Press Releases

March 13, 2020

Warner And Kaine Introduce Legislation To Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

Bill Would Provide Free Diagnostic Testing And Related Health Care Services For Americans Receiving Tests To Confirm Coronavirus Infection WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined their colleagues in introducing the Free COVID-19 Testing Act, legislation that would expand free tests to confirm coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Free COVID-19 Testing Act would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related health care services for … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Urge Trump To Consider Letting States Use Disaster Relief Fund To Combat Coronavirus

Senators Emphasize That Use Of $40+ Billion In Funds Could Alleviate Strain On Local Governments And Would Help Mitigate Disease Spread, Save Lives, And Protect Public Health And Safety WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined his colleagues in a letter urging President Trump to immediately consider any disaster declaration requests so states can utilize the $42.6 billion currently available in the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Kaine Statement On House Passage Of His Bipartisan War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after the House passed his bipartisan war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization by a vote of 227-186: "For years, Congress has abdicated its responsibility on matters of war, but now a bipartisan majority in both the Senate and House has made clear that we shouldn't be … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Warner And Kaine Push DeVos To Issue Clear Guidance For Schools And Families Following Widespread School Closures

Senators push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Ranking Member Patty Murray and 29 of their Democratic colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clear guidance for school districts and institutions of higher education, as well as families and students, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

As Coronavirus Cases Expand Across U.S., Kaine Cosponsors Emergency Paid Sick Days Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, cosponsored emergency paid sick leave legislation to provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of the coronavirus crisis and in preparation for future public health emergencies. The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). "A public health crisis like the coronavirus underscores the urgent need to pass … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Secretary Chao in Support of Long Bridge Project

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Connolly, Scott, Wittman, Griffith, Beyer, McEachin, Cline, Riggleman, Wexton, Luria and Spanberger sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's (DRPT) application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Long Bridge Project. "Long Bridge, the most heavily traveled railroad bridge connecting Washington, D.C. to Virginia … Continue Reading


March 07, 2020

Warner & Kaine Statement On Virginia Case Of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on today's announcement that a Marine at Fort Belvoir in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus: "We are carefully monitoring the case of the coronavirus announced in Virginia today and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the Commonwealth is getting the federal support it needs to respond. This week, we voted to pass a bipartisan emergency funding bill that directs needed … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Va. & Md. Senators Urge WMATA to Prioritize Employee and Rider Safety Amid Coronavirus Threat

~ Letter follows first cases of the coronavirus in the DMV ~ WASHINGTON - Today, amid reports of the first cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the national capital region, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) urged the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to continue to work to ensure the safety of employees and travelers who rely on Metro trains, buses, and other facilities. In a letter to WMATA … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Blunt & Kaine Commend Unanimous Senate Passage of Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

WASHINGTON ­- Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Tim Kaine (Va.) announced that the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act has unanimously passed the Senate. Their bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.) and Steve Stivers (Ohio) have introduced companion legislation in the House. "Several of the game's greatest and most iconic players … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Warner & Kaine Vote to Pass $7.8 Billion Coronavirus Response Legislation

~ Bipartisan legislation includes millions in additional funding for local efforts in Virginia to protect against and prepare for coronavirus ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a statement today after the Senate approved a bipartisan emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) on a 96-1 vote: "We are pleased that Congress quickly passed this important coronavirus response package on a bipartisan basis, and with sufficient funding to meet … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Kaine Calls On HHS & DHS IGs To Investigate Reported ‘Weaponizing’ Of Confidential Therapy Sessions To Deport Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 20 of their Senate colleagues in pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General to review the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) reported disclosure of confidential information from children's therapy sessions to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for use in efforts to … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge Department of Education to Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income Schools

~ Virginia schools received more than $2 million through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program last year - funding now in jeopardy due to sudden change in how eligibility is calculated ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter with a bipartisan group of Senators expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for 800 rural, low-income schools across the country. In … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud $7.8 Billion to Combat Coronavirus

~ Includes millions in additional funding for local efforts in Virginia to protect against and prepare for coronavirus ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a statement today after bipartisan Capitol Hill negotiators reached an agreement on an emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19): "After the Trump Administration initially requested just $1.25 billion in new money for federal agencies to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we're … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine To Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Senators demand Trump Health Department reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone who needs it, and this Administration's numerous policies that make it harder for patients to get care during an outbreak." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call on Government, Insurers to Waive Costs That May Prevent Coronavirus Patients From Seeking Diagnosis, Care

~ Sent letters to insurers, state and federal policymakers ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today urged health insurers and federal and state officials to eliminate cost burdens that could disincentivize people with coronavirus symptoms from seeking testing and treatment for the contagious illness. "We are fortunate that to date there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Virginia. While public health officials have warned us to expect the virus … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Durbin, Kaine Bill To Support Family Caregivers Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today announced that major components of their Supporting America's Caregivers and Families Act, a bill that would increase funding, training, and support for the more than 34 million family caregivers in America, passed the Senate unanimously as part of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020. Each year, caregivers provide more than $470 billion worth of unpaid care-more than the entire federal Medicaid budget. The … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Video: In Midst Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Kaine Criticizes Administration For Health Care Cuts, Asks About Servicemembers In Italy And South Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called for close collaboration with health experts and scientists as the government works to contain the emerging threat of the novel coronavirus. Kaine criticized the Trump Administration for proposing cuts to public health funding and attempting to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. President Trump's budget request slashes the … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Kaine Calls On Trump Administration To Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff, And Workers In Face Of Novel Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray to call on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to provide details on their Departments' plans for preparedness and response efforts to protect the safety and health of students, teachers, school staff, and workers in light of the emerging threat of the novel coronavirus. The Senators asked Secretary DeVos to … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Warner, Kaine and Wittman Request Update on National Park Service Heritage Area Feasibility Study of Virginia's Northern Neck

~ A Heritage Area designation for the Northern Neck will preserve and protect a historically significant region ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) requested an update from the National Park Service (NPS) on the Northern Neck National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. Congress first directed NPS to conduct the study more than a decade ago as the first step in the process of designating the Northern Neck a National Heritage Area … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Honor of Katherine Johnson

~ Celebrates the life and achievements of pioneering physicist and mathematician ~ WASHINGTON - The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) along with U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to honor Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a NASA pioneer who passed away Monday at the age of 101. "Katherine Johnson was essential to NASA's success in the Space Race. But as an African-American … Continue Reading

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