Press Releases

November 07, 2013

Kaine Statement On Final Passage Of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), released the following statement today after its final passage, 64-32: "Today the Senate affirmed with bipartisan support that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will not be tolerated. This important legislation will ban employers from denying job opportunities to LGBT employees, subjecting them to harassment, or firing them just for being themselves. My first act … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

In Armed Services Hearing, Kaine Tells Joint Chiefs: Congress Can Fix Sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a hearing with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the impact of sequestration cuts on each branch of the military. In his opening comments, Kaine reiterated how sequester cuts have disproportionately impacted Virginia, as well as noted the important role the Budget Conference Committee, of which he is a conferee, can play in finding a bipartisan solution to reversing the non-strategic … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

On Senate Floor, Kaine Makes Case For Ending Sequestration In Budget Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Budget Conference Committee, called for an end to sequestration and urged his committee colleagues to find a sensible solution that would reverse the across-the board-cuts. Kaine, who delivered his maiden floor speech on this issue in February, reiterated how the non-strategic cuts have had a devastating impact on national security - from grounding U.S. combat aircraft, to reducing carrier strike … Continue Reading

November 04, 2013

Kaine Calls On HHS To Release Winter Heat Aid That Would Help Approximately 147,000 Virginia Households

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of 40 U.S. Senators to call on the Obama Administration to release federal heating aid funds that would help millions of Americans who are struggling with their energy bills as winter approaches. The Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as quickly and at as high a level as … Continue Reading

October 31, 2013

Kaine Statement on Filibuster of Pattie Millett’s Nomination to the D.C. Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority in the Senate blocked the nomination of Pattie Millett, of Alexandria, Virginia, to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: "There is simply no excuse for blocking Pattie Millett's appointment to the federal judiciary. She has served under both Democratic and Republican Solicitor Generals, has argued more cases before the Supreme Court and circuit courts than all but a … Continue Reading

October 30, 2013

Kaine Renews Push For Federal Recognition Of Virginia’s Native American Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine made a passionate case for passage of the "Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2013" - a bill that would grant federal recognition to six of Virginia's Native American tribes. Kaine has long-supported federal recognition for the six tribes - the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond - … Continue Reading

October 30, 2013

Kaine Urges Budget Conference Committee To "Surprise The Cynics"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During the first full meeting of the bipartisan Budget Conference Committee today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, one of 29 conferees, called on his colleagues to "surprise the cynics" and accomplish what bicameral legislatures all over the United States do each year, compromise and agree on a budget. Since passage of the Senate budget in March 2013, Kaine has consistently called for a budget conference between the House and Senate in hopes of returning to normal budgetary order … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Kaine Joins 38 Senate Colleagues To Oppose Cuts To Food Stamps For Millions Of Children, Seniors, Food Insecure Families

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 farm bill conference committee members on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 38 Senate colleagues to urge the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senators also urged the negotiators to reject eligibility changes along the lines of the House bill's $40 billion in SNAP cuts that would prevent millions of children, seniors, and families facing a … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Kaine Statement On Grants To Restore Dyke Marsh, Chincoteague And Great Dismal Swamp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that the Department of the Interior will fund projects from the Sandy supplemental relief bill to protect marshes, wetlands, and coastal communities in Virginia. These projects include $24.9 million toward the restoration of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Alexandria, $553,425 toward oyster reef restoration in Chincoteague, and $3,130,000 to enhance the resiliency of Great Dismal Swamp. "Chincoteague, Dyke Marsh, and the Great Dismal … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Kaine Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Agreement to Re-open Government and Prevent Default

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement tonight after voting in support of a bipartisan agreement to end the government shutdown and prevent default. The measure, which included a provision introduced by Senators Kaine and Warner to guarantee back pay for federal workers who were furloughed for the past 16 days through no fault of their own, was passed 81-18. "Thanks to the bipartisan efforts of my Senate colleagues, tens of thousands of furloughed … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Kaine Applauds Bipartisan Agreement to Re-Open Government, Avert Default

