Press Releases

November 14, 2013

Kaine And Chambliss Introduce The Serve Act Of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement (SERVE) Act of 2013, a bill to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans and help them transition into the civilian workforce. The SERVE Act will raise minimum standards for programs that accept educational benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA) and … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

In Letter To Secretary Kerry, Kaine Calls For Free And Fair Elections In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and a dozen fellow senators sent a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry calling for all possible efforts to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in Honduras. "I'm very concerned by the ongoing violence in Honduras and the impact on the November 24 elections," said Kaine, who served as a missionary in Honduras in 1980. "We are receiving reports of threats against journalists and even … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Kaine Introduces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality Early Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senator Kaine joined eight of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Strong Start for America's Children Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. Kaine has long-championed early childhood education, having worked with members of both parties as Governor to develop stronger Pre-K programs across Virginia and increase enrollment by 40 percent. Building on the framework put forward by President … Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

Kaine Statement On Filibuster Of Nina Pillard’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 Nina Pillard to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: "I'm disappointed Senate Republicans have chosen to block the nomination of another highly-qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit. Nina Pillard is an accomplished litigator who has practiced law at every level of the legal system across the country. She successfully argued the … Continue Reading

November 08, 2013

Kaine to Announce Bill to Improve Veterans' Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will announce the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement (SERVE) Act of 2013 at veterans events in Winchester and Richmond today. The SERVE Act, which is a companion to Kaine's first bill, the Troop Talent Act, will improve the quality of education received by servicemembers and veterans. The legislation will also create pilot programs to facilitate the use of veterans' education benefits for employment and on-the-job training … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Kaine on Senate Floor: Is There a Double Standard for Women Nominees to the DC Circuit?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the pattern of Republican obstruction of women appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, raising the question of whether there is a double standard for women nominees to this court. Since Kaine took office eleven months ago, two supremely qualified women nominees, Caitlin Halligan and Patricia Millett, have been filibustered in part because of a Republican argument that the D.C. … Continue Reading

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

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