Mark Warner – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected U.S. Senate, Virginia

Democratic Party of Virginia
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Here are some of the issues Mark Warner talks about on the campaign trail:

A New Energy Policy

Governor Warner believes we need to bring a transformative change to our national energy policy. We need a fresh approach that invests in renewable energy and eliminates our dependence on foreign oil. By making these new investments, we can create millions of new world-class jobs here at home and make our nation more secure. A new energy policy will also help us take-on the threat of climate change, letting us reassert America's moral standing in the world.

Health Care

Governor Warner is committed to bringing leadership to the fight to fix our country's health care system. It is morally wrong that 47 million to 50 million Americans don't have access to healthcare in this country, but it is also wrong that we pay twice as much per person as our competitors around the world and we don't get twice as good a value. We need to bring down the price of prescription drugs, so Americans no longer pay the research and development cost for drugs for the rest of the world. We must make sure every American has access to affordable, universal health care coverage? and 21st century health care must also emphasize prevention.

The War

Governor Warner believes that we need to work with our military leaders to develop a responsible plan - without artificial timelines - to begin to bring our brave military men and women home from Iraq. That will place real pressure on the Iraqis to step-up and take more responsibility for their own country. We also need to properly support our returning troops by providing the money and resources to care for our wounded veterans when they come home.

Being Competitive

Governor Warner wants to put America on the economic offensive. In this 21st century economy, we need a long-term competitiveness plan to compete with the rising economies of India and China. In order to stay competitive in our globalized economy, we need to have the be [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

He and his wife, Lisa Collis, and their three daughters, Madison, Gillian, and Eliza, reside in Alexandria.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

JD, Harvard Law School, 1980 BA, George Washington University, 1977

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Managing Director, Columbia Capital Corporation, 1989-2002

Co-Founder, Nextel Communications

Former Staff Member, Senator Chris Dodd, United States Senate

Former Employee, TechRiders

Former Employee, Virginia Health Care Foundation

Former Employee, Virginia High-Tech Partnership

He's a former high tech business person, who co-founded the company that became Nextel, as well as the largest technology-based venture capital fund in the mid-Atlantic.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Chair, National Governors Association, 2004-2005

States' Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission, 2003-2004

Chair, Education Commission of the States, 2003-2004

Chair, Southern Governors' Association, 2003-2004

Member, Board of Directors, Alexandria Volunteer Bureau

Honorary Chair, AmeriCorps Support Group

Member, Board of Trustees, George Washington University

Member, Board Member, Medical Care for Children Project

Member, Board of Directors, United Community Ministries

Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Union University

As a private citizen, he launched a health care foundation that's helped over 500,000 uninsured and medically underserved Virginians obtain access to primary health care.

He chaired the National Governors Association, leading a national high school reform effort to meet the challenges of a global economy.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Mark Warner served as governor of Virginia from 2002 until January 2006. His administration inherited $6 billion in budget shortfalls, and ended with a surplus that allowed the largest single investment in K-12 education in Virginia history, a reinvestment in one of the nation's premier public college and university systems, and a record investment in cleanup of the nation's largest estuary: the Chesapeake Bay.

Governor Warner did this by cutting budgets and making business-like reforms to state government and public schools, and eventually taking on a modernization of Virginia's entire tax code to promote fairness, long-term fiscal integrity, and the preservation of core services. He put a focus on economic development in areas hard hit by job losses -- turning around jobless rates in those regions.

Along the way, he chaired the National Governors Association, leading a national high school reform effort to meet the challenges of a global economy. He was named among Governing Magazine's "Public Officials of the Year" in 2004, TIME Magazine's 'America's 5 Best Governors' in 2005, and Newsweek's 'Who's Next?' issue in 2006.

While he was governor, Virginia was named "the best managed state in the nation" by Governing Magazine, and the "runaway winner" in the new "Best State For Business" ranking done by Forbes, based on the tax structure, education system, and bipartisan fiscal management the Warner administration had put in place. Education Week Magazine named Virginia as the best place for a child to be born in terms of educational opportunity.

Governor Warner has been praised for his bi-partisan approach to politics. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said his specialty was "finding common ground" and "seizing chances from setbacks." The Daily Press wrote in 2005 that Governor Warner's "pragmatic, results-driven, business-oriented approach to government resonates across the spectrum of Virginia politics."

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Presbyterian

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

He was named among Governing Magazine's "Public Officials of the Year" in 2004, TIME Magazine's 'America's 5 Best Governors' in 2005, and Newsweek's 'Who's Next?' issue in 2006.

While he was governor, Virginia was named "the best managed state in the nation" by Governing Magazine, and the "runaway winner" in the new "Best State For Business" ranking done by Forbes, based on the tax structure, education system, and bipartisan fiscal management the Warner administration had put in place. Education Week Magazine named Virginia as the best place for a child to be born in terms of educational opportunity.

He's a former high tech business person, who co-founded the company that became Nextel, as well as the largest technology-based venture capital fund in the mid-Atlantic. As a private citizen, he launched a health care foundation that's helped over 500,000 uninsured and medically underserved Virginians obtain access to primary health care.

Governor Warner has been praised for his bi-partisan approach to politics. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said his specialty was "finding common ground" and "seizing chances from setbacks." The Daily Press wrote in 2005 that Governor Warner's "pragmatic, results-driven, business-oriented approach to government resonates across the spectrum of Virginia politics."

Business
Small Business

Senator Warner re-introduced the Startup Act 3.0 to encourage investment in new businesses and help accelerate the commercialization of university research. This legislation would also create Entrepreneur Visas and STEM Visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial immigrants to stay and create jobs in the United States.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the bipartisan Startup Innovation Credit which is based on language included in Senator Warner’s Startup Act 3.0. The Startup Innovation Credit allows startups to claim the popular Research and Development tax credit, helping startups jumpstart the economy by growing their business and creating new jobs.

