Mark Warner

Sen. Warner Warns Against Impending Government Shutdown
Mark WarnerSeptember 16, 2020 (06:48)
Congress has dropped the ball on election security
Politico, Martin MatishakSeptember 9, 2020 (Short)

Warner also pointed to the Trump administration’s warnings that other nations have taken the Russian playbook from 2016 and are working on improving it.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) took Congress to task Wednesday for not passing any substantive election security legislation since Russia’s digital assault on the 2016 presidential race, warning that Moscow could launch a new offensive in the weeks before Election Day.

“While our systems have partially improved, we as the Congress have not legislated any guardrails,” Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at the 11th annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. “I think that leaves us vulnerable.”

Warner offers FIRE Act as NDAA Amendment
Mark WarnerJune 30, 2020 (07:35)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sickened hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including many cases here in Virginia. Since the outbreak began, my top priority has been to provide our nation and our Commonwealth with the tools we need to fight this pandemic and help workers and small businesses make it through these tough times.

Below you will find a complete list of my actions to date on the coronavirus, along with resources for Virginians, the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Virginia, and guidance from public health officials.

Also in this message from Senator Warner Covid-19 related legislation.

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2002 – 2006

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.

During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.

Mark Warner & College Affordability

Warner Town Hall at GMU
When: September 13, 2019 12:00 am
Where: GMU Hub Ballroom

On Friday, Sept. 13, Senator Mark Warner hosted a town hall meeting in the Hub ballroom aimed at addressing his legislative initiatives, including the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2019 and other issues surrounding higher education costs.

For more information on the Virginia Senators and Higher Ed – go to this post. For more information on Mark Warner – go to this post.

Mark WarnerMark Warner

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2002 – 2006

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.

During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.

Sen. Warner Warns Against Impending Government Shutdown
Mark WarnerSeptember 16, 2020 (06:48)
Congress has dropped the ball on election security
Politico, Martin MatishakSeptember 9, 2020 (Short)

Warner also pointed to the Trump administration’s warnings that other nations have taken the Russian playbook from 2016 and are working on improving it.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) took Congress to task Wednesday for not passing any substantive election security legislation since Russia’s digital assault on the 2016 presidential race, warning that Moscow could launch a new offensive in the weeks before Election Day.

“While our systems have partially improved, we as the Congress have not legislated any guardrails,” Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at the 11th annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. “I think that leaves us vulnerable.”

Warner offers FIRE Act as NDAA Amendment
Mark WarnerJune 30, 2020 (07:35)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sickened hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including many cases here in Virginia. Since the outbreak began, my top priority has been to provide our nation and our Commonwealth with the tools we need to fight this pandemic and help workers and small businesses make it through these tough times.

Below you will find a complete list of my actions to date on the coronavirus, along with resources for Virginians, the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Virginia, and guidance from public health officials.

Also in this message from Senator Warner Covid-19 related legislation.

Top News

Sen. Warner Warns Against Impending Government Shutdown
Mark WarnerSeptember 16, 2020 (06:48)
Congress has dropped the ball on election security
Politico, Martin MatishakSeptember 9, 2020 (Short)

Warner also pointed to the Trump administration’s warnings that other nations have taken the Russian playbook from 2016 and are working on improving it.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) took Congress to task Wednesday for not passing any substantive election security legislation since Russia’s digital assault on the 2016 presidential race, warning that Moscow could launch a new offensive in the weeks before Election Day.

“While our systems have partially improved, we as the Congress have not legislated any guardrails,” Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at the 11th annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. “I think that leaves us vulnerable.”

Warner offers FIRE Act as NDAA Amendment
Mark WarnerJune 30, 2020 (07:35)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sickened hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including many cases here in Virginia. Since the outbreak began, my top priority has been to provide our nation and our Commonwealth with the tools we need to fight this pandemic and help workers and small businesses make it through these tough times.

Below you will find a complete list of my actions to date on the coronavirus, along with resources for Virginians, the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Virginia, and guidance from public health officials.

Also in this message from Senator Warner Covid-19 related legislation.

Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2002 – 2006

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.

During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.

About

Mark Warner

Source: Government page

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia.  When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia.

From Wikipedia

Prior to his congressional career, Warner was the 69th Governor of Virginia holding the office from 2002 to 2006, and is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Apart from politics, Warner is also known for his involvement in telecommunications-related venture capital during the 1980s; he founded the firm Columbia Capital.

