Press Releases

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

May 15, 2019

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Support Survivors Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation to help provide support for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. The Survivor Outreach and Support on Campus Act (S.O.S. Campus Act) would require colleges and universities to have an independent advocate available to support survivors of sexual assault on every campus. The S.O.S. Campus Act is cosponsored by Senators Dianne … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Kaine Warns Trump Against War With Iran: “Our Troops Are Not Your Pawns"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, warned President Trump against starting a war with Iran. In the interview, Kaine criticized Trump for pulling out of the nuclear deal that was effectively restricting Iran's nuclear capabilities and slammed the Trump Administration for inflammatory actions that could lead to an unnecessary war. "Our troops are not your pawns. This … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Bipartisan Foreign Relations Committee Senators’ statement on election results in South Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators and Foreign Relations Committee members Chris Coons (D-DE), James Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement after this week's elections in South Africa. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we commend South Africa's citizens, political parties, and Electoral Commission for together ensuring a successful national election," the … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $5 Million For Farmville And Middle Peninsula Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $5,000,000 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support improvements at Farmville Regional Airport and Middle Peninsula Regional Airport. "We're pleased to announce this funding that will revitalize our airports with the necessary developments to ensure safer travel for Virginians," the Senators said. Farmville Regional Airport will receive $3,500,000 Middle Peninsula Regional … Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Warner & Kaine: The President’s Escalated Trade War With China Threatens Virginia Farmers And Families

~ Following Trump trade war, Virginia soybean exports to China decreased more than 83 percent ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after President Trump escalated the ongoing U.S. - China trade war by imposing a 25 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports. In retaliation, China announced that it is raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products beginning on June 1. "It's been more than a year since … Continue Reading

May 13, 2019

Warner, Kaine, Scott, Luria Celebrate Two Federal Grants Totaling $60 Million For Newport News And Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Elaine Luria applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s announcement of $60,000,000 in federal funding through HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation program to support the revitalization of struggling housing projects in Newport News and Norfolk. These two Virginia cities were among just four localities nationwide chosen to receive HUD's Choice … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Warner, Kaine Applaud Assistance To Help Expand Food Access In Charlottesville And Pulaski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the City of Charlottesville and the Town of Pulaski will receive federal assistance to support revitalization strategies that improve quality of life and help develop each community's local food economy. This assistance comes from Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) - a federal initiative designed to support communities seeking to improve … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to cosponsor the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. With the increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those who are caught, requires service providers to adopt call authentication and blocking, and brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys … Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Establish Clean Energy Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Tina Smith and others to introduce the Clean Energy Standard of Act of 2019, which would establish a federal Clean Energy Standard (CES), to put our nation on course to achieve net-zero emissions from the electric sector by midcentury to fight climate change. "It's past time for our country to get serious about addressing the causes of climate change," said Kaine. "This bill puts us on course for a transformative expansion of … Continue Reading

May 07, 2019

Video: Kaine Statement On National Teacher Appreciation Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Kaine discussed his favorite college teacher and the value of public education in a video here. "Good education begins with good teachers who earn competitive pay for the important work they do each day. On National Teacher Appreciation Day, let's thank our educators and honor their tireless work by … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Tackle Teacher Shortages In Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Jon Tester to introduce the Rural Educator Support and Training (REST) Act to address teacher workforce shortages in rural communities by providing scholarships, loan forgiveness, and professional development opportunities to educators who commit to work in rural schools. "Rural communities in Virginia and across the country are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill vacant teaching jobs," said Kaine. "The REST Act would … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Sens. Cruz, Kaine Lead Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Antisemitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced a resolution condemning all forms of antisemitism. The resolution is cosponsored by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Todd Young (R-IN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Ahead Of Summer Vacation Season, Warner & Kaine Raise Concerns About Beach Umbrella Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With summer vacation season just around the corner, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are drawing attention to an unexpected danger to beachgoers: flying beach umbrellas. Essential staples of many family vacations, the popular beach accessories can quickly become hazards when propelled by wind through the air, as has happened on several occasions in recent years, most tragically in 2016, when Lottie Michelle Belk of Chester, Va. was struck in the torso and … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Warner & Kaine Push to Expand Chesapeake Bay Public Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to introduce legislation to reauthorize the highly successful Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. For more than 20 years, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network has expanded public access to the Chesapeake Bay through a state, local, and federal partnership of 172 Chesapeake … Continue Reading

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