Press Releases

Sen. Warner Urges Banks to Offer Better Consumer Protections for Users of Prepaid Cards

Legislation targets hidden fees commonly charged on prepaid cards

Jan 09 2014

Following a holiday season in which a record number of consumers were expected to use prepaid cards, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation requiring banks to more fully disclose the hidden fees often charged for the use of these cards. Issuers of prepaid cards currently are not required to provide the same level of consumer information and disclosure required of most other gift cards and credit cards.

Sens. Warner & Merkley to Co-Chair Hearing on Virtual Currencies

Will hear testimony from Director of FinCEN, CEO of Bitcoin payment processor

Nov 18 2013

On Tuesday, November 19, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will co-chair a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee that will explore the development of virtual currencies, their current and potential future use, and the regulatory, monetary, and national security impacts and issues associated with them.

Sen. Warner Introduces Onshoring Proposal as Part of Major Manufacturing Package

Warner’s America Recruits proposal boosts rural jobs & investment

Oct 30 2013

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation today to recruit new, high-value jobs to rural regions in the United States by encouraging the return of jobs that have been off-shored to foreign countries. Sen. Warner’s America Recruits Act is also included as part of the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, a package of more than 40 bills that seeks to modernize America’s manufacturing sector.

Sen. Warner Joins 15 Colleagues in Urging Greater Consumer Protection for Workers Paid with Payroll Cards

Senators call on consumer agencies to help protect workers from exorbitant fees

Jul 12 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has joined 15 of his colleagues in calling for an investigation into the fees and practices associated with pre-paid “payroll cards,” cards some employers use to pay their employees instead of payroll checks or direct deposit

Sen. Warner and Colleagues Urge Investigation of Allegations that 'Debt Relief' Firms are Exploiting Students

Enforcement needed to stop private companies from profiting off students participating in free federal repayment programs

Jul 12 2013

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today joined with 20 of their Senate colleagues to call on federal officials to investigate allegations that so-called “debt relief” companies have been using deceptive practices to profit from students seeking assistance in repaying their college loans.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Harry Reid (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Tim Scott (R-SC), introduced a resolution yesterday recognizing National Travel and Tourism Week to emphasize the importance of the travel and tourism sector for the economies of communities throughout the nation.
WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 6, 2013, the California State Senate unanimously passed legislation calling on Congress to pass, and the president to sign into law, Startup Act 3.0 – the strongest, most comprehensive jobs and high-skilled immigration reform bill on the table in Congress. U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), authors of Startup Act 3.0, lauded the passage as an important step toward breaking the log-jam of inaction in Washington.

Sens. Webb, Warner Urge Enforcement of Trade Duties to Ensure Fair Competition for Virginia Furniture Makers

~ Millions of dollars in antidumping fines remain uncollected ~

Nov 28 2012

Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), sent a joint letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today urging immediate action to collect unpaid duties owed by importers of wooden bedroom furniture made in China.

Warner, Snowe Urge Action on Cyber Security Legislation

Call on Senate Leadership to reach an agreement to consider bill in July

Jun 19 2012

Senator Warner and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), members of the both the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today urged the Senate Leadership to ensure transparent deliberation and a full and open debate on cyber security legislation this summer.

Sen. Warner's Initiatives to Expand Broadband Infrastructure Advanced by President's Executive Order

~ Initiatives will reduce cost of installing broadband, save taxpayer dollars, and help Virginia businesses stay competitive ~

Jun 13 2012

Senator Warner announced today that two of his proposals to promote more rapid and cost-effective expansion of broadband networks will be advanced through an Executive Order to be signed by the President.

Sens. Warner, Moran, Rubio & Coons Introduce Startup Jobs Proposal

~ Bipartisan ‘Startup Act 2.0’ addresses tax & regulatory policies, STEM visas and R&D ~

May 22 2012

Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced bipartisan legislation, Startup Act 2.0, to help jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses and jobs. It is based upon research showing that for close to three decades, companies less than five years old have created almost all of the net new jobs in America.

Sen. Warner pushes 'onshoring' of jobs, investment during trip to India

~ As White House Hosts ‘Insourcing American Jobs’ Forum, Warner Promotes Va.to CEOs in India ~

Jan 11 2012

Senator Warner, the leader of a five-member congressional delegation currently visiting India, is promoting bipartisan legislation that encourages Indian companies to create new manufacturing jobs here in America. Senator Warner discussed his America Recruits Act onshoring proposal in meetings with India’s Finance Minister and other government officials in New Dehli on Monday.
Washington, DC - Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced the approval of $26.85 million for the expansion of Craney Island in the Fiscal Year 2012 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. As in previous years, the Senators requested that the Administration and the Appropriations Committee include funding for Craney Island for the coming fiscal year. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

Sen. Warner announces $1.5M fed. Grant to provide high-speed internet service in Scott Country

~ Funds will allow free broadband services for the Flat Top/Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and a new community center ~

Aug 22 2011

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $1.5 million grant to the Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) to build out its network in order to provide high speed internet service in the previously unserved Flat Top/Sandy Ridge area of Scott County.

Senators Warner, Wicker introduce bill to improve future relocation of federal spectrum

~ Bill also promotes broadband deployment ~

Mar 09 2011

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill today to promote broadband deployment by improving the process for future federal wireless spectrum auctions. “Demand for mobile devices and services are expected to skyrocket over the next 5 to 10 years,” Senator Warner said. “This bill is one element of our strategy to make better use of spectrum - a finite resource - and keep America on the cutting-edge of wireless technology."