Tag: Jim Webb

Webb, Warner to EPA: Relax ethanol mandate

Concerned about steep increases in commodity prices, Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner joined a bipartisan letter this week to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of a temporary waiver of the federal ethanol mandate


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Webb: Ruling will protect against unfair China trade practices

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to maintain duties on Chinese roller bearings will help combat China’s unfair trade practices


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Jim Webb pushes for GI Bill protections

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), author of the landmark Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, today renewed his call for quick enactment of his bipartisan legislation to preserve the program, citing newly released findings of abuses by certain for-profit schools


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Jim Webb cosponsors bill to raise minimum wage

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) co-sponsored legislation Monday to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 over two years. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 (S.3453) would then index the minimum wage to inflation to keep up with future cost-of-living increases


Webb, Warner cosponsor legislation to expand offshore leasing

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb Mark R. Warner announced the introduction of The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012, or the OPEN Act, on Wednesday


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Dems back out of meeting after governor calls GOP-only post-event presser

The Democratic members of Virginia’s congressional delegation backed out of a scheduled Wednesday meeting with Gov. Bob McDonnell after the governor’s office scheduled a Republicans-only news conference at the conclusion of the meeting


Leaders respond to drilling decision

Political leaders from both parties are expressing frustration with the Obama administration after the Department of Interior announced today that it will not include Virginia in its proposed final offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017, which covers leasing strategy and sales on the Outer Continental Shelf


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Effort to reduce government waste gaining traction in Senate

The five-year effort by U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Claire McCaskill to increase accountability and crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars in contracting during overseas contingency operations has gained new bipartisan support


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Senate committee holds hearing on amendment to Webb’s Post-9/11 GI Bill

Sen. Jim Webb, author of the landmark Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, today renewed his call for quick enactment of his bipartisan legislation to preserve those veterans’ education benefits from abuses by certain schools


Webb sponsors legislation promoting investment in motorsports

Sen. Jim Webb has cosponsored legislation to ensure the motorsports industry is able to continue to modernize its facilities


PPP breaks down Virginia electorate on 2014 Senate race, 2016 presidential race, more

-An epic US Senate contest in 2014 between Mark Warner and Bob McDonnell…might not be that epic. Warner leads McDonnell 51-40 in a hypothetical head to head. Warner would take 14% of the Republican vote while McDonnell gets just 7% of Democrats, and Warner has a narrow edge with independents as well. McDonnell is popular […]


Webb: Lift all economic sanctions against Burma

Sen. Jim Webb, whose historic trip to Burma in 2009 set the stage for a new direction in U.S. policy toward that country, today called for the Administration “to facilitate reforms in Burma (Myanmar) through the lifting of economic sanctions.” Sen. Webb, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, was […]


Webb joins senators in letter on Asia-Pacific basing

U.S. Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) today sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta regarding a new agreement with the Government of Japan on U.S. force posture in the Asia-Pacific region.


Webb introduces legislation to preserve Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), author of the landmark Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, today introduced bipartisan legislation to preserve those veterans’ education benefits from abuses by certain schools. Troubling statistics show that the cost to taxpayers to send a veteran to a for-profit school is more than double the cost of a public university and that eight […]


Webb introduces bill to strengthen adult ed, workforce training

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Thursday introduced the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2012, which will reform and increase investment in job training, adult education and other programs needed to build a 21st century workforce.  Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are original co-sponsors of the legislation. According to the National […]


Warner, Webb urge Obama administration to select Mid-Atlantic region as test range for unmanned aircraft systems

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Wednesday sent a joint letter to the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation and the NASA Administrator urging them to select the Virginia/Maryland region to host an Unmanned Aircraft Systems test range. The Senators pointed out that UAS design and testing […]


Webb, Warner push Senate to reject efforts to balance budget on backs of federal workers

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) are urging Majority Leader Harry Reid to “reject any proposals that call for pay freezes or other forms of compensation reduction for federal workers, or significant reductions in the federal workforce” to offset the tax extenders that need to be passed by the end of […]


Webb backs bill to protect heating assistance

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) yesterday joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the LIHEAP Protection Act, which would restore funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration proposed a 45 percent cut in funds for the program, which is structured to help low-income families and seniors on […]


Webb, Warner announce $200M for economic development

Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $212,800 in GENEDGE ALLIANCE, a statewide manufacturing support program based at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia.  Both Senators have consistently supported federal funding in Congress for the program, which supports industrial […]


Webb, Warner critical of administration on offshore-drilling plan

A five-year oil and gas leasing plan announced today by the Obama administration omits Virginia from the plan. Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner responded by urging the administration to reconsider. “Oil and gas exploration within the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf – if coupled with an equitable formula for sharing revenues between the state […]


Webb pushes FEMA on Louisa denial

Sen. Jim Webb today asked Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate to explain FEMA’s rationale for refusing to grant a federal disaster declaration to Louisa County following the August 23 earthquake. “Louisa County has documented close to 1000 damaged homes, including a number of homes that were completely destroyed,” said Webb in a […]


Webb introduces legislation to stop technology drift to China

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) today introduced legislation to stop technologies developed with the support of U.S. taxpayers from being given away to China or other countries. Many American companies operating in China are required to transfer their intellectual property and proprietary technology to China as a prerequisite for doing business there.  Many of these technologies […]


Webb joins in legislation to make gun regs consistent on federal rec lands

Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to make gun regulations consistent across all federal recreational lands by bringing Army Corps of Engineers rules in line with other federal agencies. Last Congress, legislation was signed into law allowing individuals to possess firearms in the National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge […]


