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Webb, Warner jet off during congressional recess

Anita Kumar

This week, during Congress's Memorial Day recess, Virginia's senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, are headed overseas.

Webb, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will visit Korea, Thailand, and Burma, over nine days. He will hold a variety of meetings with government officials, U.S. diplomats, military officials and business leaders.

"For decades and not without cost in blood and treasure, the United States has provided Asia with a balance and a guarantee of stability that it had previously lacked," Webb said in a statement before he left. "However, American interaction in East and Southeast Asia has declined significantly in recent years, in large part because we have not sufficiently pursued economic and diplomatic opportunities there. Recent events have underscored the need for the United States to step up its commitment to the region."

Who can forget Webb's August 2009 trip to Burma? He became the most senior U.S. official to visit the country in more than two decades and helped release an American prisoner.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner leaves Monday for a week-long visit to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to talk with leaders about the illegal drug trade, energy and climate change.

Warner, traveling with fellow Democrat, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, for meetings with each of the nation's presidents and with the leaders of the Organization of American States. They will meet with American Peace Corps volunteers in Peru and Ecuador and human rights groups in Colombia.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 31, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , James Webb , Mark Warner  
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Comments

Wherever they're going, I wish they'd stay there.

They both SUCK.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 31, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they're out doing work that's in the interests of all citizens. They could be off screwing around eating hot dogs, instead they're working on hard problems.

Posted by: Nymous | June 1, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

both need to be replaced...
the problems are here, in America...
not in asia...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 1, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Whatever do-gooder works they complete, I WON'T forget how they both screwed Virginians in voting for Obama's health care bill.

Posted by: abcxyz2 | June 1, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Our Senators are working for the Country and do a great job.

Seeing people slam them and mention the Health Care Reform is really sad.

Many people in rural Virginia in particular seem upset with this new law. Yet these same people take huge amounts of Federal Aid in the form of farm subsidies, food stamps, federally funded projects and other relief. Furthermore, those of us in Northern Virginia pay a disproportionate share of their freight. WE prop those rural communities up.

I've spent a lot of time in SW Virginia. People seem angry and bigoted. Here is Northern VA we have a superb quality of life. We work hard and we get paid. We are educated. We are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern, and with the Hampton Roads region pay for these bitter angry farmers.

Maybe they should better themselves and get off the dole.

Posted by: georgei22 | June 1, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Our Senators are working for the Country and do a great job.

Seeing people slam them and mention the Health Care Reform is really sad.

Many people in rural Virginia in particular seem upset with this new law. Yet these same people take huge amounts of Federal Aid in the form of farm subsidies, food stamps, federally funded projects and other relief. Furthermore, those of us in Northern Virginia pay a disproportionate share of their freight. WE prop those rural communities up.

I've spent a lot of time in SW Virginia. People seem angry and bigoted. Here is Northern VA we have a superb quality of life. We work hard and we get paid. We are educated. We are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern, and with the Hampton Roads region pay for these bitter angry farmers.

Maybe they should better themselves and get off the dole.

Posted by: georgei22 | June 1, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Our Senators are working for the Country and do a great job.

Seeing people slam them and mention the Health Care Reform is really sad.

Many people in rural Virginia in particular seem upset with this new law. Yet these same people take huge amounts of Federal Aid in the form of farm subsidies, food stamps, federally funded projects and other relief. Furthermore, those of us in Northern Virginia pay a disproportionate share of their freight. WE prop those rural communities up.

I've spent a lot of time in SW Virginia. People seem angry and bigoted. Here is Northern VA we have a superb quality of life. We work hard and we get paid. We are educated. We are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern, and with the Hampton Roads region pay for these bitter angry farmers.

Maybe they should better themselves and get off the dole.

Posted by: georgei22 | June 1, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

They did not finish the peoples work by framing and voting on the jobs bill. They both need to go as this job seems too much for them

Posted by: mjcc1987 | June 1, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

At least they are doing something. They don't seem like they are part of the do nothing, just say no crowd. Except when that crowd says "drill baby drill."

Posted by: citizen625 | June 1, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

It's indicative of the intellectual capacity of the Warner/Webb supporters that georgei22 posts the same message three times.

Posted by: alvint | June 1, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

when hillary was senator she introduced tata consultancy to New York...
india got over 250,000 jobs and New York got 10...
what are these bozos bargaining with...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 1, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Georgei22 may have posted three times, but it still makes more sense than anything else here (plus Posts often don't show up when you refresh your screen).

As a veteran who has served in the Middle East I see her comments as hitting the nail on the head. The best way you can honor Veterans who have fallen in the field and continue to face casualties is to share and give back to all citizens and not just take and be selfish.

