Press Releases

September 02, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $5.3 Million for Airports in Roanoke Region

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $5,354,487 in federal funding to provide economic relief to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport and the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport. The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A portion of this funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "We … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $500,000 to Reduce Violence Against Women in Norfolk and Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $543,619 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault in Norfolk and Richmond. "Unfortunately, in today's society, there's so much more we must do to combat violence against women, especially on our college campuses," said the Senators. "Boosting the capacity for higher education … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.4 Million in Funding For Land Conservation in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,487,500 in federal funding from the National Park Service (NPS)'s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to preserve and protect public land in Virginia. "The LWCF grant awards for Springdale Regional Park and John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area will preserve and protect Virginia's rich history and beautiful landscapes." said the Senators. "Communities across the Commonwealth will be able to continue caring … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud $9 Million to Provide Broadband Service in Scott County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $9,000,000 in federal funding to expand broadband infrastructure and service in rural communities in Virginia. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was awarded through the ReConnect Program. The funding will be used to install a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will connect 7,496 people, 416 farms, 97 businesses, a fire station, a town hall, and two educational facilities to high-speed … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

As the School Year Begins, Warner & Kaine Call On FCC to Bolster Lifeline Program to Keep Students Connected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Richard Blumenthal and 23 of their colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost its Lifeline program to keep students connected as millions return to school both virtually and in person. Since 1985, the FCC's Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans and has had bipartisan support. The senators strongly criticized the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $4.1 Million in Funding for Virginia Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $4,138,947 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help support health centers across the Commonwealth as they continue battling the COVID-19 crisis. "We're thrilled to announce that these federal dollars will go towards supporting Virginia's health centers as they continue to provide essential care during this pandemic," said the Senators. The funding for health … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce $1.6 Million in Federal Funds for Planning District Commissions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $1,600,000 in federal funds for planning district commissions in Virginia to support redevelopment and revitalization in order to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The funding was authorized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "We're pleased to announce this critical funding which … Continue Reading


August 23, 2020

Kaine Statement On John Hager

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the passing of former Virginia Lieutenant Governor John Hager: "John Hager served his city, Commonwealth, and country well. He inspired me. I'm proud to call him a friend, and Anne and I are thinking about Maggie and his wonderful family." … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge an Immediate Halt to USCIS Plans to Furlough more than 750 Virginia Employees

~ Furloughs would wreak havoc on the livelihood of Virginia families and delay the processing of essential petitions and applications ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed deep concern with plans by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to furlough more than 13,000 employees, including more than 750 in Virginia. In a letter, the Senators urged USCIS Acting Director Joseph Edlow to continue to pay its employees and immediately halt the … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Virginia Registrars to Ensure All Virginians Can Access their Right to Vote

~ Letter follows controversial changes to the Postal Service that could affect mail-in voting ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged Virginia's election registrars to do everything in their power to ensure that all Virginians can access their right to vote amid controversial reforms to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the ongoing public health emergency. In a letter, the Senators strongly encouraged the Commonwealth's 133 registrars to take … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Demand Answers From Postmaster General On Mail Service Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the entire Senate Democratic caucus to demand answers from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on significant operational changes he directed that have caused serious delays for postal customers in Virginia and across the country. In a letter, the Senators called on DeJoy to testify before Congress and provide clear, … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Va. Sens., Reps. Urge USDA to Ensure that Virginia Children Have Access to Meals During COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Robert Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), sent a letter to ensure that children in Virginia have access to healthy foods during the COVID-19 pandemic, when they may be participating in distance learning from home and therefore unable to easily access school-provided breakfast and lunch. In a letter to USDA … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Kaine Statement On Diplomatic Deal Between Israel And United Arab Emirates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a deal that will lead to normalization of diplomatic relations and suspend Israel's annexation of Palestinian territory: "I applaud the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, two valued U.S. allies. I appreciate the work of the Trump Administration on this accord. And I am so relieved that, as … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues in Urging USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

Letter follows reports that USPS indicated to state election officials it will depart from long-standing practice of prioritizing election mail, delaying delivery times unless states pay more WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Kaine Leads Colleagues In Letter Pressing Pompeo On Policy Denying Citizenship To Children Of Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), along with Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), led eight of his Democratic SFRC colleagues in a letter to Secretary Pompeo expressing concern over reports that the Trump Administration has made it harder for same-sex married couples to transmit citizenship to their children born abroad by insisting that a child is only born "in wedlock" if the child is biologically related to both of … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $9 Million For Affordable Housing In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $8,978,420 in federal funding to help Virginians access affordable housing across the Commonwealth. The funding was awarded through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Warner and Kaine. "As housing insecurity continues to rise for many Virginians, now more than ever, Congress needs to offer critical assistance to those in … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill To Make FERC Pipeline Permitting Process Fairer And More Transparent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine introduced legislation to strengthen the public's ability to evaluate the impacts of natural gas pipelines being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This bill makes it easier for the public to offer input and clarify the circumstances under which eminent domain should and should not be used. Among other guidelines, this bill requires public comment meetings to be held in every locality through which … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Video: In SASC Hearing, Kaine Presses DoD Nominee On Ties To Group Potentially Linked To Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Louis Bremer, the President's nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, regarding reporting that the Tier 1 Group-where he has served on the Board of Directors for a number of years-may have trained Saudi nationals who were later implicated in the assassination of Washington Post journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi. You can watch video of Kaine's line … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Senators commemorate anniversary of 1998 Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho), and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), along with Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), released a joint statement ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Warner & Kaine Introduce Legislation to Allow for the Construction of New Long Bridge

~ New bridge would double rail capacity, alleviate significant choke point along the East Coast ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) introduced legislation to allow for the construction of a new Long Bridge across the Potomac River - a move that would double the capacity of the rail crossing between Virginia and the District of Columbia (D.C). The Long Bridge Act of 2020 would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to transfer to Virginia and D.C. the … Continue Reading

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