WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released a statement tonight following President Obama’s final State of the Union address.
“I’m glad the President laid out the remarkable progress we’ve made over the last seven years and acknowledged that we are living in a time of extraordinary change,” Sen. Warner said. “Twenty-first century innovation and technology is disrupting and transforming every aspect of our lives, from the way Americans work to the security threats we are forced to confront.”
“The President is right that all of us in Congress are responsible for putting aside divisive rhetoric and working together to solve problems. We are at our strongest when we view our nation's challenges and opportunities not as Republicans versus Democrats, but as the future versus the past,” said Sen. Warner. “Moving forward, I believe that we must seize the opportunities and confront the challenges of this new economy in order to make it work better for more people? in Virginia and across the country.”
Sen. Warner is an honorary co-chair of The Aspen Institute Initiative on the Future of Work, a year-long nonpartisan effort to identify concrete ways to strengthen the social contract in the midst of sweeping changes in the 21st-century workplace and workforce.
“I believe that we can and we must find a thoughtful way to balance the imperatives of safety, security and privacy in protecting Americans from terrorists using 21st century technology and social media platforms to avoid detection,” said Sen. Warner, a former technology executive who is on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Sen. Warner recently teamed up with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) to propose a national commission on security and technology challenges in the digital age.