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority received a second round of funding of $5.9 million in April 2014 from the U.S. Treasury through the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program. Senator Warner helped craft this program and fought for its inclusion in the “The Small Business Jobs Act”, signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Senator Warner co-sponsored the bipartisan Building a Stronger America Act of 2012 (S. 3479) to strengthen the American manufacturing by ensuring that trade laws are enforced and streamlining federal trade and export programs. This legislation included provisions from Senator Warner’s America Recruits Act (S. 1247), a bipartisan effort to create of new manufacturing jobs here in America through competitive grant programs and strengthen worker training and industry certification programs.

Senator Warner joined a bipartisan group of Senators to successfully add a key amendment to the Wall Street reform legislation to protect the ability of "angel investors" to support small business startups that will be vital to job creation.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Banking Practices

Senator Warner led a letter with 52 other Senators to the banking regulators. The letter expressed concerns that the proposed rules on Basel III regulatory capital ratios, capital adequacy and transition provisions did not take into account considerations for different business models or size of institution.

Senator Warner introduced S. 2223 on March 22, 2012 with Senators Crapo, Toomey, Hagan, Carper and Corker. The bill intends to provide certainty about when the Volcker rule will be enforced. The language clarified that the Volcker Rule will be fully implemented two years after the agencies issue their final rules, rather than two years after Dodd-Frank was signed into law.

In 2011, Senator Warner was appointed chair of the Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, which oversees exports and foreign trade and international economic policy. Senator Warner has held subcommittee hearings during 2011-2012 addressing:

The European Debt and Financial Crisis

The G20 and Global Economic and Financial Risks

Stakeholder Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

Reviewing the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Senator Warner, in September 2010, advocated that banking and credit union regulators take a balanced regulatory approach to small business lending as the economic recovery gained momentum. He sent a letter with 10 other Senators advocating that regulators provide guidance to supervisory staff regarding loan portfolios and small business loan workouts due to reduced cash flows and collateral values following the crisis.

Throughout 2009 and early 2010, Senator Warner teamed up with Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker to work-out a bipartisan proposal to end the notion of "too big to fail" and to put in place tools that will allow regulators to identify and liquidate large financial companies which could be dangerous to financial stability if they were to default. Their proposal was included in Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd's financial regulatory reform draft legi [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Business, a General Statement

Senator Warner re-introduced the Startup Act 3.0 to encourage investment in new businesses and help accelerate the commercialization of university research. This legislation would also create Entrepreneur Visas and STEM Visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial immigrants to stay and create jobs in the United States.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the bipartisan Startup Innovation Credit which is based on language included in Senator Warner’s Startup Act 3.0. The Startup Innovation Credit allows startups to claim the popular Research and Development tax credit, helping startups jumpstart the economy by growing their business and creating new jobs.

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority received a second round of funding of $5.9 million in April 2014 from the U.S. Treasury through the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program. Senator Warner helped craft this program and fought for its inclusion in the “The Small Business Jobs Act”, signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Senator Warner co-sponsored the bipartisan Building a Stronger America Act of 2012 (S. 3479) to strengthen the American manufacturing by ensuring that trade laws are enforced and streamlining federal trade and export programs. This legislation included provisions from Senator Warner’s America Recruits Act (S. 1247), a bipartisan effort to create of new manufacturing jobs here in America through competitive grant programs and strengthen worker training and industry certification programs.

Senator Warner joined a bipartisan group of Senators to successfully add a key amendment to the Wall Street reform legislation to protect the ability of "angel investors" to support small business startups that will be vital to job creation.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Consumers
Consumers, a General Statement

In our digital economy with constant advances in technology, Senator Warner believes it is vitally important to strengthen protections for consumers, businesses and their data. Senator Warner has led efforts to protect consumers from cyber theft, data breaches, as well as unscrupulous business practices, which often target the most vulnerable populations, including student borrowers and military families.

Cyber and data theft not only impacts the consumers targeted, but can have dire consequences on our economic recovery. Senator Warner remains committed to urging the private sector and government to collaborate to increase smart, targeted consumer protections.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

Senator Warner introduced the bipartisan Consumer Debit Card Protection Act of 2014, designed to bring debit card consumer protections up to the level of credit cards protections. Debit card use has doubled since 2004, and are now more prevalent than credit cards.

Senator Warner introduced legislation requiring banks to more fully disclose hidden feeds often charged for prepaid cards.

In the wake of the Target data breach, Senator Warner led a Senate Banking Committee hearing to examine whether companies and financial service providers are taking every necessary precaution to protect consumers.

Ukraine is known to be a haven for cybercrime and many experts have drawn connections between Ukrainian hackers and the Target data breach. Senator Warner introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Ukrainian aid package to establish a law enforcement partnership between the United States and Ukraine to combat cybercrime.

Senator Warner called for an investigation into “payroll cards” that some employers use instead of payroll checks or direct deposit. These cards may violate existing consumer regulations, and Senator Warner and colleagues expressed concern in a joint letter.

Following a letter Senator Warner sent to the Federal Trade Commission, the National Retail Federation announced they will establish an information sharing platform for retail industry, law enforcement, and financ [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Credit Cards

Senator Warner introduced the bipartisan Consumer Debit Card Protection Act of 2014, designed to bring debit card consumer protections up to the level of credit cards protections. Debit card use has doubled since 2004, and are now more prevalent than credit cards.

