Press Releases

March 19, 2013

Blumenthal, 13 Other Senators Send Letter Asking Secretary Kerry To Urge Morsi, Other United Nations Members To Renounce Statements Made Against Women By Muslim Brotherhood

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Al Franken (D-MN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to urge Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other members of the United … Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Kaine Launches Senate Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched his official Senate office Twitter and Facebook accounts today. The accounts will provide constituents with updates on Kaine's daily activities in the Senate, travels across Virginia, information on agency assistance, and constituent service updates. "I'm excited to reach out to Virginians through Facebook and Twitter to show them what I'm working on in Washington and across the Commonwealth," said Kaine. "I hope they don't hesitate to … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Kaine Statement on Virginia's Move to Accelerate Offshore Wind Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcement that allows Virginia to pursue a research lease to help accelerate the development of offshore wind turbines: "This is good news for the Commonwealth. Virginia's geography and coastal infrastructure make it an ideal place for offshore wind. This effort will create jobs and produce energy from an inexhaustible … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Kaine Applauds Passage of Budget Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised the passage of a Fiscal Year 2014 budget out of committee. The budget is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the coming week. "Passing a budget out of committee, something that has not been done in years, is an important next step in our return to a normal budgetary process and a rejection of governing by crisis. As a new member of this committee, I was proud to vote that Senate pay should be … Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

Kaine Statement on Senate Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the budget proposal introduced today: "As a new member of the Budget Committee, I'm glad to be a part of this process and pleased we're returning to normal budgetary order. I believe the Senate budget is a good one for the country and a good one for Virginia. It offers the right values and priorities and takes the right approach to spending reductions and revenues. While the … Continue Reading


March 12, 2013

Kaine Calls on Senate to Pass Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Armed Services committees, delivered a speech on the Senate floor today urging his colleagues to pass the proposed spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year - the next step toward returning to an orderly budget process. Kaine argued that while appropriations for the current fiscal year should have been completed last fall, the spending bill introduced in the Senate is an opportunity to bolster funding for … Continue Reading


March 11, 2013

Kaine Statement on Co-Sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his co-sponsorship of the Paycheck Fairness Act: "I am proud to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act - an important next step toward ensuring equal pay for equal work. This legislation builds on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, providing women with additional tools to address wage discrimination. This isn't just a women's issue, it's a family issue. Reducing the persistent wage gap is good for Virginia … Continue Reading


March 08, 2013

Kaine Tours HDT Robotics, Discusses Need For Budget Certainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, visited HDT Robotics today for a discussion about budget uncertainty and the need for Congress to finish FY2013 appropriations and pass an FY2014 budget. Kaine began with a discussion on how Congress' habit of "budgeting by crisis" has affected businesses like HDT Robotics. During a tour of the Fredericksburg defense contractor, he discussed his efforts to find opportunities to replace the … Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

Kaine Discusses Virginia Impacts of Budget Uncertainty, Operations at Armed Services Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, today discussed the impact of sequestration and continued budget uncertainty on Virginia and the nation's military readiness during a hearing with General James N. Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, and Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. The hearing follows Kaine's visit to the Pentagon yesterday to meet with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

Kaine Statement On Burwell Nomination To Be OMB Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): "I look forward to considering President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Burwell is a proven leader with decades of experience and a track record of bipartisanship in … Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

Kaine Meets with Pentagon Officials on Budget Uncertainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, today met with top officials at the Pentagon, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno, to discuss the impact of sequestration in Virginia. The discussions covered the 90,000 civilian employees at the Department of Defense (DOD) who will be furloughed, reductions to military base operations across the … Continue Reading


March 01, 2013

Kaine Statement on the 52nd Anniversary of the Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Chair of the subcommittee that oversees the Peace Corps, released the following statement today on the 52nd anniversary of the Peace Corps: "Fifty two years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps, I am proud of all the Peace Corps volunteers who make the brave choice to dedicate their time to serve others, including my niece, who just returned from 27 … Continue Reading


March 01, 2013

Kaine Signs Amicus Brief Challenging DOMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine signed an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court today by 212 members of Congress challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which created a federal definition of marriage for the first time. The brief concludes there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married same-sex couples the same legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to all other married couples, and that DOMA undermines the … Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

Kaine Statement on Sequester Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the sequester votes in the Senate today: "Today, the Senate acted on two bills related to the harmful sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect tomorrow. I voted to support consideration of a bill that offered a balanced, specific and accountable approach to replace these cuts entirely. And I voted against consideration of an all cuts approach that would shock Virginia's economy. "I supported the Murray/Mikulski … Continue Reading


February 27, 2013

Kaine Delivers Maiden Floor Speech on Sequester Threat to Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor today, addressing the devastating impact Virginia stands to bear if sequestration takes effect on Friday, March 1. Advocating a path forward to avert these damaging cuts, Kaine cited the recent passage of a transportation bill in the Virginia General Assembly - one that includes revenue as part of a balanced package - as proof that good faith compromise is still possible, and something leaders of both … Continue Reading


February 26, 2013

Kaine Statement on President Obama, Reps. Rigell and Scott's Visit to Newport News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to the visit by President Barack Obama, U.S. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) to Newport News Shipbuilding: "I'm pleased President Obama and Representatives Rigell and Scott visited Newport News Shipbuilding today in Virginia to help give voice to the thousands of workers who stand to be affected by sequester … Continue Reading


February 26, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers, Air Travel Organizations Call on Congress to Avoid Sequestration

Arlington, Va.- Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and representatives from U.S. air travel associations and employee organizations today called on Congress to find a solution to address sequestration. The lawmakers joined air travel groups at a press conference warning travelers of the possible impact of drastic cuts to agencies that ensure safe and efficient air travel for nearly two million travelers every day. "Sequestration will not just impact federal … Continue Reading


February 25, 2013

Kaine Announces Additional Members of Senate Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today announced additional members of his Virginia and Washington, D.C.-based Senate staff. "I'm proud to announce such a talented and diverse set of individuals have joined my Senate team," Kaine said. "John Knapp and his team bring years of experience as well as a deep understanding of the Commonwealth to our operation that will serve Virginia well. And in Washington, this team of policy experts is already hard at work helping me navigate a wide … Continue Reading


February 23, 2013

Kaine Statement on VA General Assembly Transportation and Medicaid Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today released the following statement on the state of negotiations in the Virginia General Assembly over a comprehensive transportation proposal and expanding Medicaid: "I am heartened by the General Assembly's discussion about compromise solutions for Virginia's transportation and health care needs. The Governor wants to invest in Virginia's transportation system and legislators of both parties are working to come together. Many legislators, … Continue Reading


February 21, 2013

Kaine Continues Defense Tour in Staunton, Stafford & Quantico

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, continued his defense tour across Virginia today with stops in Staunton, Stafford, and Quantico to discuss the harmful impact budget uncertainty and sequestration are already having on military readiness and the future of our national defense. Kaine began the day in Staunton, meeting with members of the Virginia National Guard 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and touring their facilities. The 116th … Continue Reading

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