‘Job loss and lack of leadership’ (Published 4/10)

Rob Wittman has killed hundreds of jobs in the First District.   To build Trump’s useless border wall, Wittman voted to kill three major military construction projects in the First District, totaling $48.5 million: Quantico Fire Station, $23.7M; Ammunition Supply Point Upgrade, Quantico $13.1M; Training Campus, Fort A.P. Hill $11.7M.

When the House of Representatives tried to restore this funding, Wittman voted to cut these construction funds along with the hundreds of construction jobs these projects would create.

In December, Wittman voted to shut down the government, leaving thousands in this District without paychecks.  In January, he voted against reopening the government. Now his blind support of the unnecessary “national emergency” declaration is killing hundreds of construction jobs in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and hurting 1st  District families.

Remember:  For 382 legislative days in 2017 and 2018 Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House. They could have passed any border wall funding they wanted to.  They passed nothing.  Instead, they pushed through bill after bill that increased spending, gutted environmental protections, trashed financial regulations and increased the national debt by $2 trillion.  And Rob Wittman voted for those bills every single time.

Never once did Wittman sound the alarm regarding a national crisis at our southern border.  In fact, in an October 2018 candidate debate, Wittman assured us there was no problem at the southern border, saying, “There are laws in place to handle the border situation.”

Only after the 2018 elections did border wall funding suddenly became a national priority for Wittman.

The 1st  District is losing hundreds of jobs because of Rob Wittman and his lack of leadership.

We deserve better. In November 2020, we have the chance to replace Wittman with a representative who will not kill jobs in our District.

Joe Schlatter,



Whitman’s response (4/24)

After the attack on my commitment to creating jobs in Virginia and protecting our military, I feel the need to set the record straight. Through my role as Chairman, and now Ranking Member, of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee I have been a chief advocate of our men and women in uniform and to suggest otherwise is misleading to say the least. I have led many major initiatives to not only bring new jobs to Virginia, but to keep them here.

I led the effort authorizing the Navy to purchase two aircraft carriers at a time. A dual buy means $4 billion in savings for taxpayers, certainty that our industrial base needs to retain and hire the employees who create the highest quality products for our sailors, and thousands of reliable jobs and community development for the next decade and beyond in Virginia.

After Tyndall Air Force Base sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Michael, the Air Force was looking to move the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Units (FTU). I worked with the Air Force early on to highlight Virginia as the only ideal candidate for this transition.  I’m glad to see the Air Force identify Langley-Eustis as the new home for the F-22 FTU and for the jobs that it not only brings, but keeps here.

For Rob Wittman’s full letter, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 4/24/19