Press Releases

July 17, 2016

Kaine Statement On Baton Rouge Police Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the police shootings in Baton Rouge: "The shooting today in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and injured others is an atrocity. All must condemn it." "I worked with dedicated police officers as Mayor of Richmond and Governor of Virginia. And now as Senator, I see dedication by our Capitol Police every day. My heart goes out to law enforcement everywhere and to their families who worry when they … Continue Reading

July 15, 2016

Kaine Announces Support For The PAWS Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, announced his support for new legislation to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act, would help veterans suffering from PTSD to access innovative treatment methods to improve their quality of life. The bill was originally introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and … Continue Reading

July 14, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $700,000 in Funding for Telehealth Services in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for three Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects that will help connect rural communities in Southwest Virginia with medical and educational experts in other parts of the state and increase access to mental health care and specialty services. Carilion Medical Center in Roanoke will receive $434,182 to provide psychiatric, mental health and … Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Bicameral Compromise Bill To Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass bipartisan and bicameral compromise legislation to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts. The bill, which includes provisions authored by Kaine, takes a comprehensive approach to addressing a crisis that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than vehicle crashes. "I've seen firsthand how significant an impact the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic is having on … Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

Kaine Cosponsors Bill Supporting Tax Incentive For Cleaner Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his support for a bill to expand a key tax incentive for the development and use of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. This legislation would support a path forward for developing commercially viable cleaner coal energy production, as part of a national strategy to generate more energy with less pollution over time. "I believe it is in our nation's interest to make energy production cleaner and less … Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

Kaine Discusses Economic Development, Human Rights, & Fight Against Government Corruption With President Of Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, met with President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras to discuss economic and human rights conditions in the country and the fight against government corruption. Photos of today's meeting are available here. "It was great to sit down with President Hernández to discuss the issues mutually important to our nations," Kaine said. "I appreciate the efforts of … Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Committee Passage Of Bills To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History & Preserve Petersburg Battlefield Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously passed two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine - one that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619 and another that would add additional historically significant areas around the City of Petersburg to Petersburg National Battlefield. These bills will now advance to the floor for a full Senate vote. "I'm … Continue Reading

July 12, 2016

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Empower Student Loan Borrowers Through Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to help students make smart decisions in the financing of their higher education. The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act would promote financial literacy by providing students who are recipients of federal financial aid with comprehensive counseling services. … Continue Reading

July 12, 2016

Kaine Statement On Hague Tribunal Decision On The South China Sea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling in Philippines v. China: "I was encouraged to see the final ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case of the Philippines v. China over competing claims in the South China Sea. Today's decision at The Hague demonstrates that existing international frameworks like the United Nations Convention on the … Continue Reading

July 08, 2016

Kaine Statement On Dallas Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "The shootings in Dallas last night were a brazen and calculated attack on brave police officers doing their jobs to protect their fellow citizens. I join Americans across the country in condemning this horrific act of senseless violence, mourning the loss of five law enforcement heroes and praying for the recovery of those … Continue Reading

July 07, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Co-Sponsor Bill to Address Humanitarian and Migrant Crisis in Central America’s Northern Triangle

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced their support for legislation to establish a coordinated regional response to effectively address the endemic violence and humanitarian crisis driving women and children to flee from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The Secure the Northern Triangle Act calls for increased refugee processing in the region, and orderly and humane processing of individuals who reach the U.S.-Mexico border seeking protection. It … Continue Reading

July 07, 2016

Kaine, Durbin, Murphy, Shaheen, Boxer Urge President To Make U.S. Support For Ukraine And Eastern Europe A Focus Of Upcoming NATO Summit

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, along with Senators Dick Durbin, Chris Murphy, Jeanne Shaheen, and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to carry a message to world leaders at the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Warsaw, Poland: success in Ukraine and resistance to Russian aggression, including through the rotational deployment of NATO troops to Eastern Europe, are … Continue Reading

July 06, 2016

Kaine, Warner, Scott, Members VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus Applaud House Passage Of Bill To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Representative Bobby Scott applauded unanimous House passage of a bipartisan bill that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619. Kaine and Warner introduced the Senate version and Scott the House version of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act in February. The bill would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country … Continue Reading

July 06, 2016

Kaine Statement On Administration’s Afghanistan Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Obama Administration's announcement regarding troop levels in Afghanistan: "I support the President's decision to adjust the trajectory of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan through the end of next year and believe this informed strategy---based on the security situation, rather than an arbitrary calendar-based timeline---affirms our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and will help ensure that al-Qaeda … Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

Va. & D.C. Congressional Delegation Announces Memorial Bridge Selected for $90 Million FASTLANE Grant

WASHINGTON - Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly … Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Abner Mikva

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of Abner Mikva: "I was truly sorry to hear the news about Abner Mikva's death. I came to know him nearly 30 years ago when a close college friend, Jim Pfander, married his daughter Laurie. And over the years, Ab, Zoe and the entire Mikva family have treated me like one of the family when I've visited Chicago. What an amazing public servant, veteran, Congressman, philanthropist, U.S. Circuit … Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

Kaine Receives Briefing On Virginia’s Zika Virus Preparedness Efforts

RICHMOND, VA - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion in Richmond with Virginia public health officials and health advocacy organizations to learn more about the Commonwealth's Zika virus preparedness efforts, including community outreach and prevention efforts. Kaine discussed how the federal government can work in tandem with local and state officials to effectively fight the spread of Zika as mosquito season gets underway. "State and local health officials are working … Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Push V-A to Move Forward on Local Pilot Program to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Washington - U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are pushing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) for an update on a local pilot program designed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care for our nation's veterans. In a letter to V-A Secretary Robert A. McDonald, the Senators expressed continued concern about long wait times for veterans seeking health care, and pressed the Secretary for an update on the implementation of the National Capital Region Veteran … Continue Reading

July 01, 2016

Sens. Warner & Kaine Announce $160,000 in Funding to Relieve Veteran Homelessness in Hampton

WASHINGTON - As we head into Independence Day weekend, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (V-A) will award $166,336 to the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) to help homeless veterans find affordable and stable housing. "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 home," said … Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Kaine Urges Court to Recognize Protections For LGBT Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and 129 Members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., arguing that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is already prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since these types of discrimination are inherently linked to sex discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of sex is banned under Title VII of the Civil … Continue Reading

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