Press Releases

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


August 06, 2015

Warner, Kaine Recognize 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act by renewing their call for the Senate to take up legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. On June 24, Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would protect Americans' Constitutional right to vote, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County … Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

As Congress Adjourns, Kaine Decries Year Of Inaction On Authorization For Use Of Military Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saturday, August 8, 2015 marks one year since the U.S. launched military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As the Senate prepared to adjourn today for the August recess, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, took to the floor to highlight the upcoming anniversary and decry the fact that a year has gone by without a meaningful debate and vote on the U.S. mission against ISIL. "We are … Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Warner, Kaine And Wittman Congratulate Virginia Institute Of Marine Science On Its 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman introduced a resolution congratulating the College of William & Mary on the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's (VIMS) establishment. The resolution expresses the Virginia lawmakers' appreciation for the 75 years of service to the environment by the faculty, staff and students of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the School of Marine Sciences of the College … Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Kaine Announces Support For Iran Nuclear Deal

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, announced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to peacefully limit Iran's nuclear program. In announcing his support, Kaine said: "I conclude that the JCPOA is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving global security. The agreement takes a … Continue Reading


August 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On Vote Against Defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after voting against legislation to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood: "For many women and families across the country, Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of high quality health care. That's why I voted against legislation that would deny more than 2.5 million Americans important primary care services. For years, activist groups like the Center for Medical Progress have sought to … Continue Reading


August 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On The Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the United States' final plan to reduce emissions of the carbon pollution responsible for climate change, which calls on U.S. power plants to generate 32% less carbon pollution by the year 2030 than they do today: "The Clean Power Plan marks the biggest step the United States has ever taken to address the pollution responsible for climate change. The consensus is clear - from an overwhelming majority of … Continue Reading


August 03, 2015

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Deter Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine(D-VA) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to introduce the bipartisan Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act to prevent inappropriate access to opioids and improve patient care for at-risk beneficiaries. The legislation would prohibit Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage patients suffering from drug addiction from filling multiple narcotic prescriptions written by different … Continue Reading


July 30, 2015

Kaine Introduces JOBS Act To Expand Pell Grants For Workforce Training Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term job training programs. Under current law, Pell Grants - needs-based grants for low-income and working students- can only be applied toward programs that are over 600 clock hours or … Continue Reading


July 29, 2015

Ahead Of 50th Anniversary Of Medicare And Medicaid, Kaine & Brown Lead Colleagues In Urging States To Expand Medicaid

Failure of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming to Expand Medicaid Has Left Four Million Eligible Americans Without Medicaid Coverage WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown and 29 of their Senate colleagues are urging the 19 states that have not yet decided … Continue Reading


July 28, 2015

In Wake Of Tragic Charleston Shooting, Kaine Calls On Firearm Dealers To Cease Gun Sales Until Background Check Is Complete, Stop Default Sales If Check Is Pending Beyond 72 Hours

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and 12 of his Senate colleagues urged gun dealers to stop selling firearms to people who do not first pass a background check. When a criminal background check indicates that a firearm purchaser may have a criminal record, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tries to determine whether the purchaser can legally buy a gun. If this process takes longer than 72 hours, gun dealers can complete the sale even though there is a heightened risk … Continue Reading

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