Press Releases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined President Obama and other Congressional leaders today at the bill signing ceremony for historic financial regulatory reform legislation he helped craft as a member of the Senate Banking Committee. The new law, which comes almost two years after the nation’s financial system almost collapsed, has been described as the most ambitious overhaul of financial regulation in a generation.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced that a network of community colleges, workforce investment boards and health care providers in 29 western Virginia localities will share a $4.7 million federal grant to provide job training in health care information technology. Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon is leading this regional effort, called the Western Virginia Health Information Technology Education (HITE) Initiative. The program will create and or expand regional training programs to provide Virginians with skills and the required credentials to be able to work in the health care industry’s transition to electronic medical records.

Senator Warner To Lead National Initiative to Enlist Business Community In Volunteer Service

Billion + Change offers opportunities for employers, employees to serve their communities

Jun 28 2010

NEW YORK – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today challenged America’s business leaders to become engaged in a more significant and structured way in supporting community service by their employees. Senator Warner, who has been active in non-profit and community service programs for more than 20 years, has agreed to lead the Billion + Change initiative created by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Warner works for solutions to IT challenges at Arlington National Cemetery

~ Va. Senator receives Army briefing on cemetery mismanagement ~

Jun 24 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was briefed today by U.S. Army officials on the results of their investigation into chronic problems at Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery and pledged to work to help correct many of systemic mismanagement issues at the cemetery, including its failure to incorporate modern information technology.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner and Representative Tom Perriello today announced that a project in Danville has been selected to receive $2.28 million for infrastructure improvements to support local economic development. The Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park, a 900-acre industrial, has been awarded funds by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce estimates the project will create 500 jobs and leverage $27 million in private investment.
WASHINGTON -- Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will direct more than $5.8 million to St. Paul, Virginia for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure and to help protect water quality. The funding is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, supported by both senators.

Warner discusses new jobs initiative with Virginia small business owners, bankers

~Highlights efforts to boost access to capital so they can hire and grow~

Jun 18 2010

RICHMOND – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) met today with Virginia small business owners and lenders to discuss his specific efforts to help small businesses grow and put more Virginians back to work. Since last fall, Senator Warner has worked closely with the White House to design new tools to help small businesses access needed capital to help strengthen the economic recovery.

Sen. Warner Files Legislation to Cut $806M From Outdated or Duplicative Programs

~ Programs identified for elimination by both Bush & Obama Administrations ~

Jun 16 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) filed legislation today that would cancel more than $800 million in annual spending on 17 outdated, ineffective or duplicative programs in six federal agencies. These programs have been recommended for termination by the Office of Management and Budget during both the Bush and Obama administrations, yet Congress has so far refused to act on the OMB recommendations.

Warner, Webb Seek Improved Oil Spill Readiness Coordination

~ Bipartisan group of 22 senators requests communication now between federal, state response agencies ~

Jun 10 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today urged federal authorities to coordinate with emergency preparedness officials in Virginia and other coastal states in the event that the BP oil spill reaches Atlantic coastal areas. Several experts have indicated it is possible that oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill could reach the Gulf Stream and be carried up the Atlantic coast to Virginia.

Webb & Warner Announce Virginia Will Receive $324M in Education Stimulus Funds

~Recovery Dollars Have Provided Funding For Nearly 8,000 Va. Education Jobs So Far~

Jun 02 2010

WASHINGTON -- U. S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced today that Virginia has been awarded an additional $324.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to support public education. To date, Virginia has received more than $2 billion in stimulus funds, and state officials report these funds have supported nearly 8,000 education jobs so far this year.

Sens. Warner, Bingaman, Graham, and Snowe Co-sponsor Bipartisan HOMESTAR Energy Legislation

~ Consumer savings and job creation through residential energy retrofits ~

May 28 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced today that he is the chief sponsor, along with Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), of bipartisan Senate legislation that will provide targeted incentives for homeowners who make energy efficiency investments in their homes. The Senate bill, which was introduced yesterday, is similar to legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Warner, Kaufman Ask Dodd to Direct SEC, CFTC to Report on May 6 Market Slide

Senate should underline importance of needed elements in agencies’ review

May 07 2010

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Mark Warner (D-VA) on Friday proposed an addition to the Senate’s Wall Street reform bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to report to Congress on several key issues surrounding the May 6, 2010 market meltdown, which sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling dramatically in minutes. High-frequency-trading algorithms have been the initial focus of questions concerning the collapse.

Bipartisan Senate Approval for Sen. Warner's Framework for Ending Taxpayer Bailouts of Wall Street Firms

~ 93-to-5 vote in support of ending bailouts, ‘too big to fail’ ~

May 05 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate voted 93-5 today to adopt provisions of the Wall Street reform bill that were crafted by U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) in partnership with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) for the orderly liquidation of financial firms deemed “too big to fail,” and to prevent any future taxpayer-funded bailouts of large, interconnected firms that get into financial trouble.

Sen. Warner Helps Lead Effort to End "Secret Holds" on Legislation or Nominees

~ Asks for an end to practice of blocking nominees without explanation ~

Apr 22 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) organized a group of 18 other senators today in signing a letter to Senate leadership that seeks to change the way the Senate does business by putting an end to rules that allow members to secretly block legislation and nominations.

Sen. Warner Successfully Amends Job Legislation to Strengthen Stimulus Accountability Requirements

~ Requires Updated Agency Plans & Quarterly Reports and Puts Teeth in Enforcement of Required Reporting from Recipients ~

Mar 10 2010

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) successfully amended job creation legislation scheduled for a vote in the Senate later today to include bipartisan amendments that will strengthen the tracking and reporting requirements for recipients of stimulus funds.

Warner, Webb Announce $5M for Valley Green Jobs Program

~ New Workforce Training Program to focus on jobs in green energy sector ~

Feb 16 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb today announced that the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board (SVWIB) has received a $5 million investment from the economic stimulus package to fund a new program to train workers for jobs in the region’s emerging “green” technology manufacturing and renewable energy industries. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide workforce training opportunities for an estimated 1,000 Virginians across 10 counties and six cities in the Shenandoah Valley.

Warner, Webb announce $24M for Va. Health IT Projects

~ Grants will assist Va. health providers switch to electronic records, exchange health information ~

Feb 12 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb today announced $24 million in federal stimulus funding for two projects that will “jump-start” Virginia’s transition to expanded use of healthcare information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHR). These grants will help Virginia medical professionals as they work to implement and use HIT to lower consumer health care costs, minimize redundant paperwork and reduce medical errors.

Sen. Mark Warner Proposes Targeted Incentive to Create U.S. Jobs

~ AMERICA RECRUITS ACT will encourage companies to locate jobs here in the U.S. ~

Feb 09 2010

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today introduced legislation that provides an additional incentive to encourage overseas employers to create and locate jobs here in the United States. The America Recruits Act of 2010 allows the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide federal loan incentives of up to $10,000 for each new job created in the advanced manufacturing and information technology industries. It would be added to existing state, regional and local economic development incentives, and it would target those projects that would locate new jobs in the nation’s economically distressed regions where unemployment is the highest.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner and Representatives Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher today announced two grants totaling more than $21.5 million to expand broadband Internet infrastructure in Virginia. The grants, awarded through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. These investments will help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth and create jobs.