Senator Warner introduced legislation requiring banks to more fully disclose hidden feeds often charged for prepaid cards.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Consumer Fraud and Protection

In the wake of the Target data breach, Senator Warner led a Senate Banking Committee hearing to examine whether companies and financial service providers are taking every necessary precaution to protect consumers.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement

Senator Warner recognizes that our nation faces real challenges in balancing the need to bring down the federal deficit with the need to invest in our long-term economic prosperity. While working to get our economy back on track, he will remain an advocate for responsible investments and common-sense regulatory reform to improve our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy. Senator Warner will continue to push Congress to address the foreclosure crisis and shore-up the real estate market. He’ll also use his business experience to look for new ways to keep credit flowing to consumers and small businesses, and to give entrepreneurs access to the capital they need to get new businesses going.

Senator Warner's Progress:

Senator Warner re-introduced the Startup Act 3.0 to encourage investment in new businesses and help accelerate the commercialization of university research. This legislation would also create Entrepreneur Visas and STEM Visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial immigrants to stay and create jobs in the United States.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the bipartisan Startup Innovation Credit which is based on language included in Senator Warner’s Startup Act 3.0. The Startup Innovation Credit allows startups to claim the popular Research and Development tax credit, helping startups jumpstart the economy by growing their business and creating new jobs.

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority received a second round of funding of $5.9 million in April 2014 from the U.S. Treasury through the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program. Senator Warner helped craft this program and fought for its inclusion in the “The Small Business Jobs Act”, signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Senator Warner has hosted a series of events across Virginia examining how crowdfunding can be used as a tool to increase startup businesses’ access to capital, and to help grow existing small and medium-sized businesses.

Senator Warner co-sponsored the bipartisan Building a Stronger America Act of 2012 (S. 3479) to strengthen the American manu [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Education
School Safety

Senator Warner and a bipartisan group of seven Senate colleagues introduced legislation to combat sexual assault on college and university campuses. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act will help to better protect and empower students, improve reporting, training and best practices, and strengthen transparency and accountability of educational institutions.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Improving Education

Senator Warner remains committed to ensuring that every Virginian has access to the quality education and training needed to succeed in our global economy, without the burden of crippling student debt.

Having paid for his own undergraduate education with student loans, Senator Warner knows first-hand the financial challenges facing those who seek higher education. Senator Warner will continue to fight for commonsense solutions to make college more affordable and to help those who are already struggling with student debt. Senator Warner believes that if left unaddressed, student debt will be the next financial crisis facing our country.

Senator Warner also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. He believes that we must increase our focus on industry certifications in order to create more routes to good paying jobs for Virginians.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Math and Science

Senator Warner co-sponsored the Computer Science Education and Jobs Act (S. 1407), a proposal that will promote and increase computer science and STEM education for all Virginia students.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Higher Education

Senator Warner has introduced a bipartisan education reform package to ease the burden of student and make college more affordable for Virginians.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Student Loans, Scholarships and Pell Grants

Senator Warner will continue to strengthen federal student loan programs so more young people have access to a college education. Senator Warner is working on legislation to allow graduates to pay a percentage of their income until the loan is repaid to protect graduates during periods of unemployment or low earnings.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Pre-School

Senator Warner knows how important early education is for a child’s development and will continue to work to enhance and expand the quality of preschool programs for all Virginia families. As Governor he helped secure funding for Virginia’s Smart Beginnings program.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Education, a General Statement

Senator Warner remains committed to ensuring that every Virginian has access to the quality education and training needed to succeed in our global economy, without the burden of crippling student debt.

Having paid for his own undergraduate education with student loans, Senator Warner knows first-hand the financial challenges facing those who seek higher education. Senator Warner will continue to fight for commonsense solutions to make college more affordable and to help those who are already struggling with student debt. Senator Warner believes that if left unaddressed, student debt will be the next financial crisis facing our country.

Senator Warner also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. He believes that we must increase our focus on industry certifications in order to create more routes to good paying jobs for Virginians.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind

Senator Warner released a statement celebrating a Department of Energy’s an award of up to $4 million to Dominion Virginia Power to further develop offshore wind technology.

Senator Warner traveled to Waynesboro to view the largest thermal solar panel installation project in Virginia at the local YMCA.

Senator Warner traveled to Waynesboro to view the largest thermal solar panel installation project in Virginia at the local YMCA.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Energy, a General Statement

Senator Warner firmly believes that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil while investing in new technologies that reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. He favors an "all of the above," portfolio approach that employs solar, wind, bio-fuels, nuclear energy and next generation battery technologies. Senator Warner supports investment in research that focuses on using carbon capture technology so we can continue to use our domestic resources, such as coal, more responsibly. The science surrounding climate change supports the need for dramatic changes in policy, and Senator Warner believes any comprehensive legislation to address this issue must be balanced with the need to keep our economy viable during this challenging time.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Oil Drilling

Senator Warner cosponsored the Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012, which would expand American offshore energy production with a revised five-year leasing plan and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states. The bill provides an alternative to the Obama Administration’s proposed 2012-2017 offshore oil and gas leasing plan, which currently excludes Virginia.

Senator Warner praised the Obama Administration's plan to allow oil and gas exploration off the coast of Virginia. He continues to work with his Senate colleagues to find appropriate revenue-sharing formulas between the federal and state governments.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Renewable Fuels, Biofuels and Ethanol

Senator Warner joined a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of a temporary waiver of the federal ethanol mandate to help Virginia’s agricultural community and consumers who have been hit hard by a dramatic rise in feed costs as a result of increased usage of corn-based ethanol.

