Press Releases

December 14, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $7 Million to Mitigate Flooding in Portsmouth

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7,485,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to construct a new stormwater pump station in the Olde Towne Historic District of Portsmouth. It's estimated that this project will reduce the flooding risk for the entire Olde Towne Historic District, including 210 buildings, and protect an area of approximately 23 acres. "We're pleased to … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Congress Passes Kaine Cosponsored Bill to Strengthen Partnerships between HBCUs and Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congress passed the HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (PARTNERS) Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine to strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country's more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including the five HBCUs in Virginia. The bill is now on its way to the President's desk for signature. "HBCUs play a crucial role in providing students a quality … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Attorneys for Eastern and Western District of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the positions of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern and Western District of Virginia to replace current officeholders. After receipt of applications, the Senators will select from the list of qualified attorneys to recommend for the nomination. The White House will then nominate individuals to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominations are subject to confirmation by the full … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Kaine Statement on Final Passage of National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he championed to benefit Virginia's defense community, shipbuilding industry, and military families. The legislation also includes an amendment to initiate a 3-year process to rename DOD facilities currently named after Confederates, including three … Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Kaine Statement on UAE Arms Sale Resolutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after voting for two Senate resolutions to block the Trump Administration's proposed arms sale to the United Arab Emirates: "Today I voted in favor of two Senate Resolutions disapproving the Trump Administration's recently announced arms sale to the United Arab Emirates. While I believe that the UAE is an important US ally, Congress needs to … Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Kaine Meets With President-Elect Biden Nominees Antony Blinken & Linda Thomas-Greenfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after virtually meeting with Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken and Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield: "These nominees' qualifications are exceptional. I was glad to hear more about their vision for the future of American diplomacy and discuss ways we can work together to further U.S. foreign policy goals. I'm confident … Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Kaine Statement on Nomination of Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President-elect Biden's historic decision to nominate retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense: "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have great respect for General Austin's leadership of CENTCOM and his deep experience with military operations. I look forward to hearing about his plans to strengthen our national security. "Regarding the … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues In Calling For Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Coverage in End of Year Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Brian Schatz and their congressional colleagues in calling for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act, legislation introduced by Warner and cosponsored by Kaine, have allowed Medicare beneficiaries in all areas of the country, and in their homes, to utilize telehealth services, as well as more types of health … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Northern Virginia Delegation, Norton Hail Full Reopening of Memorial Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over five years after corrosion and structural weakness led to lane closures and the imposition of a weight limit, Memorial Bridge fully reopened today with all lanes open to traffic. The historic bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia and the Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia, was repaired with a $227 million rehabilitation project secured after a multi-year advocacyeffort by the congressional delegation. Statement from U.S. … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Fair Housing Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and their colleagues to introduce legislation that would take steps to fight housing discrimination. The Housing Fairness Act of 2020 would reaffirm the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's commitment to fair housing by increasing funding for fair housing programs, making improvements to the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, reinstating the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, and … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $5 Million in Head Start Funding For Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $5,740,241 in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Virginia. "These programs are critical to help ensure that our schools and organizations across the Commonwealth have the resources they need to support our future leaders," the Senators said. "We're excited to see this funding go toward promoting early childhood … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $10 Million in Federal Funding To Support Virginia Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $10,022,292 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Virginia health centers. "This federal funding will support centers who are doing life-saving work in their communities during the ongoing health crisis," the Senators said. "We're pleased to see these federal dollars go towards supporting Virginia health centers." The following organizations will receive … Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Warner & Kaine Celebrate Senate Passage of Bills Renaming Hopewell, Leesburg & Midlothian Post Offices after Virginians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine celebrated Senate passage of three bills to rename United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities in Hopewell, Leesburg, and Midlothian after three Virginians who made significant contributions to both the Commonwealth and the nation: Reverend Curtis West Harris, Norman Duncan, and Dorothy Braden Bruce. "The renaming of these post offices reflects long overdue gratitude for the work Reverend Harris, Mr. Duncan, and Mrs. Bruce … Continue Reading


December 02, 2020

Kaine Joins Colleagues in Requesting Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined his colleagues in urging Senate leaders to include in the next COVID-19 relief package an extension of two critical financial lifelines for Americans affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program - which provides unemployment assistance to domestic workers, freelance workers, contractors, and other workers in alternative work arrangements - and the Pandemic Emergency … Continue Reading


November 30, 2020

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady, who took senior status on May 1, 2020. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations, as well as input from bar associations and experts, as they consider … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Kaine Statement on Blinken, Mayorkas, Thomas-Greenfield, Haines, Sullivan, Kerry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President-elect Biden's decision to nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Ambassador to the United Nations, and Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence as well as his decision to appoint Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor and John Kerry as … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Manchin, Brown, Casey, Kaine, Warner Urge MSHA to Take Immediate Action to Protect Miners from Silica Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) urged the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to take immediate action to protect miners from excess silica exposure after the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on the inadequate measures currently in place to protect miners from the harmful carcinogen linked to deadly respiratory diseases such as black … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine, and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump that would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise. "We cannot allow the President to deny federal employees crucial workplace protections," said Senators Warner and Kaine. "Our federal workforce has been under unprecedented attacks by this … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Kaine Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq: "We need to bring our troops home, but we must do so as part of a strategy that does not jeopardize the safety of Americans in the U.S. and abroad. There was no doubt the final days of this Administration would be tumultuous, but the haphazard nature of President Trump's … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Blunt, Kaine, Cleaver, & Stivers’ Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Tim Kaine (Va.), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.) and Steve Stivers (Ohio), announced that the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act passed the Senate and is on its way to the President's desk. The bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. "The incredible ability, excitement, and sportsmanship that baseball icons like … Continue Reading

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