Bipartisan Legislation

Bipartisan Legislation

I am proud to have a strong track record of working across the aisle to get real results for the people of the First District.

Just this Congress, I worked in a bipartisan manner to introduce legislation on issues from infrastructure to the environment, including:

And, this Congress I have so far been an original cosponsor on 38 bipartisan bills introduced by my colleagues across the aisle on issues from veterans to energy security:

I am proud to have a strong track record of working across the aisle to get real results for the people of the First District. Just this Congress, I worked in a bipartisan manner to introduce legislation on issues from infrastructure to the environment, including: Long Bridge Act […]

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Jobs and the Economy

Jobs and the Economy

I am focused on creating more jobs and opportunities for all Americans and promoting pro-growth policies to support small businesses. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has led to unprecedented economic disruption, which means we must work to support our small businesses and prepare potential employees to fill jobs as they become available. We must continue to incentivize rehiring, remove regulatory barriers to job creation, and return our supply chain back from China; the Government’s role should be to eliminate barriers to success, not create them.

I remain focused on supporting policies that create more jobs and put more money in the pockets of hard-working Virginians. To better prepare our future workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in a global economy, we must prioritize workforce development and continue to promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. It is our responsibility to prepare students for the demands of our current society and to provide unemployed Americans with an outlet to reintegrate into the workforce.

In Congress, I supported the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is now signed into law. The Perkins CTE program controls over $1 billion in grants for federal, state, and local CTE programs. The reforms include expanding access to CTE programs, helping schools create partnerships with the business community so students can cultivate skills in demand by the labor market, improving and modernizing schools’ CTE programs, and giving states and localities more control over how to spend CTE dollars. I am also a proud cosponsor of H.R. 2831, the BUILDS Act, which provides federal grants to develop a skilled workforce to support our transportation industry. These funds will strengthen our workforce training programs in infrastructure-industry jobs by creating critical partnerships between schools, local businesses, and industry organizations.

STEM and CTE programs give future employees the opportunity to develop a practical skill set to enter the job market more confident and well prepared. We can better prepare our professionals of tomorrow by increasing access to dual enrollment CTE training courses today so students can work toward certifications and credentials while still in high school. By taking less than two years, or sometimes even a few weeks to complete, these qualifications provide a more tangible approach to education and qualify students for well-paying jobs.

A strong economy is good for all Virginians. I will remain focused on policies that spur economic growth, create an environment for small businesses to thrive, create more jobs for hard working Americans, and grow paychecks. It’s the American entrepreneurial spirit—not Washington—that is guiding our nation’s economy forward, and I will do everything in my power to continue to support our job creators.

I am focused on creating more jobs and opportunities for all Americans and promoting pro-growth policies to support small businesses. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has led to unprecedented economic disruption, which means we must work to support our small businesses and prepare potential employees to fill jobs as they become […]

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Fiscal Accountability

Fiscal Accountability

It is imperative that we get our nation’s fiscal house in order and work to address our debt and deficit – or else we will continue to push the problems of today onto our children and grandchildren. The longer we fail to address our nation’s spending problem, the harder it becomes to solve the problem of our country’s crippling debt.

We absolutely must take tangible steps to reduce our deficit and debt. While we can certainly start with eliminating duplicative programs, wasteful spending, and fraud, if we don’t address the broken budget and appropriations system producing these spending deals, we won’t ever solve this problem. We need to need to know where our money is going and work through our funding packages in a responsible, thoughtful, deliberate way through regular order – not rushed through at the last minute. Returning to regular order —moving spending bills through the committee process where we read, debate, and vote on them — will go a long way towards bringing transparency back to the budget and appropriations process. However, this requires holding Members of Congress accountable. I authored three bills to achieve this:

Stay on Schedule (S.O.S) Resolution – would force Speaker Pelosi to keep Congress in town until all 12 appropriations bills are passed, instead of adjourning for the August recess.

No Budget, No Pay Act – would serve as an enforcement measure to hold members of Congress accountable for their actions. It is the legal obligation of Congress to pass a budget, and member pay should be withheld until that job is done.

Inaction Has Consequences Act – would hold Congress Members’ salaries if we do not pass regular appropriation bills in a timely manner.