Senators Warner and Webb joined a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of a temporary waiver of the federal ethanol mandate. This waiver is intended to help Virginia’s agricultural community and consumers who have been hit hard by a dramatic rise in feed costs as a result of record droughts across the continental United States.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Offshore Oil Drilling Safety Standards

Senator Warner cosponsored the Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012, which would expand American offshore energy production with a revised five-year leasing plan and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states. The bill provides an alternative to the Obama Administration’s proposed 2012-2017 offshore oil and gas leasing plan, which currently excludes Virginia.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Energy Efficiency and Standards

Senator Warner joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the HOMESTAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, legislation that will provide targeted incentives for homeowners who make energy efficiency investments in their homes.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Green Homes and Improvements

Senator Warner joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the HOMESTAR Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, legislation that will provide targeted incentives for homeowners who make energy efficiency investments in their homes.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Environment
Oceans

The Commonwealth’s 3,300 miles of coastal resources provide significant economic contributions to tourism, recreation, commercial and sport fisheries, and wildlife enjoyment within our state. However, pollution, habitat loss, and other factors have taken their toll. A strong federal and state partnership is needed to more effectively tackle the critical issues facing our coastal, bay and ocean resources. Senator Warner believes that our federal and Bay state partners need to continue to work together to seek appropriate resources to preserve the Bay. Senator Warner intends to remain an active advocate for protecting the Bay, and has supported efforts to restore the Bay’s oyster population and commercial fisheries.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Land, Rivers and Lakes

Senator Warner cosponsored the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, a compilation of nearly 20 different bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen’s community that focus on conservation of wildlife habitat and improving access to hunting and fishing. The bill would increase access to the 35 million acres of public land that are currently restricted or limited in use. Additionally, the Sportsmen’s Act reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. This Act is a voluntary, landowner-friendly initiative that has conserved over 26 million acres of critical habitat for migratory birds. By reauthorizing this program, the Sportsmen’s Act promotes recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting while continuing to promote public-private partnerships that support conservation of fish and wildlife population.

Senator Warner joined 50 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle, in December of 2012, to ask Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell to work toward finding a lasting legislative and funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was created to help preserve, develop and assure access to outdoor recreation facilities to strengthen the health of Americans.

Virginia Senators Warner and Webb introduced legislation to bring increased accountability measures and a more collaborative management approach to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011 would require the Office of Management and Budget to prepare a cross budget to better track the progress of Bay restoration efforts, comparing costs and the performance of restoration activities by the various federal agencies involved in the Bay preservation effort.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Environment, a General Statement

The Commonwealth’s 3,300 miles of coastal resources provide significant economic contributions to tourism, recreation, commercial and sport fisheries, and wildlife enjoyment within our state. However, pollution, habitat loss, and other factors have taken their toll. A strong federal and state partnership is needed to more effectively tackle the critical issues facing our coastal, bay and ocean resources. Senator Warner believes that our federal and Bay state partners need to continue to work together to seek appropriate resources to preserve the Bay. Senator Warner intends to remain an active advocate for protecting the Bay, and has supported efforts to restore the Bay’s oyster population and commercial fisheries.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement

Senator Warner led a letter with 52 other Senators to the banking regulators. The letter expressed concerns that the proposed rules on Basel III regulatory capital ratios, capital adequacy and transition provisions did not take into account considerations for different business models or size of institution.

Senator Warner introduced S. 2223 on March 22, 2012 with Senators Crapo, Toomey, Hagan, Carper and Corker. The bill intends to provide certainty about when the Volcker rule will be enforced. The language clarified that the Volcker Rule will be fully implemented two years after the agencies issue their final rules, rather than two years after Dodd-Frank was signed into law.

In 2011, Senator Warner was appointed chair of the Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, which oversees exports and foreign trade and international economic policy. Senator Warner has held subcommittee hearings during 2011-2012 addressing:

The European Debt and Financial Crisis

The G20 and Global Economic and Financial Risks

Stakeholder Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

Reviewing the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Senator Warner, in September 2010, advocated that banking and credit union regulators take a balanced regulatory approach to small business lending as the economic recovery gained momentum. He sent a letter with 10 other Senators advocating that regulators provide guidance to supervisory staff regarding loan portfolios and small business loan workouts due to reduced cash flows and collateral values following the crisis.

Throughout 2009 and early 2010, Senator Warner teamed up with Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker to work-out a bipartisan proposal to end the notion of "too big to fail" and to put in place tools that will allow regulators to identify and liquidate large financial companies which could be dangerous to financial stability if they were to default. Their proposal was included in Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd's financial regulatory reform draft legi [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Banks

Senator Warner led a letter with 52 other Senators to the banking regulators. The letter expressed concerns that the proposed rules on Basel III regulatory capital ratios, capital adequacy and transition provisions did not take into account considerations for different business models or size of institution.

Senator Warner introduced S. 2223 on March 22, 2012 with Senators Crapo, Toomey, Hagan, Carper and Corker. The bill intends to provide certainty about when the Volcker rule will be enforced. The language clarified that the Volcker Rule will be fully implemented two years after the agencies issue their final rules, rather than two years after Dodd-Frank was signed into law.

In 2011, Senator Warner was appointed chair of the Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, which oversees exports and foreign trade and international economic policy. Senator Warner has held subcommittee hearings during 2011-2012 addressing:

The European Debt and Financial Crisis

The G20 and Global Economic and Financial Risks

Stakeholder Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

Reviewing the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Senator Warner, in September 2010, advocated that banking and credit union regulators take a balanced regulatory approach to small business lending as the economic recovery gained momentum. He sent a letter with 10 other Senators advocating that regulators provide guidance to supervisory staff regarding loan portfolios and small business loan workouts due to reduced cash flows and collateral values following the crisis.

Throughout 2009 and early 2010, Senator Warner teamed up with Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker to work-out a bipartisan proposal to end the notion of "too big to fail" and to put in place tools that will allow regulators to identify and liquidate large financial companies which could be dangerous to financial stability if they were to default. Their proposal was included in Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd's financial regulatory reform draft legi [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

Senator Warner was elected in part to bring a business-like approach to government, just like he did as Governor of Virginia. As a member of the Budget Committee, Senator Warner is focused on reducing the growing budget deficit and reducing waste through reforms in government programs and spending. He devoted his maiden floor speech on fiscal responsibility, and has spent much of his time on the Budget Committee working to increase performance measurements to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. In October 2009, he was tapped to chair the Budget Committee's Task Force on Government Performance, which will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.

