Press Releases

October 02, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $2.5 Million In Federal Funds For Economic Investments in Southwest VA

~ ARC grants will provide funding to improve infrastructure and promote economic development in the region ~ WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Southwest Virginia will receive a total of $2,524,817 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to improve infrastructure and promote economic development. "The Appalachian Regional Commission is an engine for economic development in Southwest Virginia and these grants show … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Kaine: Devos' Decision To Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance Makes It Harder For Victims And Survivors To Seek Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 30 of their colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos criticizing her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Kaine has expressed serious concerns over Secretary DeVos' decision for undermining the rights of … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Kaine, Colleagues To Trump: We Must Do More For Puerto Rico And USVIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and 35 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump to express deep concern about the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and to suggest eight actions for the White House to take as quickly as possible. In the letter, the Senators wrote, "We write to express deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Kaine Statement On Decision Not To Hold Vote On Graham-Cassidy Proposal This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal before September 30: "Once again we have seen the failure of a Republican proposal that under the guise of a 'health care' bill, would have actually taken care away from millions of Americans and raised premiums for Virginia families. Graham-Cassidy would not only repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also would make … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $24 Million In Grants For Housing & Infrastructure Projects Across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $24,211,713 in federal funding to help Virginia communities fund housing and infrastructure projects. The funding, which will go to Alexandria, Arlington County, Chesapeake, Fairfax County, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Richmond, and Waynesboro, will be awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Kaine Joins Bipartisan HBCU Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week (HBCU), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined the bipartisan and bicameral HBCU Caucus. The caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL), serves to support and promote historically black colleges and universities and create a national dialogue around the important and unique issues that HBCUs face. "I … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $8 Million In Federal Funds For Improvements At Virginia Airports

~ DOT grants will provide funding to improve infrastructure and increase safety at local airports ~ WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that four Virginia airports will receive a total of $8,457,339 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve and enhance airport infrastructure. "Virginia airports face growing demands in ensuring travelers have access to high quality facilities," … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Ron Carrier

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of former long-time president of James Madison University, Ron Carrier: "In March 2008, I spoke at JMU's centennial celebration about how far the Virginia education system had come since JMU's founding and how the university has contributed to the Commonwealth's success. Ronald Carrier also spoke and had the crowd in stitches as he tried to count how many of the 100,000 JMU students who … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes numerous provisions he supported in the Committee markup to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry, defense community, servicemembers, and their families. "I'm proud that once again the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan way to strengthen our national … Continue Reading


September 15, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million Of ARC Infrastructure Funding For Floyd County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,081,958 in federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the Floyd County Economic Development Authority to construct a new access road for the Floyd Regional Commerce Center. The funding, which leverages $30 million in private investment-will fund approximately 0.21 miles of access road, an industrial cul-de-sac, as well as pedestrian and bike path to facilitate Floyd County's development of the Floyd … Continue Reading


September 15, 2017

Statement Of U.S. Sens. Warner & Kaine On Anthem's Decision To Re-Enter Certain VA Health Markets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued this joint statement following an announcement by Anthem that it will re-enter 63 counties or cities in Virginia where consumers otherwise would be left without any insurance options in the 2018 Affordable Care Act exchanges. Both senators were engaged in efforts to resolve this challenge prior to today's deadline for notifying the Bureau of Insurance at the State Corporation Commission. "We are glad Anthem is … Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

VIDEO: Kaine Warns Insurers Against Leaving Virginia's Rural Communities

HD Video: https://youtu.be/sNv2W_8bYno?t=46s WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, participated in a hearing with health care stakeholders where he called on insurers to stop depriving people in rural Virginia of opportunities by limiting coverage options or pulling out of the individual markets. Kaine called for Congress to pass measures like reinsurance to increase stability in the individual marketplace, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Kaine & Capito Introduce Bill To Deal With Workforce Shortages Through Middle School Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the bipartisan Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act, legislation that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration. The Middle STEP Act would establish a pilot program that allows middle … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Warner & Kaine Applaud Senate Committee Passage Of Bill To Grant Federal Recognition Of Virginia Indian Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner applauded the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for their unanimous passage of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. The legislation would grant federal recognition of six Virginia tribes: the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. These tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia, … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1.3 Million To Support Fire Departments In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,357,959 in federal funding for nine Virginia fire departments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding for nine fire departments in Concord, Chilhowie, Fairfax, Gasburg, Glade Spring, Kenbridge, Lovingston, Newport News, and Norton will be awarded through FEMA's Assistant to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "This federal funding will provide fire departments with critical support to … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Congress Approves Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Condemning White Nationalists, Neo Nazis, KKK And Other Hate Groups

~ Resolution instructing the Trump Administration to address the rise of hate groups now heads to the President for his signature ~ WASHINGTON - Congress today approved a bipartisan, bicameral resolution led by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA)-prompted by the violence and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va. last month-condemning white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups. The joint resolution (S. J. Res. 49) also … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

In Wake Of Devos Announcement, Kaine Introduces Legislation To Support Survivors Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation to help provide support for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. The Survivor Outreach and Support on Campus Act (S.O.S. Campus Act) would require colleges and universities to ensure that an independent advocate is available to support survivors of sexual assault on every campus. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Senate Unanimously Approves Warner, Kaine Resolution Condemning White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis, KKK And Other Hate Groups

~ Bipartisan resolution calls on Trump Administration to use all available resources to address hate groups ~ WASHINGTON - Prompted by the violence and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., on August 11 and 12, 2017, the U.S. Senate today unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) condemning white nationalists, white … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Kaine Urges Health Care Fixes That Help Rural Virginia & Renews Call For Reinsurance To Stabilize Individual Market

HD Video: KAINE_HELP_090717.mp4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - In today's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine raised concerns about the painful effects of health care uncertainty on rural communities in Virginia, following news that that Optima will reduce its insurance offerings in Virginia after months of mixed messages and destabilizing actions from the Trump Administration. Addressing his Committee colleagues and a group of Governors, Kaine cautioned … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Portman, Kaine Praise Passage Of Bill To Promote Early Hearing Detection In Newborns, Infants & Young Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised the passage of their bipartisan legislation - the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act - to reauthorize current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) have … Continue Reading

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