Press Releases

June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein, Kaine Urge Senate to Pass Protections for TPS Recipients and Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide important protections to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are calling on the Senate to follow suit. The Senators have introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS and Deferred … Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

Lowey, Fortenberry, Coons, Graham, Kaine, Gardner Introduce Partnership Fund for Peace

Legislation would help create the necessary conditions on the ground to support an eventual two-state solution WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Tim Kaine (VA), and Cory Gardner (CO) introduced the Partnership Fund for Peace Act of 2019. This legislation would create the Partnership Fund for Peace to facilitate and finance joint economic ventures and people-to-people exchanges between … Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Kaine Statement On Transfers Of Nuclear Technical Expertise To Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, has repeatedly requested information from the Trump Administration about the approval of seven nuclear technical expertise transfers to Saudi Arabia, including whether any of these authorizations occurred after the murder of Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following an explicit directive from Senator James Risch, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations … Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Kaine Statement On Special General Assembly Session To Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Governor Northam's call for a special General Assembly session to take up gun reform: "I applaud Governor Northam, who has seen the carnage of gun violence as a pediatrician, for calling the General Assembly to gather in a special session to find solutions. It's painfully clear from the horrific shooting in Virginia Beach and the daily scourge of gun violence in communities across the Commonwealth that … Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million For Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport

~ Runway expansion project will boost access to key business region and university ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $1,021,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to support a runway expansion project at Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport (VTMEA) in Blacksburg, Va. "We're excited to announce this funding to expand runway 12/30 so that the airport can better serve the needs of local … Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

Kaine Statement On Tragic Shooting In Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach: "I am heartbroken by the horrific shooting today in Virginia Beach. My prayers are with all who have been affected, and I want Virginians to know I will keep pushing for Congress to take action to prevent the daily scourge of gun violence in America. "I was just in Virginia Beach this morning. It's such a strong and beautiful community, and the bravery of the first … Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Slam Trump Administration Decision to Increase Tariffs on Mexican Imports

~ The increased tariffs would be paid by Virginia families and could result in retaliatory tariffs on Virginia products ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement following President Trump's announcement that, beginning on June 10, the U.S. will impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports. According to the Trump Administration, if Mexico does not stop immigrants from crossing the Southwest border, tariffs could … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Va. & Md. Senators Introduce New Legislation Reforming WMATA Safety & Renewing Federal Funding Commitment to Metro

~ Metro Safety, Accountability and Investment Act of 2019 also protects security of Metro system by prohibiting purchase of Chinese rail cars ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) introduced new legislation to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro, provide critical safety reforms, and strengthen oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Recognizing … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Kaine Announces Virginia Wins In 2020 Defense Bill, Celebrates Military Family Housing Reforms

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 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia's defense community, shipbuilding industry, and military families. The bill was reported out of committee on a bipartisan vote and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. "Each year, the national defense bill … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Schatz, Kaine, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Invest In Telehealth, Expand Health Care To Rural Areas

Legislation Builds On Prior Schatz Law To Use Technology To Deliver High-Quality Health Care To Hard-To-Reach Regions WASHINGTON. D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019 (ECHO 2019 Act), legislation to increase access to health care services in rural areas by expanding the use of technology-based collaborative learning and capacity building models. These education models, … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Kaine, Jones Introduce Bill To Support Foster Children, Encourage Families To Open Their Homes

Bill Would Provide Tax Relief for Foster Families, Get Information Out About Existing Tax Benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Doug Jones introduced legislation to support children in foster homes and the families that care for them by encouraging more Americans to offer safe, loving homes for foster children. The Foster Care Tax Credit Act would seek to help the many families who care for children for six months or less who, unlike longer term foster families, are … Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $116,000 In Federal Funding For Fire, Law Enforcement And Programs For Children, The Elderly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded more than $116,000 in rural development assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help replace vital equipment at police and fire departments in Charlotte County, and the independent cities of Waynesboro and Franklin - and to support two nonprofit organizations for children and the elderly in the City of Franklin and Wise County, respectively. "Every day, brave men and women in fire and … Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Durbin, Scott, Menendez, Young, Duckworth, Kaine, Portman, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Children From Lead Poisoning

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2019, which would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its lead poisoning prevention measures to reflect modern science and ensure that families and children living in federally-assisted … Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Passage Of Legislation To Lower Taxes On Gold Star Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate just unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to provide tax relief to the children of military members killed in service to their country. This legislation corrects one of the many unintended consequences of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - legislation forced through by the GOP that, among other things, treats military and VA survivor benefits as trusts or estates, subjecting the benefits of … Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Video: Kaine, Mcconnell Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Raise Minimum Age To Purchase Tobacco To 21

Tobacco state senators join together and lead effort to provide long-term health benefits throughout the country by helping protect young people from starting tobacco use at an early age. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21. Kaine delivered a … Continue Reading

May 17, 2019

Warner, Kaine Reintroduce Legislation to Tackle Root Causes of Central American Migrant Crisis

Legislation would provide a coordinated regional response to manage humanitarian crises in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) recently joined 32 other Senators in reintroducing legislation to tackle the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The Central American Reform and Enforcement Act will provide a coordinated regional response to effectively manage the humanitarian crises in El Salvador, Guatemala, and … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Warner And Kaine Urge Senate To Pass Bipartisan Legislation Protecting Vietnam Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to call on their Senate colleagues to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, a bipartisan bill to ensure that the tens of thousands of veterans who were stationed off the coast of Vietnam - known as Blue Water Navy veterans - can receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Kaine, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Support Training For Skilled Infrastructure Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), both co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, reintroduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to ensure that workers are prepared with the skills needed for infrastructure jobs in fields like construction, transportation, and energy. "It's critical that we … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

On Senate Floor, Kaine Reads Stories From Virginians Hurt By High Drug Prices, Calls For Legislative Solutions

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor sharing stories he's received from constituents throughout Virginia who have been hurt by the high cost of prescription drugs. On the Senate floor, he called for commonsense reforms to bring drug prices down, including his legislation to allow Medicare to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Kaine, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation That Provides Additional Visas For Afghan Interpreters and Support Staff

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) , Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce legislation that would provide additional visas for Afghans who have assisted the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and whose lives are in jeopardy because of their service. The Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2019 would provide 4,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for the … Continue Reading

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