Press Releases

September 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine join Van Hollen & Capito to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Resources for Chesapeake Bay Conservation

New Grant Program Would Provide Millions for the Bay WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced legislation to provide more resources to Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts. The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act will create a new grant program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support habitat restoration in the Bay region. It is modeled after the Delaware River Basin Conservation … Continue Reading

September 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $500,000 in Federal Funds for Wise County

~ Appalachian Regional Commission grant will help fund new sewer system in community that currently relies on expensive, aging onsite sewage disposal systems ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the County of Wise will receive $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to install a new sewer system outside Coeburn. "We are pleased to announce these funds to improve wastewater infrastructure in Wise County," said the Senators. … Continue Reading

September 27, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund

~ Bill would permit the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund to receive tax deductible donations ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced legislation to provide financial relief to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund to help Virginia Beach shooting victims get the financial assistance they need. The Virginia Beach Strong Act would ensure that any donations made to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund on behalf of … Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Va. Congressional Members Secure Virginia's Inclusion in Hemp Crop Insurance Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) today secured Virginia's inclusion in a pilot program by AgriLogic Consulting, a private company developing a Federal Yield-Based Industrial Hemp Crop Insurance Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "We are thrilled to have been able to … Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Kaine & Blumenthal Call For $100 Million Investment To Boost Public Health Data Modernization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Richard Blumenthal led a letter calling on the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Services to include a $100 million investment in the final, bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020 to boost public health data infrastructure. Their request comes as the nation's public health system grapples with the ongoing outbreak of … Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

Kaine Statement On House Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "The House had no choice but to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry. When a member of President Trump's own national security team takes the unprecedented step of filing an urgent and credible whistleblower complaint over the President's improper behavior, it should set off alarm bells for every American. And when his Administration tries to … Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Scott, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Support Direct Care Workers

WASHINGTON. D.C. - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Representative Susie Lee (NV-03), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America's direct care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reopening Applications For U.S. District Judge, Western District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are reopening applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad, who assumed senior status in December 2017. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations as they consider potential nominees to recommend to President Trump. The … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Kaine On MSNBC: The U.S. Should Never Go To War To Protect Saudi Oil

Watch here: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, condemned the Trump Administration for belligerent rhetoric that risks leading the United States towards an unnecessary war with Iran to protect Saudi Arabian oil. In the interview, Kaine said if the President were to take unauthorized military action … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Senators Hassan, Kaine, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Address Eviction Crisis

The Prevent Evictions Act is Supported by Matthew Desmond, Author of Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Evicted WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to address the eviction crisis. The Prevent Evictions Act - which is backed by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted - would support cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes, including through landlord-tenant … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud more than $280,000 in Federal Funding to Support Skills Training, Economic Development in Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $284,142 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to boost innovation and skills training in the Town of Pulaski, and to provide direct technical assistance for initiatives that help develop local economies and infrastructures in Virginia's 25 Appalachian counties and eight Appalachian cities. "As our economy continues to evolve, we need to make sure that we're investing in workers … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $4 Million In Federal Funding For Fire Safety In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $4,259,670.65 in federal funding for fire safety across Virginia. The funding will be awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. "We're pleased to announce funding to help fire departments across Virginia improve operations and safety as well as hire, recruit, and retain … Continue Reading

September 16, 2019

Warner, Kaine Request Permanent Fix for Miners Health Care & Pensions Benefits in Government Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to House and Senate leadership advocating for the inclusion of a permanent fix for miners' health care and pensions in the short-term spending package that is currently being negotiated to keep the government open after September 30th, 2019. "In July, we were alarmed to learn that 1,200 retired coal miners, their … Continue Reading

September 12, 2019

Following Border Visit, Kaine And Hirono Press Trump Administration On Continued Family Separations And Cruel Treatment Of Migrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following their recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mazie K. Hirono sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan to express concerns over the cruel treatment of migrant families, the continued practice of separating children from their caregivers, and the dangers of sexual violence and murder faced by migrants subject to the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico policy. In the letter, the Senators … Continue Reading

September 11, 2019

Kaine Urges Leader McConnell To Let The Senate Vote On Legislation To Address Gun Violence

Watch the floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech honoring the victims of gun violence tragedies, including in Virginia Beach and at Virginia Tech, and calling on Majority Leader McConnell to let the Senate vote on gun violence prevention measures, including universal background checks and high-capacity magazine limits. On the Senate floor, Kaine shared the story of Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor and one of the 32 victims of the … Continue Reading

September 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Warren County Inclusion Into Program to Combat Drug Trafficking

~ Designation will direct additional federal resources to Warren County to help combat opioid epidemic ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released a statement today following a decision by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to include Warren County in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program: "Despite increased public awareness about the dangers of opioids, this epidemic continues to devastate families all across the … Continue Reading

September 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce More than $100,000 for Chickahominy Environmental Efforts

~ Federal dollars will help the Chickahominy Indian Tribe develop a tribal land environmental program ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $110,000 in federal funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help the Chickahominy Indian Tribe build environmental capacity. "Last year, we fought for the federal government to finally recognize the Chickahominy tribe, allowing it to compete for educational programs and … Continue Reading

September 10, 2019

Kaine To Senate Republicans: ‘If You Won’t Stand Up For The Men And Women In Our Military, Who Will You Stand Up For?’

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech condemning the Trump Administration for taking $3.6 billion away from military construction projects, including $77,120,000 from projects in Virginia, to build portions of the border wall that the President promised Mexico would pay for. In his speech, Kaine highlighted examples of defunded projects across the country that will lose funding and called on Senate Republicans to oppose … Continue Reading

September 05, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Denying 99% Of Loan Forgiveness Requests Under New TEPSLF Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the GAO report concluding that ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under the new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program were rejected during the program's first year, from May 2018 to May 2019: "We created a fix to this program and provided the Trump Administration with hundreds of … Continue Reading

September 04, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,455,722.85 in federal funding for the Lexington, Manassas, Bristol, and Portsmouth Fire Departments. The funding will be awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "It's crucial for firefighters to have the tools necessary to best serve their communities," the Senators said. "We're pleased to announce this funding to help local fire departments … Continue Reading

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