Press Releases

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

June 08, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge Pentagon and State Dept. to Protect Servicemembers and Other Americans Abroad from Zika

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department to take steps to protect deployed servicemembers, their families, and other Americans abroad from the threat posed by the Zika virus. Zika has been linked to microcephaly and other brain malformations and disorders in babies born to women infected during pregnancy. "The World Health Organization estimates that between three to four million … Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Toxic Substances Control Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act: "Today Congress passed a landmark bipartisan bill to strengthen federal oversight over toxic chemicals. This bill creates new obligations to study chemicals before they are allowed onto the market and makes more information on chemicals available to the public. Most notably, it clears away a bureaucratic obstacle that has prevented regulation of asbestos, a known … Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Kaine Introduces Two Authorization For Use Of Military Force-Focused Amendments To Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, introduced two amendments to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) focused on the war against ISIL. The first measure, encourages a revision of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of September 11, 2001 by sunsetting the 2001 AUMF two years after the new Administration takes office, and requiring the new … Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $2.75 Million For Biomedical Research & Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $2,764,351 to George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Health for heart-related diseases and diabetes research and nurse training programs. "We applaud HHS for providing our universities and state officials with the resources to make breakthrough discoveries and bolster training programs for our … Continue Reading

June 06, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $18 Million For Virginia Head Start Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $17,978,616 in federal grant funding for Head Start programs throughout Virginia. "We know early childhood education plays a critical role in our education system," the Senators said. "Today's funding will benefit our communities, our economy and our children's future." Both as Governors and Senators, Warner and Kaine have advocated for … Continue Reading

June 03, 2016

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $736,000 To Relieve Veterans' Homelessness In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are awarding $736,284 to Virginia housing authorities and local VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) to help homeless veterans find affordable and stable housing. "We owe our veterans the best-quality care and support in their communities and we are pleased to see governments at all levels working together to address it," the Senators … Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Warner, Kaine, Hurt Announce $48,100 For Pittsylvania Police Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Robert Hurt announced that the towns of Chatham and Gretna will receive $48,100 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants and loans for the purchase of police vehicles. The USDA awarded Community Facility Loans and Grants funding to the following towns: Town of Chatham will receive a grant of $15,600 Town of Gretna will receive a loan of $21,200 and a grant of $11,300 In 2015, USDA Rural … Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Kaine Announces Support For Legislation To Lift De Facto Ban On Firearms Safety Research At The CDC & Strengthen Background Records Checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his support for two pieces of legislation to address gun violence - one that would lift a de facto twenty-year ban on firearms safety and gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and another that would dramatically strengthen background record checks on all private and online firearm sales. "I'm proud to support the CDC Research on Firearms Safety or … Continue Reading

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