Press Releases

February 27, 2014

Kaine Decries Assad Regime’s Use Of “Forced Starvation And Forced Sieges” As Weapon Against Syrian People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria. Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, recently traveled to the region and reflected on the widening dimensions of the civil war, its spillover effects in neighboring countries like Lebanon, and the complicity of Russia in the Assad regime's war crimes. He also shined a spotlight on … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin Introduce Career & Technical Education Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to encourage educators to promote career and technical education (CTE) as an option for students. In addition to recognizing the importance of career and technical education in preparing a skilled workforce, the resolution also designates the month of February as "Career and Technical Education Month" to celebrate CTE programs across the United States. Last … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Eastern District Court Of Virginia Nominee Hannah Lauck At Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced Hannah Lauck, nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Hannah Lauck has an excellent record as a prosecutor and a magistrate judge, and her peers praise her character and integrity," Sen. Warner said. "Her career now comes full circle as she is nominated to fill the seat Judge James Spencer, one of her … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

In Middle East Subcommittee Hearing, Kaine Calls Lebanon “Overlooked Neighbor” In Syrian Crisis

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, chaired a hearing on recent political and security developments in Lebanon. With more than one million Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon, the hearing focused on the impact of the Syrian civil war, as well as what more the international community can do to provide assistance. "Lebanon is at a crossroads," said Kaine. "The Syrian … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Kaine Presses Department Of Defense Nominees On Defense Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Department of Defense (DoD) nominees on the impact of the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget on national security priorities, including the critical importance of maintaining an 11-carrier fleet, based on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's preview yesterday. Kaine, who is strongly opposed to any reductions to the 11-carrier Navy, pressed Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Work … Continue Reading


February 23, 2014

Kaine Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a week-long trip across the Middle East, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, released a statement on the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Syria approved yesterday: "While it has taken too long for the U.N. Security Council to act - largely due to Russian obstruction - this resolution, if fully implemented, is a good step forward. I believe humanitarian … Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

In Egypt, Kaine Meets With Virginia Servicemembers

CAIRO, EGYPT - On the final day of a week-long tour across the Middle East, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, visited the Multinational Forces and Observers Mission (MFO) South Camp in Sharm el Sheik and met with *servicemembers from Virginia. The MFO mission helps maintain the 1981 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. Along with troops from 13 … Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

In Egypt, Kaine Meets With Government Officials, Youth Leaders & Opposition Members

CAIRO, EGYPT - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs had substantive discussions today with Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Kaine also met with youth leaders, opposition party members, civil society, and Egyptian business leaders. In meetings with the government officials, Kaine expressed support … Continue Reading


February 19, 2014

During Visit To Lebanon, Kaine, King Meet With Prime Minister Salam, President Sleiman, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander, Unhcr Official

BEIRUT, LEBANON - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, made a two-day visit to Lebanon as part of their wider trip to the region. The Senators had substantive discussions with President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander … Continue Reading


February 17, 2014

Kaine, King Meet with Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Business Leaders, Israeli Justice Minister and Members of Israeli Knesset

RAMALLAH and JERUSALEM - Today U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees had substantive discussions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. They also met with a group of … Continue Reading


February 16, 2014

In Israel, Kaine, King Visit Iron Dome Site, Meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ya'alon

JERUSALEM - Today U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, visited an Iron Dome site near the Gaza border, as well as had substantive discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. During the meetings, Senators Kaine … Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

Advisory: Senators Kaine, King To Travel To Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, will depart today for a week-long trip to the Middle East. Senators Kaine and King will visit Israel and the West Bank. Senator Kaine will also visit Egypt. In Israel, Kaine and King will visit an Iron Dome … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Statement On Senate Vote To Repeal Military Pension Reductions For Current Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D. C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to repeal pension reductions for current servicemembers included in the Bipartisan Budget Act: "Today the Senate came together to repeal pension reductions that would have harmed our veterans and military families. I have been fighting to repeal these reductions since December and I'm relieved we can now give military veterans and their families the peace of mind they deserve. I am disappointed … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Statement On Preventing Default On America’s Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today after the Senate voted, 67-31, to suspend the debt ceiling and prevent default on America's fiscal obligations. "After coming together to pass a bipartisan budget agreement, as well as an appropriations package and a farm bill, I'm extremely heartened that Congress has again chosen economic certainty over crisis-budgeting and brinksmanship. I hope the American people … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Announces Additional Member Of Senate Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced today that Diane Kaufman will serve as Regional Director for Eastern Virginia. "I'm proud to announce that Diane Kaufman will join my state team as Director of my Eastern Virginia regional office," said Kaine. "Located in Virginia Beach, this office performs important casework, constituent services, and outreach to individuals and groups throughout the area stretching from Williamsburg through Hampton Roads and across to the Eastern … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Amendment To Reverse Military Retiree COLA Reduction, Close Offshore Tax Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced an amendment to the Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act that would find alternative savings through closure of an offshore tax loophole to replace the cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees. The amendment mirrors legislation introduced by the Senators in December 2013 that would replace the pension reductions with new legislation that could raise as much as $6.6 billion … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Kaine Introduces Arlington’s Chris Lu At Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced Deputy Secretary of Labor nominee Christopher Lu of Arlington, Virginia at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pension (HELP) Committee. Kaine highlighted Lu's wide breadth of experience, including his roles as White House Cabinet Secretary and Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), as evidence of his tremendous qualifications to serve as the … Continue Reading


February 10, 2014

Kaine Praises Senate Progress Toward Repeal Of Military Pension Reductions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to advance legislation to repeal the military pension reductions included in the Bipartisan Budget Act: "Today the Senate took an important step toward the repeal of military pension reductions that unfairly impact our veterans and military families. Since December, I have fought to reverse this provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act by introducing legislation to replace these reductions and … Continue Reading


February 07, 2014

Kaine Visits Jobs Center In Richmond

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited a Resource Workforce Center in Richmond this morning to speak with employees and unemployed workers searching for jobs. During his visit, Kaine discussed the importance of extending emergency unemployment benefits for up to 1.7 million Americans as they look for work. "Today I heard from folks in my hometown who have spent months searching for work as they struggle to support their families," said Kaine. "The gridlock in Congress over … Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority of Senators blocked yet another vote on passage of emergency unemployment insurance legislation today: "I regret that a minority of Senators continue to block us from restoring emergency unemployment benefits for up to 1.7 million Americans, including more than 10,000 Virginians. In addition to hurting workers searching for jobs as they struggle to support their families, this also harms our economy. … Continue Reading

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