Press Releases

January 16, 2018

Warner & Kaine Ask DHS To Reverse Decision Ending Protected Status For Salvadorans

~ Senators say decision to end TPS status will "uproot thousands of well-established lives" and "devastate families and communities" ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 27 Senate Democrats in a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen urging DHS to reverse its decision to end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. Earlier this week, DHS announced it would be ending TPS designation for the nearly … Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Kaine, Warner, McEachin, Connolly, Beyer, Scott Ask Trump Administration To Listen To Local Voices Against Offshore Drilling

Legislators: You said "'Local voice matters.' We couldn't agree more." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Donald McEachin, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, and Bobby Scott sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that Virginia be exempted from its offshore drilling proposal, citing local concerns over the risks to tourism, the watermen's industry, and the country's Naval operations. The Virginia legislators cited Secretary … Continue Reading

January 11, 2018

Warner & Kaine Secure Final Passage Of Bill Granting Recognition Of Virginia Indian Tribes

PHOTOS: Virginia Tribal Chiefs Joined Kaine and Warner in Senate Chamber for final vote VIDEO: Moments Before Passage, Kaine and Warner Spoke on Senate Floor B-ROLL AND INTERVIEWS: Chairman Wayne Atkins and Chief Stephen Atkins Speak on Camera WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner secured final passage of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. Once signed by the President, the legislation will grant federal recognition … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Kaine Joins Bill To Protect TPS Recipients, Including Salvadorans Targeted By Trump Administration This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. -In the wake of the Trump Administration's decision yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act to protect people who were displaced by dangerous conditions in their home country and came to live in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Kaine spoke out this week against the Trump Administration's decision to end TPS for Salvadoran immigrants displaced by natural disasters, … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce $350,000 Towards Economic Development For Communities In Southwest Virginia, The Valley & Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $350,000 in federal funds towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for rural communities across Virginia. The funds will be awarded to planning district commissions in Accomack County, Smyth County, Russell County, Scott County, and Augusta County. The funding will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Declaraciones Del Senador Kaine Sobre La Decisión De La Administración De Trump De Eliminar Protecciones Para Los Salvadoreños Desplazados

WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Senador estadounidense Tim Kaine emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre la decisión de la Administración de Trump de eliminar el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para los inmigrantes salvadoreños desplazados por desastres naturales, impactando a miles de personas en Virginia: "Nuestro país siempre ha bienvenido y protegido a las personas que buscan refugio, pero en tan solo un año … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Decision To End Protections For Displaced Salvadorans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran immigrants displaced by natural disasters, impacting thousands in Virginia: "Our country has always welcomed and protected people seeking refuge, but in one year's time we've seen the Trump Administration trample on those American values by demonizing immigrants and refugees. This latest heartless decision targets Salvadorans … Continue Reading

January 05, 2018

Kaine Calls For FERC Rehearing On Mountain Valley And Atlantic Coast Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that it grant a rehearing request on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Kaine's letter supports formal requests for rehearing made by a number of stakeholder groups and individual Virginians living along the proposed pipeline routes. "The Commission approved the MVP and ACP on 2-1 votes when two of the five commissioner slots … Continue Reading

January 05, 2018

Kaine, Booker, Perdue Introduce Bill To Strengthen And Improve HBCU Financing

Despite Vital National Importance, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Struggle Financially Due to Smaller Endowments and Unequal Federal Funding WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act (S.2268), a bill which will help improve the financial health of some of our country's most critical higher education institutions. Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced the companion bill in … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Offshore Drilling Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to open nearly all United States waters to new oil and gas drilling, putting Virginia's coastal communities at risk: "Opening the entire country's waters to offshore drilling is wrong. Drilling would threaten our defense assets in Hampton Roads, and Virginians living near the coast tell me they don't want it. A small business owner on the Virginia Beach boardwalk asked me to … Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $3 Million For Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $3,150,000 in federal funds for a new Apprentice Academy at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Prince George County, Virginia. This Apprentice Academy will train workers for highly skilled jobs in the growing advanced manufacturing industries of the region. "We are thrilled to announce funding for this advanced manufacturing center in Prince George County that will provide a boost for the region's … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Warner, Kaine, Manchin, Brown, And Casey Urge Secretary Acosta To Protect Miners Safety And Health

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), Alexander Acosta, urging him to keep the Respirable Dust Rule to protect mine safety and miners health. This letter comes after the rule was included in the Unified Agenda for re-examination. The Senators said in part: "Given this increase in black lung disease and the devastating impact … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Kaine, Warner, Scott, Booker & Blunt Applaud Approval Of Commission To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History

2019 Marks 400 Years Since Arrival of First Africans into English Colonial America by way of Point Comfort, Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) applauded final Senate passage of their bipartisan 400 Years of African American History Commission Act - legislation establishing a National Park Service commission to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2019 of the arrival … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Kaine & Goodlatte Applaud Final Passage Of Bill To Lift Restrictions On Rockingham County Land

Bill has passed House & Senate, heads to President's desk for signature WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) applauded final Senate passage of their legislation today to lift deed restrictions on property used for the Plains Area Daycare Center in Rockingham County. The bill passed the House of Representatives in July and now heads to the President's desk for signature. "The Plains Area Daycare Center has served families in … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Keep The Government Funded, Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following the House and Senate passage of a short-term government funding bill: "Today Congress passed a short-term spending bill to keep government open, avoiding pain and anxiety for hundreds of thousands of federal employees, veterans and military families living in Virginia, and millions who rely on Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants, special education, the Affordable Care Act and other critical … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Kaine Statement On Release Of Senate Data On Harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Senate Rules and Appropriations Committees releasing data on harassment claims and settlements in the Senate: "I appreciate that the Senate Rules Committee did the right thing today by heeding calls to release this data. This is the first step toward a more transparent reporting system for harassment in Congress to hold people accountable for their actions." Earlier this month, Kaine wrote to the Senate Office … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Warner & Kaine Recommend Two For Vacancy On U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the White House recommending Patricia Tolliver Giles and Judge Rossie David Alston, Jr. to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District following the retirement of Judge Gerald Lee. Giles and Alston both were recommended by an independent panel of attorneys from across the Commonwealth selected by Sens. Warner and Kaine to interview qualified applicants. Giles is currently an … Continue Reading

December 19, 2017

Kaine Statement On The Electoral Crisis In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on the electoral crisis in Honduras: "It is unfortunate that such an important democratic election in Honduras continues to be shrouded in uncertainty and confusion. The Honduran people deserve an electoral process that is credible and transparent, and I trust the Organization of American States' (OAS) assessment that this process has failed to meet that … Continue Reading

December 18, 2017

Kaine Joins Resolution To Reverse FCC's Rollback Of Net Neutrality Protections

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) repeal of net neutrality rules. Last week, the FCC gutted the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibits internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or speeding up internet traffic based on how much they get paid. The FCC's ruling could stifle innovation and lead to increased costs … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Kaine, Murphy, McEachin & Colleagues Ask DeVos For Answers On Disciplinary Protections For Minority Students

Bicameral legislators ask Devos to confirm or deny reports of Department walking back school discipline guidelines WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) joined 15 Senators and 36 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking her not to revoke or modify school … Continue Reading

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