Press Releases

April 22, 2020

Kaine Pushes For Urgent Job Training Investments In Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined more than 20 of his colleagues in a letter, led by Senators Jeff Merkley and Richard Blumenthal, pressing Senate leadership to include critical workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) funding in the next coronavirus relief bill. The letter comes as nearly 22 million workers filed for unemployment in the course of a month and as the economy shed nearly all of the jobs gained over the past five years. "Although unemployment … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Coronavirus Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan coronavirus relief package that provides $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (including $60 billion for women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses in rural communities), $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, $75 billion for health care providers, and $25 billion for testing. "This legislation will … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Senators Push Veterans Affairs Secretary for Information on Personal Protective Equipment for Employees Amid COVID-19

~ Alarming media reports highlight many VA staff are working without PPE, penalized for following health guidance from public health authorities ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pushing for more information regarding the personal protective equipment (PPE) available to its employees at hospitals, clinics and other facilities … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Dedicated, Flexible State And Local Government Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues to call for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. While Virginia has received $3.3 billion to support its COVID-19 response, the Senators are pushing for the next emergency coronavirus relief package to provide assurances that funding can be used to prevent potentially devastating budget cuts and that localities … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Emergency OSHA Standard To Protect Essential Workers In COVID-19 Response Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following concerns about worker safety in Virginia, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Tammy Baldwin and 32 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer calling for any future coronavirus response legislation to include a requirement that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to guarantee protections for all essential … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Kaine And King Lead Call For Investments To Address Mental Health Needs Resulting From COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King led 18 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators highlighted the threat COVID-19 poses to several particularly vulnerable populations, including people in marginalized communities with … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bill To Require Federal Government To Collect And Report Demographic Data On Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Elizabeth Warren to introduce the bicameral Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and fatality rates, and provide a summary of the final statistics and a report to Congress within 60 days after the end of the public health emergency. It … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $156 Million in Funding to Support Virginia Students

~ First half of higher education funding under CARES Act will cover basic essentials for Virginia students during the health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded more than $156 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education to support Virginia students. The federal funding was made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $309 Million for Airports Across Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $309,729,392 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide economic relief to 47 airports across the Commonwealth. "The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our economy and our airports are no exception. In fact, the necessary precautions we have taken to slow the spread of the virus have hit our airports especially hard," said the Senators. "That's … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge Virginia's Inclusion in U.S. Department of Agriculture Online Purchasing Pilot Program Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

~ Program aims to reduce food insecurity during health crisis by allowing SNAP recipients to order groceries online ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging for swift approval of Virginia's request to participate in the agency's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Pilot Program. This program allows SNAP recipients to use their benefits to purchase items online with … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Warner, Kaine Join Colleagues in Pushing for More Information, Transparency on Coronavirus Testing

~ Press Coronavirus Task Force for plan to address testing shortfalls ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and 43 other Senators in calling on the Coronavirus Task Force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan Push To Support Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Senators warn that instances of domestic violence and sexual assault are likely to increase as a result of stay-at-home orders-and request that any future legislation to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) provides funding to support victims and survivors, including through programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of more than 30 colleagues to request that any future … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Kaine Statement On Signing Of Historic Gun Safety Legislation In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after Governor Northam signed into law several gun violence prevention measures: "These commonsense reforms are an enormous achievement that will make Virginia communities safer. We have seen the scourge of gun violence in the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Virginia Beach and the all too common shootings in our cities and towns. As elected officials, it's our responsibility to learn painful lessons and take … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Kaine Statement On House Signing 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 his bipartisan war powers resolution was signed by the House. The resolution, which would prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization, passed the House last month after passing the Senate in February. It will next go to the Senate for signature and then be presented to President Trump for … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Warner & Kaine Press Trump Administration For Plan To Secure Medical Supplies Needed For Virginia’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as Virginia faces medical supply shortages, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine wrote to Vice President Mike Pence and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor asking for the Trump Administration's plan to help Virginia hospitals and health care providers obtain medical supplies critical to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, the Senators highlight concerning reports of the federal government redirecting significant shares of medical supplies meant for … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Peters, Hassan, Murphy & Kaine Lead Colleagues in Pressing Administration for Information on Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) led the Senate Democratic Caucus in raising serious concerns about the Trump Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the President has declared a national emergency and mobilized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help distribute supplies, FEMA is currently relying on … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $21 Million In Federal Funding To Support Virginia Health Centers Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $21,295,240 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Virginia health centers. These grants were awarded as part of the coronavirus relief package signed into law last month. "This federal funding will support centers who are doing life-saving work in their communities during this crisis," the Senators said. "We're pleased to see these federal dollars go towards … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Kaine, King, & Coons Urge Banks To Give More Small Businesses Access To Payment Protection Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chris Coons, and Angus King wrote a letter calling for banks to remove barriers to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that limit access to many small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses in rural communities. Currently, most banks are restricting applications to existing customers, which leaves many small businesses with delayed access to the program. The letter underscores the critical … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Kaine Pushes Education Department To Fix PSLF ‘Pay Ahead’ Glitch For Borrowers During The Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement calling on the Department of Education to immediately fix a glitch in the Public Service Loan Relief (PSLF) program that penalizes borrowers who pay more than their minimum required monthly loan payments. This so-called "pay ahead" status leads borrowers to unknowingly make payments that do not qualify toward loan forgiveness under … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Funding to Support Local Journalism Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

~ Virginia newspapers have already reduced pay and furloughed staff to deal with loss of advertisement revenue during health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined their Senate colleagues in a letter calling for funding to support local journalism and media to be included in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senators warn that the … Continue Reading

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