Press Releases

August 01, 2019

Warner, Kaine Condemn Trump Administration for Further Escalating Trade War with China

~ New tariffs on Chinese goods would further hurt Virginia's economy ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after President Trump announced his plan to impose an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning September 1: "We continue to have grave concerns regarding this Administration's nonexistent trade strategy. Let's be clear: trade policy should not be done through tweet; it should be … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Joins Warner, Senate Democrats In Effort To Force Vote On Protecting Healthcare Coverage For Americans With Pre-Exisiting Conditions

~ Congressional Review Act resolution would prevent the Trump Administration from pushing 'junk health plans' to more than 3 million Virginians living with pre-existing conditions ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined the Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senator Mark R. Warner, in introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution to stop the Trump Administration from pushing "junk plans" that don't fully protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. Under the Trump … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Joins Durbin, Leahy, Booker To Introduce Legislation To Ban The Death Penalty

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and Cory Booker to introduce legislation to immediately ban the use of the death penalty by the federal government. The legislation comes after Attorney General (AG) William Barr's announcement that federal executions will resume for the first time in more than 16 years. While there have been only three federal executions in the last five decades, AG Barr has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Kaine Statement On Hyten Nomination

WASHINGTON, D. C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting to advance the nomination of General John Hyten to serve as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military. The nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration: "Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive problems in our country and our military, and for far too long they've been swept under the rug. The Armed Services … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $9 Million for Affordable Housing

~ Funding will address homelessness, support housing for low- and moderate-income Virginians ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $9,771,259 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing in Norfolk, Roanoke City, and Loudoun County. This funding, from the United States Department of Housing (HUD), was awarded through three grant programs - the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the HOME Investment … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Senate Passage of Bill to Rename Virginia Beach Post Office After Ryan "Keith" Cox

~ Bill now heads to the President's desk for signature ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) praised Senate passage of U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria's (VA-02) legislation - supported by the entire Virginia delegation - to rename a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan "Keith" Cox. On May 31, Mr. Cox, a longtime public utilities employee, sacrificed his own life to save others during the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. "The Commonwealth will forever … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

With Temporary Protected Status For Nearly 7,000 Syrians Living In U.S. Set To Expire Without Action This Week, Gillibrand, Kaine Lead Senate Colleagues To Call On Trump Administration To Extend And Redesignate TPS

Trump Administration Expected to Make a Decision This Week on Whether Conditions Are Met to Extend and Redesignate TPS Protections for Syrians in U.S. If Administration Does Not Extend and Redesignate TPS, Syrians Living in the U.S. Could Face Deportation to War-Torn Syria and Face Life-Threatening Conditions WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced they are calling on the Trump … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Expand and Protect Fort Monroe National Monument

~ Bill comes ahead of the 400th commemoration of the landing of the first enslaved Africans at Old Point Comfort, where Fort Monroe stands today ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) introduced legislation to add approximately 40 coastal acres of land to Fort Monroe National Monument, a move that would unify the two divided sections of Fort Monroe and achieve an unbroken coastline along the Chesapeake Bay. This legislation comes after the failure of the … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Blunt, Kaine, Cleaver, Stivers Introduce Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Tim Kaine (VA), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO) and Steve Stivers (OH), introduced the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. "From Jackie Robinson to Satchel Paige to Buck O'Neil, several of baseball's most iconic players began their professional careers in the Negro Leagues," … Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Urge Aggressive Action to Protect Beachgoers from Dangers of Flying Beach Umbrellas

~ Thousands injured by windborne beach umbrellas; woman killed in Virginia Beach in 2016 ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to launch a public safety campaign to educate the public about the dangers of beach umbrellas. The popular beach accessories can quickly become hazards when propelled by wind through the air, as has happened on several occasions in recent years, as in 2016, when Lottie Michelle Belk was … Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $2 Million In Funding For Martinsville-Based Manufacturing Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,881,221 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Martinsville, also known as GENEDGE. The grant will support the organization's efforts to meet the evolving needs of manufacturing in Virginia by helping small and mid-sized businesses develop new products and customers, expand into … Continue Reading

July 27, 2019

At U.S.-Mexico Border, Kaine And Hirono Condemn Trump Administration’s “Cruelty And Incompetence”

Photos of Kaine and Hirono's visit can be found here. Video of Kaine and Hirono's press conference can be found here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, July 26, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mazie Hirono toured border patrol stations in El Paso and Clint, Texas and visited Casa del Refugiado, a shelter run by Annunciation House that provides migrant families and other refugees with meals, showers, and a safe place to say. After speaking directly to families who had fled violence, Kaine and Hirono … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $13 Million In Federal Funds For Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that eight Virginia airports will receive $13,260,486 in funds from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help enhance new and existing infrastructure. The airports receiving funding serve the following Virginia cities: Charlottesville, Culpeper, Danville, Farmville, Mattaponi, Melfa, Quinton, and Roanoke. "We're pleased to announce this funding to help Virginia … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues in Call for Reversal of Trump-Pence Administration’s Gag Rule That Will Undermine Health Care for Millions of Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray and 39 of their fellow Democratic senators to send a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar slamming the Trump-Pence Administration's new gag rule that compromises the Title X family planning program and the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X-funded providers for cancer screenings, STI screenings, contraceptive care, family planning services, and … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce Bill To Protect Children When Parents Are Detained By Immigration Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Tina Smith and their colleagues to introduce legislation to protect the safety and well-being of children who might be left alone and vulnerable after their parents are arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities in communities across the country. "Raiding homes and leaving children without their parents is cruel and un-American. This bill requires that ICE consider children when decisions of detention, release, or … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Colleagues For Advancing Bill To Rename Post Office After Ryan “Keith” Cox

~ Legislation to rename Virginia Beach post office now awaits full consideration in the Senate ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted unanimously to advance bipartisan legislation to rename a Virginia Beach post office - located at 2509 George Mason Dr. in Virginia Beach, VA 23456 - after Ryan "Keith" Cox. The legislation, which was introduced in … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Kaine Joins Effort To Block Trump Administration From Gathering, Politicizing Citizenship Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Brian Schatz and their colleagues in pushing back against President Trump's executive action ordering federal agencies to turn over citizenship data from existing government records for political purposes. Kaine and Schatz introduced new legislation to overturn Trump's executive order. "After his misguided efforts to add a citizenship question to the census were blocked by the Supreme Court, President Trump is now attempting to … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Photos: Warner & Kaine Meet With Virginia Coal Miners, Introduce Bill To Support Those Affected By Black Lung

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following recent studies showing worsening prevalence and severity of black lung disease among coal miners and deteriorating financial viability of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine met today with 25 coal miners and their families from Southwest Virginia. They discussed the need for fast action in funding the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which was established in 1978 to pay benefits to disabled miners suffering from black … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Renewed Funding for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

~ Legislation to support first responders will head to the President's desk for approval, following unanimous Senate passage ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded the passage of a bill to continue providing financial support to those who suffered physical harm or families of those who were killed as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or ensuing debris removal efforts. With the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) set to … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

On Senate Floor, Kaine Pushes For Passage Of Bill To Halt Cruel Treatment Of Children At The Border

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech pushing for passage of legislation he cosponsored to help put an end to the Trump Administration's cruel treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The legislation, the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, would create clear, non-negotiable standards for the treatment of children in the United States' care. Kaine said: "The bill has a number of provisions that I think are … Continue Reading

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