Press Releases

November 23, 2020

Kaine Statement on Blinken, Mayorkas, Thomas-Greenfield, Haines, Sullivan, Kerry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President-elect Biden's decision to nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Ambassador to the United Nations, and Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence as well as his decision to appoint Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor and John Kerry as … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Manchin, Brown, Casey, Kaine, Warner Urge MSHA to Take Immediate Action to Protect Miners from Silica Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) urged the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to take immediate action to protect miners from excess silica exposure after the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on the inadequate measures currently in place to protect miners from the harmful carcinogen linked to deadly respiratory diseases such as black … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine, and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump that would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise. "We cannot allow the President to deny federal employees crucial workplace protections," said Senators Warner and Kaine. "Our federal workforce has been under unprecedented attacks by this … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Kaine Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq: "We need to bring our troops home, but we must do so as part of a strategy that does not jeopardize the safety of Americans in the U.S. and abroad. There was no doubt the final days of this Administration would be tumultuous, but the haphazard nature of President Trump's … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Blunt, Kaine, Cleaver, & Stivers’ Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Tim Kaine (Va.), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.) and Steve Stivers (Ohio), announced that the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act passed the Senate and is on its way to the President's desk. The bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. "The incredible ability, excitement, and sportsmanship that baseball icons like … Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $94 Million in Federal Funds for Transit Systems in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Prince William County will be awarded $94,489,915 in federal funding for public transit. The funding was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine, and will support operating, administrative, capital, and preventive maintenance costs for Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Potomac and Rappahannock … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Kaine on Senate Floor to GOP Colleagues: “Put our country first”

You can watch the full speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging his Republican Senate colleagues to support the necessary, peaceful post-election transition process from the current Administration to the incoming Biden-Harris Administration. "With COVID cases rising, hospitalizations increasing, deaths tragically multiplying, and people and businesses still suffering, we should be laser focused on crushing this virus and … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Kaine Statement on DOJ’s Finding of No Misconduct in 2006 Epstein Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Office of Professional Responsibility's (OPR) finding that, while U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta's 2006 non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein demonstrated "poor judgment," Acosta and others in his office did not commit prosecutorial misconduct or violate the law: "How is letting a child sex trafficker walk free anything but gross professional misconduct? How is keeping the plea deal secret from the … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge General Services Administration to Begin Official Post-Election Transition Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy calling on the GSA to begin the official post-election transition process so that the incoming Biden Administration may utilize all available resources and funding to ensure a smooth transition into the President-elect and Vice President-elect's new official capacities. The letter follows a recent report stating that GSA Administrator Murphy … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Kaine Statement on Affordable Care Act Case before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement as oral arguments in California v. Texas begin at the Supreme Court: "It's a sad day when the Administration argues Americans' health insurance premiums should go up, millions with pre-existing conditions should be denied coverage, and young adults should be kicked off their parents' plans. As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments over the fate of the ACA this morning, I pray the justices do the right … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Kaine Statement on Firing of Secretary Esper

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: "Secretary Esper has served this nation honorably despite the many challenges posed by this President. This country owes a significant debt of gratitude to Secretary Esper and the countless public servants at DOD that will have to work in the tumultuous remaining weeks ahead of the Trump … Continue Reading


November 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.5 Million for Affordable Housing across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,526,115 in federal funding to help Virginians access affordable housing across the Commonwealth. The funding was awarded through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, and authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "As housing insecurity continues to rise for many Virginians due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever, Congress needs to offer … Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $1.5 Million for High-Speed Broadband in Rural Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $1,532,367 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide broadband service to rural areas in Virginia through the ReConnect Program, to which Congress allocated $550 million. The funding will be used to install a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will connect 1,964 residents, 34 businesses, 27 farms, a fire station, and two post offices to high-speed broadband internet in … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Rural Minority-Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) have introduced the Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act, which would authorize the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the Department of Commerce to establish up to 10 business centers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to serve rural and underserved communities. MBDA's existing Minority Business Centers are concentrated in select urban areas in 18 states, leaving vast … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $14.4 Million for Rail Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will receive $14,420,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program. This funding will go towards replacing an existing double-track rail bridge with two new double-track rail bridges, expanding passenger rail capacity in the Washington, D.C. to Richmond, VA … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Kaine Statement on Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: "I voted not to confirm Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court. After declaring the Senate shouldn't confirm a new justice during an election year in 2016, Senate Republicans have abandoned their own rule so they can ram through their own nominee in hopes she will strike down the Affordable Care Act. I strain to recall ever before witnessing such … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Video: Kaine Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Opposition to Judge Barrett Nomination

You can watch the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor speaking out against the rushed nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In his remarks, Kaine shared his belief that the Senate should focus on passing COVID relief rather than breaking precedent to rush a nominee who could help take away health care from millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic. "Why rush this nomination, ignoring Senate … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Video: Kaine on Senate Floor Highlights Stories from Virginians Who Depend On ACA, Importance of Protecting Critical Care

You can watch the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor on what's at stake for millions of Americans as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could eliminate the Affordable Care Act. Kaine shared stories from concerned constituents across Virginia - including New Castle, Vienna, Hampton, and Henrico - who have received life-saving care thanks to the ACA, and urged his colleagues to help protect the law so that these … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $7.8 Million for Substance Use Disorder Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7,829,980 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to support treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and drug court programs across the Commonwealth. The funding will go toward the development, improvement, and expansion of four different treatment programs designed to address substance use disorders. "We're pleased to announce these federal funds to support treatment services and enhance public … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Young, Kaine Call on Pope Francis to Denounce Religious Persecution and Human Rights Abuses in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today sent a letter to Pope Francis concerning the treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically persecuted the Uyghur Muslim population of Xinjiang for years. The Vatican is currently in the process of negotiating a renewed agreement with the CCP concerning the Pope's role in the appointment of Chinese Bishops. The Senators are encouraging the Pope to … Continue Reading

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