Press Releases

June 30, 2017

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Protect Servicemembers And Military Families From Financial Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and a member of the Senate Armed Services, Budget and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to introduce the Military Consumer Enforcement Act. This bill would protect servicemembers and military families from financial fraud by ensuring that enforcement of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA) will be a permanent … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Kaine Statement On House Appropriations Committee Action On AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the House Appropriations Committee's adoption of an amendment that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and move Congress closer to voting on a new authorization: "I'm glad to see bipartisan support in Congress for a new AUMF. The authorization I drafted with Senator Flake presents a clear framework for … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Kaine Praises Virginia Wins in 2018 Defense Bill

Provides $10 billion to support shipbuilding and carrier priorities, calls on Congress to repeal Sequestration WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Committee's Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he advocated to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry, defense community, servicemembers, and their families. The bill was reported out of … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Kaine Statement On CBO Score Of Senate Republican Health Care Bill

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 non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the Senate Republican health care bill: "Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million people gained health insurance. Under the Senate Republican health care bill, 22 million Americans will lose their health insurance, and Virginia's families, seniors, children, … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Warner & Kaine Push For Expansion Of Tax Credits To Put Money Back In Pockets Of Virginia Workers

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, joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and 42 of their colleagues to reintroduce legislation to expand two anti-poverty tax credits to benefit workers and families in Virginia. The Working Families Tax Relief Act seeks to increase both the accessibility and … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

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 to review the lower court rulings against President Trump's travel ban and to allow parts of the travel ban to go into effect: "While I am disappointed by the Court's decision to allow parts of the Trump Administration's travel ban to go into effect, I am encouraged that the justices maintained the ability of travelers from the affected countries to proceed so long as they … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Kaine Statement On 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 Senate Republican health care bill: "Senate Republicans kept their health care bill completely secret from the American people until the 11th hour, and now we know why. This bill isn't just mean; it's cruel. It would hurt Virginians - particularly seniors, children, people with disabilities, and working … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Kaine Releases Report On How Medicaid Cuts In 'Trumpcare' And Trump Budget Would Harm Virginia Public Schools

District-by-District Report Shows Virginia Schools Received Nearly $33 Million in Medicaid Reimbursements in Most Recent Reporting Years WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released a district-by-district report on the importance of Medicaid to Virginia's public schools and how the $1.3 trillion combined cuts to Medicaid in the Trump budget and the Republican health care plan - known as TrumpCare - would harm schools and the children who attend them. In Virginia alone, for the … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Kaine On Passing New Authorization For Use Of Military Force: 'It's Time To Do It'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine participated in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), including the one that Kaine introduced with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) last month against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) began the hearing thanking Kaine and Flake for their "tireless efforts" to present a bipartisan way forward … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump's Rollback Of U.S. Policy Towards Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Trump's announcement reversing U.S. policy towards Cuba: "President Trump's announcement of measures that reverse U.S. policy towards Cuba is a step backwards for U.S. leadership in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. engagement with Cuba through diplomacy, business, travel, and people-to-people ties is critical to advancing our interests and values, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senate Unanimously Adopts Kaine & Warner Resolution Commending Bravery Of Capitol Police & Alexandria Police In Response To Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution led by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner, and co-sponsored by every member of the Senate, commending U.S. Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police Department, and first responders for their heroism during the attack on Members of Congress, their staff, and others at an Alexandria park who were practicing for a Congressional baseball game for charity. The resolution also recognizes the survivors of the … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Carper, Kaine Introduce Bill To Improve The Health Care Marketplace & Lower Premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act to help stabilize the individual health care marketplace and lower premiums. The Act would provide certainty in the marketplace by creating a permanent reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market, similar … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Kaine Statement On Attack in Alexandria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the attack against a Congressional GOP baseball practice in Alexandria: "I am praying for Representative Scalise and all hurt in the outrageous attack this morning in Alexandria. Thank you to the Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, first responders and everyone helping those … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On Senate Vote On Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote to block the sale of certain arms to Saudi Arabia: "I voted to block sale of certain arms to Saudi Arabia because I am concerned about the continued escalation of the military conflict in Yemen that has taken the lives of over 10,000 Yemeni civilians. The war in Yemen has produced a devastating humanitarian crisis, and the country is on the brink of famine. The sale of additional arms to Saudi … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On Release Of Otto Warmbier

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement on the release of Otto Warmbier, an American citizen and University of Virginia student who was arrested by the North Korean government last year and unjustly sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison: "The release of Otto Warmbier from prison in North Korea is long overdue and I am relieved … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bill To Address Chronic VA Workforce Shortages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce the Better Workforce for Veterans Act to improve recruitment, hiring, and retention practices at the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). Workforce shortages at the VA have led to longer wait times and harmed the institution's ability to deliver quality care to the nation's veterans. Currently, there are 45,000 staff vacancies at the VA, 38,000 of which are positions … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Senators Urge Appropriators To Maintain Critical Funding To Appalachian Regional Commission

~ Since its inception, ARC has created more than 300,000 jobs ~ WASHINGTON - A group of eight U.S. Senators representing six states is urging Senate appropriators to fully fund the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in 2018 at $152 million - in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to end the state-federal partnership. For more than fifty years, ARC has provided funding and support for job-creating community projects across the 13 Appalachian states, producing an average of … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bill To Protect LGBT Americans From Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led 15 of his colleagues to introduce the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, 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. U.S. Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) introduced the original House version of this bill in early March of this year. The FHA only prohibits housing discrimination … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Kaine, Warner Introduce Bill To Make FERC Pipeline Process Fairer And More Transparent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner will introduce legislation to strengthen the public's ability to evaluate the impacts of natural gas pipelines being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith will introduce similar legislation in the House. This bill makes it easier for the public to offer input and clarify the circumstances under which eminent domain should and should not be used. Among other … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Kaine, Warner Ask For Highest Level Of Funding To Support Black Lung Health Clinics In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner have requested the highest level of funding in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) to support black lung health clinics that serve Virginia's coal miners. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Kaine and Warner asked that the Subcommittee's annual funding bill include the full authorized amount of $10 million to support the clinics, which … Continue Reading

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