Press Releases

September 14, 2015

Kaine Applauds Obama Administration Announcement On Simplified Financial Aid Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Education will begin using prior-prior year data for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the next academic year. President Obama formally unveiled the changes at a town hall event with high school students in Iowa today: "Ensuring college is affordable and increasing the amount of information is imperative to educating our … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Kaine Statement On 14th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in commemoration of the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: "Fourteen years after the events of September 11, 2001, we honor the memory of the thousands who lost their lives that day and the sacrifice of those who have served in the wars that followed. Though over a decade has passed since the tragic attacks in Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania, we cannot forget the survivors and … Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Kaine Statement On Iran Deal Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement on today's cloture vote on a resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal. While procedural in nature, a vote against cloture in this case is a vote for the Iran deal as a result of Republican obstruction on an up or down vote: "As a strong supporter of the nuclear agreement with Iran, … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

In Making Case For Iran Deal, Kaine Calls For 60 Vote Threshold & Pushes Back On Criticism From Vice President Cheney

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, reiterated his support for the Iran nuclear deal while pushing back on Republican claims that the standard 60 vote threshold is unnecessary on a resolution of disapproval against the deal. He also addressed critical comments from Vice President Cheney about the deal in a speech at the … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Cantwell, Collins, Kaine, Gillibrand Announce Apprenticeship Bill to Train the Next Generation of American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) announced an updated Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 to help the next generation of American workers develop the skills they need to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs. The legislation also aids the United States' ongoing economic recovery by ensuring we retain our competitiveness and the most innovative workforce in the world. Apprenticeship … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Warner, Kaine, Manchin Call For Investigation Into FDA Decision On Oxycontin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and Joe Manchin today sent a letter to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11-years-old and an examination of the rise in the opioid misuse, abuse and consequent overdose deaths. "In August, I traveled across … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Kaine, Cantwell, Collins, Gillibrand Announce Apprenticeship Bill To Train The Next Generation Of American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Maria Cantwell, Susan Collins and Kirstin Gillibrand announced an updated Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 to help the next generation of American workers develop the skills they need to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs. The legislation also aids the United States' ongoing economic recovery by ensuring we retain our competitiveness and the most innovative workforce in the world. Apprenticeship programs benefit both the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bill To Hold Gun Sellers Responsible For Sales To Prohibited Buyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act to hold people responsible if they sell or transfer a firearm to someone who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms. Under current law, gun sellers can only be held liable if they know or have reasonable cause to believe that the recipient is prohibited. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act would require someone selling or transferring a weapon to take reasonable steps to make … Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Kaine Statement On Iran Floor Procedure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement today on Congress' upcoming debate and vote on the Iran nuclear deal: "I was the co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act under which Congress is considering the international agreement to prohibit Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The bipartisan bill - to give Congress a … Continue Reading


August 31, 2015

Warner, Kaine Push SEC To Require Public Companies To Disclose Their Political Spending To Shareholders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pressed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders, a move that would increase transparency in the U.S. political process following the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision that unleashed unlimited corporate spending into American elections. Without requirements for disclosure, corporate political spending can become "dark money" … Continue Reading


August 26, 2015

Kaine Statement On Moneta Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the horrific attack in Moneta, Virginia today: "There are no words to express how heartbroken I am by the senseless tragedy in Moneta this morning. My deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, as well as the entire WDBJ family. I ask everyone to join me in praying for Vicki Gardner who was seriously injured in this attack and all of the local authorities and first responders who are … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Kaine Discusses Prescription Drug Abuse In Radford & Roanoke To Conclude Five-Day Tour Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Concluding his five-day swing through Virginia today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine participated in a roundtable discussion in Radford with law enforcement and Community Services Board members on the prescription drug abuse epidemic and how it impacts families and employers across Virginia. "Prescription opioid abuse is a statewide problem and I hear about it wherever I go. It is a big public health challenge for the nation," Kaine said. "The law enforcement and mental health … Continue Reading


August 20, 2015

Kaine Continues Route 58 Economic Tour With Stops In Martinsville & Hillsville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing his five-day swing through Virginia today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine made stops in Martinsville and Hillsville, meeting with students and faculty at local schools to discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE) in equipping students with the skills they need to find a good-paying job and compete in a global economy. Photos from his visits are available here. In Martinsville, Kaine toured the New College Institute (NCI), which provides students in … Continue Reading


August 19, 2015

Kaine Discusses Economic Development And Job Creation Along Route 58

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing his five-day swing through Virginia today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine made stops in Emporia and South Hill to meet with local leaders and discuss opportunities for economic development and job creation. In the morning, Kaine met with Emporia Mayor Mary Person and went on a retail walk through the town. Photos are available here. "I sat down with Mayor Person and other local leaders today to hear their advice for ways I can be … Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

In Richmond, Kaine Discusses Economic Development With African-American Business Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing his five-day swing through Virginia today in his hometown of Richmond, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with African-American business leaders from the Metropolitan Business League to discuss how the federal government can help address challenges facing their businesses. The roundtable discussion focused on issues that impact small, minority-owned businesses such as workforce preparedness, access to capital and government contracts, budgetary issues and sequester … Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge Senate Leaders To Schedule First Round Of Bipartisan Budget Negotiations Immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule the first round of bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent a predictable fiscal crisis as the federal budget year draws to a close on Sept. 30. The call was formally made in a letter to McConnell signed by all 46 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. In the letter, the Senators emphasized concern that, with less than two months left in the … Continue Reading


August 17, 2015

Kaine Visits Hampton Va Medical Center For Progress Update On Wait Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kicking off his five-day swing through Virginia today in Hampton Roads, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited the Hampton VA Medical Center to tour the facilities and receive a progress update on efforts to reduce wait times for veterans seeking care. Kaine met with the medical center's leadership team to discuss health care access, improvements to the Veterans Choice Program and the use of private outside providers to improve wait … Continue Reading


August 14, 2015

Kaine, Warner, Mikulski, Cardin Call On Metro Board To Hold Emergency Safety Meeting Following Most Recent Derailment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin called on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors to convene an emergency safety meeting following revelations that Metro neglected to fix an identified safety problem. Metro, once again, put service over safety and maintenance, leading to the derailment of a train near the Smithsonian station last week. While the Metro Board of Directors has directed the … Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

Hurt, Kaine, Warner and Griffith Introduce Bill To Promote Economic Development, Reform Permitting Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Robert Hurt (R-VA), along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA), recently introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 3434 and S. 1914) in both houses of Congress. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will address regulatory problems that have impeded prospective economic development sites like Berry Hill Mega Park in the Danville-Pittsylvania County area. When … Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

As Senate Rules Committee Negotiates Contract With Restaurant Associates, Warner And Kaine Join Senate Colleagues In Push For Better Wages For Senate's Cafeteria And Catering Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined their Senate colleagues' efforts to raise wages for the U.S. Senate's cafeteria and catering workers. As the Senate Rules Committee negotiates its contract with the Restaurant Associates - the Senate's food and catering contractor - Warner, Kaine and 39 of their Democratic colleagues urged Rules Committee leadership to advocate for better wages for these employees. In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading

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