Press Releases

August 02, 2018

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce Bill To Award Four African American Women At NASA Congressional Gold Medals For Groundbreaking Contributions

Legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their work at NASA WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Chris Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with 43 of their colleagues, to introduce a bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Kaine Statement On Final Passage Of Annual Defense Bill

Includes key Kaine priorities to boost servicemember pay, address military spouse unemployment, and support shipbuilding Bill now heads to President's desk for signature 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 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a majority of Kaine's military spouse employment provisions and many of his other priorities … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Warner & Kaine Applaud Bipartisan Appropriations Bill Passed by the Senate

~ Package includes funding for Metro, Chesapeake Bay cleanup, and new Virginia tribes ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to fund federal programs under the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of the Treasury (USDT), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Interior (DOI). On a bipartisan 92-6 vote, the Senate approved the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce Bill To Block Publication Of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 20 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that would block the online publication of blueprints that can be used to make fully functioning 3D-printed guns. "3D-printed guns are a threat to public safety in our communities and a danger to our law enforcement officers," Kaine said. "Our nation knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. The last thing we need is another easy way for … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Kaine Introduces Bill To Address Nationwide Teacher And Principal Shortages

County data below shows high teacher shortages across Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act to address teacher and principal shortages, especially in rural communities. This legislation will help ensure that there are enough teachers and principals with the right skills and tools to educate students and prepare them for the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Trump Signs Provisions From Three Kaine Jobs Bills Into Law

Kaine has led career and technical education efforts in the Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine's legislation to improve job training and career and technical education was signed into law by President Trump. Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, wrote three bills that were passed as part of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

Statement Of U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner & Tim Kaine On FBI HQ

~ On the status of the FBI headquarters ~ WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued the below statement on the status of a new headquarters building for the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "Congress worked with GSA and the FBI for years to put together a comprehensive plan and bidding process to replace the current deteriorating headquarters building. With no warning and no rationale, the Trump Administration halted that process, and since then, has made … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Kaine, Gardner, Reed, McCain Introduce Bill To Prevent The President From Leaving NATO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit the President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. The bill requires the President to seek the advice and consent of the Senate to modify or terminate U.S. membership in NATO and formalizes the Senate's opposition to withdrawing from the treaty. If the President attempts to withdraw from … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Video: Kaine Presses Pompeo On Why U.S. Military Leaders Were In The Dark On Trump-Putin Meeting

You can watch video of Kaine questioning Pompeo here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to explain why senior U.S. military leadership had not been briefed on what President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to during their meeting in Helsinki last week. Russian media has reported that Trump and Putin made military agreements during their meeting, yet the Head of U.S. Central Command General Votel and Chairman of the Joint … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $12 Million For Airport Improvements In Virginia

~ Includes Airports in Culpeper, Halifax, Henry, and Washington Counties ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced a total of $12,223,523 in federal funding for four airports in Virginia. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, will support efforts to extend, rehabilitate, and reconstruct a taxiway and runways at Virginia Highlands, Culpeper Regional, William M. Tuck, and Blue Ridge Airports. "We are thrilled to announce funding … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Kaine Praises Senate Passage Of Career And Technical Education Legislation

Legislation to boost training programs includes provisions from three Kaine workforce bills WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, praised the Senate passage of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. The updated legislation was last reauthorized in 2006 and aims to increase access to high-quality career and … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Affordable Housing & Improved Infrastructure in Va.

~ Funds will help improve living environments and increase economic opportunities ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia communities will receive $1,465,474 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program. The grants will help develop urban communities across Virginia by providing affordable housing and improving infrastructure in order to expand economic … Continue Reading


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

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