Press Releases

February 15, 2018

Kaine Statement On Failed Vote To Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following the Senate's vote on a compromise deal to protect Dreamers, which failed 54 - 45: "President Trump created a crisis, asked Congress to clean up his mess, and when we reached a compromise that delivered on his promises to protect Dreamers and boost border security, he refused to take yes for an answer and tanked the deal. I'm disappointed, but I won't give up on protecting Dreamers from deportation. La lucha … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Warner & Kaine Push For Nearly $4 Million Owed To Richmond International Airport For Security Upgrades

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined colleagues in a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security asking that they include funding in the Homeland Security appropriations bill to reimburse Richmond International Airport for screening systems purchased to increase security following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Richmond's airport took this step in 2005 to protect passenger safety and was promised a … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Senators Unveil Bipartisan Amendment to Protect Dreamers, Strengthen Border Security

8 Republicans, 7 Democrats, and 1 Independent Introduce Legislation Click HERE to read the text of the amendment Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of 16 Senators unveiled legislation this evening to protect "Dreamers" and to strengthen border security. The Senators are part of the Common Sense Coalition, a group of 25 Republican, Democratic, and Independent Senators convened by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), who have been meeting nearly every day in … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Kaine, Members of VA Delegation recommend TCC be designated a Domestic Maritime Center of Excellence

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1), Representatives Taylor, Scott, and McEachin in writing a letter to the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, requesting that Tidewater Community College (TCC) be designated a Domestic Maritime Center of Excellence. This designation will allow TCC to partner with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to receive critical resources and technical assistance to support the maritime workforce further … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Dr. Grace Harris

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the death of Dr. Grace E. Harris: "Dr. Harris used her lifetime of groundbreaking service to help cultivate and elevate emerging leaders. When I was Governor, Dr. Harris provided keen insight into university administration and offered invaluable guidance as I made appointments to Virginia public college boards. Her contributions have benefited VCU and Richmond as well as schools and communities throughout … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Infrastructure Proposal, Budget Framework

Trump's infrastructure proposal fails to make serious federal investments, relies on toll roads and higher taxes across Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after President Trump released his budget proposal for FY19, which included an infrastructure package that falls drastically short of the trillion dollar plan Trump promised throughout his campaign, and requires local governments in most cases … Continue Reading


February 10, 2018

Kaine Proposes Grant Program To Boost Job Training Support Services

Would support current CTE programs in Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, joined his colleagues Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) to introduce the Gateway to Careers Act. The bill creates a grant program to support partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Kaine, VA Delegation Letter To Trump Emphasizing The Importance Of The Hampton Roads Naval Community

WASHINGTON - Today the entire Virginia delegation, including U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, joined together to send a letter to President Trump, urging the administration not to consider relocating a nuclear powered aircraft carrier from NAVSTA Norfolk, Virginia to NAVSTA Mayport, Florida. This is in response to a letter sent by the Florida delegation last week requesting the move. "As members of the Virginia Congressional delegation, we are writing to urge you to craft a Fiscal Year 2019 … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Kaine Calls On Trump Administration To Release Legal Justification For U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting that the Trump Administration immediately provide Congress with the existing memo that details the legal basis for the April 6, 2017 U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Kaine has been critical of the Trump Administration for failing to provide Congress with a compelling legal justification for the last ten months, even as … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Kaine Statement On U.S. Airstrikes Against Pro-Assad Forces In Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the Trump Administration decision to launch U.S. airstrikes on pro-Assad forces in Syria: "Yesterday's confrontation between U.S. and pro-Assad forces in territory retaken from ISIS last year raises serious questions about our continued presence in Syria. While I am grateful that no U.S. or coalition members were harmed in the attack, I am … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Kaine, Colleagues Slam Trump Administration Decision Allowing Employers To Take Tips From Workers, Covering Up Negative Evidence

News reports show rules change would cost workers billions WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and 23 colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta slamming the Trump Administration's decision to let employers take tips from their workers. The Senators criticized the Administration after news reports have shown the Department of Labor covered up evidence … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Kaine Statement On Bipartisan Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement announced today: "The bipartisan deal announced today is good for the country and good for Virginia. This long-term budget fully funds our military and makes big investments in transportation, drug addiction treatment, disaster relief, resources for rural communities, and veterans' care. And it lifts the budget caps for two … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Warner, Kaine, Wittman Request Briefing With Bureau Of Indian Affairs For Newly Recognized Federal Tribes

~ Will ensure that tribes understand the full range of resources and benefits now available to them as a result of federal recognition ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) today requested that Bureau of Indian Affairs schedule a briefing as soon as possible with six newly federally recognized tribes in Virginia so that they can fully understand what benefits and resources will now be available to them after a successful, … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Warner & Kaine Urge Senate Leaders To Fund Community Health Centers

~ More than 300,000 Virginians in underserved communities rely on this funding for basic healthcare services ~ A list of Virginia CHCs can be found here. WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on Senate leadership to reauthorize funding for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. "Community health centers serve a vital function, … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Kaine Introduces Bill To Reduce Military Spouse Unemployment

Kaine is a Co-Chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus Legislation focuses on how frequent moves impact the overall success of our military WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Co-Chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, introduced new legislation to help reduce military spouse unemployment and examine the effects of frequent moves and reassignments on military spouses' careers. The Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018 expands hiring and career opportunities, improves … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Kaine, Colleagues Sound Alarm Over South Korea Ambassador Vacancy, Warn Of Significant Risk Of Preemptive Strike Against North Korea

Heinrich leads group of 18 senators questioning Dr. Victor Cha's removal from consideration to be Ambassador; Raises concerns over "bloody nose" strategy against North Korea WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Martin Heinrich (D-NM), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and 17 Senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), expressing serious concerns over the … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Following Richmond Heating Crisis, Kaine Urges Trump To Boost Funding For Heating Assistance

Kaine joined 44 Senators to urge Trump Administration to prioritize funding for programs that reduce home energy costs for low-income households in FY 2019 budget WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of recent heat outages in public housing units in Richmond, and as part of his continued efforts to provide heating aid and help struggling families reduce their energy bills, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of senators urging President Trump to include robust funding in his Fiscal … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Virginia & Maryland Senators Urge Trump Administration To Keep Funding Promise To Metro

~ Push for additional funding in President's upcoming infrastructure plan for Metro improvements ~ WASHINGTON - Following President Trump's call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan at this week's State of the Union, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today urged the Administration to keep a critical funding promise to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and pushed for additional funding for Metro … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Kaine, Cardin Criticize Decision To Prevent Syrians Fleeing Violence From Applying For Protected Status In U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently in the program, but failed to expand these protections to the Syrians fleeing violence who arrived in the United States after August 2016. Last week, Kaine and Cardin led nine of their colleagues in … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Kaine Asks Education, Labor, Health & Human Services Departments How They Are Working To Prevent Harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined HELP Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and nine colleagues on the HELP Committee in sending letters to Secretary DeVos at the Department of Education, Secretary Acosta at the Department of Labor and Secretary Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services, requesting information on their efforts to provide a safe workplace free of harassment. Each letter … Continue Reading

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