Join us in a conversation with Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA).
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 at 12 p.m. (ET) Dial 667-776-9181 (no code needed)
While the Trump legal team continues to challenge the validity of the Nov. 3 election, Congress is wrestling over proposed bills for more Covid-19 relief, Defense Department appropriations and a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 11.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been meeting this past week, trying to fashion a compromise on the nearly $1 trillion relief bill.
Meanwhile, President Trump has threatened to veto the Defense bill if it precludes moving some troops out of Germany or South Korea or does not include a provision removing Section 230 of the Communications Act, which gives Big Tech (Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) a virtual monopoly over digitally generated information by shielding them from liability.
The final bipartisan draft includes neither of those elements, as well as several other “repudiations” of the Trump agenda, such as sharply reducing military money for a border wall, no money for a nuclear test and no prohibition on the military’s use of the Chinese-developed video-sharing service TikTok, according to the Washington Post.
What will Congress do as the year winds down?
Rob Wittman was first elected to serve the First Congressional District of Virginia – America’s First District – in December of 2007.
He was re-elected for his sixth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2018. For more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government.
Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007.
In Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of Virginia’s First District. He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform and for being a champion of the Chesapeake Bay.
On the Armed Services Committee, Rob is the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. As co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, he’s a staunch advocate for a robust Naval fleet and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry. Rob has chaired the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors since 2010.
A member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries and other natural resource issues. He is a champion of the Chesapeake Bay and has introduced legislation to increase accountability in cleaning up the Bay. He is co-chair of the congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus.
Congressman Witman holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech.
Rob and his wife Kathryn have two sons, Josh and Devon.
Please join us for this informative, stimulating discussion.