Press Releases

December 07, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce $1.5 Million in Federal Funding to Help Virginians on Public Assistance Become Self-Sufficient

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that 18 Virginia localities will receive more than $1.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help Virginia families who receive federal housing vouchers and public housing residents reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies, by providing tools and resources that will assist them in gaining job skills and increasing their earned … Continue Reading


December 06, 2015

Kaine Statement On President Obama's Address To The Nation

HARRISONBURG, VA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the President's address to the nation this evening: "Tonight President Obama laid out a comprehensive strategy for defeating ISIL and unequivocally called on Congress to finally vote to authorize the use of military force against the terrorist group. The President stated that such a measure would demonstrate that the American people are united … Continue Reading


December 04, 2015

Sens. Warner & Kaine Sign Amicus Brief Filed with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined 216 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the President's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The amicus brief encourages the Court to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Texas, et al., which blocked the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Sens. Warner & Kaine: Compromise Highway Bill Returns $6.2 Billion to Virginia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine voted for the FAST Act, a bipartisan House-Senate agreement on highway and transit funding which returns $6.2 billion in federal transportation funding to Virginia over the next five years. Congress has not passed a transportation funding bill lasting longer than two years since 2005, and the five-year FAST Act will give states, transportation planners and contractors the time and certainty needed to make desperately-needed … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On British Parliament Vote To Authorize Airstrikes Against ISIL In Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today: "Yesterday, after many hours of public debate, the British Parliament voted to authorize airstrikes against ISIL in Syria. And in the coming weeks, the German Parliament is expected to debate this important issue as well. We welcome the increased support of some of our strongest European allies in this fight, particularly as a show of unity … Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Assist Eugenics Victims with State Compensation Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, excluding payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits. Without this legislation, many eugenics victims who receive compensation payments from states, including Virginia and North Carolina, could see their federal benefits reduced or even have … Continue Reading


November 30, 2015

Key Provisions Of Kaine’s Teach Safe Relationships Act & Cte Bills Included In Final Education Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following today's announcement of the final conference report on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine welcomed the bill's inclusion of key provisions he authored to help prevent sexual assault and strengthen career and technical education (CTE) in schools across the country. A key provision of the Teach Safe Relationships Act, legislation Kaine introduced with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill last February, was included … Continue Reading


November 20, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $1.2 Million In USDA Funding For Community Buildings & First Responders In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $1,191,500 in funding throughout Virginia to improve community facilities and support first-responders. Today's funding was made available through USDA's Community Facilities Loans and Grants Program. "This federal funding will help improve essential community facilities and will ensure that Virginia's first responders have the tools they need to keep our … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $144,000 In USDA Funding To Bring Locally-Grown Food To Virginia Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $144,581 in grant funding to communities in Virginia to improve and expand access to locally-grown foods. Today's funding - made available through the USDA's Farm to School Grant Program - will connect child nutrition programs with local farmers and ranchers in Virginia, increasing access to fresh and healthy foods. "These grants will strengthen local … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Kaine Statement on Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today: "The horrific attacks in Paris and Beirut last week - and a direct threat to Washington soon after - are a grim reminder that ISIL is not going away. Our national security and the safety of the American people will always be my top priority, and I continue to believe a Congressional vote to authorize the U.S. mission against ISIL would … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

After Paris Attacks, Kaine And Flake Renew Call For Congress To Authorize War With ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the Paris attacks last week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Jeff Flake, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor today to renew their call for Congress to debate and vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL. In June 2015, Kaine and Flake introduced compromise authorization language as a starting point for debate, building upon previous efforts in the Foreign Relations Committee and the … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Kaine, Collins, Murray, Schatz Introduce Bill To Help Prevent Youth Homelessness & Keep Struggling Families Together

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation to help prevent youth homelessness, improve support services and housing for youth and families, and help ensure children are raised in supportive, stable households. The Family Unification, Preservation and Modernization Act would improve supportive housing - programs that integrate housing with social services - and policies for children and … Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $3 Million In USDA Funding To Support Virginia Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today's funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia. "Agriculture is an economic driver and job creator throughout the Commonwealth. These grants will help … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $96,000 In HUD Funding To Help Fight Veterans’ Homelessness In Harrisonburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of Veteran's Day tomorrow, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced today that Harrisonburg, Virginia will receive a $96,700 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will be awarded to public housing agencies to provide affordable housing and rental assistance to homeless veterans. "The brave men and women who have worn our nation's uniform deserve to know that their country will take care of them when they return … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Kaine Joins Colleagues In Urging President To Prioritize Strengthened MOU With Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 15 of his Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to prioritize a new, strengthened Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington this week. A new MOU would help ensure Israel has the tools and resources necessary to prepare for, respond to, and defend against threats in the Middle East. In a letter to President Obama, the lawmakers wrote, "In the face … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Kaine Statement on Release of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "I applaud the public release of the negotiated version of the Trans-Pacific trade pact. Contrary to claims that this is a 'secret deal,' the text is being made available - significantly earlier than required - for all to review and analyze in the coming months before it is subject to a vote in both houses of Congress. I look forward to having extensive dialogue with Virginians about the provisions of the … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Va. & Md. Senators Joint Statement on New Metro GM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that Paul Wiedefeld has been named Metro's new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer: "We're pleased to finally see this progress in bringing on new management for Metro after a year-long search. "As federal lawmakers, we have been strong advocates and effective partners for Metro. In his years of service to … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bill To Help Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced legislation to help prevent opioid overdose deaths by encouraging physicians to co-prescribe the life-saving drug naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and by making naloxone more widely available in federal health settings. The Co-prescribing Saves Lives Act will enable more health professionals to get naloxone - a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses - into the homes of people who are at-risk of overdose. "In every … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Va. Delegation Urges President to Continue Federal Support for Port of Va.’s Craney Island Project

WASHINGTON - Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Obama to support funding to expand the Port of Virginia. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the members urged the Administration to support funds for a … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Kaine Joins 11 Colleagues In Calling For Investigation Into Wrongful Discharge Of Servicemembers With Mental Health Disorders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined 11 of his colleagues in calling on the Department of Defense to conduct a full investigation into recent allegations that the U.S. Army has, since 2009, wrongfully dismissed more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they returned from deployment and were diagnosed with mental health disorders. In a letter addressed to Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning and Chief of Staff … Continue Reading

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