Press Releases

October 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funding For Communities in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $3,910,184 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for communities in Southwest and Southside Virginia. The funding, awarded through ARC's POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, will go towards addressing substance-use disorders, improving broadband connectivity, strengthening rural economies and improving local infrastructure. "We are thrilled that … Continue Reading

October 09, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $20 Million for Port of Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Virginia Port Authority will receive $20,184,999 in federal funds to complete its Central Rail Yard (CRY) expansion project at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). This funding will build on the investments the Port has made across its two largest terminals, the NIT and Virginia International Gateway (VIG), to expand on-terminal rail capacity at NIT. "The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine … Continue Reading

October 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2.9 Million in Funding To Expand Telehealth and Distance Learning

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $2,901,726 in rural development funding to further distance learning and telemedicine at Ballad Health, Carilion Medical Center, Retina and Vitreous Center, P.C., and the Lee County School District in Jonesville, VA. This funding was awarded through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. "Staying connected has never been as important as … Continue Reading

October 07, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Announce Legislation to Create A More Equitable Health Care System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mazie Hirono announced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), sweeping legislation that would address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities as well as women, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities across the United States. "Whether someone lives or dies should never depend on factors like race, income, gender, or LGBTQ status. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to … Continue Reading

October 06, 2020

Warner & Kaine Statement on President Trump Calling off Covid-19 Relief Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Trump announced he is calling off negotiations for COVID-19 relief until after the November general election and insisted the Senate focus its efforts on rushing through a Supreme Court nominee: "The American public is telling us they need COVID relief now and we should wait until after the election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Instead, the President and Senate GOP are … Continue Reading

October 05, 2020

Video: Raising Safety Concerns, Kaine Calls For Delay in Rushed Supreme Court Nomination Process

You can watch Kaine's opening remarks here and his calls for delay here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered opening remarks on the Senate floor and called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the Senate's rushed Supreme Court nomination process until after the election in November, citing not only the "unprecedented process" - rushing a nomination while an election is underway - but also the safety of members and staff amid growing COVID-19 infections … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Warner, Kaine, Feinstein Request DoD Update on Implementation of Outstanding Military Housing Reforms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requested an update from the Department of Defense (DoD) on the implementation of reforms to the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) - reforms the Senators were able to help secure in the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in response to pervasive and appalling health, safety and environmental hazards in private military housing. "From the inception of the Military … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Kaine Statement on President and First Lady Testing Positive for Covid-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19: "I wish the President and First Lady a speedy recovery. Having had COVID-19, let me stress: all need to take this seriously. Please follow CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing." … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Urges Colleagues to Pass Legislation to Address Threat of White Supremacists

You can watch the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, following President Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, legislation he cosponsored to help prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement in … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Statement of U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate approved a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through December 11, sending it to the president's desk for signature: "We're relieved that we're going to avoid another pointless, painful government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic. But funding the government is Congress' most basic responsibility, and we don't think anybody should be patting themselves on … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Bay Senators Applaud USDA Decision to Support Local Oyster, Clam Businesses Facing Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to allow oyster and clam businesses to access funds included within the CARES Act Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Senators penned a letter in July urging USDA to include these businesses - many of which are small and family owned - given the economic hardship they're facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Kaine, Connolly Urge Trump to Seek Release, Return Of Virginians in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine-a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-and Congressman Gerry Connolly-a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee-requested that President Trump personally seek the release of U.S. citizen and northern Virginia resident Salah Al-Haidar, who has been detained on baseless grounds in Saudi Arabia since April 2019. Mr. Al-Haidar is the son of prominent women's rights activist Aziza Al-Yousef, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident … Continue Reading

September 29, 2020

Kaine, Wicker Introduce Legislation Recognizing National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would designate September 30th as National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day. According to reports, overall military suicides have increased by approximately 20 percent compared to this time last year. The senators' resolution would highlight the treatable invisible wounds sustained by many servicemembers and recognize the … Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce $550,000 in Federal Funding For Job-Training, Water Improvement Project in Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Town of Wise and the Town of Pennington Gap will receive $550,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). "We're pleased to announce these investments to strengthen Virginia's workforce and wastewater infrastructure," said the Senators. "This funding aims to support projects that will help expand economic opportunity in the region and improve health and water quality." The funding will be … Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $19 Million in Federal Funding To Career and Training Services in Arlington

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $19,013,614 from the U.S. Department of Labor for two career and training centers for seniors in Arlington, VA. "These investments will enhance on-the-job training programs and provide seniors who are currently out of work with an opportunity to earn a paycheck and learn new skills, making them better-qualified candidates for future employment," said the Senators. The funding will be awarded as follows: … Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: "I've said from the beginning that Senator McConnell should follow his own precedent from 2016: this vacancy should be filled by the winner of the ongoing election. I intend to follow that precedent and will not support anyone's confirmation until we know the election results. There are less than 40 days between now and Election Day, and voting is … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $17.7 Million in Federal Funding For Hampton University

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $17,735,349.43 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to Hampton University to establish the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (VWIEC), a statewide small business incubator project. This grant will expand the capability and capacity of Virginia's current and aspiring entrepreneurs to aid with economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're pleased that … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Presses CDC Director on “Mixed Messages,” Removal of Guidance Warning About Airborne Covid-19 Spread

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled "COVID-19: An Update on the Federal Response," U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield on the CDC removing guidance on its website pertaining to airborne spread of COVID-19. Kaine asked about the removal of the CDC's statement that, "there is growing evidence that … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Warner, Kaine Statement on Confirmation of Roderick Young as Eastern District Court Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the Senate voting overwhelmingly to confirm Roderick C. Young as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia: "Roderick Young will be a fair, even-minded judge who is already well-respected in the Commonwealth. We were proud to recommend his nomination to this court, and we're pleased to see him confirmed today." In March, Warner and Kaine recommended the … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Menendez, Leahy, and Kaine Unveil Reforms Restricting U.S. Arms Sales to Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports (SAFEGUARD) Act of 2020. With a growing list of foreign governments using U.S-sold arms and defense services in the commission of human rights abuses against innocent civilians in combat, the senators' new legislation reasserts the importance of Congress' role in the arms … Continue Reading

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