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded leaders in the Senate for reaching a bipartisan agreement to re-open government, pay our nation's bills and avert default, and begin long-term budget talks between the House and Senate. The Senate is expected to vote on this proposal later today. "This is what America wants us to do," Kaine said. "They want us to work together in the Senate - Democrat and Republican. They want us to work together - Senate … Continue Reading

October 15, 2013

Kaine Statement on Status of Senate Bipartisan Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement tonight on the status of a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to re-open government and pay the nation's bills: "Yesterday the Democratic and Republican Senate leadership announced progress on a bipartisan deal to re-open government, ensure that America honors its fiscal obligations, and, at long last, begin a two month budget conference between House and Senate negotiators to find a long-term fiscal compromise to … Continue Reading

October 11, 2013

Kaine Statement on House Republicans' Continued Insistence to Keep Government Shut

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the proposal announced by House Republicans yesterday: "I am happy to see Republicans in the House of Representatives move away from jeopardizing America's full faith and credit by repudiating default as a negotiating strategy. But, their continued insistence that government remain shut is wrong. By refusing to negotiate on a budget compromise since March, the House guaranteed that shutdown would occur. This … Continue Reading

October 10, 2013

Kaine Submits Comments On Medicaid Expansion In Virginia

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted the following comments to Virginia's Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission in response to its request for public input on the decision of whether or not to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Full text of Kaine's comments is below: I write to commend the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission for soliciting public input on the issue of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. I appreciate the opportunity to comment and strongly support expansion. The Patient … Continue Reading

October 09, 2013

Kaine Statement on U.S. Assistance to Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the State Department's announcement regarding U.S. assistance to Egypt today. "The U.S.-Egypt strategic relationship is important for regional security and stability. I support our partnership with the Egyptian military and the people of Egypt and want to see a stronger Egypt emerge through a democratic political … Continue Reading

October 09, 2013

Kaine Statement on Death Gratuities for Families of Fallen Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today following Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's announcement on death gratuities for family members of fallen servicemembers. "I applaud Secretary Hagel and the Department of Defense for finding a solution to restore benefit payments to families of fallen soldiers. This is the least we can do for our nation's military families who sacrifice so … Continue Reading

October 09, 2013

Warner, Kaine Highlight Shutdown Impact in Virginia, Urge House Leaders to Re-open Government, Pay Our Bills and Negotiate

Full video of Senator Kaine and Senator Warner's remarks available for download: HD Version - SD Version - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine highlighted the ongoing negative impact of the government shutdown in Virginia, and again urged House Republican leaders … Continue Reading

October 04, 2013

Kaine Statement On Ending Tea Party Shutdown With Clean Bill, Not Piecemeal Approach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "The compromise spending bill passed by the Senate a week ago would fund all government agencies, including important ones to Virginia like Veterans' Affairs, National Parks and the military. "Speaker Boehner can and should re-open the entire government by letting the House pass the Senate's compromise - which has the precise spending level proposed by the House and was previously supported by the Speaker. … Continue Reading

October 03, 2013

On Senate Floor, Kaine Calls for House Vote to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, October 3, Senator Kaine spoke on the Senate floor on the need to reopen government. A full transcript of his remarks is below: "Madam President, I rise to talk about the need to reopen government, and not to reopen government in a piecemeal way, one bit this week and then another bit next week, which seems to be the newest gambit on the table, but to reopen government because government of this country should never have shut down in the first place. Few states … Continue Reading

October 01, 2013

Warner, Kaine Introduce Measure to Restore Federal Workers' Pay at the End of the Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland to introduce a bill, the "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act," that would guarantee that federal workers who were furloughed because of the lapse in federal funding or government shutdown would receive their full pay. "This irresponsible shutdown adds insult to injury for many of our federal workers, many of whom have already had to endure furloughs from the … Continue Reading

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