Press Releases

July 31, 2014

Kaine Applauds Grants To Expand Mental Health Services At Seven Virginia Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to support behavioral and mental health services at seven locations across Virginia. The grants, which will go to existing health centers in Alexandria, Danville, Laurel Fork, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke and Saltville, will be used to expand mental health services, as well increase the coordination, collaboration, and integration of … Continue Reading

July 31, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on September 30, 2014. The five-year reauthorization package would incrementally increase the Bank's spending authority to $160 billion from $140 billion over a four-year period, require the Bank to submit reports to Congress detailing its business plan and risk exposure, and ensure the Bank's loan loss ratio is less than two percent for any … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Warner, Cornyn, Kaine, And Risch Introduce Senate Resolution Highlighting Importance Of U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced a Senate Resolution to express the importance of strengthening the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership to promote stability, democracy, and economic prosperity in the 21st century. The Senators call for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be invited to address the United States Congress at the earliest opportunity, and for the U.S. to develop a clear strategic plan for its … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Kaine Meets With White House Drug Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli To Discuss Opioid Crisis In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with White House Drug Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli to discuss the opioid crisis in Virginia and next steps to combat the epidemic. Last month, Kaine praised Botticelli's announcement in Roanoke that the Administration plans to direct $25.5 billion toward public health and criminal justice initiatives that will help tackle rapidly growing rates of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse across the country. "Drug abuse knows no … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Kaine Highlights Medicare Trustees Report, Improved Solvency Of Medicare Thanks To Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered remarks on the Senate floor to highlight the positive findings of the 2014 Medicare Trustees Report released earlier this week. According to the report, the life of the Trust Fund has been extended to 2030, up from its projection of 2017 in 2009, and Part B premiums are expected to stay the same rather than increase for the second year in a row. The report also indicates that reforms … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Senators Kaine and Warner and Representative Scott, Wittman and Rigell Meet with Air Force on Proposed Langley-Eustis Personnel Reductions

(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Scott Rigell (R-2nd) and Bobby Scott (D-3rd) today met with U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ferguson, Deputy Chief Management Officer Mr. Bill Booth and Major General Theresa Carter for a briefing on proposed personnel reductions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. Today's meeting followed a July 15th letter sent to by the Virginia delegation to the Secretary of … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Kaine, Blumenthal, Murphy Introduce Bill To Protect Domestic Violence Survivors From Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to introduce the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, legislation that would encourage states to remove firearms from domestic abusers. The senators presented their bill at a press conference where they were joined by Merry Jackson, whose daughter Lori Jackson was shot and killed this year by her estranged husband, who was under a temporary restraining … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Senators, SBA Administrator: Reauthorize Export-Import Bank To Support Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and a Maryland business owner Tuesday in calling for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank - a key tool to helping small businesses sell their goods overseas and create jobs back home. Without Congressional action, the Bank's charter will expire in 64 days. The Senators called for a long-term extension of the … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of Robert McDonald As VA Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "I'm proud to join my Senate colleagues in confirming Robert McDonald to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. I believe Mr. McDonald - a decorated U.S. Army veteran with years of management experience in the private sector - is the right kind of leader to implement the systemic changes we need at the VA. Along with the bipartisan … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Kaine Statement On Ruling On Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to today's Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage in Bostic v. Rainey: "Today's decision is a victory for the Virginia value of equality. I campaigned against the ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in 2006 and was very disappointed when it passed. I am gratified that the 4th Circuit Court has recognized that this discriminatory … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Caldwell Butler

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of former Congressman Caldwell Butler of Roanoke: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our close family friend, former Congressman Caldwell Butler. Anne and I send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones and the entire Roanoke community. I will always admire Congressman Butler's courageous decision to do what he believed was right, regardless of politics. He will be remembered as an … Continue Reading

July 28, 2014

Kaine Statement On Compromise Deal To Address VA Scheduling Backlog, Wait Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the deal announced by House and Senate negotiators today to improve veterans' access to health care and address serious problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "I'm heartened that bipartisan negotiators were able to reach a deal that will help ensure veterans receive the timely, high-quality care they deserve from the VA," said Kaine, who was an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. … Continue Reading

July 26, 2014

Kaine Statement On Silver Line Opening

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the opening of the Silver Line: "Today is an exciting day. Working on Phase 1 of the Silver Line remains one of the most challenging projects I've worked on in my 20 years of public service. In Northern Virginia, it has been a long-held dream to extend the Metro to this corridor. The Silver Line will boost the regional economy, improve daily life for thousands of commuters, and ultimately enable Dulles to … Continue Reading

July 24, 2014

Kaine Makes Case For Reauthorization Of Export-Import Bank, Highlights Bank’s Value For Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), highlighting how Ex-Im provides critical financing assistance to Virginia businesses that helps them increase their exports and create jobs across the Commonwealth - all at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer. Kaine shared stories of four Virginia companies who have benefited from Ex-Im's assistance: Orbital Sciences Corporation in … Continue Reading

July 24, 2014

Kaine Co-Sponsors Legislation To Improve Post-Secondary Affordability And Job Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, co-sponsored three bills to make post-secondary education and career-training programs more affordable. "The set of bills I am co-sponsoring today represent the type of comprehensive approach we need to make post-secondary education more affordable," said Kaine. "In addition to increasing students' access to Pell Grants and low-risk student loans, it's critical we provide … Continue Reading

July 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Eastern Shore Storm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "I am heartbroken for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives at the Cherrystone Campground today, as well as those who were injured in this storm. I stand ready to help the Eastern Shore community recover in whatever ways I … Continue Reading

July 23, 2014

Warner & Kaine Applaud Dot Proposal To Improve Oil By Rail Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the measures announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments. Following the derailment of 17 tank cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lynchburg in April, Warner and Kaine urged Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to take action on areas of concern raised by the incident. DoT's proposal includes several of the measures Warner and Kaine recommended, … Continue Reading

July 22, 2014

Kaine Hosts Briefing With Ambassador Maen Areikat, Chief Representative Of The Palestinian Delegation In Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, hosted a Senate briefing with Chief Representative of the Palestinian Delegation in Washington Maen Areikat to discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza and the West Bank: "The deteriorating situation in Gaza is one of grave concern, especially the increasing death toll of Palestinian civilians, Israeli citizens, and Israeli soldiers. I … Continue Reading

July 17, 2014

Video & Transcript: On Senate Floor, Kaine Addresses Humanitarian Crisis on the Border & Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Madam President, in the last year, I have been in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to visit Syrian refugees and the organizations that work with them. I have seen the effect of refugees fleeing violence on these nations. Lebanon has four million people. They have to care for a million refugees from Syria. That is one in four members of their population. These countries, especially Jordan and Lebanon, are much smaller than the United States. They are much poorer than the United … Continue Reading

July 16, 2014

Warner, Kaine, Moran Applaud $23 Million Defense Education Grant For Fort Belvoir In Fairfax County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Congressman Jim Moran, applauded Department of Defense approval of a $23,798,603 grant to Fairfax County Public Schools for the renovation, repair and construction of new classrooms at Fort Belvoir Elementary School. The renovation project will help address the school's capacity and building condition deficiencies. Following completion, Fort Belvoir Elementary School will serve more than 1,590 military-connected … Continue Reading

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