Press Releases

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

February 04, 2014

Sens. Warner & Kaine Successfully Maintain Virginia Priorities In Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) voted today for Senate passage of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2014, which now goes to the President for his signature. The legislation included many provisions championed by the Senators that will benefit Virginians, including strengthened crop insurance for farmers and conservation programs for the Chesapeake Bay. The 2014 farm bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion over 10 years, … Continue Reading

February 04, 2014

Kaine Statement On Environmental Impact Statement For Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the State Department's final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: "I believe the key environmental impact of this project is not the literal construction but rather the market signal that construction would send. We currently have the tools to build an energy strategy to get cleaner tomorrow than today. Building this pipeline would dramatically ramp up capacity for tar … Continue Reading

February 04, 2014

Kaine: Give Diplomacy A Chance To Prevent Iranian Nuclear Weapon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on Iran, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, advocated strongly for exhausting all diplomatic options to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He argued that despite "good faith differences" in tactics, both sides in the Iran sanctions debate actually have the same goal: a nuclear weapons-free Iran achieved through diplomacy, rather than … Continue Reading

January 31, 2014

Kaine Statement On Status Of Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement: "I am deeply troubled by the news that the Syrian regime is not meeting its international obligations to dismantle its chemical weapons program. Bashar al Assad should know that backsliding on his commitment to dismantle his entire illicit chemical weapons program is intolerable and will be met with consequences. The … Continue Reading

January 30, 2014

Kaine Hails Passage Of Flood Insurance Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: "Today the Senate voted to preempt rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program that would have affected many people in Virginia and other states with low-lying coastal and flood-prone areas. Due to climate impacts like sea-level rise and more frequent storms, insurance rates must begin to reflect the fact that flood risk is higher … Continue Reading

January 30, 2014

Kaine, Portman Announce Career & Technical Education Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman announced the formation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Kaine and Portman, will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. "From growing up working in my Dad's small ironworking shop to creating Governor's Career and … Continue Reading

January 29, 2014

Delegation Pressures Air Force to Stay in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Mark R. Warner and Representative Jim Moran in a letter to the Air Force Materiel Commander, General Janet C. Wolfenbarger questioning the Air Force's plans to relocate the Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A copy of the letter is available below. The Office of Scientific Research employs 170 in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor in … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight: "Tonight the President laid out a practical agenda with specific ideas to continue moving our country forward by creating more opportunities for all Americans and rewarding hard work. I'm glad he was optimistic about where our nation's economy is headed, because I am too. And I agree raising the minimum wage to $10.10 is exactly the boost our country needs next, … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

Senators Warner And Kaine Urge Secretary Hagel To Maintain Eleven Carrier Fleet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today urging him to maintain the full eleven-aircraft carrier strike group as he crafts the FY15 defense budget. Sens. Warner and Kaine argue the flexibility of the aircraft carrier has proven to be the most important security asset for commanders-in-chief. Additionally, Warner and Kaine urge Secretary Hagel to consider the effect of reductions in the carrier fleet … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

In Armed Services Hearing, Kaine Presses For Fix To Military Pension Reductions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a hearing on the military pension cuts included in the Bipartisan Budget Act, a provision which Kaine does not support. Kaine applauded the stability afforded to the military because of the budget deal passed in December, but called for an immediate repeal of the provision that impacts military pensions. Kaine recently joined Senator Mark Warner to introduce a measure that would … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

Kaine Invites Servicemember From Fort Lee, Virginia To State Of The Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his guest at tonight's Presidential State of the Union Address will be Army Staff Sergeant Tammy Brown. Staff Sgt. Brown, a machinist and welder with tactical knowledge and experience in metal fabrication who has served on active duty for more than 15 years, including tours in Kosovo and Iraq, is now stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. Earlier this year, Kaine visited Fort Lee around the introduction of his first bill, the Troop Talent Act … Continue Reading

January 27, 2014

Kaine, Wolf To Sit Together During State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf announced today that they will cross the political aisle to sit together during the President's State of the Union Address tomorrow night. Fellow Virginians, Kaine and Wolf have worked closely together over the past year on issues of religious freedom around the world and look forward to the opportunity to carry on this bipartisan … Continue Reading

January 27, 2014

Senators Kaine, Warner & Hatch, Leader Cantor, Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Support For Gabriella Miller #KidsFirst Research Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-7th) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to announce bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In December, H.R. 2019, sponsored by Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Tom Cole (R-OK) overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), and … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

In Letter To Kerry, Kaine, Warner Urge Support For Free And Fair Elections In El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner urged the administration to help ensure that the February 2 presidential elections in El Salvador are free and fair. "We write to encourage the Department of State and U.S. Embassy in San Salvador to take all appropriate efforts to ensure a free, fair and transparent vote," the Senators said. "Most importantly, the Department and the Obama Administration can support such an … Continue Reading

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