Press Releases

November 21, 2016

Kaine Joins 118 Lawmakers To File Bicameral Amicus Brief to Safeguard Rights of Students With Disabilities to Receive Meaningful Public Education

Today, current and former Members of Congress filed an amicus brief to affirm Congressional intent to raise expectations for the quality of education provided to students with disabilities under IDEA At stake in the case is the ability of students with disabilities to receive access to meaningful public education Members of Congress: "Congress intended…IDEA to provide meaningful educational benefits for students with disabilities and-significantly-raise expectations for their … Continue Reading

November 19, 2016

Kaine Receives Halifax Builder Award, Discusses National Security At 2016 Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, received the 2016 Halifax Builder Award at the Eighth Annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In accepting the award, Kaine discussed American national security strategy and the important role democratic alliances have had throughout history. The Builder Award recognizes individuals who have been instrumental to the success of the Forum and … Continue Reading

November 19, 2016

Warner & Kaine Call On Defense Appropriations To Secure Procurement Funding For Ohio Replacement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense asking them to protect funding for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) during the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process. If the Department of Defense is funded through a Continuing Resolution, the Navy will lose the authority to execute advance procurement funding for the program-halting shipbuilding, jeopardizing national security and … Continue Reading

November 18, 2016

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating National Apprenticeship Week & Renewing Efforts To Ensure Workforce Excellence In 21st Century Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 13 Senators to introduce a bipartisan resolution in the Senate designating the week of November 14, 2016, National Apprenticeship Week. Senators joining Kaine to introduce the resolution were U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Amy … Continue Reading

November 18, 2016

Warner & kaine Call For Service Improvements At U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a bipartisan letter to the leadership of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), calling for the improvement of mail delivery service to be a critical component of any comprehensive USPS reform bill. "While the importance of reliable mail delivery for customers, especially those living in rural areas, has not changed, the Postal … Continue Reading

November 17, 2016

Kaine, Rubio Introduce Legislation To Combat Anti-Semitism In Europe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Combatting European Anti-Semitism Act, legislation to address the troubling trend of anti-Semitism across Europe. "I am alarmed by the steady increase in anti-Semitism we're witnessing in America and Europe. We must be vigilant in reporting any incidents of anti-Semitism to ensure the safety, security and inalienable rights of Jewish communities," … Continue Reading

November 17, 2016

Kaine Statement On The American Energy And Conservation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after voting against cloture on the motion to proceed to the American Energy and Conservation Act: "I voted no on this bill in large part because of findings from the Obama Administration earlier this year, as well as increasing opposition to speculative oil drilling off Virginia's coast from constituents in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore. Department of Defense concerns about the impact mid-Atlantic oil … Continue Reading

November 17, 2016

Warner & Kaine Announce $6 Million Investment In Southwest Virginia Workforce Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium in Radford, VA will receive a $6,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to strengthen and expand regional workforce partnerships in Southwest Virginia. The funds are available through DOL's America's Promise Job Driven Grant Program. "Today's economy requires workers to have knowledge of new and emerging technologies in order to … Continue Reading

November 02, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $3.6 Million In Federal Grants For Agricultural Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $3,684,248 in Rural Development grants to various Virginia enterprises. The USDA's Value Added Producer Grant Program, part of the 2014 farm bill, assists farmers with developing new product lines and expanding markets for their products, with a specific focus on small and medium-sized family farms and beginning farmers and ranchers. The grants are … Continue Reading

October 27, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $70 Million In Funding For Virginia Electric Projects

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $70.4 million to help finance projects to increase reliability of rural electric utility systems in Virginia. These loans, which are part of the Electric Program of the Rural Utilities Service, are targeted to rural regions where capital is limited, and will help finance infrastructure upgrades, create jobs and improve operations for rural … Continue Reading

October 26, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $6 Million In Funding For Southwest Virginia Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $6.6 million to promote cybersecurity readiness, unmanned aerial systems, and other workforce development programs in southwest Virginia. The funding comes as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a multi-agency effort aligning and targeting federal economic and workforce … Continue Reading

October 13, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Pulaski, Wythe & Frederick Counties Designated As High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has designated Pulaski County and Wythe County as Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), as well as Frederick County as a Washington/Baltimore HIDTA. The designations will enable each county to receive federal resources and tools to improve drug control efforts and coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement. "The … Continue Reading

October 11, 2016

Kaine Voices Support For Proposed CFPB Effort To Combat Predatory Lending Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalizes a new rule to address predatory practices in payday and similar types of consumer lending, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine expressed support for the agency's efforts to protect consumers from the predatory lending practices associated with these high-priced loans. "The issue of predatory lending is not new nor will it improve without strong action from the CFPB. Too many consumers are stuck in high-cost debt traps. I … Continue Reading

October 07, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $800,000 In DOJ Funding To Support Community Policing Initiatives

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $823,341 in grant funding to support community policing efforts and strategies throughout Virginia. The funding, awarded to state and national organizations headquartered in Virginia, was made available through DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) Community Policing Development Awards program. "I am pleased that Virginia has received these … Continue Reading

September 30, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Walter Fore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of civil rights activist Walter Fore: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of civil rights activist Walter Fore, and I send my prayers to his family and friends and to all of Lynchburg. As a Freedom Rider, President of Lynchburg's Voter League and decades-long union advocate, Walter was a warrior for justice and equality. I last saw Walter at a meeting of African American leaders in Lynchburg that he … Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $300,000 In DOJ Funding For Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Initiatives In Washington County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Department of Justice has awarded Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia $299,892 to support programs that help prevent and respond to sexual assault and domestic violence on campus. "This grant will provide on-campus training for Emory & Henry College students and employees to help put a stop the this alarming epidemic," said Sen. Warner. "We can and should do more to address sexual assault … Continue Reading

September 28, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:  “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Shimon Peres, and I send my condolences to his family and the entire nation of Israel. During his eight decades of service to his nation—which included roles as Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and President—Peres embodied the devotion of Israel’s founding generation and played a … Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Senate Democrats: No Vote On Garland Nomination, No Recess

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led Democratic Senators in calling for a hearing and a vote on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland before adjourning for another Republican-scheduled recess. Because of Republican obstruction, Judge Garland's nomination has been stalled for 195 days, making him the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in history. Despite this fact, the … Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Warner, Kaine Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded today the House's unanimous passage of the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act (S. 1698), which would exclude eugenics victims' compensation payments from being used in determining eligibility for, or the amount of, federal public benefits. Without this legislation, eugenics victims who receive compensation payments could see their federal benefits reduced or even have their eligibility … Continue Reading

September 21, 2016

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Authorize Delayed V-A Medical Leases

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 18 Senators seeking to improve veterans' access to healthcare by introducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act to authorize leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in 15 states. Most of the leases have been pending congressional approval for more than a year. Under law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) must receive specific legislative authorization to lease medical facilities with … Continue Reading

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