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  • — by Julian Sadur
    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) spoke out Wednesday about Trump and the Republican party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trump had said during his first press conference that the repeal and replace would happen simultaneously. Kaine said the probability of that happening would be highly unlikely. "I think it's unrealistic to think you can repeal and then pass something the same day that hasn't been vetted at all, because if you do that you have no way of knowing whether the rep...Continue Reading

  • — by Dave Ress
    Sen. Tim Kaine has been trying for more than two years to get Congress to consider a formal authorization for the use of military force in the struggle against the Islamic State -- and it looks now as if his effort is about to become a Senate Armed Services Committee priority. Yesterday, after again making his point that the Constitution requires Congress to approve the dispatch of American military men and women into harms way, Kaine sparked this response from comm...Continue Reading

  • — by Susan Larson
    The Affordable Care Act enabled me to start my own business, because it provided me individual, affordable access to health care. There have been challenges with the system -- online glitches, confusing rules, and rising prices -- but these issues could be tweaked. Congressional Republicans are threatening to repeal the law immediately, without any alternative in place. This action would leave millions of Americans without health insurance. A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and ...Continue Reading

  • — by Bill Bartel
    U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine will be among those asking questions this week as Senate committees begin publicly vetting President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. The two Virginia Democrats said Monday they won’t pass judgment until after the hearings, but they expressed deep concerns about some candidates – given their limited experience, incomplete background checks or views on how they might run their department of the government. They were supportive of other ...Continue Reading

  • — by Kellie Meyer
    A job fair combining the cyber world with the workforce is giving students with a thirst for technology a path forward. "When I came into Virginia Tech I knew I wanted to play with computers but I didn’t really know where I wanted to go," Virginia Tech senior Jonathan Defreeuw said. Defreeuw received a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, a program designed to increase the number of government jobs in cyber security. Now he’s joining hundreds of other scholarship students hoping ...Continue Reading

  • — by Allison Brophy Champion
    With Donald Trump set to assume the presidency on Jan. 20, a battle is brewing in Congress over his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act even as legislators decide on its replacement. The Virginia delegation is weighing in from both sides. On Wednesday, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Richmond, posted on Twitter that congress needed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market solutions to reduce costs, saying President Barack Obama’s signature legislation had resulted in skyrocketing costs...Continue Reading

  • — by Louis Nelson
    Republicans are preparing to drive American healthcare off a cliff by repealing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Tim Kaine said Thursday morning, and if they do, they should not plan on getting help from Democrats to help pick up the pieces down the road. Instead, Kaine said, the time to fix the healthcare legislation is now. “Look, can this law be improved? Can the health care system be improved? Sure it can and we ought to be working together to do that,” the former Democratic vice p...Continue Reading

  • — by Dave Ress
    The story of a Williamsburg couple's rekindled hopes of starting a family wasn't enough to convince the Senate to go along with Sen. Tim Kaine's call to slow the Republican majority's rush to repeal Obamacare. Kaine took his Democratic caucus's lead Thursday to insist that Congress had to have a replacement ready to go before repealing or reforming the Affordable Care Act, hoping to amend fast-track legislation to dismantle the controversial health insurance law. But Senate Majori...Continue Reading

  • — by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear
    With Republican leaders pressing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, possibly within weeks, moderate Senate Democrats reached out on Thursday to Republicans, appealing for them to slow down the repeal efforts and let lawmakers try to find acceptable, bipartisan changes to make the existing law work better. Democrats also had new reason to hope for possible Republican defections after Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin said that the repeal measure would cut off federal funds for Planned Parentho...Continue Reading

  • — by David Nakamura
    Midway through a Senate committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats Thursday, Sen. Tim Kaine took a moment to settle a score against an old nemesis — retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. Kaine (D-Va.), the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the presidential election in November, lit into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be national security adviser for promoting “fake” news stories on social media during the 2016 campaign that “most fourth-gr...Continue Reading