This level of transparency and accountability is critical not only to get the budget process under control but also to rein in wasteful spending. A sound fiscal footing fosters an environment for a strong economy, opportunities for growth, and prosperity for all people. If we keep letting our debt spiral out of control, we put our country at risk of a financial crisis.

It is imperative that we get our nation’s fiscal house in order and work to address our debt and deficit – or else we will continue to push the problems of today onto our children and grandchildren. The longer we fail to address our nation’s spending problem, the […]

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Health Care

Health Care

I believe in a better health care future for Virginians. We must reform our health care system to provide quality, affordable healthcare to every American and I am focused on providing real health care solutions that include patient-provider centered reforms which expand choices for consumers, increase access to care, reduce health care costs, and enhance transparency in our health care system. Individuals and families should have the ability to make decisions for themselves based on what best fits their needs, wants, and budget. Patients and their doctors should be in control of their own health care decisions and everyday American families have the option to see a doctor of their choice.

Before serving in Congress, I earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health and spent 26 years working for Virginia’s Department of Health — so, I am passionate about protecting Virginians and raising awareness about how public health issues impact lives and communities. The health and safety of all people in the United States is the foundation of a functioning democracy and strong economy. As Co-Chair of the Public Health Caucus in Congress, it is my duty to bring attention to public health and prevention issues and support federal policies that result in improved overall health for citizens across the United States.

The COVID-19 outbreak underscores the importance of not only focusing on public health, but the need to fix our broken healthcare system. Every American has the right to access affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for themselves and their family but today, families are struggling to do so. I believe The Affordable Care Act shows that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. I will continue to push back against the Democrats’ attempts to institute Medicare For All, a single-payer health care plan run by the federal government that would cost $32 trillion to operate. Single-payer plans would eliminate the private health care market and completely transform the health care system as we know it by implementing socialized medicine. This would require a massive tax increase and would outlaw the choice of private insurance, forcing 158 million Americans who get their health insurance through their employer into a one-size-fits-all government-run plan. Individuals should be able to do what’s best for them, not what the government dictates for them. Putting the government between you and your doctor will cause gridlock and will majorly debilitate the flow of innovation.

There are common sense initiatives in healthcare that we can all agree on: provide insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, allow young people to stay on a parent’s plan, eliminate lifetime caps for insurance coverage. I strongly believe that we must ensure access to insurance for all Americans with pre-existing conditions and have voted repeatedly to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. In fact, one of the very first votes I took in the 116th Congress was on a Republican measure to force Congress to legislate on locking in protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Any healthcare reform must also include plans for lowering drug prices and increasing access to effective medical treatments. We do that by bringing manufacturing home instead of relying on China and India for pharmaceuticals. We also need to expand telemedicine and ensure the reimbursement rate is the same rate as in-person services. We can help with out-of-pocket costs through the expansion of Health Savings Accounts. It is also vital that we increase transparency in the healthcare and prescription drug market and must end surprise billing. A key to lowering costs is removing government barriers that prevent patient access to new drugs and therapies and allowing the option to purchase health care across state lines. All of these ideas are centered around the patient, not the government.

I believe in a better health care future for Virginians. We must reform our health care system to provide quality, affordable healthcare to every American and I am focused on providing real health care solutions that include patient-provider centered reforms which expand choices for consumers, increase access to […]

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The First District of Virginia is home to some of the most unique transportation challenges in the country and solving these problems is one of my top priorities. We face congestion on I-95, strained commuter rail, crumbling roads and bridges, aging airports, and maintaining the Port of Virginia. I believe that we must get out of just fixing current problems and get to investing in a true 21st Century infrastructure. I will continue to support projects that prioritize innovation, leverage public-private resources, and maintain the safety of motorists within the region.

The I-95 corridor from Fredericksburg to Northern Virginia has been identified as the “worst traffic hot spot” in the nation and as a commuter myself who travels along I-95 almost every day, I know firsthand the issues with congestion in the area. To help alleviate congestion on I-95, I supported the Rappahannock River Crossing Project along I-95 between Rt. 17 and Rt. 3 as part of the Atlantic Gateway Program and extending HOV lanes on I-95 to exit 126 – the Massaponax Exit.

