Press Releases

January 29, 2015

Kaine Introduces Pre-K Act To Expand Access To Early Childhood Education

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The PRE-K Act will help more kids enter kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing federal-state partnerships that incentivize states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand those programs to serve more children in need. "Expanding access to early … Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Kaine Announces New Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will serve as the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development for the 114th Congress. Kaine will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, which … Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Kaine: It’s Imperative That We Reverse Sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a hearing with the four Joint Service Chiefs on the impact of sequestration on national security. In his opening comments, Kaine expressed serious concern over the harm sequestration continues to inflict on the U.S. military during a period of intense global challenges. "Since August of 2011, as you've also testified, the world hasn't gotten simpler," Kaine said to the four … Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Warner, Kaine Call For Passage Of Homeland Security Funding Bill Without Extraneous Policy Riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Together with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. "As we rapidly approach the date on which the Department of Homeland Security's funding expires, and as law enforcement officials face major threats to our nation's safety and security, we write with one simple request: work with us to … Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Statement of U.S. Sen. Warner & Kaine on Interior Department’s Mid-Atlantic Offshore Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following joint statement on the U.S. Interior Department's release today on the 2017-2022 draft strategy for offshore oil and gas leasing. Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act, which provided for revenue sharing for Virginia and participating coastal states: "This is a significant step in a multi-year process that should result in the safe, responsible … Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Kaine To Open Southwest Virginia Regional Office In Abingdon

RICHMOND, VA - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his Southwest Virginia regional office will move from Norton to Abingdon on February 2nd, 2015 in order to better accommodate all constituents across the region, from Blacksburg to the Cumberland Gap. The new office location will be 121 Russell Road, Suite 2 in Abingdon. "For the past two years, the people of Norton have welcomed me and my regional staff as a part of their community," Kaine said. "Our Southwest Virginia office covers … Continue Reading

January 23, 2015

Kaine Joins 30+ Colleagues To Reintroduce Disclose Act To Crack Down On Secret Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five years after the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Sheldon Whitehouse, and more than 30 of their colleagues reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would crack down on secret money by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner. "The DISCLOSE Act would make long-overdue changes to our nation's campaign laws by … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Kaine Statement As Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Housing Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement surrounding oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project before the Supreme Court. "As a fair housing attorney for nearly two decades, I specialized in representing people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. I know that discrimination in housing does not have to be intentional to result in unfair and damaging effects on … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Bipartisan Virginia Delegation Expresses Support For 11 Aircraft Carrier Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Dave Brat, Don Beyer, and Barbara Comstock wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing their continued support for the 11 aircraft carrier fleet in advance of the release of the President's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. In 2014, the House and Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Kaine Statement On President Obama's State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight: "In reflecting on the significant economic progress we've made over the past six years, President Obama made a strong case for why America is well-positioned for success, as well as what it will take to ensure all Americans see it - and feel it - in their daily lives and communities. By announcing key workforce, education and training initiatives, help for … Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Kaine, Portman To Renew Push For CTE Ahead Of State Of The Union

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, announced that they will renew their push for CTE by sitting together during the State of the Union and introducing bipartisan legislation to better prepare students for 21st-century jobs. The Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act, sponsored by Portman, Kaine, and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), would raise the quality of Career and Technical … Continue Reading

January 19, 2015

Kaine Statement At Conclusion Of Congressional Delegation To Israel, Saudi Arabia And Qatar

JERUSALEM - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today at the conclusion of a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar: "Four days of intense dialogue with Saudi Arabian, Qatari, Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as representatives of moderate Syrian opponents of the brutal Assad regime, offered significant insight into a range of tough challenges in the region - … Continue Reading

January 19, 2015

Kaine Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

JERUSALEM - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his legacy of non-violent social change and justice. Dr. King's tireless work for the rights of his fellow citizens still inspires Americans to strive to better themselves, as well as their communities. Dr. King spent his life reaching across the old lines of division to find common ground and advance the … Continue Reading

January 18, 2015

Kaine Arrives in Israel With Bipartisan Congressional Delegation After Visits to Saudi Arabia and Qatar

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, today arrived in Israel as a part of a bipartisan congressional delegation to meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian government leaders to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues and reaffirm their support for the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership. Prior to Israel, the delegation also visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Delegation members include Senators John McCain … Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Kaine Statement On Marilyn Tavenner Decision To Step Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to step down: "From serving as my Secretary of Health and Human Resources in Virginia during a recession, to overseeing health care services for millions of Americans following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Marilyn has been an exceptional leader whose experience as a nurse and hospital administrator … Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Sens. Warner & Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Startup Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today led a bipartisan group of six Senate colleagues in introducing The Startup Act to jumpstart investment and job creation by new businesses. The bipartisan legislation makes a series of targeted proposals in tax, regulatory and immigration policy. It would create both Entrepreneur and STEM visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial immigrants educated in the U.S., allowing them to stay here and create jobs. The … Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Kaine Statement On Retirement Of State Senator Linda “Toddy” Puller

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on State Senator Linda "Toddy" Puller's announcement that she will retire after 23 years in public office: "For more than 23 years, Toddy Puller has passionately served the people of Northern Virginia. Toddy's public service career has been dedicated to uplifting all Virginians, but her primary legacy will be the incredible work she has done to support Virginia veterans. Her tireless advocacy for initiatives such as … Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Kaine Statement On Vice President Biden’s Cybersecurity Visit To Norfolk State University

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the visit by Vice President Biden and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to Norfolk State University (NSU) to announce $25 million in grants for historically black colleges and universities to invest in cybersecurity training: "Improving our nation's cybersecurity will require collaboration among all stakeholders, and I'm pleased Norfolk State will play an important … Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill To Require Two-Year Federal Budgeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have introduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act of 2015 in an effort to reform Congress' budgeting process. The legislation would convert Congress' annual budget and appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle, with one year for budgeting and appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs. The bill requires the president to submit a two-year budget at the … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Kaine To Serve On Armed Services Seapower And Emerging Threats Subcommittees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced that U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will serve on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and will continue serving on the Seapower Subcommittee for the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee on Seapower has jurisdiction over Navy and Marine Corps programs as well as strategic lift programs and other maritime issues. During his first two years on the Committee, Kaine helped lead efforts to maintain the 11 aircraft carrier … Continue Reading

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