Press Releases

Sen. Warner Joins 15 Colleagues in Urging Greater Consumer Protection for Workers Paid with Payroll Cards

Senators call on consumer agencies to help protect workers from exorbitant fees

Jul 12 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has joined 15 of his colleagues in calling for an investigation into the fees and practices associated with pre-paid “payroll cards,” cards some employers use to pay their employees instead of payroll checks or direct deposit

Sen. Warner and Colleagues Urge Investigation of Allegations that 'Debt Relief' Firms are Exploiting Students

Enforcement needed to stop private companies from profiting off students participating in free federal repayment programs

Jul 12 2013

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today joined with 20 of their Senate colleagues to call on federal officials to investigate allegations that so-called “debt relief” companies have been using deceptive practices to profit from students seeking assistance in repaying their college loans.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Harry Reid (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Tim Scott (R-SC), introduced a resolution yesterday recognizing National Travel and Tourism Week to emphasize the importance of the travel and tourism sector for the economies of communities throughout the nation.
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. Webb, Warner Urge Enforcement of Trade Duties to Ensure Fair Competition for Virginia Furniture Makers

~ Millions of dollars in antidumping fines remain uncollected ~

Nov 28 2012

Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), sent a joint letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today urging immediate action to collect unpaid duties owed by importers of wooden bedroom furniture made in China.

Warner, Snowe Urge Action on Cyber Security Legislation

Call on Senate Leadership to reach an agreement to consider bill in July

Jun 19 2012

Senator Warner and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), members of the both the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today urged the Senate Leadership to ensure transparent deliberation and a full and open debate on cyber security legislation this summer.

Sen. Warner's Initiatives to Expand Broadband Infrastructure Advanced by President's Executive Order

~ Initiatives will reduce cost of installing broadband, save taxpayer dollars, and help Virginia businesses stay competitive ~

Jun 13 2012

Senator Warner announced today that two of his proposals to promote more rapid and cost-effective expansion of broadband networks will be advanced through an Executive Order to be signed by the President.

Sens. Warner, Moran, Rubio & Coons Introduce Startup Jobs Proposal

~ Bipartisan ‘Startup Act 2.0’ addresses tax & regulatory policies, STEM visas and R&D ~

May 22 2012

Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced bipartisan legislation, Startup Act 2.0, to help jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses and jobs. It is based upon research showing that for close to three decades, companies less than five years old have created almost all of the net new jobs in America.

Sen. Warner pushes 'onshoring' of jobs, investment during trip to India

~ As White House Hosts ‘Insourcing American Jobs’ Forum, Warner Promotes CEOs in India ~

Jan 11 2012

Senator Warner, the leader of a five-member congressional delegation currently visiting India, is promoting bipartisan legislation that encourages Indian companies to create new manufacturing jobs here in America. Senator Warner discussed his America Recruits Act onshoring proposal in meetings with India’s Finance Minister and other government officials in New Dehli on Monday.
Washington, DC - Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced the approval of $26.85 million for the expansion of Craney Island in the Fiscal Year 2012 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. As in previous years, the Senators requested that the Administration and the Appropriations Committee include funding for Craney Island for the coming fiscal year. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

Sen. Warner announces $1.5M fed. Grant to provide high-speed internet service in Scott Country

~ Funds will allow free broadband services for the Flat Top/Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and a new community center ~

Aug 22 2011

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $1.5 million grant to the Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) to build out its network in order to provide high speed internet service in the previously unserved Flat Top/Sandy Ridge area of Scott County.

Senators Warner, Wicker introduce bill to improve future relocation of federal spectrum

~ Bill also promotes broadband deployment ~

Mar 09 2011

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill today to promote broadband deployment by improving the process for future federal wireless spectrum auctions. “Demand for mobile devices and services are expected to skyrocket over the next 5 to 10 years,” Senator Warner said. “This bill is one element of our strategy to make better use of spectrum - a finite resource - and keep America on the cutting-edge of wireless technology."

Senators Snowe, Warner Introduce Legislation to Increase Wireless Coverage

Bill would require federal buildings to install small wireless base stations to free up commercial network capacity

Dec 03 2010

U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation requiring the installation of small wireless base stations in all publicly accessible federal buildings in order to increase wireless coverage and free up essential commercial network capacity.

Sens. Warner, Webb announce $26 million in grants for rural broadband expansion

Grants will provide high-speed, affordable broadband and create jobs

Aug 19 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb announced today that Virginia has received a combined $26 million in federal grants for three regional projects that will expand rural broadband access, creating hundreds of jobs and providing a platform for additional economic activity and job creation. The U.S. Department of Commerce grants target rural and economically distressed areas with low rates of broadband accessibility.

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.

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.

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.

Warner & Schumer Announce FTC Crackdown on Bogus "Car Warranty" Phone Scams

~ 300,000 Complaints Nationwide Over Automated Calls Warning “Your Car Warranty Has Expired” ~

May 12 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner of Virginia and Charles E. Schumer of New York announced today that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has investigations underway into automated telephone “robocalls” that pitch bogus car warranties. Schumer and Warner said they themselves have both received these calls in recent weeks.