Press Releases

June 22, 2020

With Senate Considering Police Reform, King, Kaine Call for Colleagues to “Rise to the Occasion”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Amid nationwide protests against police violence against African-Americans and widespread calls for systemic changes, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are urging Senate leaders to find a bipartisan path forward and enact meaningful police reform. Specifically, the Senators are calling for hearings in the Judiciary Committee on both the Justice in Policing Act, introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and the JUSTICE … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $11 Million For Williamsburg And Blacksburg Transit

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $11,297,535 in federal funding for public transportation in Williamsburg and Blacksburg. The funding, for the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) and the town of Blacksburg, was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Senators Warner and Kaine. "As more Virginians begin to go back to work and engage in their … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Hoeven & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Ensure States, Communities Can Fully Utilize Disaster Resiliency Funding

Bill Would Extend Deadline for NDRC Awardees, including Minot & Norfolk, to Spend Funds to 2025 WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced legislation to extend the deadline for National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC) awardees to utilize the program's funding until September 30, 2025. This three-year extension will help ensure awardees, including the City of Minot, North Dakota, and the City of Norfolk, Virginia, are able to fully implement … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Decision Saving DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California: "President Trump's decision to end DACA plunged hundreds of thousands of innocent young people into legal limbo and wreaked havoc upon nearly every area of American life. I'm so thankful the Court has put an end to this Administration's ill-conceived broken promise. Congress should now pass the HEROES … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Bicameral, Bipartisan Resolution Condemns Discrimination Against Iranian Americans

Lawmakers call for probe of discriminatory CBP directive to detain and question Americans of Iranian origin following killing of General Soleimani WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) led the introduction of a resolution denouncing discriminatory treatment of Iranian Americans. This bicameral, bipartisan resolution comes after earlier this year, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Kaine Praises Senate Passage Of The Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA): "The Great American Outdoors Act is a historic, bipartisan win for Virginia and the environment. I'm proud of the leadership displayed by my colleague and friend, Senator Mark Warner, who helped usher this bill to passage and championed the parks maintenance provisions in this package. These funds will address the deferred maintenance backlog … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Senate Passes Rubio, Kaine Resolution Supporting GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statements after the U.S. Senate passed their resolution supporting GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance (S.Res.511). "GAVI remains a leading organization in providing critical support to advance global health security by ensuring access to life-saving vaccines and immunizations," Rubio said. "I'm happy to see the Senate unanimously approved this … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Video: Kaine Joins Booker, Colleagues To Call For Passage Of Comprehensive Policing Legislation

You can watch video of Kaine's floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech calling for passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. Last week, Kaine joined Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris to introduce the legislation, the first comprehensive legislative approach to ending police brutality and changing the culture of law enforcement departments. The bill would hold police accountable in court for misconduct, increase transparency … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Permanent Expansion Of Telehealth Following COVID-19 Pandemic

Telehealth Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries Up More Than 11,000% In Just Over A Month WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) in calling for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act, legislation cosponsored by Senators Warner and Kaine, that have allowed Medicare beneficiaries in all areas of the … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Decision Barring Gay And Transgender Employment Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: "No one should be fired because of who they are or whom they love. I am so relieved the Supreme Court recognized that basic truth today and grateful for the brave men and women who brought forth these cases." … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $60 Million for Hampton Roads Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $61,731,853 in federal funding for public transportation in Hampton Roads. The funding, for Hampton Roads Transit, was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "Throughout this crisis, our community's transportation systems have been forced to deal with extraordinary challenges to meet the needs of … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Kaine Secures Virginia Wins, Ban On Use Of Military Against Peaceful Protesters In 2021 Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia's defense community, shipbuilding industry, and military families. The Committee also adopted Kaine's amendment to prevent the use of military force against American citizens exercising their first amendment … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Dept. of Labor Inspector General to Conduct Audit of OSHA's Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Agrees to Investigate Specific Concerns Raised by Sens. Warren, Kaine, Sanders, Baldwin, Casey and Duckworth Amid Growing Worker Illnesses and Deaths Letter from DOL OIG (PDF) | Senators' Initial Request (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) and Tammy Duckworth … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Warner, Kaine Express Concern with Disproportionately Small Share of Food Allotted to Virginia Food Banks Under USDA Relief Program

~ Raise questions regarding the program's implementation, lack of distributors able to serve rural food banks ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed concern with the disproportionately small share of food that Virginia has received under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Farmers to Families Food Box program and the lack of approved distributors able to meet the needs of food banks in rural areas. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Kaine Introduces Bill To Help Higher Education Institutions Access Federal Funding To Support Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Coronavirus Relief Flexibility for Students and Institutions Act to fix several implementation issues with the higher education emergency relief fund in the CARES Act by providing institutions of higher education and students with the increased flexibility Congress intended. This bill would make an additional 7.5 million students eligible for emergency … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Kaine & Gillibrand Call On Senate Leadership To Support Digital News Outlets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Kirsten Gillibrand led their colleagues in a letter urging Senate leadership to include support for digital-native news outlets in future COVID-19 response legislation. During this pandemic, these outlets have provided information to Americans on health and safety measures and reopening protocols in communities across the country. Digital-native outlets rely primarily on advertising revenue, yet the pandemic has caused a severe drop in this … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Kaine Cosponsors Reforms To Address Racial Inequality & Injustice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced a package of bills he's supporting in Congress to address racial inequality and injustice, including legislation to reform the criminal justice system, reduce disparities in health care and education, and help close the systemic economic gaps that have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. "For centuries, our nation has preached equality as our cardinal virtue while burdening African Americans with systemic inequality. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues in Introducing Sweeping Police Reform Bill

~ Groundbreaking Justice in Policing Act of 2020 aims to hold police accountable, increase transparency & improve practices, training ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and 31 of their Senate colleagues in introducing sweeping police reform legislation. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is the first comprehensive legislative approach to ending police brutality and changing the culture of law … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $3.5 Million for Petersburg Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $3,581,786 in federal funding for public transportation in the City of Petersburg. The funding, for Petersburg Area Transit, was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "As the Commonwealth continues to navigate through this health crisis, we're pleased to know that these federal dollars will … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Supporting Military Families: Blumenthal & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Reimburse Costs Incurred When Leaving Employment Due To Military Move

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced legislation today to ease the financial burden on military spouses who must break an employment contract when their families are relocated. The Military Spouse Relocation and Contract Reimbursement Act would reimburse military spouses for fees and payments they may incur when forced to break employment contracts due to frequent moves necessitated by … Continue Reading

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