills passed, I don’t believe the work of Congress is done. The practice of adjourning for the month of August is outdated, and I am prepared to stay in Washington until Congress has completed the important work still remaining. I urge my colleagues to do the same. Let’s finish the work we were sent here to do.”

H.R. 5230 would allocate funds to boost border security and law enforcement activities, as well as to facilitate the deployment of the National Guard to the southwestern border. In addition, the bill would accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants, and amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 so that all UACs are treated the same as those from Mexico for the purpose of removals. H.R. 5230 also prohibits the housing of unauthorized immigrants on military bases if the use of the military installation would interfere with military activities or displace active duty members of the Armed Forces. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, Wittman recently held a briefing on this issue with DOD officials.

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.

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