11:40 AM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Retiring Virginia senator Jim Webb explains why he decided not to seek reelection and leave the Senate in an exit interview with public radio.
"I leave with a heavy heart. It's an incredible honor to be able to represent the people of Virginia, and the people of this country," says Webb, in response to whether he has any regrets. "I'm kind of a born cynic... in a lot of ways, I was raised by my mother's milk to be a skeptic about the ornaments of power. At the same time, everyday when you walk into those historic corridors in the nation's Capitol, you can't help but be reminded of the responsibility that you have to really try to make our country a better place. So it's been a tremendous honor to be here."
On leaving, he says, "This is the fourth time in my professional life where I've had a period of public service, and I've always had the cycle of stepping away and getting my bearings again. For me, it's just kind of a natural cycle. I've had a great time — not always a fun time — but a great time in the Senate, and we've done a lot of good things. And it's time to step away to regain my own philosophical independence and do some other things."
As for his biggest accomplishments in the so-called world's greatest delibrative body, Webb says he is proud of the work he accomplished regarding Southeast Asia. "We took on big issues," says Webb. "When I ran for the Senate, I did not run on an 'I got 'ya' kind of legislation... I said we need to re-orient our national security strategy around the world... we've had major players over the past six years on Foreign Relations Committee and on Armed Services Committee. I was able to get the chairmanship of the East-Asia subcommittee. I spent a lot of my life in east and Southeast Asia. And I think we made the principal contribution from the Congress to the reorientation of our interest to the east and Southeast Asia world. We worked very hard to pan Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore... we led the shift in focus on Burma... I was the first American leader to visit Burma in 10 years, when we put a trip together in 2009. The second thing we said we were going to do is focus very hard on economic fairness and social justice, and beginning with the rebuttal speech I had with President Bush's State of Union in '07... we put an inequality compensation... those economic fairness issues on the table. We became the principal office in the United States Congress for trying to reorient our criminal justice system... and then thirdly, I ran on issues of the balance between the Congress and the presidency when it comes to so many of these issues. And I had the same approach with President Obama as I did with President Bush on those issues."
3:14 PM, Oct 12, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last night, two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president's jobs bill. That hasn't stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate who are solely responsible for holding up his bill's movement.
10:37 AM, Sep 14, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senators, Politico reports, are voicing obvious displeasure with aspects of the president's jobs plan.
“Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.”
9:15 AM, Jul 13, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Despite press reports that have indicated Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia would not support a debt ceiling deal that involves tax hikes, the senator won't reveal, when asked in person, where he actually stands on the contentious issue.
"I’m for a plan that’s fair," Manchin, who is up for reelection next year, said in the Capitol yesterday afternoon. "Just a fair plan for everybody."
8:55 AM, Jan 14, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Virginia Pilot writes, "The Obama administration 'did a really terrible job handling health care reform,' he [Sen. Jim Webb (D., Va.)] said, because the president relied on Congress to draft a plan. 'You can't turn something that complicated loose on the United States Congress,' he said..."
12:49 PM, Dec 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
President Obama says in an interview with The Advocate that his "strong sense" is that implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal will be "a matter of months...absolutely not years—and that we will get this done in a timely fashion, and the chiefs are confident that it w
Webb cites "frustration" at fellow Democrats for swift vote on repeal.11:10 AM, Nov 18, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While President Obama and most Democrats in Congress have voiced their support for repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on gays in the military, a few Senate Democrats are leaving open the option of voting against repeal. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said Wednesday that members should examine the Pentagon’s DADT report, which is set to be released on December 1, before making a decision.
The GOP strikes back.2:41 PM, Jan 28, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Last night Virginia governor Bob McDonnell delivered the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address. It was the third time in five years that a Virginian delivered the response to a State of the Union--clearly Virginia is an electoral battleground! You can read a transcript of McDonnell's speech here, in case Obama put you to sleep before McDonnell appeared on television.
Bipartisan letter urges Holder to reverse course on KSM.1:23 PM, Jan 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In a letter to Eric Holder, Democratic senators Webb, Lincoln, and Lieberman join Republican senators Collins, McCain, and Graham in asking the attorney general to reverse course on his decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his co-conspirators in civilian court in New York City:
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