Press Releases

I deeply respect the considerable efforts by both Sens. McCaskill and Gillibrand to work to improve the way our military responds to cases of assault and sexual misconduct. This is a serious problem which requires serious debate and I have spent several months speaking with a variety of victims, legal experts, Pentagon officials, and others, as well as Sens. Gillibrand and McCaskill.

Warner Cosponsors Bill Honoring Last Hispanic Segregated Unit

Awards Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico

Feb 05 2014

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today cosponsored SB 1174 awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, or “Borinqueneers,” a unit comprised of soldiers from Puerto Rico that was the U.S. military’s last Hispanic segregated unit. The legislation currently has 30 Senate sponsors: 20 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Sen. Warner Announces Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Certification Of William & Mary Puller Clinic As A National Model

~ First law school clinic in the country to be certified as a national “best practice” ~

Aug 21 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today joined U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in announcing that William & Mary Law School’s Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic has been certified as a national “best practice” program, with a VA-approved, expedited process for submission of disability claims. The Puller Clinic is the first law school clinic in the nation to receive the VA designation.

Sen. Warner Brings Voices of Furloughed Virginians to Senate Floor

Reads messages from constituents who are impacted, calls on Congressional colleagues to compromise

Jul 25 2013

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) read messages on the Senate floor today from several Virginia constituents impacted by sequester cuts and federal employee furloughs, and urged his colleagues to work together to resolve a budget impasse before the fiscal year ends on September 30th.

Sen. Warner: "The Sequester is Stupidity on Steroids"

Va. Senator chairs Budget Committee hearing on impact of sequester cuts

Jul 23 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today chaired a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the impact of sequester spending cuts on national security and the U.S. economy. Sen. Warner, who describes sequestration as “stupidity on steroids,” sought to highlight the disruptive and inefficient impact sequestration is having on small businesses that work with the Department of Defense.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has introduced legislation to strengthen existing military whistleblower protection laws to ensure that victims of sexual assault and other misconduct are protected from retaliation after they report the alleged offenses. The Military Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2013 improves overall protections for military men and women who report any type of misconduct, requiring timelier investigations by the inspector general

Sens. Warner, Kaine Urge President Obama to Move to Reduce V-A Claims Backlog

Average wait time for veterans’ disability claims is over 300 days

Apr 29 2013

WASHINGTON –U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to take action to reduce the current backlog of veterans’ disability claims. Currently, the average claim takes over 300 days to be resolved. In the letter, Sens. Warner and Kaine, who were joined by 65 other members of the Senate, cited long delays in cities across the country in making the case for swift action to reduce the backlog.

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge Confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as CMS Administrator

Former nurse, hospital CEO, Va. Health & Human Resources Secretary nominated at CMS

Apr 09 2013

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens, Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today urged Senate confirmation of the Presidential nomination of Marilyn B. Tavenner of Virginia to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is the lead federal agency responsible for health care for millions of Americans through its administration of Medicare, Medicaid and programs related to implementation of The Affordable Care Act

Sen. Warner Receives U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

~ Navy Sec’y. notes Sen. Warner’s work to ease impact of sequester ~

Mar 13 2013

Sen. Warner has been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest recognition the Navy can confer upon a civilian. In making the award, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus cited Sen. Warner’s efforts on both the Senate’s Budget and Intelligence committees to support military men and women and their families.
"Col. Barfoot was a remarkable man who demonstrated tremendous bravery in military service to his country during three wars. The actions that earned Col. Barfoot the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star still have the power to inspire. We all saw a bit of that same determination and grit when Col. Barfoot fought his neighbors over a flagpole he constructed in his front yard."
Senator Warner today filed legislation that would end the improper and unofficial system of "reserved" gravesites for VIPs at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, Senator Warner's legislation directs the U.S. Army to fully investigate -- and report back to Congress within 180 days -- on the number of plots that may have been set aside in violation of a 1962 Army policy which clearly states that Arlington National Cemetery plots must be provided to any qualified military veteran, without regard to rank or status.

Sens. Webb, Warner Question Renovation Plans for Roanoke VA Regional Office

Suggest a new facility would better serve area veterans

Jul 29 2010

Washington, DC—Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today sent a letter requesting Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and General Services Administrator Martha Johnson re-evaluate plans to renovate the Roanoke Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO). The renovations, as currently planned, would likely exacerbate the VARO’s high backlog rate without solving some of its major infrastructure needs.

Warner Amendment Authorizes Study of Diagnosis, Treatment of Military Women with Combated-related Stress

~ Directs VA to examine gender differences in prevalence, treatment ~

Nov 17 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today successfully amended S.1407, a military construction and veterans appropriations bill, to include language directing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to study how it addresses combat stress in women veterans. A final vote on S.1407 is expected later this afternoon.

Warner, Webb Introduce Bill to Protect Bedford's National D-Day Memorial

~Legislation is First Step Toward Becoming A National Park~

Jun 08 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb today introduced legislation that would authorize the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to study whether the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, can be added to the U.S. National Park System. The non-profit National D-Day Memorial Foundation recently announced that it does not have enough money to sustain operations through the end of the year.

Warner visits Virginia Troops in Iraq on Memorial Day Weekend

~ Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister, U.S Ambassador, top generals ~

May 25 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner traveled to Baghdad on Memorial Day weekend to visit with military men and women from Virginia and to receive briefings from the Iraqi Prime Minister, the U.S Ambassador, and top U.S. military commanders in Iraq. Senator Warner is part of a Congressional delegation that includes Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vermont) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island).