Press Releases

September 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reopening Applications For U.S. District Judge, Western District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are reopening applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad, who assumed senior status in December 2017. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations as they consider potential nominees to recommend to President Trump. The … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Kaine On MSNBC: The U.S. Should Never Go To War To Protect Saudi Oil

Watch here: https://timkaine.box.com/s/k44lwb2vqe6v3u8i8wsqou28eh4fr012 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, condemned the Trump Administration for belligerent rhetoric that risks leading the United States towards an unnecessary war with Iran to protect Saudi Arabian oil. In the interview, Kaine said if the President were to take unauthorized military action … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Senators Hassan, Kaine, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Address Eviction Crisis

The Prevent Evictions Act is Supported by Matthew Desmond, Author of Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Evicted WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to address the eviction crisis. The Prevent Evictions Act - which is backed by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted - would support cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes, including through landlord-tenant … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud more than $280,000 in Federal Funding to Support Skills Training, Economic Development in Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $284,142 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to boost innovation and skills training in the Town of Pulaski, and to provide direct technical assistance for initiatives that help develop local economies and infrastructures in Virginia's 25 Appalachian counties and eight Appalachian cities. "As our economy continues to evolve, we need to make sure that we're investing in workers … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $4 Million In Federal Funding For Fire Safety In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $4,259,670.65 in federal funding for fire safety across Virginia. The funding will be awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. "We're pleased to announce funding to help fire departments across Virginia improve operations and safety as well as hire, recruit, and retain … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Warner, Kaine Request Permanent Fix for Miners Health Care & Pensions Benefits in Government Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to House and Senate leadership advocating for the inclusion of a permanent fix for miners' health care and pensions in the short-term spending package that is currently being negotiated to keep the government open after September 30th, 2019. "In July, we were alarmed to learn that 1,200 retired coal miners, their … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Following Border Visit, Kaine And Hirono Press Trump Administration On Continued Family Separations And Cruel Treatment Of Migrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following their recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mazie K. Hirono sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan to express concerns over the cruel treatment of migrant families, the continued practice of separating children from their caregivers, and the dangers of sexual violence and murder faced by migrants subject to the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico policy. In the letter, the Senators … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Kaine Urges Leader McConnell To Let The Senate Vote On Legislation To Address Gun Violence

Watch the floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech honoring the victims of gun violence tragedies, including in Virginia Beach and at Virginia Tech, and calling on Majority Leader McConnell to let the Senate vote on gun violence prevention measures, including universal background checks and high-capacity magazine limits. On the Senate floor, Kaine shared the story of Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor and one of the 32 victims of the … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Warren County Inclusion Into Program to Combat Drug Trafficking

~ Designation will direct additional federal resources to Warren County to help combat opioid epidemic ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released a statement today following a decision by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to include Warren County in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program: "Despite increased public awareness about the dangers of opioids, this epidemic continues to devastate families all across the … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Warner, Kaine Announce More than $100,000 for Chickahominy Environmental Efforts

~ Federal dollars will help the Chickahominy Indian Tribe develop a tribal land environmental program ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $110,000 in federal funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help the Chickahominy Indian Tribe build environmental capacity. "Last year, we fought for the federal government to finally recognize the Chickahominy tribe, allowing it to compete for educational programs and … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Kaine To Senate Republicans: ‘If You Won’t Stand Up For The Men And Women In Our Military, Who Will You Stand Up For?’

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech condemning the Trump Administration for taking $3.6 billion away from military construction projects, including $77,120,000 from projects in Virginia, to build portions of the border wall that the President promised Mexico would pay for. In his speech, Kaine highlighted examples of defunded projects across the country that will lose funding and called on Senate Republicans to oppose … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Denying 99% Of Loan Forgiveness Requests Under New TEPSLF Program

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 GAO report concluding that ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under the new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program were rejected during the program's first year, from May 2018 to May 2019: "We created a fix to this program and provided the Trump Administration with hundreds of … Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,455,722.85 in federal funding for the Lexington, Manassas, Bristol, and Portsmouth Fire Departments. The funding will be awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "It's crucial for firefighters to have the tools necessary to best serve their communities," the Senators said. "We're pleased to announce this funding to help local fire departments … Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Warner & Kaine Slam Trump Plan To Raid Virginia Military Construction Projects To Build Border Wall

Trump plan takes $77,120,000 away from military construction projects in Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine condemned the Trump Administration's plans to build portions of President Trump's border wall by diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funds, including by taking funding from four projects in Virginia: "The decision by the President to divert funding meant to support U.S. national security interests so that he can build a border … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Kaine Presses Trump Administration On Deportation “Death Sentences” For Immigrants With Serious Medical Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter pressing Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan on reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent letters to immigrants with serious medical conditions indicating that the agency will no longer consider most deferrals of deportation and that such decisions will now be made by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Extreme medical need in many of these cases reportedly includes patients and guardians of … Continue Reading


August 28, 2019

Va. & Md. Senators Question Decision to Reduce Payments for Employees Affected by Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

~ Express concern over rushed timelines for employees, payments $15,000 below what is standard ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to explain its decision to reduce payments to Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) employees who have declined to relocate to Kansas City following the Trump … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $125,000 In Federal Funding For Emergency Responders To Purchase Updated Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $125,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update outdated equipment at police and fire departments in Augusta County, Halifax County, and the town of Glade Spring. The funding will help improve emergency response times and public safety in these communities. "The men and women serving our communities need functional, up-to-date equipment that allows them to effectively do their jobs," … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce more than $8 Million for Affordable Housing in Virginia

~ Funding will target housing needs for low- and moderate-income individuals, including homeless Virginians and those living with HIV/AIDS ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $8,288,283 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing in Richmond and Suffolk. This funding, from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was awarded through four grant programs - the Community Development Block Grant … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Warner and Kaine Join Murray, Democrats Opposing Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

In letter, 45 Senators urge Department to reconsider proposed rule and extend comment period Senators: "The Department's proposal is yet one more attempt to undermine the Nation's registered apprenticeship system, which has existed for 80 years and enjoys broad support from Congress, workers, and industry alike." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 45 Senators sent a letter to Acting … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $3 Million In Federal Funding To Support Addiction Treatment At Virginia Health Clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $3,426,635 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 21 Virginia health clinics. These grants will expand access to integrated mental health and substance use disorder services as part of an ongoing effort to combat the addiction crisis. "This federal funding will help ensure that these clinics can continue to provide lifesaving treatment for addiction," the Senators … Continue Reading

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