Press Releases

Senator Warner: Pentagon Should Rethink Furloughs of Teachers at DoD Schools

~ Planned five-day teacher furloughs will negatively impact children, disrupt families ~

May 16 2013

Senator Warner today urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reconsider his decision to furlough almost 11,000 teachers at Defense Department-operated schools for up to five days as part of the Pentagon’s plan to comply with budget cuts required due to the sequester.

Sen. Warner Honors CIA Legends in Senate Floor Speech

~ Will reintroduce resolution designating Intelligence Professionals Day ~

Jan 23 2013

Sen. Warner, a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, today honored two Central Intelligence Agency veterans who played key roles in the 1994 arrest and espionage conviction of CIA spy Aldrich Ames on charges of spying for the Russians. Jeanne Vertefeuille of McLean, VA served at the CIA for more than 40 years and died on Dec. 29, 2012.

Bipartisan FAA bill improves service & safety for passengers

~ Senator Warner successfully worked for compromise to limit additional West Coast-DC slots ~

Feb 06 2012

Sen. Warner praised today’s passage of a bipartisan, four-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration that will improve airline service and safety for travelers. The compromise legislation, H.R. 658, allows airports to move forward on critical improvement projects, gives FAA tools to modernize the nation’s outdated air traffic control system, and authorizes eight additional daily round trip flights from Reagan National Airport to the West Coast.

DoD Inspector General Releases Damning Report on BRAC #133

Moran, Warner, Connolly renew call for parking cap, new transportation plan

Dec 01 2011

Following today’s release of a Department of Defense Inspector General report revealing serious flaws in the Army’s Transportation Management Plan, Senator Warner, Rep. Jim Moran, and Rep. Gerry Connolly renewed their call to limit the number of parking spaces used at the building until sufficient transportation infrastructure is put in place and pressed for enactment of the IG’s recommendations.
Today, Representatives Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly, and Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner wrote Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta expressing their concern with the recently released occupancy plan for the implementation of BRAC Recommendation #133. The plan moves nearly 5,000 employees to the Mark Center facility by December 2011 – before vital transportation infrastructure improvements are put in place.
Senator Warner is urging the Pentagon to delay the transfer of 6,400 defense workers to Alexandria’s Mark Center until traffic issues can be sorted-out. The DoD employees are being relocated from a region served by Metro to an already-congested area that has limited access to mass transit, and the additional traffic is likely to simply add to the frustrations of 200,000 daily commuters in the I395/Seminary Road area.
Senator Warner today filed legislation that would end the improper and unofficial system of "reserved" gravesites for VIPs at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, Senator Warner's legislation directs the U.S. Army to fully investigate -- and report back to Congress within 180 days -- on the number of plots that may have been set aside in violation of a 1962 Army policy which clearly states that Arlington National Cemetery plots must be provided to any qualified military veteran, without regard to rank or status.

Webb, Warner announce $148 million in public safety funds for Virginia

Federal grants help fund state, local law enforcement as well as public safety organizations

Oct 15 2010

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced $148 million in federal grants to Virginia agencies, municipalities, and public safety organizations. The 296 U.S. Department of Justice grants support public safety projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

U.S. Sen Warner: Army accepts pro-bono I-T assistance for Arlington National Cemetery from Northern Va. Technology Council

NVTC to assess I-T challenges at Arlington, digitize and protect paper records

Aug 06 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner announced today that the Army has accepted an offer from the Northern Virginia Technology Council to assess the information technology challenges at Arlington National Cemetery, where the continued use of paper records has been tied to the recent disclosure of misidentified and misplaced remains. In addition, NVTC members will immediately work to digitize the paper records and maps to protect these fragile records from damage or loss.

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 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.
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, 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.

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.

Webb, Warner Announce $13.5 Million Investment in Virginia’s Community Health Facilities

Stimulus Funds for Heath Center Maintenance, New Equipment Acquisition

Jul 01 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released more than $13.5 million in grants for twenty-four community health centers in Virginia to maintain facilities and to improve services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.