Press Releases

January 25, 2018

Warner, Kaine, Schatz & Connolly To Reintroduce Bill To Give Federal Workers A Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) to reintroduce the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a three percent pay increase in 2019. Since 2010, federal employees have lost more than a billion dollars in wages due to sequestration and a three-year freeze on federal pay. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) reintroduced this legislation in the House of Representatives as … Continue Reading

January 24, 2018

Kaine Statement On U.S. Park Police Shooting That Resulted In Death Of Bijan Ghaisar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today following Fairfax County Police's release of video showing the U.S. Park Police shooting that resulted in the death of Fairfax County resident Bijan Ghaisar: "I am deeply troubled by the disturbing footage of repeated shots fired at Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police. My staff has met with Bijan's family, and I am calling on the FBI to further investigate and provide details on the events surrounding this … Continue Reading

January 24, 2018

After Months Of Work, Warner & Kaine Praise Six-Year Reauthorization Of Children's Health Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Mark Warner praised the six-year reauthorization of Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that they helped secure as part of a bipartisan agreement this week. Today, the Northam Administration is sending letters to tens of thousands of Virginia families to inform them that they will continue to receive health care coverage through CHIP, after months of uncertainty due to inaction by Republican leadership in Congress. "For months, Virginia … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Wyatt Tee Walker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of Wyatt Tee Walker: "I was deeply saddened when I heard that Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, whom I have known and admired for many years, passed away today. A graduate of Virginia Union University, Reverend Walker was part of a long Virginia tradition of Baptists fighting for justice. As pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church and founder of the Petersburg Improvement Association, he was instrumental in … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Kaine, Merkley, Young, McCain Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Burmese Ethnic Cleansing, Calling For Safe Repatriation of Rohingya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the Burmese campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and calling for the "safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return" of the refugees who have been displaced by this violence. The Senators were also joined by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris … Continue Reading

January 22, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On Today's Bipartisan Agreement To Reopen The Government

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, released this statement after voting for a bill that will end the shutdown and fund the government through February 8, following a bipartisan agreement to address critical national security and domestic priorities: "We voted against the House Republican Continuing Resolution on Friday night because it left unaddressed too … Continue Reading

January 20, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On Republicans Forcing A Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement: "A year after Donald Trump became President, he and Republican leaders in Congress have delivered the shutdown he's been calling for. Those who will suffer the most from his actions are federal employees and DoD personnel in Virginia who have already been hurt as we lurch … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Kaine & Warner Ask Trump Administration To Add Offshore Drilling Meetings In Virginia Beach & On Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke asking him to add public meetings in Virginia Beach and on the Eastern Shore to give local residents the opportunity to share their opinions on the Trump Administration's offshore drilling proposal. These two areas, which would be directly impacted by this decision, are not currently included on the list of 23 locations where the Department has announced in-person public … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Announcement To Keep U.S. Troops In Syria Beyond The Counter ISIS Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's announcement that the Trump Administration will keep U.S. military forces in Syria for objectives beyond countering ISIS: "I am deeply alarmed that yet again, the Trump Administration continues to raise the risk of unnecessary war, disconnected from any firm policy objectives and core national security … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Warner & Kaine Statement On House Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement opposing the one-month Continuing Resolution scheduled for a vote in the House today, which would perpetuate budgetary dysfunction and uncertainty for Virginia and the nation: "We oppose the House Continuing Resolution, which punts budget discussions until mid-February. Congress … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Sens. Warner & Kaine Stand Up To Protect Consumer Bureau's Independence

~ Forty senators urge congressional leaders to reject political interference at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 40 Senate Democrats in standing up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) independence and power to obtain justice for consumers who have been wronged by large financial institutions. In a letter today, the Senators urged Senate … Continue Reading

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

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