Press Releases

November 16, 2017

Kaine And Whitehouse Introduce Bill To Help Forgive Student Loans For Public Service Workers

Legislation would relieve a major financial burden for borrowers tripped up by technicality in Public Service Loan Forgiveness program WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced a bill today to fix a glitch in a federal loan forgiveness program that can leave teachers, soldiers, social workers, and other public servants with massive loan balances they thought would … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Kaine Writes Postmaster General In Support Of Unique Hillsboro Zip Code

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Megan Brennan in support of the Town of Hillsboro and its efforts to have USPS assign Hillsboro a unique ZIP code. Residents of Hillsboro have struggled for years to deal with confusion around the distinction between addresses in the Town of Hillsboro and the Town of Purcellville, with both locations sharing the same ZIP code. Today, Mayor … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Following Shooting In Texas, Kaine Introduces Bill To Close Loophole In Military Justice System That Enables Convicted Abusers To Purchase Guns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and 15 of their colleagues to introduce the Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act, legislation to close a dangerous loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that enables convicted abusers to purchase firearms. "Time and again from Virginia Tech, to Charleston, and now to a small church in Texas, we have seen holes in the background record check system allow guns to get in … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $600,000 In Funds To Improve Affordable Housing In Virginia

~ Communities in Roanoke and Petersburg will receive additional support to provide housing assistance to Va. families and veterans ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the Redevelopment & Housing Authorities in the cities of Roanoke and Petersburg will receive $666,661 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing assistance for Virginia families and veterans. "These funds will allow local … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce Federal Funding For Police And Public Works Vehicles To Support Virginia Officers

Includes vehicles for the towns of Orange, Pound, Pulaski, Weber City, Wise, and Page County WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $115,700 in Economic Impact Initiative Grants from the United States Department of Agriculture towards the purchase of police vehicles, public works vehicles, and equipment for rural communities in the towns of Orange, Pound, Pulaski, Weber City, Wise, and Page County. "We are pleased to announce funding for these … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce $6 Million In Federal Funding To Construct Broadband Infrastructure In Buchanan And Scott Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $6,000,000 in federal funding to construct broadband infrastructure in Buchanan and Scott Counties. This funding, awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Connect Grant Program, will be used to build out and construct broadband Ethernet fibers that will bring broadband to rural communities in Virginia. "We are thrilled to announce this funding to help communities in Buchanan and … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Warner & Kaine: Republican Tax Plan Would Hurt Virginia Communities By Eliminating Historic Tax Credit

Historic Tax Credit especially critical to reinvesting in rural communities *See below for list of Virginia projects receiving Federal Historic Tax Credit funding* WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine expressed their concern over the House Republicans' tax plan that would eliminate the Federal Historic Tax Credit, which communities across Virginia use to draw in new business, create jobs, and revitalize cities and towns. The Federal Historic Tax Credit, a … Continue Reading


November 11, 2017

Kaine Statement On Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, released the following statement today to honor veterans for their service and sacrifice on Veterans Day: "This Veterans Day, I'm thinking about the sacrifices and dedication of the veterans here in Virginia and all across our nation. We rely on the bravery of a small percentage of Americans who step up and carry the burdens of conflict. But … Continue Reading


November 10, 2017

In Letter To Trump, Warner & Kaine Ask Him To Follow Through With Commitment To Tangier Island

"Tangier Island's residents have put their faith in you, and we stand ready to work with you." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to work with them to fulfill the assurances he made to local leaders on Virginia's Tangier Island about the future of their community. In a widely reported June 2017 call, President Trump reached out Tangier Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge after seeing a CNN report on the Island and … Continue Reading


November 10, 2017

Kaine Co-Sponsors Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of Veterans Day on Saturday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is co-sponsoring the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act. This bill would authorize new entrepreneurship training initiatives and improve existing programs for members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. "This legislation would give our veterans and military family members the … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Kaine Statement On Retirement Of Congressman Bob Goodlatte

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Congressman Bob Goodlatte's announcement that he will retire after 25 years in Congress: "While Bob and I didn't see eye to eye on everything, we worked together for our constituents on local issues like helping Plains Area Day Care in Rockingham County make building repairs and designating the 'National George C. Marshall Museum and Library' in Lexington. I'd like to thank Rep. Goodlatte for 25 years of public … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Senator Kaine Joins Bipartisan Push To Expand Veteran Caregiver Services To Veterans Of All Eras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the country prepares to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act to provide support and resources to the millions of caregivers nationwide who provide care for wounded, ill, and injured veterans. The bill would help expand a successful program that helps … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Warner, Heller, Kaine, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Empower Student Loan Borrowers

~ Legislation would help most college students and their families make smart decisions about financing their educations through enhanced student loan counseling ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to help students make smarter decisions in the financing of their higher education. The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act would promote financial literacy by … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bill To Expand Affordable Low-Income Housing In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined his colleagues Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to co-sponsor the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017, a bill that would boost affordable housing options for low-income families in Virginia. The comprehensive bill would expand and reform the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to encourage developers to increase the supply of affordable housing. Currently, Virginia has a shortage of … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Alzheimer's Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to introduce the bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. This legislation would build out the systems necessary to create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer's disease and preserve brain health. … Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

New GAO Report Commissioned by Sens. Toomey & Kaine Says Seniors at Opioid Abuse Risk, Medicare Oversight Improvements Needed

Washington, D.C.-Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) issued the following statements on a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that shows more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries who receive high doses of opioid painkillers are at risk of abuse due to significant operational gaps within the federal health insurance program. "This report is a stark reminder that much more still needs to be done to prevent overutilization, diversion, and abuse of prescription … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Warner & Kaine To Trump Administration: Rethink Fee Increases For National Park Visitors

~ Point to bipartisan legislation as solution to address the long-term park maintenance backlog ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged the Trump Administration to reconsider dramatic entrance fee increases that the Department of Interior has proposed at 17 iconic national parks across the United States. In Virginia, this proposal would increase fees at Shenandoah National Park to $70 per vehicle during peak season. In a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the … Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Send Letter Questioning Administration On Long-Term Power Restoration Plan For Puerto Rico And USVI

Senators: delay "jeopardizes the health and safety of the residents" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined their colleagues in sending a letter to Administration officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting agencies expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Senators said the Administration's current lack of … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Video: Kaine Presses Tillerson & Mattis On The Need For A New AUMF

"I have a hard time understanding your opposition to our resolution as anything other than 'we do not want Congressional oversight.'" **HD Video** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. In the hearing, Kaine … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Kaine, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Withdraw Proposal To Increase National Park Visitor Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and nine other colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke requesting he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees at 17 national parks pending further review. According to the proposal, Shenandoah National Park visitor fees would increase dramatically from $25 to $70 per vehicle during peak season. "The National Park Service describes the fee increases 'as … Continue Reading

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