Press Releases

May 03, 2018

Kaine Statement on U.S. Special Forces Supporting Saudi Arabia in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on reports that U.S. Special Forces have been secretly supporting Saudi Arabia as it battles Yemen's Houthi rebels: "The Trump Administration's purposeful blurring of lines between train and equip missions and combat, from Niger to Yemen, is unacceptable. It runs afoul of our system of checks and balances in war powers and is deepening our … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $2.1 Million to Preserve Historic Battlefields in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.1 million to preserve parts of the Yorktown and Appomattox Court House Battlefields in Virginia. These grants were awarded through the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "Virginia is home to some of America's most historic sites, and the National Park Service and localities have worked hard to protect them from encroaching … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Warner & Kaine Recommend Terwilliger to Be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have sent a letter to the White House recommending G. Zachary Terwilliger to fill the vacancy of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Terwilliger currently serves in the U.S. Department of Justice as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. Terwilliger was recommended by a panel of attorneys from across the Commonwealth selected by Warner and Kaine to … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Kaine Statement On Heightened Tension And Violence Along Gaza-Israel Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the heightened tension and violence along the Gaza-Israel border: "I am deeply saddened by the cycle of violence and protests at the Gaza-Israel border. These events make clear the desperate need to alleviate this ongoing humanitarian crisis and actively pursue a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The lack of power, … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $61 Million In Funding For Two New Veterans Homes in Virginia Beach And Vint Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $61 million in funding for the construction of two 120-bed veterans homes in Virginia, $30 million for a state veterans home in Virginia Beach and $31 million for a state veterans home in Vint Hill. This funding, which is part of a $685 million package for state veterans homes across the country, can be used for repairs, renovation, or new construction. Warner and Kaine helped to secure these dollars as part of the … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Kaine, Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Care For Children Impacted By Opioid Abuse

Bristol Virginia Public Schools Superintendent: this bill 'will equip us to better achieve our vision of enabling all students to thrive' Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Handle with Care Act to connect children who experience traumatic events, including domestic violence situations, drug raids, overdoses, and more, to school resources that are designed to provide the child with trauma-informed … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who has announced he will take senior status on June 1, 2018. 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 … Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Warner, Kaine, & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Extend Temporary Protected Status For Honduras

*Spanish Language Translation Below* WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 23 Senators today in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan urging them to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran Nationals, which is set to expire on July 5, 2018. "Ending TPS for Hondurans would force more than 86,031 individuals to go back to a country with severe security challenges. We are also … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

VA, WV Senators Introduce Legislation To Rename Dept Of Agriculture As 'Dept Of Agriculture And Rural Development'

~ Bipartisan legislation would recognize Department's focus on increasing economic opportunities in rural communities ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would rename the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The change would accurately reflect the Department's increasing focus on improving the quality of life … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Health Committee Passes Kaine Co-Sponsored, Bipartisan Addiction Recovery Legislation To Tackle Opioid Crisis

Legislation includes key provisions of Kaine bills to combat opioid epidemic WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation he co-sponsored called The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation takes a comprehensive look at how communities across the country are tackling the opioid crisis and includes forty different proposals to increase the ways … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin, Capito Introduce Bill To Expand Teacher Training To Prepare Students For Technical Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act. This legislation will create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools. The grant program creates partnerships between elementary, middle or high schools and higher … Continue Reading

April 23, 2018

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure Students Have Adequate Data When Selecting Postsecondary Education

UVA President Teresa Sullivan and workforce groups praise bill; say improving data is critical to student success WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has co-sponsored legislation to modernize the data colleges provide students and families to ensure they have clear information about student outcomes before deciding on a college or other higher education institution. The College Transparency Act will increase reporting on student outcomes including enrollment, completion, and … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Kaine, Warner Back Up Women Of the Senate, Call For Urgent Action On Congressional #METOO Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with 30 of their male Senate colleagues, today called for the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to bring to the Senate floor legislation reforming how Congress handles cases of sexual harassment. This letter backs up calls from all of the women Senators of both parties, who sent a letter on March 28 to Senate leadership expressing disappointment that Congress failed to address this urgently needed reform in the March omnibus … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Warner, Kaine Call On Trump Administration To Examine Risks Of Offshore Drilling On Military Assets In Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis sharing Virginia's concern over the risks of offshore drilling on military assets in Hampton Roads. In the letter, Warner and Kaine raise concerns about how drilling would affect military activities in Hampton Roads, given the region's deep national security footprint. They also ask if the Department has conducted a comprehensive study assessing the specific challenges the proposed … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Schiff, Kaine Send Letter To President Asking For Legal Basis Of Syria Strikes In 2017 And 2018

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, sent a letter to President Trump requesting he detail the legal basis for the U.S. military strikes on April 13, 2018 against the Syrian regime's chemical weapons facilities. This letter follows up on their request in 2017 asking the President to detail the legal basis for the strike against … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Warner & Kaine Call On EPA Chief To Resign Immediately

~ Senators join resolution calling for Scott Pruitt to immediately resign from his post as EPA Administrator ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 37 Senators in introducing a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. The resolution comes in response to Pruitt's repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, retribution against whistleblowers, and contempt for … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Warner & Kaine: Escalating Trump Trade War Would Hurt Virginia Soybean Production, Jeopardize Jobs

~ NEW TODAY: China has begun taxing Chinese consumers of U.S. goods to discourage imports ~ * See below for a detailed list of soybean producing areas in Virginia * WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed increased concern over how President Trump's trade war would hurt Virginia's soybean production, which is the Commonwealth's number one cash crop. China's Ministry of Commerce has recently announced they will begin proactively taxing Chinese … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Kaine, Hatch, Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Addiction Recovery Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­-- U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Ensuring Access to Quality Recovery Living Act. This bipartisan legislation will give states the resources and guidelines necessary to ensure recovery homes are able to effectively help residents sustain recovery from opioid and substance use disorders. Recovery homes are family-like, shared … Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Senators Propose Legislation To Update Authorities Used To Fight Terror Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), strengthens congressional oversight and … Continue Reading

April 15, 2018

Kaine On Face The Nation: 'President Trump Is Not A King,' Calls For A Real Syria Strategy To Be Presented To Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan on CBS News, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, reiterated that President Trump's actions in Syria are illegal and reckless because he failed to get Congress's approval or present a broader strategy. Kaine cited the risks of President Trump ignoring the powers set out in the Constitution, asking "What's to stop him from starting a bombing campaign against Iran or North … Continue Reading

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