Senator Warner's Progress:

In his first speech on the Senate floor, Senator Warner discussed the need for greater transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility throughout the federal budget process.

Senator Warner was selected to chair the Budget Committee's Bipartisan Task Force on Government Performance in October 2009.

Senator Warner co-sponsored legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to tackle federal budget spending and deficits in January 2010. In an op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he wrote that he supported the creation of the commission because "legislative deal-making too often allows parochial and political considerations to trump the national interest."

Since 2010, Senator Warner and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have been hosting bipartisan meetings to educate themselves and other members of Congress about deficit reduction and tax reform. On December 20, 2010 the Senators announced they will introduce a bill early next year based on the report from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in order to "get the ball rolling" on tackling the debt.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Reducing the Deficit

Senator Warner was elected in part to bring a business-like approach to government, just like he did as Governor of Virginia. As a member of the Budget Committee, Senator Warner is focused on reducing the growing budget deficit and reducing waste through reforms in government programs and spending. He devoted his maiden floor speech on fiscal responsibility, and has spent much of his time on the Budget Committee working to increase performance measurements to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. In October 2009, he was tapped to chair the Budget Committee's Task Force on Government Performance, which will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.

Senator Warner's Progress:

In his first speech on the Senate floor, Senator Warner discussed the need for greater transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility throughout the federal budget process.

Senator Warner was selected to chair the Budget Committee's Bipartisan Task Force on Government Performance in October 2009.

Senator Warner co-sponsored legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to tackle federal budget spending and deficits in January 2010. In an op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he wrote that he supported the creation of the commission because "legislative deal-making too often allows parochial and political considerations to trump the national interest."

Since 2010, Senator Warner and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have been hosting bipartisan meetings to educate themselves and other members of Congress about deficit reduction and tax reform. On December 20, 2010 the Senators announced they will introduce a bill early next year based on the report from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in order to "get the ball rolling" on tackling the debt.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Senator Warner was elected in part to bring a business-like approach to government, just like he did as Governor of Virginia. As a member of the Budget Committee, Senator Warner is focused on reducing the growing budget deficit and reducing waste through reforms in government programs and spending. He devoted his maiden floor speech on fiscal responsibility, and has spent much of his time on the Budget Committee working to increase performance measurements to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. In October 2009, he was tapped to chair the Budget Committee's Task Force on Government Performance, which will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.

Senator Warner's Progress:

In his first speech on the Senate floor, Senator Warner discussed the need for greater transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility throughout the federal budget process.

Senator Warner was selected to chair the Budget Committee's Bipartisan Task Force on Government Performance in October 2009.

Senator Warner co-sponsored legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to tackle federal budget spending and deficits in January 2010. In an op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he wrote that he supported the creation of the commission because "legislative deal-making too often allows parochial and political considerations to trump the national interest."

Since 2010, Senator Warner and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have been hosting bipartisan meetings to educate themselves and other members of Congress about deficit reduction and tax reform. On December 20, 2010 the Senators announced they will introduce a bill early next year based on the report from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in order to "get the ball rolling" on tackling the debt.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Food & Agriculture
Farm Bill

Senator Warner 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.

Senator Warner voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which would have benefitted Virginia farmers while continuing to provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 2012 Farm Bill, which would have saved taxpayers more than $23 billion, passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support on a 64-35 vote.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Agriculture, a General Statement

Senator Warner voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which would have benefitted Virginia farmers while continuing to provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 2012 Farm Bill, which would have saved taxpayers more than $23 billion, passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support on a 64-35 vote.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Government
Government Reform

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) co-sponsored the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) which passed the Senate on a unanimous vote. This bipartisan legislation improves and expands federal fiscal accountability by requiring standardized reporting of federal spending to be more readily available to citizens and agencies. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-OH) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) are the House sponsors.

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation to establish, monitor, and improve customer service delivery across federal agencies. The Government Customer Service Improvement Act would make the federal agency customer service process more transparent and efficient, increase accountability, and reduce the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) chronic backlogs in processing retirement benefits.

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced the Civilian Property Realignment Act, bipartisan legislation to sell excess federal real property that could save billions to support deficit reduction.

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced the Reforming and Consolidating Government Act of 2012 that would restore authority for the President to develop re-organization plans and submit them to Congress for expedited review.

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation directing the U.S. Department of Transportation to partner with states and metropolitan areas to develop better performance-based standards to more accurately measure the effectiveness of transportation planning, funding and project management.

Senator Warner chaired a Senate Budget Committee Government Performance Task Force hearing to examine whether the United Kingdom’s recent regulatory reforms could provide lessons applicable to Congress’ current regulatory reform debate.

Senator Warner sponsored legislation to ensure that federal workers receive retroactive pay for the duration of a potential government shutdown.

Senators Warner (D-VA) and Coburn (R-OK) introduced a bipartisan amen [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Government, a General Statement

Senator Warner was selected by then Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad to lead a bipartisan Task Force on Governmental Performance in October of 2009. The group continues to look at how the government measures the cost-effectiveness of federal agencies and programs. The goal is to boost efficiency and find cost savings for taxpayers. Chairman Conrad said he selected Senator Warner to serve as chairman of the task force based on his experience as a business leader and as the former governor of Virginia.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Health & Medical
Improving Health & Medical Care

Before, during and after the debate over health care reform, Senator Warner consistently said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was not perfect, but our previous system was unsustainable and would eventually bankrupt our economy. Senator Warner has been at the forefront of fixing problems with the implementation of the ACA to help Virginians secure affordable health care coverage. While there is more work to be done, Senator Warner knows that we cannot go back to a time when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions, charged women more than men, or dropped someone's coverage when they got sick. Senator Warner remains committed to working with his colleagues to continue making responsible, bipartisan improvements.

