Press Releases

February 19, 2021

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. District Judge, Western District of Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge James P. Jones, who will assume senior status effective August 30, 2021. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations, as well as input from bar associations and experts, … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Bennet, Kaine Announce Introduction of Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care

Watch and Download Remarks from Bennet and Kaine HERE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced the reintroduction of their legislation, the Medicare-X Choice Act, which would create a public option by expanding on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare. The Medicare Exchange (Medicare-X) plan would offer families, individuals, and small businesses low-cost health insurance, decrease the number of uninsured Americans, control the cost … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Convict Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his intent to vote to convict President Trump in his second impeachment trial: "One year ago, I said upon the conclusion of President Trump's first impeachment trial, 'Unchallenged evil spreads like a virus,' and that acquittal would lead to worse behavior. The events of January 6th-seven dead, the first siege of our Capitol in over 200 years, the disruption of the peaceful transfer of power-are the direct result of … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce $10 Million Federal Grant for Loudoun Water Storage Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award $10 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia to fund the construction of a water storage reservoir in Loudoun County. "All Virginians deserve reliable access to healthy drinking water," said the Senators. "We are glad to announce this $10 million grant to support a safe and dependable water supply in Loudoun County." The $10 million grant will help … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Urge Biden Administration to Reverse FEMA Decision Not To Reimburse Virginia for Costs Associated With Emergency Declaration on January 6th

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the Biden administration in support of Virginia's request to reverse the previous administration's decision to deny Virginia's emergency declaration under the Stafford Act. Without the emergency declaration, Virginia will have to cover millions in unanticipated costs related to deploying the Virginia National Guard to support securing the United States Capitol during the deadly January 6 riots and through … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Emphasize Need to Help Students Safely Return to School

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Amy Klobuchar in a letter to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Jeff Zients emphasizing the importance of helping states and school districts safely and equitably return to in-person learning. Specifically, the letter noted the urgency to make sure states and schools have the resources and guidance they need to be able to return to in-person learning. "By safely … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Homeowner Assistance Fund to Help People Keep Their Homes amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sherrod Brown, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in reintroducing a $75 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund bill. The legislation would help protect struggling homeowners and communities by preventing avoidable foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut offs. The Fund would … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Unveil Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to Address America's Maternal Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) - along with members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus - to unveil the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, historic legislation to save moms' lives, end racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and achieve maternal health justice for Black women and all women and birthing people of color. The Momnibus builds on … Continue Reading

February 08, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Luria Urge Biden Administration to Include Funding to Repair Colonial Parkway in President’s Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), sent a letter urging the Biden Administration to allocate funds to address the deferred maintenance backlog at Colonial National Historical Park in the President's FY22 budget request. Colonial National Historical Park has a deferred maintenance backlog of over $434 million, the largest backlog of any national park unit in Virginia. Specifically, the members of Congress are … Continue Reading

February 08, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, Sen. Coons and Rep. Clyburn reintroduce bill to commemorate multi-state Brown v. Board of Education sites

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) reintroduced legislation to honor and commemorate the historic sites that contributed to the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The purpose of this legislation is to expand the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to include historic sites in South Carolina and designate National Park Service (NPS) Affiliated Areas in other states. It would … Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce $4 Million for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs in Richmond

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $4,000,000 in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority to help expand access to and improve the quality of mental health and substance abuse programs. "Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen an increased demand for mental health and substance abuse services," said the Senators. "We are glad to announce that … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Shares Stories of Virginians Impacted By Covid-19, Urges Colleagues to Go Big On Relief

You can view the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as the Senate begins to take up another COVID relief package, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered remarks on the Senate floor calling on his colleagues to work with a sense of urgency on passing significant relief to ease the suffering Americans across the country are experiencing as the pandemic rages on. Kaine highlighted the severe emotional, financial, and health impacts of COVID-19, including by sharing the stories of three of his … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

New Cornyn, Kaine Bill Honors Medal of Honor Recipients with National Monument

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the National Medal of Honor Monument Act, a bill to authorize the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation (NMOHMF) in Arlington, Texas to establish a monument on federal land in Washington, D.C honoring Medal of Honor recipients. The monument would honor the extraordinary acts of valor, selfless service, and sacrifice displayed by Medal of Honor recipients, and no federal funds would be used to pay for … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Express Urgency in Working with Biden Administration to Help Women Return to the Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Amy Klobuchar and 18 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, asking the Biden Administration to support efforts to help women return to the workforce. Throughout the pandemic, women have been disproportionately affected by job losses. In December 2020, women lost 156,000 jobs while men gained 16,000 jobs. According to a report from the National Women's Law Center, more … Continue Reading

February 01, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect Miners From Covid-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue an emergency temporary standard requiring mine operators to establish a plan to tackle occupational COVID-19 exposure and provide miners … Continue Reading

February 01, 2021

Warner & Kaine Press U.S. Postmaster General on Continued Widespread Mail Service Delays for Virginians

WASHINGTON - After hearing firsthand from hundreds of Virginians regarding continued widespread U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delays, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) fired off a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General urging him to address the troubling delay of life-saving medicines, groceries, supplies, and much more in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In their letter, the Senators call on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to rescind policy changes that are delaying mail … Continue Reading

February 01, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million for Vaccine Distribution in Loudoun County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $1,022,77 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Loudoun County. Specifically, the funding will be used to support efforts to store, handle, transport, distribute and administer the vaccine against COVID-19. "We are glad to announce that these federal dollars will go towards getting vaccines out to more folks in Loudoun County," said the … Continue Reading

January 27, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Grant D.C. Statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Tom Carper in re-introducing legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state of the United States. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish congressional boundaries for the 51st state and grant D.C. residents full congressional representation. The bill would also ensure that the citizens and elected leaders of the District of Columbia have full authority over local affairs, including crucial safety … Continue Reading

January 26, 2021

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues In Introducing Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) in introducing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. A study conducted by the Commonwealth Institute found that approximately 1,018,000 Virginians would have their wages raised under the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, while another 254,000 Virginians who make just above the new minimum would see increases as well … Continue Reading

January 26, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Job Opportunities and Strengthen Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME) in reintroducing the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce. Amid high unemployment rates across the country exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative businesses continue to face challenges in hiring the skilled workers they need … Continue Reading

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