Press Releases

May 09, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump’s Firing Of FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey: "It's outrageous to see a sitting President fire the FBI director during an active investigation into potential collusion with a foreign government. The decision to fire James Comey shows how frightened the Administration is over the Russia investigation. The White House decision to seek Attorney General Sessions' recommendation also raises questions about … Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Kaine Questions CYBERCOM Commander On The Impact Of Trump’s Proposed Shutdown On Cyber Command’s Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) Admiral Mike Rogers on how a government shutdown would impact CYBERCOM's mission. Last week, President Trump announced on Twitter that he supports a government shutdown in September, saying the country needs a "good" shutdown in the fall. "There has been some debate in the last couple of days about whether there is such a thing as a "good … Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Kaine Urges Trump Administration To Stop Playing Politics With American Health Care System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with 12 Democratic Senators, demanded that the Trump Administration stop playing politics with the U.S. health care system, which is causing uncertainty in the marketplace and having a harmful impact on Virginians. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, the Senators requested that the Administration commit to making vital … Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Sens. Warner & Kaine Introduce Bill to Safeguard Key Women’s Preventive Health Care Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined 46 other Senate Democrats in introducing the Save Women's Preventive Care Act, new legislation to protect coverage for preventive health care services, like breast cancer screenings, birth control, and domestic violence screenings. Today, 55 million women nationwide have access to birth control, screening and counseling for domestic violence, breast cancer screening, and other essential health care without any … Continue Reading


May 07, 2017

Kaine Urges Trump Administration Not To Abandon American Efforts To Tackle Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution Thursday with fellow committee members, stating that the United States should continue to exercise global leadership to address climate change and should not retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement. "The world needs America's leadership to combat the dangers posed by climate change," said Kaine. "Virginians are already dealing with rising sea levels, increasing costs of flood … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Kaine Statement On House Passage Of Trumpcare Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passing TrumpCare: "President Trump promised the American public that no one would lose coverage under his health bill, those with pre-existing conditions would be protected, and no one would be worse off. Today the House rushed the TrumpCare bill through without waiting to hear how many millions of people … Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Warner And Kaine Statement On Aetna Decision Caused By Trump Administration Playing Politics With Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the uncertainty the Trump Administration has caused in the health care system, resulting in today's announcement that Aetna will leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018: "As a result of the consistently mixed messages and increasing uncertainty on health care from the Trump Administration, some insurers will raise premiums and scale back their health insurance offerings in the individual … Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Warner, Kaine, Taylor Announce Nearly $4.6 Million In Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Scott Taylor announced that the City of Virginia Beach will receive $4,588,677 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to alleviate the financial burden of debris removal following Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew brought torrential rain and winds to Hampton Roads in October 2016, flooding about 1,400 properties across the region. "Hurricane Matthew dealt a blow to Virginia Beach, and … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

In Floor Speech, Kaine Pledges To Do All In His Power To Prevent A Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor addressing President Trump's announcement on Twitter this morning that he supports a government shutdown in September. With 170,000 federal employees in Virginia, and countless other people across the Commonwealth who would be directly and indirectly harmed by a shutdown, Kaine made it clear that he will fight against this threat at every turn. Kaine said he was "very disturbed with the President's words," … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Kaine Leads Bipartisan Bill To Redesign High School With Greater CTE Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. The bill would provide … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Kaine Leads Bipartisan Bill To Redesign High School With Greater CTE Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. The bill would provide … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Sens. Warner & Kaine Statements on Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded the inclusion of key Virginia priorities in the 2017 fiscal year spending bill, which Congress will vote on this week, but highlighted that the Trump Administration created needless strain on industries across the country after asking Republican leadership to delay a deal in December. The omnibus bill funds the government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year on September 30. "This bipartisan spending … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Warner & Kaine Reintroduce Small Business Legislation, The Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017 - legislation that would give states the right to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed under current law from out-of-state businesses or online retailers. "Right now, small businesses are being forced to compete on an uneven playing field. Local, brick-and-mortar business collect sales taxes from their customers - … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order Calling For Review Of National Monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on President Trump's executive order initiating a review of National Monument designations over the past 20 years. This order could impact the recently designated Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia: "President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to protect as National Monuments some of America's most sacred places. Grand Canyon, Denali, and Zion were a few. Designated over 100 … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Portman, Kaine Praise Committee Passage of Bill to Promote Early Hearing Detection in Newborns, Infants & Young Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised the HELP Committee's passage of their bipartisan legislation - the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act - to reauthorize current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Doris … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Senate Unanimously Adopts Kaine & Warner Resolution Commemorating Tenth Anniversary Of Virginia Tech Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which claimed 32 lives and injured 17 others. The resolution honors the victims, offers condolences to their families, and recognizes the resilience of the Virginia Tech community in the decade following the tragedy. Kaine was serving as Governor of … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

VA Members Urge Congressional Leadership To Take Action To Protect Miners Before Healthcare Benefits Expire

WASHINGTON - In a letter today, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, and Reps. Gerry Connolly, A. Donald McEachin, and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (all D-VA) urged Congressional leaders to take action to protect retired coal miners who risk losing their healthcare benefits as part of negotiations to keep the government funded before the end of the week. Last year, Congress reached a deal to extend government funding and retired miners' health care benefits until April 28th. In March, retired coal … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Kaine & Warner To Introduce Resolution Commemorating Tenth Anniversary Of Virginia Tech Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner will introduce a Senate resolution commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which claimed 32 lives and injured 17 others. The resolution honors the victims, offers condolences to their families, and recognizes the resilience of the Virginia Tech community in the decade following the tragedy. Kaine was serving as Governor of Virginia when the tragedy … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Congressman Adam Schiff and Senator Tim Kaine Send Letter to President Trump Asking for Legal Basis of Syria Strike

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, sent a letter to President Trump asking that he detail the legal basis for the strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria on April 6th, which has yet to be provided to Congress and the American people. Schiff and Kaine stated that a full understanding of the domestic and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Sens. Warner & Kaine Press V-A Sec. Shulkin for Details on Hiring Priorities

WASHINGTON - A week after the Trump Administration lifted a misguided freeze on new hires in the federal workforce, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are asking the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for a plan to prioritize filling administrative positions which are key to addressing a shortage of medical professionals who serve in the V-A medical system. The hiring freeze - which exempted V-A clinical staff but not V-A personnel responsible for recruiting and hiring clinicians - … Continue Reading

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