Press Releases

February 12, 2019

Kaine To Oppose William Barr For Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General: "I will oppose the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General. I have deep concern, based upon the memo he wrote the Trump Administration and his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, about his views on the Mueller investigation and whether he will make sure its full results are shared with the public." … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Kaine, Merkley Introduce Legislation to End Debt Ceiling Hostage-Taking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As another round of debt ceiling brinksmanship approaches on March 1, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Jeff Merkley today introduced new legislation aimed at ending Congress' abuse of the debt ceiling, using it as a political hostage. The Protect our Citizens from Reckless Extortion of our Debt and Irresponsible Tactics (Protect our CREDIT) Act of 2019 would change how the debt ceiling is raised, enabling the executive branch to initiate a process to raise the debt ceiling … Continue Reading

February 10, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration's Refusal To Submit Report On Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision not to submit a report to Congress determining who is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi: "Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered by the Saudi government four months ago. The Trump Administration has blatantly turned a blind eye to this crime, and is … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Kaine Statement On Lieutenant Governor Fairfax

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement: "Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth. We cannot ever ignore or tolerate sexual … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Statement of Congressional Delegation Members On Virginia's Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton released the following statement: "Like other Virginians, we have been devastated by these horrible developments. We are brokenhearted that the actions of Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring have reopened old wounds left by Virginia's long history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $2 Million For Christiansburg Free Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,914,251 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Free Clinic of the New River Valley in Christiansburg. This funding will allow the clinic to provide quality health care and dental services to individuals who cannot afford care or lack insurance. "We're pleased to announce federal funding to ensure the Free Clinic of the New River Valley can continue to offer … Continue Reading

February 06, 2019

Cornyn, Kaine Introduce Bill to Strengthen Infrastructure Investment

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced the Revitalizing American Priorities for Infrastructure Development (RAPID) Act, which would streamline the application process for assistance under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program and increase transparency in the vetting process for projects seeking TIFIA funds. "TIFIA loans have supported numerous important transportation projects in Texas, but the arduous … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Kaine Statement On President Trump's State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Trump's State of the Union Address: "President Trump just led our country into the longest shutdown in our history, robbing hundreds of thousands of Americans of their paychecks and millions more of government services for over a month. I looked for evidence tonight of remorse over the immense pain he just caused, but instead we heard more fear mongering over immigration. If he were serious about … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Kaine Calls On Pharmaceutical Companies To Explain Skyrocketing Insulin Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and their Democratic colleagues on the HELP Committee, to send letters to executives at Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi- the three insulin manufacturers in the U.S.-demanding information about their rising insulin costs. "According to the World Health Organization, insulin is an essential medicine, meaning that access to this … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million In Medical Research Funding For The University Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,262,495 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the University of Virginia. The funding will be used to conduct medical research regarding heart disease, neurological disorders, and identifying pathways for infections. "We're excited to announce funding to support medical research in these important fields," the Senators said. "The University of Virginia is a … Continue Reading

February 04, 2019

Kaine Invites Air Traffic Controllers Leader To State Of The Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his guest at Tuesday's State of the Union Address will be National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President and air traffic controller Paul Rinaldi of Manassas, VA. NATCA represents thousands of air traffic controllers, many of whom were hurt by the recent government shutdown. "I'm thankful Paul Rinaldi will join me as my guest to the State of the Union on Tuesday," said Kaine. "As a leader of thousands of … Continue Reading

February 02, 2019

Statement Of Sen. Warner, Sen. Kaine & Rep. Scott On Governor Northam

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators and former Governors of Virginia Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine along with Congressman Bobby Scott released the following statement: "After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign. Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Warner & Kaine Celebrate Block Buy Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries announced a final contract to block buy two Ford-class aircraft carriers: "A big congratulations is due to the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries for finalizing a deal that will save 4 billion in taxpayer dollars and help keep the country safe," Senators Warner and Kaine said. "Virginia's shipbuilders make the finest carriers in the world, and … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce $1 Million In Funding To Support Youth Organization In Petersburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved $1,100,000 in federal funding for Pathways-VA, a program for at-risk young people in Petersburg, Virginia. "We are proud to announce that this funding will help Pathways-VA continue to serve low-income communities in Petersburg," said the Senators. "We look forward to seeing them utilize this funding to provide more job preparation and apprenticeship … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Prevent Future Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the End Shutdowns Act, a bill to end the threat of future government shutdowns and the senseless pain they inflict on federal employees, government contractors, and millions of Americans who rely on government services. Kaine has been outspoken against President Trump's use of a government shutdown as a negotiating tactic, and-in an effort to take away that option in the future -this bill would initiate an automatic continuing … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act To Close Gender Wage Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 10 years after the week President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. According to the National Women's Law Center, today's wage gap in Virginia would cost a woman on average $482,000 over a 40-year … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Join Van Hollen, Colleagues To Introduce Pay Raise Bill for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase. Last year, President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their companion legislation to this measure on Wednesday. "Our federal … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Highlights Concerns With Trump Threats To Withdraw From NATO

WATCH HERE: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine raised concerns with President Trump's repeated threats to withdraw from NATO. In the hearing, Kaine pressed witnesses on the importance of NATO as a strategic alliance to advance American security and highlighted a bipartisan bill that he has introduced to prevent any President of the United States from withdrawing … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Warner & Kaine Urge Administration To Pay Federal Workers Affected By The Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 27 colleagues, led by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), in writing to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Kaine & Warner Lead Letter Calling On Devos To Improve Shutdown Guidance For Student Loan Borrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner led a letter with 26 colleagues calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to improve guidance the Department of Education is giving to student loan borrowers impacted by the shutdown. In the letter, the Senators cited concerns that guidance the Department is currently giving borrowers does not help them navigate repayment options effectively and may cause borrowers to experience further difficulties navigating student loan … Continue Reading

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