Press Releases

October 18, 2018

Kaine, Colleagues Ask Trump Trade Official To Explain Latest Tariff Decision That Could Hurt American Businesses

USTR previously offered specific product exclusions for American businesses that could face undue harm, but failed to do so with new tariffs WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led ten of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Trump Administration's lead trade official asking why the Administration's latest round of Tariffs on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods did not include exclusions to protect American businesses. For earlier rounds of tariffs, exclusions apply in … Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Kaine Statement On Virginia Medicaid Expansion Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine put out the following statement after Governor Ralph Northam announced state agencies will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2018 from Virginia adults newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion: "I'm excited that we are moving even closer to hundreds of thousands of Virginians finally getting access to quality health care. Virginians waited a long time for this, and I encourage all those who are eligible to enroll as … Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Kaine Urges Trump Administration To Protect Virginia Students From Lead In Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined 34 colleagues in calling on the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect students from lead in school drinking water. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows an estimated 41 percent of public school districts did not test for lead in school drinking water, and a third of districts that were tested showed elevated levels. "Lead is a neurotoxin, and any amount of exposure in a … Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Kaine Statement On Anniversary Of 2002 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement sixteen years after the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the war against Iraq was signed into law: "Sixteen years ago today, based on faulty intelligence, Congress authorized war against Iraq. Despite the brave service of U.S. troops, the war represented a massive failure by our political leaders. And yet the Iraq War … Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Promote Innovation in Higher Ed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to introduce the Innovation Zone Act (S.3596). The bipartisan legislation replaces the experimental sites initiative within the Higher Education Act to promote effective, evidence-based innovation in higher education and better prepare students for the workforce. A lack of evaluation and transparent data collection has prevented Congress from using information … Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $240,000 In Federal Funding To Alleviate Housing Problems For 75 Households In Charlottesville, Roanoke, & Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $239,490.47 in federal funding to support organizations in Charlottesville and Roanoke in their efforts to alleviate substandard housing problems for low-income households. The funding was awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant Program. "We're pleased to announce funding to support repair and rehabilitation efforts for 75 households … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Bipartisan Senators To NIH: Improve Racial, Ethnic Minority Representation In Clinical Trials

Washington- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and 26 of their colleagues to urge the National Institutes of Health to ensure racial and ethnic minorities are appropriately represented in clinical trials. The senators wrote, "We appreciate NIH's efforts to reduce health disparities by addressing significant barriers to clinical trial participation and recognize that NIH-funded clinical trials are designed to ensure patient … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Press Administration On Discrimination Against LGBTQ Diplomats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Coons (D-DE) in calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to amend a new State Department policy that ends diplomatic visas for unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and employees posted to the United States or at U.S.-based international organizations-sending a blatant message of discrimination to LGBTQ people around the world. "To bar LGBTQ diplomats from bringing … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Kaine Joins Markey And 21 Senate Colleagues To Call For Greater U.S. Efforts To Protect Freedom Of Speech And Combat Growing Authoritarianism Globally

Letter Urges the Administration to Reassert U.S. Moral Leadership in Protecting Freedom of Expression Washington (October 12, 2018) - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 21 Senate colleagues in a letter highlighting concern over growing authoritarian and anti-democratic actions around the world. The senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to evaluate how best the United States can use its full foreign policy toolkit, voice, and resources to … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $166,800 In Federal Grants And Loans To Purchase Police Vehicles For Rural Communities In Virginia

~ Funding will allow police departments to replace aging vehicles ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $166,800 in federal grants and loans for the towns of Alberta, Pembroke, and Chatham to purchase four police vehicles and equipment through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. "We're pleased to support rural communities in Virginia with federal funding to purchase updated police vehicles and equipment. … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Warner & Kaine Praise $3,417,315 In ARC Funding To Boost Economy In Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised grant funding for communities in Southwest Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)'s Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program, totaling $3,417,315. "We are thrilled to support this economic investment in Southwest Virginia. This funding aims to support projects that will spur economic opportunity and create jobs across the region," the Senators said. The … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Kaine Joins Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy Letter Triggering Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Sens. Coons, Graham, Kaine, Gardner, Introduce Legislation To Foster Economic Development And Community Ties Between Israelis And Palestinians

WASHINGTON - Last week, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018. This legislation will promote economic development, help finance joint ventures between Palestinian entrepreneurs and companies in the United States, Israel, and countries in the Middle East, and foster community building to support greater people-to-people cooperation. "I am pleased to introduce this … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Warner & Kaine Successfully Include Virginia Projects In Final Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

Includes provisions to widen and deepen Norfolk Harbor and protect Tangier Island and Coastal Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan America's Water Infrastructure Act. The final legislation included key projects for Virginia championed by Warner and Kaine, including authorization for a project to deepen and widen channels in and around Norfolk Harbor and to initiate new flood-resilience projects for Tangier … Continue Reading

October 09, 2018

Connolly-Kaine Lead Letter Urging President Trump To Raise Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance With The Governments Of Saudi Arabia And Turkey

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging President Trump to raise Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance with the governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Khashoggi, a Virginia resident and distinguished journalist, has been missing since October 2nd when he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to some reports, Mr. Khashoggi may have been murdered. "These conflicting reports and … Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Kaine Statement On Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has rushed to confirm Judge Kavanaugh without a complete investigation into the serious allegations against him. A five day investigation that featured interviews with a handful of people, while ignoring dozens of witnesses who were willing to cooperate, and a secret report whose contents could not even be … Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Kaine On Senate Floor: Confirming Kavanaugh Would Send Hostile Message To Sexual Assault Survivors

Kaine told stories of survivors from Alexandria, Sterling, Chesapeake, Radford, Williamsburg, Henrico Video: Audio: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on his colleagues to vote no on Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kaine spoke about the hostile message the Senate would send … Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Bipartisan Senators Denounce China's Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and 16 other bipartisan senators are condemning the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of religious minorities and actions to limit free expression and practice of faith in the People's Republic of China. Joining in this effort are U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chuck … Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2.4 Million In Federal Funding To Support Teacher Training At VCU

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,425,864 in federal funding will be awarded to Virginia Commonwealth University through the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher and Leader Preparation and Professional Development Grant Program. Warner and Kaine had written in support of VCU receiving the funding, which will be used to recruit, prepare, license, and retain teachers in high-need school districts as well as strengthen the teaching of mathematics and … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Longterm Aviation Reauthorization That Protects Virginia Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised Senate passage of the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) five-year reauthorization that is critical to Virginia's economy and will support hundreds of jobs across the Commonwealth. Kaine has long pushed for a five-year reauthorization to enable Virginia's airports and the airlines that serve them to make long-term business decisions that expand service and support jobs. This reauthorization also successfully excludes changes to … Continue Reading

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