Press Releases

October 05, 2020

Video: Raising Safety Concerns, Kaine Calls For Delay in Rushed Supreme Court Nomination Process

You can watch Kaine's opening remarks here and his calls for delay here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered opening remarks on the Senate floor and called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the Senate's rushed Supreme Court nomination process until after the election in November, citing not only the "unprecedented process" - rushing a nomination while an election is underway - but also the safety of members and staff amid growing COVID-19 infections … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Warner, Kaine, Feinstein Request DoD Update on Implementation of Outstanding Military Housing Reforms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requested an update from the Department of Defense (DoD) on the implementation of reforms to the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) - reforms the Senators were able to help secure in the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in response to pervasive and appalling health, safety and environmental hazards in private military housing. "From the inception of the Military … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Kaine Statement on President and First Lady Testing Positive for Covid-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19: "I wish the President and First Lady a speedy recovery. Having had COVID-19, let me stress: all need to take this seriously. Please follow CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing." … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Urges Colleagues to Pass Legislation to Address Threat of White Supremacists

You can watch the full speech here WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, following President Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, legislation he cosponsored to help prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement in … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Statement of U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate approved a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through December 11, sending it to the president's desk for signature: "We're relieved that we're going to avoid another pointless, painful government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic. But funding the government is Congress' most basic responsibility, and we don't think anybody should be patting themselves on … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Bay Senators Applaud USDA Decision to Support Local Oyster, Clam Businesses Facing Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to allow oyster and clam businesses to access funds included within the CARES Act Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Senators penned a letter in July urging USDA to include these businesses - many of which are small and family owned - given the economic hardship they're facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

Kaine, Connolly Urge Trump to Seek Release, Return Of Virginians in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine-a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-and Congressman Gerry Connolly-a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee-requested that President Trump personally seek the release of U.S. citizen and northern Virginia resident Salah Al-Haidar, who has been detained on baseless grounds in Saudi Arabia since April 2019. Mr. Al-Haidar is the son of prominent women's rights activist Aziza Al-Yousef, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident … Continue Reading

September 29, 2020

Kaine, Wicker Introduce Legislation Recognizing National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would designate September 30th as National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day. According to reports, overall military suicides have increased by approximately 20 percent compared to this time last year. The senators' resolution would highlight the treatable invisible wounds sustained by many servicemembers and recognize the … Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce $550,000 in Federal Funding For Job-Training, Water Improvement Project in Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Town of Wise and the Town of Pennington Gap will receive $550,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). "We're pleased to announce these investments to strengthen Virginia's workforce and wastewater infrastructure," said the Senators. "This funding aims to support projects that will help expand economic opportunity in the region and improve health and water quality." The funding will be … Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $19 Million in Federal Funding To Career and Training Services in Arlington

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $19,013,614 from the U.S. Department of Labor for two career and training centers for seniors in Arlington, VA. "These investments will enhance on-the-job training programs and provide seniors who are currently out of work with an opportunity to earn a paycheck and learn new skills, making them better-qualified candidates for future employment," said the Senators. The funding will be awarded as follows: … Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Kaine Statement On Nomination Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: "I've said from the beginning that Senator McConnell should follow his own precedent from 2016: this vacancy should be filled by the winner of the ongoing election. I intend to follow that precedent and will not support anyone's confirmation until we know the election results. There are less than 40 days between now and Election Day, and voting is … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $17.7 Million in Federal Funding For Hampton University

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $17,735,349.43 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to Hampton University to establish the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (VWIEC), a statewide small business incubator project. This grant will expand the capability and capacity of Virginia's current and aspiring entrepreneurs to aid with economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're pleased that … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Presses CDC Director on “Mixed Messages,” Removal of Guidance Warning About Airborne Covid-19 Spread

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled "COVID-19: An Update on the Federal Response," U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield on the CDC removing guidance on its website pertaining to airborne spread of COVID-19. Kaine asked about the removal of the CDC's statement that, "there is growing evidence that … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Warner, Kaine Statement on Confirmation of Roderick Young as Eastern District Court Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today upon the Senate voting overwhelmingly to confirm Roderick C. Young as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia: "Roderick Young will be a fair, even-minded judge who is already well-respected in the Commonwealth. We were proud to recommend his nomination to this court, and we're pleased to see him confirmed today." In March, Warner and Kaine recommended the … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Menendez, Leahy, and Kaine Unveil Reforms Restricting U.S. Arms Sales to Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports (SAFEGUARD) Act of 2020. With a growing list of foreign governments using U.S-sold arms and defense services in the commission of human rights abuses against innocent civilians in combat, the senators' new legislation reasserts the importance of Congress' role in the arms … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Wyden, Kaine Introduce Bill to Prohibit Federal Law Enforcement Officers From Wearing Camouflage Patterns in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to prohibit federal law enforcement officers from wearing camouflage patterns in the United States in most cases, since they can easily be confused for military personnel when doing so. At a House Armed Services … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $7.7 Million in Federal Funding To Combat Human Trafficking In Richmond, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Hampton

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $7,798,131 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to develop, expand, and strengthen assistance programs for victims of sex trafficking in Richmond, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Hampton. "Community and government-based agencies are on the front lines in the battle against human trafficking," said the Senators. "We are pleased to announce these critical … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Durbin, Kaine, and Murphy Express Support for Belarusian Presidential Candidate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today spoke with Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and expressed support for her candidacy and condemned the sham election that took place in August. Durbin, Kaine, and Murphy recently introduced a bipartisan resolution rejecting the discredited election results, condemning Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenko's crackdown on peaceful protestors, and calling for the imposition of … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Members of Congress Demand Response from Bureau of Prisons Regarding Worsening Conditions at Virginia Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA), demanded answers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) regarding reports of troubling conditions at Virginia facilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. Expressing frustration with Director Michael Carvajal's failure to respond to a letter from earlier this year, the lawmakers pressed for answers concerning an ongoing lack of personal protective equipment … Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

Lawmakers Request Virginia Be Added To Offshore Drilling Ban

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, A. Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton (all D-VA), wrote a letter to President Trump requesting that he extend a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This letter follows the President's decision to exempt three states led by Republican governors (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina) from his … Continue Reading

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