Press Releases

April 17, 2013

Kaine Presses Hagel, Dempsey On Sequester, BRAC

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey on the impact of sequestration cuts on readiness, as well as how the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) proposal in the defense budget would potentially affect Virginia and whether it's the best way to reduce overall costs. "I worry about the sturm und drang of BRAC. When BRAC is announced what … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Kaine, Chambliss, Baucus Introduce Troop Talent Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced the Troop Talent Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill will help ease the transition of servicemembers from active duty to the civilian workforce by improving the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian credentials or licenses required for post-service employment. The Troop Talent Act is Kaine's first bill in the U.S. Senate. Last week, Kaine, … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Kaine Announces Support For Burwell Nomination During Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Budget Committee, participated in the confirmation hearing of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell today. During the hearing, Kaine announced his support for her nomination based on her decades of experience and track record of bipartisanship. "I think you are the right person for the job at this challenging time and as we wrestle with finding a big picture budget deal. Your combined experience … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Kaine Statement On White House Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposed by the White House today: "The President's budget proposal is a good faith effort to find real compromise between the House and Senate budgets. I'm encouraged by ongoing conversations among my Senate colleagues and look forward to working toward a final budget … Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge Confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as CMS Administrator

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens, Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today urged Senate confirmation of the Presidential nomination of Marilyn B. Tavenner of Virginia to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is the lead federal agency responsible for health care for millions of Americans through its administration of Medicare, Medicaid and programs related to implementation of The Affordable Care Act. The senators, joined today by U.S. House of … Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Kaine Tours Assateague Island, Meets With Local Leaders in Chincoteague

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine held a roundtable with Mayor John Tarr and other local leaders in Chincoteague today following a tour of Assateague Island. During the tour of Assateague, Kaine visited the beach and discussed the issue of preserving access to Assateague beach with Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service officials, noting that preservation of this Virginia landmark needs to remain a top priority while still protecting Chincoteague's local economy that relies … Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Kaine Tours NASA Facility On Wallops Island

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine toured the NASA Facility on Wallops Island today and spoke with employees about the planned launch of the Antares rocket in April and other projects at the flight facility. During his visit, Kaine toured the Antares rocket at the Horizontal Integration Facility and later viewed the pad it will launch from. The Antares rocket will be launched April 17th and will get stood up vertically on the pad on Saturday. Throughout the tour, Kaine discussed the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2013

Kaine Discusses First Bill in Lynchburg, Charlottesville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine participated in a roundtable with veterans in Lynchburg today to discuss the announcement of his first bill, the Troop Talent Act, which would improve and streamline credentialing for veterans. In the afternoon, Kaine gave a guest lecture to Dr. Larry Sabato's class at the University of Virginia during which he reflected on his first few months as a Senator and outlined his bill that would help ease the transition of servicemembers from active duty to … Continue Reading


April 02, 2013

Kaine Announces First Bill To Increase & Streamline Credentialing For Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, today announced his first bill, the Troop Talent Act of 2013, at the American Legion Headquarters in Richmond. The bill will help ease the transition of servicemembers from active duty to the civilian workforce by improving the alignment of skills acquired in the military with civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment. During Kaine's travels across Virginia, he has heard from … Continue Reading


April 02, 2013

FACT SHEET: Troop Talent Act of 2013

Background: The Troop Talent Act of 2013 will help ease the transition of servicemembers from active duty to the civilian workforce by improving the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian credentials or licenses required for post-service employment, expanding existing efforts to meet current workforce demands and match the skills of servicemembers with growth industries, and implementing rigorous standards to ensure credentials translate into the private … Continue Reading


April 01, 2013

Kaine Tours Defense Installations, Meets with Military Families in Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, toured military bases in Hampton and Virginia Beach today where he discussed the importance of budget certainty for the defense community. In the afternoon, Kaine met with military families in Norfolk to discuss steps to increase support for servicemembers and their families as well as ease the transition from active duty to civilian life and employment. Kaine began the day with a visit to Langley Air … Continue Reading


March 23, 2013

Kaine Statement On Passage of Senate Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the passage of a budget out of the full Senate this morning: "I'm proud of the work we did on the Budget Committee to develop a balanced plan that will spur economic growth while putting us on a path to replacing harmful sequester cuts and responsibly reducing our deficit. I was pleased to join my colleagues in voting for its passage out of the Senate. After four years … Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

Kaine To Chair Mexico Interparliamentary Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was appointed Chairman for the Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) by Senator Harry Reid. The IPG is the official dialogue mechanism between the United States Senate and the Mexican government. "I'm honored to chair this group that is an important avenue for open discussion and cooperation between the United States and Mexico, our third-largest trading partner," said Kaine. "I look forward to … Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

Kaine Statement On Shooting At Marine Base Quantico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding the shooting at Marine Base Quantico earlier this morning that resulted in the deaths of three Marines: "The tragedy at Marine Base Quantico is heartbreaking. Anne and I are praying for the families of those lost and their fellow Marines. As they mourn and recover I join all Virginians in my continued gratitude for their … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Warner, Kaine Push For Replacing Sequester By Passing Senate Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine today discussed the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget on the Senate floor and pushed for passage to give agencies, businesses, and families certainty they deserve for the next fiscal year. During their exchange on the Senate floor, Warner and Kaine also noted the importance of passing the budget to replace deep, indiscriminate sequester cuts with a balanced approach to grow the economy and responsibly reduce the deficit. "There are … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Kaine Addresses U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed members of the Hispanic business community today at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 23rd Annual Legislative Summit. Kaine emphasized that support for Latino businesses is vital to our economic growth. "Today's event with Hispanic business owners exemplifies the strong contributions of this community," said Kaine. "Hispanic-owned businesses are the fastest growing in the United States thanks to the hard work of the Latino business … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate passed a continuing appropriations bill that will fund government agencies through the end of the fiscal year. The measure was approved by a vote of 73 to 26: "Passing government funding through the end of the fiscal year and averting yet another crisis at the end of the month is a responsible decision and another sign that both parties are ready to embrace an orderly process. It's good for the United … Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Blumenthal, 13 Other Senators Send Letter Asking Secretary Kerry To Urge Morsi, Other United Nations Members To Renounce Statements Made Against Women By Muslim Brotherhood

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Al Franken (D-MN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to urge Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other members of the United … Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Kaine Launches Senate Facebook, Twitter Accounts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched his official Senate office Twitter and Facebook accounts today. The accounts will provide constituents with updates on Kaine's daily activities in the Senate, travels across Virginia, information on agency assistance, and constituent service updates. "I'm excited to reach out to Virginians through Facebook and Twitter to show them what I'm working on in Washington and across the Commonwealth," said Kaine. "I hope they don't hesitate to … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Kaine Statement on Virginia's Move to Accelerate Offshore Wind Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcement that allows Virginia to pursue a research lease to help accelerate the development of offshore wind turbines: "This is good news for the Commonwealth. Virginia's geography and coastal infrastructure make it an ideal place for offshore wind. This effort will create jobs and produce energy from an inexhaustible … Continue Reading

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