Press Releases

November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Grand Jury Verdict In Missouri

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson: "In light of the grand jury decision not to prosecute officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, I ask authorities to respect the right of all people to express themselves during this understandably emotional time, as well as urge the people of Ferguson and the nation to respond peacefully and constructively. Going … Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on the Iran nuclear negotiations: "While I am disappointed the P5+1 missed today's deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, I believe the extension announced today is better than the alternatives: an inadequate agreement that fails to sufficiently curb Iran's nuclear … Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy

WASHINGTON,D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Timothy Heaphy, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, to step down: "Tim has served the Western District of Virginia with distinction as U.S. Attorney. I appreciate Tim's dedication to combatting prescription drug abuse, human trafficking, and illegal gang activity, and I'm confident his work to promote community outreach and crime prevention will leave a lasting mark on the … Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Secretary Hagel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's decision to step down: "Secretary Hagel has led the Department of Defense through an extremely challenging time in our nation's history, including a severely constrained fiscal environment. He has been a strong advocate for military servicemembers and their families, ensuring the U.S. Armed Forces have … Continue Reading


November 21, 2014

In Response To Letter From Warner & Kaine, DOD Announces Policy Change To Protect Servicemembers From Predatory Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to a letter from U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and three of their colleagues in July 2014, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a policy change today that will prohibit the use of allotments by servicemembers to purchase, lease or rent personal property. This important change will protect servicemembers from businesses that use allotments to trap Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families in illegal predatory loans. "I'm very pleased … Continue Reading


November 21, 2014

Kaine Statement On Campus Sexual Violence Allegations In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, released the following statement on recent sexual violence allegations in Virginia: "The allegations of sexual assault depicted in a recent Rolling Stone article are beyond alarming and cannot be tolerated. If the law enforcement and school investigations into these allegations are found to be true, the individuals and organizations involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition to a comprehensive review of its … Continue Reading


November 21, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation To Reform Black Lung Benefits System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia introduced legislation to help level the playing field for miners battling black lung disease, an ailment caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time that can be debilitating and potentially fatal. Federal law requires that coal companies compensate disabled miners who contract black lung, but employers routinely deploy an array of unfair tactics to avoid paying miners the benefits they deserve. The Black … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Kaine Sobre El Anuncio De Presidente Obama Sobre Inmigracion

WASHINGTON, DC - El Senador Tim Kaine hizo las siguientes declaraciones sobre el anuncio del presidente Obama sobre inmigración de esta noche: "En junio de 2013, tuve el orgullo de votar a favor de un proyecto de ley bipartidista, que al ser aprobado, tomaría medidas importantes para reparar nuestro quebrantado sistema migratorio. Después de casi un año y medio de inacción de la Cámara de Representantes, apoyo la decisión del presidente Obama … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama's Immigration Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, released the following statement on President Obama's immigration announcement tonight: "In June 2013, I was proud to cast my vote in support of bipartisan legislation that would take major steps to fix our broken immigration system. After nearly a year and a half of inaction from the House, I support President Obama's decision to take action within his executive authority to address some of the problems our bipartisan Senate bill set out to … Continue Reading


November 19, 2014

Warner And Kaine Applaud Selection Of Joint Base Langley-Eustis As A Finalist For New Air Force Support Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised today's news that the United States Air Force is considering Joint Base Langley-Eustis as one of four finalists for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC). Warner and Kaine met with senior Air Force leadership in July to urge the selection of Joint Base Langley-Eustis as it considered sites across the country. In a time of sequestration and austerity for the military, this new headquarters could bring … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Kaine Statement On Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Senate's vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: "Tonight the Senate made the right decision to reject a proposal I believe would take our country's future in the wrong direction. We can't throw the brakes on the use of fossil fuels - that would be unrealistic and hurt our economy. But we have a responsibility to generate cleaner energy tomorrow than we do today. Based on the scientific consensus that carbon … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statement On Forest Service Management Plan For George Washington National Forest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following joint statement on the U.S. Forest Service's announcement of a final management plan for the George Washington National Forest: "We're pleased that the Forest Service's final management plan announced today for the George Washington National Forest closes the overwhelming majority of lands in the Forest to horizontal drilling activities, with the remaining portion comprising acreage that has been leased in the … Continue Reading


November 17, 2014

Sens. Warner, Kaine Sign Onto Legislation To Create High-Skilled Korean Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine signed onto bipartisan legislation to provide up to 15,000 visas annually for Koreans with specialized skills that are lacking in the U.S. labor market. "Smart reforms in the high-skill visa program will help Virginia businesses struggling to find qualified individuals to fill open positions. This bipartisan approach will help Virginia businesses fill this labor gap, and it also will strengthen existing strong, bilateral … Continue Reading


November 14, 2014

Kaine Meets With Honduran Jesuit Priest Father Melo Moreno To Discuss Important Role Of Civil Society And Non-Governmental Organizations In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Senator Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Father Ismael "Melo" Moreno, a Honduran Jesuit and well-known human rights activist. Kaine and Father Melo discussed the evolution of the Jesuit role in Honduras, where Kaine worked with Jesuit missionaries in 1980 - 1981. Father Melo, who directs two Jesuit ministries: Radio Progreso and E.R.I.C. (The Team for Reflection, Research and Communication), highlighted the important role of … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Kaine And Menendez Meet With Central American Leaders To Discuss Regional Efforts To Address Root Causes Of Migration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez met with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez to discuss Central American efforts to address the factors driving migration and threatening the social fabric and long-term prosperity of the region. The Central American leaders highlighted short-term actions to curb the flow of undocumented migrants and … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Kaine Y Menendez Se Reunen Con Lideres Centroamericanos Para Hablar Sobre Las Causas De La Migracion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Senador Tim Kaine, miembro del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, Y el presidente dicho comité, el Senador Robert Menéndez, se reunieron con el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala Carlos Morales y el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de El Salvador Hugo Martínez para hablar sobre los esfuerzos centroamericanos para enfrentar las causas del flujo migratorio que también amenaza la prosperidad de la región. Los … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Warner, Kaine Express Support For Confirmation Of Elizabeth Dillon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine expressed their support for Elizabeth K. Dillon, nominee to the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider her nomination. "Elizabeth is exceptionally well qualified to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a judge for the Western District of Virginia. She possesses the experience, integrity, temperament and expertise that we expect of … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Kaine Statement of Support for Confirmation of Elizabeth Dillon

Madame Chair and Minority Leader Grassley, I support the nomination of Elizabeth K. Dillon to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. I am happy the Judiciary Committee has taken the initial step toward confirming the first female judge for this court. Elizabeth Dillon's career reflects a dedication to the law that has focused on employment issues, civil rights, and local government that will serve her well as a federal district court judge. She boasts extremely … Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Kaine Statement On US-China Agreement To Control Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the agreement announced by the United States and China today to control carbon pollution through clean energy cooperation: "The United States has taken bold steps to reduce carbon pollution through technology innovation and smart incentives to get cleaner and more efficient with energy, yet we know other countries must follow suit. Today we heard that China - the world's most populous country and most heavy carbon … Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Kaine Discusses Urgent Need for a Debate and Vote on an Authorization for use of Military Force Against ISIL at Woodrow Wilson Center Event

Full Transcript: Thank you and good morning! If past history is any guide, I'm hoping that a lame session will be followed by a virile duck, so that is my hope for the next two months. I want to thank Jane for the introduction and the opportunity to be here with Jim and Jack to talk about an issue that I'm very passionate about. Hard to say everything I want to say in ten minutes, but let me try to just say three things. First, and I never do this, I'm going to talk a little bit about why … Continue Reading

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