Press Releases

Sen. Warner announces 40 additional customs officers for Dulles Airport

~ Response to Sen. Warner’s Concerns About Long Lines and Wait Times For Arriving Passengers ~

Apr 03 2014

Sen. Warner applauded today’s announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that an additional 40 customs officers will be hired, trained and assigned to Virginia’s Dulles International Airport to process arriving international passengers and help alleviate some of the long lines that travelers frequently have experienced at Dulles.

Sen. Warner Questions Wait Times, Long Lines to Clear Passport Control at Dulles Airport

“This is not the way to welcome tourists, business people arriving in Va.”

Feb 21 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an explanation of exceptionally long lines and wait times commonly experienced by passengers arriving on international flights at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport.
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) today announced bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In December, H.R. 2019, sponsored by Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Tom Cole (R-OK) overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103.

Sen. Warner Brings Voices of Furloughed Virginians to Senate Floor

Reads messages from constituents who are impacted, calls on Congressional colleagues to compromise

Jul 25 2013

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) read messages on the Senate floor today from several Virginia constituents impacted by sequester cuts and federal employee furloughs, and urged his colleagues to work together to resolve a budget impasse before the fiscal year ends on September 30th.

Sen. Warner: "The Sequester is Stupidity on Steroids"

Va. Senator chairs Budget Committee hearing on impact of sequester cuts

Jul 23 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today chaired a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the impact of sequester spending cuts on national security and the U.S. economy. Sen. Warner, who describes sequestration as “stupidity on steroids,” sought to highlight the disruptive and inefficient impact sequestration is having on small businesses that work with the Department of Defense.

Sens. Warner & Kaine Introduce Virginian Patricia Millett at Judicial Confirmation Hearing

Alexandrian nominated for D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Jul 10 2013

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine today introduced Alexandria resident Patricia Millett at a confirmation hearing in support of her nomination to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. In their remarks, both Senators noted Millett’s extensive legal experience and public and community service.

Sen. Warner Urges Presidential Election Commission to Take Steps to Reduce Voting Wait Times

Senators call for public hearings in Virginia, Florida, and other states where voters endured hours-long delays

Jun 11 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today sent a letter to the chairmen of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Robert F. Bauer and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, urging them to take strong steps to address the hours-long election lines that too many voters endured during the 2012 election. The Commission, a non-partisan panel created by the President earlier this year to promote more efficient elections, is set to have its first public meeting in Washington on June 21.

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.