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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority of Senators blocked yet another vote on passage of emergency unemployment insurance legislation today: “I regret that a minority of Senators continue to block us from restoring emergency unemployment benefits for up to 1.7 million Americans, including more than 10,000 Virginians. In addition to hurting workers searching for jobs as they struggle to support their families, t...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) voted today for Senate passage of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2014, which now goes to the President for his signature.  The legislation included many provisions championed by the Senators that will benefit Virginians, including strengthened crop insurance for farmers and conservation programs for the Chesapeake Bay.  The 2014 farm bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion over 1...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the State Department’s final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: “I believe the key environmental impact of this project is not the literal construction but rather the market signal that construction would send.  We currently have the tools to build an energy strategy to get cleaner tomorrow than today.  Building this pipeline would dramatically ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on Iran, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, advocated strongly for exhausting all diplomatic options to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He argued that despite “good faith differences” in tactics, both sides in the Iran sanctions debate actually have the same goal: a nuclear weapons-free Iran achieved through diplomacy, rat...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement: “I am deeply troubled by the news that the Syrian regime is not meeting its international obligations to dismantle its chemical weapons program.  Bashar al Assad should know that backsliding on his commitment to dismantle his entire illicit chemical weapons program is intolerable and will be met with cons...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: "Today the Senate voted to preempt rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program that would have affected many people in Virginia and other states with low-lying coastal and flood-prone areas.  Due to climate impacts like sea-level rise and more frequent storms, insurance rates must&nbs...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman announced the formation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Kaine and Portman, will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. “From growing up working in my Dad's small ironworking shop to creating Governor’s Ca...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Mark R. Warner and Representative Jim Moran in a letter to the Air Force Materiel Commander, General Janet C. Wolfenbarger questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate the Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A copy of the letter is available below. The Office of Scientific Research employs 170 in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology co...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight: “Tonight the President laid out a practical agenda with specific ideas to continue moving our country forward by creating more opportunities for all Americans and rewarding hard work. I’m glad he was optimistic about where our nation’s economy is headed, because I am too. And I agree raising the minimum wage to $10.10 is exactly the boo...Continue Reading

  • 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 carri...Continue Reading

  • 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 wou...Continue Reading

  • 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 arou...Continue Reading

  • 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 tradition. ###

  • 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),...Continue Reading

  • 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 Admini...Continue Reading

  • 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 Magn...Continue Reading

  • 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 th...Continue Reading

  • 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 rights." ###

  • 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...Continue Reading

  • 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 o...Continue Reading