Press Releases

April 24, 2020

Warner, Kaine Announce $200,000 for Virginia Tech to Help Scientific Community Address COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $200,000 in federal funding to support a project by the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) at Virginia Tech that seeks to help the global computational molecular sciences community quickly provide their scientific data and expertise to address the COVID-19 crisis. The funding, awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), was made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Amid COVID-19, Warner, Kaine Urge Swift Approval of Food Program for Families Who Rely on Free or Reduced School Meals

~ Inclusion in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program would help fight food insecurity for children during health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging swift approval of Virginia's request to operate a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program that would ensure that children in Virginia continue to have access to healthy and nutritious foods during this crisis. … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Warner, Kaine Join Push to Ensure Families Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for their Children as Quickly as Possible

~ Treasury announcement gave families less than 48 hours' notice to enter additional information needed to receive $500 COVID-19 payment per child ~ WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 34 of their Senate colleagues calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to ensure that families who are not normally required to file taxes - and who will automatically receive … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $1.8 Million in Funding for Rural Virginia Hospitals

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $1,854,974 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in supporting rural hospitals across the Commonwealth as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. The federal funding was made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $150 million to assist hospitals funded through the Small … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Kaine Announces ‘Everybody’s The Graduation Speaker’ Video Contest For Virginia High School Seniors

Watch his video announcing the contest here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched the "Everybody's the Graduation Speaker" video contest. With many in-person graduations likely to be postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus, Kaine is encouraging Virginia's graduating high school seniors to submit a video of an original speech they would like to give at graduation. Kaine will select speeches to feature on his Facebook page and website during May and June to celebrate … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

As Workplace Infections Rise, Kaine Introduces Bill To Protect Workers From COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Tammy Baldwin to introduce legislation to protect U.S. workers from COVID-19 in response to disturbing, widespread reports of unsafe workplaces leading to preventable illnesses and deaths. The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that establishes a legal obligation for all workplaces to implement comprehensive infectious … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Kaine Pushes For Urgent Job Training Investments In Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined more than 20 of his colleagues in a letter, led by Senators Jeff Merkley and Richard Blumenthal, pressing Senate leadership to include critical workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) funding in the next coronavirus relief bill. The letter comes as nearly 22 million workers filed for unemployment in the course of a month and as the economy shed nearly all of the jobs gained over the past five years. "Although unemployment … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Coronavirus Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan coronavirus relief package that provides $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (including $60 billion for women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses in rural communities), $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, $75 billion for health care providers, and $25 billion for testing. "This legislation will … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Senators Push Veterans Affairs Secretary for Information on Personal Protective Equipment for Employees Amid COVID-19

~ Alarming media reports highlight many VA staff are working without PPE, penalized for following health guidance from public health authorities ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pushing for more information regarding the personal protective equipment (PPE) available to its employees at hospitals, clinics and other facilities … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Dedicated, Flexible State And Local Government Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues to call for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. While Virginia has received $3.3 billion to support its COVID-19 response, the Senators are pushing for the next emergency coronavirus relief package to provide assurances that funding can be used to prevent potentially devastating budget cuts and that localities … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Emergency OSHA Standard To Protect Essential Workers In COVID-19 Response Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following concerns about worker safety in Virginia, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Tammy Baldwin and 32 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer calling for any future coronavirus response legislation to include a requirement that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to guarantee protections for all essential … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Kaine And King Lead Call For Investments To Address Mental Health Needs Resulting From COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King led 18 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators highlighted the threat COVID-19 poses to several particularly vulnerable populations, including people in marginalized communities with … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bill To Require Federal Government To Collect And Report Demographic Data On Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Elizabeth Warren to introduce the bicameral Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and fatality rates, and provide a summary of the final statistics and a report to Congress within 60 days after the end of the public health emergency. It … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $156 Million in Funding to Support Virginia Students

~ First half of higher education funding under CARES Act will cover basic essentials for Virginia students during the health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded more than $156 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education to support Virginia students. The federal funding was made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $309 Million for Airports Across Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $309,729,392 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide economic relief to 47 airports across the Commonwealth. "The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our economy and our airports are no exception. In fact, the necessary precautions we have taken to slow the spread of the virus have hit our airports especially hard," said the Senators. "That's … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge Virginia's Inclusion in U.S. Department of Agriculture Online Purchasing Pilot Program Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

~ Program aims to reduce food insecurity during health crisis by allowing SNAP recipients to order groceries online ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging for swift approval of Virginia's request to participate in the agency's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Pilot Program. This program allows SNAP recipients to use their benefits to purchase items online with … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Warner, Kaine Join Colleagues in Pushing for More Information, Transparency on Coronavirus Testing

~ Press Coronavirus Task Force for plan to address testing shortfalls ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and 43 other Senators in calling on the Coronavirus Task Force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan Push To Support Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Senators warn that instances of domestic violence and sexual assault are likely to increase as a result of stay-at-home orders-and request that any future legislation to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) provides funding to support victims and survivors, including through programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of more than 30 colleagues to request that any future … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Kaine Statement On Signing Of Historic Gun Safety Legislation In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after Governor Northam signed into law several gun violence prevention measures: "These commonsense reforms are an enormous achievement that will make Virginia communities safer. We have seen the scourge of gun violence in the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Virginia Beach and the all too common shootings in our cities and towns. As elected officials, it's our responsibility to learn painful lessons and take … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Kaine Statement On House Signing His Bipartisan War Powers Resolution

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 his bipartisan war powers resolution was signed by the House. The resolution, which would prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization, passed the House last month after passing the Senate in February. It will next go to the Senate for signature and then be presented to President Trump for … Continue Reading

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