Press Releases

February 02, 2019

Statement Of Sen. Warner, Sen. Kaine & Rep. Scott On Governor Northam

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators and former Governors of Virginia Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine along with Congressman Bobby Scott released the following statement: "After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign. Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Celebrate Block Buy Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries announced a final contract to block buy two Ford-class aircraft carriers: "A big congratulations is due to the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries for finalizing a deal that will save 4 billion in taxpayer dollars and help keep the country safe," Senators Warner and Kaine said. "Virginia's shipbuilders make the finest carriers in the world, and … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce $1 Million In Funding To Support Youth Organization In Petersburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved $1,100,000 in federal funding for Pathways-VA, a program for at-risk young people in Petersburg, Virginia. "We are proud to announce that this funding will help Pathways-VA continue to serve low-income communities in Petersburg," said the Senators. "We look forward to seeing them utilize this funding to provide more job preparation and apprenticeship … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Prevent Future Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the End Shutdowns Act, a bill to end the threat of future government shutdowns and the senseless pain they inflict on federal employees, government contractors, and millions of Americans who rely on government services. Kaine has been outspoken against President Trump's use of a government shutdown as a negotiating tactic, and-in an effort to take away that option in the future -this bill would initiate an automatic continuing … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act To Close Gender Wage Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 10 years after the week President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. According to the National Women's Law Center, today's wage gap in Virginia would cost a woman on average $482,000 over a 40-year … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Van Hollen, Colleagues To Introduce Pay Raise Bill for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase. Last year, President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their companion legislation to this measure on Wednesday. "Our federal … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Highlights Concerns With Trump Threats To Withdraw From NATO

WATCH HERE: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine raised concerns with President Trump's repeated threats to withdraw from NATO. In the hearing, Kaine pressed witnesses on the importance of NATO as a strategic alliance to advance American security and highlighted a bipartisan bill that he has introduced to prevent any President of the United States from withdrawing … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Warner & Kaine Urge Administration To Pay Federal Workers Affected By The Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 27 colleagues, led by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), in writing to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Kaine & Warner Lead Letter Calling On Devos To Improve Shutdown Guidance For Student Loan Borrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner led a letter with 26 colleagues calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to improve guidance the Department of Education is giving to student loan borrowers impacted by the shutdown. In the letter, the Senators cited concerns that guidance the Department is currently giving borrowers does not help them navigate repayment options effectively and may cause borrowers to experience further difficulties navigating student loan … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $5 Million In Funding To Support HIV Treatment In Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $5,788,425 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support HIV relief efforts in Norfolk. The goal of the project is to enhance access to effective, cost efficient, community-based care for low-income individuals and families with HIV. "We are pleased to announce federal funding to help those with HIV in Norfolk get the care they deserve," the Senators said. The funding … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million For Loudoun Community Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,238,496 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Loudoun Community Health Center. This funding will enable Loudoun County to provide accessible, quality health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. "We're pleased to announce federal funding to ensure the Loudoun Community Health Center can continue to offer valuable care to those in need of support," … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Kaine Cosponsors Legislation To Extend Unemployment Compensation To Unpaid Federal Workers During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine cosponsored legislation to extend unemployment compensation to federal employees who are working without pay during the government shutdown. Currently, furloughed federal employees are able to seek unemployment compensation, but the Department of Labor has not determined whether the same benefit is available to employees who are working without pay. "This shutdown is hurting millions of Americans and it must end now. I've heard from many unpaid … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Kaine, Wyden, Murray, Collins Introduce Bill To Eliminate Penalties For Federal Workers When Accessing Money From Retirement Savings During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 to ensure that federal employees can access money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty. The bill would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during the government shutdown. "This painful shutdown is affecting the ability of federal workers to put food … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Kaine Statement On Failed Vote to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate's vote on a clean bill to reopen government, which failed 52-44: "Today, I voted to end President Trump's shutdown and provide much-needed relief to the millions of Americans who have been hurt, including the Virginians who will be missing their second paycheck tomorrow. I'm deeply disappointed that the vast majority of our Republican colleagues didn't support reopening government as we negotiate a … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Va. & Md. Sens. Ask Childcare Providers for Flexibility During Govt Shutdown

~ Letters highlight arrangements reportedly made by some organizations and request details on any accommodations being made for families ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was joined by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in requesting financial flexibility from childcare organizations for parents and guardians affected by the partial government shutdown. Among the expenses piling up for these families, who do not know when their next paycheck … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Warner & Kaine Press Trump Administration on Shutdown Effect for Craft Brewers

~ Virginia is home to more than 200 licensed breweries & industry contributes more than $9.3 billion to Virginia's economy ~ ~ As a result of shutdown, Treasury Dept. isn't approving labeling changes, new recipes, or permits for brewers and distillers ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inquire about the impact of the government shutdown on craft breweries in Virginia. The shutdown has halted operations … Continue Reading

January 22, 2019

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 30 Senate colleagues to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and help expand economic opportunity for hardworking families. Raising the federal minimum wage would directly raise the wages of approximately 786,000 Virginians. "No one who works full time should have to live in poverty, but too often that's the case," said Kaine. "Raising the minimum wage is an important … Continue Reading

January 19, 2019

Warner & Kaine Statement on President Trump's Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today issued the following statement: "President Trump's remarks today failed to acknowledge the pain and suffering he has caused to federal workers, contractors, and millions of Americans with this unnecessary government shutdown, and his rhetoric toward immigrants was inflammatory and unproductive. We would be glad to review, starting this week, any proposals he has to responsibly improve and increase border security and … Continue Reading

January 19, 2019

Warner, Kaine Voice Concerns About the Status of Food Stamp Program In Light of Government Shutdown

~ Letter encourages USDA Secretary to ensure continued funding for the program, which provides aid to 776,000 Virginians ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter today to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, stressing the importance of sustained funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The lawmakers expressed concern with the agency's ability to support states and grocery stores, following a decision by the United States … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Kaine Joins Warner In Writing To Trump On Shutdown Housing Crisis

Senators urge the President to immediately re-open the Department of Housing and Urban Development 2.2 million low-income households are at risk of eviction because of Trump's shutdown WASHINGTON - Senator Tim Kaine joined over 170 Members of Congress, led by Senator Mark R. Warner, in sending a letter to President Trump expressing concern that the shutdown will force Americans from their homes. Affordable housing programs in Virginia and across the country depend on the Department of … Continue Reading

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