Press Releases

April 30, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Reclaim Act to Invest in Coal Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to introduce the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act of 2019 to provide opportunities for coal reclamation and economic development in communities impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. "As technologies evolve and our economy changes, we cannot … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Senators Lead Bill to Create Innovation Zones in Higher Education and Improve Student Success

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced the Innovation Zone Act (IZ Act), which would reform the under-utilized and inefficient experimental sites initiative within the Higher Education Act. The IZ Act would rename experimental sites as "innovation zones" to better reflect the program's mission of encouraging higher education institutions to experiment with strategies to increase student success. … Continue Reading

April 25, 2019

Kaine & Whitehouse Call On Devos To Fix Missteps With Implementation Of TEPSLF Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Sheldon Whitehouse led a letter with 23 colleagues calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to correct missteps the Department of Education has taken in implementing the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program. In the letter, the Senators call on DeVos to implement a comprehensive strategy to increase the approval rates for loan relief through the TEPSLF program. "While the Department took some steps to correct … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Release Of Special Counsel Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "The Mueller report finds serious misconduct by the President and others that compels the testimony of the Special Counsel to … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Warren, Kaine, Colleagues Urge Congressional Negotiators to Ensure Education Department Faithfully Implements Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine led 14 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Senate Appropriators to urge them to include language in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to ensure that the Department of Education is faithfully implementing the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program. The senators' letter follows recently-released data … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Veto Of Bill To End U.S. Support For The Saudi-Backed War In Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen: "With this veto, President Trump shows the world he is determined to keep aiding a Saudi-backed war that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions more to the brink of starvation. This is part of an alarming … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Senators Coons, Graham, Kaine, Isakson, Booker, Murphy On The Removal Of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office following months of protests. "After four months of the biggest political demonstrations in a generation, the Sudanese army removed President Omar al-Bashir from power, ending his 30 year … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Murray, Kaine Urge Department of Justice to Publicize Findings of Investigation into Handling of Jeffrey Epstein Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), urging OPR to make public its findings from its investigation into then-U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta's handling of a criminal investigation into serial sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta, who is currently serving as the Secretary … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

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

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $43,460,812 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. "All Virginians deserve access to safe and affordable housing," the Senators said. "We are pleased that this federal funding will help make a … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers & Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 42 of their Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Working Families Tax Relief Act (WFTRA), legislation that is estimated to increase the incomes of over 1 million Virginia families, benefitting almost 2.7 million Virginians. The bill aims to cut taxes for workers and families at a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has continued to rise by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Gillibrand, Kaine Lead Group Of 13 Senators To Introduce New Legislation To Overhaul Flawed Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, Ensure Millions Of Americans Will Now Be Eligible For The Loan Forgiveness They Have Earned

99 percent of Applicants Have Been Rejected Under Current Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Due to Failed Implementation by the Department of Education and Loopholes That Made it Nearly Impossible to Be Eligible Gillibrand and Kaine's New Bill Would Ensure All Federal Loans and Repayment Plans Qualify and Simplify the Application and Approval Process Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) today led a group of 13 Senators to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Senators Kaine, Markey, Rubio, & Young Introduce Legislation To Ensure Congressional Oversight Of All Nuclear Technology Transfers Overseas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Todd Young (R-IN) to introduce legislation to ensure that Congress has the legislative authority to review all materials related to so-called "Part 810 authorizations" and is aware when the U.S. government authorizes persons or companies to transfer certain nuclear technologies and services to governments overseas. Part 810 … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Senators Hassan, Young, Kaine and Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act To Expand Economic Opportunity and Support Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), today reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and to support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce. With low unemployment rates in states across the country, innovative businesses are struggling to hire the … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Address Harassment In The Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Committee, and 17 of their colleagues to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce $1.4 Million To Help University Of Lynchburg Increase Stem Teacher Preparation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the University of Lynchburg will receive $1,446,533 in federal funding from the National Science Foundation to increase the effectiveness of future STEM teachers in teaching students with learning or developmental disabilities at schools in Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Bedford County, and Campbell County. "With national and local STEM teacher shortages, this funding could not come at a better time for our … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Ensure Reproductive Care Services For American Servicewomen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen to re-introduce the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act to ensure that all women who receive care through the United States military have access to all forms of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved contraception with no health insurance co-pay. This bill would overhaul current Department of Defense (DoD) policy on contraceptive coverage and family planning counseling by making sure … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bills To Strengthen Support For Children At Risk Of Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation to strengthen America's child welfare system. The Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would address high turnover rates among child welfare workers and the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act would help prevent the maltreatment of LGBTQ youth - who are nearly four times more likely to experience childhood sexual abuse than their heterosexual peers. The … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $15 Million For Virginia Health Clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $15,386,097 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for five Virginia health clinics. This funding will allow the clinics to provide quality, affordable health care and dental services to individuals in Southwest Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. "We're pleased to announce federal funding to ensure these clinics can continue to offer valuable care to their communities," … Continue Reading

April 05, 2019

Warner, Kaine Join Colleagues In Warning Against Slashing Funding To Northern Triangle Countries

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), and 30 other Senators in condemning the President's plan to cut national security funding to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In a letter to President Trump, the Senators reiterated that the U.S. Congress has already appropriated FY18 funds to advance the United States' foreign policy priorities related to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. "Your shortsighted … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Warner & Kaine: Closing The U.S.-Mexico Border Would Be An Economic Disaster For Virginia

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are sounding the alarm after President Donald Trump threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop immigrant families from crossing the southwest border, no matter the economic impact. "Despite being thousands of miles away from the Southern border, Virginia has a lot to lose economically if we close our doors to one of our greatest trade partners," said the Senators. "Mexico is one of Virginia's most important … Continue Reading

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