Press Releases

December 20, 2016

Kaine Tours Opioid Abuse Treatment Center In Newport News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who will join the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) next year, visited an opioid/methadone treatment facility in Newport News to discuss how recent legislation will help address the opioid epidemic hitting Virginia, which claimed more lives in the state in 2014 than vehicle crashes and has been declared a public health emergency. Kaine toured the facility, which is a residential and day treatment program for … Continue Reading


December 19, 2016

At Roundtable Discussion On Importance Of Protecting The Affordable Care Act, Kaine Announces New Appointment To Senate HELP Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his appointment to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) during a discussion on health care access with health care providers and advocacy groups in Richmond. "I'm excited to announce that I will be a member of the Senate HELP Committee in the next Congress and will have the chance to work on two long-time passions of mine, healthcare and education. This is a critical moment for healthcare in America … Continue Reading


December 17, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Mick Mulvaney As OMB Director

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement following President-elect Trump's announcement that he will nominate Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): "I'm worried by President-elect Trump's nomination of Rep. Mike Mulvaney as Director of OMB due to his past unwillingness to support bipartisan budget compromises, his pro-shutdown record, his advocacy for slashing federal services … Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill To Reinvigorate Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced the RECLAIM Act last week, legislation that will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. "We have a lot of work to do to ensure that communities that have historically relied on coal are not being … Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

In Northern Virginia, Kaine Rides Silver Line With Metro GM To Assess Progress On Extension To Dulles Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in an effort to assess progress on Phase II of the Silver Line, Kaine rode the Metro from Tyson's Corner to the Wiehle-Reston stop with Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and received a tour and briefing on construction of the extension to Dulles International Airport from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) officials. As Governor of Virginia, Kaine made securing $900 million in federal funding for Phase I of the Silver Line project a top … Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement following President-elect Trump's announcement that he will nominate Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State: "I have significant concerns about the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State that I intend to explore thoroughly as part of the confirmation process. His close connection to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government raises … Continue Reading


December 12, 2016

In Chesterfield, Kaine Meets With Paralyzed Veterans, Discusses Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was in Chesterfield to meet with members of Paralyzed Veterans of America and discuss veterans' healthcare. In the Senate, Kaine has been a strong advocate for improved healthcare services at the VA. "My work on the Senate Armed Services Committee keeps me very involved in veterans' healthcare and service reform issues, so I was glad I had the chance today to hear directly from Virginia's … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Warner, Kaine Praise Final Passage Of Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded final passage of the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act), also known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes water infrastructure projects across the nation. This bill makes investments in harbor dredging, maintenance of locks and dams, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other water-related priorities. Additionally, the bill includes a package of measures to address … Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Kaine Statement On Vote To Avert A Shutdown And Fund Government Through April 28

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote for a spending bill to fund the government through April 28 and avert a government shutdown: "I voted in favor of this short-term spending measure because the alternative-a government shutdown-would be disastrous for Virginia. But the default to a continuing resolution rather than a long-term appropriations package is a Congressional failure that has real-world consequences across the Commonwealth. While … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $17.6 Million In Funding For Virginia Health Services And Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $17,631,822 in grants for various health care organizations, medical research and Head Start programs across the Commonwealth. "This funding is an investment in the health and education of our communities," the Senators said. "Community health centers and Head Start programs help create a strong foundation for Virginia families, and we will … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on final passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains provisions he helped secure that will benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry and defense community: "Each year, I work across the aisle with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee to craft an annual defense bill that supports our military and helps our … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Scott Pruitt As EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President-elect Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "There are few agencies that depend more on careful review of science than the EPA. Every rule or regulation depends on an intellectually honest review of scientific consensus. And the consequences for the health and safety of the American public are critical. The … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Kaine Announces Support For Bill To Ease Benefits Appeals Process For Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced co-sponsorship of legislation to reform the benefits appeals process for veterans. Because of redundancies and inefficiencies in the current process, most veterans wait years for a decision on their appeals. The Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 would replace the current process - which today stands at over 450,000 appeals awaiting a decision - with one … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Citing Impact on Virginia Families & Economy, Kaine Says Affordable Care Act Repeal Would be ‘Malpractice’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine discussed the positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid in Virginia, and why it is critical that Congress defend these landmark health care programs going into the next administration. Repealing the Affordable Care Act, Kaine argued, would inject needless uncertainty into the economy and have a painful impact on American families. He instead urged his colleagues to meet for bipartisan … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passage Of The Bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on final Senate passage of the 21st Century CURES Act, which passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law: "Thanks to this bipartisan legislation, our nation's top researchers will have additional resources they need to find cures and treatments for the devastating diseases that touch us all. The bipartisan 21st Century CURES Act … Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Kaine Statement On President Obama's National Security Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the President's address and memorandum outlining the rules governing the use of force: "I strongly agree with the President that democracies should not operate in a state of perpetual war and that Congress has a solemn duty to authorize the current mission against ISIL. I also agree with what the President wrote in the memo released this week: … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Ben Carson As HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on President-elect Trump's nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to serve as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): "The next HUD Secretary will lead an organization with over 8,000 employees and a budget of $47 billion that is charged with addressing the housing needs faced by our most vulnerable populations and enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Kaine Tours Alexandria Community Health Center, Discusses Importance Of Preserving The Affordable Care Act And Expanding Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine toured a community health center in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss the importance of protecting health center funding, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid going into the next administration. Kaine also highlighted how community health centers are critical in providing quality healthcare to underserved communities in Virginia and received an award from the Virginia Community Healthcare Association for his legislative work on behalf of … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of General James Mattis To Be Secretary Of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President-elect Trump's nomination of General James Mattis to be the next Secretary of Defense: "General Mattis has unquestionable expertise in military operations and a unique understanding of our complex security environment. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to hearing General Mattis' plans for addressing both the security environment and … Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Feinstein, Kaine Statement On Clean Extension Of The Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement on the unanimous vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), a critical component of the U.S. sanctions architecture against Iran: "We voted today to extend ISA because it is consistent with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which we strongly … Continue Reading

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