Press Releases

March 04, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge Department of Education to Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income Schools

~ Virginia schools received more than $2 million through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program last year - funding now in jeopardy due to sudden change in how eligibility is calculated ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter with a bipartisan group of Senators expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for 800 rural, low-income schools across the country. In … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud $7.8 Billion to Combat Coronavirus

~ Includes millions in additional funding for local efforts in Virginia to protect against and prepare for coronavirus ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a statement today after bipartisan Capitol Hill negotiators reached an agreement on an emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19): "After the Trump Administration initially requested just $1.25 billion in new money for federal agencies to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we're … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine To Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Senators demand Trump Health Department reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone who needs it, and this Administration's numerous policies that make it harder for patients to get care during an outbreak." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call on Government, Insurers to Waive Costs That May Prevent Coronavirus Patients From Seeking Diagnosis, Care

~ Sent letters to insurers, state and federal policymakers ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today urged health insurers and federal and state officials to eliminate cost burdens that could disincentivize people with coronavirus symptoms from seeking testing and treatment for the contagious illness. "We are fortunate that to date there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Virginia. While public health officials have warned us to expect the virus … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Durbin, Kaine Bill To Support Family Caregivers Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today announced that major components of their Supporting America's Caregivers and Families Act, a bill that would increase funding, training, and support for the more than 34 million family caregivers in America, passed the Senate unanimously as part of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020. Each year, caregivers provide more than $470 billion worth of unpaid care-more than the entire federal Medicaid budget. The … Continue Reading

March 03, 2020

Video: In Midst Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Kaine Criticizes Administration For Health Care Cuts, Asks About Servicemembers In Italy And South Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called for close collaboration with health experts and scientists as the government works to contain the emerging threat of the novel coronavirus. Kaine criticized the Trump Administration for proposing cuts to public health funding and attempting to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. President Trump's budget request slashes the … Continue Reading

March 03, 2020

Kaine Calls On Trump Administration To Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff, And Workers In Face Of Novel Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray to call on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to provide details on their Departments' plans for preparedness and response efforts to protect the safety and health of students, teachers, school staff, and workers in light of the emerging threat of the novel coronavirus. The Senators asked Secretary DeVos to … Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

Warner, Kaine and Wittman Request Update on National Park Service Heritage Area Feasibility Study of Virginia's Northern Neck

~ A Heritage Area designation for the Northern Neck will preserve and protect a historically significant region ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) requested an update from the National Park Service (NPS) on the Northern Neck National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. Congress first directed NPS to conduct the study more than a decade ago as the first step in the process of designating the Northern Neck a National Heritage Area … Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Honor of Katherine Johnson

~ Celebrates the life and achievements of pioneering physicist and mathematician ~ WASHINGTON - The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) along with U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to honor Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a NASA pioneer who passed away Monday at the age of 101. "Katherine Johnson was essential to NASA's success in the Space Race. But as an African-American … Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Rubio, Kaine Introduce Resolution Supporting Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution commending the work of GAVI and its partners for their efforts to expand vaccines and immunizations to the most vulnerable, especially children, in developing countries. The resolution also reaffirms the United States' continued support for the Alliance as an efficient and effective mechanism to advance global health security and save … Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Kaine Joins Bipartisan Group Of Senators Working To Save Minor League Baseball Teams

MLB has proposed eliminating or demoting 42 teams - including Virginia's Danville Braves, Bristol Pirates, and Bluefield Blue Jays WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues, led by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), to introduce a resolution supporting Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and their efforts to fight Major League Baseball's (MLB) proposed elimination or demotion of 42 MiLB clubs, including the … Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Warner And Kaine Announce More Than $1.8 Million In Funding To Support Public Housing Residents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,844,898 in federal funding to support residents of public housing in five cities across Virginia. The funding, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, helps individuals and families work towards economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. The program aims to help residents increase earned income and enhance their … Continue Reading

February 26, 2020

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bill To Reverse & Restore Military Funding After Trump Again Raids Defense Department For His Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Democratic Whip Dick Durbin along with 29 of their Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Trump Administration's recent short-sighted transfer of $3.8 billion from Pentagon priorities to build part of President Trump's border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot once again attempt to divert additional … Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

National Park Service Agrees to Conduct Study on Whether to Designate Dodona Manor as an Affiliated Area

LEESBURG, VA -- In response to a letter from Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), the National Park Service has agreed to conduct a reconnaissance survey to evaluate the suitability of designating the George C. Marshall House in Leesburg, known as Dodona Manor, as an "affiliated area" under NPS, which would help protect the property. "We are pleased that the National Park Service has agreed to our request to have the historic George C. … Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

Kaine Statement On S. 311

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after voting against proceeding to consideration of S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: "Today I voted against the Senate proceeding to take up S. 311, just as I did last year. We should not unnecessarily create new federal crimes and penalties to punish behavior that is already illegal … Continue Reading

February 24, 2020

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Katherine Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of Katherine Johnson: "Katherine Johnson helped realize one of humankind's oldest dreams-to reach the stars. Hidden no longer, she will be remembered for her contributions to math and science and forever stand as a role model for those whose talents are not fully recognized because of prejudice. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing, and my condolences go out to her family, my fellow … Continue Reading

February 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $320,000 for National Service in Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $322,855 in federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) - the federal agency for volunteering and service - to expand the impact of national service in Richmond, Roanoke, Christiansburg, and Tazewell, Va. The funding, awarded through a Senior Corps grant competition, will support 831 Virginia volunteers in the RSVP Program - one of America's largest volunteer networks for people … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Senators Hirono, Kaine Visit Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

HONOLULU - Yesterday, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) to meet with workers and military leaders, and to present a lei at the memorial for victims of the December shooting at the Shipyard. During their visit, Senators Hirono and Kaine met with Admiral John Aquilino, … Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $94.5 Million for Affordable Housing in Virginia

~ Funding will help support housing for individuals with low- and moderate-incomes, as well as people experiencing homelessness and those living with HIV/AIDS ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $94,523,140 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia. This funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was awarded through four grant programs - the Community Development … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan War Powers Resolution

Watch Kaine's floor speech today on the resolution here: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after the Senate passed his bipartisan war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization by a vote of 55-45: "With passage of this resolution, we sent a powerful … Continue Reading

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