Press Releases

April 16, 2014

Kaine Statement On The Murder Of Carlos Mejia Orellana In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana in Honduras: "I was shocked to learn of the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana, journalist and marketing director of Jesuit founded Radio Progreso in Honduras. My prayers go out to Carlos's friends and family in the El Progreso community that welcomed me as a young student in the 1980's. "Too often, Honduran officials have dismissed threats and attacks against journalists, and … Continue Reading

April 15, 2014

Kaine Tours NASA Langley Research Center In Hampton

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of Virginia in Hampton with a visit to the NASA Langley Research Center. Throughout the tour, Kaine discussed the importance of NASA Langley's role in growing and diversifying the regional economy and attracting talented workers. "NASA is a great player in Virginia and Langley is a fantastic center for aeronautical and aviation related research," said Kaine. "With wonderful private sector partners here too, this is a … Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Kaine Discusses Economic Development In Charlottesville, Visits Central Virginia Community College In Lynchburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine kicked off a two-week tour of Virginia at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce's Commonwealth Breakfast where he thanked the Chamber for its work to spur business growth and economic development in the region. During the breakfast, Kaine heard from local business leaders about issues impacting the regional economy, before discussing ways to bring job creation and economic growth to Charlottesville, including his efforts in the … Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Kaine Statement On Shootings In Kansas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on yesterday's shootings in Overland Park, Kansas: "Passover starts tonight. It's a remarkable and meaningful commemoration of God's protection of an oppressed and enslaved Jewish people in Egypt thousands of years ago. All over the world, people will sit down to a Seder meal and recount the story of bondage to freedom that describes Jewish history, but also offers hope to all peoples and to all individuals. Anne … Continue Reading

April 12, 2014

Kaine Kicks Off Citizen Day Initiative

On Saturday, April 12th, Senator Tim Kaine kicked off his Citizen Day initiative by joining volunteers with Operation Paintbrush to repaint the home of elderly Henrico County residents in need. Modeled after an initiative he launched as Lieutenant Governor, Citizen Days are an opportunity for Tim to share his passion for public service by bringing Virginians together to participate in service projects across the Commonwealth. Citizen Days will also be a chance for Tim to highlight … Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Air Force Announces Office Of Scientific Research To Stay In Arlington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rep. Jim Moran, (D-VA-8) announced today that the Air Force has decided not to relocate the Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. In January, Sens. Warner and Kaine and Rep. Moran wrote a letter urging the Air Force to reconsider the proposed move. The Office of Scientific Research employs 170 in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor in … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Kaine Pushes For Increased Investments In Career & Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led 24 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee urging them to increase support for career and technical education (CTE) through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act State Grant program. "CTE programs continue to evolve and expand to meet the needs of students who want the training and education necessary for … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Kaine Raises Concerns About FDA Approval Of Zohydro

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg expressing concern that recent FDA approval of Zohydro ER could have a negative impact on Virginia communities. Zohydro is the first drug approved by the FDA with a formulation of hydrocodone not combined with an analgesic, making it the purest form of the product. "As you know, there has been a significant economic and public health impact due to opioid … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Pass Equal Pay Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would help close the pay gap by empowering women to negotiate for equal pay, closing loopholes courts have created in the law, creating strong incentives for employers to obey the laws and strengthening federal outreach and enforcement efforts: "I regret that many of my Senate colleagues chose to deny hard-working women the … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Kerry To Kaine: “Fort Pickett Is The Best Site” For Embassy Security Training Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, Secretary of State John Kerry assured U.S. Senator Tim Kaine that, despite recent consideration of other sites, Fort Pickett, Virginia remains the State Department's top choice for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) to train U.S. diplomatic and government personnel assigned to high-threat posts around the world. According to the State Department, Fort Pickett is the best site to meet State's … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Kaine Statement On Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in honor of National Equal Pay Day: "Today, on Equal Pay Day, I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring women have the tools they need to address wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap. It is unacceptable that in 2014, women in Virginia make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. "This isn't just a women's issue, it's a family and economic issue. Such pay disparity decreases the wages of working families - … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Kaine Statement On Restoration Of Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of a bipartisan compromise to restore emergency unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2 million long-term unemployed Americans today, including as many as 20,000 Virginians, according to some estimates: "Today, the Senate came together to help the nation's most vulnerable by reaching a bipartisan compromise to restore emergency unemployment benefits for more than 2 million long-term unemployed … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Senate Unanimously Approves Kaine, Rubio Syria Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014 (S. Res. 384), introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Marco Rubio, was unanimously approved by the Senate late last week. The resolution requires the President to develop and submit to Congress within 90 days a more robust U.S. strategy for addressing the Syria humanitarian crisis. S. Res. 384 condemns the unlawful use of violence against civilians in Syria, urges all parties in the country to allow for immediate, unfettered … Continue Reading

April 06, 2014

Kaine Statement on Indian Elections and Support for the U.S.-India Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in advance of India's national election: "On April 7, 800 million Indians of astounding linguistic and religious diversity will head to the polls for India's 16th national election since independence. This will be the largest exercise of democracy in history. On behalf of the United States Senate, I convey my admiration and best wishes to the people of India. "As the world's oldest and largest democracies, … Continue Reading

April 05, 2014

Kaine Discusses Small Business Issues & Economic Development At Asian-American Community Roundtable In Falls Church

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion in Falls Church on Friday with Asian-American community leaders and small business owners to discuss economic issues impacting Asian-Americans, as well as the importance of building stronger U.S. trade relationships. "Today, success in the global economy is about education and global connections," said Kaine. "If you have global connections you'll be stronger. A global connection can be a Dulles Airport with 409 nonstop … Continue Reading

April 05, 2014

Kaine Statement On Afghan Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today's elections in Afghanistan: "The Afghan people sent a message of resilience and determination during today's presidential and provincial elections. Initial reporting indicates voter turnout was high. The Afghan people demonstrated a commitment to defy those who seek to intimidate them through violence. Their perseverance and courage is an example for us all. I send my congratulations to all the people of … Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Kaine Highlights Benefits Of Affordable Care Act For Women, Announces Support For Legislation To Strengthen Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine discussed the positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for millions of women in Virginia and across the country, sharing the stories of three Virginians: "We have a 27-year-old woman in Charlottesville who was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Before the ACA, her previous insurance plan refused to cover her surgery because cancer was a preexisting condition, but she is now enrolled in a health plan under the … Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Kaine, Warner Applaud Committee Passage Of Bill To Grant Federal Recognition Of Virginia Indian Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the "Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2013," a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, was passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The legislation would grant federal recognition of six Virginia Indian tribes: the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. These tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of … Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Kaine Delivers Floor Speech On Raising The Minimum Wage And Economic Inequality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today delivered the following remarks on the minimum wage and economic inequality: Mr. President, I rise to talk about a whole series of issues--including unemployment insurance and the minimum wage--that are designed to help Americans attain economic mobility and get a fair shot to move up in the way our economy is designed to work. This morning the Budget Committee had a hearing entitled ``Opportunity, Mobility, and Inequality in Today's Economy.'' … Continue Reading

March 28, 2014

Kaine Holds Economic Development Roundtable In Clifton Forge, Discusses Career And Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and elected officials from Covington, Alleghany County and Clifton Forge at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to learn more about regional economic development and current challenges facing the community, including the impact of sequestration and other federal budget cuts to the public education system. "Anything I do well in the Senate is because I started out in local government," … Continue Reading

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