Press Releases

June 10, 2020

Dept. of Labor Inspector General to Conduct Audit of OSHA's Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Agrees to Investigate Specific Concerns Raised by Sens. Warren, Kaine, Sanders, Baldwin, Casey and Duckworth Amid Growing Worker Illnesses and Deaths Letter from DOL OIG (PDF) | Senators' Initial Request (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) and Tammy Duckworth … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Warner, Kaine Express Concern with Disproportionately Small Share of Food Allotted to Virginia Food Banks Under USDA Relief Program

~ Raise questions regarding the program's implementation, lack of distributors able to serve rural food banks ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed concern with the disproportionately small share of food that Virginia has received under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Farmers to Families Food Box program and the lack of approved distributors able to meet the needs of food banks in rural areas. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Kaine Introduces Bill To Help Higher Education Institutions Access Federal Funding To Support Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Coronavirus Relief Flexibility for Students and Institutions Act to fix several implementation issues with the higher education emergency relief fund in the CARES Act by providing institutions of higher education and students with the increased flexibility Congress intended. This bill would make an additional 7.5 million students eligible for emergency … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Kaine & Gillibrand Call On Senate Leadership To Support Digital News Outlets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Kirsten Gillibrand led their colleagues in a letter urging Senate leadership to include support for digital-native news outlets in future COVID-19 response legislation. During this pandemic, these outlets have provided information to Americans on health and safety measures and reopening protocols in communities across the country. Digital-native outlets rely primarily on advertising revenue, yet the pandemic has caused a severe drop in this … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Kaine Cosponsors Reforms To Address Racial Inequality & Injustice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced a package of bills he's supporting in Congress to address racial inequality and injustice, including legislation to reform the criminal justice system, reduce disparities in health care and education, and help close the systemic economic gaps that have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. "For centuries, our nation has preached equality as our cardinal virtue while burdening African Americans with systemic inequality. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues in Introducing Sweeping Police Reform Bill

~ Groundbreaking Justice in Policing Act of 2020 aims to hold police accountable, increase transparency & improve practices, training ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and 31 of their Senate colleagues in introducing sweeping police reform legislation. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is the first comprehensive legislative approach to ending police brutality and changing the culture of law … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $3.5 Million for Petersburg Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $3,581,786 in federal funding for public transportation in the City of Petersburg. The funding, for Petersburg Area Transit, was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "As the Commonwealth continues to navigate through this health crisis, we're pleased to know that these federal dollars will … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Supporting Military Families: Blumenthal & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Reimburse Costs Incurred When Leaving Employment Due To Military Move

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced legislation today to ease the financial burden on military spouses who must break an employment contract when their families are relocated. The Military Spouse Relocation and Contract Reimbursement Act would reimburse military spouses for fees and payments they may incur when forced to break employment contracts due to frequent moves necessitated by … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Supporting Military Families: Blumenthal & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Make Child Care More Accessible & Affordable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced legislation today to make child care more affordable and accessible for military families. The Child Care Affordability and Accessibility for Military Families Act is supported by Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening military families through community building, and the Service Women's Action Network, a … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Supporting Military Families: Blumenthal & Kaine Introduce Legislation To Study Expansion Of Mental Health Resources For Military Moms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced legislation today to help identify and remove barriers to maternal and postpartum mental health care in the military. The Military Moms' Mental Health Assessment Act would require a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of postpartum mental health conditions among servicemembers and military spouses, which will help ensure that appropriate support … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Kaine Introduces $50 Billion Child Care Stabilization Fund Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Patty Murray to introduce the Child Care is Essential Act, legislation to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. As businesses begin to re-open and working families need child care, many providers across the country remain shut down or are operating with significantly reduced capacity. Child care providers that are able to stay open are … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Video: Kaine Announces NDAA Amendment To Prohibit The Use Of Military Force Against Peaceful Protesters

Watch video of Kaine discussing the amendment here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced that he will introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the use of military force against American citizens exercising their first amendment rights. The Armed Services Committee will take up the NDAA next week. "The President is trying to turn the American … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $32 Million for Richmond Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $32,236,074 in federal funding for public transportation in Richmond. The funding, for the Greater Richmond Transit Company, was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "Amid this public health crisis, we're glad to know that these federal dollars will be used to keep public transportation in … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warner & Kaine Raise Concerns Over Declining Child Immunization Rates Amid COVID-19, Call For CDC Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Maggie Hassan and 14 of their colleagues in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the declining rate of routine child immunizations for measles and other dangerous viruses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The administration of routine pediatric immunizations remains critical throughout the duration of this public health emergency," wrote the Senators. "The decline in … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $6.9 Million in Funding for Virginia Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $6,914,080 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help support health centers across the Commonwealth as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. "We are glad to see this funding go towards helping support these health centers as they continue to work around the clock to provide crucial care for members of the community during this pandemic," said the Senators. The … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Kaine & Blackburn Call On Senate Leadership To Support Live Entertainment Industry Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) led a letter signed by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Doug Jones (D-AL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) urging Senate leadership to include targeted relief to support workers in the live entertainment industry in future coronavirus response legislation. Coming into the crisis, more than 60,000 Virginians worked in … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Kaine Statement On Coronavirus Antibody Test Results

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement: "My wife Anne and I recently tested positive for antibodies to coronavirus. "I tested positive for the flu earlier this year and was given standard medication to treat it. The symptoms lingered and I continued to receive treatment from my physician for the flu through mid-March. At the end of March, I experienced new symptoms that I initially thought were flu remnants and a reaction to an unusually high spring … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud $10.4 Million in Federal Funding for Water Improvement Projects in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $10,453,400 in federal funding for water improvement projects in rural Virginia. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was awarded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. "Virginians deserve access to safe drinking water and waste disposal systems, regardless of whether they live in a dense city, or a small rural community," said the Senators. "That's why we're glad to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Of Colleagues In Calling On Administration To Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned On COVID-19 Front Lines

Lawmakers Push President Trump, Defense Secretary, and FEMA Administrator to Address National Guard Health Care, GI Bill, and Retirement Benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

19 Senate Democrats, Led By Murphy, Kaine, & Van Hollen, Caution Israel Against Unilateral Annexation Of West Bank Territory

In a Letter to Netanyahu and Gantz, Senators State They Would Not Support Such a Move Which Would Critically Endanger Prospects for a Negotiated, Lasting Peace WASHINGTON-On Thursday, 19 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Senate Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), expressed grave concern regarding unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory potentially as early as July. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and … Continue Reading

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