Press Releases

July 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Halt Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border

~ Legislation follows reports of widespread mistreatment, including sexual abuse, of children at the border ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today joined Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) in introducing legislation to put an end to the Trump Administration's cruel and neglectful treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act would reform the treatment of children fleeing persecution, starting … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Kaine Joins Duckworth, Senate Democrats in letter to Trump Administration: Don’t Deport Military Families

Trump Administration's proposed policy change would end protections against deportation of military spouses & families, threatening military readiness [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following reports that the Trump Administration is ending protections against the deportation of military families whose loved ones are deployed, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led 21 Senate Democrats in demanding the Trump Administration reverse course immediately. The Trump Administration is reportedly planning … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Back Legislation to Protect Census

~ Bill would help ensure accuracy of census data ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) have joined Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) in cosponsoring legislation to protect the decennial census from partisan whims aimed at intimidating respondents and curbing participation. The Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy (Census IDEA) Act will help safeguard the integrity of the 2020 census by ensuring that any proposed changes to the count are adequately studied and … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Warner And Kaine Join Resolution Congratulating U.S. Women’s National Team On Historic Victory, Urging Equal Pay

USWNT players include Virginian Ali Krieger; UVA alumni Emily Sonnett, Morgan Brian, Becky Sauerbrunn; and Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) was being cheered by thousands of fans at the ticker tape parade in New York City today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in introducing a bipartisan Senate … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Kaine’s Post-Press Conference Questions For Acosta About Jeffrey Epstein

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's press conference this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following questions about the former U.S. Attorney's mishandling of serial sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein's case in 2008: "Secretary Acosta's attempt to justify his secret sweetheart deal with Jeffrey Epstein was laughable. Here are some of the questions he needs to answer: 1) You blame state prosecutors for the light sentence. So why didn't you have your … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

VIDEO: Kaine raises concerns over Trump family ties to Saudi Arabia

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this morning, Senator Kaine raised concerns with the Trump family's ties with Saudi Arabia and the questions they raise about the Administration's dubious decisions on national security issues. Kaine laid out a timeline showing how the Trump and Kushner families have benefited from business deals with Saudi Arabia as the Administration has continued arms sales despite bipartisan opposition in Congress, approved secret transfers of nuclear … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Murray, Kaine Press Department of Justice to Publicize Findings of Investigation into Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal for Jeffrey Epstein

In letter to Department of Justice OPR, Murray and Kaine requested an update into investigation of then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta's sweetheart deal with serial sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein In 2007, Acosta's office approved Epstein to avoid federal prosecution for sex trafficking involving dozens of underage victims In February, a federal judge ruled that prosecutors in Acosta's office violated the law by failing to notify Epstein's victims of a non-prosecution agreement Murray and Kaine … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

On Senate Floor, Kaine Highlights What’s At Stake In Texas V. US ACA Lawsuit

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a floor speech on the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act on the day of oral arguments in Texas v. United States, a case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that serves as Republicans' latest attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Below are key excerpts from the floor speech: "If the ACA were struck … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce More than $1 Million for Virginia Airports

~ Federal dollars will help fund projects at airports in NoVa, Hampton Roads, and Central Virginia ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $1,060,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to support various improvement projects at airports in Newport News, Norfolk, Winchester, and Orange County. "We're happy to announce this federal funding for much-needed airport improvement projects," said the … Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Warner, Kaine Support Renaming Virginia Beach Post Office After Ryan "Keith" Cox

~ Letter supports bipartisan House bill to rename post office in honor of heroic actions taken by Ryan "Keith" Cox during the Virginia Beach shooting ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the Senate Committee that oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), voicing their support for renaming the Princess Anne Post Office in Virginia … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Kaine Joins Murray To Demand Trump Administration Uphold Protections Against Discrimination In Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Committee, and 29 of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to denounce the Trump Administration's efforts to dismantle protections against discrimination in health care for millions of people across the country. A recent rule proposed by the Administration … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Udall, Kaine Hail Historic Vote on Iran Amendment

Bipartisan majority in the Senate sends powerful message rebuking Trump administration's march to war with Iran WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) hailed the Senate's historic vote on their bipartisan Udall-Kaine amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran. 51 senators supported the amendment - a bipartisan majority. The final vote tally was 50-40, but the amendment was not adopted because it did not meet the 60-vote threshold. "Today, a … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer “NO HATE” Act

With hate crimes on the rise, legislation would improve reporting and expand assistance for victims WASHINGTON, D.C. - As incidents of hate crimes continue to rise, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to introduce the Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act. The legislation would improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $590,000 In Federal Funding To Expand Digital Access To Valuable Documents, Collections At Virginia Tech

~ Funding will help expand digital access to previously isolated or rural collections ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded more than $590,000 in federal funding for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to expand digital access to library collections. "Academic libraries are an invaluable resource with the potential to benefit universities and communities across the Commonwealth," said the Senators. "We are thrilled that this grant … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Annual Defense Bill

Includes key Kaine priorities to improve military family housing and support shipbuilding Senate to vote tomorrow on Kaine amendment to prevent unauthorized war with Iran WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on final Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Kaine's provisions to improve military housing and many of his other priorities for … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

In Lead Up To Senate Vote, Kaine Says War With Iran Would Be A “Colossal Mistake”

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, delivered a floor speech calling on his colleagues to pass his bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent President Trump from starting an unauthorized war with Iran. The amendment, which the Senate will vote on tomorrow, would prohibit funds from being used for military action against Iran without … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Census And Gerrymandering Decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decisions in Department of Commerce v. New York, Rucho v. Common Cause, and Lamone v. Benisek: "I'm pleased the citizenship question will remain off the census for now, and I hope it will stay off. Turning the census into an ideological tool to intimidate immigrants is immoral and could result in Virginia being undercounted next year, reducing our fair share of federal dollars. "I'm … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Gardner, Kaine Push to Make it Easier for Veterans to Start Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act Wednesday to protect and enhance entrepreneurship training and programs for service members, veterans, and their families. Veteran entrepreneurs employ more than 5.7 million workers across America and make significant contributions to the economy across a vibrant array of industries. As members of the armed forces transition from the military, it can be … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Udall, Kaine Statement on Iran Vote Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following joint statement after Senate leaders announced that a Udall-Kaine sponsored measure to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran will receive a vote on the Senate floor: "The Senate will be allowed to do its constitutional duty. We appreciate that Senate leaders have reached an agreement that will enable us to move forward with the defense authorization bill, while letting the Senate vote on … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Video: HELP Committee Passes Kaine’s Bill To Raise The Tobacco Age As Part Of Health Care Package

Watch Kaine's remarks here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation called the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 that would bring down the price of prescription drugs. Additionally, provisions of four bills Kaine introduced were included in this comprehensive package: one to raise the tobacco age to 21, one to expand health care to rural areas through … Continue Reading

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