In 2006, he was widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections; however, he announced in October 2006 that he would not run, citing a desire not to disrupt his family life. Warner was considered to be a potential vice presidential candidate, until he took himself out of consideration after winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Contested by his gubernatorial predecessor, Jim Gilmore, Warner won his first election to the Senate in 2008 with 65% of the vote. Warner won reelection to the seat in 2014, defeating Ed Gillespie, who had previously served as Counselor to the President underGeorge W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee. Warner’s margin of victory—only 17,000 votes—was much narrower than expected.

Early life, education, and business career

Warner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Marjorie (née Johnston) and Robert F. Warner. He has a younger sister, Lisa. He grew up in Illinois, and later inVernon, Connecticut, where he graduated from Rockville High School, a public secondary school. He has credited his interest in politics to his eighth grade social studies teacher, Jim Tyler, who “inspired him to work for social and political change during the tumultuous year of 1968.” He was class president for three years at Rockville High School and hosted a weekly pick-up basketball game at his house, “a tradition that continues today.”

Warner graduated from George Washington University, (GW), earning his B.A. in 1977 with a 4.0 GPA and a minor in political science. He was valedictorian of his class at GW and the first in his family to graduate from college. At GW he worked on Capitol Hill to pay for his tuition, riding his bike early mornings to the office of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT). When his parents visited him at college, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House; when his father asked him why he didn’t get a ticket for himself, he replied, “I’ll see the White House when I’m president.”

Warner then graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1980 and coached the law school’s first intramural women’s basketball team. Warner has never practiced law. In the early 1980s, he served as a staffer to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT). He later used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune. As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found or was an early investor in a number of technology companies, including Nextel. He co-founded Capital Cellular Corporation, and built up an estimated net worth of more than $200 million. As of 2012, he was the wealthiest U.S. Senator.

State activism

Warner involved himself in public efforts related to health care, telecommunications, information technology and education. He managed Douglas Wilder’s successful 1989 gubernatorial campaign and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party from 1993-95. He created four investment funds across Virginia and donated millions to charity, which he later touted in political campaigns.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Founder and managing director of a venture capital firm.
    Columbia Capital,
  • Co-Founder
    Capital Cellular Corporation

Education

  • BA
    George Washington University
    1977
  • JD
    George Washington University
    1980

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington, D.C.
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2023

Abingdon
180 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone: 276-628-8158

Norfolk
101 W. Main Street
Suite 7771
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-441-3079

Richmond
919 E. Main Street
Suite 630
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-775-2314

Vienna
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 200
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Phone: 703-442-0670

Web

Campaign Site, Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

1996 U.S. Senate election

He unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996 against incumbent Republican John Warner (no relation) in a “Warner versus Warner” election. Mark Warner performed strongly in the state’s rural areas, making the contest much closer than many pundits expected.He lost to the incumbent, 52%-47%, losing most parts of the state including the north.

Governor of Virginia

2001 election

Then-Gov. Mark Warner as the state commander in chief of theVirginia Army National Guard andVirginia Air National Guard

In 2001 Warner campaigned for governor as a moderate Democrat after years of slowly building up a power base in rural Virginia, particularly Southwest Virginia. He defeated Republican candidate Mark Earley, the state attorney general, in a “Mark versus Mark” election, with 52.16 percent, a margin of 96,943 votes, and also Libertarian candidate William B. Redpath. Warner had a significant funding advantage, spending $20 million compared with Earley’s $10 million.

Warner also benefited from dissension in Republican ranks after a heated battle for the nomination between Earley, backed by religious conservatives, and then-lieutenant governorJohn H. Hager, some of whose supporters later openly backed Warner. In the same election, Republican Jerry Kilgore was elected attorney general, and Democrat Tim Kaine was elected lieutenant governor. In his campaign for governor in 2001, Warner said that he would not raise taxes.

Tenure

After he was elected in 2002, Warner drew upon a $900 million “rainy day fund” left by his predecessor, James S. Gilmore, III.Warner campaigned in favor of two regional sales tax increases (Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads) to fund transportation. Virginians rejected both regional referendums to raise the sales tax.

In 2004, Warner worked with Democratic and moderate Republican legislators and the business community to reform the tax code, lowering food and some income taxes while increasing the sales and cigarette taxes. His tax package effected a net tax increase of approximately $1.5 billion annually. Warner credited the additional revenues with saving the state’s AAA bond rating, held at the time by only five other states, and allowing the single largest investment in K-12 education in Virginia history. Warner also entered into an agreement with Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Virginia Senate to cap state car tax reimbursements to local governments.

