Press Releases

November 12, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $3 Million In USDA Funding To Support Virginia Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today's funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia. "Agriculture is an economic driver and job creator throughout the Commonwealth. These grants will help … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $96,000 In HUD Funding To Help Fight Veterans’ Homelessness In Harrisonburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of Veteran's Day tomorrow, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced today that Harrisonburg, Virginia will receive a $96,700 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will be awarded to public housing agencies to provide affordable housing and rental assistance to homeless veterans. "The brave men and women who have worn our nation's uniform deserve to know that their country will take care of them when they return … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Kaine Joins Colleagues In Urging President To Prioritize Strengthened MOU With Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 15 of his Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to prioritize a new, strengthened Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington this week. A new MOU would help ensure Israel has the tools and resources necessary to prepare for, respond to, and defend against threats in the Middle East. In a letter to President Obama, the lawmakers wrote, "In the face … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Kaine Statement on Release of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "I applaud the public release of the negotiated version of the Trans-Pacific trade pact. Contrary to claims that this is a 'secret deal,' the text is being made available - significantly earlier than required - for all to review and analyze in the coming months before it is subject to a vote in both houses of Congress. I look forward to having extensive dialogue with Virginians about the provisions of the … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Va. & Md. Senators Joint Statement on New Metro GM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that Paul Wiedefeld has been named Metro's new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer: "We're pleased to finally see this progress in bringing on new management for Metro after a year-long search. "As federal lawmakers, we have been strong advocates and effective partners for Metro. In his years of service to … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bill To Help Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced legislation to help prevent opioid overdose deaths by encouraging physicians to co-prescribe the life-saving drug naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and by making naloxone more widely available in federal health settings. The Co-prescribing Saves Lives Act will enable more health professionals to get naloxone - a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses - into the homes of people who are at-risk of overdose. "In every … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Va. Delegation Urges President to Continue Federal Support for Port of Va.’s Craney Island Project

WASHINGTON - Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Obama to support funding to expand the Port of Virginia. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the members urged the Administration to support funds for a … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Kaine Joins 11 Colleagues In Calling For Investigation Into Wrongful Discharge Of Servicemembers With Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined 11 of his colleagues in calling on the Department of Defense to conduct a full investigation into recent allegations that the U.S. Army has, since 2009, wrongfully dismissed more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they returned from deployment and were diagnosed with mental health disorders. In a letter addressed to Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning and Chief of Staff … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Warner, Kaine Urge Consumer Agency To Protect Inmates From Predatory Practices With Prepaid Prison ‘Release’ Cards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to strengthen financial protections for a particularly vulnerable population: men and women seeking to reenter society after leaving prison. Upon release, many prison banking services turn over any money saved while serving time in the form of a prepaid card, or "prison release card," which are largely unregulated and often carry exorbitant … Continue Reading


November 03, 2015

In Letter, Kaine Urges EPA To Clarify Key Measures Of The Clean Water Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine signed a letter that calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the agricultural exemptions and provide more concise guidelines on compliance with EPA-issued water rules, instead of undermining protections for streams and wetlands. While the letter, co-signed by U.S. Senators Angus King, Bill Nelson, Mark Warner, Dianne Feinstein, Brian Schatz, Chris Coons, Tom Carper, Jon Tester, Michael … Continue Reading


November 02, 2015

Following Calls From Warner & Kaine, President Obama Bans The Box On Federal Job Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised President Barack Obama's announcement that federal employers will be required to "ban the box" on job applications, removing a barrier for former offenders seeking employment after incarceration. In May, Warner and Kaine urged President Obama to ban the box on federal job applications to help expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism among ex-offenders. "I'm very pleased the President will implement fair hiring … Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Kaine Statement on Announcement of U.S. Forces to Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today: "15 months ago, President Obama announced the authorization of two narrow operations in Iraq - targeted airstrikes to protect American personnel in Erbil and a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped by ISIL on Mount Sinjar. At that time, he stated that American combat troops would not be returning to fight in … Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Bipartisan Budget Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement today on Senate passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015: "In my three years in the Senate, I've done everything I can to address the non-strategic sequester cuts that have been hurting our national security and economy. These across-the-board sequestration cuts, which have been in full effect for almost three years now, were set up to be so bad they … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Kaine Introduces Resolution To Commemorate Yitzhak Rabin

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced a resolution honoring the life, legacy and example of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 20th anniversary of his death. "The 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination is a timely reminder of his pursuit of peace through dialogue," said Kaine. At this time of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians, we should remember his example and renew our efforts toward a peaceful, two-state … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Warner & Kaine Call On Labor Department To Speed Up H-2b Visa Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) joined a bipartisan group of Senators calling on Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez to speed up the certification process for industries that rely on seasonal workers here on H-2B visas. The 25 Senators have requested that DOL get to the bottom of the agency's lengthy delays in the processing of prevailing wage determinations (PWD) for … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Warner, Kaine Urge Senate Leadership To Save Student Loan Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pressed Senate leaders to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Perkins Loan Program. This critical lifeline for many low-income students expired on September 30, despite receiving a unanimous one-year, no-cost extension from the House of Representatives on September 28. Since its expiration, a bipartisan coalition of Senators has twice attempted to reauthorize the program with a "unanimous consent" request, but … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Warner & Kaine to DOD: Servicemembers Deserve Financial Protection During Deployment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 17 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter outlining their concerns over reports of significant harm to the finances and credit of active servicemembers while deployed and requesting specific information and feedback to help ensure all servicemembers have the tools they need to safeguard their financial security. "Even small credit events, such as a single missed payment, have the … Continue Reading


October 28, 2015

Kaine: Expanding U.S. Role in Fight against ISIL Demands Congressional Debate and Vote on AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after a series of hearings this week on the U.S. role in the Middle East with Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Carter and other administration officials: "Every official I heard from this week agrees with the likelihood that, as the ISIL threat continues to grow across the region and expand into North Africa and South Asia, so will … Continue Reading


October 28, 2015

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Introduce “No Check, No Sale” Bill To Close Background Check Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and Dianne Feinstein in introducing legislation to close a current loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. When a criminal background check indicates that a firearm purchaser may have a criminal record, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tries to determine whether … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Kaine Statement On Bipartisan Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the announcement of a bipartisan budget agreement: "I'm pleased congressional negotiators and the Administration have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid a debt crisis and provide two years of sequester relief. The deal provides more than $100 billion in sequester relief over two years for both defense and non-defense accounts, which will provide much-needed certainty to Virginia's families while helping … Continue Reading

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