An important component to reducing traffic congestion in Northern Virginia is commuter and passenger rail. Long Bridge, which spans the Potomac River between Virginia and DC, is the critical gateway between southeast and northeast rail networks. The current Long Bridge structure is the primary constraint limiting Virginia Railway Express’s (VRE) ability to operate more passenger trains that could significantly reduce traffic in Northern Virginia and in the Fredericksburg area. That is why I introduced the Long Bridge Act of 2020: a new Long Bridge will ease congestion along the I-95 corridor and cut down on the commuter travel time that plagues many VA-01 residents and lead to a better quality of life. The construction of a separate passenger-only bridge will allow freight to move more freely from the Port of Virginia, taking thousands of large trucks off of Virginia roadways. The Long Bridge Act was passed by the House of Representatives in December 2020. Constituents in my district rely on the services of Amtrak and the VRE to commute throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. I have fought for federal funding to help expand and improve commuter capacity of the VRE and expand existing platform capacity at many stations within the DC metro area.

In other parts of the First District, our bridges and infrastructure need special attention. Rural transportation infrastructure’s unique challenges need to be considered in order to meet our Nation’s priority transportation goals of safety and economic competitiveness. The Coleman Bridge in Gloucester is a connector not only for vehicles to the Middle Peninsula but also for Navy ships traveling between installations. I included a provision in the annual defense authorization that aims to save local taxpayer dollars by requesting the Department of Defense to review the military value of the bridge to determine whether they should split costs in funding bridge management and upkeep. I am also active in bringing stakeholders together to find a state funding solution to fix the Norris Bridge. I hosted a Norris Bridge Roundtable with county officials of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula and Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue where we discussed options for innovative funding sources. Moving forward I remain committed to ensuring rural transportation projects are not forgotten.

Right outside the First District is the Port of Virginia, which services all 48 contiguous states and faces an urgent need for expansion. Widening to 1,400 ft. and deepening to 55 ft. will make way for safe and efficient two-way passage between larger commercial vessels and other operators in the Harbor and Channels including the Navy. With a Benefit-Cost-Ratio of more than $5 returned for $1 invested in construction, the Norfolk Harbor deepening and widening presents a huge return on investment for the nation. I have urged the White House and the US Army Corps of Engineers to grant the Port of Virginia a New Start Designation to advance its important work in the Norfolk harbor and channel. It will allow American businesses from across the country to further benefit from the Port of Virginia as an integral part of their supply chain.

The First District of Virginia is home to some of the most unique transportation challenges in the country and solving these problems is one of my top priorities. We face congestion on I-95, strained commuter rail, crumbling roads and bridges, aging airports, and maintaining the Port of Virginia. […]

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Broadband

Broadband

As Co-Chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, I am fighting to ensure that our nation’s rural and unserved populations are no longer left on the sidelines, but instead gain access to key services such as telemedicine, online education, online banking, and grant and job applications that help small businesses compete in the 21st Century. Currently almost 50% of rural Virginians either lack access to high speed internet, while 29% don’t have any internet service at all.

High speed broadband will revolutionize and improve the way rural populations live their lives, including the potential to expand economic opportunity and fuel our economy. As folks in urban areas today benefit from the everyday experiences of online banking, email, or ridesharing, rural populations continue to be left on the sideline. It is essential that any federal efforts to close the digital divide focus on the truly unserved first.

While high-speed internet access is easily available to our urban areas, our rural — and some of our suburban — communities have been caught at a standstill. That is why I introduced the Serving Rural America Act. The legislation would create a pilot grant program at the FCC, authorizing $500 million over five years to expand broadband service to unserved areas of the country. Under the act, grants will be awarded to eligible applicants that will consist of a partnership between an internet service provider and a locality (such as a county or planning district commission). Moreover, the program prioritizes the funding to areas without 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload capabilities. The program will help bring high-speed internet to a vast number of the 19 million unserved Americans, majority of whom are in rural communities — thus, bringing them into the 21st-century economy. As America relies increasingly on technology in everyday life, I will continue to work to make sure that rural communities don’t suffer the long-term impacts of the digital divide.