During his tenure as governor, Warner influenced the world of college athletics. “Warner used his power as Virginia’s governor in 2003 to pressure the Atlantic Coast Conference into revoking an invitation it had already extended to Syracuse University. Warner wanted the conference, which already included the University of Virginia, to add Virginia Tech instead — and he got his way.”

Warner’s popularity may have helped Democrats gain seats in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2003 and again in 2005, reducing the majorities built up by Republicans in the 1990s. Warner chaired theNational Governors Association in 2004-05 and led a national high school reform movement. He chaired the Southern Governors’ Association and was a member of the Democratic Governors Association. In January 2005, a two-year study,[12] the Government Performance Project, in conjunction with Governingmagazine and the Pew Charitable Trust graded each state in four management categories: money, people, infrastructure and information. Virginia and Utah received the highest ratings average with both states receiving an A- rating overall, prompting Warner to dub Virginia “the best managed state in the nation.”

Kaine and Kilgore both sought to succeed Warner as governor of Virginia. (The Virginia Constitution forbids any governor from serving consecutive terms; so Warner could not have run for a second term in 2005.) On November 8, 2005, Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond, won with 52% of the vote. Kilgore, who had resigned as attorney general in February 2005 to campaign full-time and who had previously served as Virginia secretary of public safety, received 46% of the vote. Russ Potts, a Republican state senator, also ran for governor as an independent, receiving 2% of the vote. Warner had supported and campaigned for Kaine, and many national pundits considered Kaine’s victory to be further evidence of Warner’s political clout in Virginia.

On November 29, 2005, Warner commuted the death sentence of Robin Lovitt to life imprisonmentwithout the possibility of parole. Lovitt was convicted of murdering Clayton Dicks at an Arlington pool hall in 1999. After his trial in 2001, Lovitt’s lawyers stated that a court clerk illegally destroyedevidence that was used against Lovitt during his trial, but that could have possibly exonerated him upon further DNA testing. Lovitt’s death sentence would have been the 1,000th carried out in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment as permissible under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in 1976. In a statement, Warner said, “The actions of an agent of the commonwealth, in a manner contrary to the express direction of the law, comes at the expense of a defendant facing society’s most severe and final sanction.” Warner denied clemency in 11 other death penalty cases that came before him as governor.

Warner also arranged for DNA tests of evidence left from the case of Roger Keith Coleman, who was put to death by the state in 1992. Coleman was convicted in the 1981 rape and stabbing death of his 19-year-old sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. Coleman drew national attention, even making the cover of Time, by repeatedly claiming innocence and protesting the unfairness of the death penalty. DNA results announced on January 12, 2006 confirmed Coleman’s guilt.

In July 2005, his approval ratings were at 74% and in some polls reached 80%.[17] Warner left office with a 71% approval rating in one poll.

U.S. Senate

2008 election

Warner was believed to be preparing to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, and had “done everything but announce his candidacy” before suddenly stating in October 2006 he would not run for president, citing family reasons. Warner declared on September 13, 2007 that he would run for the U.S. Senate being vacated by the retiring John Warner (no relation) in 2008.

Warner delivers the keynote address during the second day of the2008 Democratic National Conventionin Denver, Colorado.

Warner immediately gained the endorsement of most national Democrats. He held a wide lead over his Republican opponent, fellow former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, for virtually the entire campaign. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

In a Washington Post/ABC News Poll dated September 24, 2008, Warner held a 30-point lead over Gilmore.

In the November election, Warner defeated Gilmore, taking 65 percent of the vote to Gilmore’s 34 percent. Warner carried all but four counties in the state—Rockingham,Augusta, Powhatan and Hanover. In many cases, he ran up huge margins in areas of the state that have traditionally voted Republican. This was the most lopsided margin for a contested Senate race in Virginia since Chuck Robb took 72 percent of the vote in 1988. As a result of Warner’s victory, Virginia had two Democratic U.S. Senators for the first time sinceHarry Byrd, Jr. left the Democrats to become an independent (while still caucusing with the Democrats) in 1970.

Tenure

Upon arriving in the U.S. Senate in 2009, Warner was appointed to the Senate’s Banking, Budget, and Commerce committees. Warner was later named to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2011.

