Press Releases

January 14, 2015

Sens. Warner, Kaine Applaud Over $18M in USDA Funding for Chesapeake Bay Projects

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's announcement today that Virginia projects will receive over $18 million in federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). USDA announced today that the RCPP will allocate more than $370 million in competitive grants for conservation projects across the country for the next two years. As part of the 2014 … Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Kaine Invites Botetourt County Educator To State Of The Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his guest at Tuesday's Presidential State of the Union Address will be Lisa Barnett, Coordinator for Career and Technical Education for Botetourt County Public Schools. Kaine, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, has made improving CTE one of his top priorities in the Senate. Kaine grew up working in his father's ironworking shop and spent a year as a missionary in Honduras where he worked … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Cabell Brand

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of Cabell Brand: "Cabell Brand was a champion of the poor and the underserved. His vision was for every child to have an education, enough food to eat, and the opportunity to contribute to society. He worked to make this vision a reality by founding Total Action for Progress, which has helped lift families in Virginia out of poverty for nearly 50 years. Mr. Brand's humanity will leave a lasting … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Kaine Urges Iraqi Prime Minister To Act On Country's Pressing Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with seven other senators, sent a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi regarding humanitarian aid for the nearly two million Iraqis displaced by the violent campaign of ISIL. "We have heard firsthand about the suffering and harsh conditions facing these men, women, and children-many of whom have taken refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan region," wrote the Senators. "These civilians are in dire need of basic necessities-food, clean … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Kaine Meets With VA Secretary McDonald To Discuss Issues Facing Virginia Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to discuss challenges facing Virginia veterans, including issues with disability benefits and health care wait times: "I had a very positive meeting with Secretary McDonald this morning to talk about a number of concerns I've heard from veterans across Virginia and ask how I can be helpful to … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s Cybersecurity Announcements Including $25 Million In Grants For Historically Black Colleges & Universities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, released the following statement today on the new cybersecurity initiatives announced by President Obama in Arlington today: "I applaud the President for his enduring commitment to improving our nation's cybersecurity. Cyber threats pose a significant risk to every part of our increasingly connected society and addressing the problem will require a unique, sustained collaboration … Continue Reading

January 12, 2015

Kaine: Keystone XL Would Accelerate Tar Sands Oil & Take U.S. In The Wrong Direction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine reiterated his opposition to legislation that would mandate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In advance of a procedural vote on the bill this evening, Kaine praised the United States for its recent global energy leadership and warned that approval of Keystone XL would accelerate the development of dirty tar sands oil and move U.S. energy policy in the wrong direction. "Why embrace dirty energy when America is … Continue Reading

January 09, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Virginia Delegates To Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the two Virginia students selected to represent Virginia in the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program. David Patterson Cohn of Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville and Caleb Alexander Visser of Jamestown High School in Williamsburg will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as spend a week in March participating in many enriching activities in Washington. These activities will include major … Continue Reading

January 09, 2015

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s Community College & Technical Education Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, released the following statement on the America's College Promise proposal President Obama will announce today: "I applaud the President for his bold proposals to make two years of community college free to responsible students and to fund technical training programs that focus on work-based learning opportunities. In Virginia alone, community and technical colleges play … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Kaine To Serve As Democratic Lead Of Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was named Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness for the 114th Congress. The subcommittee, which Kaine has been a member of for the past two years, has jurisdiction over training, logistics and maintenance issues for our Armed Forces, as well as military construction projects, contracting and acquisition issues, base realignment consideration, resourcing of shipyards and arsenals, such … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Kaine: U.S. Has Been At War With ISIL For Five Months Without Congressional Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today, five months after the start of U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIL on August 8, 2014: "Today we enter the sixth month of war against ISIL without Congressional authorization. Until December, when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took the important first step of debating and approving a specific Authorization For Use of Military Force … Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Kaine Co-Sponsors Legislation To Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and 40 of their Senate colleagues, have introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the new 114th Congress and provide equal treatment for all married couples. Kaine had co-sponsored the original version of the Respect for Marriage Act when it was introduced in the 113th Congress following the Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Windsor, which … Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Price Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Aging Committees, joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and four other colleagues to introduce the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best possible price of prescription medication for America's seniors who are enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law bans Medicare from bargaining with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices. The bill … Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Streamline American LNG Exports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has joined Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and six other colleagues to introduce the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. The bipartisan legislation will speed up the approval process for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. It specifically requires the Secretary of Energy to make a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days after the environmental review … Continue Reading

January 06, 2015

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications For U.S. Attorney For The Western District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to fill the seat left vacant by Timothy Heaphy, who left office in December after five years of distinguished service. "The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia plays an integral role in protecting a geographically diverse region on a wide range of issues - from human trafficking, narcotics, and gang violence to white … Continue Reading

December 23, 2014

Kaine Weighs In On National Strategy To Prevent Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 20 of his colleagues to write a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the national strategy to address opioid abuse being developed by HHS. In the letter, Kaine and his colleagues urged HHS to focus on overdose education, access to substance abuse treatment services, and the distribution of naloxone, an antidote that stops the effects of an opioid overdose for a short period of time. Specifically, they … Continue Reading

December 22, 2014

Virginia Delegation Calls For Consideration Of Joint Base Langley-Eustis For New Air National Guard Cyber Operations Squadron

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a joint letter, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and U.S. Congressmen Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman and Gerry Connolly urged the Director of the Air National Guard to consider the Virginia Air National Guard at Joint Base Langley-Eustis as a designation for an Air Force Space Command's Cyber Operations Squadron (COS). "Our nation's defense depends upon a robust and innovative cyber force that is trained and ready to respond to dynamic … Continue Reading

December 19, 2014

Kaine Battlefield Protection Bill Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), was signed into law by President Obama today following passage by both houses of Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 last week. The legislation reauthorizes a National Park Service program that partners with landowners to … Continue Reading

December 18, 2014

Kaine Meets With Eastern Shore Chamber Of Commerce, Visits House-Raising Project In Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his three-day tour through Virginia with a visit to Melfa to deliver remarks at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast. Throughout his remarks, Kaine highlighted the importance of workforce development and economic growth in the region. Following the Eggs & Issues breakfast, Kaine traveled to Norfolk to receive a briefing on the city's efforts to plan for sea level rise and visit the site of an ongoing … Continue Reading

December 18, 2014

Warner, Kaine, Connolly Applaud Closing On Final TIFIA Loans For Silver Line Construction

WASHINGTON - Members of Virginia's congressional delegation applauded news that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has closed on the final two low-interest loans to fund construction of Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and retiring Congressmen Jim Moran and Frank Wolf worked for months with Secretary Foxx and his predecessor Ray LaHood to secure a total of $1.9 … Continue Reading

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