Press Releases

May 25, 2021

Video: Kaine Applauds Committee Passage of His Bipartisan Bill to Promote Health Care Provider Mental Health

Committee also passed provision of his bill to reduce maternal and infant mortality Video: https://timkaine.box.com/s/2oencwwa359eoprh4jp11udu8etvow3z WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded committee passage of his bipartisan legislation to prevent burnout, suicide, and mental and behavioral health issues in health care workers. Reintroduced by Kaine in March, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Kaine & Murkowski Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality, Address Racial Inequities in Maternal Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Mothers and Newborns Success Act to help reduce the egregious racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2018, the maternal mortality rate for Black women was more than 2.5 times higher than the maternal mortality rate for White women, and the … Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $15 Million in Federal Funds for the Virginia Dept. of Health

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will receive $15,315,313 in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support Virginia's public health emergency preparedness. "We are pleased to see this funding go towards supporting the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as they continue to work around the clock to protect the health and promote the well-being of all Virginians … Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Warner & Kaine Recommend Three for Vacancy on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to the White House recommending Judge Arenda Wright Allen, Judge Hannah Lauck, and Virginia Solicitor General Toby J. Heytens to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which will be created when Judge Barbara M. Keenan assumes senior status in August 2021. Judge Allen has been a U.S. District Court Judge in the Norfolk division of the Eastern District of Virginia since … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Warner & Kaine Applaud Signing Of Anti-Hate Crime Bill, Including Provisions Of Heather Heyer No Hate Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded President Biden's signing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation cosponsored by Warner and Kaine, into law. The law is designed to counter the recent trend of violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It includes provisions of the Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act, cosponsored by Warner and Kaine last Congress to improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Wicker, Kaine, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Minority Business Support to Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., along with U.S. Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., today reintroduced the "Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act of 2021," which would authorize the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the Department of Commerce to establish up to 10 business centers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to serve rural and underserved communities. MBDA's … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Sens. Moran, Kaine Introduce Amendment to Share Excess COVID-19 Vaccines with Countries in Need

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act that would urge the U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to share excess COVID-19 vaccines with countries in need. "Ending the global pandemic as quickly as possible should be a top priority for the United States," said Sen. Moran. "With millions of excess vaccines still available, it is vital that we save … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Kaine Highlights Four Virginian Stories at Senate Hearing on Paid Sick Leave

Video: https://timkaine.box.com/s/zc5jic9d0ryhqp5p9gignu0oegpowgmv WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, highlighted the stories of Virginians from Chesterfield, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, and Alexandria at a HELP Committee hearing on paid sick leave. The stories included negative experiences from employees who lacked paid sick leave and a positive experience from an employee with paid sick leave. … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding For Martinsville-Based Manufacturing Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,040,321 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership, also known as GENEDGE, in Martinsville. GENEDGE is a part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network, based at NIST. The partnership aims to help small and medium-sized manufacturers lower costs, … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Kaine & Murray Call On GAO to Examine Barriers to Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking the agency to examine the barriers that prevent infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families from receiving Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's (IDEA) services, known as Part C. Part C of the IDEA serves nearly 388,700 … Continue Reading


May 16, 2021

Kaine, Ossoff & Colleagues Urge Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and 26 of their Senate colleagues in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence. Along with Senators Kaine and Ossoff, the letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Martin … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Urge President Biden to Focus On COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, in calling on the Biden Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy that addresses the severe COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean and focuses on vaccine access for developing countries in the Americas. As the pandemic continues … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $10 Million in Federal Funding For Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $10,575,962 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help fund projects at 7 airports across the Commonwealth. The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports infrastructure improvement projects at airports across the nation. A portion of the funding also comes from the American Rescue Plan supported by Sens. … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million in Federal Funds to Support Americorps Projects in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,037,043 in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support seven AmeriCorps VISTA projects across Virginia. The AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program is a national service program that supports organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunities in the United States. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

What Virginians Are Reading: American Rescue Plan Relief Headed To Local Communities across the Commonwealth

WASHINGTON - Over the last 24 hours, here's just some of what Virginians have been reading about the $7.2 billion in relief funds that are headed to the state and local governments thanks to the American Rescue Plan: Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia cities to get double boost from American Rescue Plan as money starts to flow Virginia will receive $4.3 billion, or $500 million more than previously expected, under the American Rescue Plan Act, while Richmond and other cities will get a … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Kaine Introduces Bill to Curb Police Overuse of Tear Gas Against Peaceful Protesters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Preventing the Misuse of Tear Gas Act to address state and federal law enforcement's use of tear gas. The bill would require federal law enforcement agencies to set policies stating that the use of riot control agents like tear gas should be avoided wherever possible against non-violent civilians and that their use to quell violent activity should minimize any impact on those not participating in the violence. The legislation … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

As Whiskey Tariff Set To Double In June, Kaine & Young Urge Administration to Work to Remove Retaliatory Tariffs on Spirits & Wine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) sent a letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, calling on the agencies to address the harmful retaliatory tariffs that inhibit trade of whiskey, other spirits, and wine between the United States and European Union (E.U.) and United Kingdom (U.K.). The letter comes as the European Union tariff on American whiskey is scheduled … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Kaine Praises Biden Administration’s Broadening of Student COVID Relief Eligibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised the Biden Administration's decision to make Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants available to "any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020" and who demonstrates need. Under the Trump Administration, only students who filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could apply for HEERF grants, but some financially needy students, such as those enrolled in … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Warner & Kaine Praise Treasury’s Launch of State and Local COVID Relief Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the Treasury Department's launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act. "We welcome the $7.2 billion in relief for Virginia and are pleased the Biden Administration has listened to our calls to give states, localities, and tribes significant flexibility in determining how best to use these emergency funds," said the Senators. "These funds will allow the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2021

Kaine, Boozman, & Tillis Announce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Jobs and Childcare for Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Military Families Caucus, and John Boozman (R-AR) announced the reintroduction of the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act to address military spouse unemployment and access to affordable childcare. This bill would amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses and create new flexible spending … Continue Reading

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