Rob Wittman's Weekly Update

Congressman Rob Wittman
2014-12-01 15:16:26
Rob Wittman's Weekly Update ========================================== *Rob Wittman�s Weekly Update* Our nation rests upon the foundation of patriotism.� It remains united by the same sense of purpose that was exhibited by our forefathers and is now shown each and every day by the brave citizens who serve our country. It is due to the service and sacrifice of these men and women that we are today the greatest nation the world has ever known. The contributions and service of our nation�s veterans were on display across the country lastweek as we recognized Veterans Day. The First District has a storied military tradition dating back to colonial times and more than 700,000 veterans call Virginia home, as do thousands of active duty servicemen and women. I was proud to spend Veterans Day with a number of these dedicated patriots and their families at events in Fredericksburg, King George, and Williamsburg. We owe these individuals our highest gratitude, not only on Veterans Day, but every day. I was also proud to join my fellow congressmen [link 1] from the Hampton Roads region in commending the Navy�s decision to consolidate its Military Sealift Command at Naval Station Norfolk. Currently, the command is split between Washington and Norfolk. This consolidation is an important strategic decision by the Navy and could provide a number of jobs in the region. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I will continue to monitor decisions like this one. I am fully committed to protecting our military�s readiness and ensuring that our force remains the strongest in the world. I will also remain vigilant in my effort to avert the impending defense budget cuts known as the sequester, which would have devastating effects on the military and our region if allowed to take effect. Testimony [link 2] from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before the House Armed Services Committee last week reinforced the importance of staving off the sequester. During the hearing, which was focused on the United States� strategy in combating the terrorist group ISIL, both of these leaders indicated that the sequester would drastically reduce our military�s readiness. Threats around the world are not dwindling, and we must be sure that our men and women in uniform are manned, trained, and equipped to complete their missions successfully and safely. The sequester must be stopped, and I will continue to sound the alarm in Washington. Again, thank you to all of our nation�s veterans and to their families. May God bless the brave men and women who have served so selflessly. I thank you and honor you for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. The main streets of Virginia�s First District are full of ideas to get our economy back on track, and your feedback is critically important to me as I serve you. I can be reached by telephone at�(202) 225-4261 [link 3], through my website (www.wittman.house.gov [link 4]), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/reprobwittman [link 5]), and via Twitter (www.twitter.com/robwittman [link 6]).

Rob Wittman�s Weekly Update

Our nation rests upon the foundation of patriotism.  It remains united by the same sense of purpose that was exhibited by our forefathers and is now shown each and every day by the brave citizens who serve our country. It is due to the service and sacrifice of these men and women that we are today the greatest nation the world has ever known.

The contributions and service of our nation�s veterans were on display across the country lastweek as we recognized Veterans Day. The First District has a storied military tradition dating back to colonial times and more than 700,000 veterans call Virginia home, as do thousands of active duty servicemen and women. I was proud to spend Veterans Day with a number of these dedicated patriots and their families at events in Fredericksburg, King George, and Williamsburg. We owe these individuals our highest gratitude, not only on Veterans Day, but every day.

I was also proud to from the Hampton Roads region in commending the Navy�s decision to consolidate its Military Sealift Command at Naval Station Norfolk. Currently, the command is split between Washington and Norfolk. This consolidation is an important strategic decision by the Navy and could provide a number of jobs in the region.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I will continue to monitor decisions like this one. I am fully committed to protecting our military�s readiness and ensuring that our force remains the strongest in the world. I will also remain vigilant in my effort to avert the impending defense budget cuts known as the sequester, which would have devastating effects on the military and our region if allowed to take effect.

Again, thank you to all of our nation�s veterans and to their families. May God bless the brave men and women who have served so selflessly. I thank you and honor you for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America.

The main streets of Virginia�s First District are full of ideas to get our economy back on track, and your feedback is critically important to me as I serve you. I can be reached by telephone at (202) 225-4261, through my website (www.wittman.house.gov), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/reprobwittman), and via Twitter (www.twitter.com/robwittman).

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