Press Releases

Webb, Warner Introduce Bill to Complete Appalachian Development Highway System

~Highway will Provide Expanded Access to Appalachian Region~

Jul 31 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) joined Senator Robert Byrd (D-VA), in introducing the Appalachian Development Highway System Completion Act of 2009, which will re-authorize the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). Completion of this much-needed infrastructure would provide significant economic benefits to the region.

Warner, Corker Bill Gives FDIC Authority to Wind-Down Bank Hold Companies

~Bipartisan bill is an interim step to address broader regulatory reform~

Jul 30 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia joined Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee today in introducing legislation giving the FDIC authority to resolve, or wind down, bank holding companies, an important interim step toward addressing broader regulatory reform. The senators, both members of the Senate Banking Committee, say the FDIC needs this additional authority to fill a glaring regulatory gap that has come to light over the last 18 months.

Nine Freshman Senators Urge Continued Focus on Health Care Cost Containment

~ Letter to Sen. Baucus Urges Hard Decisions and Incentives to “bend the cost curve” ~

Jul 23 2009

WASHINGTON – Nine freshman U.S. Senators today co-signed a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Sen. Max Baucus urging continued work toward bipartisan health care reform legislation and expressing concern that there has been too little focus on containing health care costs.

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.

Webb, Warner Applaud Appointments of Ellen Matthews Davis and Michael Wooden to Virginia’s Top USDA Posts

~ Davis to Serve in Rural Development, Wooden at the Farm Service Agency ~

Jun 30 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today applauded the appointments of Ellen Matthews Davis and Michael Wooden to key Virginia leadership positions within the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Davis will serve as Virginia State Director for Rural Development and Wooden will serve as State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency. Senators Webb and Warner nominated Davis and Wooden for the positions.

Webb & Warner Announce $28 Million for Virginia Energy Programs

Rebates Available for Purchase of Energy Efficient Systems

Jun 29 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has released $28 million to support several programs aimed at spurring investment in residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy projects. This is the second installment of energy funds made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Warner, Corker Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Maximize Taxpayer Returns of TARP Investments

~ Bill creates private market trust for TARP investments, sets end-date for gov’t ownership ~

Jun 22 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) spoke on the Senate floor today about bipartisan legislation he has introduced with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) that will maximize returns of taxpayer investments into TARP(Troubled Asset Relief Program)assisted institutions. The bill provides for a responsible exitstrategy from government ownership of TARP-recipient companies, such as AIG, Citigroup, and General Motors.

Webb & Warner Announce $1 million grant for Rural Water Project in Carroll County

Funds Will Provide Additional 317 Homes with Clean Drinking Water

Jun 19 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the Department of Agriculture will provide a $1.06 million grant to Carroll County Public Service Authority for safe drinking water and improvements to the water treatment system. Funding will be made available immediately under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which the two Senators supported.

Warner Introduces Legislation Enhancing Senior Health Care Choices

~ More resources, options to allow more informed choices by patients, families ~

Jun 15 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA) has introduced health reform legislation that will strengthen the quality and availability of counseling, support services and care management for patients and families coping with life-limiting illnesses. The Warner legislation addresses inadequate access to often unorganized care planning services that can result in unnecessary tests, treatments and hospitalizations – medical services that more informed individuals might not otherwise choose.

Warner & Webb Announce $17.7 Million Grant to Upgrade Metrorail Services

Stimulus Funds Will Improve Emergency Systems, Sales Center

Jun 12 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided a $17.7 million grant for upgrades to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Funding was made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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.

Warner, Webb Introduce Bill to Protect Bedford's National D-Day Memorial

~Legislation is First Step Toward Becoming A National Park~

Jun 08 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb today introduced legislation that would authorize the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to study whether the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, can be added to the U.S. National Park System. The non-profit National D-Day Memorial Foundation recently announced that it does not have enough money to sustain operations through the end of the year.

Webb, Warner Recommend Justice Barbara Keenan for Fed. Appeals Court Vacancy

~ If confirmed, first woman from Va. to sit on 4th U.S. Circuit Court bench ~

Jun 02 2009

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today recommended that President Obama nominate Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara M. Keenan to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. If nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Keenan would be the first female judge from Virginia to serve on the federal appeals court.

Warner visits Virginia Troops in Iraq on Memorial Day Weekend

~ Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister, U.S Ambassador, top generals ~

May 25 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner traveled to Baghdad on Memorial Day weekend to visit with military men and women from Virginia and to receive briefings from the Iraqi Prime Minister, the U.S Ambassador, and top U.S. military commanders in Iraq. Senator Warner is part of a Congressional delegation that includes Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vermont) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island).
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner issued the following statement after today’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against several companies charged with making hundreds of millions of deceptive calls to consumers. At a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday, Senator Warner and Sen. Charles Schumer (NY) announced that this FTC enforcement action was imminent:

Warner & Schumer Announce FTC Crackdown on Bogus "Car Warranty" Phone Scams

~ 300,000 Complaints Nationwide Over Automated Calls Warning “Your Car Warranty Has Expired” ~

May 12 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner of Virginia and Charles E. Schumer of New York announced today that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has investigations underway into automated telephone “robocalls” that pitch bogus car warranties. Schumer and Warner said they themselves have both received these calls in recent weeks.
Washington, DC -- Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced a $772,135 security technology award for the Roanoke Regional Airport to acquire explosive detection systems that will streamline baggage screening and enhance security capabilities. The funds were included in the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act as part of the $1 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to strengthen border and transportation security.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will release $77.3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate work on Northern Virginia’s Dulles Corridor Metrorail extension. The Federal Transit Administration has already entered into a multi-year funding grant agreement for the Dulles Rail project, and the grant announced today does not increase that federal commitment but will expedite the release of the federal funding.

Warner, Martinez and Brown Introduce TARP Transparency Act

Requires regulators to collect, disclose more data from TARP recipients

Apr 28 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation today to increase transparency in the use of the $700 billion appropriated through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to banks and other financial companies.

Joint Statement on Appointment of Nation's First Chief Technology Officer

Governor Kaine and Senator Warner praise President's Obama's choice of Aneesh Chopra

Apr 19 2009

RICHMOND & WASHINGTON – Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine and U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today released a joint statement praising President Obama's appointment of Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh Chopra to serve as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer. The announcement was made during the President's weekly Internet and radio address.