Press Releases

September 23, 2015

Kaine Pushes For Expanded Access To Federal Student Loans To Increase Postsecondary Education Affordability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to introduce the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Opportunity Act to expand eligibility for federal student loans to short-term CTE programs which do not meet the current program length requirements under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. This legislation will enable students and workers to participate in training programs that might have … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Kaine Statement On Vote Against Federal Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after voting against a 20-week federal abortion ban: "The Republicans attempted to use the forthcoming Papal visit to force a vote on a 20-week federal abortion ban that has already been struck down by numerous federal courts as unconstitutional. Because it violates the 14th Amendment and 40 years of Supreme Court precedent, I voted against it. Nothing in my Catholic faith suggests that I should support … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Sens. Warner, Kaine Announce Five Virginia Localities to Share Nearly $500,000 in Grants to Buy Police Body Cameras

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded nearly $500,000 in federal grants to five Virginia localities to purchase law enforcement body cameras. The grants, which require a local funding match and development of a comprehensive implementation and training program, were awarded to police agencies in the following Virginia communities: Newport News Sheriff's Office - $209,944 City of Lynchburg - … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Law Enforcement Grants For Harrisonburg & Bristol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that Virginia will receive $875,000 in U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants to fund law enforcement jobs and expand community policing and crime prevention initiatives. The City of Bristol will be awarded $375,000 to fund three officers and the Harrisonburg Police Department will be awarded $500,000 to fund four officers. "We're very pleased that Bristol and Harrisonburg have … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Virginia Delegation Statement On New GAO Report That Confirms Fort Pickett Is Best Site For Embassy Security Training Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, and Don Beyer released the following statement on the release of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that makes clear Fort Pickett, Virginia is the best location for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC). "After years of study, the Department of State and the General Services … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Kaine Joins 9/11 First Responders, Jon Stewart & Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers To Push For Permanent Extension Of James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) along with 33 of their Senate colleagues, more than 100 first responders and survivors of the attacks on September 11th, and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart in pushing Congress to pass a full and permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This bipartisan bill would extend the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, which provides … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Warner, Kaine Co-Sponsor Legislation To Help Thousands Of “Blue Water” Vietnam Veterans Harmed By Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans from the Vietnam War, known as "Blue Water" veterans for their service in waters off the coast, who were exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act would clarify existing law so that Blue … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Baldwin, Vitter, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Maritime And Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), David Vitter (R-LA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would authorize creation of a new program to support capacity building to address the critical need for trained workers in the maritime and energy industries. The Maritime and Energy Workforce Technical Training Enhancement Act would establish centers of excellence programs in maritime and energy workforce technical training in addition to awarding … Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, Kaine Commemorates Contributions Of Latino Community

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month: "The Latino community's contributions to our country date back 450 years to the founding of the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement at St. Augustine. Over that period of time, Latino Americans have become an integral part of our nation's fabric. This year's Hispanic Heritage Month comes at an exciting time, as the United States receives King Felipe VI of Spain … Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Warner, Mikulski, Kaine, Wittman Urge Administration To Strengthen Efforts To Combat Seafood Fraud

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) urged President Obama to protect Virginia and Maryland's seafood industry by strengthening efforts to prevent seafood fraud. The fraudulent labeling of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean blue crab meat has a detrimental impact on an industry that plays an important role in the Virginia and Maryland economies, generating nearly $30 million annually in ex-vessel revenue for … Continue Reading


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

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