Press Releases

November 10, 2017

In Letter To Trump, Warner & Kaine Ask Him To Follow Through With Commitment To Tangier Island

"Tangier Island's residents have put their faith in you, and we stand ready to work with you." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to work with them to fulfill the assurances he made to local leaders on Virginia's Tangier Island about the future of their community. In a widely reported June 2017 call, President Trump reached out Tangier Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge after seeing a CNN report on the Island and … Continue Reading

November 10, 2017

Kaine Co-Sponsors Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of Veterans Day on Saturday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is co-sponsoring the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act. This bill would authorize new entrepreneurship training initiatives and improve existing programs for members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. "This legislation would give our veterans and military family members the … Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Kaine Statement On Retirement Of Congressman Bob Goodlatte

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Congressman Bob Goodlatte's announcement that he will retire after 25 years in Congress: "While Bob and I didn't see eye to eye on everything, we worked together for our constituents on local issues like helping Plains Area Day Care in Rockingham County make building repairs and designating the 'National George C. Marshall Museum and Library' in Lexington. I'd like to thank Rep. Goodlatte for 25 years of public … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Senator Kaine Joins Bipartisan Push To Expand Veteran Caregiver Services To Veterans Of All Eras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the country prepares to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act to provide support and resources to the millions of caregivers nationwide who provide care for wounded, ill, and injured veterans. The bill would help expand a successful program that helps … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Warner, Heller, Kaine, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Empower Student Loan Borrowers

~ Legislation would help most college students and their families make smart decisions about financing their educations through enhanced student loan counseling ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to help students make smarter decisions in the financing of their higher education. The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act would promote financial literacy by … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bill To Expand Affordable Low-Income Housing In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined his colleagues Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to co-sponsor the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017, a bill that would boost affordable housing options for low-income families in Virginia. The comprehensive bill would expand and reform the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to encourage developers to increase the supply of affordable housing. Currently, Virginia has a shortage of … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Alzheimer's Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to introduce the bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. This legislation would build out the systems necessary to create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer's disease and preserve brain health. … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

New GAO Report Commissioned by Sens. Toomey & Kaine Says Seniors at Opioid Abuse Risk, Medicare Oversight Improvements Needed

Washington, D.C.-Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) issued the following statements on a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that shows more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries who receive high doses of opioid painkillers are at risk of abuse due to significant operational gaps within the federal health insurance program. "This report is a stark reminder that much more still needs to be done to prevent overutilization, diversion, and abuse of prescription … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Warner & Kaine To Trump Administration: Rethink Fee Increases For National Park Visitors

~ Point to bipartisan legislation as solution to address the long-term park maintenance backlog ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged the Trump Administration to reconsider dramatic entrance fee increases that the Department of Interior has proposed at 17 iconic national parks across the United States. In Virginia, this proposal would increase fees at Shenandoah National Park to $70 per vehicle during peak season. In a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

Warner, Kaine & Colleagues Send Letter Questioning Administration On Long-Term Power Restoration Plan For Puerto Rico And USVI

Senators: delay "jeopardizes the health and safety of the residents" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined their colleagues in sending a letter to Administration officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting agencies expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Senators said the Administration's current lack of … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

Video: Kaine Presses Tillerson & Mattis On The Need For A New AUMF

"I have a hard time understanding your opposition to our resolution as anything other than 'we do not want Congressional oversight.'" **HD Video** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. In the hearing, Kaine … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

Kaine, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Withdraw Proposal To Increase National Park Visitor Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and nine other colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke requesting he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees at 17 national parks pending further review. According to the proposal, Shenandoah National Park visitor fees would increase dramatically from $25 to $70 per vehicle during peak season. "The National Park Service describes the fee increases 'as … Continue Reading

October 29, 2017

Kaine Statement On The Situation In Northern Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the ongoing conflict between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq: "I am dismayed by the conflict between our close allies the Kurds and Arabs of Iraq. The parties must come together immediately and in good faith to negotiate the future of their shared land in line with Iraq's constitution. … Continue Reading

October 27, 2017

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Attorney, Eastern 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. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to succeed Dana Boente, who resigned on Thursday effective upon the confirmation of a successor. After receipt of applications, the Senators will select from the list of qualified attorneys to recommend for President Trump's nomination. The White House will then nominate individuals to be considered by the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Warner & Kaine Ask McConnell To Expedite CHIP Vote In Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to bring legislation that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. CHIP, which covers 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia alone, is set to run out of funding on January 31 if Congress fails to reauthorize the program. Families in Virginia rely on CHIP to cover doctor visits, … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Kaine & Colleagues Introduce Bill To Invest $45 Billion Toward Combating Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, which would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids and opioid addiction. This legislation would address a number of the critical shortcomings in the approach to combating the opioid epidemic, including the … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Photos: Kaine Joins Blue Star Families, Business Leaders For Military Spouses Employment Opportunities Summit

**View photos of the event, here** WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined military spouses and business leaders in Arlington for a summit on improving employment opportunities. Co-hosted by Blue Star Families, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the group-which included military spouse Katie McMaster-discussed obstacles to … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Kaine & Warner Introduce Bill To Protect Lands In Bath County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner introduced the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act, a bill to add a total of 5,600 acres to two existing wilderness areas within the George Washington National Forest in Bath County, Virginia. A wilderness designation is the highest level of protection for public land under federal law. These additions were recommended by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014 and endorsed by members of the GW National Forest Stakeholder Collaborative, a … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Following Attack In Niger, Kaine Calls On Mattis To Provide Information On "Advise And Assist" Missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, in a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, has asked for explanations on the Department of Defense "advise and assist" missions and details on the legal authorities that justify them following the October 4th attack in western Niger that resulted in the deaths of four American soldiers. Kaine has called for a debate on U.S. military operations in Africa and across the globe … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Following Opioid Exposé, Warner & Kaine Ask For Update On Drug Enforcement Law

~ Letter to HHS, DEA follows Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation on the opioid crisis ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined 30 of their Senate colleagues in writing to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The … Continue Reading

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