Press Releases

Metro Responds to Sen. Warner, Pledging to Update Emergency Communications Safety Protocols Following Fatal Accident at L'Enfant Plaza Station

At Warner’s request, Metro board promises to ensure that Metro and local public safety agencies regularly test communications systems to ensure interoperability

Feb 03 2015

In response to a request from U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency, the board which governs the Metro transit system, pledged to implement a system for testing of Metro and regional emergency radio systems.

Sen. Warner Requests Better Coordination and Oversight from Metro on Interoperability Issues

Recommends more robust process to ensure effective communication during Metro emergencies

Jan 22 2015

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner asked the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency (WMATA), the board which governs the Metro transit system, to work together to create a more robust and transparent process for ensuring the interoperability of radio networks used by the region’s emergency responders.

Sen. Warner Asks DDOT, Capitol Crossing Development for I 395 Traffic Impact Analysis

~ Warner: Lack of collaboration “significant disservice and disruption” to Virginia commuters ~

Dec 22 2014

Sen. Warner today asked the D.C Department of Transportation and the developer of the planned Capitol Crossing project to provide information on the impacts of planned highway and ramp restrictions on the 90,000 vehicles using the Third Street Tunnel along Interstate 395 each day.

WASHINGTON – The bipartisan Northern Virginia congressional delegation today applauded news that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has closed on a $1.28 billion low-interest, long-term federal loan to proceed with its construction plans for phase two of the Rail to Dulles project. In May, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx signed the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program loan after the U.S. Department of Transportation Credit Council voted to approve it. Together with accompanying loans to Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, which are still working towards closing, the total $1.9 billion TIFIA loan package represents the largest loan in the TIFIA program's history.

“Today’s closing on the MWAA loan represents one of the last steps toward finalizing a complex financing package for one of the biggest transportation projects in the country,” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) said. “This is a huge win for Virginia taxpayers and commuters, and coupled with positive reports about the first weeks of Silver Line operations, it looks like we are well on the way to reducing congestion and building a more efficient transportation network in Northern Virginia.”

“With the first phase of the Silver Line complete and in service, today’s announcement is yet another encouraging step toward the opening of Phase II, which will mark the completion of a project so many of us worked hard to get moving when it was just a model on a conference table,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).

“No one can say the federal government hasn’t done its part to bring rail to Tysons and out the Dulles corridor to Loudoun County,” said Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA-10). “The federal share of Phase 1 was the second largest Full Funding Grant Agreement awarded by the Federal Transit Administration in the last 20 years for a heavy rail project and the TIFIA loan for Phase 2 is the largest amount in the history of the program.”

“Today’s announcement of the federal commitment to Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail Project is a significant step to securing an environmentally friendly, transit oriented development along the Dulles Corridor,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA-8). “We’re already seeing the positive impact of the Silver Line on Virginia businesses. This news brings us closer to reducing congestion, commuting time, and gas consumption in a rapidly developing area of Northern Virginia.”

“Advancing this TIFIA loan will lower the overall cost of the project, and dramatically reduce toll increases on commuters in the Dulles Corridor,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11). “The first phase of the Silver Line has spurred new ridership and increased sales among local merchants, underscoring the regional demand for this service and the value of the investment. I thank Sec. Foxx, Gov. McAuliffe, and all our regional partners for their commitment to completing this complex loan and delivering this world-class transit project connecting Dulles Airport with our nation’s capital.”

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.