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U.S. Senator from Virginia. Chairman, Senate Intel Committee.
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Dec 8, 2021
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.
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Nov 24, 2021
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
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Nov 18, 2021
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
🏠Improve housing
🏥Protect health care
THREAD: 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
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Aug 11, 2021
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.
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Aug 10, 2021
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. Hampton Roads:

- 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: Image
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Aug 5, 2021
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.

Here's how: 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. Image
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Mar 1, 2021
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. Image
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Feb 9, 2021
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. Image
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Feb 9, 2021
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.

Here's the 2nd part of my 3-part series on the future of American capitalism:
senmarkwarner.medium.com/ii-investing-i… The proposals surround 7 pillars:

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
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Feb 5, 2021
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)
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Dec 3, 2020
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.

Here's the first part of a 3 part series:
senmarkwarner.medium.com/toward-a-resil… The proposals are organized around 3 central pillars of reforms:

1. Rebuilding the safety net for a 21st century economy.
2. Reorient priorities to invest more in workers.
3. Reform our corporate system for a more sustainable form of capitalism.
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Oct 22, 2020
Iran is now actively seeking to sow dissent and divide us, much like Russia did in 2016 and continues to do today. Yesterday, DNI Ratcliffe & FBI Director Wray took an extraordinary step to ensure Americans have a clear insight into the efforts of our adversaries to undermine our democratic institutions, including U.S. election systems and infrastructure.
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Oct 6, 2020
Just this morning, I encouraged Facebook to take the threat of QAnon more seriously, given increasing evidence that they have, in large part, propelled its growth.
warner.senate.gov/public/index.c… I’m pleased to see Facebook is now taking action against this harmful and increasingly dangerous conspiracy theory and movement.
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Sep 24, 2020
Our nation has a 200-year history of successful elections, followed by a peaceful transfer of power. Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee received a briefing on election security from our nation’s top officials. We all know that the election process will look different this year, in light of COVID-19, and we may not know the results on election night. The Intelligence Community (IC) warned that, as a result, the period immediately before and after the election could be uniquely volatile.
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Sep 11, 2020
Despite the constant surge in COVID cases, @ICEgov has endangered a staggering number of lives of detainees and Virginians because it decided to transfer detainees during this pandemic. Have they no shame?

Sen. @timkaine and I have raised the alarm about these transfers before. On June 26, Sen. Kaine and I called on @ICEgov to stop transferring detainees amid this pandemic.
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Aug 29, 2020
Earlier this month, my colleagues in Congress and I called on Secretary Sonny Perdue of the @USDA to extend several waiver requests made by the Commonwealth to ensure school districts have the certainty they need to continue providing students with healthy and nutritious meals. ImageImageImage The @USDA denied our request to extend the waivers to assist in the delivery of food to Virginia’s children during the ongoing pandemic, claiming they don’t have the authority to provide universal free meals during the crisis despite broad authority granted by Congress.
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Jul 29, 2020
I’m glad the House Judiciary Committee called their hearing today. It’s important we inspect these companies and their business practices – and ensure that they aren’t unfairly disadvantaging competition and harming consumers. It wasn’t too long ago that some of these companies weren’t even willing to show up in front of Congress and face these important questions.
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Jul 28, 2020
Our country is in the middle of multiple crises. The COVID relief package released yesterday by Republicans is out of touch with the grim reality facing communities large & small across the nation, which local leaders of both parties have highlighted over the past several months. The bill DOES NOT include:

1) Food assistance for kids

2) Hazard pay for essential workers

3) Rental assistance for millions facing evictions

4) Money for communities of color
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Jul 21, 2020
We know that Black, brown, and low-income communities have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 crisis and this unprecedented economic downturn.

If we don’t do something to help, we’re going to see a huge hemorrhaging of small businesses and jobs. That’s why today I’m joining @SenSchumer, @SenBooker, @SenKamalaHarris, and @RepGregoryMeeks to introduce the #NeighborhoodJobs Act – a new, $17.9 billion investment in minority and low-income communities to help them create jobs and weather this economic storm.
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Jul 15, 2020
More than 136,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19. I said it before: if we are going to prevent a long, dragged-out recovery, or even another economic depression, we need bold action now to help workers who are struggling.
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Jun 24, 2020
Millions of Americans are raising their voices in support of real policing reforms, and the Senate must listen to their calls for bold action.

The narrow proposal that Leader McConnell brought to the floor today falls short of that bar, so I voted against it. While I believe Sen. Scott’s proposal is sincere in its efforts, we need more meaningful and far-reaching reforms if we are going to truly address the racial injustices too many Black Americans have experienced in their interactions with police.
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