Press Releases

Warner, Webb Announce $75 Million to Upgrade Va. Passenger Rail Capacity

~ Project will help facilitate high-speed passenger rail between Richmond & D.C. ~

Jan 28 2010

U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that Virginia has been awarded nearly $75 million in stimulus funds to upgrade passenger rail capacity between Richmond and Washington, D.C. These funds were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Warner, Webb Urge Interior to Expedite Development of Offshore Oil & Gas Resources

~Say Revenue-Sharing Formula will Attract Jobs to Virginia, Boost Domestic Energy Production~

Jan 27 2010

Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today called on the Secretary of the Interior to promptly commence steps to ensure that the Virginia Lease Sale, for the development of oil and gas resources off the coast of Virginia, remains on track for 2011.

VA, NC Senators to Introduce Bill to Preserve Blue Ridge Parkway

~Legislation would protect an additional 50,000 acres of land on Parkway’s 75th anniversary~

Jan 26 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, U.S. Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC), Richard Burr (R-NC), Jim Webb (D-VA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) are today introducing legislation authorizing the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire up to 50,000 acres of land surrounding the historic roadway. Congressmen Heath Shuler (D-NC), David Price (D-NC), Rick Boucher (D-VA), and Tom Perriello (D-VA) will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s anniversary is being celebrated throughout 2010, and will culminate in September.

Warner, Webb announce Labor Dept. TAA Certification for International Paper Employees

~ Program provides retraining, other assistance for employees impacted by paper mill shut-down ~

Dec 23 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Transition Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for employees of International Paper (IP) Co.’s paper mill in Franklin, Va. The mill, which employs about 1,100 people, began shutting-down operations in Franklin last month. The company has said it plans to complete its shut-down next spring.

Warner Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Fiscal Task Force Legislation

~ Legislation offers a path to bipartisan solutions to reform entitlement programs ~

Dec 10 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today signed-on as an original co-sponsor of new legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to address the nation’s long-term budget crisis.

Eleven Freshman Senators Announce Health Amendments to Expand Innovation, Lower Cost

~ Package cuts red tape, speeds shift to value-over-volume ~

Dec 08 2009

WASHINGTON -- A group of eleven freshman U.S. Senators today introduced a package of amendments that will broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. The amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation’s leading business, consumer and health provider organizations.

Warner, Webb Announce Committee Approval of Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Bill

~ Legislation strengthens NOAA’s data collection, resource management & public outreach ~

Nov 25 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb today announced approval by the Senate's Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009, which the Virginia lawmakers introduced earlier this year with Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin to strengthen and enhance the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) role in the multi-state Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort.

Warner, Webb, Nye Urge IRS to Approve Tax Deduction for Drywall Homeowners

~ Casualty loss deduction would be significant for 80+ Virginia homeowners ~

Nov 25 2009

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Jim Webb and Rep. Glenn Nye have joined members of Congress from two other states in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to approve a tax deduction known as a "casualty loss" for homeowners in Virginia, Florida and Virginia who are dealing with the structural defects and health problems associated with contaminated drywall. Casualty loss deductions allow property owners to deduct from their taxes a portion of the decrease in value of the property following sudden or unexpected damage. The joint letter to the IRS is below.

Warner, Webb Announce Labor Dept. Assistance for Ex-International Paper Employees

~ Earlier lumber mill lay-offs separate from recent paper mill closure announcement ~

Nov 25 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Transition Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for former employees of International Paper's (IP) lumber mill in Franklin. The mill, which employed about 120 people, closed early this summer because of a decline in product demand due to increased foreign imports. According to company officials, the mill produced pine lumber board and was not directly involved in the operations of IP's Franklin paper mill.

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.
Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representatives Glenn Nye (D-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) this week requested a Virginia delegation staff briefing on Air Force plans for future basing of the F-22 Raptor aircraft fleet. In a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Virginia lawmakers emphasized that Langley Air Force Base (LAFB) in Hampton is a “world-class installation” with the excess operational capacity to support increased numbers of the F-22.

Webb, Warner Introduce BRAC Measure to Study Growth, Address Traffic Congestion

Amendment aims to assist affected communities that lack funding, time to complete major transportation projects

Nov 06 2009

Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today introduced an appropriations measure that directs a transportation study of improvements needed to accommodate growth and traffic associated with the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) program. The Senators’ amendment aims to address the lack of adequate funding and time for BRAC-affected communities to undergo needed transportation projects.

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.

Warner Urges Action to Revive Lending to Small Businesses

~Warner, 32 colleagues sign letter to the President~

Oct 21 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today led one-third of the members of the U.S. Senate in urging the Obama administration to support America's struggling small businesses by unlocking the credit lines typically offered by small, independent and community-based banks.

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.