Senator Warner and his staff remain committed to helping constituents and Virginia businesses navigate the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

Senator Warner introduced targeted improvements to the Affordable Care Act to provide Virginia families with additional health coverage choices to best meet their financial and medical needs.

o The Expanded Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Senator Warner and a group of colleagues, would create a new coverage option called the Copper Plan, which would provide a lower-cost, higher-deductible option for consumers, while also including essential health benefits and consumer protections.

o Senator Warner also introduced legislation to direct state insurance commissioners to work together to allow insurers to offer coverage across state boundaries, increasing competition and choice for both consumers and employers.

o Senator Warner knows that the reporting requirements have created an unnecessary burden for Virginia small businesses. He has introduced a proposal to ease reporting requirements to make it easier for employers to report the hours worked by their employees.

Following the troubled roll-out of the ACA, Senator Warner successfully pushed the Obama administration to allow Virginians to get lower-cost, catastrophic coverage if their existing coverag [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Before, during and after the debate over health care reform, Senator Warner consistently said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was not perfect, but our previous system was unsustainable and would eventually bankrupt our economy. Senator Warner has been at the forefront of fixing problems with the implementation of the ACA to help Virginians secure affordable health care coverage. While there is more work to be done, Senator Warner knows that we cannot go back to a time when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions, charged women more than men, or dropped someone's coverage when they got sick. Senator Warner remains committed to working with his colleagues to continue making responsible, bipartisan improvements.

Senator Warner and his staff remain committed to helping constituents and Virginia businesses navigate the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

Senator Warner introduced targeted improvements to the Affordable Care Act to provide Virginia families with additional health coverage choices to best meet their financial and medical needs.

o The Expanded Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Senator Warner and a group of colleagues, would create a new coverage option called the Copper Plan, which would provide a lower-cost, higher-deductible option for consumers, while also including essential health benefits and consumer protections.

o Senator Warner also introduced legislation to direct state insurance commissioners to work together to allow insurers to offer coverage across state boundaries, increasing competition and choice for both consumers and employers.

o Senator Warner knows that the reporting requirements have created an unnecessary burden for Virginia small businesses. He has introduced a proposal to ease reporting requirements to make it easier for employers to report the hours worked by their employees.

Following the troubled roll-out of the ACA, Senator Warner successfully pushed the Obama administration to allow Virginians to get lower-cost, catastrophic coverage if their existing coverag [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Homes
Housing, a General Statement

Senator Warner has lead bipartisan efforts to reform our broken housing finance system, which is the last piece of unfinished business remaining after the 2008 economic meltdown. Senator Warner and six Democrat and Republican colleagues have spent three years designing thoughtful bipartisan reforms that will wind down large Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and encourage a larger role for the private sector in mortgage finance.

The current mortgage finance system with only private gains and public losses is unsustainable. Senator Warner remains committed to fighting for a responsible solution to strengthen the economic recovery, protect taxpayers from future downturns and to preserve affordable mortgages for Virginia families.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

The Senate Banking Committee reached an agreement on a bipartisan reform proposal that builds upon The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act (S. 1217), introduced by Sen. Warner and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) in June 2013.

The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act (S.1217)

Mandates 10 percent capital, upfront, for the system in order to protect taxpayers against future bailouts.

Winds down GSEs Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) within five years of bill passage.

Transfers appropriate utility duties and functions to the modernized, streamlined, accountable Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC), modeled in part after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Replaces the failed “housing goals” of the past with a transparent and accountable market access fund that focuses on ensuring sufficient affordable housing options for lower and middle-income Virginians.

The FMIC is NOT paid for with tax dollars, but through a small user fee for institutions who choose to use the system.

Ensures institutions of all sizes have direct access to the secondary market so that smaller local banks and credit unions can compete when the GSEs are dissolved

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement

Senator Warner believes our immigration system is in desperate need of reform to meet the needs of an innovation-driven 21st century economy. Our country currently trains the best and the brightest in the world in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at top American universities, but because of our antiquated visa program, we often send these talented minds back to their home countries to compete against us. If we had the immigration policies in the 80s and 90s that we have now, we might never had had an Intel or a Google because these companies -- just as 40% of all tech companies in Northern Virginia -- have at least one of foreign-born founder.

Senator Warner believes in a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. He voted in support of S. 744, a proposal that would reform our immigration system, double border security, require the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the Southern border, and authorize the use of new radar and unmanned aerial drones to track illegal border crossings. This bipartisan proposal passed the Senate, and Senator Warner hopes his colleagues in the House consider this commonsense solution. The text of this bill can be found at http://go.usa.gov/TJmB.

In the wake of the ongoing crisis at our Southern border, Senator Warner has called on the Administration to demand more accountability from Central American countries. Senator Warner believes these countries must be responsible for curbing the violence that is forcing many to flee. Senator Warner believes this crisis clearly demonstrates the need for a comprehensive immigration fix like S. 744.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Immigration Reform

Senator Warner believes our immigration system is in desperate need of reform to meet the needs of an innovation-driven 21st century economy. Our country currently trains the best and the brightest in the world in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at top American universities, but because of our antiquated visa program, we often send these talented minds back to their home countries to compete against us. If we had the immigration policies in the 80s and 90s that we have now, we might never had had an Intel or a Google because these companies -- just as 40% of all tech companies in Northern Virginia -- have at least one of foreign-born founder.