In 2009, Warner voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill. As a member of the Budget Committee, he submitted an amendment designed to help the government track how the stimulus dollars were being spent.

When offered the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in preparation for the 2012 election cycle, Warner declined because he wanted to keep a distance from the partisanship of the role.

In the fall of 2012, Warner was approached by supporters about possibly leaving the Senate to seek a second four-year term as Virginia’s governor. After considering the prospect, Warner announced shortly after the November 2012 elections that he had chosen to remain in the Senate because he was “all in” on finding a bipartisan solution to the country’s fiscal challenges.

Warner became the senior senator on January 3, 2013 when Jim Webb left the Senate and was replaced by Tim Kaine, who was lieutenant governor while Warner was governor.[

In 2014, Ed Gillespie criticized him for using tax payer money to fly in a luxury airplane.

Warner was ranked as the 10th most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during the 114th United States Congress (and the third most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate from theAmerican South after West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member’s bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member’s co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party). Likewise, Warner has been identified as a radical centrist, working to foster compromise in the Senate.

Recent Elections

2014 US Senator

Mark Warner (D)1,073,66749.1%
Edward Walter Gillespie (R)1,055,94048.3%
Robert Christopher Sarvis (L)53,1022.4%
Write In ()1,811.1%
TOTAL2,184,520

2008 US Senator

Mark Warner (D)2,369,32765.0%
James Jim S. Gilmore, III (R)1,228,83033.7%
Glenda Gail Parker ()21,6900.6%
William B. Redpath (L)20,2690.6%
Write in (Write-in)3,178
TOTAL3,643,294

2001 Governor

Mark Warner (D)984,17752.2%
M. L. Earley (R)887,23447.0%
William B. Redpath (L)14,4970.8%
Write In (Write-in)813.0%
TOTAL1,886,721

Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Finances

WARNER, MARK ROBERT has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $36,488,482. (note: seems to include only two senate races and not previous Governor  race).

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Select Committee on Intelligence (Vice Chairman)
Committee on Finance
Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Rules & Administration

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Government Page

Issues

Governance

Transparency

On the Senate Budget Committee, Warner was appointed chairman of a bipartisan task force on government performance in 2009. Warner was a lead sponsor of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which imposed specific program performance goals across all federal agencies and set up a more transparent agency performance review process.

On May 21, 2013, Warner introduced the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (S. 994; 113th Congress), DATA. “The legislation requires standardized reporting of federal spending to be posted to a single website, allowing citizens to track spending in their communities and agencies to more easily identify improper payments, waste and fraud.” On November 6, 2013, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee unanimously passed DATA.

On January 27, 2014, a version of the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) marked up version of the bill was leaked. This White House version “move[s] away from standards and toward open data structures to publish information” and “requir[es] OMB in consultation with Treasury to review and, if necessary, revise standards to ensure accuracy and consistency through methods such as establishing linkages between data in agency financial systems…” Senator Warner’s responded with the following statement: “The Obama administration talks a lot about transparency, but these comments reflect a clear attempt to gut the DATA Act. DATA reflects years of bipartisan, bicameral work, and to propose substantial, unproductive changes this late in the game is unacceptable. We look forward to passing the DATA Act, which had near universal support in its House passage and passed unanimously out of its Senate committee. I will not back down from a bill that holds the government accountable and provides taxpayers the transparency they deserve.”

On April 10, 2014, the Senate voted by unanimous consent to pass the bill, which was then passed by the House in a voice vote on April 28, 2014.

Civil Rights

Gun laws

On April 17, 2013, Warner voted to expand background checks for gun purchases as part of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.

In 2017, he called himself a strong supporter of second amendment rights and vowed to advocate for responsible gun ownership for hunting, recreation, and self-defense.

In January 2019, Warner was one of forty senators to introduce the Background Check Expansion Act, a bill that would require background checks for either the sale or transfer of all firearms including all unlicensed sellers. Exceptions to the bill’s background check requirement included transfers between members of law enforcement, loaning firearms for either hunting or sporting events on a temporary basis, providing firearms as gifts to members of one’s immediate family, firearms being transferred as part of an inheritance, or giving a firearm to another person temporarily for immediate self-defense.

Democracy

Campaign finance

In June 2019, Warner and Amy Klobuchar introduced the Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars (PAID AD) Act, a bill that would modify U.S. federal campaign finance laws to outlaw the purchasing of ads that name a political candidate and appear on platforms by foreign nationals in the midst of an election year.

