Press Releases

March 13, 2017

Kaine Statement On CBO Report On Republican Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement on the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the Republican health care plan: "Today's CBO report confirms our fears about the Republican health care plan: 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance by 2026; premiums would spike, especially for seniors; states would be burdened by dramatic Medicaid cuts; … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Kaine And Rounds Introduce Bipartisan DOD Cyber Scholarship Program Act Of 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Armed Services Committees, and Mike Rounds (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, introduced a bill today to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce that is critical to addressing the United States' growing cyber challenges. The DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would reinvigorate and modify an existing DoD scholarship … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Kaine Statement on Nomination of David Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after his vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee against the nomination of David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "I am a staunch supporter of the critically important U.S.-Israel partnership and have long been committed to strengthening the unbreakable bond between our two countries. The U.S. Ambassador to Israel serves as the steward of this vital relationship in a volatile part of the world … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Sens. Warner, Kaine Urge President Trump To Reconsider Chesapeake Bay Program Cuts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) wrote to President Trump today to urge him to reconsider steep budget cuts within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program. Several recent published reports indicate the Trump Administration will recommend cutting the Bay program from $73 million annually to $5 million. The Senators, both of whom were Virginia governors, each played vital roles managing Virginia's multi-year, multi-state Bay restoration … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Kaine Highlights How Republican Health Care Plan Breaks Promises To Virginians, Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor opposing the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Kaine highlighted the broken promises President Trump and other Republicans have made about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the new House replacement bill. Kaine reiterated that the bill would leave fewer Virginians with health insurance and … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce Legislation To Protect Access To Women’s Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On International Women's Day, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that they are original co-sponsors of the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill that would guard a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. The act would prevent restrictive regulations and laws - such as those in place in states like Virginia - that curtail reproductive health services for women. Unfortunately, in the year since Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt was argued and in the … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $1 Million For NSU Stem Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that Norfolk State University, a historically black university, will receive $999,845 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic programs in an effort to recruit and retain African American students in the science community. "For future generations to succeed, we must continue to promote and improve our STEM programs at every level and in … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Kaine Cosponsors Bill To Strengthen Education In Rural Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has co-sponsored a bill with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to boost teacher recruitment in rural Virginia. The Rural Educator Support and Training (REST) Act would address teacher workforce shortages in rural America by providing scholarships, loan forgiveness, and professional development opportunities to educators who commit to work in rural … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Kaine Statement On Republican Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the House Republican health care plan: "I have serious concerns with the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will reduce the number of Americans with health insurance and raise health care costs for patients. Republicans had seven years to pull together a plan, and now they insist on rushing to pass a bill without taking the time to analyze the cost and impact on the American people. For … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Decision To Send Transgender Rights Case Back To Lower Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decision to vacate the ruling in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. and remand the case back to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: "Today's Supreme Court action is directly traced to the Trump Administration's decision to reverse the Obama Administration's commitment to equality for all students. Regardless of the Administration's retreat, I have high hopes that the … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications For U.S. Marshal For The Eastern & Western District, U.S. Attorney For The Western District of Virginia

~ Senators will select applicants to send to the White House for nomination, Senate to confirm ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are now accepting applications for the positions of U.S. Marshal for the Eastern and Western District, and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to replace current officeholders as the Trump Administration continues its transition. After receipt of applications, the Senators will select from the list of qualified law … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration’s Revised Travel Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on President Trump's revised travel ban executive order: "The Trump Administration's immigration orders - after weeks of unnecessary confusion - remain a mess. Entrance into the United States should be based on a judgment about the risk an individual poses to our country. Discriminating against people from certain countries with no evidence that they pose any greater risk than those from other countries not … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Warner, Kaine Urge Trump Administration To Make Fighting Hate Crimes A Major Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 25 Senators urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make combating hate crimes a major focus at the U.S. Department of Justice and request full funding for the Justice Department's Community Relations Service and Civil Rights Division. This week, there was a bomb threat made at a Jewish Day School ‎in Fairfax and a threatening note sent to a mosque in Falls Church. "We write to urge you to make combatting … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Warner, Kaine File Amicus Brief To Support Rights Of Transgender Students

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined nearly 200 members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in filing a U.S. Supreme Court brief explaining that transgender and gender non-conforming students are protected from discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The amicus brief was filed today in the Supreme Court case Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which could decide whether transgender students have the … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Kaine Statement On Department Of Veterans Affairs OIG Report On Wait Times At Virginia Medical Centers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the release of a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that reviewed wait times across the Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network (VISN 6) and shows Virginia Medical Centers reported wait times that were lower than those calculated by the VA OIG: "The findings in the Department of Veterans Affairs IG report on wait times today are completely unacceptable. Though the report … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Kaine Votes To Oppose Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote to oppose Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy: "I opposed the nomination of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Governor Perry has consistently denied the science of climate change, even spreading the falsehood that there is 'global cooling.' When he ran for President of the United States, he proposed eliminating the Department he will now lead. In addition, the largest function of the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Kaine Statement On Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings with the Russian Ambassador: "President Trump's chief national security advisor was recently forced to resign because he lied about his contacts with the Russian government. Now there is strong evidence that the nation's chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, held meetings with Russian governmental officials and misled the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce New Daily Flight Between Roanoke And Washington Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that there will be an additional daily roundtrip flight between Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) and Washington's Dulles International Airport (IAD). "We are excited to announce this additional flight from Dulles to Roanoke," said the Senators. "This new roundtrip flight will give travelers more options to connect between Roanoke and Northern Virginia - as well as connections to the global destinations … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Kaine To Co-Chair Military Families Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced his new position as co-chair the Senate Military Families Caucus. The Military Families Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), serves as a bipartisan forum to address the challenges facing Americans with family members who are serving or have served in the armed forces. Kaine, who has a child in the military, has continually advocated on behalf of servicemembers, … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm Ryan Zinke As Secretary Of The Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his vote to confirm Representative Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior: "I voted to confirm Representative Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior. He has demonstrated expertise in natural resources policy and mainstream views on the protection of our nation's lands and waters, which is critically important to our Commonwealth. I appreciated his comments on the need to reduce the maintenance backlog at … Continue Reading

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