I am leading the effort to bring unserved and underserved regions of Virginia into the digital revolution. I have hosted numerous First District Broadband Task Force meetings, both in person and online, with key stakeholders from the telecommunications industry, small business, and federal government, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, and Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe, to discuss broadband expansion, the challenges we face in getting service to the truly unserved, and how to overcome them. We discuss the importance of eliminating the labyrinth of red tape and regulations, defining prescriptive easements, establishing dig once policies, and strengthening public-private partnerships, such as the Virginia Telecommunications Initative.

In Congress, I fought to secure $600 million in new funds for rural broadband expansion in unserved areas and I have been working tirelessly to direct those funds to projects in the First District. I also have worked with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Congressional leadership to ensure that broadband expansion be part of any long-term infrastructure package, as it is critical to closing the gap between rural and urban job growth opportunities in Virginia. Expanding access to high-speed internet is critical to economic development and growth in our nation.

As Co-Chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, I am fighting to ensure that our nation’s rural and unserved populations are no longer left on the sidelines, but instead gain access to key services such as telemedicine, online education, online banking, and grant and job applications that help […]

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Immigration

Immigration

Our current immigration system is broken, and we need strong, serious changes to our current laws. We are a nation of laws and we must continue to keep Americans safe, and although America is also a nation of immigrants, those wishing to enter the country need to come here legally. Our approach to combating illegal immigration must be comprehensive and include permanently securing our border, enforcing the rule of law, and reforming current processes.

We must start by enhancing our border security. A physical barrier would deter those attempting to enter the country illegally, while also helping direct those seeking asylum to the proper points of entry.

Current rules incentivize illegal behavior and don’t prioritize the needs of America’s economy. We must take the necessary steps to deter people from coming to our country illegally by requiring employers to utilize the E-Verify system to confirm that all future hires are eligible to work in the United States; ending chain migration by eliminating extended family visa categories that allow U.S. citizens to sponsor extended, non-nuclear family members; and replacing the visa-lottery system, that grants green cards through a random lottery with no regard to work experience or educational background, with a merit-based system instead.

We must also invest in our Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers. We have laws on the books— we must ensure that our nation’s current immigration laws are enforced, immigration programs work properly, and that we provide the resources for law enforcement officials to get their jobs done. We must hire additional immigration judges and support staff, hire additional Border Patrol agents, and increase Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel.

The First District economy is also significantly impacted by temporary and seasonal visa programs, and future immigration policy must balance timely processing for these visas while also ensuring effective visa enforcement.

We are a compassionate nation made up of immigrants and a prosperous nation due to the rule of law. I believe we don’t have to choose one or the other.

Our current immigration system is broken, and we need strong, serious changes to our current laws. We are a nation of laws and we must continue to keep Americans safe, and although America is also a nation of immigrants, those wishing to enter the country need to come […]

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National Security

National Security

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, I have the privilege of fighting to give back to our men and women in uniform. It is my responsibility to ensure we bring the capability of our Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force closer to meeting the reality of the threats facing the United States and to project power around the globe to deter our adversaries. A strong national defense is necessary to deter the threats of tomorrow.

The First District is home to Marine Base Quantico, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, and Fort AP Hill, and Virginia is home to the Pentagon, 27 military bases, the largest military shipbuilder in the country, the world’s largest naval station at Naval Station Norfolk, and largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces, as well as many Department of Defense civilians. As such, I have had the privilege of fighting to give back to our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines throughout my time in Congress. I am dedicated to reliable, sustainable funding for our Armed Forces and it is critical that we provide the resources to allow these brave men and women to carry out their missions. I am leading the charge to increase and modernize our Naval fleet in order to ensure we are adequately prepared to combat increasing global threats, replace aging ships in a timely manner, and meet any Pacific confrontations that could arise from China’s increase in military capabilities.

I’ve had two separate provisions signed into law – allowing the Navy to proceed with a dual buy of aircraft carriers and a multi-year procurement of amphibious ships – which saves taxpayers billions of dollars, supports Virginia and America’s strong shipbuilding industrial base, and shows that Congress is committed to the thousands of workers who build and maintain aircraft carriers and amphibious ships in Virginia. This means hundreds of skilled, reliable jobs for Virginians and safer, higher quality ships for our sailors

I refuse to deprive our men and women in uniform the resources they need to be successful in their missions and I am doing everything in my power to ensure that these women and men are returned safely to their families. I will continue to lead the fight to provide the right capabilities to support our warfighters, deter our adversaries, and keep our troops safe.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, I have the privilege of fighting to give back to our men and women in uniform. […]

