Press Releases

May 16, 2021

Kaine, Ossoff & Colleagues Urge Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and 26 of their Senate colleagues in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence. Along with Senators Kaine and Ossoff, the letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Martin … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Urge President Biden to Focus On COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, in calling on the Biden Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy that addresses the severe COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean and focuses on vaccine access for developing countries in the Americas. As the pandemic continues … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $10 Million in Federal Funding For Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $10,575,962 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help fund projects at 7 airports across the Commonwealth. The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports infrastructure improvement projects at airports across the nation. A portion of the funding also comes from the American Rescue Plan supported by Sens. … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million in Federal Funds to Support Americorps Projects in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,037,043 in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support seven AmeriCorps VISTA projects across Virginia. The AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program is a national service program that supports organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunities in the United States. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

What Virginians Are Reading: American Rescue Plan Relief Headed To Local Communities across the Commonwealth

WASHINGTON - Over the last 24 hours, here's just some of what Virginians have been reading about the $7.2 billion in relief funds that are headed to the state and local governments thanks to the American Rescue Plan: Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia cities to get double boost from American Rescue Plan as money starts to flow Virginia will receive $4.3 billion, or $500 million more than previously expected, under the American Rescue Plan Act, while Richmond and other cities will get a … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Kaine Introduces Bill to Curb Police Overuse of Tear Gas Against Peaceful Protesters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Preventing the Misuse of Tear Gas Act to address state and federal law enforcement's use of tear gas. The bill would require federal law enforcement agencies to set policies stating that the use of riot control agents like tear gas should be avoided wherever possible against non-violent civilians and that their use to quell violent activity should minimize any impact on those not participating in the violence. The legislation … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

As Whiskey Tariff Set To Double In June, Kaine & Young Urge Administration to Work to Remove Retaliatory Tariffs on Spirits & Wine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) sent a letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, calling on the agencies to address the harmful retaliatory tariffs that inhibit trade of whiskey, other spirits, and wine between the United States and European Union (E.U.) and United Kingdom (U.K.). The letter comes as the European Union tariff on American whiskey is scheduled … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Kaine Praises Biden Administration’s Broadening of Student COVID Relief Eligibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised the Biden Administration's decision to make Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants available to "any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020" and who demonstrates need. Under the Trump Administration, only students who filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could apply for HEERF grants, but some financially needy students, such as those enrolled in … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Warner & Kaine Praise Treasury’s Launch of State and Local COVID Relief Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the Treasury Department's launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act. "We welcome the $7.2 billion in relief for Virginia and are pleased the Biden Administration has listened to our calls to give states, localities, and tribes significant flexibility in determining how best to use these emergency funds," said the Senators. "These funds will allow the … Continue Reading

May 07, 2021

Kaine, Boozman, & Tillis Announce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Jobs and Childcare for Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Military Families Caucus, and John Boozman (R-AR) announced the reintroduction of the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act to address military spouse unemployment and access to affordable childcare. This bill would amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses and create new flexible spending … Continue Reading

May 05, 2021

Sarbanes, Kaine, Gillibrand Lead Bicameral Push to Fix PSLF Program and Provide America’s Public Servants with Urgently Needed Student Loan Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today led more than 50 colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration to strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and ensure that America's teachers, social workers, public defenders, service members and community health care workers, along with many other public servants, receive the student loan forgiveness they have earned. "Especially … Continue Reading

May 04, 2021

Declaración Del Senador Kaine Sobre Destitucion De Jueces Y Fiscal General En El Salvador

WASHINGTON, DC - El senador estadounidense Tim Kaine, presidente del Subcomité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado sobre Hemisferio Occidental, Crimen Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer, emitió hoy la siguiente declaración sobre el voto de la Asamblea Legislativa salvadoreña para destituir la los principales jueces y fiscal general de la nación: "Al aprobar la decisión del Presidente Bukele de … Continue Reading

May 04, 2021

Kaine Statement on Removal of Judges & Attorney General in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues-released the following statement today on the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly's vote to dismiss the nation's top judges and attorney general: "By rubber-stamping President Bukele's move to fire the country's top judges and attorney general, the Legislative Assembly completely undercuts … Continue Reading

April 30, 2021

Kaine, Graham Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote International Press Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the International Press Freedom Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill that would promote global press freedom by creating a Coordinator for International Press Freedom at the State Department. The legislation would also authorize new funding for programs that help keep foreign journalists safe; use existing funding to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes against journalists overseas; and create a new visa … Continue Reading

April 30, 2021

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021. The CONNECT for Health Act will expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare, make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities, improve health outcomes, and make it easier … Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Menendez, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce New Legislation Barring U.S. Arms Sales to Human Rights Violators

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in introducing the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports Act of 2021. As foreign governments intentionally or inadvertently use U.S.-sold arms and defense services to perpetrate human rights abuses against innocent … Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Kaine Cosponsors Military Justice Improvement Act to Address Sexual Assault in the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on cosponsoring Senators Gillibrand and Grassley's Military Justice Improvement Act to professionalize the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the military: "I have supported dozens of reforms to give the military chain of command more tools to deal with the scourge of sexual assault. But I have been deeply disappointed with the lack of meaningful progress toward making the military a place free from the … Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Kaine & Baldwin Introduce Bills to Strengthen Support for Children at Risk of Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Tammy Baldwin, both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced two pieces of legislation to strengthen America's child welfare system. The Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would address high turnover rates among child welfare workers, and the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act would help prevent the maltreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are more likely to … Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Kaine, Moran, Warner & Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Childhood Cancer Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0. This legislation would provide a new source of funding for the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) by redirecting penalties collected from pharmaceutical, cosmetic, supplement, and medical device companies that break the law to pediatric and … Continue Reading

April 28, 2021

Wicker, Kaine, Collins, King, Shaheen, Wittman, Gallagher Introduce SHIPYARD Act to Support National Defense Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Angus King, I-Maine, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., along with Representatives Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., today introduced the Supplying Help to Infrastructure in Ports, Yards, and America's Repair Docks (SHIPYARD) Act of 2021, which would provide $25 billion to make investments needed to optimize, improve, and rebuild shipyard facilities, electrical infrastructure, environmental … Continue Reading

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