Press Releases

October 10, 2017

Kaine Statement on Trump Administration's Decision To Abandon Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Trump Administration abandoning Clean Power Plan: "As the country faces a series of devastating hurricanes and wildfires, President Trump is abandoning U.S. leadership on climate change and ignoring clear evidence that it's contributing to more severe natural disasters and rising seas. This decision will not stop the global trend toward cleaner energy, only slow it down and allow other nations, like China, to … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Following VA Bookkeeping Issues, Tester, McCain, Kaine, Manchin Introduce Responsible Budgeting Bill

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Require Spending Plan, Justification When the VA Requests More Money WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to continued concerns about the VA's inability to track its budget and spending of the Choice Program, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure the VA is budgeting accurately and responsibly. The Senators' VA Financial Accountability Act … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting, Warner & Kaine Join Feinstein To Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stocks

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, a bill to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, the sale of which have been significantly curtailed and strictly regulated for more than 30 years. This bill would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks, and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

VIDEO: Kaine Presses Brownback On LGBT Rights: 'I Really Would Expect An Unequivocal Answer On That'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Governor Sam Brownback - President Trump's nominee for Ambassador At Large For International Religious Freedom - on his record opposing LGBT rights. Kaine pressed Brownback to state that there are no circumstances under which religious freedom can justify criminalizing, imprisoning, or executing people based on their LGBT status. Brownback refused to unequivocally answer the question. As … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

In Response To Equifax Breach, Colleagues Call On FTC To Protect Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Equifax breach, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to outline specific actions being taken to ensure consumers do not fall victim to a second round of attacks on their personal information. In the letter to Acting Chairman of the FTC Maureen Ohlhausen, Kaine, joined by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), expressed concern over the breach that exposed the … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

House Passes Portman-Kaine Bill to Promote Early Hearing Detection in Newborns, Infants & Young Children

Bipartisan Bill Now Ready to Be Signed Into Law By The President WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced that the House of Representatives passed their bipartisan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, legislation that will reauthorize current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Warner, Kaine Introduce American Miners Pension Act

~ Bipartisan bill would help protect pensions for more than 7,300 retired Va. coal miners ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in introducing the bipartisan American Miners Pension Act (AMP Act). Currently, the 1974 UMWA Pension Plan is on the road to insolvency. The American Miners Pension Act will shore up the 1974 UMWA Pension Plan to make sure that nearly 87,000 retired miners receiving … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Kaine Joins Colleagues In Bipartisan Letter Seeking Safety, Accountability For Burma's Rohingya People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined twenty-one of his bipartisan colleagues in a letter to senior Trump Administration officials Thursday, urging them to apply the full weight of American diplomatic influence to help resolve the Rohingya crisis in Burma and Bangladesh. The Senators specifically called for providing additional humanitarian aid to those who have fled their homes and are struggling to survive. Approximately … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $2.5 Million In Federal Funds For Economic Investments in Southwest VA

~ ARC grants will provide funding to improve infrastructure and promote economic development in the region ~ WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Southwest Virginia will receive a total of $2,524,817 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to improve infrastructure and promote economic development. "The Appalachian Regional Commission is an engine for economic development in Southwest Virginia and these grants show … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Kaine: Devos' Decision To Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance Makes It Harder For Victims And Survivors To Seek Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 30 of their colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos criticizing her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Kaine has expressed serious concerns over Secretary DeVos' decision for undermining the rights of … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Kaine, Colleagues To Trump: We Must Do More For Puerto Rico And USVIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and 35 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump to express deep concern about the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and to suggest eight actions for the White House to take as quickly as possible. In the letter, the Senators wrote, "We write to express deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Kaine Statement On Decision Not To Hold Vote On Graham-Cassidy Proposal This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal before September 30: "Once again we have seen the failure of a Republican proposal that under the guise of a 'health care' bill, would have actually taken care away from millions of Americans and raised premiums for Virginia families. Graham-Cassidy would not only repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also would make … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $24 Million In Grants For Housing & Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $24,211,713 in federal funding to help Virginia communities fund housing and infrastructure projects. The funding, which will go to Alexandria, Arlington County, Chesapeake, Fairfax County, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Richmond, and Waynesboro, will be awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Kaine Joins Bipartisan HBCU Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week (HBCU), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined the bipartisan and bicameral HBCU Caucus. The caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL), serves to support and promote historically black colleges and universities and create a national dialogue around the important and unique issues that HBCUs face. "I … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $8 Million In Federal Funds For Improvements At Virginia Airports

~ DOT grants will provide funding to improve infrastructure and increase safety at local airports ~ WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that four Virginia airports will receive a total of $8,457,339 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve and enhance airport infrastructure. "Virginia airports face growing demands in ensuring travelers have access to high quality facilities," … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Ron Carrier

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of former long-time president of James Madison University, Ron Carrier: "In March 2008, I spoke at JMU's centennial celebration about how far the Virginia education system had come since JMU's founding and how the university has contributed to the Commonwealth's success. Ronald Carrier also spoke and had the crowd in stitches as he tried to count how many of the 100,000 JMU students who … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he supported in the Committee markup to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry, defense community, servicemembers, and their families. "I'm proud that once again the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan way to strengthen our national … Continue Reading


September 15, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million Of ARC Infrastructure Funding For Floyd County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,081,958 in federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the Floyd County Economic Development Authority to construct a new access road for the Floyd Regional Commerce Center. The funding, which leverages $30 million in private investment-will fund approximately 0.21 miles of access road, an industrial cul-de-sac, as well as pedestrian and bike path to facilitate Floyd County's development of the Floyd … Continue Reading


September 15, 2017

Statement Of U.S. Sens. Warner & Kaine On Anthem's Decision To Re-Enter Certain VA Health Markets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued this joint statement following an announcement by Anthem that it will re-enter 63 counties or cities in Virginia where consumers otherwise would be left without any insurance options in the 2018 Affordable Care Act exchanges. Both senators were engaged in efforts to resolve this challenge prior to today's deadline for notifying the Bureau of Insurance at the State Corporation Commission. "We are glad Anthem is … Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

VIDEO: Kaine Warns Insurers Against Leaving Virginia's Rural Communities

HD Video: https://youtu.be/sNv2W_8bYno?t=46s WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, participated in a hearing with health care stakeholders where he called on insurers to stop depriving people in rural Virginia of opportunities by limiting coverage options or pulling out of the individual markets. Kaine called for Congress to pass measures like reinsurance to increase stability in the individual marketplace, … Continue Reading

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