Press Releases

March 27, 2019

Kaine, Carper Introduce Bill To Restore Congressional Oversight On Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Reclaiming Congressional Trade Authoritiy Act of 2019 to restore the role of Congress in overseeing international trade matters. The bill would mandate expanded Congressional involvement in international trade decisions by requiring the Trump Administration - and future Administrations - to further analyze, communicate, and justify … Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Warner, Kaine, Van Hollen Introduce Budget Amendments To Protect Federal Workers And Contractors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) - all members of the Senate Committee on the Budget - filed four amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution aimed at protecting federal employees and contractors. The amendments would put the Senate on the record in favor of preserving retirement security for federal employees, and providing back pay to service contractors affected by the recent federal government … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Recommendation By Air Force To Permanently House F-22 Training Unit In Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the Air Force recommends relocating the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Unit (FTU) to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads: "We are pleased that after careful evaluation, the U.S. Air Force has determined that Joint Base Langley-Eustis should permanently house the F-22 training squadron. There is nowhere better to … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, and Dianne Feinstein to introduce the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "TPS recipients have made countless contributions to Virginia and our nation - often after fleeing countries plagued by … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Warner, Kaine, Harris Introduce Amendment To Improve Military Housing In FY20 Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), members of the Senate Committee on the Budget, filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution to ensure military families have safe and healthy housing. The amendment would protect the wellbeing of our nation's military families by creating a reserve fund to address health hazards in military housing that does not affect the national deficit. "Thousands of servicemembers call … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Support For Striking Entire Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration backed a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be eliminated: "The Trump Administration has long wanted to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act, which would take health care away from millions of people and threaten protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Now they … Continue Reading

March 22, 2019

Senators Coons, Graham, Kaine, Isakson Statement On Cyclone Idai

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), each members of the Senate Foreign Relations' Africa Subcommittee, released the following statement after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations' Africa Subcommittee, we stand with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar who are facing the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. "We … Continue Reading

March 21, 2019

Bipartisan Senate Leaders Condemn Arrest Of Interim Venezuelan President Guaido’s Chief Of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today called for the immediate and unconditional release of Roberto Marrero, Interim Venezuela President Juan Guaidó's chief of staff. Marrero was abducted by Venezuelan secret police early this morning in a desperate attempt by criminal elements of the outgoing regime to intimidate members of the internationally recognized government. The inflammatory move came as Venezuelans are … Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill Allowing Workers To Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are ill, need to care for a sick family member, obtain preventive care, or address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "Too often, American workers are forced to choose between taking time off to care … Continue Reading

March 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Military Construction Projects At Risk Of Losing Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Pentagon's list of military construction projects that are at risk of losing funding in order for President Trump to build his border wall: "President Trump is putting his border wall ahead of the safety of our troops. The projects that could lose funding include military training centers in Virginia, a plant to prevent water contamination at Camp Lejeune, … Continue Reading

March 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Veterans’ Access To Mental Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve veterans' access to mental health care and help ensure veterans' lives are not lost to suicide. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act is a comprehensive approach to connect more veterans with the mental health care they need. The bill seeks to improve care through the Department … Continue Reading

March 17, 2019

Following Trip To Colombian-Venezuelan Border, Kaine Calls On U.S., International Community To Support Venezuelan People

Photos of Senator Kaine's trip can be found here. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Colombia) Video of his interview on Face the Nation can be found here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today on CBS's Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke about his trip to the Colombian-Venezuelan border where he visited with families forced to flee their homes and met with local officials about the ongoing humanitarian crisis. During his trip, Kaine met with Colombian President Iván Duque … Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Warner & Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Judge David Novak For U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the President's nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak for the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division following Judge Henry E. Hudson's decision to take senior status: "We are pleased that the President has nominated Judge Novak to fill the vacancy. Based on Mr. Novak's distinguished record, we are confident he would serve … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Kaine, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Jobs Act To Help Workers Access Training For In-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bill that would help students access training for the 7.3 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Kaine Statement On Senate Vote To End U.S. Support For Saudi-Backed War In Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after the Senate voted 54-46 to cease U.S. support for the war in Yemen: "Today's vote is a powerful reminder that the Senate will not stand by silently as the Trump Administration continues to support the disastrous Saudi-backed war in Yemen. The United States shouldn't be complicit in a conflict that has taken thousands of civilian lives and led … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Kaine Joins Colleagues to Introduce Climate Security Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - In response to President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by ten other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, in introducing legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Kaine, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Address Nationwide Teacher And Principal Shortages

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act to address teacher and principal shortages, especially in rural communities. This legislation will help ensure that there are enough teachers and principals with the right skills and tools to prepare students for the future. Kaine introduced an earlier version of … Continue Reading

March 07, 2019

Kaine Urges President Trump To Designate Temporary Protected Status For Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and 21 colleagues in a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela to ensure that Venezuelan nationals currently present in the United States are not forced to return to Venezuela in the midst of ongoing violence, a deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis caused by the … Continue Reading

March 07, 2019

Senators Introduce Bill To Protect Military Families Living In Private Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both D-CA) today introduced the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, a bill to address health, safety and environmental hazards in private military housing. The legislation is in response to a recent Reuters investigation that found hazardous living conditions in privatized military housing throughout the United States, including service members and their families … Continue Reading

March 06, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Launch Effort to Stop Patent Gaming & Increase Access to Lower-Cost Drugs

Washington, D.C.-In a bipartisan effort to encourage competition in the prescription drug marketplace and put an end to the harmful patent strategies that block new drugs from coming to market, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Biologic Patent Transparency Act. The legislation was cosponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). "The past century could be termed the Age of Miracle Drugs. … Continue Reading

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