Press Releases

January 22, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Confirm General Austin as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement ahead of voting to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin as the Secretary of Defense: "Lloyd Austin is committed to civilian control of the military and is well-equipped to lead the Department of Defense as it protects us from enemies foreign and domestic, including the troubling growth of white supremacist and other extremist mindsets within our own Armed … Continue Reading

January 21, 2021

Senators File Ethics Committee Complaint Regarding Colleagues’ Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) lodged today a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee concerning the behavior of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) related to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As the senators note, the Senate has the exclusive power to determine whether the members' actions violated … Continue Reading

January 20, 2021

Kaine Statement on President Biden’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office during the historic 59th Presidential Inauguration: "Today, we begin a new chapter as President Biden and Vice President Harris restore compassion and competence to the White House. The President and Vice President have shown they are committed to healing our country from the minute they step into office. I'm thrilled to work with … Continue Reading

January 19, 2021

Video: In SASC Hearing, Kaine Raises Concerns Over Rise of Extremism among Servicemembers

You can watch Senator Kaine's full questioning here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nomination of retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine asked General Austin how the military should address the rise of white supremacy and extremism among military personnel. According to a Military Times survey, more than one-third of active-duty servicemembers and more than half of minority servicemembers said they … Continue Reading

January 15, 2021

Virginia Leaders Respond to Bridge Closures for Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and U.S. Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Jennifer Wexton (all D-VA) today issued the following statement on the agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States Secret Service (USSS) authorizing the use of Virginia State Police assets, resources, and personnel, to assist with the closure of bridges spanning the Potomac River during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony: "The 2021 … Continue Reading

January 14, 2021

Kaine Statement on President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the incoming Biden Administration announced its American Rescue Plan, an emergency relief package to address the ongoing economic and public health crises. "I'm encouraged to see the Biden Administration already unveiling a comprehensive plan to better address COVID-19. Their plans to speed up vaccination efforts and deliver direct relief to those hit hardest will provide a ladder for Americans to climb … Continue Reading

January 12, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Announce Bicameral Bill to End Federal Death Penalty

Bill Text (PDF) | One-Pager (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) in announcing the reintroduction of the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021, bicameral legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row. "I have long been morally opposed to the death penalty and believe murder of any sort is … Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined their Senate colleagues in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump Administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the senators call out the Administration's failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan despite having months to do so. … Continue Reading

January 07, 2021

Kaine Statement on Certification of Electoral College Results

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement upon the certification of the Electoral College results: "Today's certification makes official what we have known since November: that at noon on January 20th, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will lead our nation to a healthier, fairer, more prosperous future. "But we all must condemn-in the strongest possible terms-the attempt yesterday to rob the American people of their duly elected … Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Video: Kaine on Senate Floor Urges Colleagues to Oppose Challenges to Electoral College Votes

You can watch the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to his GOP colleagues' objection to certifying the Electoral College votes. Kaine highlighted the danger of the GOP's objection. He also talked about the responsibility of his colleagues to honor the will of the American people. "We should be coming together today, after acts of violence, as the United States Senate to affirm the votes of all who cast ballots in … Continue Reading

January 01, 2021

Kaine Statement on Senate Vote to Override Trump Veto of National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted 81-13 to override President Trump's veto of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "I'm glad my colleagues on both sides of the aisle stood by our servicemembers and rejected President Trump's veto. For 60 years in a row, the NDAA has provided necessary support for our troops and national security. Today's vote sent a … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

Kaine Statement On Trump Veto Of National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed both the House and the Senate with strong bipartisan support: "By vetoing this bipartisan legislation, President Trump ekes out one final betrayal of our nation's military. The President's veto stands in the way of a pay raise for troops, veteran suicide prevention, … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud Passage Of Government Funding Bill That Includes COVID Relief

Bill to offer millions of Americans COVID relief and avert a government shutdown heads to the President's desk WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan, bicameral spending bill to fund federal programs crucial to Virginia and keep the federal government open through 2021. The legislation also includes comprehensive measures to help Americans amid the ongoing economic and public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 … Continue Reading

December 18, 2020

Va. & Md. Senators Urge Incoming Biden Administration to Protect TPS Holders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today sent a letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging him to take swift action once confirmed to protect 58,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients living in Virginia and Maryland alone. Currently, TPS status for thousands of beneficiaries continues to be in jeopardy due to ongoing … Continue Reading

December 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.8 Million in Federal Funds to Boost Economic Independence in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,879,967 in federal funding to help Virginians in 19 localities reduce their dependency on federal assistance and rental subsidies. The funding, awarded through the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will help connect Virginia families to public and private resources that help them increase their earned income and transition to more stable … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Kaine Statement on Commission Selection of Barbara Johns to Represent Virginia in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the Commission on Historical Statues' selection of Barbara Johns to represent Virginia in the U.S. Capitol Building: "Brave, patriotic, and pioneering, Barbara Johns represents the best of Virginia. Her statue will serve as a testament to the power of young people who stand up for themselves, their peers, and their rights under the Constitution. 'And a little child shall lead them.'" When Kaine was … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

Kaine Statement on Bipartisan COVID Relief Bill, Inclusion of His Job Training Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine-a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus-released the following statement today upon the announcement of a deal on a $748 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief bill: "While not perfect, the compromise delivers relief that's far overdue: jobless benefits, small business loans, funds for vaccine distribution and health care providers, housing assistance, food … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

Kaine Statement on Passing of Bob Bloxom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of Robert "Bob" Bloxom Sr., who served as Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry during Kaine's term as Governor: "Bob Bloxom was the epitome of public servant-dedicated, kind, devoted to the beautiful Eastern … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $7 Million to Mitigate Flooding in Portsmouth

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7,485,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to construct a new stormwater pump station in the Olde Towne Historic District of Portsmouth. It's estimated that this project will reduce the flooding risk for the entire Olde Towne Historic District, including 210 buildings, and protect an area of approximately 23 acres. "We're pleased to … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Congress Passes Kaine Cosponsored Bill to Strengthen Partnerships between HBCUs and Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congress passed the HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (PARTNERS) Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine to strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country's more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including the five HBCUs in Virginia. The bill is now on its way to the President's desk for signature. "HBCUs play a crucial role in providing students a quality … Continue Reading

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