Senator Warner believes in a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. He voted in support of S. 744, a proposal that would reform our immigration system, double border security, require the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the Southern border, and authorize the use of new radar and unmanned aerial drones to track illegal border crossings. This bipartisan proposal passed the Senate, and Senator Warner hopes his colleagues in the House consider this commonsense solution. The text of this bill can be found at http://go.usa.gov/TJmB.

In the wake of the ongoing crisis at our Southern border, Senator Warner has called on the Administration to demand more accountability from Central American countries. Senator Warner believes these countries must be responsible for curbing the violence that is forcing many to flee. Senator Warner believes this crisis clearly demonstrates the need for a comprehensive immigration fix like S. 744.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Internet, Media & Communications
Internet Crime

Ukraine is known to be a haven for cybercrime and many experts have drawn connections between Ukrainian hackers and the Target data breach. Senator Warner introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Ukrainian aid package to establish a law enforcement partnership between the United States and Ukraine to combat cybercrime.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Internet, a General Statement

Ukraine is known to be a haven for cybercrime and many experts have drawn connections between Ukrainian hackers and the Target data breach. Senator Warner introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Ukrainian aid package to establish a law enforcement partnership between the United States and Ukraine to combat cybercrime.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

Senator Warner recognizes that our nation faces real challenges in balancing the need to bring down the federal deficit with the need to invest in our long-term economic prosperity. While working to get our economy back on track, he will remain an advocate for responsible investments and common-sense regulatory reform to improve our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy. Senator Warner will continue to push Congress to address the foreclosure crisis and shore-up the real estate market. He’ll also use his business experience to look for new ways to keep credit flowing to consumers and small businesses, and to give entrepreneurs access to the capital they need to get new businesses going.

Senator Warner's Progress:

Senator Warner re-introduced the Startup Act 3.0 to encourage investment in new businesses and help accelerate the commercialization of university research. This legislation would also create Entrepreneur Visas and STEM Visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial immigrants to stay and create jobs in the United States.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the bipartisan Startup Innovation Credit which is based on language included in Senator Warner’s Startup Act 3.0. The Startup Innovation Credit allows startups to claim the popular Research and Development tax credit, helping startups jumpstart the economy by growing their business and creating new jobs.

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority received a second round of funding of $5.9 million in April 2014 from the U.S. Treasury through the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program. Senator Warner helped craft this program and fought for its inclusion in the “The Small Business Jobs Act”, signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Senator Warner has hosted a series of events across Virginia examining how crowdfunding can be used as a tool to increase startup businesses’ access to capital, and to help grow existing small and medium-sized businesses.

Senator Warner co-sponsored the bipartisan Building a Stronger America Act of 2012 (S. 3479) to strengthen the American manu [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Medical Insurance
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Before, during and after the debate over health care reform, Senator Warner consistently said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was not perfect, but our previous system was unsustainable and would eventually bankrupt our economy. Senator Warner has been at the forefront of fixing problems with the implementation of the ACA to help Virginians secure affordable health care coverage. While there is more work to be done, Senator Warner knows that we cannot go back to a time when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions, charged women more than men, or dropped someone's coverage when they got sick. Senator Warner remains committed to working with his colleagues to continue making responsible, bipartisan improvements.

Senator Warner and his staff remain committed to helping constituents and Virginia businesses navigate the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

Senator Warner introduced targeted improvements to the Affordable Care Act to provide Virginia families with additional health coverage choices to best meet their financial and medical needs.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Free Market Health Care

o The Expanded Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Senator Warner and a group of colleagues, would create a new coverage option called the Copper Plan, which would provide a lower-cost, higher-deductible option for consumers, while also including essential health benefits and consumer protections.

o Senator Warner also introduced legislation to direct state insurance commissioners to work together to allow insurers to offer coverage across state boundaries, increasing competition and choice for both consumers and employers.

o Senator Warner knows that the reporting requirements have created an unnecessary burden for Virginia small businesses. He has introduced a proposal to ease reporting requirements to make it easier for employers to report the hours worked by their employees.

Following the troubled roll-out of the ACA, Senator Warner successfully pushed the Obama administration to allow Virginians to get lower-cost, catastrophic coverage if their existing coverage plans were cancelled.

Senator Warner successfully led a bipartisan effort to exempt volunteer emergency responders from the healthcare mandate, to allow emergency volunteers to continue to protect Virginia communities.

Senator Warner joined six Democrats in voting against the 12-month patch to what is known as the Medicare “Doc Fix.” Senator Warner voted against the “patch” because it was a short-sighted solution to a long-term problem within the current Medicare payment system.

During the debate over health care reform, Senator Warner and 10 colleagues announced the bipartisan “Value and Innovation” health care amendment package to expand and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and accountability across the health care system – and drive down costs.

Senator Warner introduced the bipartisan Care Planning Act, which is designed to give people with serious illness the freedom to make more informed choices about their care, and the power to have those choices honored.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Before, during and after the debate over health care reform, Senator Warner consistently said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was not perfect, but our previous system was unsustainable and would eventually bankrupt our economy. Senator Warner has been at the forefront of fixing problems with the implementation of the ACA to help Virginians secure affordable health care coverage. While there is more work to be done, Senator Warner knows that we cannot go back to a time when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions, charged women more than men, or dropped someone's coverage when they got sick. Senator Warner remains committed to working with his colleagues to continue making responsible, bipartisan improvements.

Senator Warner and his staff remain committed to helping constituents and Virginia businesses navigate the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Warner’s Progress:

Senator Warner introduced targeted improvements to the Affordable Care Act to provide Virginia families with additional health coverage choices to best meet their financial and medical needs.

o The Expanded Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Senator Warner and a group of colleagues, would create a new coverage option called the Copper Plan, which would provide a lower-cost, higher-deductible option for consumers, while also including essential health benefits and consumer protections.

o Senator Warner also introduced legislation to direct state insurance commissioners to work together to allow insurers to offer coverage across state boundaries, increasing competition and choice for both consumers and employers.

o Senator Warner knows that the reporting requirements have created an unnecessary burden for Virginia small businesses. He has introduced a proposal to ease reporting requirements to make it easier for employers to report the hours worked by their employees.

