Press Releases

January 24, 2020

Va. Delegation Pushes Army National Guard to Include New Richmond Aviation Facility in DoD Budget

~ Letter urges the Army National Guard to prioritize the new Richmond aviation facility, current facility no longer suits operational needs ~ WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and the entire Virginia congressional delegation urged the U.S. Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va. as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). With the current facility already impacting mission execution, the funding will … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Expedited Review of Va. Plan to Regulate Hemp Production

~ Expedited review would allow the General Assembly to adequately address any issues and provide certainty to growers ahead of 2020 growing season ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the General Assembly session scheduled to adjourn in March 2020, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading


January 22, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Want Answers After Reports that Pentagon is Holding Up Info for Veterans and Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Tammy Baldwin and nine of their colleagues today to ask the heads of all U.S. Military branches for answers following media reports that they have stopped releasing vital information about Military Discharge Review Board Decisions that can help veterans change or contest their discharge status and access earned benefits and resources. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that veterans and their advocates who seek to change … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Senator Kaine Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

"Our Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to declare war," said Senator Kaine (D-VA). "And every member of Congress should have the courage to vote and be held accountable for the question of whether a war with Iran or any war is a good idea… Congress should weigh in on whether a military mission is worth risking our troops' lives and health. We can't consign our troops to possible bloodshed unless Congress votes that military action is in the national … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Warner, Kaine, Luria Push for Inclusion of Study to Reduce Sea-level Rise in Hampton Roads

~ Letter requests that the Virginia Beach Regional Coastal Storm Risk Management Study be included in the Army Corps FY 2020 Work Plan ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting that the Virginia Beach Regional Coastal Storm Risk Management Study be included in the Army Corps FY 2020 Work Plan. The study was authorized in … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.5 Million In Funding For UVA & VT To Support Agricultural Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,549,891 in federal funding for the University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Tech to improve resources for the U.S. agricultural industry and rural communities. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT) Initiative, which focuses on data-driven solutions to address problems facing the agricultural industry. "We're pleased to … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $300,000 In Federal Funding For AmeriCorps Projects In Lynchburg And Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $306,492 in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support two new AmeriCorps VISTA projects in Lynchburg and Abingdon. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program dedicated to reducing poverty in America. "We're pleased to announce these grants to strengthen valuable volunteer work in these regions," the Senators said. "This … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Warner & Kaine Praise Senate Passage Of USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): "USMCA is an important, bipartisan win for Virginia. Expanding access to Canadian agricultural markets will open up new opportunities for Virginia farmers. Holding Mexican companies to higher labor and environmental standards will help level the playing field for American workers and companies. And efforts to streamline and … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Warner, Kaine Praise General Assembly Passage of Equal Rights Amendment

~ In a historic vote, Virginia steps forward as the final state needed to add amendment to the Constitution ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today released the following statement after the General Assembly passed a historic resolution to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): "It's about time for women's equal rights to be explicitly declared in our Constitution and we're thrilled that Virginia will be the last … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $286 million to Combat Flooding in Buchanan & Dickenson Counties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $286.9 million in federal funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete long-standing projects in Buchanan and Dickenson counties. The funding is made available through the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, a bipartisan bill supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine that was signed into law on June 6, 2019 to help communities construct flood and storm damage reduction … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Va. Congressional Delegation Requests OMB Support for Norfolk Harbor Project

~ Letter requests that Army Corps issue a New Start designation to ensure timely completion of the Norfolk Harbor widening and deepening project ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) led the entire Virginia congressional delegation in sending a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting a New Start designation for the Norfolk Harbor widening and deepening project in the Army … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Kaine Joins Murray, Democrats to Criticize FDA E-Cigarette Policy Riddled With Loopholes for Kid-Appealing Flavors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined ranking member Patty Murray and 28 of their Democratic Senate colleagues to send a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn criticizing the FDA's decision to break the Trump Administration's promise to clear all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products from the market by announcing a weak policy that includes huge exceptions … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Warner & Kaine Request Federal Funding for Amtrak in Virginia

~ Letter to U.S. Dept. of Transportation supports joint application by Virginia and Amtrak for matching federal funds to improve rail service ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of Virginia's joint application with Amtrak for matching … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Kaine Announces Support For USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement announcing support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) ahead of votes in Senate committees on the deal next week: "Canada and Mexico are two of Virginia's largest trading partners, and maintaining a strong trade relationship with them is critical for businesses and farmers across the Commonwealth," said Kaine. "My test for whether I'd support USMCA has always been whether the deal includes strong protections … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Rubio Joins Risch, Cardin, Cruz, Kaine in Welcoming Swearing-In of Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in issuing the following joint statement in support of Juan Guaidó's reelection as President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as Interim President of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolás Maduro's regime and … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Warner & Kaine Bill To Protect Wilderness In Bath County Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner applauded Senate passage of the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act, a bill they introduced to add a total of 5,600 acres to two existing wilderness areas within the George Washington National Forest in Bath County: the Rough Mountain Wilderness area and the Rich Hole Wilderness area. A wilderness designation is the highest level of protection for public land under federal law. These additions were recommended by the U.S. … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Warner and Kaine Applaud more than $96,000 in Funding to Support Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $96,425 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the loading and unloading of barges and research vessels at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Wallops Island. The grant was awarded through the Maritime Administration's Marine Highway grant program. "We are glad to see these federal dollars go towards helping equip MARS with the resources it needs to continue to carry … Continue Reading


January 06, 2020

Kaine On Iran War Powers Resolution: “Congress Must Act To Shoulder Its Responsibility”

Watch the floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech calling for passage of his war powers resolution that would force a debate and vote in Congress to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran. In the speech, Kaine outlined a series of activities that have raised the risk of war with Iran and discussed the serious consequences for our nation and the world. "Every member of Congress should vote, and then be accountable for, the … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Kaine Files War Powers Resolution To Prevent War With Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, introduced a war powers resolution to force a debate and vote in Congress to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran. Senator Dick Durbin is an original cosponsor of the legislation. "For years, I've been deeply concerned about President Trump stumbling into a war with Iran. We're now at a boiling point, and Congress must step in before Trump puts even more of … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Kaine Statement On U.S. Airstrike That Killed Qassim Suleimani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after President Trump directed the Pentagon to launch an airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander General Qassim Suleimani: "As I have warned for years, Trump's decision to tear up a diplomatic deal that was working and resume escalating aggressions with Iran has brought us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. Qassim … Continue Reading

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