Press Releases

April 02, 2019

Kaine, Coons Call On Trump To Increase Efforts To Secure Release Of Americans Wrongfully Detained In Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Chris Coons, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to use all leverage possible to help secure the release of the American citizens and residents imprisoned in Iran and elsewhere. In the letter, Kaine and Coons called on the Trump Administration to form a multinational task force to help secure the release of those wrongfully detained in Iran, raise this issue in negotiations … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Warner, Kaine Urge Armed Services Leaders To Protect Military Families In Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) called on the Senate Armed Services Committee to include in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act portions of an essential bill to address hazards in private military housing. The Senators introduced the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act last month in response to a Reuters investigation that exposed health, safety and environmental hazards in … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Warner, Kaine Urge Trump Admin. To Withdraw Rule That Would Take Away Nutrition Benefits, Eliminate Jobs

Washington - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and a bipartisan group of 43 other Senators to urge the Trump Administration to rescind a proposed rule that would take away nutrition benefits from Americans struggling to find stable employment. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Senators asked Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw this proposal, which would make it harder for states to provide … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Kaine Statement On Saudi Release Of Three Women's Rights Activists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement following Saudi Arabia's temporary release of three women's rights activists, including Aziza al-Youssef, a U.S. legal permanent resident and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University: "I'm relieved that Aziza al-Youssef, Iman al-Nafjan, and Ruqayyaa al-Mhareb have been released. But I remain concerned about the unjust charges against them. … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Warner & Kaine Celebrate Pay Raise For Federal Employees In Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are celebrating the culmination of their successful efforts to get federal employees in Virginia Beach and Norfolk a much-deserved pay raise, as the President signed an executive order that designates a locality pay adjustment for Hampton Roads. This adjustment will increase salaries for approximately 30,400 Virginians in Virginia Beach and Norfolk in order to better reflect the rising costs of living in the area. Warner and Kaine … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce ‘For The People’ Act To Put Power Back In The Hands Of The American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with 45 of their colleagues, introduced the For the People Act, a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would make government work for the people. The landmark legislation aims to restore the promise of American democracy by making it easier, not harder, to vote; ending the dominance of big money in politics; and ensuring that public officials work for the public interest. Earlier this month, the House passed their … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

With Rise In White Supremacist Attacks, Kaine Introduces Bill To Combat Threat Of Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Dick Durbin to introduce legislation to address the growing threat of white supremacists and other violent right-wing extremists. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would enhance the federal government's efforts to prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement in addressing it. "The … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrike Killing Seven – Including Children – In Yemeni Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed seven people at a hospital in Yemen as the nation marks four years since the start of the war: "Yesterday, seven people - including four children - were killed when a missile struck a rural hospital in northwest Yemen. Both the Senate and House have voted to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Kaine, Carper Introduce Bill To Restore Congressional Oversight On Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Reclaiming Congressional Trade Authoritiy Act of 2019 to restore the role of Congress in overseeing international trade matters. The bill would mandate expanded Congressional involvement in international trade decisions by requiring the Trump Administration - and future Administrations - to further analyze, communicate, and justify … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Warner, Kaine, Van Hollen Introduce Budget Amendments To Protect Federal Workers And Contractors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) - all members of the Senate Committee on the Budget - filed four amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution aimed at protecting federal employees and contractors. The amendments would put the Senate on the record in favor of preserving retirement security for federal employees, and providing back pay to service contractors affected by the recent federal government … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Warner, Kaine Praise Recommendation By Air Force To Permanently House F-22 Training Unit In Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement after U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the Air Force recommends relocating the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Unit (FTU) to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads: "We are pleased that after careful evaluation, the U.S. Air Force has determined that Joint Base Langley-Eustis should permanently house the F-22 training squadron. There is nowhere better to … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, and Dianne Feinstein to introduce the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "TPS recipients have made countless contributions to Virginia and our nation - often after fleeing countries plagued by … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Warner, Kaine, Harris Introduce Amendment To Improve Military Housing In FY20 Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), members of the Senate Committee on the Budget, filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution to ensure military families have safe and healthy housing. The amendment would protect the wellbeing of our nation's military families by creating a reserve fund to address health hazards in military housing that does not affect the national deficit. "Thousands of servicemembers call … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Support For Striking Entire Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration backed a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be eliminated: "The Trump Administration has long wanted to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act, which would take health care away from millions of people and threaten protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Now they … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Senators Coons, Graham, Kaine, Isakson Statement On Cyclone Idai

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), each members of the Senate Foreign Relations' Africa Subcommittee, released the following statement after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations' Africa Subcommittee, we stand with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar who are facing the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. "We … Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

Bipartisan Senate Leaders Condemn Arrest Of Interim Venezuelan President Guaido’s Chief Of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today called for the immediate and unconditional release of Roberto Marrero, Interim Venezuela President Juan Guaidó's chief of staff. Marrero was abducted by Venezuelan secret police early this morning in a desperate attempt by criminal elements of the outgoing regime to intimidate members of the internationally recognized government. The inflammatory move came as Venezuelans are … Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Kaine Introduces Bill Allowing Workers To Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are ill, need to care for a sick family member, obtain preventive care, or address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "Too often, American workers are forced to choose between taking time off to care … Continue Reading


March 18, 2019

Kaine Statement On Military Construction Projects At Risk Of Losing Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Pentagon's list of military construction projects that are at risk of losing funding in order for President Trump to build his border wall: "President Trump is putting his border wall ahead of the safety of our troops. The projects that could lose funding include military training centers in Virginia, a plant to prevent water contamination at Camp Lejeune, … Continue Reading


March 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Veterans’ Access To Mental Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve veterans' access to mental health care and help ensure veterans' lives are not lost to suicide. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act is a comprehensive approach to connect more veterans with the mental health care they need. The bill seeks to improve care through the Department … Continue Reading


March 17, 2019

Following Trip To Colombian-Venezuelan Border, Kaine Calls On U.S., International Community To Support Venezuelan People

Photos of Senator Kaine's trip can be found here. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Colombia) Video of his interview on Face the Nation can be found here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today on CBS's Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke about his trip to the Colombian-Venezuelan border where he visited with families forced to flee their homes and met with local officials about the ongoing humanitarian crisis. During his trip, Kaine met with Colombian President Iván Duque … Continue Reading

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