Press Releases

March 23, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On Passage Of The Omnibus Spending Bill

~ Provides funding for critical Virginia priorities ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued the following statements after Congress approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2018. "While the process that got us here was imperfect, this bill will keep the government open through the end of September, and fund several priorities important to Virginia and the nation. It includes $380 million to help … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

Kaine Statement On Situation In Afrin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on recent reports that Afrin, Syria was evacuated following a Turkish military-led operation: "I am deeply concerned over recent reports that the majority of the population in Afrin was evacuated under attack from a Turkish military-led operation. This adds to the already concerning humanitarian situation in Syria, as hundreds of thousands of … Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

Kaine & Warner Ask I.R.S. Whether Republican Tax Law Will Cause Thousands Of Virginians To Owe More On Their 2017 Tax Returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) seeking clarification about whether thousands of Virginians who pre-paid their property taxes ahead of the Republican tax plan going into effect will actually lose that savings they were counting on. In December 2017, Republicans in Congress passed President Trump's tax reform legislation that put a $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which will increase taxes … Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

Warner & Kaine Cosponsor Bill To Help Prevent Bullying In Schools

Safe Schools Legislation Would Require School Districts Across the Country to Develop, Implement Locally Driven Anti-Bullying Policies WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act, legislation requiring schools to take greater measures to prevent bullying and harassment. This follows a Department of Education study which found that 1 in 5 children between the ages of 12 and 18 will be impacted by bullying. There is currently … Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Kaine & Warner Applaud Navy Block-Buy Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, and a member of the Seapower Subcommittee, and Mark Warner released the following statements after the Navy released a request for proposal (RFP) to Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News to inform a potential block buy of two Ford-class aircraft carriers: "After years of advocating for the Navy to block-buy carriers, I welcome today's news that they are moving … Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Kaine Statement On U.S. Involvement In Conflict In Yemen & Sanders-Lee-Murphy Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today announcing his support for the joint resolution to direct the removal of U.S. armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress: "The civil war in Yemen has led to a devastating humanitarian crisis - more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and millions of Yemenis are on the brink of famine. In support of … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Kaine Statement On Bipartisan Passage Of Regulatory Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate passage of the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: "Large banks have been getting bigger while the number of smaller community banks has declined, making it harder for Virginians in rural and underserved communities to get loans for mortgages, send their kids to college, or start small businesses. This bill helps prevent more of that consolidation and expands … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Warner, Kaine Push V-A To Fix Problems Endangering Veterans at D.C. Medical Center

~ Senators raise concerns regarding Inspector General report highlighting leadership failures at the facility ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) pushed the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to take immediate action regarding critical failures at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) highlighted in an Inspector General report released last week that showed patients were put at risk due to supply, equipment, and inventory issues. Last year, … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Kaine, Klobuchar, Kennedy, Cornyn, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ease Relocation Burdens on Military Families

Support our Military Spouses Act would reduce confusion and ensure military spouses do not have to establish new legal residency after every military reassignment WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the bipartisan Support our Military Spouses Act today to ease the relocation process frequently required of military families. The bill will ensure that all spouses of active duty service members … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Kaine Statement On President Trump Firing Secretary Tillerson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President Trump's announcement that he is firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "It's deeply troubling that President Trump fired his Secretary of State at a moment when the country is grappling with grave foreign policy challenges. By dismissing our nation's top diplomat, President Trump is sending a signal of weakness to the world … Continue Reading

March 12, 2018

Kaine Statement On Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: "I'm a strong supporter of Dodd-Frank, and I have serious concerns about the big banks getting even bigger, in part because of a current one-size-fits-all approach. The bipartisan regulatory reform bill we're considering this week ensures that financial institutions will continue to be more rigorously regulated by more regulators than before … Continue Reading

March 12, 2018

Kaine Leads Letter To Trump Administration Asking Why Syrian Threatened By Violence Were Denied Opportunity To Apply For Protected Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), led a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen requesting details on the Administration's decision to deny additional Syrians the opportunity to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) despite numerous statements from senior officials that no part of Syria is safe for return. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ben … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Kaine, Bipartisan Senators Call On Trump To Provide Clear Cyber Defense Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined a group of bipartisan senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in a letter to President Trump to urge the completion and announcement of our nation's cyber defense strategy. For years, Kaine has called for a clear cyber doctrine to ensure the United States has a strategy in place to defend and respond to cyber-attacks. Kaine has also championed legislation to help prepare students for cybersecurity careers that are … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Kaine Statement On Confirmation That Veterans Affairs Leadership Put Veterans At Risk At The DC VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after an Inspector General report confirmed that veterans were put at risk at the DC VA Medical Center: "This disturbing new Inspector General report confirms that leadership at multiple levels of the VA turned a blind eye or, even worse, blatantly ignored troubling information and procedures that put veterans at risk. We have to demand more from those in charge of caring for veterans who have sacrificed so much … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Warner, Kaine Announce $25 Million To Fund Northstar Boulevard Project in Loudoun County

~ Funds will help build four-lane divided roadway to reduce traffic ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Loudoun County will receive $25 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help alleviate traffic congestion. The grant will allow Loudoun County to construct a new 1.6-mile segment of Northstar Boulevard to complete a 14-mile north-south corridor connecting to U.S. Route 50 - a key transportation route … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Kaine Cosponsors Legislation To Guarantee Protections For Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Fair Care Act would block President Trump's Plan to Allow Insurers to Sell 'Junk' Plans WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, co-sponsored legislation to block attempts by the Trump Administration to walk back protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Last month, the Trump Administration announced it would change a rule to allow insurance companies to expand short-term 'junk' plans … Continue Reading

March 03, 2018

Kaine, Colleagues Ask Health Insurance Companies To Play A Bigger Role In Stopping The Opioid Epidemic

Kaine, 14 of His Colleagues Wrote Letters to 10 of Nation's Top Health Insurers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined a group of Senators in asking the nation's top health insurers to play a bigger role in combating the opioid epidemic. In their letters to each insurer, the Senators asked the companies to review existing policies in light of the epidemic and take additional steps to make sure they are doing their part to help curb addiction by offering safe alternatives to … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Kaine Calls On Republican Leadership To Take Up Legislation To Reduce Gun Violence

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called on Republican leadership to take up legislation to help prevent gun following the tragedy in Parkland. Kaine spoke about his experience working to prevent gun violence as Mayor of Richmond and Governor of Virginia, and expressed hope that the students speaking out across the country will remind Congress of its responsibility to makes our communities … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Sens. Warner, Kaine Introduce Resolution To Reinstate Net Neutrality

~ Only one more Republican Senator needed to overturn FCC decision and pass resolution in the Senate ~ WASHINGTON - On Net Neutrality National Day of Action, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of Senate and House Democrats in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality. The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval stands at 50 supporters, including Republican … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bill To Ban Assault Weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the tragic shooting in Parkland, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has co-sponsored the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. As Mayor of Richmond, Governor of Virginia, and U.S. Senator, Kaine has supported commonsense solutions to help prevent gun violence. "In the wake of Parkland and countless other tragedies, it's all too clear that we need to … Continue Reading

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