Press Releases

March 02, 2021

Beyer, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Address the Cost of Police Misconduct to Municipal Governments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the world knows by now, one of the officers who arrested George Floyd kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds-killing him and any chance he had of proving his innocence. Not only did this one incident of police misconduct cost Floyd his life-an inhumane and incalculable cost-it will likely cost taxpayers where he lived millions of dollars. Yet cities and counties are not required to report information about these costs to the federal government. New legislation … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Kaine & Colleagues Push For $130B Funding Boost For Local School Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Jack Reed in introducing the Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, a companion to legislation introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott in the House. The bill would invest $130 billion over ten years to modernize K-12 classrooms across the country and help schools upgrade their physical and digital infrastructure. Funds will be provided through direct grants and school construction bonds to help fill the gap in school facility capital … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Kaine Statement on Intel Report Confirming Saudi-Sponsored Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released the following statement after the Biden Administration released the unclassified intelligence assessment confirming Saudi Arabia's state-sponsored murder of Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "I'm relieved this Administration did what the Trump Administration consistently refused to do: publicly acknowledge that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was responsible … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Kaine Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on recent U.S. air strikes in Syria targeting Iran-backed militias: "The American people deserve to hear the Administration's rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress. Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances. Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously." For years, Kaine … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million For Housing Assistance For Virginia Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,105,039 in federal funding to help seven Native American tribes in Virginia develop affordable housing within their communities. The funding was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), and will go towards the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, the Pamunkey, and the Nansemond Indian … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $95 Million to Support Affordable Housing across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $95,560,265 in federal funding to help Virginians access safe and affordable housing across the Commonwealth. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through four grant programs - the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Ahead of March 8 Trial, Kaine & Connolly Urge State Department To Press Saudi Arabia To Drop False Charges Against Virginians, End Persecution of Human Rights Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Congressman Gerry Connolly, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, led their colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the State Department to press Saudi Arabia to drop false charges against two Virginians and other Americans in the Kingdom. In their letter, the lawmakers highlight cases of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who are … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after voting to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Ambassador to the United Nations: "At her confirmation hearing, Linda Thomas-Greenfield demonstrated her exceptional qualifications and her commitment to strengthening our alliances. After learning more about her vision for the future of American diplomacy, I was proud to vote to confirm Ms. Thomas-Greenfield … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $46 Million for Public Housing across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $46,328,480 in federal funding to support affordable housing development across Virginia. The funding, which will go to 26 municipalities across the Commonwealth, has been awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. "Access to safe and affordable housing is crucial to a family's health and stability," said the Senators. "We're pleased that these federal … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce $179 Million for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $179,010,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Virginia. "As our nation mourns 500,000 lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to distribute the vaccine is more urgent than ever," said the Senators. "We are glad to announce that this funding will provide increased support to … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

As WMATA Struggles Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Va. & Md. Senators Announce Bill to Renew Federal Funding For Next Ten Years

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) announced a bill to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro for the next ten years - legislation that comes at a critical time for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which continues to provide critical service to essential frontline and federal workers despite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. "Last year, I was proud to help … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. District Judge, Western District of Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge James P. Jones, who will assume senior status effective August 30, 2021. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations, as well as input from bar associations and experts, … Continue Reading


February 17, 2021

Bennet, Kaine Announce Introduction of Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care

Watch and Download Remarks from Bennet and Kaine HERE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced the reintroduction of their legislation, the Medicare-X Choice Act, which would create a public option by expanding on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare. The Medicare Exchange (Medicare-X) plan would offer families, individuals, and small businesses low-cost health insurance, decrease the number of uninsured Americans, control the cost … Continue Reading


February 13, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Convict Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his intent to vote to convict President Trump in his second impeachment trial: "One year ago, I said upon the conclusion of President Trump's first impeachment trial, 'Unchallenged evil spreads like a virus,' and that acquittal would lead to worse behavior. The events of January 6th-seven dead, the first siege of our Capitol in over 200 years, the disruption of the peaceful transfer of power-are the direct result of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Announce $10 Million Federal Grant for Loudoun Water Storage Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award $10 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia to fund the construction of a water storage reservoir in Loudoun County. "All Virginians deserve reliable access to healthy drinking water," said the Senators. "We are glad to announce this $10 million grant to support a safe and dependable water supply in Loudoun County." The $10 million grant will help … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Warner & Kaine Urge Biden Administration to Reverse FEMA Decision Not To Reimburse Virginia for Costs Associated With Emergency Declaration on January 6th

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the Biden administration in support of Virginia's request to reverse the previous administration's decision to deny Virginia's emergency declaration under the Stafford Act. Without the emergency declaration, Virginia will have to cover millions in unanticipated costs related to deploying the Virginia National Guard to support securing the United States Capitol during the deadly January 6 riots and through … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Emphasize Need to Help Students Safely Return to School

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Amy Klobuchar in a letter to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Jeff Zients emphasizing the importance of helping states and school districts safely and equitably return to in-person learning. Specifically, the letter noted the urgency to make sure states and schools have the resources and guidance they need to be able to return to in-person learning. "By safely … Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Homeowner Assistance Fund to Help People Keep Their Homes amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sherrod Brown, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in reintroducing a $75 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund bill. The legislation would help protect struggling homeowners and communities by preventing avoidable foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut offs. The Fund would … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Kaine, Colleagues Unveil Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to Address America's Maternal Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) - along with members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus - to unveil the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, historic legislation to save moms' lives, end racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and achieve maternal health justice for Black women and all women and birthing people of color. The Momnibus builds on … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Warner, Kaine & Luria Urge Biden Administration to Include Funding to Repair Colonial Parkway in President’s Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), sent a letter urging the Biden Administration to allocate funds to address the deferred maintenance backlog at Colonial National Historical Park in the President's FY22 budget request. Colonial National Historical Park has a deferred maintenance backlog of over $434 million, the largest backlog of any national park unit in Virginia. Specifically, the members of Congress are … Continue Reading

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