Press Releases

February 22, 2017

Kaine Introduces The Bipartisan Trafficking In Persons Report Integrity Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) was joined by Bob Menendez, (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in reintroducing the Trafficking in Persons Report Integrity Act (TIPRIA), legislation designed to comprehensively reform the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). The TIP process came under scrutiny after questions were raised over the rankings of certain countries despite failures to meet minimum legal standards prescribed by Congress. As … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Kaine Joins Colleagues In Dissent Cable Letter To Secretary Tillerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined his Democratic colleagues on the Committee in a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to take full and appropriate advantage of the State Department's 'Dissent Channel.' In the letter, the Senators said that the White House Press Secretary's recent statement that Foreign Service Officers who had signed a dissent cable in opposition to the Administration's Immigration … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Kaine Calls For Answers About ICE Raid Near Alexandria Church

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine wrote a letter requesting that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials provide details on the operation that may have targeted a church shelter in Alexandria, Virginia, which reports indicate led to the arrest of six Latino men. "This incident is of great concern to me because members of this congregation believe that this church was targeted by your agency," said Kaine. "I appreciate any detailed information you can provide about … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bill To Rescind Trump’s Massive Deportation Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and 18 of their Senate colleagues to introduce legislation to rescind President Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to U.S. communities, penalizes sanctuary cities, and drives undocumented communities deeper into the shadows by charging local … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Warner, Kaine Reintroduce Bill To Aid Rural Virginia Hospitals

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government and are able to remain open and functioning, especially in Virginia's underserved and economically struggling regions. The budget-neutral Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 (S.397) would correct a flawed formula that results in disproportionately low Medicare reimbursement payments to hospitals … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Kaine Introduces Bill To Ban Religious, Racial And Discriminatory Profiling By Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has introduced an updated version of his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling at all levels of law enforcement nationwide. The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law enforcement. The End … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Kaine On Opposing Mulvaney For OMB: His Budget Policy Won’t Keep America’s Fiscal Credibility Sound

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted against Congressman Mick Mulvaney's nomination to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a speech on the Senate floor yesterday, Kaine cited Mulvaney's record of opposition to bipartisan budget efforts to roll back sequestration, his support for policies that unfairly target federal employees, his willingness to use the full faith and credit of the United States as … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Kaine Cites Effects Of Sea Level Rise On Hampton Roads In Speech Against Scott Pruitt's Nomination To Be EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kaine discussed Pruitt's unwillingness to accept the basic scientific consensus that human-generated CO2 emissions are a significant cause of climate change. Kaine also spoke about the impacts of climate change on Virginia, including rising sea levels in Hampton Roads, as he made the case that the EPA … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

National Capital Region Members Introduce Joint Resolution To Establish The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), John Delaney (MD-06), Don Beyer (VA-08), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) introduced a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. Once Maryland, Virginia, and the District of … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Kaine, Warner, Booker & Blunt Reintroduce Commission To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) reintroduced the bipartisan 400 Years of African American History Act - legislation that would establish a commission to plan programs and activities in 2019 across the country to recognize the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Kaine and Warner were the lead sponsors in the Senate when a version of this bill was introduced last Congress. Similar commissions have … Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Kaine Slams Trump Administration Proposal To Rename Programs That Counter Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In letters to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and acting U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Wade Warren, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, expressed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration's reported plan to rename U.S. Government countering violent extremism programs (CVE) to "Countering Radical Islamic … Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm Linda McMahon As Administrator Of Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his vote to confirm Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA): "I voted to confirm Linda McMahon as Administrator of the SBA. She has received strong bipartisan backing and has decades of private sector experience. I appreciate her acknowledgement of the SBA's role as an advocate for the small business community and look forward to working with her to streamline the federal … Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Kaine Statement On Flynn Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the resignation of National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn: "The resignation of Lieutenant General Flynn cements the worst fears of many Americans and our allies about the connections between this Administration and the Kremlin. His alarming communication with the Russian government underscores the need to complete a full, independent, bipartisan, and transparent investigation of contacts … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm David Shulkin As Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his vote to confirm David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "I voted to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. It's critical that the VA continues to implement the reforms initiated by Congress and Secretary McDonald so that thousands of veterans can receive the timely health care they deserve. From his previous role as President Obama's chief executive of the Veterans Health … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Kaine, Corker, Cardin, Alexander Introduce Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal To Master Sergeant Rodrick Edmonds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bipartisan bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick "Roddie" Edmonds in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis ordered him to … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Kaine To Oppose Steven Mnuchin For Secretary Of The Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury: "I will vote against the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury. After closely following his confirmation hearings, I am not confident Mr. Mnuchin will be an advocate for working families and their financial security. His complicity in the 2008 financial crisis raises serious doubts about whether he will prioritize the … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Kaine Statement On FTA Decision To Withhold Transit Funds From Virginia Until Oversight Body Is Established

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) decision to withhold five percent of Fiscal Year 2017 transit formula funds from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. until a new State Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) is established for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): "I don't agree with docking transit funds for regions of Virginia far from D.C. with their own transportation needs - including … Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

On Senate Floor, Kaine Reads Stories From Virginians Impacted By The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, shared more than twenty stories he's received from constituents throughout Virginia asking for him to do everything he can to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from repeal. Kaine was speaking in opposition to the nomination of U.S. Representative Tom Price - a proponent of repealing the ACA - to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Over the past month, … Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Kaine Speaks Against Sessions Nomination On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. During his remarks, Kaine shared the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia who challenged a Virginia law that barred marriages like theirs all the way to the Supreme Court. The Court's decision ultimately invalidated laws banning interracial marriage. "The Loving family wrote to Attorney General … Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill To Reform Congressional Budgeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Mark. R Warner and Tim Kaine reintroduced bipartisan budget reform legislation that would shake up the way Congress budgets federal tax dollars and allow for greater oversight of government spending. The legislation would convert Congress's annual appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle. The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act would force Congress to become a better steward of the taxpayers' money by moving the federal government to a … Continue Reading

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