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Veterans

Veterans

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As
Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, it is my
responsibility to ensure we bring the capability of our Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force closer to meeting the
reality of the threats facing the United States and to project power around the globe to deter our adversaries.
Nearly 800,000 Veterans call Virginia home, and I am committed to ensuring our veterans can access the benefits they’ve earned through their service to a grateful nation. We need to continue to focus on streamlining the Veterans claims process and ensuring that Veterans are receiving reimbursement in a timely way.
That is why I have authored three VA Accountability bills aimed at removing administrative roadblocks to Veterans Administration (VA) services and improving the customer experience within the VA:

The Veterans Choice Accountability Act expands Veteran access to non-VA medical care and establishes a review of the VA’s implementation of the Veterans Choice Program.

The Veterans Collaboration Act creates a VA pilot program to foster collaboration between qualified non-profit Veterans service organizations (VSOs) and educational institutions that provide assistance to Veterans.

The Veterans Affairs Transfer of Information and Sharing of Disability Examination Procedures with DoD Doctors Act requires that the service member’s physical examinations conducted by military doctors upon separation from active duty be used to determine service-connected disability. This would speed up access to care for Veterans by not subjecting them to another round of medical screenings before a disability rating is issued. The bill also continues to demand that the VA and DoD share medical and service record data electronically.

America’s veterans deserve the highest quality medical care and most efficient delivery of benefits possible. I supported legislation that expands opportunities of the VA CHOICE Program to allow Veterans to receive care both faster and outside the VA system. The VA MISSION Act consolidated the VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding to sustain the Choice Program so veterans can get the care they earned and deserve.

Our nation’s veterans deserve the highest quality medical care and most efficient delivery of benefits possible. I supported legislation that expands opportunities of the VA CHOICE Program to allow Veterans to receive care both faster and outside the VA system. The VA MISSION Act consolidated the VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding to sustain the Choice Program so veterans can get the care they earned and deserve.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have remained a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, it is my responsibility to ensure we bring the capability of our Navy, Marine Corps, and […]

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Second Amendment

Second Amendment

As a gun owner and strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I believe that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms must be diligently protected, and throughout my time in Congress I have supported, and will continue to support, policies that protect the Second Amendment.

However, I am extremely concerned about gun violence and I believe it is absolutely critical that we continue to address this problem. We must be focused on preventing criminals from acquiring firearms in the first place, addressing the behavior that leads to this violence, and deterring this behavior from happening in the first place.

I have cosponsored common sense solutions that get to the actual issues that lead to gun violence:

Fix NICS Act
I supported the Fix NICS Act, now signed into law, which strengthens the information contained in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to better protect the public, protect Second Amendment rights, and curb gun violence.

STOP School Violence Act
I supported the STOP School Violence Act, now signed into law, to help schools and law enforcement prevent, recognize, and respond to warning signs of violence.

21 Century Cures Act
I supported the 21 Century Cures Act, now signed into law, which gave the most funding, ever, to improving mental health services and prevent an individual from reaching that crisis point.

Mass Violence Prevention Act
I am a cosponsor of the Mass Violence Prevention Act, which would help prevent firearm violence by ensuring local, state and federal law enforcement can better share information and coordinate responses to potential threats of mass violence. The MVP Act would also reduce the flow of firearms into the black market, where we often see violent criminals buying their weapons and circumventing background checks.

We must have a constructive conversation about how to put a stop to mass shootings while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.

As a gun owner and strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I believe that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms must be diligently protected, and throughout my time in Congress I have supported, and will continue to support, policies that protect the Second Amendment. However, I […]

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Education

Education

My mother was a teacher, and my wife, Kathryn has taught Elementary School for 40 years, so I know the importance that our teachers play in student’s lives. Our education system serves our children best when the federal footprint is reduced, local control is restored, and parents and local education leaders are empowered to take control of their own education and hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students.

I understand the commitment and sacrifice our nation’s teachers make on a daily basis. Their dedication does not go unrecognized and the positive influence and selflessness that our educators possess is invaluable. Strengthening America’s education system is important in fostering innovation and promoting our economic security.

