Press Releases

October 07, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $800,000 In DOJ Funding To Support Community Policing Initiatives

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $823,341 in grant funding to support community policing efforts and strategies throughout Virginia. The funding, awarded to state and national organizations headquartered in Virginia, was made available through DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) Community Policing Development Awards program. "I am pleased that Virginia has received these … Continue Reading


September 30, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Walter Fore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of civil rights activist Walter Fore: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of civil rights activist Walter Fore, and I send my prayers to his family and friends and to all of Lynchburg. As a Freedom Rider, President of Lynchburg's Voter League and decades-long union advocate, Walter was a warrior for justice and equality. I last saw Walter at a meeting of African American leaders in Lynchburg that he … Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $300,000 In DOJ Funding For Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Initiatives In Washington County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Department of Justice has awarded Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia $299,892 to support programs that help prevent and respond to sexual assault and domestic violence on campus. "This grant will provide on-campus training for Emory & Henry College students and employees to help put a stop the this alarming epidemic," said Sen. Warner. "We can and should do more to address sexual assault … Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:  “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Shimon Peres, and I send my condolences to his family and the entire nation of Israel. During his eight decades of service to his nation—which included roles as Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and President—Peres embodied the devotion of Israel’s founding generation and played a … Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Senate Democrats: No Vote On Garland Nomination, No Recess

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led Democratic Senators in calling for a hearing and a vote on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland before adjourning for another Republican-scheduled recess. Because of Republican obstruction, Judge Garland's nomination has been stalled for 195 days, making him the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in history. Despite this fact, the … Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Warner, Kaine Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded today the House's unanimous passage of the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act (S. 1698), which would exclude eugenics victims' compensation payments from being used in determining eligibility for, or the amount of, federal public benefits. Without this legislation, eugenics victims who receive compensation payments could see their federal benefits reduced or even have their eligibility … Continue Reading


September 21, 2016

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Authorize Delayed V-A Medical Leases

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 18 Senators seeking to improve veterans' access to healthcare by introducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act to authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in 15 states. Most of the leases have been pending congressional approval for more than a year. Under law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) must receive specific legislative authorization to lease medical facilities with … Continue Reading


September 15, 2016

In Response To Kaine Letter, U.S. Army Updates Discharge Regulation For Misconduct While Suffering From PTSD & TBI

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the U.S. Army for committing to reforming its policies, regulations and documentation practices in the wake of its multidisciplinary review of misconduct separations of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In a written response to a request from Kaine and 11 of his Senate colleagues, Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning conceded the Army … Continue Reading


September 15, 2016

Warner, Kaine Praise Virginia Provisions In Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes $10.6 billion in 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 around the nation. Additionally, the bill includes a package of measures to address the drinking water crisis in … Continue Reading


September 14, 2016

Kaine Welcomes New 10-Year Memorandum Of Understanding Between The United States And Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israel: "After regular engagement with the Administration and Israeli government on this issue, I am pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide Israel with an unprecedented level of U.S. military assistance in a consistent manner over the next decade. The … Continue Reading


September 14, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $1.1 Million In Federal Funding To Support Forensic Science Research At VCU & GMU

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond and George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax will receive a total of $1,125,897 in federal funds through two grants from the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to support research that will improve the forensic science testing and equipment used in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. VCU will receive $676,460 and GMU will … Continue Reading


September 02, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $700,000 In Federal Funds For Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Virginia fire departments will receive $693,533 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program supports local fire departments by providing funds for new equipment and training. "Virginia's first-responders, including the firefighters who put themselves at risk every day, must be well-equipped to handle threats to … Continue Reading


September 01, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $5 Million In Federal Funds For Safety Improvements At Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Danville Regional Airport will receive $2,427,098 and Mountain Empire Regional Airport will receive $2,525,004 in federal funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the rehabilitation of the airports 'existing runways. Today's funding was made available through the FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "The safety of Virginia travelers is the top … Continue Reading


August 31, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $9.5 Million To Help Alleviate Veteran Homelessness In Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) will award $9,476,756 to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations to help ongoing efforts in the Commonwealth to prevent veteran homelessness and provide stable housing for low-income veterans and their families. "Our country has a duty to honor our commitments to support the men and women who have worn our nation's uniform, and these federal funds will … Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

USPS Confirms To Lawmakers “No Plans” To Close Pocahontas Post Office

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - In response to an August 4 letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan in which U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) emphasized their support for a permanent postal facility in Pocahontas, Virginia, the United States Postal Service (USPS) confirmed it has "no plans to close the Post Office at this time" and that it is making "every effort to locate a permanent location as soon as possible." The … Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce $3.3 Million In Federal Funds For Safety Improvements At Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport will receive $3,337,172 in funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the rehabilitation of the airport's existing runway. Today's funding was made available through the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. "This funding will help the Mecklenburg-Brunswick Airport upgrade its infrastructure so that flyers are provided … Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce $1.7 Million In Federal Funds For Safety Improvements At Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport will receive $1,679,715 in funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the acquisition of a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements. This project will fund the acquisition of one replacement and one additional multi-task equipment vehicle to enhance the airport's … Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce $246,140 For UVA Graduate Students With Financial Need

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced that the University of Virginia (UVA) will receive a $246,140 grant from the Department of Education's Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. This program provides fellowships to assist graduate students who have excellent records, demonstrate financial need, and plan to pursue the highest degree available in a field designated as an area of national need. "Virginia can help lead the nation in … Continue Reading


August 18, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $70,000 In DOJ Funding To Support Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $72,348 in grants to support local law enforcement efforts and improve safety in communities throughout Virginia. The funding will be used to improve training, safety initiatives, drug treatment and enforcement programs, and purchase new equipment and supplies. "As a former Governor, I recognize the importance of equipping local law enforcement with the tools and … Continue Reading


August 17, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $12 Million In Federal Funds For Improvements At Two Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport in Charlottesville will receive more than $12 million in funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend and rehabilitate existing runways and improve the safety of their facilities. "Virginia airports face challenges in maintaining critical infrastructure while … Continue Reading

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