Press Releases

May 14, 2014

Kaine Announces Support For Dual Enrollment Bill To Help Students Afford College

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored the Supporting College Access and Success Through Dual Enrollment Act, legislation to help students earn college credits in high school in order to cut the cost of earning a college diploma. Kaine has long-supported dual enrollment programs as a tool to help bring down college costs for families. The Supporting College Access and Success Through Dual Enrollment Act would provide grants to states to expand programs that allow high … Continue Reading

May 12, 2014

Kaine Discusses Regional Transportation Needs At Northern Virginia Roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion at the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission today with Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue, Northern Virginia county and local officials, members of the Virginia General Assembly, representatives of Northern Virginia regional transportation bodies, and policy experts to discuss regional transportation priorities and options to pay for much-needed infrastructure. Throughout the discussion, … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Kaine Introduces Bill To Extend & Reform Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing a bipartisan effort to honor the service of civilians assisting the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to introduce the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Kaine, Shaheen, McCain, Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ron Kirk (R-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH,), … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Kaine, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure Military Servicemembers’ Preferences On Pay & Benefits Are Considered By DOD Review Panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Servicemembers' Compensation Empowerment Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that would direct the Department of Defense's (DoD) Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to formally take preferences of military personnel on their pay and benefits into account as the Commission prepares to issue a comprehensive set of cost-saving recommendations in February 2015. As of now, no … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Kaine Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement to recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Kaine, who recently hosted an Asian American roundtable with community leaders and small business owners, praised the many contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to the country. "The story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation's history has been one of struggle, resolve and lasting accomplishments. The month of May … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Warner, Kaine Praise Lifting Of China’s Ban On Virginia Poultry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised the announcement that Virginia poultry exports will resume to the People's Republic of China after seven years. In March, Warner and Kaine wrote to Ambassador Max Baucus encouraging him to support efforts to end the ban on Virginia poultry exports, which has cost Virginia poultry producers millions of dollars in lost export opportunities annually. "This is great news for Virginia poultry growers," said Warner and Kaine. … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Kaine Visits Site Of Future Foreign Affairs Security Training Center At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today visited Fort Pickett, Virginia and Nottoway County's Pickett Park, which was recently selected as the site for a new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) to train U.S. diplomatic and government personnel assigned to high-threat posts around the world. After a multi-year exhaustive search, the Administration determined Fort Pickett is the best site to meet the State Department's operational requirements, and take advantage of synergies … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Sens. Warner & Kaine Call For Improved Crude Oil Rail Safety, Better Communication With First Responders Following Lynchburg Train Derailment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine called for improved safety for rail shipments of crude oil and increased collaboration with local first responders following last week's derailment of 17 rail tank cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lynchburg. An estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil was released into the James River following last week's derailment and resulting fire. The senators expressed their concerns in a letter today to U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) … Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

Kaine Urges United Nations To Immediately Address Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, called for urgent action to halt the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Syria and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2139. Kaine believes the UN has authority under international law to organize a robust and aggressive cross border assistance effort … Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Kaine Addresses Women In Combat Symposium

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a symposium on Women in Combat Units: The Experiences of Partner Nations on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine reiterated his strong support for the decision to lift the ban on women in combat. Kaine, along with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, sponsored the symposium, which included firsthand accounts from women who recently returned from serving in combat. "It is a fundamental civil rights issue that men and women are … Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Sens. Warner and Kaine Urge FCC to Consider Rural Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to express support for its targeted experiments to expand affordable, quality broadband to rural America, and urged the FCC to consider Virginia as the process moves forward. "Access to broadband is no longer a luxury and the current divide between urban and rural area access to modern communication is unacceptable," the Senators said. "We need to continue to enhance efforts to … Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Bipartisan VA. Delegation Announces Final Approval Of $1.9 Billion Loan For Rail To Dulles

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Northern Virginia congressional delegation today announced that the Dulles Metrorail Project has received final approval for a nearly $1.9 billion low-interest, long-term federal loan. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signed the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program loan after the U.S. Department of Transportation Credit Council voted to approve it. This financing represents the largest loan in the TIFIA program's … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation that would raise the minimum wage: "Today, I voted to advance legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, which could give nearly 750,000 Virginians a raise. I'm discouraged that many of my Senate colleagues chose to block a bill with such broad, bipartisan support from the American public. Raising the minimum wage is about giving hard-working people a chance … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statements On Mark Of The House Subcommittee On Seapower And Projection Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statements on the mark of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces released today: "This is a great example of the bipartisan Virginia Congressional delegation working together to get the maximum service life from our aircraft carriers and maintain the 11 carrier fleet," said Warner. "Representative Forbes and the House Armed Services Committee deserve credit for thoroughly … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Kaine Statement On Extension Of In-State Tuition To Virginia DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement today that Virginia students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, or DREAMers, will now be eligible for in-state tuition at Virginia's public community colleges and universities: "Attorney General Herring's announcement that Virginia DREAMers will now qualify for in-state tuition at Virginia's public community colleges and universities is … Continue Reading

April 28, 2014

Warner and Kaine Statements On U.S. Navy Commitment To Build Ten Additional Submarines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statements on the announcement of a multiyear, $17.6 billion contract for construction of 10 Virginia-class submarines, two ships per year from 2014 to 2018: "Today's announcement that the Navy has committed to purchasing 10 submarines over the next five years is great news for Hampton Roads and Virginia," Senator Warner said. "This multi-year buy further strengthens the partnership between the Navy and … Continue Reading

April 28, 2014

Kaine Calls For Investigation Of Bonuses Reportedly Awarded To IRS Employees With Conduct Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to Katherine Archuleta, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and John Koskinen, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called for swift action in the wake of recent reports that millions of dollars' worth of pay and awards were given to IRS employees who had conduct issues resulting in disciplinary actions and to employees who owe delinquent taxes. "Incidents like that of the IRS are unacceptable and cannot go … Continue Reading

April 25, 2014

Kaine Calls On Dod To Grant Religious Accommodations To Sikhs Serving In The Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led 14 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calling on the Department of Defense to modify its regulations on appearance so that patriotic Sikh Americans can serve in the U.S. Armed Forces while abiding by their articles of faith. "Despite their achievements, Section 4(g) of the revised Instruction would require religiously observant service members to remove their head coverings, cut their hair, or shave their … Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Palestinian Unity Pact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the announcement of reconciliation between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas today, as well as its impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "It is disappointing to see events in recent weeks that have driven the Israelis and Palestinians further apart in the important quest to find a … Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Silver Line Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the announcements by MWAA and WMATA regarding substantial completion of the Silver Line: "I am pleased MWAA is now able to certify substantial completion of the Silver Line. Though the delays have been frustrating, safety must always be the top priority. I hope the additional time has provided for the most stringent safety measures to be taken, and look forward to WMATA taking possession of the line and … Continue Reading

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