Economy

Between 2010 and 2013, Warner invested considerable time and effort in leading the Senate’s Gang of Six, along with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). Together, Chambliss and Warner sought to craft a bipartisan plan along the lines of the Simpson-Bowles Commission to address U.S. deficits and debt.

Although the Gang of Six ultimately failed to produce a legislative “grand bargain”, they did agree on the broad outlines of a plan that included spending cuts, tax reforms that produced more revenue, and reforms to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security—entitlement reforms that are opposed by most Democrats. Although President Obama showed interest in the plan, leaders in Congress from both parties kept a deal from being made. In 2011, the bipartisan Concord Coalition awarded Warner and Chambliss its Economic Patriots Award for their work with the Gang of Six.

Minimum wage

In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938(FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two-year period. The bill was strongly supported by President Barack Obama and many Democratic Senators, but strongly opposed by Republicans in the Senate and House. Warner expressed a willingness to negotiate with Republicans about some of the provisions of the bill, such as the timeline for the phase-in. Warner said that any increase needs to be done “in a responsible way.”

Finance

From the start of his Senate term, Warner attempted to replicate in Washington, D.C. the bipartisan partnerships that he used effectively during his tenure as Virginia governor. In 2010, Warner worked with a Republican colleague on the Banking Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), to write a key portion of the Dodd-Frank Act that seeks to end taxpayer bailouts of failing Wall Street financial firms by requiring “advance funeral plans” for large financial firms.

In 2013, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress gave Sens. Warner and Corker its Publius Award for their bipartisan work on financial reform legislation.

In 2018, Warner became one of the few Democrats in the Senate supporting a bill that would relax “key banking regulations”. As part of at least 11 other Democrats, Warner argued that the bill would “right-size post-crisis rules imposed on small and regional lenders and help make it easier for them to provide credit”. Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren have stated their opposition to the legislation.

Health Care

On a video in his senate office, Warner promised Virginians, “I would not vote for a health-care plan that doesn’t let you keep health insurance you like.” [33]

He voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA, commonly called Obamacare), helping the Senate reach the required sixty votes to prevent it from going to a filibuster. (As there were exactly 60 Democratic Senators at the time, each Democrat can be said to have cast the deciding vote.) He and 11 Senate freshmen discussed adding an amendment package aimed at addressing health care costs by expanding health IT and wellness prevention.

In January 2019, Warner was one of six Democratic senators to introduce the American Miners Act of 2019, a bill that would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to swap funds in excess of the amounts needed to meet existing obligations under the Abandoned Mine Land fund to the 1974 Pension Plan as part of an effort to prevent its insolvency as a result of coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis. It also increased the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund tax and ensured that miners affected by the 2018 coal company bankruptcies would not lose their health care.

Safety

Defense

In 2011, Warner voted for the four-year extension of the USA PATRIOT Act. In 2011, he engaged Northern Virginia’s high-tech community in a pro-bono effort to correct burial mistakes and other U.S. Army management deficiencies at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2012, he successfully pushed the Navy to improve the substandard military housing in Hampton Roads.

Also in 2012, he pushed the Office of Personnel Management to address chronic backlogs in processing retirement benefits for federal workers, many of whom live in Washington’s northern Virginia suburbs. Warner was successful in pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand access to PTSD treatment for female military veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In August 2013, Warner was one of twenty-three Democratic senators to sign a letter to the Defense Department warning of some payday lenders “offering predatory loan products to service members at exorbitant triple digit effective interest rates and loan products that do not include the additional protections envisioned by the law” and asserting that service members along with their families “deserve the strongest possible protections and swift action to ensure that all forms of credit offered to members of our armed forces are safe and sound.”

Warner was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the Navy’s highest honor for a civilian, for his consistent support of Virginia’s military families and veterans.

Start ups, Saudi Arabia

Warner was the original Democratic sponsor of the Startup Act legislation and has partnered with the bill’s original author Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce three iterations of the bill: Startup Act in 2011, Startup Act 2.0 in 2012 and Startup Act 3.0 in early 2013. Warner describes the legislation as the ‘logical next step’ following enactment of the bipartisan JOBS Act.”

In 2015, Warner criticized the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, saying: “I’m concerned in particular with some of the indiscriminate bombing in Yemen … [Gulf states] need to step up and they need to step up with more focus than the kind of indiscriminate bombing.”