Webb: Stop sending China money

Sens. Jim Webb and James Inhofe, chair and ranking member of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, called on Friday for an end to U.S. development aid to China, now the world’s second-largest economy. Since 2001, the U.S. has provided more than $275 million in direct assistance to China for projects such as expanding […]


Webb joins group of senators urging end to ethanol tariffs, subsidies

A bipartisan group of 12 senators, led by Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), today sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) urging them to make full elimination of costly ethanol subsidies and tariffs a priority. In June, a measure offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein […]


Webb to GOP: Don’t destroy the U.S. economy in order to save it

Mr. President, I would like to express my support for the Majority Leader’s plan to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit. Our nation, as we all know, faces a looming crisis. The markets have already warned us. Businesses are already postponing investments. We know the consequences of inaction; they are predictable: Borrowing costs […]


Webb calls for provisions to include Virginia in offshore energy bill

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., today called for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to incorporate his Virginia Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Energy Production Act in pending offshore energy legislation this week. “Outer Continental Shelf production has strong support among Virginians and their political leadership,” Webb wrote the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member. “I look forward […]


Webb, Warner introduce offshore-drilling legislation

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today introduced legislation that would allow oil and natural gas exploration and production off of the Virginia coast. Both senators have consistently supported safe and responsible energy exploration on Virginia’s outer continental shelf. The Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2011 would also expand the […]


Webb: Post-9/11 Bill has helped 500K

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) today made the following statement on the three-year anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill being signed into law: “Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. I was privileged to introduce this landmark legislation on my first day in office. We began with a simple concept—if we continue to […]


Senate passes Webb amendment to end ethanol subsidies and tariffs

Today, the Senate overwhelmingly approved Sen. Jim Webb’s amendment to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The measure, which he co-sponsored with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passed with bipartisan support in a 73-27 vote and will save taxpayers $6 billion annually. “Eliminating […]


Webb calls for continued funding funding to preserve Civil War battlefields

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), joined by three other senators, today called on Senate appropriators to provide funding for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program. This program is especially relevant to Virginia, which is home to more major Civil War battles than any other state. “With the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War having begun in […]


Webb, Corker issue joint resolution on Libya

Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a joint resolution requiring the Administration to provide a detailed justification of U.S. operations in Libya and prohibiting the deployment of U.S. troops on the ground there. It further calls on the president to request authorization for the continuation of U.S. involvement in NATO activities […]


Senators urge implementation of safety regs for bus industry

Following deadly tour bus crashes that claimed dozens of lives in New York, Virginia and Washington state this year, a group of six senators wrote to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calling for swift implementation of safety standards aimed at preventing driver fatigue. “The pattern of enforcement by DOT has been uneven, inconsistent […]


McDonnell, Webb, Warner, Goodlatte send letter to DOJ on George’s purchase

Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte sent a joint letter on May 19th to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the United States Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit challenging George’s Inc.’s acquisition of Tyson Foods Inc.’s poultry processing facilities in Harrisonburg. George’s purchase of the Tyson’s plant […]


Webb continues push to eliminate ethanol subsidies

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) joined Sens. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which will fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The bill is similar to legislation sponsored by Webb earlier this year, and […]


Webb, Warner introduce Bay-restoration bill

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and Jim Webb, D-Va. have introduced legislation that would bring increased accountability measures and a more collaborative management approach to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011 requires the Office of Management and Budget to prepare a crosscut budget to better track the […]


Marirose Pratt: A cleaner energy future

It’s been just a year since the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Rather than focus on enacting much needed safety and environmental reforms, Rep. Goodlatte wants to open Virginia’s waters to drilling, as if last year never happened (“Goodlatte bill would push offshore drilling off Virginia waters,” April 6, 2011). The notion that […]


Warner, Webb join in effort to ensure retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) filed legislation today that would ensure that federal workers receive retroactive pay for the duration of a potential government shutdown. Currently, federal pay is suspended in the event of a funding lapse or government shutdown, and retroactive payment for […]


Warner, Webb join group urging Boehner to avoid government shutdown

A group of 16 moderate Democratic senators, led by Mark Udall of Colorado, today sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him to prevent a shutdown of the federal government that would hurt our country’s still-fragile economy and distract from the need to work together to address greater, long-term fiscal challenges. The senators […]


Goodlatte bill would push offshore drilling off Virginia waters

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has reintroduced legislation that would open exploration for natural gas and crude oil off the Virginia coast. “Every day, folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the cost at the pump to soaring electric bills. I believe that Virginia should have every […]


Kaine announces Senate candidacy: ‘We’ve got to be unified’

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is in the running for the soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jim Webb. “I’m running for the United States Senate because America has big challenges, and I’m convinced that Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation,” Kaine said in a video released today that announced his […]


The AFP on WREL: Finality?

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia news and sports with WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins with a look at recent activity in Richmond regarding legislation passed in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session – specifically looking at Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget amendment  cutting funding for public broadcasting. Will the governor finally get […]


Webb: Involvement in Libya not administration’s prerogative

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today that there are “legitimate questions” about the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s move to involve the United States in the UN intervention in Libya. “What we have seen in Libya is different than a lot of the other examples that people have been talking about. […]


Webb on Libya: No clear sense of direction

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is offering sharp criticism of the handling of the ongoing crisis in Libya that escalated over the weekend with the launch of air strikes against key military installations of the Muammar Qaddafi regime. Speaking with MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Monday, Webb, a military veteran and former Secretary of the Navy, […]


The AFP on WREL: Senate Madness

AFP editor Chris Graham talks news and sports on WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins with a review of Virginia politics news. The focus in that sector is still on what Tim Kaine will or will not do regarding a potential run at the 2012 Democratic Senate nomination. A look at the Virginia […]