Press Releases

September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Wyden, Kaine Introduce Bill to Prohibit Federal Law Enforcement Officers From Wearing Camouflage Patterns in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to prohibit federal law enforcement officers from wearing camouflage patterns in the United States in most cases, since they can easily be confused for military personnel when doing so. At a House Armed Services … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $7.7 Million in Federal Funding To Combat Human Trafficking In Richmond, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Hampton

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $7,798,131 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to develop, expand, and strengthen assistance programs for victims of sex trafficking in Richmond, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Hampton. "Community and government-based agencies are on the front lines in the battle against human trafficking," said the Senators. "We are pleased to announce these critical … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Durbin, Kaine, and Murphy Express Support for Belarusian Presidential Candidate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today spoke with Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and expressed support for her candidacy and condemned the sham election that took place in August. Durbin, Kaine, and Murphy recently introduced a bipartisan resolution rejecting the discredited election results, condemning Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenko's crackdown on peaceful protestors, and calling for the imposition of … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Members of Congress Demand Response from Bureau of Prisons Regarding Worsening Conditions at Virginia Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA), demanded answers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) regarding reports of troubling conditions at Virginia facilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. Expressing frustration with Director Michael Carvajal's failure to respond to a letter from earlier this year, the lawmakers pressed for answers concerning an ongoing lack of personal protective equipment … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Lawmakers Request Virginia Be Added To Offshore Drilling Ban

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton (all D-VA), wrote a letter to President Trump requesting that he extend a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This letter follows the President's decision to exempt three states led by Republican governors (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina) from his … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $13.6 Million in Federal Funding For Rail Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $13,670,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s FY 20 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program to install over 70 miles of rail and other infrastructure upgrades for the Buckingham Branch Railroad North Mountain Subdivision line between Charlottesville and Clifton Forge, Virginia. "We're pleased to announce these federal funds to make much-needed … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Kaine Statement On Justice Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Justice Ginsburg's legacy lies in a legal system far fairer than the one she found as one of only nine women in her first-year Harvard Law class. As a litigator, she rid our country of statutes that discriminated against women who were breadwinners and men who were child-rearers. As a justice, her majority opinions opened Virginia's last all-male public school to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine, Murray Demand Investigation into Transfer of ICE Detainees from COVID Hotspots to Farmville as Part of Efforts to Send More Federal Agents to End D.C. Protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine, and Patty Murray wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into the June 2020 transfer of immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention to Farmville, Virginia. The transfer, which was reportedly part of the Trump Administration's efforts to send more federal agents to Washington, D.C., to end racial justice protests, led to a … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $9.5 Million to Support Virginia Firefighters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia Fire Departments will receive $9,571,649.04 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program supports local fire departments by providing funds for new equipment and training. "Our firefighters put themselves in harm's way every day. It's critical that the federal government provides them with the tools … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine Demand Information on Administration’s Efforts to Protect Older Americans Exploited by Drug Traffickers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have requested information from the Departments of State and Homeland Security about their efforts to protect unwitting older Americans tricked into trafficking drugs internationally. In two letters-one to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the other to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Tony Pham, and Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2.2 Million in Federal Funding For Tropical Storm Michael Repairs in Pittsylvania County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $2,271,091.11 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to repair damages to Ringgold Rail Trail and Sandy Creek Bridge from overland and waterway flooding in Pittsylvania County. "The damage to Ringgold Rail Trail and Sandy Creek Bridge caused by tropical storm Michael in Pittsylvania County in 2018 has had lasting impacts for residents, travelers, and commuters in the region. The … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Kaine Statement on 19th Anniversary of 2001 AUMF, Drone Strike Authorities in Kenya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the 19th anniversary of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and reports that U.S. Africa Command is requesting new authorities to carry out armed drone strikes in Kenya: "On the 19th anniversary of a war authorization that multiple presidents have used to justify military action all over the globe, the current administration is considering stretching it even further to carry out drone … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Commemorate Moton Museum in Farmville & Other Brown V. Board of Education Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Chris Coons and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to introduce legislation to honor and commemorate the historic sites that contributed to the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The bill would recognize the importance of the additional sites that catalyzed litigation in Delaware, South Carolina, Kansas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., -- including the Robert Russa Moton … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.2 Million in Funding For Economic Development in Martinsville and Blacksburg

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)'s Economic Development Administration (EDA) had awarded $1,282,917 in federal funding to promote entrepreneurship, startup creation, innovation, and commercialization in Martinsville and Blacksburg. "This funding is another step in the right direction, helping to boost startups through investments in technology, health, and life sciences," said the Senators. "By … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Warner, Kaine Push for TPS Protections in Next COVID-19 Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pushed to protect thousands of essential workers in the National Capital Region including those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), whose eligibility is in question due to ongoing legal efforts by the Trump Administration to terminate the program. In a letter, the Senators urged Senate leaders to include an automatic extension of work authorizations for TPS recipients, such as those from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $5.1 Million in Federal Funding To Prevent Violence Against Women in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Marion, and Richmond

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $5,115,615 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Marion, and Richmond. "Community-based intervention programs are an invaluable tool in the fight against violence against women," said the Senators. "We are pleased to announce these critical funds to … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Celebrate House Passage of Bill Renaming Hopewell Post Office after Civil Rights Leader Rev. Curtis West Harris

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) celebrated that the bill to rename a Hopewell, Va. post office as the "Reverend Curtis West Harris Post Office Building" passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill, introduced by U.S. Representative A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), honors the life and legacy of Reverend Curtis West Harris, who long fought for racial justice and equity. Reverend Harris served as pastor of Hopewell's Union Baptist Church for nearly fifty … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner, Kaine on New Report Regarding Farmville Detention Center COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement following a report that the Trump Administration transferred detainees from COVID-19 hotspots in Florida and Arizona in order to access additional federal agents to end peaceful protests in Washington, D.C.: "We are outraged by the recent news report. The transfers callously put federal employees, the Farmville community, and detainees at risk, in what appears to be an effort to add more federal … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce $14.4 Million in Funding To Address Congestion in Norfolk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $14,400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to address traffic and connectivity issues in Norfolk, VA. The funding follows aggressive advocacy by Sens. Warner and Kaine, who personally sent letters to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in support of the City of Norfolk's application for DOT's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. "We're proud … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $35 Million for Affordable Housing Across Virginia Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $35,719,247 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia, particularly in communities whose households face a higher rate of eviction. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funding is part of the $5 billion in supplemental CDBG funding authorized by the CARES … Continue Reading

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