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  • TANGIER, MOROCCO – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today. Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation this week to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain: “My prayers go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff. His murder was a barbaric act by members of ISIL who yet again proved that what the terrorist group represents has no place in humanity.  This trag...Continue Reading

  • TUNIS, TUNISIA – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, concluded a two-day visit to Tunisia. Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain. Delegation members include Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Albio Sires (NJ), Juan Vargas (CA) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR). In Tunisia, the delegation met with i...Continue Reading

  • HAMPTON ROADS, VA – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine capped his two-week tour of the Commonwealth in Hampton Roads. In the morning, Kaine toured the Craney Island dredge fill facility to learn about its current operations, oyster restoration efforts, plans for expansion, and the construction of a new marine terminal on the site that, when complete, will dramatically bolster the container capacity and economic competitiveness of the Port of Virginia. “Expanding Craney Island wi...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with a visit to the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Operations Danny Hunley accompanied Kaine on the tour. An institution of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Apprentice School trains students for careers in shipbuilding. Kaine, who co-chairs the Senate Career and Technical Education ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with a visit to Louisa County High School in Mineral, which is under construction after being severely damaged in a 2011 earthquake. Kaine, who co-chairs the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, visited classes studying small animal care, turf maintenance, auto mechanics, and culinary arts, and learned about LCHS's dual enrollment programs in partnership with community colleges i...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with stops in Reedville and Gloucester Point. This morning, Kaine toured the Omega Protein Corporation in Reedville. Omega Protein produces nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, using fish from the Chesapeake Bay. Employing 230 employees in Reedville, Omega Protein's direct economic impact to the region is $88 million per year. In the afternoon, Kaine visited the Virginia Institute of Marine ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on expanded U.S. military operations against ISIL: "Actions by ISIL over the past several months, including the gruesome murder of an American journalist and threats against others, are barbaric and the work of a callous terrorist organization. I agree that ISIL poses a significant terrorist threat to U.S. ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine completed his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia with a tour of the plant facilities at Bristol Compressors. Bristol designs and manufactures hermetic compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. In addition to being one of the largest employers in the Southwest region, Bristol is the only compressors manufacturer whose units are made in the United States. After touring the pl...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia, hosting a Citizen Day service project and participating in a training session for Project REVIVE. In Grundy this morning, Kaine and members of his staff joined People Incorporated to weatherize the mobile home of an elderly, disabled resident. People Incorporated is a non-profit organization that has served families in Southwest Virginia for 50 years. Citizen Days are op...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia with tours of Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Mountain Empire Community College’s workforce training facilities and the construction site of Dickenson County’s new Ridgeview High School. This morning, Kaine visited the Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine's (LMU-CVM) new DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC) in Ewing. T...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent action to order Norfolk, VA-based USA Discounters to refund $350,000 to consumers victimized in a scam that misled thousands of servicemembers into paying fees for legal protections they already had and for certain services that the company failed to provide. USA Discounters will pay an additional $50,000 civil penalty. “It’s outrageous for a...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a ceremony honoring Mildred Pretzer, a World War II veteran who served as part of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). Kaine presented Mrs. Pretzer with the Army Good Conduct Medal, the WAC Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Earlier this year, Mrs. Pretzer contacted Kaine’s office for assist...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be awarding $11,312,352 in grants to help fight veterans’ homelessness in Virginia. The VA is distributing the awards under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. These servic...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on political developments in Iraq and U.S. military action: “Iraq is at a crucial juncture that requires all Iraqis to put aside past grievances and unite as a country.  I am encouraged by the steps that have been taken in recent days to build political consensus and welcome the nomination of Dr....Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine wrote letters to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez calling their attention to recent reports published in ProPublica and the Washington Post that detail abusive debt collection practices against servicemembers undertaken by a Virginia-based retailer. In a joint letter with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Richard ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Senate passage of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014: “While I’m disappointed the House did not accept our improvements to the bill, I’m pleased we voted to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015 and allow critical transportation infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth to continue - but we should not confuse this necessary short-term fix with the lon...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on final passage of The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 to improve veterans’ access to health care and address serious problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “Today we took a major step toward restoring the trust of our veterans and fixing the systemic issues that have plagued the VA,” said Kaine, who was an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the b...Continue Reading

  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, joined 34 of his Senate colleagues in condemning the decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch a one-sided investigation into Israel’s actions during the current conflict while ignoring actions by Hamas that threaten the lives of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including indiscriminate rocket attacks and...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to support behavioral and mental health services at seven locations across Virginia. The grants, which will go to existing health centers in Alexandria, Danville, Laurel Fork, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke and Saltville, will be used to expand mental health services, as well increase the coordination, collaboration, and integration...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on September 30, 2014. The five-year reauthorization package would incrementally increase the Bank’s spending authority to $160 billion from $140 billion over a four-year period, require the Bank to submit reports to Congress detailing its business plan and risk exposure, and ensure the Bank’s loan loss ratio is less than two...Continue Reading