Press Releases

June 28, 2016

Kaine Slams Republicans For Playing Politics With Funding To Combat Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after voting against a partisan Republican funding measure that would insufficiently address the spread of the Zika virus: "We don't have any time to waste in addressing the spread of the Zika virus, but that's exactly what Republicans in the House and Senate have chosen to do with this appropriations package. Rather than focusing on the serious threat Zika poses to families across our country by advancing the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Ruling In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt: "I applaud the Supreme Court for seeing the Texas law for what it is - an attempt to effectively ban abortion and undermine a woman's right to make her own health care choices. This ruling is a major win for women and families across the country, as well as the fight to expand reproductive freedom for all. "The Texas law is quite similar to … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Kaine Statement On Announcement Of Colombian Ceasefire Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement regarding today's announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a bilateral ceasefire deal, the last major step toward ending a war that has lasted 52 years: "After four years of talks, I welcome today's announcement that the Colombian government and FARC signed a ceasefire accord, … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Kaine Statement On United States v. Texas Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in United States. v. Texas: "The Supreme Court's split decision on DAPA and DACA is a setback, but the fight to bring millions of families in Virginia and across the country out of the shadows is far from over. President Obama made a lawful and moral decision to ensure law abiding families will not be torn apart because of Congress' refusal to address our broken immigration system, and I … Continue Reading


June 21, 2016

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Compromise To Keep Guns From Terrorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a press conference today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce a compromise proposal to help keep guns from terrorists and make America safer. The measure would prohibit those on the No Fly List or the Selectee List from purchasing a firearm. A summary of the legislation can be found HERE. "This body has been impotent, weak, silent and a bystander to this … Continue Reading


June 21, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants for Virginia

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is intended to provide families and individuals in Virginia with counseling services to improve their housing conditions and help them meet … Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Kaine Statement On Failure Of Post-Orlando Gun Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after measures to reduce gun violence failed in the Senate today: "Today my colleagues and I were given the opportunity to cease being bystanders and finally start taking action on the issue of gun violence. The proposed measures-to prevent known or suspected terrorists from purchasing guns and to subject all private gun sales to background checks-are both commonsense and popular, and it's appalling that we couldn't … Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Kaine Applauds Inaugural Class Of Career And Technical Education Presidential Scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the first class of 20 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Presidential Scholars, who were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in CTE fields. In 2014, Kaine, founding co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, led a successful bipartisan effort to expand the Presidential Scholars program to include fields in CTE. "For too long, CTE has been stigmatized as a second-class educational field, but today's CTE … Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Kaine Statement On Failure Of Post-Orlando Gun Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after measures to reduce gun violence failed in the Senate today: "Today my colleagues and I were given the opportunity to cease being bystanders and finally start taking action on the issue of gun violence. The proposed measures-to prevent known or suspected terrorists from purchasing guns and to subject all private gun sales to background checks-are both commonsense and popular, and it's appalling that we couldn't … Continue Reading


June 19, 2016

Kaine Statement On The Observance Of Juneteenth

RICHMOND, VA - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the observance of Juneteenth: "On this day 151 years ago, people celebrated the end of slavery in the South. Over a century and a half later, the 'Juneteenth' celebrations continue and I'm proud to join Virginians and Americans across the country in continuing this important tradition. "The history of African-Americans is a tragic and painful one in many ways, but it's also a history of triumph over adversity. … Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $400,000 To Support Virginia Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that Virginia fire departments will receive $407,784 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will receive $267,022 in funding for the State Fire Training Academy, and the Appalachia Fire Department in the Town of Appalachia will receive $140,762. "Our firefighters put themselves in harm's way … Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Kaine During Filibuster: We Have To Stop Being Bystanders To The Carnage Of Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, during a more than fifteen-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine added his voice to the renewed push for legislative action to combat gun violence. Kaine reflected on how Virginia has been affected by gun violence, including the horrific shooting of WDBJ's Alison Parker and Adam Ward last year, as well as his own personal experience - from witnessing the scenes of brutal homicides in Richmond as a city council member and Mayor, to serving as … Continue Reading


June 15, 2016

Kaine, Obama Administration Official Make Case For Commission To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History In Senate Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine testified in support of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, bipartisan legislation introduced last February that would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to recognize the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science at the … Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Applaud Funding to Improve Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care for Working Parents

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded the announcement that Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley, Inc. will receive a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help working parents in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Radford, Salem and Roanoke access the quality, affordable child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs, and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries. "This is … Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Kaine Statement On Senate 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 Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains several provisions he advocated for that will benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry and defense community: "From funding the Ford-class carrier and Virginia class submarines, to enhancing credentialing opportunities for servicemembers, to eliminating the most … Continue Reading


June 10, 2016

Kaine Joins Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Urging Greater Focus On Access To Care, Reducing High Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients With Chronic Diseases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After hearing from concerned patients, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of eight senators calling on U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) to review patient perspectives on access to health care and the impact of high out-of-pocket expenses. The Senators emphasized that certain health care trends, such as high out-of-pocket costs, often prevent patients with … Continue Reading


June 09, 2016

Kaine, Senate Democrats Announce Program To Reunite Filipino World War Ii Veterans With Their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mazie K. Hirono and Harry Reid joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Chief of Staff Juliet Choi, Filipino World War II veterans Rudy Panaglima and Celestino Almeda, and advocates to announce the implementation of a long-awaited program to reunite aging Filipino World War II veterans with their children and families. Under the USCIS Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program, Filipino veterans whose service has been … Continue Reading


June 09, 2016

Virginia & Maryland Senators Urge Senate Majority Leader to Allow Confirmation Vote on OPM Director

Washington - Today the U.S. Senators from Virginia and Maryland, together representing more than 630,000 current and retired federal workers, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a confirmation vote on the President's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Acting Director Beth F. Cobert. In a letter to Leader McConnell, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) wrote that Cobert's nomination is necessary … Continue Reading


June 08, 2016

Kaine Calls For Halt To Immigration Raids Targeting Central American Women And Children

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 25 of his Senate colleagues calling for an end to deportation raids targeting families and unaccompanied minors who have fled the rampant violence in Central America's Northern Triangle. In a letter to President Obama, the Senators also urged the Administration to designate Guatemala and re-designate El Salvador and Honduras for temporary protected status (TPS), allowing individuals from those countries to legally remain in the United … Continue Reading


June 08, 2016

Kaine Statement On Indian Prime Minister Modi’s Address To A Joint Meeting Of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to a joint meeting of Congress earlier today: "It was an honor to hear Prime Minister Modi's vision for India before a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol today. With the strategic importance of the U.S.-India relationship growing every year, I've been encouraged by increased cooperation on defense issues … Continue Reading

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