U.S. Senator from Virginia.
Chairman, Senate Intel Committee.
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Nov 30, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Hey folks, I just want to follow up on some things we learned about election subversion in the wake of the midterms. A thread:
First of all, a lot of the news is good. Elections were largely peaceful, open, and fair. Many high-profile election deniers lost their races. Most certification processes across the nation appear, for the most part, to be going smoothly.
Jul 14, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
For the last year, I’ve been working to get our competition bill done, but if partisan actors are intent on slowing it down, I’m ready to separate anything we have bipartisan agreement on – particularly the money and tax incentives for semiconductors and 5G – and get that passed.
This money can’t wait – solving the semiconductor shortage is critical to cutting costs and easing the supply chain. If we wait, we risk losing investments from companies like Intel that are ready to create jobs and boost domestic manufacturing.
Jun 24, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
This decision jeopardizes the health and autonomy of millions of American women and turns back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law – reflecting a Court that has increasingly issued politicized rulings that undermine the fundamental rights of Americans.(1/4)
This decision will take control over personal health care decisions away from individuals and give it to politicians in state legislatures across the country. (2/4)
May 31, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
For too long our men and women in uniform have struggled to receive the care they deserve after being exposed to burn pits and other toxins. The bipartisan agreement on the Honoring Our PACT Act is a significant step. It’s critical that the Senate quickly acts on this bill.
This legislation will expand health care eligibility for generations of veterans and broaden certain disease and cancer presumptions for veterans who were exposed to these toxins during their service.
May 26, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
One of the best ways to improve how social media works for users is to encourage more competition in the space. Yesterday, I reintroduced my ACCESS Act with a broad range of bipartisan sponsors. Let me tell you a little more about how it works.
First, it would require that the largest online platforms make user data portable, meaning you could easily download your photos, messages, etc. and take them with you to a new platform if you want to switch services.
May 5, 2022 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Well folks, after a late night of voting, we’ve officially done it: we’re in conference to get our manufacturing bill done! I’m proud to have been working on this initiative since last summer and excited to see progress. Here’s what’s happening (a thread):
Last summer, the Senate passed a bill that contains a lot of provisions I worked on to create jobs, foster U.S. innovation, and restore American leadership in the semiconductor field.
Feb 27, 2022 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Hey folks, I want to provide a few more updates on Ukraine:
First of all, I’m glad to see more unified global action against Russia – last night the US and EU moved to expel some Russian banks from the network that connects them globally, SWIFT.
Throughout this crisis, we’ve seen unity both domestically and internationally. The vast majority of US senators and our international allies agree that crushing, escalating sanctions are currently the best way to address Russia’s unprovoked attack.
Feb 25, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Hey folks, I want to recap a few things on Ukraine:
First, the intelligence community has been very accurate and has given us a lot of insight over the past few months and through this invasion. We’ll keep trusting them.
We have broad, bipartisan consensus on countering Russian aggression with severe sanctions. There’s also strong international consensus, even beyond NATO. Our allies in all parts of the world are condemning the actions of Putin.
Feb 17, 2022 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Hey folks, a quick reminder about funding the infrastructure law has already secured for Virginia (THREAD):
Not to mention, all of this (and more):
Feb 1, 2022 • 14 tweets • 6 min read
This #BlackHistoryMonth should remind us that it’s critical to always uplift Black stories, speak up about continued injustice, and celebrate Black history. I’ll be using this thread to do so, follow along below:
First up, Mary McLeod Bethune! Among other achievements, Bethune founded several organizations and schools, registered women to vote just after achieving suffrage, served in the FDR Administration and as a VP for the NAACP, and was the only Black woman at the UN founding.
Dec 8, 2021 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
Chances are you’ve seen a #darkpattern online – a deceptive internet mechanism used to trap you into clicking, buying, or signing up for something you don’t want. I’m reintroducing a bill to prevent these with @SenatorFischer, @amyklobuchar, and @SenatorJohnThune.
