Press Releases

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


March 06, 2019

Kaine Statement On Virginia Native & Journalist Detained In Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on Virginia native and journalist Cody Weddle, who has been detained in Venezuela: "My office has been in touch with the State Department regarding the detainment of Cody Weddle - a Virginian and journalist. The Venezuelan regime must release Mr. Weddle immediately. The United States needs to speak out forcefully against the targeting of … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Kaine & Young Introduce Bill To Repeal 1991 & 2002 AUMFs, Formalizing End Of Gulf & Iraq Wars

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan bill to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. The legislation will formally end the authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars - 28 and 17 years, respectively, after these AUMFs were first passed, reasserting Congress' vital role in not only declaring wars, but in ending them. The repeal of these authorizations also recognizes the strong … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Warner, Kaine Join Senate Dems In Calling On Trump Admin. To Shield Troops From Predatory Lenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect U.S. military personnel and their families from predatory lenders. In a letter addressed to CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger, the Senators urged CFPB not to cease checking for compliance with the Military Lending Act (MLA) in the Bureau's routine lender examinations. "When the CFPB … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Kaine Statement On Closure Of U.S. Consulate In Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to close the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, which has served as a direct link to the Palestinians: "This one-sided move is the latest U.S. misstep to make peace harder to reach. The Palestinians deserve independent representation with our diplomats in both Jerusalem and Washington. A one-state solution will not … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Connolly-Kaine Urge Secretary Pompeo to Call for Aziza Al-Youssef's Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urging him to call for the immediate release of Virginian Aziza Al-Youssef. Al-Youssef, a U.S. legal permanent resident and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, has been detained in Saudi Arabia since May of 2018 with no access to legal representation. She is currently being held in al-Hair prison, and has shared accounts with the National Human Rights … Continue Reading


March 01, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Medical Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to cosponsor the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act. The bill would allow health care providers to coordinate care, lower costs, and improve quality outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid. "Families deserve support when accessing care for their loved ones," said Kaine. "This bill will make it … Continue Reading


March 01, 2019

Warner, Kaine Back Senate Bill To Grant D.C. Statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) as original co-sponsors of Senate legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish congressional boundaries for the 51st state and grant D.C. residents Congressional representation. "It's time to end taxation without representation," said Warner. "It's time for Virginia's neighbors - who pay their fair share in taxes - to be treated like … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Warner, Kaine Seek Details On Private Military Housing In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) wrote today to the Secretaries of the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, asking for detailed information regarding the military's contracts with private companies to provide on-base housing for military families in Virginia. Prompted by pervasive allegations of health hazards - including lead poisoning, cockroaches, mice, mold blooms and water leaks - the Senators raised concerns about existing contracts with several private … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Cornyn, Kaine Introduce Bill to Strengthen US-Mexico Economic Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the U.S.-Mexico Economic Partnership Act which aims to strengthen the economic partnership between the two countries by expanding educational and professional exchange programs. "The partnership shared between the U.S. and Mexico has long benefited our countries both economically and culturally," said Cornyn. "This partnership is exemplified in Texas, where our vibrant border regions depend on strong … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Voting Rights Advancement Act Of 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 44 of their Senate colleagues to introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 to restore and strengthen the landmark Voting Rights Act. "There is no more sacred right as an American than the right to vote. Unfortunately, more than 50 years after the enactment of the landmark Voting Rights Act, and particularly after the Shelby County decision, many Americans still face barriers to fair participation in our elections," … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Senators Introduce Legislation Allowing Virginia, Other States To Further Benefit From Expanding Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) were joined by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and six other Senators in introducing legislation that would allow states that expanded Medicaid after 2014 or expand in the years ahead to receive the same full federal matching funds as states that expanded earlier under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. The States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act of 2019 is also co-sponsored … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing February as Career and Technical Education Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, announced that the Senate passed their resolution recognizing February 2019 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. The resolution was cosponsored by a total of 50 bipartisan Senators. "Career and technical education provides students with hands-on experience and real-world skills to better prepare them for jobs of the 21st century," … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Virginia And Maryland Senators Urge WMATA To Prioritize Safety In Maintenance Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD), wrote a letter to the WMATA Board of Directors in support of maintaining Metrorail's current overnight safety maintenance schedule, to ensure that critical safety work is completed as soon as possible and to prevent more daytime single-tracking. Warner, Kaine, Cardin, and Van Hollen agree with oversight officials that riders' safety should be the … Continue Reading

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