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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised today’s news that the United States Air Force is considering Joint Base Langley-Eustis as one of four finalists for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC).  Warner and Kaine met with senior Air Force leadership in July to urge the selection of Joint Base Langley-Eustis as it considered sites across the country. In a time of sequestration and austerity for the military, this new headquarter...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Senate’s vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: “Tonight the Senate made the right decision to reject a proposal I believe would take our country’s future in the wrong direction. We can’t throw the brakes on the use of fossil fuels - that would be unrealistic and hurt our economy. But we have a responsibility to generate cleaner energy tomorrow than we do today. Based on the scienti...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following joint statement on the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement of a final management plan for the George Washington National Forest:  “We’re pleased that the Forest Service’s final management plan announced today for the George Washington National Forest closes the overwhelming majority of lands in the Forest to horizontal drilling activities, with the remaining portion comprising acre...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine signed onto bipartisan legislation to provide up to 15,000 visas annually for Koreans with specialized skills that are lacking in the U.S. labor market.   “Smart reforms in the high-skill visa program will help Virginia businesses struggling to find qualified individuals to fill open positions. This bipartisan approach will help Virginia businesses fill this labor gap, and it also will strengthen existing stron...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Father Ismael “Melo” Moreno, a Honduran Jesuit and well-known human rights activist.  Kaine and Father Melo discussed the evolution of the Jesuit role in Honduras, where Kaine worked with Jesuit missionaries in 1980 – 1981.  Father Melo, who directs two Jesuit ministries:  Radio Progreso and E.R.I.C. (The Team for Reflection, Research and Communication)...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez met with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez to discuss Central American efforts to address the factors driving migration and threatening the social fabric and long-term prosperity of the region.  The Central American leaders highlighted short-term actions to curb the flow of undocumented migran...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Senador Tim Kaine, miembro del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, Y el presidente dicho comité, el Senador Robert Menéndez, se reunieron con el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala Carlos Morales y el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de El Salvador Hugo Martínez para hablar sobre los esfuerzos centroamericanos para enfrentar las causas del flujo migratorio que también amenaza la prosperidad de la región. Los líderes ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine expressed their support for Elizabeth K. Dillon, nominee to the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider her nomination. “Elizabeth is exceptionally well qualified to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a judge for the Western District of Virginia. She possesses the experience, integrity, temperament and expertise that we ex...Continue Reading

  • Madame Chair and Minority Leader Grassley, I support the nomination of Elizabeth K. Dillon to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  I am happy the Judiciary Committee has taken the initial step toward confirming the first female judge for this court. Elizabeth Dillon’s career reflects a dedication to the law that has focused on employment issues, civil rights, and local government that will serve her well as a federal district court judge.  She boasts ext...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the agreement announced by the United States and China today to control carbon pollution through clean energy cooperation:  “The United States has taken bold steps to reduce carbon pollution through technology innovation and smart incentives to get cleaner and more efficient with energy, yet we know other countries must follow suit.  Today we heard that China – the world’s most populou...Continue Reading

  • Full Transcript: Thank you and good morning! If past history is any guide, I’m hoping that a lame session will be followed by a virile duck, so that is my hope for the next two months. I want to thank Jane for the introduction and the opportunity to be here with Jim and Jack to talk about an issue that I’m very passionate about. Hard to say everything I want to say in ten minutes, but let me try to just say three things. First, and I never do this, I’m going to talk a little bi...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that construction on Amtrak service to Roanoke will begin immediately: “I’m pleased to see we are another step closer to passenger rail service in Roanoke. As Governor, I was proud of our work to extend Amtrak service to Lynchburg, and I can’t wait to ride it to Roanoke in just over two years. I’m grateful for the efforts of Governor McAuliffe,...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day 2014:  “As I march in the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade, I'll be thinking about the service of every generation of American veterans – the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and promote the values we hold dear. We also pay tribute, after 13 years of war, to all those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001. D...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today: “The President’s decision to authorize 1,500 more U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq in non-combat roles is another reminder why we need to debate and vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat ISIL as soon as possible in th...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine wrote to the heads of eleven federal agencies and departments, including the Departments of Defense, Energy and Transportation, asking them to support a pilot program aimed at coordinating the response to the challenges that sea level rise and recurrent flooding pose to the Hampton Roads region. The two-year pilot program, which was unveiled by Old Dominion University (ODU) this summer, would involve collaboration by a team of federal, s...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the President’s comments in a news conference earlier today: “I welcome President Obama’s remarks today about the importance of working in a bipartisan manner with Congress on a positive agenda for the American people.  While there are many important issues to tackle in 2015 under new...Continue Reading

  • 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, released the following statement on Tunisia’s parliamentary elections: “On October 26th, Tunisian voters went to the ballot box to elect a new parliament, embracing democracy and setting an example for the region.  The elections marked a milestone in Tunisia’s political transition and a victory for national unity...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) will receive a $3,000,000 Community Connect Grant to establish a broadband network in Caney Ridge and the surrounding area in Dickenson County. Kaine wrote to the Rural Utilities Service in August urging USDA to award SCTC the grant. “This major investment in broadband development w...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent letters to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services William Hazel and President and CEO of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Sean Connaughton requesting information on what is being done to ensure Virginia hospitals and health professionals have the supplies, training and information they need to effectively identify and treat any patients who present symptoms of Ebola. The Senators asked ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, have returned from a nine-day visit across the Middle East and South Asia that included stops in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar. “The opportunity to meet face-to-face with top government official...Continue Reading