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Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announces first round of administration appointments

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday his choices for four key senior administration positions: Paul Reagan as Chief of Staff, Suzette Denslow as Deputy Chief of Staff, Secretary Ric Brown, who will stay on through at least the passage of the upcoming budget as Secretary of Finance, and Levar Stoney as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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 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 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: ‘Clarity’ needed on Afghanistan strategy

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said this week during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that, in its congressionally-mandated December report, Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan, the Obama administration “must provide us some clarity, not only as to specific programs, but as to what their policies are expected to accomplish in a larger […]

Webb brings veterans fundraising issue to feds’ attention

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Following a multistate investigation into the legitimacy and fundraising practices of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., has brought the organization’s questionable activities to the attention of the Internal Revenue Service and requested a full report of its findings. A 501 (c)(19) registered organization, the U.S. […]

Webb, Warner introduced historic-school rehab legislation

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner today introduced The Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2010, which provides a tax credit for communities to partner with private sector developers to rehabilitate the nation’s older school buildings. “Many of our nation’s historic schools are in need of significant repairs,” […]

Webb, Warner: Expedite development of offshore oil, gas

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner today called on the Secretary of the Interior to promptly commence steps to ensure that the Virginia Lease Sale, for the development of oil and gas resources off the coast of Virginia, remains on track for 2011. “Support among Virginia’s political […]

Webb: Reverse decision on Gitmo trials

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. joined five other senators Tuesday calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to reverse his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in civilian court rather than military commissions. The six lawmakers, including Sens. Joe […]

Group urges Webb, Warner to oppose Bernanke confirmation

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A vote is expected this week on the nomination of Ben Bernanke to serve another term as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. A political action organization founded by conservative Republican Congressman Ron Paul is calling on Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner to vote no. “The American […]

Webb criminal-justice reform wins important Senate vote

Staff Report With YouTube Video www.webb.senate.gov U.S. Sen. Jim Webb’s legislation to comprehensively review and overhaul America’s criminal-justice system won a major victory on Thursday when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure with bipartisan support. With the backing of 34 senators and dozens of organizations representing a broad spectrum of the criminal-justice community, Webb’s […]

Webb: Slow down on health care

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Republican Scott Brown shocked the political world with his victory in a special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts Tuesday night, upsetting one-time heavy favorite Martha Coakley to win the seat that had been held by the late liberal scion Ted Kennedy for 47 years. Maybe not shocking, but certainly […]

Webb urges quick release of heating assistance

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net With record low temperatures and more Americans participating in federal assistance programs due to the current economic crisis, Sen. Jim Webb joined 47 of his colleagues to urge the president to speed up the distribution of funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist cash-strapped […]

Webb and Warner owe Virginians an apology

   Column by Mark Obenshain www.markobenshain.com On Christmas Eve, while most Virginians prepared to celebrate with family and friends, Virginia’s two senators quietly broke faith with the Commonwealth, voting for the Obama health-care bill. In addition to adding an estimated 261,927 people to Virginia’s Medicaid rolls, Sens. Webb and Warner abjectly committed Virginians to help […]

Focus | Webb, Warner back health-care reform

Virginia Dems join 60-39 majority to move legislation forward Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner joined the 60-39 party-line Democratic majority that voted on Christmas Eve to move health-care reform forward in the Senate. Neither seemed to be jumping-up-and-down happy about it. “I voted today in favor of health […]

Webb: Status quo of health-care system ‘unacceptable’

Senator explains vote to move forward with legislation Statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Webb www.webb.senate.gov I have decided to vote in favor of moving forward on health care reform legislation. I do so despite my disappointment with some sections of the bill, which I will continue to address in the future. But the final package […]

Focus | The political calculus on health-care reform for Warner, Webb

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia’s two United States senators, within hours of each other earlier this week, were headlining efforts in the Senate aimed at impacting the health-care reform whirlwind winding up on Capitol Hill this December. Mark Warner was first out of the gate on Tuesday with the coalition of moderate Democrats […]

Webb on Afghanistan: ‘How do we define our enemy?’

  Statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Webb www.webb.senate.gov I have great regard for the careful process employed by this administration in an effort both to define a new approach for the long-standing military commitment in Afghanistan and to put an operational framework in place for our responsible withdrawal. At the same time, I intend to […]

Focus | Webb discusses Afghanistan strategy

Raises questions about surge, withdrawal timeline Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net With AFP Audio U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has questions both about President Barack Obama’s planned Afghanistan troop surge and the goal set by the Obama administration to be able to begin drawing down troops from the Afghan theater in 2011. “My belief is that […]