Press Releases

February 11, 2015

Following 7 Month Push By Kaine, President Obama Proposes Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the draft Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL announced by President Obama today. For more than seven months, Kaine has been a leading voice urging the administration to seek a specific authorization for military action against ISIL while pressing his Congressional colleagues to debate and vote on the mission - a mission he believes goes beyond the intent of existing authorizations from 2001 … Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

Kaine Statement On President Obama's Proposed Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the draft Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL announced by President Obama today. For more than seven months, Kaine has been a leading voice urging the administration to seek a specific authorization for military action against ISIL while pressing his Congressional colleagues to debate and vote on the mission - a mission he believes goes beyond the intent of existing authorizations from 2001 … Continue Reading


February 09, 2015

Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate confirmation of Michael Botticelli as Director of National Drug Control Policy: "Drug abuse impacts families and communities across Virginia, and I appreciate Mr. Botticelli's commitment to combatting this epidemic through expanded access to overdose treatments, education, and criminal justice system reforms," said Kaine. "After meeting with Mr. Botticelli in July to discuss the opioid crisis in Virginia, I … Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

Kaine Co-Sponsors Sensible Gun Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) today to introduce the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, a common-sense bill that bans the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse. "It's clear from the tragedies at Virginia Tech, Newtown, and far too many other horrific shootings in our nation's history … Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Kaine Continues Push For Congress To Debate & Vote On Mission Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Dr. Ash Carter as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine reiterated his call for the President to send a draft Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to spur Congress to debate and vote on the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "It is still my hope that the White House will send to us a draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force," said Kaine. "I … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

In Foreign Relations Hearing, Kaine Discusses Regional Impact of U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Assistant Secretary For Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tomasz Malinowski on the regional impact of U.S.-Cuba policy changes. "What about the regional reaction?" Kaine asked. "I have worried over time that the U.S. position vis-à-vis Cuba has put sort of a ceiling on … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Kaine Expresses Support For Clean DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined his Democratic colleagues to advocate a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and block Republican attempts to play politics with the agency's funding and risk a shutdown of the critical agency over disagreements with the President's immigration actions. "Republicans are threatening to stop funding DHS unless we reverse the President's immigration actions," Kaine said in remarks on the Senate floor this week. "I … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On Martyrdom Declaration For Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Pope Francis's approval of a martyrdom declaration for Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero: "I am thrilled by the Vatican's announcement today of a martyrdom declaration for Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in 1980. I worked in neighboring Honduras in late 1980-81 and came to know of Archbishop Romero's powerful Christian advocacy for the poor and his courageous witness against violence. He is a … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Veterans Suicide Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: "I'm proud the Senate has voted overwhelmingly in support of this important bill in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt. Increased access to mental health services for veterans is critical to preventing military and veteran suicide. By creating peer support networks to help transitioning servicemembers and expanding efforts to recruit mental health … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Kaine & McCaskill Introduce Education Bill To Help Prevent Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill introduced the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, legislation that would improve health education in public secondary schools where it is taught, by including information on "safe relationship behavior" which would focus on preventing sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence. Currently there is no federal requirement that health education courses cover topics like sexual assault prevention and discussions … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Fact Sheet: Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015

FACT SHEET Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 Background: It's widely recognized that relationship violence and campus sexual assault are major issues facing our nation. According to the Department of Justice more than 290,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year with young women between the ages of 16 and 24 consistently experiencing the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Secondary schools can play an important role in increasing public safety by educating … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Warner, Kaine React To President Obama’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statements on President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016: Senator Warner said: "The President's budget proposal alleviates the harmful impact of across-the-board sequester cuts, which hits the federal workforce and military and civilian defense workers across Virginia especially hard. These sequester cuts are due to return in full force next year unless … Continue Reading


February 02, 2015

Kaine Discusses Importance Of Pre-K At Caroline County School

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Ruther Glen to speak with school administrators about the impact of early childhood education on Caroline County school children. During the discussion with educators and administrators, Kaine learned about the success of the Pre-K program at Lewis & Clark Elementary, as well as the high demand for more preschool classes to serve children who have been wait-listed or turned away because of … Continue Reading


February 02, 2015

Kaine Statement On One Year Anniversary Of Coal Ash Spill Into Dan River

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the coal ash spill into the Dan River: "As we mark one year since a degraded pipe in a Duke Energy impoundment pond released more than 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River - putting Danville and surrounding communities at risk - we must recommit to protecting safe drinking water and natural resources across the Commonwealth, while developing energy resources that are cleaner … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of Keystone XL Pipeline legislation: "Today I voted against passage of legislation to summarily approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Our national goal should be to generate energy cleaner tomorrow than we do today, not to embrace tar sands oil that is 15-20% more pollution-intensive than conventional oil. Instead of accelerating the use of tar sands oil, we should grow our economy by embracing cleaner energy … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Kaine Statement On Military Compensation And Retirement Modernization Commission Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the report released today by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC): "After two years of hard work, the Commission has released a comprehensive set of proposals that lawmakers must consider as we examine our national security strategy, the defense budget, and commitments we have made to our servicemembers. Last spring, I led … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Kaine Introduces Pre-K Act To Expand Access To Early Childhood Education

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The PRE-K Act will help more kids enter kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing federal-state partnerships that incentivize states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand those programs to serve more children in need. "Expanding access to early … Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

Kaine Announces New Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will serve as the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development for the 114th Congress. Kaine will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, which … Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

Kaine: It’s Imperative That We Reverse Sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a hearing with the four Joint Service Chiefs on the impact of sequestration on national security. In his opening comments, Kaine expressed serious concern over the harm sequestration continues to inflict on the U.S. military during a period of intense global challenges. "Since August of 2011, as you've also testified, the world hasn't gotten simpler," Kaine said to the four … Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

Warner, Kaine Call For Passage Of Homeland Security Funding Bill Without Extraneous Policy Riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Together with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. "As we rapidly approach the date on which the Department of Homeland Security's funding expires, and as law enforcement officials face major threats to our nation's safety and security, we write with one simple request: work with us to … Continue Reading

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