Press Releases

August 27, 2019

Warner and Kaine Join Murray, Democrats Opposing Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

In letter, 45 Senators urge Department to reconsider proposed rule and extend comment period Senators: "The Department's proposal is yet one more attempt to undermine the Nation's registered apprenticeship system, which has existed for 80 years and enjoys broad support from Congress, workers, and industry alike." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 45 Senators sent a letter to Acting … Continue Reading

August 14, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $3 Million In Federal Funding To Support Addiction Treatment At Virginia Health Clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $3,426,635 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 21 Virginia health clinics. These grants will expand access to integrated mental health and substance use disorder services as part of an ongoing effort to combat the addiction crisis. "This federal funding will help ensure that these clinics can continue to provide lifesaving treatment for addiction," the Senators … Continue Reading

August 12, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $17 Million In Head Start Funding For Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $17,417,978 in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs throughout Virginia. "The Head Start program plays an important role in helping schools and organizations across the Commonwealth get the resources they need to support young children," the Senators said. "We're excited to announce this funding that promotes early childhood development." The … Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues To Urge Trump Administration To Reject $100 Billion Tax Cut For Wealthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 39 colleagues in urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin against unilaterally cutting capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Americans by an additional $100 billion over 10 years, an action that would defy longstanding Justice Department policy. The request follows a letter signed by 21 Republican senators urging Secretary Mnuchin to circumvent Congress and index capital gains rates to … Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Kaine Joins Letter To Education Department, IRS To Help Students’ Access Financial Aid

Senators' Letter Highlights Changes to Tax Form That Could Disrupt Students' FAFSA Applications WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Maggie Hassan and 8 of their colleagues on a letter urging the Department of Education and the IRS to ensure changes on tax forms following passage of the Republican tax law do not jeopardize students' access to financial aid. In an attempt to make good on Congressional Republicans' political promise that their tax law would allow people to … Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Warner, Kaine Urge Secretary DeVos To Fulfill Her Responsibility And Help Students Impacted By Sudden Closures Of For-Profit Colleges

After collapse of three for-profit colleges, Department of Education does little to help affected students WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray and 27 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to fulfill its duty by providing assistance to the 32,000 students that have been impacted by the recent and sudden closures of three for-profit college chains: Education … Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications For U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, who has announced she will take senior status effective August 1, 2019. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations, as well as input from bar … Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Kaine Joins Colleagues to Call for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA

Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final … Continue Reading

August 02, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues To Urge VA Secretary To End Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Negotiation Tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Sherrod Brown and 31 of their Democratic colleagues in urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Despite VA and AFGE's history of engaging in good-faith negotiations that equally benefit employees, veterans and the Department, the current negotiating … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Warner, Kaine Condemn Trump Administration for Further Escalating Trade War with China

~ New tariffs on Chinese goods would further hurt Virginia's economy ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after President Trump announced his plan to impose an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning September 1: "We continue to have grave concerns regarding this Administration's nonexistent trade strategy. Let's be clear: trade policy should not be done through tweet; it should be … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Joins Warner, Senate Democrats In Effort To Force Vote On Protecting Healthcare Coverage For Americans With Pre-Exisiting Conditions

~ Congressional Review Act resolution would prevent the Trump Administration from pushing 'junk health plans' to more than 3 million Virginians living with pre-existing conditions ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined the Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senator Mark R. Warner, in introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution to stop the Trump Administration from pushing "junk plans" that don't fully protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. Under the Trump … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Joins Durbin, Leahy, Booker To Introduce Legislation To Ban The Death Penalty

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and Cory Booker to introduce legislation to immediately ban the use of the death penalty by the federal government. The legislation comes after Attorney General (AG) William Barr's announcement that federal executions will resume for the first time in more than 16 years. While there have been only three federal executions in the last five decades, AG Barr has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Statement On Hyten Nomination

WASHINGTON, D. C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting to advance the nomination of General John Hyten to serve as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military. The nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration: "Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive problems in our country and our military, and for far too long they've been swept under the rug. The Armed Services … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $9 Million for Affordable Housing

~ Funding will address homelessness, support housing for low- and moderate-income Virginians ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $9,771,259 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing in Norfolk, Roanoke City, and Loudoun County. This funding, from the United States Department of Housing (HUD), was awarded through three grant programs - the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the HOME Investment … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Senate Passage of Bill to Rename Virginia Beach Post Office After Ryan "Keith" Cox

~ Bill now heads to the President's desk for signature ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) praised Senate passage of U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria's (VA-02) legislation - supported by the entire Virginia delegation - to rename a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan "Keith" Cox. On May 31, Mr. Cox, a longtime public utilities employee, sacrificed his own life to save others during the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. "The Commonwealth will forever … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

With Temporary Protected Status For Nearly 7,000 Syrians Living In U.S. Set To Expire Without Action This Week, Gillibrand, Kaine Lead Senate Colleagues To Call On Trump Administration To Extend And Redesignate TPS

Trump Administration Expected to Make a Decision This Week on Whether Conditions Are Met to Extend and Redesignate TPS Protections for Syrians in U.S. If Administration Does Not Extend and Redesignate TPS, Syrians Living in the U.S. Could Face Deportation to War-Torn Syria and Face Life-Threatening Conditions WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced they are calling on the Trump … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Expand and Protect Fort Monroe National Monument

~ Bill comes ahead of the 400th commemoration of the landing of the first enslaved Africans at Old Point Comfort, where Fort Monroe stands today ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) introduced legislation to add approximately 40 coastal acres of land to Fort Monroe National Monument, a move that would unify the two divided sections of Fort Monroe and achieve an unbroken coastline along the Chesapeake Bay. This legislation comes after the failure of the … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Blunt, Kaine, Cleaver, Stivers Introduce Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Tim Kaine (VA), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO) and Steve Stivers (OH), introduced the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. "From Jackie Robinson to Satchel Paige to Buck O'Neil, several of baseball's most iconic players began their professional careers in the Negro Leagues," … Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Urge Aggressive Action to Protect Beachgoers from Dangers of Flying Beach Umbrellas

~ Thousands injured by windborne beach umbrellas; woman killed in Virginia Beach in 2016 ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to launch a public safety campaign to educate the public about the dangers of beach umbrellas. The popular beach accessories can quickly become hazards when propelled by wind through the air, as has happened on several occasions in recent years, as in 2016, when Lottie Michelle Belk was … Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $2 Million In Funding For Martinsville-Based Manufacturing Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,881,221 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Martinsville, also known as GENEDGE. The grant will support the organization's efforts to meet the evolving needs of manufacturing in Virginia by helping small and mid-sized businesses develop new products and customers, expand into … Continue Reading

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