Press Releases

July 28, 2017

Senators Urge Senate Leadership To Protect Federal Employee Retirement Benefits

~ Nearly one-third of permanent career federal employees will be eligible for retirement by 2019 ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) led a group of Senators in calling on Senate leaders to protect federal employee retirement benefits from further cuts, as proposed by the Trump Administration's FY 18 budget request. The President's proposal calls for $149 billion in cuts from federal employees and retirees, including a raise in Federal Employee Retirement System … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Virginia Congressional Delegation Applauds Inclusion Of Medical Leases In Veterans Legislation

~ Congress has not authorized major medical facility leases since 2014, keeping millions of veterans from accessing the care they deserve ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Scott Taylor (R-VA) welcomed today's announcement that Congress is making progress to finally move forward on 28 leases for Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) major medical facilities, including much-needed … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Kaine Statement On Senate Health Care Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on tonight's vote: "Thanks to the help of countless Americans who shared their stories and made their voices heard, we were able to stop a bill that would have taken health care away from millions of people. There is a better way. Let the public into the process. We shouldn't be kicking millions off of their health insurance or … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Russia, Iran, & North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted overwhelming, 98-2, to pass Russia, Iran, and North Korea sanctions legislation: "I'm proud of the overwhelming bipartisan vote to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea. This is a clear message of U.S. commitment to punish those that seek to undermine our interests, including through attacks on our democracy, destabilizing behavior in … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Sens. Warner & Kaine Introduce Legislation to Protect American Elections from Foreign Interference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined 42 other Senate Democrats in introducing the DISCLOSE Act of 2017, legislation to improve disclosure of political spending in federal elections. Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, outside spending in federal elections has skyrocketed - much of it by corporate and special interests and political groups that are not required under law to disclose their donors. This has also opened up troubling new … Continue Reading


July 25, 2017

Kaine Statement On Health Care Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement on the vote to proceed to a bill that takes away health care from tens of millions of people: "As one of my colleagues has said, not a single one of us came to the United States Senate to hurt people, but that is exactly what Republicans have set in motion with today's forced vote on a secret bill. For many of my constituents in Virginia and … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Kaine Joins Isakson & Tester To Introduce Bipartisan Bill For Comprehensive G.I. Bill Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans' education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 will further invest in the proven educational success of our veterans and help propel … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Kaine, Portman Introduce Bill To Support Job 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, introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to ensure that workers are prepared with the skills needed for jobs-in fields such as construction, transportation and energy-that would be created by a major investment in … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Kaine Statement On Administration Announcement On The Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Iran Nuclear Deal: "Two years after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear accord is holding firm. I'm pleased with the Administration's decision to recertify Iranian compliance with the deal consistent with assessments from the IAEA and our allies. Ripping up the deal would only serve as justification for Iran to … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce $835,000 For VIMS To Combat Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced today that the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) will receive $835,000 for research into cost-effective nature-based infrastructure from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Coastal Resilience Grants Program. With a range from 1 ½ to 7 feet of sea level rise projected by the year 2100, the Hampton Roads region is the second largest population center at risk from sea level … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Kaine & Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Veterans' Education Experience And Outcomes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve veterans' experience when using GI Bill education benefits. The Veterans Education Experience Improvement Act of 2017 would provide resources and training for the officials at educational institutions who serve student veterans, helping them achieve positive education outcomes. "The GI Bill is one of the best … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On Latest Version Of Senate Republican Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the release of the latest version of the Senate Republican health care bill: "I'm hearing from Virginians what other Senators are hearing from their constituents across the country: drop this horrible bill and instead work together on bipartisan fixes to the health care system. None of the versions of TrumpCare meet the … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $4.2 Million For Nine Historic Battlefields In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced more than $4.2 million to preserve nine historic battlefields in Virginia. These grants were awarded through the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "Virginia is home to some of our nation's most significant history, and this National Park Service program has been invaluable in partnering with the Civil War Trust and localities … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

In Northern Virginia, Kaine Meets With Concerned Parents & Pediatricians About Trumpcare's Medicaid Cuts

Watch footage here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, hosted a roundtable conversation in Springfield with concerned parents, children, and pediatricians, about what the Medicaid cuts in the Republican Senate Health Care bill - known as TrumpCare - could mean for medically complex children. Kaine heard directly from mothers and their children - who traveled from Richmond and throughout Northern … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Kaine Statement On Mosul And The Ongoing Fight Against ISIS

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 recent Iraqi victory against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq: "This is a significant victory for the Iraqi forces, with the support of our U.S. servicemembers. But the fight is far from over. As we consider next steps in the campaign against ISIS, including to prevent its resurgence in Mosul and other areas where we have had success, I remain … Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Warner, Kaine Join Colleagues Demanding Presidential Advisory Commission Rescind Request For State Election Officials' Voter Roll Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 24 colleagues in demanding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity rescind its request that state election officials provide sensitive voter roll data. Warner and Kaine oppose the unprecedented request that threatens the privacy of millions of Americans and risks improper removal of eligible voters from voter registration lists in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. In the letter, the Senators … Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million To Support Four Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,050,440 in federal funding for Virginia fire departments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistant to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department will receive $860,455 and the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive $119,429 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. The Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department in Wirtz will … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Kaine Urges HUD Secretary To Restore Resources That Protect LGBTQ Americans From Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and 27 of their colleagues in a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reinstate resources that protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination. These resources, designed to help housing providers comply with HUD's nondiscrimination rules, were removed from HUD's website in recent months. "It is concerning that HUD apparently removed these tools from its website, … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Kaine Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Sec. Mattis To Boost Cybersecurity Education in JROTC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and David Perdue (R-GA), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, which leads the House's cybersecurity efforts, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis urging him to direct the Military Departments to incorporate cybersecurity … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Warner, Kaine Join Shaheen To Introduce Additional Legislation To Stabilize Health Care Maketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Budget, Finance and Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committees, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees (both D-VA), joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and 18 of their colleagues to introduce the Marketplace Certainty Act to help stabilize the health care marketplace by permanently appropriating the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) included in the … Continue Reading

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