In June 2017, Warner voted to support Trump’s $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

In May 2018, Warner voted for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director.

In 2016, American foreign policy scholar Stefan Halper served as an FBI operative and contacted members of the Donald Trump Presidential campaign. In May 2018, Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned Republican lawmakers that it would be “potentially illegal” to reveal the identity of Stefan Halper.

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Warner Town Hall at GMU
When: September 13, 2019 12:00 am
Where: GMU Hub Ballroom

On Friday, Sept. 13, Senator Mark Warner hosted a town hall meeting in the Hub ballroom aimed at addressing his legislative initiatives, including the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2019 and other issues surrounding higher education costs.

For more information on the Virginia Senators and Higher Ed – go to this post. For more information on Mark Warner – go to this post.

Summary

Warner Town Hall at GMU
When: September 13, 2019 12:00 am
Where: GMU Hub Ballroom

On Friday, Sept. 13, Senator Mark Warner hosted a town hall meeting in the Hub ballroom aimed at addressing his legislative initiatives, including the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2019 and other issues surrounding higher education costs.

For more information on the Virginia Senators and Higher Ed – go to this post. For more information on Mark Warner – go to this post.

Four Minute Video

By Mason Cable Network

Fourth Estate article

By Hailey Bullis, Co Editor-in-Chief

Senator Mark Warner focuses on student loan debt, financial literacy and other issues

During his opening statement, Warner talked about his business background and a few of the different legislative measures he has put forward centering around college affordability and student financial literacy.

Warner noted that the decision on where a student goes to college and the cost of attending a university will probably, next to buying a house, be the most expensive investment that student makes.

“We do a really crummy job in this country of trying to give you the right information and have the right kind of price transparency around making that selection, so I’ve got a series of bills, legislative bills, that try to say, ‘How do we make sure that you are a more informed consumer before you go?’” said Warner.

Before welcoming Warner to the stage, Mason President Anne Holton took the opportunity to note the diversity of backgrounds in Mason’s community and why the discussion on the cost of higher education was important at Mason.

“We are a student body — as you know — largely comprised of folks who don’t come from a lot of wealth … over a third of our student body is First Gen college students, almost a third of our student body are students who are eligible for Pell Grants, students from lower income backgrounds, students with lots of need,” Holton said.

She continued, “The great thing is that we take them on here at Mason to great graduation rates, to great jobs throughout Northern Virginia and the United States and the world.”

The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2019, on which Warner partnered with Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden, aims at increasing students’ access to information about a school’s graduation rates, how much a graduate can expect to earn, and student debt levels before they make important decisions about higher education.

Warner also brought up his Employer Participation in Repayment Act that would allow employers to pay for employees’ student loan payments, or even send an employee back to school using pre-tax dollars. He also talked about making the Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act, an income-based repayment legislation, the “number one or two number top priority” for the Senate.

During the question and answer portion of the town hall, Student Body President Camden Layton asked Warner several questions that were sent in beforehand by Mason students that centered around increasing Pell Grants, student financial assistance and financial literacy.

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A few Mason students also had an opportunity to ask Warner their questions directly.  Among them was Will McLauchlin, a sophomore at Mason, who asked if Warner would support Bernie Sanders’ plan to cancel student debt, a prominent issue among the Democratic party.

Warner said he does not support Sanders’ plan, saying, “There is nothing progressive about leaving your generation with a country that can’t pay its bills.”“I have several friends here with great amounts of student loan debt and I’m aware that your colleague in the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders, has introduced legislation … to make public colleges’ and universities’ four year tuition free… we are the richest country in the world…in my opinion, if we can bail out the banks on Wall Street, we can bail out the students too,” McLauchlin said.

Another Mason student, Nick Steinmetz, who is an out-of-state student from Florida brought attention to out-of-state tuition costs. “I’ve spent my entire life in the state of Florida, however, I realized because I wanted a career in politics I had to be in the capital region but out-of-state tuition is astronomical,” he said. He proceeded to ask Warner if he had any plans to drive down out-of-state tuition costs.

Warner said this is because out-of-state students do not have representatives at the state legislative level. Warner said he does not have a simple answer to the high tuition costs out-of-state students face. “Unless we can decrease the inflation rate in higher education, we’re just nibbling around the edges,” he said.

Both Student Government and GMU Democrats were present at the event.

