Press Releases

Senators Warner (D-Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today led a bipartisan letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Acting Chairman Marty Gruenberg and Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry urging financial regulators to consider the impact new Basel III capital standards would have on community banks.

Sen. Warner successfully amends farm bill to increase rural broadband access & accountability

~ Targets loans & grants to underserved regions, enacts metrics to track progress~

Jun 20 2012

Senator Warner today successfully amended the 2012 Farm Bill to provide new tools to extend high-speed Internet service to rural America. The amendment effectively targets loans and grants to unserved and underserved rural communities, and it also creates new metrics to improve accountability for taxpayers.

Postal reform bill includes Warner amendment to fix fed. pension backlog

~ Amendment speeds cumbersome process with more technology, transparency, accountability ~

Apr 25 2012

Postal reform legislation adopted by the Senate today included an amendment written by Senator Warner that aims to accelerate and improve a federal benefits processing system that still relies on the hand-processing of paper records. Virginia is home to an estimated 250,000 federal retirees, and hundreds of them have contacted Senator Warner about delays, sometimes as long as 12-18 months.

New GAO report makes the case for reducing fed. overlap & duplication - AGAIN

~ GAO’s 2012 Report Also Shows Little Progress on 2011 Recommendations ~

Feb 28 2012

"We are reaching a point where GAO reports on government duplication and redundancy are becoming duplicative and redundant. The 2011 report made more than 80 specific recommendations to reduce overlap and duplication, but we have implemented only four of those recommendations so far."

Va., Md. Senators urge selection of region as test range for unmanned aircraft

~ “Mid-Atlantic provides existing test ranges, personnel and expertise” ~

Feb 08 2012

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sent a joint letter to the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation and the NASA Administrator urging them to select the Virginia/Maryland region to host an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test range.
Senator Warner (D-VA), a member of a group of six Senators who have been working toward a bipartisan solution to the nation’s deficits and debt, released this statement following the President’s speech today: “The only way we will move past partisanship and gridlock to solve our nation’s fiscal challenges is to leave our partisan hats behind and work in good faith to craft a responsible agreement.

Senate adopts Warner, Coburn amendment to cut $5 billion in program overlap and waste

~Today’s 64-36 vote will trigger action on savings identified in recent GAO report ~

Apr 07 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) successfully amended Senate legislation today directing the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to find at least $5 billion in savings identified in a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on reducing government duplication.

Senate Budget Task Force holds hearing on government duplication & inefficiency

Task force hears from GAO's Dodaro, former White House Chief of Staff Podesta

Mar 16 2011

Senator Warner, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee's bipartisan Task Force on Government Performance, convened a hearing today on duplicative and inefficient federal programs that included testimony from GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Center for American Progress president and former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, and former Bush Administration Associate OMB Director Robert Shea.
.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today introduced the “STOP the OverPrinting Act” (S. 210), the Senate version of House legislation requiring the Government Printing Office to post legislative bills and resolutions on-line instead of automatically printing and distributing them to each Congressional office. It should result in significant savings in the $7 million GPO is expected to spend on Congressional printing this year.

Sen. Warner calls for prompt action on U.S. deficit & debt

”Every day, week, month” of delay “limits our options, makes the choices harder”

Dec 06 2010

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today urged the White House and the bipartisan Congressional leadership to allow consideration of the recommendations of the bipartisan Deficit Commission despite the Commission’s inability on Friday to reach the “supermajority” consensus that would have triggered Congressional action.

Sen. Warner's proposal mandating more accountability & savings across federal gov't clears committee

Co-sponsors include 2 Republicans, 2 Democrats & 1 Independent

Sep 29 2010

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner’s (D-VA) bipartisan legislation to make government work better by requiring every federal agency to set clear performance goals that can be accurately measured and publicly reported to Congress and taxpayers was approved by a key Senate committee today. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 this morning.