So what exactly is a #darkpattern? They range from merely annoying to actively insidious. I’ll take you through it. First, ever had a confusing list of checkboxes that tried to con you into signing up for an email list? That’s one.
Nov 24, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Traveling this weekend? You may notice that many of our airports could benefit from upgrades or additional funding. I’m proud to announce that thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, $400 million of federal money is headed to 47 VA airports. [THREAD:]
Or maybe you’re not traveling by plane, but by rail, bus, or car. The infrastructure law is delivering for you, too:
🚗 $110 billion for roads
🚆 $66 billion nationally for rail
🚇 $1.2 billion for public transit in VA
Nov 18, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
As part of our providing resources to our national defense, I’m committed to honoring members of our military & their families. So here’s some of what I’m advocating for on their behalf in this year’s bill:
🍱 Combat food insecurity
🏥Protect health care
In a survey, 1 in 5 military families reported food insecurity. To address that, we should:
👩✈️Require the Sec. of Defense to designate a leader to tackle this
🥗Start a program providing food to food insecure servicemembers
🕵️♂️ Authorize a review of DoD’s effort on the issue
Aug 11, 2021 • 23 tweets • 7 min read
There’s been a tremendous amount of confusion – and in some cases, false information – surrounding a set of important tax compliance provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure package.
Let’s clear up a few things.
First, we need to acknowledge that the innovation and excitement surrounding digital assets has at times obscured some real problems – perhaps none greater than the tax evasion and non-compliance we have continued to see. cnbc.com/2021/05/31/cry…
Aug 10, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
I’m glad that the Senate worked together in a bipartisan way to pass the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. This bill will allow Virginia to make significant investments in infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth, including in HR, Richmond, NoVA, Roanoke and Southwest.
- This bill will put $47B towards resiliency to help fund projects like flood mitigation and coastal resiliency. In Hampton Roads, we could use this funding for projects such as:
Aug 5, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
There's a lot in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make up for decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure, which has disproportionally impacted communities of color.
This bill would invest in critical infrastructure like elevated buildings, roads, and bridges to safeguard black and brown communities in areas vulnerable to flooding and climate change-related extreme weather events.
Mar 1, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This #WomensHistoryMonth, I will be honoring some notable women and their contributions, which have helped shape America’s culture and history.
Join me in lifting up their stories.
Born in Virginia, Virginia Minor was the co-founder and the first president of the Woman's Suffrage Association of Missouri. She was the plaintiff in the SCOTUS case, Minor v. Happersett, where the Court held that the Constitution did not grant women the right to vote.
Feb 9, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This #BlackHistoryMonth, I will be honoring some notable Black Americans and their contributions, which have helped shape Virginia's culture and history.
Join me in lifting up their stories.
After being denied entry because of segregation laws, Gregory Hayes Swanson led a legal fight to integrate @UVA’s law school. He succeeded, becoming the first black legal student at UVA in 1950.
Feb 9, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
CEOs repeat the adage, "our best asset is our people." To put this into practice in the 21st century, we must realign our incentives to encourage inclusive economic growth.
1. Boosting Investment in Workers 2. Facilitating Lifelong Learning 3. Investing in Community Colleges 4. Promoting Skilled Workers 5. Funding R&D 6. Improving Human Capital Disclosure 7. Reforming the TAA Program
Feb 5, 2021 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
The SAFE TECH Act doesn’t interfere with free speech – it’s about allowing these platforms to finally be held accountable for harmful, often criminal behavior enabled by their platforms to which they have turned a blind eye for too long. (1/8) washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
For years, Section 230 provided a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card to platform companies as their sites are openly and repeatedly used by bad actors to cause damage and injury. Section 230 will be brought into the present-day with the SAFE TECH Act creating targeted exceptions. (2/8)
Dec 3, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
COVID has taken a toll on our society. We’re seeing a rise in permanent job loss, and it’s likely to worsen. For a more resilient economy in the 21st century, we need to shift modern American capitalism's focus.