Following the troubled roll-out of the ACA, Senator Warner successfully pushed the Obama administration to allow Virginians to get lower-cost, catastrophic coverage if their existing coverag [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (10/25/2014)

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement

Governor Warner believes that we need to work with our military leaders to develop a responsible plan - without artificial timelines - to begin to bring our brave military men and women home from Iraq. That will place real pressure on the Iraqis to step-up and take more responsibility for their own country. We also need to properly support our returning troops by providing the money and resources to care for our wounded veterans when they come home.

Source: www.markwarner2008.com (11/03/2008)

Transportation
Air

After hearing unacceptably long lines to go through customs at Dulles airport, Senator Warner demanded an explanation from the Department of Homeland Security. Following his complaint, Senator Warner was pleased to announce 40 additional customs officers at Dulles airport to process arriving international passengers and help alleviate long lines and congestion.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Transportation, a General Statement

Senator Warner is committed to working in a bipartisan way to address America’s unprecedented infrastructure challenges. Senator Warner believes that we must increase investment to reduce traffic congestion for Virginia commuters, boost worker efficiency, and help get U.S. manufactured goods and services to the world market, ensuring America’s global competitiveness in the 21st century. He has lead bipartisan efforts to introduce legislation to help close the widening infrastructure gap without adding a penny to our deficit.

Senator Warner’s progress:

Senator Warner lead a bipartisan group of 10 Senators in introducing the BRIDGE Act, which will strengthen America’s investments in our outdated roads, bridges, ports, energy grid and broadband networks. The BRIDGE Act creates a smart, targeted new tool to help states forge stronger partnerships to make overdue investments in our infrastructure. The BRIDGE Act will not add to the deficit, and is designed to quickly become self-financing.

In the wake of the train derailment and resulting fire in Lynchburg on April 30, 2014, Senators Warner and Kaine called for improved safety for rail shipments of crude oil and increased collaboration with local first responders. Following their letter, Senators Warner and Kaine applauded the Department of Transportation for their leadership in creating safer crude-by-rail transport, but highlighted areas in which proposed rules could be strengthened. In addition, Senator Warner brought together more than 80 federal, state and local officials in Richmond to discuss ways to improve the safety of oil trains in June.

After hearing unacceptably long lines to go through customs at Dulles airport, Senator Warner demanded an explanation from the Department of Homeland Security. Following his complaint, Senator Warner was pleased to announce 40 additional customs officers at Dulles airport to process arriving international passengers and help alleviate long lines and congestion.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Highways

Senator Warner lead a bipartisan group of 10 Senators in introducing the BRIDGE Act, which will strengthen America’s investments in our outdated roads, bridges, ports, energy grid and broadband networks. The BRIDGE Act creates a smart, targeted new tool to help states forge stronger partnerships to make overdue investments in our infrastructure. The BRIDGE Act will not add to the deficit, and is designed to quickly become self-financing.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement

Ensuring that our active duty military, veterans, and their families receive the benefits they have earned and deserve remains one of Senator Warner’s top priorities. Virginia is home to more than 800,000 military veterans, one of the highest per-capita populations of veterans in the country, and Senator Warner is committed to honoring their service.

Senator Warner has fought to reduce the Department of Veterans Administration’s backlog, fix issues at VA health care centers, protect military commissaries, and improve mental health services for our soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senator Warner's Progress:

The President signed into law bipartisan legislation to reform the V-A following reports of falsified scheduling records and severe treatment delays. The law includes Senator Warner’s initiative to enlist assistance from private sector technology experts to help fix the VA’s broken scheduling system, at no cost to taxpayers.

Senator Warner has championed the College of William and Mary Law School’s Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic which dramatically speeds up processing time for disability claims and helps reduce the VA’s backlog at no cost to taxpayers. The Puller Clinic has been certified by the VA as a national “best practice” program, and the American Bar Association House of Delegates has called for the continued adoption of these clinics nationwide.

Senators Warner and Kaine called for action to protect servicemembers from abusive debt collection practices. In response, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered a Virginia-based business to refund $350,000 to consumers.

Senator Warner introduced bipartisan legislation to protect military commissaries from having their funding arbitrarily cut. Cutting commissary benefits would disproportionately affect young military families.

Senator Warner made sure female veterans would receive PTSD treatment; before his involvement they were often turned away from receiving services. In 2009, Senator Warner amended a defense appropriations bill to direct the VA inspector general to examine [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits

Senator Warner has launched initiatives to help veterans obtain jobs through workforce training programs and networking events.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Veterans Administration (VA)

The President signed into law bipartisan legislation to reform the V-A following reports of falsified scheduling records and severe treatment delays. The law includes Senator Warner’s initiative to enlist assistance from private sector technology experts to help fix the VA’s broken scheduling system, at no cost to taxpayers.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Senator Warner has championed the College of William and Mary Law School’s Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic which dramatically speeds up processing time for disability claims and helps reduce the VA’s backlog at no cost to taxpayers. The Puller Clinic has been certified by the VA as a national “best practice” program, and the American Bar Association House of Delegates has called for the continued adoption of these clinics nationwide.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Brain Injuries (TBI)

Senator Warner made sure female veterans would receive PTSD treatment; before his involvement they were often turned away from receiving services. In 2009, Senator Warner amended a defense appropriations bill to direct the VA inspector general to examine the gender differences in the prevalence and diagnosis of PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other combat-related conditions. The study, released in mid-December 2010, found that its policies were outdated and in 2011, the VA changed its policy.

Source: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm (10/25/2014)

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