Press Releases

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


April 30, 2019

Kaine, Collins, King Introduce Bill To Protect LGBTQ Americans From Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019, a bill that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans. The FHA prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability but not sexual … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Reclaim Act to Invest in Coal Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to introduce the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act of 2019 to provide opportunities for coal reclamation and economic development in communities impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. "As technologies evolve and our economy changes, we cannot … Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Senators Lead Bill to Create Innovation Zones in Higher Education and Improve Student Success

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced the Innovation Zone Act (IZ Act), which would reform the under-utilized and inefficient experimental sites initiative within the Higher Education Act. The IZ Act would rename experimental sites as "innovation zones" to better reflect the program's mission of encouraging higher education institutions to experiment with strategies to increase student success. … Continue Reading


April 25, 2019

Kaine & Whitehouse Call On Devos To Fix Missteps With Implementation Of TEPSLF Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Sheldon Whitehouse led a letter with 23 colleagues calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to correct missteps the Department of Education has taken in implementing the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program. In the letter, the Senators call on DeVos to implement a comprehensive strategy to increase the approval rates for loan relief through the TEPSLF program. "While the Department took some steps to correct … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Release Of Special Counsel Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "The Mueller report finds serious misconduct by the President and others that compels the testimony of the Special Counsel to … Continue Reading


April 17, 2019

Warren, Kaine, Colleagues Urge Congressional Negotiators to Ensure Education Department Faithfully Implements Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine led 14 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Senate Appropriators to urge them to include language in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to ensure that the Department of Education is faithfully implementing the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program. The senators' letter follows recently-released data … Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Veto Of Bill To End U.S. Support For The Saudi-Backed War In Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen: "With this veto, President Trump shows the world he is determined to keep aiding a Saudi-backed war that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions more to the brink of starvation. This is part of an alarming … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Senators Coons, Graham, Kaine, Isakson, Booker, Murphy On The Removal Of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office following months of protests. "After four months of the biggest political demonstrations in a generation, the Sudanese army removed President Omar al-Bashir from power, ending his 30 year … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Murray, Kaine Urge Department of Justice to Publicize Findings of Investigation into Handling of Jeffrey Epstein Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), urging OPR to make public its findings from its investigation into then-U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta's handling of a criminal investigation into serial sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta, who is currently serving as the Secretary … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $43 Million For Housing & Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $43,460,812 in federal funding to support affordable housing development across Virginia. The funding, which will go to 26 municipalities across the Commonwealth, has been awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. "All Virginians deserve access to safe and affordable housing," the Senators said. "We are pleased that this federal funding will help make a … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers & Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 42 of their Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Working Families Tax Relief Act (WFTRA), legislation that is estimated to increase the incomes of over 1 million Virginia families, benefitting almost 2.7 million Virginians. The bill aims to cut taxes for workers and families at a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has continued to rise by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Gillibrand, Kaine Lead Group Of 13 Senators To Introduce New Legislation To Overhaul Flawed Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, Ensure Millions Of Americans Will Now Be Eligible For The Loan Forgiveness They Have Earned

99 percent of Applicants Have Been Rejected Under Current Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Due to Failed Implementation by the Department of Education and Loopholes That Made it Nearly Impossible to Be Eligible Gillibrand and Kaine's New Bill Would Ensure All Federal Loans and Repayment Plans Qualify and Simplify the Application and Approval Process Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) today led a group of 13 Senators to … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Senators Kaine, Markey, Rubio, & Young Introduce Legislation To Ensure Congressional Oversight Of All Nuclear Technology Transfers Overseas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Todd Young (R-IN) to introduce legislation to ensure that Congress has the legislative authority to review all materials related to so-called "Part 810 authorizations" and is aware when the U.S. government authorizes persons or companies to transfer certain nuclear technologies and services to governments overseas. Part 810 … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Senators Hassan, Young, Kaine and Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act To Expand Economic Opportunity and Support Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), today reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and to support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce. With low unemployment rates in states across the country, innovative businesses are struggling to hire the … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Address Harassment In The Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Committee, and 17 of their colleagues to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they … Continue Reading

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