Press Releases

May 29, 2018

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce Bill Protecting Children Separated From Parents By Immigration Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Tina Smith (D-MN) to introduce the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect the safety and wellbeing of minor children who have been left alone after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities. "The Trump Administration's heartless policies tear apart immigrant families and cause undue harm on children who are stuck in the middle," Kaine said. "This bill is an … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Wage Act To Strengthen Worker Protections

Legislation would protect workers' freedom to negotiate and speak up, stop companies from retaliating against workers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has co-sponsored the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, a bill to strengthen workers' rights to form or join a union, speak up together for better wages and conditions, and bargain collectively with their employers. The WAGE Act would protect all … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Kaine Praises Virginia Wins In 2019 Defense Bill, Celebrates Inclusion Of His Military Spouse Employment Bills

Provides over $33 billion to support shipbuilding and carrier priorities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Committee's Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry, defense community, servicemembers, military spouses, and their families. The bill was reported out of committee on a … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Video: Kaine Gets Commitments From Pompeo To Help Release The Syria Memo & Provide Position On Corker-Kaine AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine secured commitments from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he will work on providing Kaine with the secret memo that, according to reports, details the Trump Administration's legal basis for U.S. airstrikes last April against Syria. Kaine has been pressing the Administration to release the memo, which may serve as precedent for Trump to take additional unilateral military action against other … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Kaine Statement On Passage Of The VA Mission Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on final passage of the VA Mission Act, legislation he supports to consolidate all community care programs under the Department of Veterans Affairs, which includes the VA Choice program, and provide an additional year of funding for the Choice program until the consolidation. The legislation passed the Senate today by a bipartisan vote of 92-5: "The VA Mission Act is a … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

In Wake Of Niger Report, Kaine Calls On DOD To Provide Details On Advise & Assist Missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis to request more details regarding the Department of Defense's train, advise, assist, and accompany missions in Africa and across the globe. Kaine's letter comes in the wake of an investigation that determined the mission in Niger that ended in the death of four American servicemembers was inaccurately presented as a 'train … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan Bill To Legalize Hemp

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have cosponsored the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity, removing it from the list of controlled substances. Currently, hemp falls under the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act and, while it is cultivated for research purposes in Virginia, the agriculture industry cannot currently grow it for commercial use. Hemp is distinct from … Continue Reading

May 22, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $43 Million For Housing & Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

~ Funds awarded to support the development and well-being of communities across Virginia ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $43,246,753 in federal funding to support affordable housing development across Virginia. The funding, which will go to 26 municipalities across the Commonwealth, has been awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. "Families all across the Commonwealth should have … Continue Reading

May 18, 2018

Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan Letter In Support Of Rural Broadband Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan letter calling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to support long-term funding that would make broadband and voice services more accessible and affordable in rural communities. In the letter, the Senators thank the FCC for its work to support rural broadband and request that it prevent upcoming funding cuts to smaller operators that deliver broadband to the country's most rural communities, … Continue Reading

May 17, 2018

Warner & Kaine Urge Trump Administration To Stop Sabotaging Health Insurance Market, Hurting Virginians

~ Encourage HHS Secretary to work with Congress on bipartisan proposals to stabilize marketplace and address double-digit health insurance premium increases ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, urging him to take swift action to stabilize the insurance marketplace. On May 4, the majority of health insurers filed initial rates with the Virginia Bureau of Insurance proposing to … Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Warner & Kaine Vote To Save Net Neutrality

~ Senate passes bill to reverse Trump Administration action, preserve a free and open internet ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo the Trump Administration's repeal of net neutrality rules. In February 2018, Sens. Warner and Kaine joined a group of Senate and House Democrats in introducing the CRA to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan vote to repeal open … Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Warner & Kaine Express Opposition To Domestic Gag Rule On Title X

~ New gag rule would interfere with doctors' ability to provide patients information about reproductive care ~ *Click here to see a list of Va. health centers that receive Title X funding* WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined more than two hundred of their Senate and House colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar expressing opposition to the implementation of a domestic gag rule on Title X, the only … Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

Warner & Kaine Call On Trump Administration To Put American Jobs, National Security Before China

~ Senators say trading American security for jobs in China is a bad deal ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 33 Senators calling on the Trump Administration to put American jobs and national security ahead of China. The Senators wrote a letter to the Administration in response to President Trump's announcement that he has directed the Department of Commerce to look at easing penalties imposed on China-based company ZTE for violations … Continue Reading

May 14, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to cosponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act-bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to narrow the scope of mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, target violent and career criminals and save taxpayer dollars. The legislation permits more judicial discretion at sentencing for offenders with minimal criminal histories and helps inmates successfully reenter society, while … Continue Reading

May 14, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $1.2 Million To Help William & Mary Recruit STEM Teachers

~ Funds will be used to place 33 new teachers in schools in Gloucester, New Kent, York, Williamsburg-James City, Newport News and Hampton ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the College of William and Mary (W&M) will receive $1,199,858 in federal funding to recruit Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students to become secondary school mathematics and science teachers. "This critical funding will support the … Continue Reading

May 11, 2018

Kaine Statement Opposing Gina Haspel's Nomination For CIA Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees released the following statement announcing his opposition to Acting Director Gina Haspel's nomination for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "There have been many casualties of the war against terrorism; among them was the moral judgment by those in our government who were complicit in the use of torture. Gina Haspel has served this country with dedication and … Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Kaine Statement On Niger Report

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 a Pentagon report outlined multiple failures that led to the deaths of four American troops in Niger last year: "Today's report about the tragic deaths of American and Nigerien troops in Niger last October is deeply troubling. Our troops were in Niger to 'train and equip' the Nigerien military. They embarked on a mission described as … Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Extend Visa Program For Afghan Interpreters, Support Staff

Legislation would authorize 4,000 additional visas for individuals who risked their lives to protect Americans WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation to further extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program (SIV). The program allows Afghans who have supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and face threats as … Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $9 Million In Head Start Funding For Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $9,442,626 million in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs throughout Virginia. "We are thrilled to announce funding through Head Start to ensure young children in Virginia have the resources they need," the Senators said. "We strongly believe in efforts to support early childhood development that can promote kids' readiness for school and … Continue Reading

May 09, 2018

Kaine Provisions To Protect Tangier Island And Coastal Virginia Included In Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) for including his provisions to initiate new flood-resilience projects for Tangier Island and Coastal Virginia in its draft water resources bill. The EPW Committee's draft of the America's Water Infrastructure Act includes two provisions that will result in roadmaps for new resilient infrastructure-a broad plan for the entire coastal region of Virginia and a specific one for … Continue Reading

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