Press Releases

November 20, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud More than $299,000 in Funding for Virginia Tech to Research Ways to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $299,456 in federal funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for Virginia Tech to conduct research on community-based ways to combat the opioid epidemic and facilitate cooperation between law enforcement and public health agencies. The grant was awarded through the ONDCP's Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention (COOCLI) grant program. "Communities throughout the … Continue Reading

November 20, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Wexton in Letter to National Park Service Seeking Study to Designate George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor in Leesburg as an Affiliated Area

Washington, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) requesting that the National Park Service (NPS) conduct a reconnaissance survey to evaluate the suitability of designating the George C. Marshall House, known as Dodona Manor, in Leesburg as an "affiliated area" under NPS. "Designating the George C. Marshall House as an affiliated area under NPS would bring increased public interest and awareness of Dodona … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Protests In Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the protests in Iran: "Authorities in Iran have shut down the nation's internet in an attempt to silence protesters and have callously referred to demonstrators as 'thugs.' Reports indicate at least a dozen people have been killed, more injured, and over 1000 have been arrested. I stand with those who are protesting peacefully and condemn the … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan Measure To Eliminate ERA Deadline, Help Guarantee Women Equal Rights In The Constitution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in sponsoring a bipartisan Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 6) that would immediately remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Following this month's elections in Virginia, the Commonwealth is poised to be the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA. If ratified, the ERA would finally guarantee full and equal protections to women … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Kaine, Durbin, Lee Introduce Smarter Sentencing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in introducing the Smarter Sentencing Act, legislation to modernize federal drug sentencing policies by lowering certain mandatory drug sentences. "Our nation is facing a serious over-incarceration problem," said Kaine. "One way we can tackle this challenge is by reducing mandatory minimums that unfairly punish non-violent drug offenders. I hope Congress will pass this bipartisan legislation to end … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Reversal On E-Cigarette Flavor Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement following multiple reports that President Trump has reversed course after promising to issue a ban on non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes: "It's unacceptable that President Trump is putting politics over public health by breaking his promise to ban flavored e-cigarettes. As the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use hurts more and more American families, … Continue Reading

November 14, 2019

Coons, Isakson, Kaine, Portman introduce bill to help unemployed Americans find good jobs, call for swift Senate passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation to help more unemployed Americans reenter the workforce. The Building on Reemployment Improvements to Deliver Good Employment (BRIDGE) for Workers Act would give states more flexibility in administering existing unemployment benefits to help more Americans find good-paying jobs. These reemployment benefits-which include job search … Continue Reading

November 14, 2019

Warner & Kaine Welcome Announcement Ending Ban on U.S. Poultry Sales to China

~ Senators have been pushing to lift the Chinese ban on U.S. turkey and chicken products for years ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded the news that the Chinese government will lift the import ban on U.S. poultry products that has been in place since 2015, effective immediately. "For years, we have raised concerns about China's unfair ban on U.S. poultry products and today's announcement that the ban will be lifted, effective immediately, is … Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues To Introduce Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein and all of their Democratic colleagues in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024, provides essential protections and resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The legislation preserves advancements made … Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

At Senate Hearing, Kaine Presses Top FDA Tobacco Official On Delay Of Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, amid the Trump Administration's delay in issuing a final policy to address the growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, Kaine pressed the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller on whether the Trump Administration will honor their pledge to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. In response, Zeller said, "there is no final answer." Kaine asked these questions during a Senate … Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

SFRC Democrats Warn Trump Administration against Punishing State Department Officials Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - With three senior State Department officials scheduled to testify during the first week of public hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on two top ranking officials in the Department to step up during the current leadership crisis at the agency, make statements of support for the personnel, and commit to no retaliation against the career public servants risking their careers and reputations due to the … Continue Reading

November 08, 2019

Warner & Kaine Bill Awarding Congressional Gold Medal To Nasa Langley’s Hidden Figures Signed Into Law

Bipartisan legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their groundbreaking contributions WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine to award four African-American women scientists the Congressional Gold Medal for their work at NASA Langley was signed into law by President Trump. The award distinguishes Katherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden, … Continue Reading

November 08, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $400,000 In Federal Funding For Rural Business Development And Public Safety Across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $391,400 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for rural business development and public safety. "We're pleased to announce these grants to strengthen local businesses and public safety in the Commonwealth," the Senators said. "This federal assistance will go directly towards supporting local entrepreneurs and law enforcement in Virginia." $277,200 in funding comes from USDA's Rural … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Kaine joins Duckworth, Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Protect Military Families from Deportation

Legislation arrives as Trump Administration reportedly considers ending deportation protections for military families WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation today to strengthen military readiness by safeguarding the Parole in Place (PIP) program, which allows undocumented family members-parents, children, spouses or widowers-of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans to lawfully remain in the United States in one-year increments. The Military … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Miner Pensions and Health Care

~ Bill will help safeguard pensions for 92,000 coal miners and protect health care for 13,000 miners ~ WASHINGTON - Following years of efforts to try to safeguard benefits for mine workers, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), today introduced bipartisan legislation along with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to secure pensions for our nation's retired miners. The legislation would shore up the 1974 United Mine Workers of … Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

Resolution Congratulating Nationals Unanimously Passes Senate

~ Va. & Md. Senators celebrate the Nationals' first-ever World Series championship ~ WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) officially congratulating the Washington Nationals on winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. "The Washington Nationals worked hard, played with heart and had fun while they were at it. What … Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

McSally, Kaine, Cornyn, Rubio, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Local Veteran Treatment Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to veteran treatment courts and allow those who served our nation to receive the care they need. Veteran treatment courts work in tandem with the traditional criminal justice system to help rehabilitate veterans who have committed non-violent misdemeanor crimes while transitioning back to civilian … Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Warner & Kaine Push to Renew Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education

~ Mandatory federal funding expired on September 30 for Virginia Union University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, and Virginia University of Lynchburg ~ ~ No Senate vote currently set to renew this funding ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), members of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Caucus, today joined 36 of their colleagues in a new push to pass funding for HBCUs … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud Forest Service Purchase of Key Property in Botetourt County, Va.

~ Grace Furnace property is one of the largest tracts to be acquired for conservation purposes in Virginia in decades ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded the acquisition of a significant property by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. The addition of this land to the Forest Service will help preserve a local historic asset, enhance Virginians' access to recreation, and protect the water quality of Craig Creek, a tributary … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Kaine joins Murphy, Dem Colleagues in Letter to Pompeo: U.S. Resources Must Be Made Available For Humanitarian Aid in Syria, Iraq

Trump's Decision Abandoned the Kurds and Puts International Humanitarian Aid Operations at Risk WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, on Thursday led 5 U.S. Senators in calling on the Secretary of State to ensure U.S. resources are made flexible for humanitarian efforts to evacuate personnel and continue assisting Syrian refugees inside Iraq. In a letter … Continue Reading

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