Press Releases

October 24, 2019

VIDEO: On Senate floor, Kaine calls on colleagues to pass legislation to mitigate Trump’s Syria disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech calling on his colleagues to pass the House resolution condemning Trump's betrayal of the Kurds, bring to the floor the Menendez-Risch sanctions bill to hold Turkey accountable, and increase humanitarian assistance for the Kurdistan Regional Government and international refugee support agencies. In his remarks, Kaine said, "I want America to be the country that tells the world, 'You can count on us. You can count on us.' Not … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

U.S. Senators Smith, Brown, Van Hollen, Kaine, Cardin & Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)-along with Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.)-is making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. The Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provide those low-wage workers with back pay. Sen. Smith and her colleagues say … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Support Working Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine cosponsored the Working Students Act, legislation to support students who are working their way through school. The bill will allow students who need to work to pay for college to complete their degrees more quickly and with less debt. "As the cost of college continues to rise, more and more students need to work in order to afford school," Kaine said. "I'm proud this legislation gives students the ability to support their education by working without … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Video: Kaine Condemns Trump Administration For Flawed Strategy And Lack Of Communication On Syria

WATCH HERE: https://timkaine.box.com/s/nczfviqrc1e9ia1p4i88ezkfcmlfmael WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine condemned the Trump Administration for abandoning the Kurds who have fought alongside American troops, empowering our adversaries, and raising the risk that there will be a resurgence of ISIS. In his questioning, Kaine criticized the Trump Administration for failing to consult experts or come before Congress to propose … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Provide Higher Education Support For Homeless Students And Foster Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) cosponsored the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act, a bill to help homeless and foster students get the support they need to access and succeed in higher education. This legislation, which Kaine also cosponsored last Congress, was introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rob Portman (R-OH). "Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education, but homeless and foster youth often face unique … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Announcement Of Ceasefire In Syria

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 announcement of a ceasefire in Syria: "President Trump's decision to help Turkey push the Kurds out of their home in northern Syria after all they have done to help the U.S. defeat ISIS is outrageous. His explanation that 'they had to have it cleaned out' is chilling. I'll have numerous questions for the … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $500,000 In Federal Funding To Support Addiction Research And Services In Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $504,450 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Mount Rogers Health District in Southwest Virginia, which oversees eight localities at the epicenter of the addiction crisis. The funding will allow the district to partner with researchers across the country on solutions to address the addiction crisis in Southwest Virginia. "The drug addiction crisis has hurt every … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Improve Veterans’ Caregiver Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) cosponsored the Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures (TEAM) for Veteran Caregivers Act, a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) caregiver program. The legislation was introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Gary Peters (D-MI). "Caregivers play a vital role in the lives of veterans who are injured, disabled, or suffering from other chronic conditions. I'm proud to join this bipartisan effort to help … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Warner & Kaine Statement On Senate Confirmation Of Novak For Eastern District Court Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division: "We're pleased that the Senate voted to confirm Judge Novak for the Eastern District Court of Virginia. His experience prosecuting national security matters at the federal level and his service as a magistrate judge have proven he is … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Warner & Kaine Inquire About Effects of "Junk Plans" on Virginians with Pre-Existing Conditions

~ Senate will soon vote on whether to protect Americans with preexisting conditions against discrimination by insurance companies and the Trump Administration pushing "junk" insurance plans ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) requested information from Virginia's insurance commission on how the Trump Administration's push for "junk" health insurance plans is affecting protections for Virginians with preexisting conditions. The "junk plans," which are … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Kaine Statement On 17th Anniversary of 2002 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement seventeen years after the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the war against Iraq was signed into law: "Iraq is now our ally. It is incoherent that we have not just one, but two war authorizations in place against a country that is a partner to us in the region. Republican leadership should let the Senate vote on my … Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud Nearly $24 Million for Rural Broadband in Southwest Virginia

~ Funding will support broadband serving nearly 7,000 homes in seven counties ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $23,979,453 in federal funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband to nearly 7,000 unserved homes and businesses in seven counties across Southwest Virginia. "The lack of broadband infrastructure continues to affect folks in rural Virginia, from business owners to students," said the Senators. "In … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Federal Funding to Expand Food Access and Equity in Charlottesville

~ Will support initiative to reach more than 3,500 youth and 2,000 adults in the Charlottesville area ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $375,000 in federal assistance to help advance an initiative in Charlottesville, Va. by the Charlottesville Food Justice Network to expand food access for youth and families, cultivate local food equity, and fuel and sustain economic empowerment through increased community-led urban agriculture. This funding, … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Kaine Statement On Turkish Offensive In Northern Syria

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 Turkish offensive that has been launched in northern Syria following the withdrawal of U.S. troops: "President Trump has left our allies at risk of being slaughtered and spurred massive additional instability in a conflict that desperately needs resolution. His abandonment of the Kurds in northern Syria imperils our gains in the fight … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $4 Million In Arc Funding To Boost Economic Development In Appalachian Region Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $4,849,792 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative for communities in the Appalachian region of Virginia. "We're excited to support these investments to strengthen Virginia's economy," the Senators said. "This funding will help promote job growth, allow more people to access job training, … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Kaine Calls on DeVos to Fix Mismanagement of TEPSLF Program

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democrats, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos demanding that the Department of Education take immediate action to rectify serious flaws in their management of the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLF), after the … Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $6 Million for Rural Broadband

~ Grants will expand high-speed internet access in Scott and Buchanan counties ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $6 million in federal funding to expand broadband access in Southwest Virginia. The investments are expected to expand job and economic opportunities in a region where average household incomes continue to lag behind both the national average and other places in Virginia. "In the 21st century, high-speed internet access is … Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

Kaine Statement On Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria: "President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria's border with Turkey and abandon the Kurds is a betrayal of a key partner in our fight against ISIS. Now they are on their own - facing threats from the Syrian government, Turkey, Russia, and ISIS remnants. And Trump … Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Kaine Statement On Anniversary Of Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Saudi state-sponsored murder of Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "One year after the Saudi government killed Jamal Khashoggi for exposing its human rights abuses, President Trump has failed to hold Saudi Arabia accountable and has undermined the very freedom of the press Jamal stood for. … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Increase In Military Suicide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Pentagon report detailing rising suicide rates in the U.S. military: "I'm deeply saddened by the rise in suicide among our active duty military personnel. Military leadership must look at these disturbing statistics and determine what we can do to ensure that our troops and their families are receiving the support they need. We all need to work together to bring … Continue Reading

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