Press Releases

June 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Annual Defense Bill

Includes key Kaine priorities to improve military family housing and support shipbuilding Senate to vote tomorrow on Kaine amendment to prevent unauthorized war with Iran WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on final Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Kaine's provisions to improve military housing and many of his other priorities for … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

In Lead Up To Senate Vote, Kaine Says War With Iran Would Be A “Colossal Mistake”

Watch the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, delivered a floor speech calling on his colleagues to pass his bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent President Trump from starting an unauthorized war with Iran. The amendment, which the Senate will vote on tomorrow, would prohibit funds from being used for military action against Iran without … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Census And Gerrymandering Decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decisions in Department of Commerce v. New York, Rucho v. Common Cause, and Lamone v. Benisek: "I'm pleased the citizenship question will remain off the census for now, and I hope it will stay off. Turning the census into an ideological tool to intimidate immigrants is immoral and could result in Virginia being undercounted next year, reducing our fair share of federal dollars. "I'm … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Gardner, Kaine Push to Make it Easier for Veterans to Start Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act Wednesday to protect and enhance entrepreneurship training and programs for service members, veterans, and their families. Veteran entrepreneurs employ more than 5.7 million workers across America and make significant contributions to the economy across a vibrant array of industries. As members of the armed forces transition from the military, it can be … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Udall, Kaine Statement on Iran Vote Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following joint statement after Senate leaders announced that a Udall-Kaine sponsored measure to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran will receive a vote on the Senate floor: "The Senate will be allowed to do its constitutional duty. We appreciate that Senate leaders have reached an agreement that will enable us to move forward with the defense authorization bill, while letting the Senate vote on … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Video: HELP Committee Passes Kaine’s Bill To Raise The Tobacco Age As Part Of Health Care Package

Watch Kaine's remarks here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation called the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 that would bring down the price of prescription drugs. Additionally, provisions of four bills Kaine introduced were included in this comprehensive package: one to raise the tobacco age to 21, one to expand health care to rural areas through … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Protect Veterans & Low-Income Families From Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) reintroduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019 to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination. Many veterans and low-income families pay their rent through vouchers, and as the law currently stands, landlords can discriminate against them, denying housing based on how they pay rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act would expand the Fair Housing Act's protections to prohibit housing discrimination based on … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $800,000 In Federal Funding To Purchase Nine Vehicles To Assist Virginia Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $844,100 in federal grants and loans for the towns of Quantico, Stanley, Pennington Gap, Marion, Galax, Cape Charles, and Exmore to purchase nine vehicles and equipment through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. "We're pleased to support rural communities in Virginia with federal funding to improve safety and boost public facilities," the Senators said. "This funding … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Durbin, Cardin, Van Hollen, Kaine Introduce NDAA Amendment To Halt Security Assistance To Cameroon

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to halt all further U.S. security assistance to Cameroon, except for dealing with Boko Haram, until the U.S. Secretaries of Defense and State certify military and security forces of Cameroon have demonstrated progress in abiding by international human rights standards, particularly in … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Kaine Calls On Health Committee To Hold Hearing On Negative Consequences Of Family Separation Policy On Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Tina Smith to call on the Committee's Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray to hold a hearing to better understand how the Trump Administration's disastrous family separation policy is affecting the health and safety of children. "We write with increased urgency to request a hearing on the health and safety conditions for migrant … Continue Reading


June 24, 2019

Kaine Joins Menendez, Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Outlaw Gun Silencers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today introduced new federal gun safety legislation to ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of gun silencers or suppressors. The Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act is in response to a mass shooter in Virginia Beach last month who used a silencer to help kill a dozen innocent people. The bill is cosponsored by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). "We were … Continue Reading


June 24, 2019

Warner & Kaine Request Funding For I-81 Upgrades

~ More than one-third of all trucks that drive through Virginia travel on I-81, which suffers from traffic delays and more than 2,000 crashes annually ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today requested additional funding for vital improvements to Interstate 81 (I-81) that would enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion. In a pair of letters to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and the U.S. Department of Transportation … Continue Reading


June 24, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $8 Million For Northern Virginia And Hampton Roads Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $8,655,600 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support improvements at airports in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. "We're excited to announce this funding that will help improve travel for Virginians," the Senators said. "These grants will revitalize our airports with much-needed upgrades to help ensure safer travel in and out of the Commonwealth." Ronald Reagan Washington … Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Kaine: “Another War In The Middle East Would Be A Disaster”

You can find video of the full floor speech here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, delivered a floor speech warning President Trump against starting a war with Iran. In his speech, he called on his colleagues in the Senate to pass his bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in order to prohibit funds from being used for military action against Iran without explicit authorization … Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

In Meeting With Hospital Delegation, Warner, Kaine, And Griffith Reiterate Support For Reopening Lee County Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) met in Sen. Kaine's office in Washington, D.C. with a delegation representing Lee County Hospital. The meeting included representatives from the Lee County Hospital Authority, the Virginia Department of Health, and Ballad Health, who spoke with the members of Congress about next steps in the process of reopening the Lee County Hospital. "Folks in Lee County and in rural communities … Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Warner & Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Decision To Reverse Course On Flatwoods Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to scrap plans to transfer Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Department of Labor (DOL) and close nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers - including the Flatwoods Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Coeburn, a top performing center: "Job training facilities like Flatwoods are … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

Kaine & Lee Call On President Trump To Explain New Deployments To The Middle East, Warn Against War With Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) led a letter to President Trump calling on him to explain his recent decisions to deploy additional troops to the Middle East. In the letter, the Senators ask for more information on the troops' mission and express concerns about escalating tensions leading to a war between the United States and Iran. The Senators underscore that the Trump Administration does not have the authority to start a war with Iran without … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Ban Distribution Of 3d Printed Gun Blueprints

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Edward J. Markey and Bob Menendez to introduce the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the 3D printing of firearms. Kaine has been pushing the Senate and Virginia's General Assembly to pass gun safety legislation in the aftermath of the Virginia Beach shooting, including bills to close loopholes in the background check system. He recently held … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill To Support Access To Affordable Over-The-Counter Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Committee, to introduce the Affordability is Access Act (AAA), legislation to make sure over-the-counter birth control is affordable and accessible for women across the country. "All Americans deserve affordable, accessible health care - period. It's not fair that women too often face hurdles to accessing the care … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall, Kaine, Senators File Bipartisan Iran Amendment to NDAA to Prevent Unauthorized War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Rand Paul (R-KY), filed a bipartisan amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit funds from being used for military operations against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress. The senators are seeking a vote by the full Senate to reassert Congress' Constitutional authority over … Continue Reading

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