Press Releases

March 18, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Call For Direct Cash Assistance To Help Americans Weather Economic Fallout Of Coronavirus Outbreak

Senators Propose Bold Plan to Lift Up Families Hurt by Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the economic fallout of the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak escalates, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer outlining a bold new proposal to provide Americans with direct cash payments. "Over the course of just one week, most of America went from business-as-usual to a virtual shutdown. Workers have seen … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Urge President To Use Existing DPA Authority To Address Shortages Of Medical Equipment Needed To Combat COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 27 of his Senate colleagues in urging President Trump to use his existing authority to help address widespread shortages of medical equipment as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to President Trump, the Senators pushed the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extraordinary circumstances, and to direct the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Kaine Demands Answers From Trump Administration On Shortage Of COVID-19 Testing Kits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Elizabeth Warren and 14 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir, coordinator for diagnostic testing efforts, requesting information on the Trump Administration's failure to ensure that diagnostic tests are available for the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Warner And Kaine Press Coronavirus Task Force On Safety In Nursing Homes And Preparedness For Seniors, People With Disabilities

State officials announced a case of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility in Virginia today WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined more than 30 of their Democratic colleagues to press the Coronavirus Task Force on their preparedness and response plans for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Senators sent three letters to the Trump Administration regarding the safety of people living in nursing homes, the ability of seniors living in the community to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Trump to Immediately Maximize Telework for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with 24 of their colleagues, in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing agencies to utilize telework capabilities to the maximum possible extent. While the Administration has issued guidance recommending agencies expand their telework capabilities, too many federal employees are still required to come to work in-person when they … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Urge Financial Regulators to Take Measures to Protect Hospitality and Tourism Industry Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to the financial regulators asking them to take action to mitigate the adverse impacts of the coronavirus on workers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The letter was sent to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency; Jelena McWilliams, Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Provide Unemployment Assistance To Those Affected By Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine cosponsored legislation to provide federally-funded unemployment assistance to affected individuals. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act would create a temporary unemployment compensation program to provide benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of the coronavirus. "The spread of COVID-19 risks serious economic impacts on American workers and families, especially those who are financially … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect Quarantined Workers From Being Fired Or Punished By Employers Amid Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in introducing legislation to prohibit employers from firing, punishing, or otherwise discriminating against a worker who is quarantined or isolated-or who is caring for a family member in quarantine or isolation-amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Especially during this public health emergency, we need to ensure that workers have strong … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Warner And Kaine Introduce Legislation To Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

Bill Would Provide Free Diagnostic Testing And Related Health Care Services For Americans Receiving Tests To Confirm Coronavirus Infection WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined their colleagues in introducing the Free COVID-19 Testing Act, legislation that would expand free tests to confirm coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Free COVID-19 Testing Act would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related health care services for … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Urge Trump To Consider Letting States Use Disaster Relief Fund To Combat Coronavirus

Senators Emphasize That Use Of $40+ Billion In Funds Could Alleviate Strain On Local Governments And Would Help Mitigate Disease Spread, Save Lives, And Protect Public Health And Safety WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined his colleagues in a letter urging President Trump to immediately consider any disaster declaration requests so states can utilize the $42.6 billion currently available in the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Kaine Statement On House Passage Of His Bipartisan War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after the House passed his bipartisan war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization by a vote of 227-186: "For years, Congress has abdicated its responsibility on matters of war, but now a bipartisan majority in both the Senate and House has made clear that we shouldn't be … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Warner And Kaine Push DeVos To Issue Clear Guidance For Schools And Families Following Widespread School Closures

Senators push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Ranking Member Patty Murray and 29 of their Democratic colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clear guidance for school districts and institutions of higher education, as well as families and students, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

As Coronavirus Cases Expand Across U.S., Kaine Cosponsors Emergency Paid Sick Days Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, cosponsored emergency paid sick leave legislation to provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of the coronavirus crisis and in preparation for future public health emergencies. The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). "A public health crisis like the coronavirus underscores the urgent need to pass … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Secretary Chao in Support of Long Bridge Project

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Connolly, Scott, Wittman, Griffith, Beyer, McEachin, Cline, Riggleman, Wexton, Luria and Spanberger sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's (DRPT) application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Long Bridge Project. "Long Bridge, the most heavily traveled railroad bridge connecting Washington, D.C. to Virginia … Continue Reading


March 07, 2020

Warner & Kaine Statement On Virginia Case Of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on today's announcement that a Marine at Fort Belvoir in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus: "We are carefully monitoring the case of the coronavirus announced in Virginia today and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the Commonwealth is getting the federal support it needs to respond. This week, we voted to pass a bipartisan emergency funding bill that directs needed … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Va. & Md. Senators Urge WMATA to Prioritize Employee and Rider Safety Amid Coronavirus Threat

~ Letter follows first cases of the coronavirus in the DMV ~ WASHINGTON - Today, amid reports of the first cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the national capital region, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) urged the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to continue to work to ensure the safety of employees and travelers who rely on Metro trains, buses, and other facilities. In a letter to WMATA … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Blunt & Kaine Commend Unanimous Senate Passage of Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

WASHINGTON ­- Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Tim Kaine (Va.) announced that the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act has unanimously passed the Senate. Their bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.) and Steve Stivers (Ohio) have introduced companion legislation in the House. "Several of the game's greatest and most iconic players … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Warner & Kaine Vote to Pass $7.8 Billion Coronavirus Response Legislation

~ Bipartisan legislation includes millions in additional funding for local efforts in Virginia to protect against and prepare for coronavirus ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a statement today after the Senate approved a bipartisan emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) on a 96-1 vote: "We are pleased that Congress quickly passed this important coronavirus response package on a bipartisan basis, and with sufficient funding to meet … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Kaine Calls On HHS & DHS IGs To Investigate Reported ‘Weaponizing’ Of Confidential Therapy Sessions To Deport Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 20 of their Senate colleagues in pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General to review the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) reported disclosure of confidential information from children's therapy sessions to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for use in efforts to … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge Department of Education to Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income Schools

~ Virginia schools received more than $2 million through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program last year - funding now in jeopardy due to sudden change in how eligibility is calculated ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter with a bipartisan group of Senators expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for 800 rural, low-income schools across the country. In … Continue Reading

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