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Prince William’s congressional delegation divided on Trump’s impeachment

Prince William Times

Prince William County’s congressional delegation voted along party lines on Wednesday’s historic vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump on articles accusing the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Reps. Gerald Connolly and Jennifer Wexton, both Democrats, voted in favor of both articles of impeachment while Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, voted against them.

VaNews December 20, 2019

Wittman: VA health care center coming to Fredericksburg will be nation's largest

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

By 2025, the largest veteran’s health care center in the nation will be located in the Fredericksburg region. That was the message delivered by Rep. Rob Wittman, R–1st District, as he opened a briefing for veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103 in Fredericksburg on Friday morning. Wittman, who was accompanied by several representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said the facility will be “full scope,” and will feature “every element of service.”

VaNews December 16, 2019

Spanberger, Wittman propose bipartisan legislation expanding use of 529 funds

By ADELE UPHAUS–CONNER, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Fredericksburg-area congressional representatives Abigail Spanberger, D–7th District, and Rob Wittman, R–1st District, introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to expand the use of 529 college savings accounts to include workforce programs for students. The bill, called the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, would allow students to use their 529 funds to pay for training, certification and credentialing programs, in addition to traditional two- or four-year college degree programs.

VaNews December 9, 2019

Pence visits Louisa to 'turn up the heat' on Democrats about trade agreement

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to rural Louisa County to “turn up the heat” on Democrats and urge approval of President Donald Trump’s signed trade deal with Mexico and Canada. About 500 people gathered at Patriot Industries, a steel and aluminum manufacturer, on Saturday to hear Pence, former Virginia Gov. George Allen and U.S. Reps. Denver Riggleman, R-5th, and Rob Wittman, R-1st, discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

VaNews November 3, 2019

Wittman votes against impeachment, while Wexton, Connolly back resolution

By STAFF REPORT, Prince William Times

Prince William County’s congressional delegation voted along party lines in today’s impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, with Republican Rep. Rob Wittman voting against the resolution while Reps. Jennifer Wexton and Gerald Connolly, both Democrats, voted in favor of it.

VaNews November 1, 2019

Wittman’s working waterfront, fish habitat and wetlands bills on the move

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Who says Congress is all wet? Three bipartisan bills focusing on wetlands, fish and working waterfronts co-sponsored by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, and Democrats from California, Texas and Maine are on the move, winning nods from the House Natural Resources Committee. The committee approved a bill Wittman and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., sponsored to authorize $60 million per year for wetlands conservation from 2020 to 2024.

VaNews September 26, 2019

Wittman shifts stance on background checks

By DANIEL BERTI, Prince William Times

After a weekend of gun violence during which 31 people were killed in mass shootings, Rep. Rob Wittman says he now supports strengthening gun background checks, an apparent shift for the congressman who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. “I support strengthening our National Instant Criminal Background Check System. We must have a constructive conversation about how to put a stop to these mass shootings while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Wittman, R-1st, said in an email.

VaNews August 15, 2019

Virginia population projections show the growth is in Democratic strongholds

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Rep. Rob Wittman’s recent announcement that he will not seek statewide office in 2021 removes a potential Republican candidate for governor whose 1st District includes part of Prince William County, one of the population centers that have driven Democrats’ winning streak in statewide elections. Virginia Democrats have won every statewide election in Virginia since 2009 because they dominate the 10 cities and counties with populations of 200,000 or more.

VaNews August 12, 2019

Wittman urges more attention to rural broadband

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

When it comes to going online, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, represents a very mixed-up district — up at the northern end, the Northern Virginia suburbs of central and southern Prince William County, constituents have some of the best broadband access around, with speeds upwards of a gigabit. Down on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, where a fifth of his constiuents (and Wittman himself) live, not so much.

VaNews August 1, 2019

Wittman says he will not run statewide in 2021

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st, says he is running for re-election to Congress next year and is not seeking statewide office in 2021. Wittman, who considered a run for governor in 2017, did not rule out a run for governor in 2021 during an October debate with his Democratic congressional opponent, Vangie Williams.

VaNews July 24, 2019