Press Releases

Sen. Warner Raises Questions About Facebook Experiment to Influence Users' Emotions

~ Facebook data scientists manipulated content of nearly 700K users to study emotional response ~

Jul 09 2014

Senator Warner asked privacy and consumer protection experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide more information on recent reports that the social network Facebook conducted an experiment involving nearly 700,000 users to study the emotional impact of manipulating information on their News Feeds.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today passed the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 by a vote of 12-3. The bill includes an amendment by Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) that would require the Intelligence Community to produce a comprehensive accounting of the threat from cyberattacks and cybercrime.

Bipartisan Group of Nine Senators Urges V-A to Accept Free Private Sector Help to Fix VA

~ In letter to President Obama, Senators urge top-level private sector review of V-A systems ~

Jun 05 2014

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of nine U.S. Senators called on the Obama Administration today to accept private sector assistance in fixing the broken Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) scheduling system.  In a letter, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Al Franken (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), urged the V-A to follow the example of the Army, which in 2010 allowed a consortium of leading technology companies to provide expertise in designing a corrective plan, at no cost to the taxpayers, to fix widespread data management issues uncovered at the Army’s Arlington National Cemetery.

“Because of the immediacy of the many challenges at the VA, we urge you to work with us to implement a similar cost-effective, private sector initiative so we can begin restoring the trust of our veterans and the American public in the ability of the VA to meet the commitments our nation has made to our veterans.  Our military men and women, their families, and our veterans deserve nothing less.”

“Engaging the tech sector and the best minds from leading American IT firms produced a comprehensive business plan to help the Army modernize its workflow procedures and upgrade the data management systems at Arlington.  That effort, conducted at no cost to the taxpayers, represented the very best traditions of corporate citizenship,” the senators wrote.

Full text of the letter is below, and a PDF of the signed letter can be accessed here.

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge FCC to Consider Rural Virginia in Efforts to Expand Broadband

~ Send Letter to FCC Supporting Rural Experiments ~

May 01 2014

“Access to broadband is no longer a luxury and the current divide between urban and rural area access to modern communication is unacceptable,” the Senators said. “We need to continue to enhance efforts to make sure every Virginian has affordable access to broadband.”

Sen. Warner, in Richmond, Announces Retailers To Share Data on Cyber Threats

~ Senator Warner called for move in wake of Target data breach to strengthen consumer protections ~

Apr 15 2014

Sen. Warner announced that the National Retail Federation will establish an information sharing platform to allow the retail industry to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector to more efficiently access information on cybersecurity threats.

Sen. Warner Questions Wait Times, Long Lines to Clear Passport Control at Dulles Airport

“This is not the way to welcome tourists, business people arriving in Va.”

Feb 21 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an explanation of exceptionally long lines and wait times commonly experienced by passengers arriving on international flights at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport.
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today sent a bipartisan letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission requesting establishment of a Merchant and Retail Industry Information Sharing Analysis Center (MRI-ISAC), which would allow stores and retail businesses to share threats and vulnerabilities about data breaches and hacking attempts.

Sen. Warner to Lead Banking Cmte. Hearing on Target Debit/Credit Card Data Breach

First congressional hearing in wake of Target data breach

Jan 31 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee’s National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee, will lead a hearing on Monday, Feb. 3rd on ways to better safeguard consumers’ financial data. This will be the first congressional hearing held in the wake of the high-profile credit and debit card data breaches involving retail giant Target and others.

Sen. Warner Calls for Hearing into Target Consumer Data Breach

Target hack shows we “must become even more vigilant against breaches and improper use”

Dec 30 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today requested a hearing by the Senate Banking Committee to examine whether companies and financial service providers are taking all actions necessary to safeguard consumer data and protect against fraud and identity theft, and whether stronger industry-wide cybersecurity standards are needed.

Sen. Warner Applauds House Passage of DATA Act

Bipartisan legislation would expand transparency and accountability for federal spending; allow taxpayers to track spending

Nov 18 2013

“Transparency is critical to our democracy – especially for a federal government that spends more than $3.7 trillion each year,” Sen. Warner said. “And in this tough economic climate, we should be doing all we can to ensure that taxpayers and policymakers can follow the money to hold our government more accountable.

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 Successfully Maintains Ches. Bay, Rural Broadband as Priorities in Farm Bill

~ Broad, bipartisan legislation incorporates two Warner amendments ~

Jun 10 2013

The Senate today voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, which will benefit Virginia farmers. The final bill included amendments sponsored by Sen. Warner that provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and tools to extend high-speed Internet service to rural America.
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. Warner & Portman introduce DATA Act

~ Expands transparency, accountability for federal agency spending ~ Allows taxpayers, policymakers to track spending at single website ~

Sep 21 2012

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve and expand federal fiscal accountability. The legislation requires more standardized reporting of federal spending posted to a single website, allowing citizens and agencies to more easily identify improper payments, waste and fraud.