Press Releases

September 18, 2020

Kaine Statement On Justice Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Justice Ginsburg's legacy lies in a legal system far fairer than the one she found as one of only nine women in her first-year Harvard Law class. As a litigator, she rid our country of statutes that discriminated against women who were breadwinners and men who were child-rearers. As a justice, her majority opinions opened Virginia's last all-male public school to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine, Murray Demand Investigation into Transfer of ICE Detainees from COVID Hotspots to Farmville as Part of Efforts to Send More Federal Agents to End D.C. Protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine, and Patty Murray wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into the June 2020 transfer of immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention to Farmville, Virginia. The transfer, which was reportedly part of the Trump Administration's efforts to send more federal agents to Washington, D.C., to end racial justice protests, led to a … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $9.5 Million to Support Virginia Firefighters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia Fire Departments will receive $9,571,649.04 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program supports local fire departments by providing funds for new equipment and training. "Our firefighters put themselves in harm's way every day. It's critical that the federal government provides them with the tools … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine Demand Information on Administration’s Efforts to Protect Older Americans Exploited by Drug Traffickers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have requested information from the Departments of State and Homeland Security about their efforts to protect unwitting older Americans tricked into trafficking drugs internationally. In two letters-one to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the other to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Tony Pham, and Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2.2 Million in Federal Funding For Tropical Storm Michael Repairs in Pittsylvania County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $2,271,091.11 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to repair damages to Ringgold Rail Trail and Sandy Creek Bridge from overland and waterway flooding in Pittsylvania County. "The damage to Ringgold Rail Trail and Sandy Creek Bridge caused by tropical storm Michael in Pittsylvania County in 2018 has had lasting impacts for residents, travelers, and commuters in the region. The … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Kaine Statement on 19th Anniversary of 2001 AUMF, Drone Strike Authorities in Kenya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the 19th anniversary of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and reports that U.S. Africa Command is requesting new authorities to carry out armed drone strikes in Kenya: "On the 19th anniversary of a war authorization that multiple presidents have used to justify military action all over the globe, the current administration is considering stretching it even further to carry out drone … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Commemorate Moton Museum in Farmville & Other Brown V. Board of Education Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Chris Coons and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to introduce legislation to honor and commemorate the historic sites that contributed to the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The bill would recognize the importance of the additional sites that catalyzed litigation in Delaware, South Carolina, Kansas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., -- including the Robert Russa Moton … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.2 Million in Funding For Economic Development in Martinsville and Blacksburg

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)'s Economic Development Administration (EDA) had awarded $1,282,917 in federal funding to promote entrepreneurship, startup creation, innovation, and commercialization in Martinsville and Blacksburg. "This funding is another step in the right direction, helping to boost startups through investments in technology, health, and life sciences," said the Senators. "By … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Warner, Kaine Push for TPS Protections in Next COVID-19 Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pushed to protect thousands of essential workers in the National Capital Region including those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), whose eligibility is in question due to ongoing legal efforts by the Trump Administration to terminate the program. In a letter, the Senators urged Senate leaders to include an automatic extension of work authorizations for TPS recipients, such as those from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $5.1 Million in Federal Funding To Prevent Violence Against Women in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Marion, and Richmond

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $5,115,615 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Marion, and Richmond. "Community-based intervention programs are an invaluable tool in the fight against violence against women," said the Senators. "We are pleased to announce these critical funds to … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Celebrate House Passage of Bill Renaming Hopewell Post Office after Civil Rights Leader Rev. Curtis West Harris

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) celebrated that the bill to rename a Hopewell, Va. post office as the "Reverend Curtis West Harris Post Office Building" passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill, introduced by U.S. Representative A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), honors the life and legacy of Reverend Curtis West Harris, who long fought for racial justice and equity. Reverend Harris served as pastor of Hopewell's Union Baptist Church for nearly fifty … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner, Kaine on New Report Regarding Farmville Detention Center COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement following a report that the Trump Administration transferred detainees from COVID-19 hotspots in Florida and Arizona in order to access additional federal agents to end peaceful protests in Washington, D.C.: "We are outraged by the recent news report. The transfers callously put federal employees, the Farmville community, and detainees at risk, in what appears to be an effort to add more federal … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce $14.4 Million in Funding To Address Congestion in Norfolk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $14,400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to address traffic and connectivity issues in Norfolk, VA. The funding follows aggressive advocacy by Sens. Warner and Kaine, who personally sent letters to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in support of the City of Norfolk's application for DOT's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. "We're proud … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $35 Million for Affordable Housing Across Virginia Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $35,719,247 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia, particularly in communities whose households face a higher rate of eviction. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funding is part of the $5 billion in supplemental CDBG funding authorized by the CARES … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Warner, Kaine Statement on McConnell COVID-19 Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today before voting against moving forward on Senator McConnell's latest attempt to pass a "skinny" COVID-19 relief bill: "We're not going to vote for a half-baked relief bill, pat ourselves on the back, and call it a day while families are left out in the lurch. The two of us are ready to vote for meaningful relief for small businesses and struggling families but not for something that deprives … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Warner, Kaine Statement on Confirmation of Thomas Cullen as Western District Court Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the Senate voting to confirm Thomas Cullen as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia: "We're pleased to see the Senate confirm Thomas Cullen to this judgeship. We're impressed with his record of prosecuting white supremacists in Charlottesville, and we believe he will serve the Western District well." Mr. Cullen has served as the United States Attorney … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Express Outrage at Report of Ongoing, Toxic Workplace Culture at Metrorail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint response to The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Safety Audit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This was the first audit of the safety commission since it was established in 2017, two years after the death of Carol Glover in a smoke-filled Yellow Line train. "We are appalled and disappointed by the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2.8 Million for Virginia Highlands Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $2,888,888 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend a runway at the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon, VA. The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A portion of this funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Kaine Urges State Department to Insist On Safety & Fair Trial for Paul Rusesabagina

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee On Africa And Global Health Policy, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for the State Department to communicate with the Government of Rwanda to ensure the safety and fair treatment of Paul Rusesabagina. This past week, Rwandan officials arrested Rusesabagina-the inspiration for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda-for various charges his family has denied. Rusesabagina has … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million in Federal Funding for Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements in Pulaski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,250,000 in federal funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to update the Town of Pulaski's wastewater treatment facility and construct a pump station. "We are glad to know that these federal dollars will be put to use in Pulaski to update their wastewater infrastructure and strengthen the local economy," said the Senators. In addition to the facility improvements, this funding will help … Continue Reading

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