Press Releases

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


May 09, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $94.8 Million In Grants For Housing & Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $94,819,202 in federal funding to help Virginia communities with housing and infrastructure projects. The funding, which will go to more than 30 locations across Virginia, will be awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), HOME, and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Kaine Statement On The Release Of Three Americans Wrongly Detained In North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the release of three Americans wrongly detained in North Korea: "I welcome the long-overdue release of these three Americans, including former Virginia resident Kim Dong-chul who has been wrongly detained for nearly three years. This is a positive development, but the North Korean regime must be held accountable for its appalling pattern … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Decision To Exit Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on President Trump's decision to break the U.S. commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement, despite Iran's compliance with the deal: "President Trump showed us again today that when he says 'America First,' he actually means 'America alone.' By violating the Iran deal, the President is creating a new nuclear crisis while we're trying to … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Dedicating The Week Of May 6 As Public Service Recognition Week

~ Virginia is home to one of the highest concentrations of federal employees in the country ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of Senators in honoring the critical work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services by passing a bipartisan resolution designating May 6-12, 2018 as Public Service Recognition Week. Virginia is home to one of the highest concentrations of federal employees in the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles Steger

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Dr. Charles W. Steger: "I join the Virginia Tech family in mourning the loss of Charlie Steger. As Governor, I worked closely with him during one of the darkest moments in Virginia history, the tragic shooting on campus in 2007. And I also saw him undertake and complete signature projects like the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, which is accelerating medical … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On Insurers Proposing Health Care Premium Increases In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after insurers filed initial rates that would lead to major premium increases for Virginians in 2019: "These proposed price increases are a painful consequence of the Trump Administration's efforts to sabotage the health insurance market and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After a series of unsuccessful attempts to repeal the ACA, President Trump and Republicans in Congress settled for taking … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Decision To End Protections For Displaced Hondurans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 57,000 Honduran immigrants displaced by natural disasters: "Throughout our history, America has opened our arms to people seeking refuge, and their contributions have strengthened our communities. But time and again, the Trump Administration has forced immigrants and refugees back into dangerous conditions in their home … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Kaine Statement on U.S. Special Forces Supporting Saudi Arabia in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on reports that U.S. Special Forces have been secretly supporting Saudi Arabia as it battles Yemen's Houthi rebels: "The Trump Administration's purposeful blurring of lines between train and equip missions and combat, from Niger to Yemen, is unacceptable. It runs afoul of our system of checks and balances in war powers and is deepening our … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $2.1 Million to Preserve Historic Battlefields in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.1 million to preserve parts of the Yorktown and Appomattox Court House Battlefields in Virginia. These grants were awarded through the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "Virginia is home to some of America's most historic sites, and the National Park Service and localities have worked hard to protect them from encroaching … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Warner & Kaine Recommend Terwilliger to Be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have sent a letter to the White House recommending G. Zachary Terwilliger to fill the vacancy of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Terwilliger currently serves in the U.S. Department of Justice as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. Terwilliger was recommended by a panel of attorneys from across the Commonwealth selected by Warner and Kaine to … Continue Reading

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