Press Releases

July 09, 2015

Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill For Equal Dignity In The Tax Code

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced new legislation providing equal dignity for all legal marriages in the tax code. The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act seeks to remove gender-specific references to marriage in the tax code consistent with recent developments that, extend equal treatment under the law to LGBT Americans. "The debate is over and marriage equality is the law of the land. Our tax code must reflect that," said Warner. "This bill … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Kaine Statement On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Secretary of State John Kerry's update on the nuclear talks with Iran today: "I support giving our negotiators the time to make sure they get the best deal possible with Iran to protect U.S. national security interests. Extending negotiations is much better than the alternative-walking away from significant progress that's been made, including Iran's compliance … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Kaine Statement On Army Troop Reduction Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Army's plan to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years: "Today the Army announced its plan to reduce its active duty ranks by 40,000 soldiers. The impact on Virginia is less significant than we feared, but I remain concerned that decisions like this have also been affected by years of crisis budgeting and other self-inflicted budgetary constraints placed … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Warner, Kaine Congratulate Virginia Members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today congratulated the players, coaches and staff of the U.S. women's national soccer team on winning the World Cup by sponsoring a Senate resolution recognizing the team's accomplishments and contributions to U.S. soccer history. "We couldn't be prouder of all the players and coaches on the U.S. Women's National Team for bringing home our nation's third World Cup title," said Sens. Warner and Kaine. "Their teamwork, … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Warner, Kaine Push Congressional Leadership and President To Avoid Crisis And Reach Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, members of the Senate Budget Committee, joined eight of their colleagues to call on Congressional leadership and the President to reach a budget deal that responsibly invests in middle class families, veterans, national security, infrastructure, education and access to public lands. Along with Senators Michael Bennet, Heidi Heitkamp, Angus King, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Jeanne Shaheen, Jon Tester and Tom Udall, Warner … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Key Provisions Of Kaine-Mccaskill Bill To Help Prevent Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Included In Education Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill welcomed the inclusion of key provisions of their Teach Safe Relationships Act in the compromise version of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) introduced on the Senate floor today by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Kaine and McCaskill introduced the Teach Safe Relationships Act in February to ensure public … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Warner, Kaine, Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Secure Coal Miners’ Pensions And Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the Miners Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate bankruptcies. "I've always been proud to stand up for coal workers and … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Warner, Kaine Applaud Federal Recognition Of The Pamunkey Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised the announcement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that the Pamunkey tribe will be granted federal recognition. Since serving as Governors of Virginia, Warner and Kaine have been strong supporters of the Virginia Indian tribes' efforts to gain federal recognition. "I congratulate the Pamunkey Indian Tribe on finally receiving this long-overdue federal recognition," said Warner. "This historic milestone also reminds … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Warner, Kaine Press OPM On Security Clearance Backlog

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) today pressed Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta for more details on how the agency plans to address the government security clearance processing backlog after OPM identified a vulnerability in the web-based platform that is used to complete and submit background investigation forms, which resulted in taking the system offline for an estimated … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

In Turkey, Kaine Delegation Visits Gaziantep And Ankara

Flickr photo album can be found here ANKARA, TURKEY - Today, a Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, completed a two-day visit to Turkey. Yesterday, the delegation traveled to the Syrian border town of Gaziantep to meet with interim Syrian government officials and local council representatives, Syrian opposition forces, as well as independent Syrian media activists. The delegation also visited an urban … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Kaine Statement on Announcement of Formal U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President's announcement of an agreement re-establishing formal diplomatic relations with Cuba: "Today's announcement of an agreement re-establishing formal relations and opening embassies between the United States and Cuba marks the beginning of a new era in American diplomacy in Latin America. I'm confident a policy of engagement rather than isolation will … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Warner, Kaine Sound The Alarm On Failure To Reauthorize The Export-import Bank

Washington - Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a warning to their congressional colleagues ahead of the scheduled expiration of the Export-Import Bank - an export credit agency that guarantees loans to help foreign companies buy U.S. exports - at midnight tonight. "At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. … Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Kaine Leads Congressional Delegation To Kuwait, Iraq & Turkey

AMMAN, JORDAN - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, arrived today in Amman, Jordan after spending three days in Kuwait and Iraq. Kaine is leading a Congressional Delegation to the region focused on the U.S. mission against ISIL and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria. In Kuwait City on Saturday, the delegation paid their respects at the Grand Mosque to national officials and families impacted by the Friday ISIL bombing … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

During National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Kaine Sponsors Bill For Expanded Access To Care Planning Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would ensure patients and their families have access to a care planning session with their doctor to help them understand the diagnosis, treatment options, and what medical and community services are available when planning for Alzheimer's disease. The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act would increase access to information for newly diagnosed individuals and their … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Extending Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide: "By recognizing the constitutional right of all people to marry the person they love, the Supreme Court has guaranteed that, across the country, same-sex couples will have their relationships treated with the full legal dignity and respect that they deserve. With our country's fundamental ideal that 'all men are created equal' in mind, I … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation To Assist Victims Receiving Eugenics Compensation Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Richard Burr (R-NC) to introduce the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, which would exclude payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits. American eugenics and compulsory sterilization laws were implemented by 33 states in the early 20th century, and led to the forced sterilization of … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Kaine Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Housing Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project: "Today's Supreme Court decision affirms the importance of fighting the effects of housing discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional. As a former fair housing attorney, I have seen how communities can be harmed by inequitable housing policies. We have made significant progress towards … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Kaine Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act: "I applaud the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold the important tax credits that millions of Americans - including nearly 300,000 in Virginia - rely on to access high quality, affordable health care. The decision is a direct rejection of the heartless effort led by health care law opponents to push families - many of whom … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Chief Sharon Bryant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement upon the passing of Sharon Bryant, former Chief of the Monacan Nation: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Chief Bryant's passing. Bryant was a strong leader for the Monacan people and a pioneer for women. Her death is a loss to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, and my heart goes out to the Monacan Nation during this time of mourning." During her tenure as Chief, Kaine worked with Bryant in the ongoing call for the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Warner, Kaine Join Senate, House Colleagues To Introduce Legislation To Restore And Advance The Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two years after the Supreme Court removed core protections in the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a group of their colleagues to introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA), legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. Since the Supreme Court ruling, states and localities throughout the country have passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting … Continue Reading

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