Press Releases

January 06, 2020

Kaine On Iran War Powers Resolution: “Congress Must Act To Shoulder Its Responsibility”

Watch the floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech calling for passage of his war powers resolution that would force a debate and vote in Congress to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran. In the speech, Kaine outlined a series of activities that have raised the risk of war with Iran and discussed the serious consequences for our nation and the world. "Every member of Congress should vote, and then be accountable for, the … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Kaine Files War Powers Resolution To Prevent War With Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, introduced a war powers resolution to force a debate and vote in Congress to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran. Senator Dick Durbin is an original cosponsor of the legislation. "For years, I've been deeply concerned about President Trump stumbling into a war with Iran. We're now at a boiling point, and Congress must step in before Trump puts even more of … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Kaine Statement On U.S. Airstrike That Killed Qassim Suleimani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after President Trump directed the Pentagon to launch an airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander General Qassim Suleimani: "As I have warned for years, Trump's decision to tear up a diplomatic deal that was working and resume escalating aggressions with Iran has brought us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. Qassim … Continue Reading


December 22, 2019

Warner & Kaine Praise Signing of Virginia Beach Strong Act into Law

~ Legislation will make donations to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund tax deductible ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after their legislation to treat Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund donations as tax-deductible contributions was signed into law: "Following the horrific shooting in Virginia Beach, we were heartened to see the community come together to support victims and their families by helping alleviate some of the financial … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Warner & Kaine Praise Passage of Government Funding Bills

~ Bills to avert a government shutdown head to the President's desk ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) praised Senate passage of two bipartisan, bicameral spending bills to fund federal programs that are critical to Virginia and keep the federal government open through 2020. Following today's Senate passage, the bills now head to the President's desk for signature. "Today I voted to avert another painful government shutdown like the one that hurt … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

McConnell/Kaine Bill to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Now Goes to President for Signature

Senate approves bipartisan bill introduced by Senators McConnell and Kaine to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21. Utilizing his role as Senate Majority Leader, McConnell successfully secured their provision in the end of the year funding bills. WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate approved today the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), to raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Over $1.2 Million in Funding for Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture

~ Federal funding creates opportunities for innovative environmental solutions at Virginia Tech and Appalachian Sustainable Development ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,269,461 in federal funding from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support innovation in resource conservation and agricultural practices at Virginia Tech and in the Appalachian-Blue Ridge Forests ecoregion of Virginia. "When we talk about forest … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Kaine Statement On Appeals Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today following the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision declaring the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate unconstitutional and directing a district court to determine whether the rest of the law can stand without the individual mandate: "The Fifth Circuit ruling is the result of the latest effort by Republicans - in this case Republican State Attorneys General acting in concert with the Trump Administration - … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Warner, Kaine Urge Changes to USDA Industrial Hemp Production Program

~ Responding to concerns raised by Virginia farmers, the Senators suggest tweaks to USDA's proposal for regulating industrial hemp ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) wrote to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to encourage the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make changes to its proposed hemp regulations to better help Virginia farmers seeking to grow industrial hemp. Responding to concerns raised by farmers in Virginia, the Senators … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Kaine and McSally’s Veteran Treatment Court Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced that the Senate unanimously passed their bipartisan legislation to expand access to veteran treatment courts for veterans in need today. U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tina Smith (D-MN), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are co-sponsors of the legislation. The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019 establishes a program in coordination with the … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Video: Kaine’s Military Housing Reforms Pass Congress

Legislation will now go to the President for signature You can watch video of Kaine talking about the legislation here WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Kaine's provisions to improve military housing and many of his other priorities for Virginia, including paid family leave for federal … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Kaine Bill To Raise Tobacco Age To 21 Included In Government Funding Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the news that his bipartisan legislation with Senate Majority Leader McConnell to raise the tobacco age to 21 will be voted on as part of the appropriations package in the House and Senate this week: "I'm thrilled that our bill to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21 will get a vote in the House and Senate this week. This legislation will … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $800,000 In Federal Funding To Help Reduce Veteran Homelessness In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $883,881 in federal funding from a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The funding will help homeless veterans find affordable and stable housing. "Our nation's veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our nation, and we owe them our support as they make the transition to civilian life," the Senators said. … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

HELP Committee Passes Key Provisions Of Kaine Bills To Strengthen Support For Children At Risk Of Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded HELP Committee passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which includes key provisions of his legislation to strengthen America's child welfare system: the Child Welfare Workforce Support Act and the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act. The Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would address high turnover rates among child welfare workers, and the … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Kaine’s Bipartisan Bill To Prevent The President From Leaving NATO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Armed Services Committee (SASC), applauded SFRC passage of his bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without congressional approval. "Recent actions have raised serious questions among our allies about America's commitment to NATO. This bill would clarify that no U.S. President can withdraw from NATO without Congressional … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud Congressional Passage of the Virginia Beach Strong Act

~ Legislation to make contributions to the Virginia Beach Tragedy fund tax-deductible now heads to the President's desk for signature ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded the Senate passage of the Virginia Beach Strong Act, a bill that would make contributions to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund tax-deductible. The legislation cleared the Senate unanimously following Monday's passage in the House of Representatives and will now head to President Trump's … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Kaine Joins Lankford, Hassan on Bipartisan Bill to End Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced an updated version of their bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. As Congress approaches the threat of a second government shutdown this year, Lankford and Hassan are joined by four of their Senate colleagues to push for this commonsense reform that protects federal employees and forces Congress to stay in DC to fund the government. If signed into law, the bill would set up an automatic Continuing … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Four Kaine Bills Included In Bipartisan Health Care Package, Including Bill To Raise Tobacco Age To 21

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the bipartisan health care agreement announced Sunday. Four of Kaine's bills were included in this comprehensive package: one to raise the tobacco age to 21, one to improve the nation's public health data systems, one to expand health care to rural areas through telehealth, and provisions of a bill to increase patent transparency for … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Kaine’s Military Housing Reforms Included In Final 2020 Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after today's announcement of the final conference report of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Kaine's provisions to improve military housing and many of his other priorities for Virginia. The Senate and House of Representatives will vote on the final legislation. "After seeing the horrific housing conditions that … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

In Bipartisan Letter, Warren, Cotton, Kaine, & Romney Warn of National Security and Public Health Risks Posed by China's Influence Over Drug Supply Chain

Foreign Imports Account for 80% of U.S. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Text of the Letter (PDF) Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper raising concerns about the national security risks posed by U.S. reliance on foreign-manufactured pharmaceutical products. The senators' letter follows the publication of the U.S.-China … Continue Reading

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