To better prepare our future workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in a global economy, we must prioritize workforce development and continue to promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Currently, businesses across America are facing a severe talent shortage due to a lack of vocational education and technical training. I am partnering with schools, universities, and local businesses to address the skilled worker shortage and ensure our students have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century economy. It is our responsibility to prepare students for the demands of our current society and to provide unemployed Americans with an outlet to reintegrate into the workforce.

STEM and CTE programs give students the opportunity to develop a practical skill set to succeed in the 21st-century job market. We can better prepare our professionals of tomorrow by increasing access to dual enrollment CTE training courses today so students can work toward certifications and credentials while still in high school. By taking less than two years, or sometimes even a few weeks to complete, these qualifications provide a more tangible approach to education and qualify students for well-paying jobs. We must better prepare our students and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in a global economy.

In Congress, I supported the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is now signed into law. The Perkins CTE program controls over $1 billion in grants for federal, state, and local CTE programs. The reforms include expanding access to CTE programs, helping schools create partnerships with the business community so students can cultivate skills in demand by the labor market, improving and modernizing schools’ CTE programs, and giving states and localities more control over how to spend CTE dollars. I am also a proud cosponsor of H.R. 2831, the BUILDS Act, which provides federal grants to develop a skilled workforce to support our transportation industry. These funds will strengthen our workforce training programs in infrastructure-industry jobs by creating critical partnerships between schools, local businesses, and industry organizations.

My colleague, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and I, introduced the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, which would give individuals in Virginia and across the country the freedom to use their “529” savings accounts to cover the costs of certain workforce training and credentialing programs. Additionally, the bill would allow students to use their 529 funds to pay for associated costs related to certification exams and maintaining certification credentials. Furthermore, in 2019, I hosted the inaugural meeting of my First District CTE Task Force, which works to bring educators and industry together to encourage teamwork in establishing apprenticeship and internship programs in addition to formulating curriculum to best prepare students to enter the workforce. I have also introduced other pieces of legislation including the PROPEL Act which would expand access to career and technical education by opening up Pell Grants for short-term vocational or technical training, apprenticeships, or on-job training,

STEM and CTE programs give future employees the opportunity to develop a practical skill set to enter the job market more confident and well prepared. We can better prepare our professionals of tomorrow by increasing access to dual enrollment CTE training courses today so students can work toward certifications and credentials while still in high school. By taking less than two years, or sometimes even a few weeks to complete, these qualifications provide a more tangible approach to education and qualify students for well-paying jobs.

My mother was a teacher, and my wife, Kathryn has taught Elementary School for 40 years, so I know the importance that our teachers play in student’s lives. Our education system serves our children best when the federal footprint is reduced, local control is restored, and parents and […]

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Pro-Life

Pro-Life

I believe all life is precious and deserves to be protected. As a child of adoption, I value protecting the sanctity of life and will continue to be a standard-bearer for upholding family values.

As a stalwart defender of life, I have voted to defund Planned Parenthood; taxpayers should not be forced to participate in the abortion industry. I also believe it is our role to protect the lives of the unborn and ensure women have access to the care they need. We should ensure all mothers know what options are available to them — including adoption. My birth mother’s decision gave me more opportunities than she felt she could provide; if there is one thing I know, it’s that adoption isn’t a partisan issue. My actions in the defense of life have led me to obtain a 100% rating from both the National Right to Life and the Family Research Council (FRC).

Additionally, I support the Born Alive Survivor Protection Act to ensure that all children born as survivors of abortion are guaranteed the right to life. This bill establishes requirements for medical professionals to provide proper care in the event of a child surviving an abortion or attempted abortion. While we may disagree on a host of policies, when it comes to what it means to defend the vulnerable, there’s no ambiguity here; infanticide is morally reprehensible. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require doctors to provide the same care for a baby born alive after a failed attempt at abortion as they would for any child of the same gestational age. We can all agree that the most vulnerable members of our community deserve a place to call home and a place to find and reach their full potential.

