Press Releases

Virginia, Florida, Louisiana Senators Introduce Resolution Urging Mortgage Relief for Homeowners with Contaminated Drywall

~ Bipartisan measure builds on efforts to assist 1,300 homeowners in 26 states ~

Nov 04 2009

WASHINGTON – Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb joined four of their Senate colleagues from Florida and Louisiana in introducing a Resolution today that urges banks and mortgage lenders to work with the estimated 1,300 homeowners in 26 states who are dealing with health and safety issues linked to the use of contaminated drywall, including at least 51 Virginia families, primarily in the southeastern region of the Commonwealth. The Resolution encourages banks and mortgage servicers to provide temporary forbearance on mortgage payments to help affected families afford the costs of alternative housing since many of their homes are uninhabitable.

Warner Convenes First Meeting of Bipartisan Task Force on Government Performance

~ Panel will advise ways to boost efficiency, save taxpayer dollars ~

Oct 29 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today convened the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee’s new Task Force on Government Performance. The bipartisan Task Force will examine the federal government’s management framework, recommend ways to improve the efficiency of federal programs and services, and identify potential taxpayer savings.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Department of Energy released nearly $15.7 million to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative in Fredericksburg for upgrades and improvements to spur Virginia’s transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system. The funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner announced today that the U.S. Department of Treasury will award $29 million in bonds to American Municipal Power, Inc., for financing of a solar energy project in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. When completed, this solar project could provide up to six-megawatts of daily power for the regional transmission grid.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today was appointed Chair of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee’s new Task Force on Government Performance. Chairman Kent Conrad announced creation of the Task Force today, and asked Senator Warner to lead this examination of the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.

Webb, Warner, Scott, Nye Secure Funding to Initiate the Eastward Expansion of Norfolk's Craney Island

Inclusion of federal funds moves project into “construction” phase, making it eligible for future federal funds

Oct 01 2009

Washington, DC - Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Congressmen Bobby Scott and Glenn Nye today announced the inclusion of $100,000 in the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to initiate the eastward expansion of Craney Island. Thursday’s inclusion of funds moves the project from the “planning” to “construction” phase, making it eligible for future federal funds.
Washington, DC —- Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today recommended John A. Gibney of Richmond for the judicial vacancy that exists in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Senators made their recommendation in a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama. Mr. Gibney, a partner in the Richmond law firm Thompson-McMullan since 2003, has practiced law for more than three decades in state and federal courts in the Commonwealth.

Webb, Warner Secure Funds to Upgrade Two Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Va.’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed

~Warner Advocates for $1.2 Million to Retrofit Blue Plains Facility Serving Va., Md. and DC~

Sep 25 2009

Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner supported final passage of the FY 2010 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which provides funding for the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the United States Forest Service. The measure passed last night on a bipartisan vote of 77 to 21, and will now go to conference committee with the House of Representatives.

Webb, Warner, Forbes, Nye, Scott & Wittman Urge Armed Services Committees to Strip $46.3 Million from Defense Budget for Dredging at Naval Station Mayport

~Virginia Lawmakers Cite Poor Policy, Fiscal Irresponsibility, and Lack of Strategic Justification~

Sep 18 2009

Washington, DC - In a joint letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Congressmen Randy Forbes, Glenn Nye, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman urged the Committees not to authorize an appropriation of $46.3 million to dredge the channel and basin at Naval Station Mayport (NS Mayport), Florida in the final National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2010.
Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today supported final passage of the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill which addresses a number of transportation and housing needs of the nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bipartisan measure passed by a vote of 73 to 25 and will now go to conference committee with the House of Representatives.
Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today supported final passage of the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill which addresses a number of transportation and housing needs of the nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bipartisan measure passed by a vote of 73 to 25 and will now go to conference committee with the House of Representatives.

Statement on White House Nomination of Justice Barbara Keenan for Federal Appeals Court Vacancy

~Nomination Follows Sens. Webb, Warner's Recommendation of Keenan for Fourth Circuit Seat~

Sep 14 2009

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today applauded President Obama’s nomination of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Keenan to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Recommended by Senators Webb and Warner on June 2, 2009, Keenan would be the first female judge from Virginia to serve on the federal appeals court.
WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced in June by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) got a major boost today with a Congressional Oversight Panel report recommending that the U.S. Treasury Department “consider placing its GM and Chrysler shares in an independent trust that would be insulated from political pressure and government interference.”

Boucher, Warner, Webb Announced $1M+ for Grayson County

~Total of $1,057,000 Will Construct New Water System for Western Grayson County~

Sep 04 2009

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Representative Rick Boucher, U.S. Senator Mark Warner and U.S. Senator Jim Webb announced today that, as a result of the economic Recovery Act approved by Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Agency has awarded federal funding totaling $1,057,000 to Grayson County to construct a new water system to provide public water service to 75 homes in the Grant community as well as the West Grayson School currently under construction.
Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that more than $26.4 million in funding was secured for a number of water projects in Hampton Roads. The funds were included in the FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed in the Senate on Wednesday night, which provides funding for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and economic development projects.

Warner, Webb Secure $2.9M for Water Projects in Richmond

~Projects Improve Clean Water, Traffic Congrestion~

Jul 31 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that $2.9 million in funding was secured for three water and energy projects in the Richmond area. The funds were included in the FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed in the Senate on Wednesday night, which provides funding for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and economic development projects.

Warner, Webb Secure $270K for Water Projects in NoVA

~Projects to Restore Waterways, Wildlife Habitats

Jul 31 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that $270,000 in funding was secured for two water projects in the Northern Virginia area. The funds were included in the FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed in the Senate on Wednesday night, which provides funding for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and economic development projects.

Warner, Webb Secure $80.2M for Water Projects, Economic Development in Southwest VA

~Funding for Flood Control, Public Safety, Appalachian Regional Commission

Jul 31 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that $80.2 million in funding was secured for the Appalachian Regional Commission and three water projects in Southwest Virginia. The funds were included in the FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed in the Senate on Wednesday night, which provides funding for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and economic development projects.

Warner, Webb Secure Over $1M for Energy & Water Projects in Shenandoah Valley

~Projects to Improve Energy Efficiency, Repair Waterways~

Jul 31 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that more than $1 million in funding was secured for two water and energy projects in the Shenandoah Valley. The funds were included in the FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed in the Senate on Wednesday night, which provides funding for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and economic development projects.

Webb, Warner Introduce Bill to Complete Appalachian Development Highway System

~Highway will Provide Expanded Access to Appalachian Region~

Jul 31 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) joined Senator Robert Byrd (D-VA), in introducing the Appalachian Development Highway System Completion Act of 2009, which will re-authorize the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). Completion of this much-needed infrastructure would provide significant economic benefits to the region.