Warner speaks to Lynchburg businesses leaders about health care, tax reform and country's future

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February 26, 2019
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With a strong and passionate finish to his tour of Southside and Central Virginia that began Wednesday in Salem and ended Friday morning at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, spoke to dozens of business leaders about tax reform, health care, the government shutdown and the future of America.

Warner began by speaking briefly about the 35-day government shutdown Dec. 22 to Jan. 25 and how much damage it created for federal workers who didn’t receive a paycheck.

“I’ve been in politics a long time as a governor and senator but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as stupid as the government shutdown,” he said. “What amazed most of us in both political parties, is when President Trump said in early December he didn’t mind shutting down the government and didn’t mind if it was shut down for weeks or months, none of us took him seriously.

Kevin Gill with Bank of the James asked Warner if he envisions a time when Congress and the White House can get positive work done by compromise and cooperation again.

Warner said he “sure as heck hopes so,” which is why he is continuing to serve in his position.

“People often ask me the biggest difference between business and politics, and in business you got measured by what you got done at the end of the year, but there are a whole lot of folks in the political process, on both sides, that all they can talk about is what they’ve been against in their career and not what they get done,” he said.

He said this behavior is reinforced by media that has advocacy and not truth as its starting point.