For Taylor Moore, the Executive Secretary of University Services of Student Government, student loan debt and the discussion surrounding it is going to be an important voting issue for her this November.

“For me, I would say student loan debt and the whole discussion around that is something that is very important to me because I do like education … and education policy, and I am a student and I have a lot of debt,” she said.

Emma Salas, the chief of staff for GMU Democrats, also said that college affordability would be a big voting issue in the November election.

“It’s a super important issue, especially — I’m an out-of-state student — this will be the first time I’m voting here in Virginia in this local election year … At [Warner’s] level, college affordability [is] a big [issue],” she said.

Warner ended the town hall by urging attendees to go vote. “This year, every member of the General Assembly, all 100 house seats, all 40 senate seats — those folks will frankly have as much to say about tuition and reimbursement and support,” he said. “So please get out there if you’re a Virginian and vote this fall.”

Mason News

Sen. Mark Warner meets with Mason students to talk about college affordability

By John Hollis
September 13, 2019

His father paid for his first semester of college, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said Friday, but that after that, he was on his own and took out student loans to pay for his education.

Speaking in The Hub Ballroom to an estimated 200 Mason students, faculty and staff, the two-term Virginia Democrat and former Virginia governor said he wants to ensure college remains affordable for all students. Warner highlighted legislation and other measures he supports that could ease the financial pinch many college students face nationwide amidst soaring tuition costs that can result in crippling student debt.

“We have to figure out how we can slow the growing costs of college education,” Warner said. “We’re not going to be able to stop it, but we can slow it and provide a series of other options.”

That likely came as welcome news to Mason President Anne Holton, whose introduction of Warner noted that more than a third of Mason students are first-generation college students, and almost a third of them are Pell Grant-eligible. Yet Mason boasts among the lowest student default rates in the state and virtually no disparity in graduation rates among both Pell Grant recipients and nonrecipients.

“That doesn’t mean, Sen. Warner, that we don’t have an affordability issue,” said Holton, a longtime friend of Warner, along with her husband, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “We absolutely do because of the students we’re serving and the high quality of work we’re doing with them.”

Virginia’s senior senator noted that student debt is a detriment to the national economy because it often hinders young people from taking entrepreneurial risks, buying homes or even getting married.

“It’s a crushing burden,” Warner said.

Warner cited legislation currently under consideration that would lower student debt by refinancing loans “to a manageable level.” He also cited proposed “know before you go” legislation that would provide better financial guidance to prospective college students in the hopes of creating better informed consumers. He said he also supports increased Pell Grant funding and a more simplified financial aid system.

That’s just what Sarah Kurian had hoped to hear. The junior global affairs major from Reston, Virginia, said that she came to hear Sen. Warner because higher education affordability especially resonates with college students.

“It’s really an important issue for us,” she said. “So it was really nice to hear a politician talking about it.”

Not everybody went away completely satisfied, however. Sophomore government and international politics major Will McLauchlin asked Warner if he’d support legislation that would mandate free college for students and cancellation of all student debt, but didn’t get the answer for which he hoped.

Warner said it wouldn’t be responsible to leave his children a country that couldn’t afford to pay its bills.

“I don’t think there’s anything progressive about promising you free stuff if we can’t pay for it,” Warner said.

Full Video by GMU-TV

(*This was filmed by GMUTV- George Mason University Television. Virginia onAir does not own the rights to this video.*)

Photos by Lathan Goumas

Education Proposals

Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

he Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act will take the important step of tackling student loan debt on the front end by increasing financial literacy among prospective borrowers and empowering them to make better-informed decisions about their higher education financing. Current law only requires that institutions provide one-time entrance and exit counseling to student loan borrowers receiving federal student aid, excluding Parent PLUS loans and consolidation loans. This bill will promote financial literacy by requiring that federal student loan borrowers – both students and parents – receive annual counseling that reflects their individual borrowing situation; increasing awareness of accumulating financial obligations by requiring borrowers to consent each year before receiving federal student loans; requiring annual counseling for Pell Grant recipients; and directing the U.S. Secretary of Education to maintain and distribute an online counseling tool that institutions can use to provide the counseling required by the bill.

The Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act is being cosponsored by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), by Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Tim Scott (R-SC). This legislation has the support of the National Education Association, Bipartisan Policy Center, UNCF, TICAS, Chiefs for Change, and American Student Assistance.  For more information on Senator Warner’s government website, go here.

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