Press Releases

August 03, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $12 Million in Federal Funds for Improvements at Three Va. Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that airports in Richmond, Norfolk and Emporia/Greensville will receive nearly $12 million in funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate existing taxiways, improve the safety of pavement conditions, and renovate facilities. "Our airports must continue to ensure they can maintain the proper safety standards while also maintaining modern facilities and … Continue Reading


July 26, 2016

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Joe Montano

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement upon the passing of Northern Virginia Regional Director Joe Montano, Jr.: "My staff and I are deeply saddened by the death of our Northern Virginia Regional Director, Joe Montano. Joe was an outstanding representative of this office, enthusiastic servant of the people of Northern Virginia, and admired colleague by all who worked with him. We will remember him by his positive energy, tireless work ethic, and infectious … Continue Reading


July 20, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $1 Million to Advance Drone Technology Training in Virginia Colleges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the Old Dominion University Research Foundation has been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and implement courses in Virginia colleges that research and explore the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The $899,477 NSF award will help Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technicians (UASOT) succeed in the emerging fields of geospatial data acquisition, analysis, … Continue Reading


July 20, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Urge President Obama to Promote Federal Lands Diversity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined 25 other Senators in sending a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to issue a Presidential Memorandum to promote diversity at federal land management agencies like the National Park Service, which celebrates its centennial this August. This renewed focus on diversity will more fully reflect and celebrate the numerous cultures, communities, and people that have contributed to America's rich history. "Americans … Continue Reading


July 19, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Urge Improved Lead Testing for Children on Medicaid & CHIP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are urging the federal government to improve lead screening policies for children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which has jurisdiction over lead screening policies for children insured by Medicaid and CHIP, the lawmakers urged CMS to review and update its polices to ensure that children at risk of lead poisoning do not … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million for Students From Disadvantaged Backgrounds to Enroll & Graduate From College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Virginia colleges and universities will receive more than $2 million from the Department of Education (ED) to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to and graduate from college. The funding will come as part of the Talent Search program, which identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program then provides … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funds to Help Virginians on Public Assistance Become Self-Sufficient

WASHINGTON - Today, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that 19 Virginia localities will receive more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help Virginia families who receive federal housing vouchers and public housing residents reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies by providing tools and resources that will assist them in gaining job skills and increasing their earned … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Kaine Praises Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Housing Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, bipartisan housing legislation that would enact broadly supported federal housing reforms. The bill includes provisions from the Family Unification, Preservation and Modernization Act, a bill Kaine introduced late last year to prevent youth homelessness, keep children and families together and meet the needs of youth transitioning out of foster … Continue Reading


July 17, 2016

Kaine Statement On Baton Rouge Police Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the police shootings in Baton Rouge: "The shooting today in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and injured others is an atrocity. All must condemn it." "I worked with dedicated police officers as Mayor of Richmond and Governor of Virginia. And now as Senator, I see dedication by our Capitol Police every day. My heart goes out to law enforcement everywhere and to their families who worry when they … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Kaine Announces Support For The PAWS Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, announced his support for new legislation to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act, would help veterans suffering from PTSD to access innovative treatment methods to improve their quality of life. The bill was originally introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and … Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $700,000 in Funding for Telehealth Services in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for three Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects that will help connect rural communities in Southwest Virginia with medical and educational experts in other parts of the state and increase access to mental health care and specialty services. Carilion Medical Center in Roanoke will receive $434,182 to provide psychiatric, mental health and … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Bicameral Compromise Bill To Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass bipartisan and bicameral compromise legislation to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts. The bill, which includes provisions authored by Kaine, takes a comprehensive approach to addressing a crisis that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than vehicle crashes. "I've seen firsthand how significant an impact the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic is having on … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Kaine Cosponsors Bill Supporting Tax Incentive For Cleaner Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his support for a bill to expand a key tax incentive for the development and use of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. This legislation would support a path forward for developing commercially viable cleaner coal energy production, as part of a national strategy to generate more energy with less pollution over time. "I believe it is in our nation's interest to make energy production cleaner and less … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Kaine Discusses Economic Development, Human Rights, & Fight Against Government Corruption With President Of Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, met with President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras to discuss economic and human rights conditions in the country and the fight against government corruption. Photos of today's meeting are available here. "It was great to sit down with President Hernández to discuss the issues mutually important to our nations," Kaine said. "I appreciate the efforts of … Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Committee Passage Of Bills To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History & Preserve Petersburg Battlefield Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously passed two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine - one that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619 and another that would add additional historically significant areas around the City of Petersburg to Petersburg National Battlefield. These bills will now advance to the floor for a full Senate vote. "I'm … Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Empower Student Loan Borrowers Through Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to help students make smart decisions in the financing of their higher education. The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act would promote financial literacy by providing students who are recipients of federal financial aid with comprehensive counseling services. … Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Kaine Statement On Hague Tribunal Decision On The South China Sea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling in Philippines v. China: "I was encouraged to see the final ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case of the Philippines v. China over competing claims in the South China Sea. Today's decision at The Hague demonstrates that existing international frameworks like the United Nations Convention on the … Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Kaine Statement On Dallas Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "The shootings in Dallas last night were a brazen and calculated attack on brave police officers doing their jobs to protect their fellow citizens. I join Americans across the country in condemning this horrific act of senseless violence, mourning the loss of five law enforcement heroes and praying for the recovery of those … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Co-Sponsor Bill to Address Humanitarian and Migrant Crisis in Central America’s Northern Triangle

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced their support for legislation to establish a coordinated regional response to effectively address the endemic violence and humanitarian crisis driving women and children to flee from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The Secure the Northern Triangle Act calls for increased refugee processing in the region, and orderly and humane processing of individuals who reach the U.S.-Mexico border seeking protection. It … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Kaine, Durbin, Murphy, Shaheen, Boxer Urge President To Make U.S. Support For Ukraine And Eastern Europe A Focus Of Upcoming NATO Summit

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, along with Senators Dick Durbin, Chris Murphy, Jeanne Shaheen, and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to carry a message to world leaders at the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Warsaw, Poland: success in Ukraine and resistance to Russian aggression, including through the rotational deployment of NATO troops to Eastern Europe, are … Continue Reading

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