I believe all life is precious and deserves to be protected. As a child of adoption, I value protecting the sanctity of life and will continue to be a standard-bearer for upholding family values. As a stalwart defender of life, I have voted to defund Planned Parenthood; taxpayers […]

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Environment and Energy

Environment and Energy

The First District of Virginia is full of natural resources that play important roles in the culture, economy, history, and recreation of our region. In my role on the House Natural Resources Committee, I am proud to have spent my career in Congress fighting to protect our environment so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

As Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Caucus, I have been leading the effort in Congress to maintain the Chesapeake Bay Program, specifically advocating for funding when the President’s Budget suggested major cuts. My priority is to increase oversight over how federal dollars are spent on Bay Cleanup. In 2015 my Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act was signed into law and has introduced an Independent Evaluator and budgetary reforms to cleanup efforts. My work on conservation led me to be named Legislator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Conservationist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited, and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Coastal Conservation.

Having grown up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region and spending countless hours outdoors hunting, fishing, and enjoying the natural beauty of my surroundings, I support protecting our wildlife and coastal communities, which are vital to Virginia’s economy. In the 115th Congress, I introduced the National Centers of Excellence in Coastal Flood Research and Education Act, which would further world-class research to better prepare Virginia cities for coastal flooding. I also authored the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act, now signed into law, that renews a critical volunteer program that makes it possible for over 50 million visitors to experience our nation’s wildlife.

In 2018, after decades of bipartisan efforts, my legislation giving recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes passed Congress and was signed into law by President Trump. These tribes, many of whom are first-contact tribes, will finally receive the recognition they deserve. This status enables them to pursue repatriation of historical and cultural artifacts, comment on federal agency actions that could affect their future and gain access to a number of federal programs.

As a lifelong conservationist, I am committed to the preservation of our public lands, wetlands and vast natural resources. I supported a lands package, signed into law by President Trump, which designated 1.3 million acres as wilderness, the nation’s most stringent protection and allowed agencies to set aside land for wildlife habitat.
This legislation also permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which channels royalty revenue the federal government receives from offshore oil and gas projects into conservation projects, from expanding national parks, to protecting habitat on private lands, to maintaining Civil War battlefields.

In the Summer of 2020, I was proud to support the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides vital federal resources for land conservation and maintenance for our outdoor recreational areas, national parks, and wildlife refuges throughout our region and the Commonwealth.

I recently reintroduced the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), which authorizes $60 million a year for wetlands conservation from 2020 to 2024. It would also help reduce the disappearance of wetlands by leveraging federal investment to raise contributions from private organizations like landowners, businesses, and state and local governments that support conservation grants.

In my roles on the House Natural Resources Committee, as Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Caucus, as Co-Chair of the Wildlife Refuge Caucus, and as a Member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, I will continue to work to ensure our lands can be enjoyed by tourists, sportsmen and women, and conservationists for years to come.

We must work together to protect our environment and as a member of the Renewable Energy Caucus, I know investing in clean, reliable energy – like nuclear, hydropower, natural gas, wind, solar, and carbon capture – is a great place to start.

The United States is already leading the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technological development and we should focus on removing barriers to the deployment of new technologies and innovation. We should be focused on continuing to reduce emissions, developing and exporting clean energy technologies, and making our communities more resilient. We can do this while ensuring affordable and reliable energy prices and prioritizing the consumer and American security and prosperity.

The First District of Virginia is full of natural resources that play important roles in the culture, economy, history, and recreation of our region. In my role on the House Natural Resources Committee, I am proud to have spent my career in Congress fighting to protect our environment […]

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Seniors

Seniors

I believe Medicare and Social Security have served our nation well, providing medical benefits and retirement security for millions of Americans. Addressing the challenges facing Social Security, a program created decades ago to help prevent seniors from falling into poverty, is critical to strengthening retirement security for seniors today and generations to come.

I am firmly committed to protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. We must honor our commitment to current Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and those who are nearing eligibility – there should be no change to their plans.

It is critical for us to ensure the long-term substantiality of these programs so future generations can have the peace of mind and security these programs provide current seniors. I will continue to look for bipartisan solutions that preserve and strengthen Social Security for today’s seniors and future generations, while also promoting policies that help Americans at all stages of life save for retirement. Rest assured, I’m committed to preserving these critical programs for decades to come so they are available for future generations.

I believe Medicare and Social Security have served our nation well, providing medical benefits and retirement security for millions of Americans. Addressing the challenges facing Social Security, a program created decades ago to help prevent seniors from falling into poverty, is critical to strengthening retirement security for seniors […]

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