Press Releases

January 25, 2013

Senator Kaine Participates in Roundtable with Vice President Biden to Discuss Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today joined Vice President Joe Biden, Representative Bobby Scott, mental health experts, and law enforcement officials from Virginia for a roundtable discussion to highlight strategies to reduce gun violence. The event at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond acted as a forum for Kaine and others to outline measures that were taken after the Virginia Tech tragedy to curb incidences of gun violence and mass shootings. In remarks following … Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following his first vote as a senator. Kaine voted in favor of the compromise reached to reform the filibuster: "I was honored tonight to cast my first vote as the Commonwealth's newest U.S. Senator and I'm pleased it comes in favor of a measure to reduce some of the gridlock that has frustrated all Virginians. The Senate has been in desperate need of filibuster reform and today's compromise will make it more difficult … Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Sen. Kaine Announces Support for Sen. Kerry Following Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today participated in the confirmation hearing of Secretary of State nominee Senator John Kerry, his second hearing with the Foreign Relations Committee. Following the hearing, Kaine announced his support for Kerry's nomination based on his strong qualifications and distinguished record. "I look forward to casting my vote for Senator Kerry to be our next Secretary of State," Kaine said following the hearing. "His decades of service in the Senate and … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Senator Kaine Applauds Decision to Lift Ban on Women in Combat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine issued the following statement today regarding expected action by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to overturn the 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to ground combat units: "I support the recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to allow women to fully serve to the best of their abilities in the military. Despite the 1994 executive prohibition, women have been serving in combat zones and facing personal risk for some time. Some have … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Senator Kaine Participates in First Committee Hearing, Questions Secretary Clinton on Benghazi Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine participated in his first hearing as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, questioning Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her testimony on the tragic attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that cost four American lives. In his opening statement, Kaine praised Clinton for her extraordinary service to the nation and the world. "I think the country is at its strongest when we balance military strength with diplomatic strength, … Continue Reading


January 22, 2013

Joint Statement by U.S. Sens. Warner and Kaine on Virginia Senate Action on Redistricting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following joint statement today on the surprise action by the Virginia Senate to push through a redrawn district map: "On a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and inaugurated Barack Obama as President, Virginia Senate Republicans took advantage of the absence of civil rights leader Sen. Henry Marsh to push through a hyper-partisan change to Virginia's already gerrymandered legislative … Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

Kaine Statement on Meeting with Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who will serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after meeting with President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry. "I had a good discussion with Senator Kerry today. There are few better equipped to serve as the nation's top diplomat and leader on U.S foreign policy than John Kerry. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to participating in the next phase of … Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

Kaine Statement on White House Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today in response to the package of measures proposed by the White House to address gun violence: "I applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for putting forward a well-considered and comprehensive package of proposals to curb gun violence. Thanks to their prompt efforts, we now have concrete ideas on the table for debate. "I've long advocated universal background checks, including closing the gun show … Continue Reading


January 15, 2013

Kaine Statement on Meeting with Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who will serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after meeting with President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of Defense, Senator Chuck Hagel. "Senator Hagel and I had a positive and productive discussion. He performed exemplary service in combat and his subsequent public service career has been marked by an unwavering commitment to our troops, veterans and military families. As a member of the Armed Services … Continue Reading


January 14, 2013

Kaine Kicks off Listening Tour with Economic Development Discussions in Southside

Richmond, VA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today held events in Southside Virginia, his first since being sworn in as a member of the U.S. Senate. Kaine made stops in Danville and Martinsville to highlight economic success stories in the region and discuss steps to promote additional growth and hiring by improving workforce training, increasing access to capital, and reducing regulations. In Danville, Kaine toured Essel Propack, a specialty packaging company that's invested more than $10 million … Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Effort to Bring FBI to Virginia

Arlington, Va. - Today Northern Virginia Representatives Jim Moran, Frank Wolf, Gerry Connolly, and Rob Wittman and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on efforts to relocate the FBI Headquarters to Northern Virginia. The lawmakers convene a stakeholders' meeting with local and state officials to coordinate the region's work to bring the FBI to Virginia. "As the GSA begins the process of finding a new location for the FBI Headquarters, we are committed to … Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Kaine Calls for Comprehensive Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - As Vice President Biden continues his meetings with stakeholders this week in an effort to develop a new set of policies to reduce gun violence, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) today expressed his support for a specific and comprehensive set of proposals. "No one can deny that gun violence is a serious problem in this country," said Senator Kaine. "As Mayor of Richmond and Governor of Virginia, I learned through painful experience that there are specific, concrete steps to … Continue Reading


January 09, 2013

Kaine Statement on Meeting with Afghanistan President Karzai

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who will serve on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after joining a bipartisan group of senators for a meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan today. "Today's meeting with President Karzai offered an opportunity to discuss important issues facing our two countries," said Senator Kaine. "I was most interested in our discussion of plans for 2014, when the Afghan people will … Continue Reading


January 08, 2013

Kaine Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Shooting in Tucson, Arizona

Richmond, VA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on the second anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. "Today we remember and pay tribute to those lost in the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. Both the horror, as well as the heroism, of that day will never be forgotten. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Today's anniversary, along with the recent tragedies in Connecticut and Colorado, serve as tragic … Continue Reading


January 07, 2013

Kaine Statement on Hagel Nomination to Secretary of Defense

Richmond, VA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as the next United States Secretary of Defense. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to considering President Obama's nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel is a decorated war hero with a strong record of bipartisanship on foreign policy and defense issues. I will do all I can to … Continue Reading

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