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  • 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 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia’s defense community, shipbuilding industry, and military families. The bill was reported out of committee on a bipartisan vote and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. “Each year, the n...Continue Reading

  • Legislation Builds On Prior Schatz Law To Use Technology To Deliver High-Quality Health Care To Hard-To-Reach Regions WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019 (ECHO 2019 Act), legislation to increase access to health care services in rural areas by expanding the use of technology-based collaborative learning and capacity building models. These education models,...Continue Reading

  •   Bill Would Provide Tax Relief for Foster Families, Get Information Out About Existing Tax Benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Doug Jones introduced legislation to support children in foster homes and the families that care for them by encouraging more Americans to offer safe, loving homes for foster children. The Foster Care Tax Credit Act would seek to help the many families who care for children for six months or less who, u...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded more than $116,000 in rural development assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help replace vital equipment at police and fire departments in Charlotte County, and the independent cities of Waynesboro and Franklin – and to support two nonprofit organizations for children and the elderly in the City of Franklin and Wise County, respectively. “Every day, bra...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ),  Todd Young (R-IN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2019, which would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its lead poisoning prevention measures to reflect modern science and ensure that families and children living in federally-assist...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate just unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to provide tax relief to the children of military members killed in service to their country. This legislation corrects one of the many unintended consequences of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – legislation forced through by the GOP that, among other things, treats military and VA survivor benefits as trusts or estates, subjecting the benef...Continue Reading

  • Tobacco state senators join together and lead effort to provide long-term health benefits throughout the country by helping protect young people from starting tobacco use at an early age. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S.  Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 2...Continue Reading

  • Legislation would provide a coordinated regional response to manage humanitarian crises in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) recently joined 32 other Senators in reintroducing legislation to tackle the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The Central American Reform and Enforcement Act will provide a coordinated regional response to effectively manage the humanit...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to call on their Senate colleagues to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, a bipartisan bill to ensure that the tens of thousands of veterans who were stationed off the coast of Vietnam — known as Blue Water Navy veterans — can receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after their exposure to Agent Oran...Continue Reading

  • 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, reintroduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to ensure that workers are prepared with the skills needed for infrastructure jobs in fields like construction, transportation, and energy. “It’s critic...Continue Reading

  • Video:   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor sharing stories he’s received from constituents throughout Virginia who have been hurt by the high cost of prescription drugs. On the Senate floor, he called for commonsense reforms to bring drug prices down, including his legislation to al...Continue Reading

  • Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) , Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce legislation that would provide additional visas for Afghans who have assisted the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and whose lives are in jeopardy because of their service. The Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2019 would provide 4,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for the rem...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation to help provide support for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. The Survivor Outreach and Support on Campus Act (S.O.S. Campus Act) would require colleges and universities to have an independent advocate available to support survivors of sexual assault on every campus. The S.O.S. Campus Act is cosponsored by Senators...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, warned President Trump against starting a war with Iran. In the interview, Kaine criticized Trump for pulling out of the nuclear deal that was effectively restricting Iran’s nuclear capabilities and slammed the Trump Administration for inflammatory actions that could lead to an unnecessary war. “Our troops are...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators and Foreign Relations Committee members Chris Coons (D-DE), James Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement after this week’s elections in South Africa. “As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we commend South Africa's citizens, political parties, and Electoral Commission for together ensuring a successful national ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $5,000,000 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support improvements at Farmville Regional Airport and Middle Peninsula Regional Airport. “We’re pleased to announce this funding that will revitalize our airports with the necessary developments to ensure safer travel for Virginians,” the Senators said.  Farmville Regional Airport will receive $3,...Continue Reading

  • ~ Following Trump trade war, Virginia soybean exports to China decreased more than 83 percent ~   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after President Trump escalated the ongoing U.S. - China trade war by imposing a 25 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports. In retaliation, China announced that it is raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products beginning on June 1. “It’s been more than a...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Elaine Luria applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s announcement of $60,000,000 in federal funding through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation program to support the revitalization of struggling housing projects in Newport News and Norfolk. These two Virginia cities were among just four localities nationwide chosen to...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the City of Charlottesville and the Town of Pulaski will receive federal assistance to support revitalization strategies that improve quality of life and help develop each community’s local food economy. This assistance comes from Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) – a federal initiative designed to support communities se...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to cosponsor the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. With the increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those who are caught, requires service providers to adopt call authentication and blocking, and brings relevant federal agencies and st...Continue Reading