Press Releases

July 23, 2018

Kaine Statement Following Belligerent Trump Tweet On Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after President Trump tweeted last night about Iran: "President Trump's belligerent tweet is another alarming warning sign that he's blundering toward war with Iran. Just months after the President backed out of the deal that prevented Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Administration's hostile rhetoric and efforts to stir up internal … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Warner, Kaine Join Resolution Authorizing Senate Counsel to Defend Protections For Individuals With Pre-Existing Conditions

~ Resolution gives Senate Legal Counsel authority to defend health protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions - including 1.3 million Virginians - in Texas vs. United States ~ WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined their Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, to defend protections for people … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Financial Relief To Civilian Federal Employees

~ Bill would ensure federal workers have additional taxes on their moving costs fully reimbursed ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to certain civilian federal employees who move for work. The Relocation Expense Parity Act would close a loophole that prevents certain federal workers from having additional taxes on their … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Kaine Joins Markey To Introduce Bill To Ban Use Of Gay And Trans Panic Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. Defendants have raised "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses against criminal charges like murder and assault. The defense blames the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity for the defendant's violent reaction against them. The legislation would curtail the availability and effectiveness of the gay and trans panic defenses, a step that … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Kaine Introduces Bill To Help Young People Find Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced a bill to assist young people with finding summer or year-long jobs that will help them succeed in future careers. The Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2018 is focused on the nearly 5 million at-risk young people ages 16 - 24 who are disconnected from both school and work. The bill provides federal funding so local communities can create partnerships with businesses, guaranteeing young people can be placed in a job that is also paired … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce Bill To Reunify And Protect Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to introduce the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act. The bill would require the immediate reunification of all families separated by President Trump's policies and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Aid Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Bill Supports Survivors and their Dependents, Emergency Shelters, Critical Helpline and More WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to cosponsor legislation to aid survivors of domestic violence by directing federal resources to emergency shelters, supportive programs, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "An unconscionable gap remains between the need and availability of resources to support survivors of domestic violence," Kaine … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Strengthen Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018 introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, to make veteran small business owners eligible to acquire equipment and property that the federal government no longer has a use for. The bipartisan bill would add veterans to the list of eligible recipients for federal surplus property, which already includes women and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Protect American Call Center Jobs & Consumers

Legislation protects American jobs from outsourcing and ensures Virginia consumers have access to U.S.-based call centers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has joined a group of his colleagues to cosponsor the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, legislation to protect American jobs in call centers in Virginia and across the U.S. With over 67,000 Virginians working as customer service representatives, often in call centers, the bill would end tax breaks that … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Protect Americans' Privacy Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) cosponsored a bill to create a privacy bill of rights to protect the personal information of Americans on the internet. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act, introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish privacy protections for customers who use websites and applications like Facebook and … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Citing the Stress of 16 Years of War, Senators Murray and Kaine Urge Defense Secretary Mattis to Release Data to Address Military Families’ Suicide Rates

The FY15 National Defense Authorization Act required DoD to collect, report, and assess data regarding military family suicide, yet recent reports failed to include this information Senators: "We owe it to military families to support them through these challenges and ensure they have access to the care and services they need" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are urging Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to release any data on military dependent suicide as … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

VIDEO: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Highlights Catoctin Creek From Loudoun And Asks Trump Administration: Who Is This Trade War Against?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed a Trump Administration official on President Trump's trade war and the concerns he's heard from Virginia farmers and business owners about the negative effect it is having on their business. In a Committee hearing on tariffs, Kaine, with a bottle Catoctin Creek Whiskey from Purcellville, VA in hand, told the success story of the Loudoun County company's expansion and how that is now at … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Kaine, Murphy, Booker, Shaheen, Colleagues Press Amb. Haley On U.S. Opposition To International Breastfeeding Resolution

WASHINGTON -Following recent reports that the Trump administration sought to block or water down a World Health Organization resolution promoting breastfeeding, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and 21 other colleagues, on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seeking more information about the United States' involvement. The senators expressed their concern over reports that the … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $900,000 To Help Homeless Virginia Vets Re-Enter The Workforce

~ Federal funds will go to community programs in Henrico, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that three Virginia organizations will receive $891,303 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor to help homeless veterans re-enter the workforce. The funds - in the form of three competitive Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants - include $227,263 for Total Action Against Poverty in Roanoke … Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

Warner, Kaine, & Goodlatte Announce $750,000 In Federal Funding For Roanoke Regional Airport To Bring Non-Stop Service To Dallas, Denver, And/Or Detroit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced $750,000 in federal funding to help the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission bring new non-stop service from Roanoke Regional Airport to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and/or Detroit, Michigan. The Commission can use the funds for a revenue guarantee, a marketing program, and fee waivers. This effort was a community collaboration where the Roanoke Regional Chamber and the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Kaine Statement on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court: "A Supreme Court nomination is the most consequential appointment that the Senate ever considers. As I have with nominees in the past, I will carefully review Judge Kavanaugh's character, legal decisions, and writing to determine whether he should be confirmed to this crucial position. There are critical issues at stake, and four in … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $1.7 Million For Martinsville Organization To Support Manufacturing Throughout Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,722,571 in federal funding for a Martinsville-based organization that helps create partnerships and support manufacturing across Virginia. This funding will help Virginia GENEDGE support small and mid-sized businesses as they develop new products and customers, expand into global markets, adopt new technology, and support domestic production efforts. "Virginia has had a great track record of ensuring that our job … Continue Reading


July 06, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On President Trump's Trade War

Today, Chinese tariffs on Virginia goods went into effect. Includes soybeans, beef, cotton, and dairy. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Trump's trade war, which has resulted in China imposing tariffs today on Virginia goods: "China engages in unfair trade actions that must be addressed, but today, President Trump's mishandling of the trade situation caused China to officially retaliate against the U.S. by … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million to Protect Historic Battlefields in Virginia

~ National Park Service grants will help protect 229 acres across six Va. battlefields ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced more than $2.05 million to preserve six historic battlefields in Virginia. These grants were awarded through the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is one of more than a dozen programs operated by NPS that provide states and … Continue Reading


July 03, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $2.5 Million To Open A New Medical And Dental Facility On The Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced a $2.5 million dollar loan for Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. to open a new health care facility in Eastville, Virginia offering affordable medical and dental care. The new center will replace the aging Bayview and Franktown Community Health Center with a facility that offers expanded operating hours, more lab services, increased access to dental care, and opportunity to incorporate telemedicine in … Continue Reading

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