This includes providing equal access to health care instead of letting Insurance companies Gouge citizens and drop children from coverage. More Importantly, you should support efforts to make us Energy Independent and less realiant on Middle East Oil that in turn funds Terrorists Organizations.

We are Paying **Hundreds of Billions ~ Trillions** for Civilian and Military Expenses that we Borrow Money from China to Pay for:

* $2,000 Billion ($2 Trillion) in Tax Breaks for the Rich
* $350 Billion for the Navy’s Littoral Warships ($550 Million each)
* $64 Billion for 183+ F-22s @ $350 Million each *(Pentagon: “only ready to fly 62% of the time and haven't met most of their performance goals”)
* $7~13 Billion for each New Nuclear Submarine
* $184 Billion for AIG
* $200 Billion for Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac

What about JOBS in New Industries for the recently Unemployed and for Troops when they return home to Civilian life? We are borrowing the Money from China for our Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, China is using their Trade profits to invest in the Renewable Energy Jobs and Industries of the future.

When over Ten Million are Recently Unemployed, when Troops are Dying in Two Wars, when Americans are in need, it's time for those of us with Jobs and who are not in War Zones risking our lives, to step up to the Plate and Help Pay to create the Jobs and Employment Opportunities our Country needs.

Posted by: liveride | June 1, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell is a Selfish Coward for not Taxing Virginians enough to pay their own Bills, despite Massive Federal Support for VA Workers. The Wealthy complain while others are Starving.

Virginia's love-hate relationship with federal spending

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/05/AR2010050505205.html

Ten cents of every federal procurement dollar spent anywhere on Earth is spent in Virginia. More than 15,000 Virginia companies hold federal contracts, a number that has almost tripled since 2001. Total federal spending -- from salaries to outsourced contracts -- has more than doubled, to $118 billion, since 2000, as homeland security and defense spending skyrocketed in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By 2008, it accounted for about 30 percent of Virginia's entire economy.

Federal dollars have filtered through the rest of the economy, too, helping to build the high-tech Dulles corridor and funding new homes and cars for federal workers and contractors and meals at local restaurants. The billions have helped fuel the economic boom cycles of the past decade and have cushioned the blow of the recent recession, particularly in Northern Virginia, where the unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly below 6 percent, less than the state and national rates.

"We have a rich uncle, I like to remind people -- Uncle Sam," said Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University.

It is Selfish and Irresponsible for Virginians to Refuse to Pay Taxes to Help People who are Recently Unemployed, and to Help Create Jobs. The State and Workers of Virginia benefit more than anyone from Federal and Military Spending. McDonnell and the State of Virginia need to Invest those Profits in Non-Federal Sustainable Industries to Create Jobs instead of seeking Federal and Military handouts while Complaining about Federal Regulations.

Posted by: liveride | June 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Liveride,

Do you Capitalize every Other word in your Real life Conversations, or Just in your Comments?

Posted by: alvint | June 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Virginians are very big on their "heritage."

Of course this is code for not being able to let go of the Civil War...and it's bigotry and hate.

So what is Virginia's heritage? Well, let's see...

Oh yes, the tobacco. A heritage of causing Cancer.

And then there's the slavery thing. A history of oppression of fellow men. You should be so proud Virginia.

Oh yes, and in Virginia they are know for butchering hogs and smoking pork. Well I like bacon and ham, so ok, you've got one.

And we are the home of the NRA.

Now of course, Thomas Jefferson is considered a threat, because he was a Federalist, and the people in Virginia are proud of their independent, States rights.

The reality is that without the Federal government and the educated affluent Northern part of the State (with, shudder colored people and Muslims)...they would have nothing...and stand for nothing other than Cancer, Slavery, Guns, and Pork.

Posted by: georgei22 | June 1, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If we're lucky they won't come back. What losers!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | June 1, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with an earlier comment, WE HAVE BIG PROBLEMS HERE!!!

Posted by: TooManyPeople | June 1, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

To georgei22 - suggest you do a little more [maybe a lot more] research on Thomas Jefferson. Stating that he was a Federalist discredits the intellectual foundation for any of your positions.

Posted by: hawksley1 | June 1, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

They really went to Mexico to coordinate the next illegal alien US invasion strike. Let us all hope and pray they stay gone.

When presented with the following, Webb and Warner run away.

"America faces adding 100 million people within 25 years if it fails to change its current demographic course. No amount of environmental conservation will afford a viable and sustainable civilization with the current high rate of growth.

Overpopulation issues that will be addressed include:

Growing water shortages
Accelerating carbon-based energy crisis
Accelerating air pollution and acidified oceans
Species extinction, and quality of life for Americans
Failed stewardship of a nation that will be handed to future generations."

And, what do Webb and Warner say? "Si, cue puedo."

Posted by: Patriot12 | June 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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