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  • 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 appr...Continue Reading

  • 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 automa...Continue Reading

  • 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 V...Continue Reading

  • 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.  &ldqu...Continue Reading

  • 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 withd...Continue Reading

  • 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. The...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after the Senate passed legislation to reopen the government for three weeks: “For more than a month, President Trump tyrannized hardworking public servants in an attempt to force Congress to do what he wants. I’m relieved we passed a bill to end this shutdown so millions of Americans can receive the government services they’ve been forced to go without and - because of our back pay bill &nda...Continue Reading

  • 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 lo...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $5,788,425 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support HIV relief efforts in Norfolk. The goal of the project is to enhance access to effective, cost efficient, community-based care for low-income individuals and families with HIV. “We are pleased to announce federal funding to help those with HIV in Norfolk get the care they deserve,” the Senators sa...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,238,496 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Loudoun Community Health Center. This funding will enable Loudoun County to provide accessible, quality health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. “We’re pleased to announce federal funding to ensure the Loudoun Community Health Center can continue to offer valuable care to those in need ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine cosponsored legislation to extend unemployment compensation to federal employees who are working without pay during the government shutdown. Currently, furloughed federal employees are able to seek unemployment compensation, but the Department of Labor has not determined whether the same benefit is available to employees who are working without pay.  “This shutdown is hurting millions of Americans and it must end now. I’ve hear...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 to ensure that federal employees can access money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty. The bill would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during the government shutdown. “This painful shutdown is affecting the ability of federal workers to p...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate’s vote on a clean bill to reopen government, which failed 52-44:  “Today, I voted to end President Trump’s shutdown and provide much-needed relief to the millions of Americans who have been hurt, including the Virginians who will be missing their second paycheck tomorrow. I’m deeply disappointed that the vast majority of our Republican colleagues didn’t support reo...Continue Reading

  • ~ Letters highlight arrangements reportedly made by some organizations and request details on any accommodations being made for families ~  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was joined by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in requesting financial flexibility from childcare organizations for parents and guardians affected by the partial government shutdown. Among the expenses piling up for these families, who do not know when their next pay...Continue Reading

  • ~ Virginia is home to more than 200 licensed breweries & industry contributes more than $9.3 billion to Virginia’s economy ~   ~ As a result of shutdown, Treasury Dept. isn’t approving labeling changes, new recipes, or permits for brewers and distillers ~ WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inquire about the impact of the government shutdown on craft breweries in Virginia. The sh...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 30 Senate colleagues to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and help expand economic opportunity for hardworking families. Raising the federal minimum wage would directly raise the wages of approximately 786,000 Virginians. “No one who works full time should have to live in poverty, but too often that’s the case,”...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today issued the following statement: "President Trump's remarks today failed to acknowledge the pain and suffering he has caused to federal workers, contractors, and millions of Americans with this unnecessary government shutdown, and his rhetoric toward immigrants was inflammatory and unproductive. We would be glad to review, starting this week, any proposals he has to respo...Continue Reading

  • ~ Letter encourages USDA Secretary to ensure continued funding for the program, which provides aid to 776,000 Virginians ~ WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter today to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, stressing the importance of sustained funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The lawmakers expressed concern with the agency’s ability to support states and grocery stores, following a decision by the United Sta...Continue Reading

  • Senators urge the President to immediately re-open the Department of Housing and Urban Development  2.2 million low-income households are at risk of eviction because of Trump’s shutdown  WASHINGTON – Senator Tim Kaine joined over 170 Members of Congress, led by Senator Mark R. Warner, in sending a letter to President Trump expressing concern that the shutdown will force Americans from their homes. Affordable housing programs in Virginia and acr...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. Just this week, reports indicate that over the past year, President Trump repeatedly raised withdrawing the United States from NATO. The bil...Continue Reading