Press Releases

June 28, 2018

Kaine Joins Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, leaving the decision about legalization in states' hands. Specifically, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing it at the federal level. The legislation allows states to continue to decide how they will treat marijuana … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Kaine Statement On Filing Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court Seat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court: "The Republican Senate leadership established a clear precedent when it refused to take up the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland: Do not fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. It is only fair that this precedent should also be applied to the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Kaine Praises Major Senate Breakthrough On Updating Career And Technical Education Legislation

Perkins CTE reauthorization includes major provisions from three of Kaine's bills to increase access to CTE programs WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, praised the HELP Committee's unanimous passage of a bipartisan update of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. For years, Kaine has called for an update … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Warner & Kaine Press Virginia V-A Medical Centers on Quality of Nursing Home Care

~ Letter follows media investigation of inadequate care in nursing homes overseen by the Dept of Veterans Affairs ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the quality of care at nursing homes that serve Virginia's veterans, following an investigation by USA Today and the Boston Globe that found that a majority of the VA's 133 nursing homes - known as community living centers - have a higher percentage of … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $2.8 Million To Support Nursing Education And Retention At George Mason University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,774,825 in federal funding to support nursing education at George Mason University over the next four years. The funding will be used to recruit, admit, and retain students interested in pursuing nursing careers in Prince William and Fairfax Counties. "We are thrilled to announce funding to support students interested in nursing at George Mason University and help place them at underserved clinics and health care … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Decision On President Trump's Travel Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the President's travel ban: "I'm disappointed that the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's discriminatory travel ban. President Trump's intentions with this ban are clear: to stoke fear, perpetuate stereotypes, and make our immigration policy more about politics than national security. Discriminating against individuals based on their religion or country of … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Warner & Kaine Respond to Family Separation Letter from Va. House of Delegates

~ Local legislators asked Virginia's congressional delegation to oppose Trump Administration family separation policy ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today responded to a letter from members of the House of Delegates that asked Virginia's congressional delegation to oppose the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. On June 20, 47 members of the Virginia House of Delegates wrote to all 13 members of … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Warner & Kaine Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Appropriations Legislation

~ Package includes measures to help improve veteran care, build regional infrastructure projects, and fund Appalachian Regional Commission ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to fund federal programs and build new military construction and facilities under the Department of Veteran Affairs (V-A), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Defense (DoD). On a bipartisan 86-5 vote, the Senate … Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

Kaine Joins Casey To Introduce Bill To Improve Access To Mental Health Services For Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to introduce a bill to improve access to mental health services for students at college campuses across America. The Higher Education Mental Health Commission Act would establish a national commission to study the mental health conditions facing students at colleges and universities across the country. "We need to do more to ensure … Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

Warner & Kaine Press HHS For Information On Staunton Detention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine wrote to the Trump Administration demanding more information after an Associated Press report indicated widespread physical and psychological abuse of immigrant children at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center (SVJC) near Staunton, Virginia. In a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner for the Administration for Children and Families under the Department of Health and Human Services, Warner and Kaine outline the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill To Legalize Industrial Hemp Production

~ Includes other Warner-Kaine priorities to increase Chesapeake Bay clean-up funding and protect public lands ~ WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate passed, on a bipartisan 86-11 vote, legislation that includes Virginia priorities championed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). Specifically, the 2018 Senate Farm Bill includes a Warner-Kaine sponsored measure to legalize industrial hemp production, a crop which is already cultivated for research purposes in Virginia but which … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Kaine, Whitehouse, Duckworth, Hassan Press DeVos On Failure To Implement Public Service Loan Forgiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the Trump Administration's failure to provide public servants with the student loan debt relief they have earned. Kaine and Whitehouse successfully secured funding in March to fix a glitch that had left many teachers, military personnel, social workers, and other public servants with student loan debt that … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Kaine Calls For Answers From Trump On The Fate Of The Fate Of 2,300 Children Separated From Their Parents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "Yesterday, President Trump signed his Executive Order and said 'we do want to keep families together,' but it's becoming clear he wasn't talking about the 2,300 children who have already been taken away from their parents by his cruel policy. We're left with more questions than answers: What is the fate of the 2,300 children already separated from their families? How will the Administration assure that these … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Warner & Kaine Press Federal Government on Family Separations

~ In a new letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen and HHS Secretary Azar, Virginia Senators ask whether any Virginia facilities are being used to house children separated from their families ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today wrote to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to press for more information about the Administration's policy that … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Warner & Kaine on Trump Administration Action to Raise Health Care Costs for Virginians

~ Trump Administration today released a rule to undermine protections for those with preexisting conditions ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a rule to undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions by expanding health care plans that do not have many vital consumer protections: "This rule change is just the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to sabotage our health … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

As National Defense Bill Passes Senate, Kaine Celebrates Inclusion Of His Military Spouse Employment Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry, defense community, servicemembers, military spouses, and their families: "Each year, I work across the aisle to make sure that the annual defense bill bolsters our national security, … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bill To Boost Apprenticeship Programs, Increase Competitiveness Of Workers And Employers

Creates a $5,000 tax credit for companies that initiate apprenticeship programs, supports Veteran employment WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation to increase the number of workers trained through registered apprenticeships and the competitiveness of our workers and businesses in the global marketplace. The Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017 creates incentives for businesses and workers to embrace apprenticeship programs by accelerating the adoption of … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Farm Bill Passed By Senate Committee Includes Warner-Kaine Virginia Priorities

~ Bipartisan legislation adds measures to increase Chesapeake Bay funding, legalize hemp, and protect public lands ~ WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee advanced bipartisan legislation that includes Virginia priorities championed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The 2018 Senate Farm Bill includes Warner-Kaine sponsored bills to increase Chesapeake Bay funding, legalize industrial hemp production, and protect Virginia public lands. As President Trump's … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $56 Million In New Army Corps Funding For Water Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

Includes projects in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and on the Eastern Shore WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $55.985 million in new federal funding for communities in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and on the Eastern Shore for water infrastructure improvements. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "Work Plan," a source of funds provided by Congress for the Corps to allocate to ongoing projects. Warner and Kaine advocated directly … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $2.7 Million To Support Nursing Education And Retention At James Madison University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,703,156 in federal funding to support nursing education at James Madison University over the next four years. The funding will be used to recruit, admit, and retain students interested in pursuing nursing and working in underserved primary care environments in Page County. "At a time when Virginia faces a shortage in nurses, this grant will play an important role in supporting students interested in nursing and placing … Continue Reading

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