  • — by Michael Martz
    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is taking a lead role in a Democratic effort to block the quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead advocate reforms to the law that he says would protect access to health care, affordability and quality of care. In a 23-minute speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, Kaine, D-Va., introduced an amendment to the fast-track budget process pushed by Republicans to repeal the health care law President Barack Obama signed in 2010. The amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Chr...Continue Reading

  • — by Bob Stuart
    It is quiet now and a time of reflection for Sen. Tim Kaine. Less than two months after a bruising presidential campaign in which Kaine visited more than 40 states as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, he is at peace and looking forward. The disappointment of the loss of the presidency to Republican Donald Trump is behind Kaine. He is looking ahead to a January return to the 115th Congress. “Things happen for a reason,’’ Kaine said during a recent interv...Continue Reading

  • — by Dave Ress
    When Sen. Tim Kaine heads back to Washington next month, he's bringing some messages from a unique Peninsula program for moms and moms-to-be struggling to recover from addiction. One is from Jamie Watford and her tiny 6-week-old, Evan. She was lucky enough to find a place in the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board's South-Eastern Family Project. But when she moved there from jail, a pregnant cellmate stayed behind, she told Kaine during the senator's visit to the family proje...Continue Reading

  • — by John Adam
    Sen. Tim Kaine came to Petersburg National Battlefield yesterday to see firsthand some of the land that will soon be incorporated into the battlefield. It was a symbolic victory lap for Kaine, who with other Virginia lawmakers has spent years on legislation that wold expand the battlefield to more than 7,000 acres, tripling its size and making it the largest military park in the nation. Though the effort took more than a decade, Kaine expressed happiness that the government was able to get it d...Continue Reading

  • — by Angela Woolsey
    The Metro Silver Line had at least one new passenger Tuesday morning: Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. Fresh off his unsuccessful vice presidency bid, the senator boarded a train at the Tysons Corner station around 9:00 a.m. and got off at the Wiehle-Reston East station about 20 minutes later, occasionally pausing on the platform to greet, shake hands and even take a selfie with surprised constituents. Of course, Kaine wasn’t riding Metro just on a whim. He was on a sch...Continue Reading

  • — by Chris Thomas
    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is making a push to have high-speed rail lines travel through Richmond. Sen. Kaine gave us a hard hat tour of he newly renovated Main Street Train Shed.  You can't miss the massive glass building along I-95. That renovated structure is part of a big effort to bring high speed rail service to the metro and beyond.  "This will be a transportation hub for road, for rail, and for commuters," said Sen. Kaine. "And what we are trying to do... basically is in the Northeast...Continue Reading

  • — by Martine Powers
    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) may not have been around the region much in the past few months, but he still knows a little something about what it’s been like for his constituents suffering through SafeTrack since the summer. “Northern Virginians are the savviest commuters on the planet,” Kaine said, sitting near the back of a bus zooming west on Interstate 66. When faced with scheduled disruptions, like the seven Metro maintenance “surges” that have struck Virginia since ...Continue Reading

  • — by Editorial Board
    ONLY CONGRESS has the power to declare war. It’s explicitly written in Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.” And if that’s not clear enough, a few sentences later in the enumeration of Congress’s power...Continue Reading

  • — by Trevor Baratko
    A landmark health care and medical research bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, is heading to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature after overwhelming approval from both chambers of Congress. The Senate passed the measure 94-5 on Wednesday, while the House approved on a 392-26 vote last week.All of Loudoun County's federal lawmakers – Sen. Mark Warner (D), Sen. Tim Kaine (D) and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) – voted in favor of the proposal, which aims to speed up the Food a...Continue Reading

  • — by Allison Brophy Champion
    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, recently renewed his call in the halls of Congress for legislative approval of the ongoing U.S. war against the Islamic State. In doing so, the onetime vice presidential candidate who is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee mentioned the death on Thanksgiving Day in Syria of Naval Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, a Virginian. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, was a bomb specialist who died in a improvised explosive device blast, be...Continue Reading