Press Releases

U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today applauded the release of the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides discretionary funding for the entire federal government for the fiscal year, including $486.9 billion in defense spending to advance our nation’s security and military readiness, and to provide support for our troops and their families.

U.S. Sens. Warner and Kaine Urge Continued Federal Funding for Craney Island Expansion

~ Port expansion “updates critical infrastructure, drives economic development & creates jobs” ~

Sep 09 2013

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are urging the White House to include funds in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to move forward on the Craney Island eastward expansion project at the Port of Virginia.

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.

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.

Sen. Warner Successfully Maintains Ches. Bay, Rural Broadband as Priorities in Farm Bill

~ Broad, bipartisan legislation incorporates two Warner amendments ~

Jun 10 2013

The Senate today voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, which will benefit Virginia farmers. The final bill included amendments sponsored by Sen. Warner that provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and tools to extend high-speed Internet service to rural America.

Sen. Warner Receives U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

~ Navy Sec’y. notes Sen. Warner’s work to ease impact of sequester ~

Mar 13 2013

Sen. Warner has been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest recognition the Navy can confer upon a civilian. In making the award, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus cited Sen. Warner’s efforts on both the Senate’s Budget and Intelligence committees to support military men and women and their families.

Sen. Warner Invites Military Spouse to Inauguration

~ Sara Jane Arnett, winner of Heroes at Home Military Spouse award, will attend with son ~

Jan 16 2013

Sen. Warner has invited Sara Jane Arnett of Newport News, an Army spouse whose husband is deployed to Afghanistan, to be his special guest at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington. D.C. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2012. Arnett plans to attend the ceremony with her five-year-old son.

Senate passes Webb, Warner resolution to honor service of U.S.S. Enterprise

~ Honors more than 100,000 current and former sailors who have served on the Enterprise ~

Jan 03 2013

The Senate today unanimously approved a resolution offered by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) commemorating the deactivation of U.S.S. Enterprise after 51 years of service and honoring the more than 100,000 current and former sailors and Marines who served aboard the aircraft carrier.
“Developing our offshore energy resources will help create domestic manufacturing jobs and strengthen Virginia’s economy. It also advances efforts to better harness renewable energy sources while reducing U.S. reliance on imported oil. I have been an advocate for an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach for some time now, and I think there’s a lot of potential in developing our offshore energy opportunities off the Virginia coast.”

Chesapeake Bay Senators urge USDA to support farmers during lapse of Farm Bill authorization

~ Failure of the House of Representatives to Pass a Farm Bill Extension is Having Negative Consequences for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Farmers ~

Oct 03 2012

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), wrote to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White urging them to support Chesapeake Bay watershed farmers during the interim period since the lapse of the Farm Bill authorization.

Webb, Warner Cosponsor New Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Offshore Leasing

Companion Legislation to House Bill, Reopens Promising Areas, Shares Revenue with Producing States

Jul 25 2012

Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today cosponsored the introduction of The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012, or the OPEN Act. The bipartisan legislation would expand American offshore energy production with a revised five-year leasing plan and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states.

Joint Statement of Sen. Warner & Rep. Kinzinger

~ On today’s announcements concerning the F-22 Raptor ~

Jul 24 2012

“Returning the F-22 to 100% mission capability and protecting our pilots has been our shared goal throughout this discussion, so it is promising that consultation with NASA and the Navy appears to be pointing the Air Force toward a potential solution to the F-22 oxygen deprivation issues."
Senators Warner and Webb today voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which will benefit Virginia farmers while continuing to provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 2012 Farm Bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion, was approved with broad bipartisan support on a 64-35 vote today.

Sen. Warner, Rep. Kinzinger release new information on F-22 probe

~ Higher rate of incidents, more widespread pilot concerns than previously disclosed ~ ~ Repeat calls to protect two ‘whistleblower’ Va. pilots ~

Jun 14 2012

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today released new information from the Air Force (USAF) that reveals significantly higher rates of oxygen-deprivation incidents reported by F-22 Raptor pilots than previously disclosed, and more widespread concerns about the impact and use of a charcoal breathing filter recently ordered removed from the aircraft.

Sen. Warner, Rep. Kinzinger Respond to Sec'y. Panetta's Order on F-22 Raptor Oxygen Issue

~ Following meeting with Air Force officials, bipartisan duo says more work to be done ~

May 15 2012

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta today instructed the Air Force to restrict F-22 flight activities, and to work with NASA and the Navy to find solutions to F-22 oxygen-deprivation issues. These actions were a direct result of Sen. Warner’s and Rep. Kinzinger’s continued pressure on the Secretary of the Air Force to take action.