Press Releases

January 28, 2014

Senators Warner And Kaine Urge Secretary Hagel To Maintain Eleven Carrier Fleet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today urging him to maintain the full eleven-aircraft carrier strike group as he crafts the FY15 defense budget. Sens. Warner and Kaine argue the flexibility of the aircraft carrier has proven to be the most important security asset for commanders-in-chief. Additionally, Warner and Kaine urge Secretary Hagel to consider the effect of reductions in the carrier fleet … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

In Armed Services Hearing, Kaine Presses For Fix To Military Pension Reductions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a hearing on the military pension cuts included in the Bipartisan Budget Act, a provision which Kaine does not support. Kaine applauded the stability afforded to the military because of the budget deal passed in December, but called for an immediate repeal of the provision that impacts military pensions. Kaine recently joined Senator Mark Warner to introduce a measure that would … Continue Reading

January 28, 2014

Kaine Invites Servicemember From Fort Lee, Virginia To State Of The Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his guest at tonight's Presidential State of the Union Address will be Army Staff Sergeant Tammy Brown. Staff Sgt. Brown, a machinist and welder with tactical knowledge and experience in metal fabrication who has served on active duty for more than 15 years, including tours in Kosovo and Iraq, is now stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. Earlier this year, Kaine visited Fort Lee around the introduction of his first bill, the Troop Talent Act … Continue Reading

January 27, 2014

Kaine, Wolf To Sit Together During State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf announced today that they will cross the political aisle to sit together during the President's State of the Union Address tomorrow night. Fellow Virginians, Kaine and Wolf have worked closely together over the past year on issues of religious freedom around the world and look forward to the opportunity to carry on this bipartisan … Continue Reading

January 27, 2014

Senators Kaine, Warner & Hatch, Leader Cantor, Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Support For Gabriella Miller #KidsFirst Research Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-7th) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to announce bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In December, H.R. 2019, sponsored by Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Tom Cole (R-OK) overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), and … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

In Letter To Kerry, Kaine, Warner Urge Support For Free And Fair Elections In El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner urged the administration to help ensure that the February 2 presidential elections in El Salvador are free and fair. "We write to encourage the Department of State and U.S. Embassy in San Salvador to take all appropriate efforts to ensure a free, fair and transparent vote," the Senators said. "Most importantly, the Department and the Obama Administration can support such an … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

Kaine Joins 32 U.S. Senators to Urge FHFA to Revisit Affordable Rental Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to strengthen the economy and increase the supply of affordable rental housing across the country, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a group of 32 U.S. Senators led by Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today in a letter sent to Mel Watt, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging him to end the suspension of contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and the Capital Magnet … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

Kaine Tours Poultry Plant, Hosts Industry Roundtable In Hinton

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Hinton today to tour the Virginia Poultry Growers' Cooperative, Inc. (VPGC) plant and learn more about issues impacting the Virginia poultry industry. Following the tour, Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with poultry growers to discuss agricultural policies that affect the Commonwealth. "It's great to hear from industry leaders and local farmers about different policy proposals that will help boost the agricultural and poultry industries, … Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

Kaine Statement On Challenge To Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement earlier today: "I applaud Attorney General Herring for taking an important step to challenge Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today. As Governor, I opposed this discriminatory amendment and agree it's time for Virginia to be on the right side of history with respect to marriage … Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

Kaine Makes Stops In Radford & Roanoke

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, toured the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) to learn more about the important manufacturing work done at the facility. Following the tour, Kaine praised the collaboration of the military, federal government and contractors that has contributed to the plant's high-quality manufacturing and production capacity. "As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I interact a lot with men and women … Continue Reading

January 22, 2014

Kaine Travels To Charlottesville & Danville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, traveled to Charlottesville to address students at UVA's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy about his efforts to reform the War Powers Resolution of 1973. In July 2013, Kaine joined Senator John McCain to announce their intention to review the War Powers Resolution, and last week they introduced the War Powers Consultation Act of 2014 to strengthen the … Continue Reading

January 21, 2014

Kaine Hosts Open House At Virginia Beach Regional Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted an open house at his Virginia Beach regional office today and spoke about the critical work done by his staff in Hampton Roads and across the Commonwealth to help Virginians. "It's a pleasure to introduce you to my Virginia Beach team and share some of the great work they've done to help the Hampton Roads community navigate many challenges this past year, including the impact of sequestration and other budget uncertainty for the region," said … Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Warner & Kaine Applaud Wins For Virginia In Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today applauded passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides discretionary funding for the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. "It is good to see Congress return to an orderly process," Sen. Warner said. "This two-year agreement should help Virginia families, employers and community leaders move forward with more predictability and confidence. While I'm pleased that, at … Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Kaine, McCain Introduce Bill To Reform War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking together on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and John McCain introduced the War Powers Consultation Act of 2014 - bipartisan legislation that would reform the 1973 War Powers Resolution by strengthening the consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action. Senators Kaine and McCain initially announced their intention to review the War Powers Resolution in July 2013, describing it as "ineffective … Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Warner, Kaine Call For Open Markets For U.S. Poultry Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of nine senators to write a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the United States Trade Representative urging them to provide for open markets and fair trade of U.S. chicken products, which would benefit poultry growers in Virginia and nationwide. The letter, which was sent to Secretary Tom Vilsack and Ambassador Michael Froman, states that lifting trade restrictions by several … Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Kaine Statement On Retirement Of Congressman Jim Moran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Congressman Jim Moran's announcement that he will retire after 23 years in Congress: "For nearly four decades, Jim Moran has devoted his career to serving the people of Northern Virginia. From his early days on Alexandria City Council to his leadership on the House Appropriations Committee, Jim has never stopped fighting for Virginia's 8th District and I will greatly miss his upbeat presence on Capitol Hill. His … Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statement On Navy Homeport Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following joint statement following the Navy's announcement this evening regarding carrier homeport changes: "Navy leadership has briefed us that today's announcement is a routine shift to balance operational demands with shipyard capabilities. This planned reshuffling of the carriers aligns the fleet with the Navy's maintenance schedule. Norfolk remains the premier East Coast hub for naval sea power projection, and … Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Representatives For Senator Kaine Hold “Kaine Connects” Office Hours

Regional representatives for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hold "Kaine Connects" office hours to meet with constituents and answer questions and concerns. Kaine Connects sessions are hosted regularly and throughout the Commonwealth to lessen the burden of constituent travel and increase opportunities for Virginians to receive assistance with federal services. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Please see below for list of "Kaine Connects" dates and locations: Thursday, February … Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance For 10,000 Virginians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority of Senators blocked a vote on passage of emergency unemployment insurance legislation today: "I'm very disappointed that today a minority of Senators blocked a vote on the extension of emergency unemployment benefits for more than one million Americans, including 10,000 Virginians. While our nation's economic recovery is headed in the right direction, unemployment insurance provides a critical lifeline … Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Warner & Kaine Announce Provisions To Fully Fund Shipbuilding And Ship-Repair Included In Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today applauded the release of the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides discretionary funding for the entire federal government for the fiscal year, including $486.9 billion in defense spending to advance our nation's security and military readiness, and to provide support for our troops and their families. "We have come a long way in one year since we faced down the challenges that sequester … Continue Reading

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