Press Releases

March 17, 2021

ICYMI: How Virginia Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) highlighted some of the ways in which the American Rescue Plan will help families, workers, small businesses and local governments across Virginia defeat COVID-19 and recover from the health and economic impacts of the virus. "The American Rescue Plan will help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and put our nation on a clear path to rebuild from this crisis. Already, Virginians are seeing the benefits, with direct … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ease Burden on Families of Deceased Miners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced legislation to ease the burden on the surviving families of miners who perish due to black lung disease. Too often, survivors of deceased miners face difficulties in securing the benefits to which they are entitled, due to bureaucratic proof requirements that are often too difficult to meet. The Relief for Survivors of Miners Act would ease these … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Kaine Statement on American Rescue Plan Becoming Law

Watch Kaine's floor speech highlighting Virginia wins here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Biden's signing of the American Rescue Plan: "When President Biden assumed office, each day was met with over 3,000 COVID deaths and fewer than one million vaccinations. Fifty days later, daily COVID deaths are nearly cut in half, and daily vaccinations have more than doubled. By signing the American Rescue Plan today, the President is leading us … Continue Reading

March 10, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $38.5 Million in Federal Funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $38,564,692.58 in federal funding to support vaccination efforts in Virginia. "Getting shots into arms is what will end this pandemic," said the Senators. "That is why we're glad to see these federal dollars will provide support for vaccination efforts throughout the Commonwealth, and we remain committed to ensuring that every Virginian has the opportunity to get vaccinated as quickly as possible." The funding … Continue Reading

March 09, 2021

Klobuchar, Kaine, Tonko, Katko Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Mental Health Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act to study the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of Americans, including health care workers, children and adolescents, older adults, and members of racial and ethnic minority groups. This legislation follows recent reports that U.S. cases of depression and anxiety have significantly increased during the pandemic. Companion legislation is led in the … Continue Reading

March 08, 2021

Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Senators Warner and Kaine Advocate for Offshore Wind in Coastal Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, sent a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) urging them to expedite regulatory processes for offshore wind development in Coastal Virginia. "Virginia's diverse maritime industry, workforce, port assets, deep, wide channels, and no overhead obstructions have positioned the Commonwealth to become a hub for manufacturing and ongoing operations and maintenance activities for projects … Continue Reading

March 06, 2021

Kaine Applauds Wins for Virginia in American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes numerous critical wins for Virginia. The bill will now return to the House of Representatives. "Because of this bill, millions of Virginians will receive a stimulus check, unemployment benefits will last through the summer, and 85,000 of the Commonwealth's children will be lifted out of poverty," said Kaine. "The past year has been dark, but with … Continue Reading

March 05, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Give Federal Workers Pay Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Brian Schatz and their colleagues in reintroducing the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.2 percent pay increase in 2022. "For years, federal employees have faced pay freezes, furloughs, and government shutdowns all while continuing to protect and serve the American people," the Senators said. "The FAIR Act will finally give these hard-working people the … Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

Va. & Md. Senators Urge Biden Administration to Ensure That Seafood Processors Are Able To Hire the Seasonal Workforce They Need

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to quickly make available the maximum number of Congressionally-authorized H-2B visas in order to ensure that seafood processors in Virginia and Maryland have the seasonal workforce they need ahead of the seasonal start date on April 1. "In the rural and remote coastal regions in our states, even in a time of high … Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, Cassidy and Cardin Introduce IDB General Capital Increase Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, as well as Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in reintroducing legislation authorizing the tenth general capital increase for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the hemisphere's leading international financial … Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

Kaine Leads Colleagues in Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Health Care Workers’ Mental Health amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee and Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-PA-07) announced the reintroduction of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals. Health care professionals have long experienced high levels of stress and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for Fourth Circuit Court Judicial Vacancy

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced they are now accepting applications for the position of United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond to succeed Fourth Circuit Judge Barbara M. Keenan, who will assume senior status effective August 31, 2021. 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 … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce Recommendations for U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today sent a letter to the White House recommending candidates for the U.S. Attorney vacancies in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) and the Western District of Virginia (WDVA). In their letter, the Senators recommended Jessica Aber, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John Hall, civil litigator at Covington & Burling, for the EDVA position. The Senators recommended Christopher Kavanaugh, … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Kaine & Young Introduce Bill to Repeal 1991 & 2002 AUMFs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. The bill would formally end the authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars - 30 and 19 years, respectively, after these AUMFs were first passed, reasserting Congress' vital role in not only declaring wars, but in ending them. The repeal of these authorizations also recognizes the strong … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Reintroduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senator Chris Murphy and their colleagues in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that nearly a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check. U.S. Representative Mike … Continue Reading

March 02, 2021

Beyer, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Address the Cost of Police Misconduct to Municipal Governments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the world knows by now, one of the officers who arrested George Floyd kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds-killing him and any chance he had of proving his innocence. Not only did this one incident of police misconduct cost Floyd his life-an inhumane and incalculable cost-it will likely cost taxpayers where he lived millions of dollars. Yet cities and counties are not required to report information about these costs to the federal government. New legislation … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

Kaine & Colleagues Push For $130B Funding Boost For Local School Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Jack Reed in introducing the Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, a companion to legislation introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott in the House. The bill would invest $130 billion over ten years to modernize K-12 classrooms across the country and help schools upgrade their physical and digital infrastructure. Funds will be provided through direct grants and school construction bonds to help fill the gap in school facility capital … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Kaine Statement on Intel Report Confirming Saudi-Sponsored Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released the following statement after the Biden Administration released the unclassified intelligence assessment confirming Saudi Arabia's state-sponsored murder of Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "I'm relieved this Administration did what the Trump Administration consistently refused to do: publicly acknowledge that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was responsible … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Kaine Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on recent U.S. air strikes in Syria targeting Iran-backed militias: "The American people deserve to hear the Administration's rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress. Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances. Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously." For years, Kaine … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million For Housing Assistance For Virginia Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,105,039 in federal funding to help seven Native American tribes in Virginia develop affordable housing within their communities. The funding was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), and will go towards the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, the Pamunkey, and the Nansemond Indian … Continue Reading

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