Press Releases

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.
"I can see no rational basis for dismantling JFCOM since its sole mission is to look for efficiencies and greater cost-savings by forcing more cooperation among sometimes competing military services," Senator Warner said in response to news that the Defense Department has announced plans to shut-down the Joint Forces Command, a Hampton Roads-based command which trains troops from different services to fight together.

Sens. Webb and Warner announce $5.5 million in transportation grants to seven Va. regional airports

Grants will extend or repave runways, purchase snow removal and other safety equipment

Jul 29 2010

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) announced today that Virginia has received nearly $5.5 million in grants to upgrade runways and purchase safety equipment at seven regional airports in Virginia. The U.S. Department of Transportation grants are for use in projects intended to enhance safety and bring airports up to Federal Aviation Administration standards. The projects include renovating runways and, in some cases, purchasing new firefighting or snow removal equipment.

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.

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.

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.

Webb, Warner, Forbes, Nye, Scott & Wittman Urge Armed Services Committees to Strip $46.3 Million from Defense Budget for Dredging at Naval Station Mayport

~Virginia Lawmakers Cite Poor Policy, Fiscal Irresponsibility, and Lack of Strategic Justification~

Sep 18 2009

Washington, DC - In a joint letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Congressmen Randy Forbes, Glenn Nye, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman urged the Committees not to authorize an appropriation of $46.3 million to dredge the channel and basin at Naval Station Mayport (NS Mayport), Florida in the final National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2010.
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.
Washington, DC – Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that more than $26.4 million in funding was secured for a number of water projects in Hampton Roads. 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.

Virginia & Maryland Senators Introduce Legislation to Support Chesapeake Bay Clean-up

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

Jun 10 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA), along with Senators Jim Webb (VA), Barbara A. Mikulski (MD) and Benjamin L. Cardin (MD) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009, which would strengthen and enhance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) role in the multi-state Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort.