Press Releases

February 03, 2021

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Shares Stories of Virginians Impacted By Covid-19, Urges Colleagues to Go Big On Relief

You can view the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as the Senate begins to take up another COVID relief package, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered remarks on the Senate floor calling on his colleagues to work with a sense of urgency on passing significant relief to ease the suffering Americans across the country are experiencing as the pandemic rages on. Kaine highlighted the severe emotional, financial, and health impacts of COVID-19, including by sharing the stories of three of his … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

New Cornyn, Kaine Bill Honors Medal of Honor Recipients with National Monument

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the National Medal of Honor Monument Act, a bill to authorize the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation (NMOHMF) in Arlington, Texas to establish a monument on federal land in Washington, D.C honoring Medal of Honor recipients. The monument would honor the extraordinary acts of valor, selfless service, and sacrifice displayed by Medal of Honor recipients, and no federal funds would be used to pay for … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Express Urgency in Working with Biden Administration to Help Women Return to the Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Amy Klobuchar and 18 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, asking the Biden Administration to support efforts to help women return to the workforce. Throughout the pandemic, women have been disproportionately affected by job losses. In December 2020, women lost 156,000 jobs while men gained 16,000 jobs. According to a report from the National Women's Law Center, more … Continue Reading


February 01, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect Miners From Covid-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue an emergency temporary standard requiring mine operators to establish a plan to tackle occupational COVID-19 exposure and provide miners … Continue Reading


February 01, 2021

Warner & Kaine Press U.S. Postmaster General on Continued Widespread Mail Service Delays for Virginians

WASHINGTON - After hearing firsthand from hundreds of Virginians regarding continued widespread U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delays, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) fired off a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General urging him to address the troubling delay of life-saving medicines, groceries, supplies, and much more in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In their letter, the Senators call on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to rescind policy changes that are delaying mail … Continue Reading


February 01, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million for Vaccine Distribution in Loudoun County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $1,022,77 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Loudoun County. Specifically, the funding will be used to support efforts to store, handle, transport, distribute and administer the vaccine against COVID-19. "We are glad to announce that these federal dollars will go towards getting vaccines out to more folks in Loudoun County," said the … Continue Reading


January 27, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill to Grant D.C. Statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Tom Carper in re-introducing legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state of the United States. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish congressional boundaries for the 51st state and grant D.C. residents full congressional representation. The bill would also ensure that the citizens and elected leaders of the District of Columbia have full authority over local affairs, including crucial safety … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues In Introducing Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) in introducing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. A study conducted by the Commonwealth Institute found that approximately 1,018,000 Virginians would have their wages raised under the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, while another 254,000 Virginians who make just above the new minimum would see increases as well … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Job Opportunities and Strengthen Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME) in reintroducing the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce. Amid high unemployment rates across the country exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative businesses continue to face challenges in hiring the skilled workers they need … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Confirm Antony Blinken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of the vote to confirm Antony Blinken as Secretary of State: "At his confirmation hearing, Antony Blinken assured me of his commitment to keeping the State Department non-political, restoring America's standing on the global stage, and respecting the dedication of our career State Department employees. Given these assurances, his impressive experience, … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Arlington County

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,283,147.93 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support for the distribution COVID-19 vaccines in Arlington County. These funds will go toward supplies to ensure proper storage of the vaccine, transportation support, staffing needs, PPE for staff, and the necessary equipment to ensure facilities are in line with CDC … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Confirm General Austin as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement ahead of voting to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin as the Secretary of Defense: "Lloyd Austin is committed to civilian control of the military and is well-equipped to lead the Department of Defense as it protects us from enemies foreign and domestic, including the troubling growth of white supremacist and other extremist mindsets within our own Armed … Continue Reading


January 21, 2021

Senators File Ethics Committee Complaint Regarding Colleagues’ Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) lodged today a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee concerning the behavior of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) related to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As the senators note, the Senate has the exclusive power to determine whether the members' actions violated … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Kaine Statement on President Biden’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office during the historic 59th Presidential Inauguration: "Today, we begin a new chapter as President Biden and Vice President Harris restore compassion and competence to the White House. The President and Vice President have shown they are committed to healing our country from the minute they step into office. I'm thrilled to work with … Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

Video: In SASC Hearing, Kaine Raises Concerns Over Rise of Extremism among Servicemembers

You can watch Senator Kaine's full questioning here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nomination of retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine asked General Austin how the military should address the rise of white supremacy and extremism among military personnel. According to a Military Times survey, more than one-third of active-duty servicemembers and more than half of minority servicemembers said they … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Virginia Leaders Respond to Bridge Closures for Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and U.S. Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Jennifer Wexton (all D-VA) today issued the following statement on the agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States Secret Service (USSS) authorizing the use of Virginia State Police assets, resources, and personnel, to assist with the closure of bridges spanning the Potomac River during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony: "The 2021 … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Kaine Statement on President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the incoming Biden Administration announced its American Rescue Plan, an emergency relief package to address the ongoing economic and public health crises. "I'm encouraged to see the Biden Administration already unveiling a comprehensive plan to better address COVID-19. Their plans to speed up vaccination efforts and deliver direct relief to those hit hardest will provide a ladder for Americans to climb … Continue Reading


January 12, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Announce Bicameral Bill to End Federal Death Penalty

Bill Text (PDF) | One-Pager (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) in announcing the reintroduction of the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021, bicameral legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row. "I have long been morally opposed to the death penalty and believe murder of any sort is … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined their Senate colleagues in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump Administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the senators call out the Administration's failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan despite having months to do so. … Continue Reading


January 07, 2021

Kaine Statement on Certification of Electoral College Results

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement upon the certification of the Electoral College results: "Today's certification makes official what we have known since November: that at noon on January 20th, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will lead our nation to a healthier, fairer, more prosperous future. "But we all must condemn-in the strongest possible terms-the attempt yesterday to rob the American people of their duly elected … Continue Reading

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