Press Releases

July 19, 2013

Kaine, Durbin Tour Newport News Shipbuilding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, welcomed U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, to Newport News Shipbuilding today. During the tour, Kaine and Durbin heard from shipyard employees and officials about the unique capabilities of aircraft carriers and submarines and toured construction of the Virginia class submarine, the USS John F. Kennedy, and the USS … Continue Reading

July 19, 2013

Kaine To EPA: Provide Coal-Fired Plants Flexibility To Meet Any New Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to urge the agency to adopt attainable New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for coal-fired power plants. In the letter, Kaine noted his support as Governor for the permitting of the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, a state-of-the-art coal plant in Southwest Virginia that dramatically reduced mercury and sulfur emissions. Facilities like Virginia City could not be … Continue Reading

July 18, 2013

Kaine Announces Joint Effort With McCain To Reform War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to announce his efforts with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to reform the War Powers Resolution in a way that lays out a clear consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action. Senators Kaine and McCain released a joint statement committing to work with their colleagues to codify such a process: "As we mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 War Powers … Continue Reading

July 17, 2013

Kaine Statement On Samantha Power Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated today in the confirmation hearing of Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. During the hearing, Kaine applauded Power's significant experience and expertise, and discussed her strong commitment to Israel. Following the hearing, Kaine endorsed Power's nomination and stated he'd advocate for her swift confirmation. "I strongly support … Continue Reading

July 16, 2013

Kaine Statement On Senate Compromise To Avoid Nuclear Option, Confirm Executive Appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today following the announcement of a compromise to allow confirmation votes for seven of President Barack Obama's nominees: "Yesterday, the entire Senate body came together and did something we rarely do - listen to each other for three and a half hours. As a result, we were able to find an acceptable compromise on pending executive nominations. I'm happy we've been able to find similar compromise on a number of … Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

Kaine Joins 38 Senators Urging Swift Implementation of Supreme Court DOMA Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 38 other senators today in sending a letter to President Obama calling on his administration to "swiftly and comprehensively" implement the Supreme Court's decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. The senators wrote: "We understand that your Administration is evaluating the vast number of statutes and regulations impacted, and that many laws provide Federal agencies with great discretion to provide relief to legally-married, same-sex … Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

Gillibrand, Kaine Urge Defense Secretary Hagel To Allow Sikh Soldiers Who Wear Beards, Turbans To Serve In The Military

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to remove an Army policy that currently bars Sikh Americans from serving in the military if they choose to wear beards and turbans as part of their faith. The request comes after a recent news report that several members of the Sikh community have won exceptions from the military, but many others have failed and face an uphill battle. The Defense Department's decades-old rule, … Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Kaine "Extremely Disappointed" In Filibuster To Block Student Loan Fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following the vote to advance a proposal to keep subsidized Stafford student loan rates at 3.4%: "I am extremely disappointed the proposal to keep subsidized Stafford student loan rates at 3.4% was stopped by a filibuster. I have long supported measures, including the Student Loan Affordability Act, that would have prevented the doubling of these rates. "More than 179,000 students in Virginia rely on these loans and … Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Sens. Warner & Kaine Introduce Virginian Patricia Millett At Judicial Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced Alexandria resident Patricia Millett at a confirmation hearing in support of her nomination to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. In their remarks, both Senators noted Millett's extensive legal experience and public and community service. "I recommend the confirmation of Patricia Millett without reservation, and it is a pleasure to speak on behalf of a Virginian with such extensive legal … Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Advisory: Kaine To Hold First Twitter & Facebook Town Hall

ADVISORY: KAINE TO HOLD FIRST TWITTER & FACEBOOK TOWN HALL WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, July 17, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold his first Twitter & Facebook town hall to answer questions about his first six months in the Senate and get feedback on issues that matter to Virginians, including the economy and job growth, immigration reform, measures to reduce gun violence and support for veterans. Questions can be submitted now on Twitter and Facebook using #AskTim. Wednesday, … Continue Reading

July 08, 2013

Kaine Discusses First CODEL Including Visits With Troops In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, today discussed his first overseas congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan, Jordan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany. During the July Fourth work week, he joined Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Cochran (R-MS), Sessions (R-AL), Boozman (R-AR), and Fischer (R-NE), to meet servicemembers in each country and discuss developing situations in Syria, Egypt and Iran, and … Continue Reading

June 28, 2013

Virginia Congressional Delegation Expresses Support of Hire Vets Virginia Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of Virginia's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Acting Secretary Seth D. Harris expressing unified support for a proposal to obtain a federal grant to support the Hire Vets Virginia initiative. All thirteen members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation signed the letter expressing interest in the proposal submitted for the National Emergency Grant on behalf of the Commonwealth. The letter reads, in part: "Virginians are … Continue Reading

June 28, 2013

Kaine Tours Small Businesses In Herndon With Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, town officials and local business owners today for a tour of Herndon small businesses. During the tour, Kaine discussed steps he has taken - including his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act and his work to pass a Senate budget - to provide greater certainty and a level playing field for small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Today's tour included stops at the Green Lizard Cycling, ArtSpace Herndon, … Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Kaine Statement On Final Passage Of Commonsense Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final Senate passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act by a vote of 68 to 32. Kaine has discussed the need for immigration reform at events across Virginia, including in Roanoke, Leesburg, and Reston, and in remarks he delivered in Spanish on the Senate floor: "Today the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation with significant bipartisan … Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Kaine Joins 40 Senators to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, Senator Kaine joined 40 other senators to introduce the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and provide equal treatment of all married couples. Feinstein, Nadler Reintroduce Legislation to Repeal DOMA Respect for Marriage Act Repeals Discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading

June 26, 2013

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Decisions Supporting Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today released the following statement following the outcomes of Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor at the U.S. Supreme Court: "Today's Supreme Court decisions are an enormous victory for thousands of committed couples and their families across the country and a major step toward marriage equality. In ruling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Court has affirmed the principle that every legally married couple has the … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Kaine Statement On President Obama's Climate Action Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan: "Today, the President laid out a series of steps to address the negative effects of carbon pollution on our environment. I applaud the focus and am studying the details of the proposal with care. "I believe the scientific consensus that we must reduce our reliance on carbon-based energy. America has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent since … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Kaine Statement On Voting Rights Act Decision by U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today in response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder: "The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the validity of the Voting Rights Act preclearance requirement but specify that Congress must grapple anew with the appropriate geographic application of the technique raises serious concerns, particularly with regard to how voting rights will be protected in the interim in places where … Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

Kaine Discusses Plan To Stop Loan Rate Hike For 179,000 Virginia Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined administrators, students, and financial aid officers at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond today to discuss his efforts to avoid the doubling of interest rates on undergraduate subsidized Stafford loans on July 1, from 3.4% to 6.8%. Kaine is a cosponsor of the Student Loan Affordability Act of 2013 to keep student loan interest rates at their current 3.4% rate for the next two years. "We are trying to come up with a solution … Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Kaine Op-Ed In Washington Post: Obama Should Block The Keystone Pipeline

Tim Kaine, a Democrat, represents Virginia in the Senate. President Obama is expected to make a decision in the next few months on the Keystone XL project. As the debate heats up, I worry that the shorthand used in talking about the issue obscures the real point. I'm a pro-pipeline senator. As a former mayor of Richmond, a city with a gas utility, I think it makes no sense to be anti-pipeline. But I oppose the Keystone XL project. Although the president's decision is technically over … Continue Reading

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