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  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – all members of the Senate Committee on the Budget – filed four amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution aimed at protecting federal employees and contractors. The amendments would put the Senate on the record in favor of preserving retirement security for federal employees, and providing back pay to service contractors affected by the recent federal government ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the Air Force recommends relocating the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Unit (FTU) to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads: “We are pleased that after careful evaluation, the U.S. Air Force has determined that Joint Base Langley-Eustis should permanently house the F-22 training squadron. There is nowhere ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, and Dianne Feinstein to introduce the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.  “TPS recipients have made countless contributions to Virginia and our nation – oft...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), members of the Senate Committee on the Budget, filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution to ensure military families have safe and healthy housing. The amendment would protect the wellbeing of our nation’s military families by creating a reserve fund to address health hazards in military housing that does not affect the national deficit. “Thousands of servic...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration backed a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be eliminated:   “The Trump Administration has long wanted to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act, which would take health care away from millions of people and threaten protections for t...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), each members of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Africa Subcommittee, released the following statement after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar. “As members of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Africa Subcommittee, we stand with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar who are facing the devastation ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today called for the immediate and unconditional release of Roberto Marrero, Interim Venezuela President Juan Guaidó’s chief of staff.  Marrero was abducted by Venezuelan secret police early this morning in a desperate attempt by criminal elements of the outgoing regime to intimidate members of the internationally recognized government.  The inflammatory move came as...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are ill, need to care for a sick family member, obtain preventive care, or address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. “Too often, American workers are forced to choose between taking...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Pentagon’s list of military construction projects that are at risk of losing funding in order for President Trump to build his border wall: “President Trump is putting his border wall ahead of the safety of our troops. The projects that could lose funding include military training centers in Virginia, a plant to prevent water contamination a...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve veterans' access to mental health care and help ensure veterans’ lives are not lost to suicide. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act is a comprehensive approach to connect more veterans with the mental health care they need. The bill seeks to improve care throu...Continue Reading

  • Photos of Senator Kaine’s trip can be found here. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Colombia) Video of his interview on Face the Nation can be found here. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on CBS’s Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke about his trip to the Colombian-Venezuelan border where he visited with families forced to flee their homes and met with local officials about the ongoing humanitarian crisis. During his trip, Kaine met with Colombian President Iv&...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the President’s nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak for the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division following Judge Henry E. Hudson’s decision to take senior status:  “We are pleased that the President has nominated Judge Novak to fill the vacancy. Based on Mr. Novak’s distinguished rec...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bill that would help students access training for the 7.3 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this&nbs...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after the Senate voted 54-46 to cease U.S. support for the war in Yemen: “Today’s vote is a powerful reminder that the Senate will not stand by silently as the Trump Administration continues to support the disastrous Saudi-backed war in Yemen. The United States shouldn’t be complicit in a conflict that has taken thousands of c...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – In response to President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by ten other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, in introducing legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security s...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act to address teacher and principal shortages, especially in rural communities. This legislation will help ensure that there are enough teachers and principals with the right skills and tools to prepare students for the future. Kaine introduced an e...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and 21 colleagues in a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela to ensure that Venezuelan nationals currently present in the United States are not forced to return to Venezuela in the midst of ongoing violence, a deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis caused ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both D-CA) today introduced the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, a bill to address health, safety and environmental hazards in private military housing. The legislation is in response to a recent Reuters investigation that found hazardous living conditions in privatized military housing throughout the United States, including service members and th...Continue Reading

  • Washington, D.C.—In a bipartisan effort to encourage competition in the prescription drug marketplace and put an end to the harmful patent strategies that block new drugs from coming to market, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Biologic Patent Transparency Act.  The legislation was cosponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “The past century could be termed the Age of...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on Virginia native and journalist Cody Weddle, who has been detained in Venezuela: “My office has been in touch with the State Department regarding the detainment of Cody Weddle – a Virginian and journalist. The Venezuelan regime must release Mr. Weddle immediately. The United States needs to speak out forcefully against the targeti...Continue Reading