Press Releases

November 06, 2017

New GAO Report Commissioned by Sens. Toomey & Kaine Says Seniors at Opioid Abuse Risk, Medicare Oversight Improvements Needed

Washington, D.C.-Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) issued the following statements on a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that shows more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries who receive high doses of opioid painkillers are at risk of abuse due to significant operational gaps within the federal health insurance program. "This report is a stark reminder that much more still needs to be done to prevent overutilization, diversion, and abuse of prescription … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Warner & Kaine To Trump Administration: Rethink Fee Increases For National Park Visitors

~ Point to bipartisan legislation as solution to address the long-term park maintenance backlog ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged the Trump Administration to reconsider dramatic entrance fee increases that the Department of Interior has proposed at 17 iconic national parks across the United States. In Virginia, this proposal would increase fees at Shenandoah National Park to $70 per vehicle during peak season. In a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the … Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Send Letter Questioning Administration On Long-Term Power Restoration Plan For Puerto Rico And USVI

Senators: delay "jeopardizes the health and safety of the residents" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined their colleagues in sending a letter to Administration officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting agencies expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Senators said the Administration's current lack of … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Video: Kaine Presses Tillerson & Mattis On The Need For A New AUMF

"I have a hard time understanding your opposition to our resolution as anything other than 'we do not want Congressional oversight.'" **HD Video** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. In the hearing, Kaine … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Kaine, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Withdraw Proposal To Increase National Park Visitor Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and nine other colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke requesting he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees at 17 national parks pending further review. According to the proposal, Shenandoah National Park visitor fees would increase dramatically from $25 to $70 per vehicle during peak season. "The National Park Service describes the fee increases 'as … Continue Reading


October 29, 2017

Kaine Statement On The Situation In Northern Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the ongoing conflict between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq: "I am dismayed by the conflict between our close allies the Kurds and Arabs of Iraq. The parties must come together immediately and in good faith to negotiate the future of their shared land in line with Iraq's constitution. … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to succeed Dana Boente, who resigned on Thursday effective upon the confirmation of a successor. After receipt of applications, the Senators will select from the list of qualified attorneys to recommend for President Trump's nomination. The White House will then nominate individuals to be considered by the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Warner & Kaine Ask McConnell To Expedite CHIP Vote In Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to bring legislation that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. CHIP, which covers 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia alone, is set to run out of funding on January 31 if Congress fails to reauthorize the program. Families in Virginia rely on CHIP to cover doctor visits, … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill To Invest $45 Billion Toward Combating Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, which would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids and opioid addiction. This legislation would address a number of the critical shortcomings in the approach to combating the opioid epidemic, including the … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Photos: Kaine Joins Blue Star Families, Business Leaders For Military Spouses Employment Opportunities Summit

**View photos of the event, here** WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined military spouses and business leaders in Arlington for a summit on improving employment opportunities. Co-hosted by Blue Star Families, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the group-which included military spouse Katie McMaster-discussed obstacles to … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Kaine & Warner Introduce Bill To Protect Lands In Bath County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner introduced the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act, a bill to add a total of 5,600 acres to two existing wilderness areas within the George Washington National Forest in Bath County, Virginia. A wilderness designation is the highest level of protection for public land under federal law. These additions were recommended by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014 and endorsed by members of the GW National Forest Stakeholder Collaborative, a … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Following Attack In Niger, Kaine Calls On Mattis To Provide Information On "Advise And Assist" Missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, in a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, has asked for explanations on the Department of Defense "advise and assist" missions and details on the legal authorities that justify them following the October 4th attack in western Niger that resulted in the deaths of four American soldiers. Kaine has called for a debate on U.S. military operations in Africa and across the globe … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Following Opioid Exposé, Warner & Kaine Ask For Update On Drug Enforcement Law

~ Letter to HHS, DEA follows Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation on the opioid crisis ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined 30 of their Senate colleagues in writing to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Kaine Statement On Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the passage of the partisan Senate budget resolution, which Republicans are using as a vehicle to push through President Trump's tax proposal with only 50 votes and without the input of both parties "Senate Republicans held this vote on a sham budget to pave the way for their partisan tax plan. Based on what little we know about it, their tax plan could increase taxes on many … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Kaine Says Trump Decision To Not Certify Iran Deal Raises The Risk Of War

**You can watch Kaine's full speech here[s3.amazonaws.com].** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, delivered a floor speech highlighting how President Trump's decision to not certify the Iran Nuclear Agreement jeopardizes U.S. diplomacy and raises the risk of war. Kaine criticized President Trump for undermining the deal despite IAEA verification that Iran is in compliance and confirmation from the Secretary … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

President Signs Portman-Kaine Bill To Promote Early Hearing Detection In Newborns, Infants & Young Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced that President Trump signed their bipartisan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, into law. The law reauthorizes current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children. "I'm happy to see the Early Hearing Detection … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Urge Devos To Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance For Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined HELP Committee Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and six other committee members in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson following up on the Department of Education's decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault-and to inquire … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Kaine, Bennet Introduce Medicare-X To Provide Low-Cost, High-Quality Care In Every Zip Code

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced legislation to create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, low-cost health insurance choices and create more competition in the marketplace. The Medicare-X Choice Act would build on the Medicare framework to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health exchanges, allowing Americans to choose among the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump's Decision On The Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today following President Trump's decision not to make the certification required under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: "President Trump is making a dangerous mistake. Just last week, the President's own military and national security advisors testified to Congress that sticking with the JCPOA is in U.S. national security interests. This move puts America … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump's Decision To End CSR Payments & Drive Up Health Care Premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments and destabilize the health care marketplace: "It's outrageous that an American President is deliberately raising health care costs on people across the country out of a blind opposition to the ACA. President Trump's decision to end the CSR payments will cause … Continue Reading

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