Press Releases

May 29, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud More Than $6.9 Million in Funding for Virginia Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $6,914,080 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help support health centers across the Commonwealth as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. "We are glad to see this funding go towards helping support these health centers as they continue to work around the clock to provide crucial care for members of the community during this pandemic," said the Senators. The … Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Kaine & Blackburn Call On Senate Leadership To Support Live Entertainment Industry Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) led a letter signed by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Doug Jones (D-AL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) urging Senate leadership to include targeted relief to support workers in the live entertainment industry in future coronavirus response legislation. Coming into the crisis, more than 60,000 Virginians worked in … Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Kaine Statement On Coronavirus Antibody Test Results

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement: "My wife Anne and I recently tested positive for antibodies to coronavirus. "I tested positive for the flu earlier this year and was given standard medication to treat it. The symptoms lingered and I continued to receive treatment from my physician for the flu through mid-March. At the end of March, I experienced new symptoms that I initially thought were flu remnants and a reaction to an unusually high spring … Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

Warner, Kaine Applaud $10.4 Million in Federal Funding for Water Improvement Projects in Virginia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $10,453,400 in federal funding for water improvement projects in rural Virginia. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was awarded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. "Virginians deserve access to safe drinking water and waste disposal systems, regardless of whether they live in a dense city, or a small rural community," said the Senators. "That's why we're glad to … Continue Reading

May 22, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Of Colleagues In Calling On Administration To Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned On COVID-19 Front Lines

Lawmakers Push President Trump, Defense Secretary, and FEMA Administrator to Address National Guard Health Care, GI Bill, and Retirement Benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the … Continue Reading

May 21, 2020

19 Senate Democrats, Led By Murphy, Kaine, & Van Hollen, Caution Israel Against Unilateral Annexation Of West Bank Territory

In a Letter to Netanyahu and Gantz, Senators State They Would Not Support Such a Move Which Would Critically Endanger Prospects for a Negotiated, Lasting Peace WASHINGTON-On Thursday, 19 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Senate Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), expressed grave concern regarding unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory potentially as early as July. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and … Continue Reading

May 20, 2020

Warner & Kaine Cosponsor Bill To Expand Access To Restaurant Meals Program Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine cosponsored legislation to increase the ability for Americans struggling with food insecurity to receive restaurant meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the COVID-19 Anti-Hunger Restaurant Relief for You Act of 2020-or the SNAP CARRY Act-expands eligibility for the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) and waives program requirements to make it easier for states and restaurants to participate in the program during … Continue Reading

May 19, 2020

Kaine Introduces Bill To Create COVID-19 Victim Compensation Fund For Essential Workers

Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act will create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by COVID-19 WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Tammy Duckworth, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillibrand to introduce a bill that would create a new fund to provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who … Continue Reading

May 19, 2020

Va. & Md. Senators Announce $877M for WMATA

~ Funding awarded through the CARES Act ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will receive $876,806,108 in federal transit funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "We were proud to fight for this additional support for Metro and other local transit systems as part of the CARES Act. Public … Continue Reading

May 19, 2020

Kaine Joins Colleagues To Call For Increased Opioid & Substance Use Crisis Funding In Coronavirus Relief Package

As COVID-19 Increases Isolation and Stress, Senators Ask for $2 Billion to Combat Opioid and Substance Use Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - As reports suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the opioid crisis, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a letter urging House and Senate leadership to increase the federal investment for state, local and tribal governments, and treatment providers who are leading our nation's response to the … Continue Reading

May 15, 2020

Senators Hassan, Kaine Call for Release of Full CDC Reopening Guidelines

Senators Write to Vice President Pence: 'Guidance needs to be based on science and evidence -- not politics or ideology' WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) - both members of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee - are calling on the White House Coronavirus Task Force to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release full reopening guidelines. The Senators' letter to Vice President Mike Pence comes after … Continue Reading

May 13, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $5 Million for Harrisonburg Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $5,445,336 in federal funding for public transportation in Harrisonburg. The funding was authorized by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine. "As we continue charting a way out of this crisis, cities and localities will need to work to make sure that our public transit is not just reliable, but safe for the … Continue Reading

May 13, 2020

Manchin, Durbin, Kaine, Brown, Casey, Capito, Warner Introduce Bill To Protect Miners From COVID-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) within 7 days of enactment to protect our miners from COVID-19 exposure at the mines. Additionally, the bill would forbid mine operators from … Continue Reading

May 12, 2020

Under Questioning From Kaine, Dr. Fauci Agrees US COVID-19 Death Rate Is ‘Unacceptable’

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield about the Trump Administration's failure to mitigate the COVID-19 death toll in the United States. Kaine highlighted the stark differences in the death rate in the U.S. compared to South Korea. The two nations confirmed their first cases … Continue Reading

May 12, 2020

Warner And Kaine Introduce Legislation To Ensure Students Have Access To Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

The current public health emergency is exacerbating a longstanding "homework gap" that requires immediate action by Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined more than 40 of their colleagues to introduce the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is the Senate companion to legislation recently introduced in the … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Help State And Local Governments Provide Paid Leave During Pandemic

Bill makes state and local governments eligible for Emergency Paid Leave Payroll Tax Credits WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin and Tina Smith to introduce a legislative fix that would help state and local governments provide public employees with paid leave when they need it most. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law in March, requires many public and private employers to provide paid leave for workers affected by the … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

In Response to Rising Unemployment, Democrats Introduce Legislation to Invest $15 Billion in Workforce Training Needed to Relaunch the Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined Ranking Member Patty Murray and House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott in introducing legislation to invest $15 billion in America's workforce training infrastructure as well as career and technical education. The Relaunching America's Workforce Act authorizes funding to help workers sharpen their skills and quickly re-enter … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $8 Million In Federal Funding To Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity Across Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7,961,099 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand COVID-19 testing capacity at 26 health centers across Virginia. These grants were awarded as part of the Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) program. "We must expand testing capacity for COVID-19 in Virginia and across the country," the Senators said. "This federal funding will directly help health … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Presses Trump Administration On COVID-19 Response

Video: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the Trump Administration's response to the coronavirus and the stark differences in the death toll in the United States vs. South Korea. He asked Dr. Collins why South Korea's death toll increased from 28 on March 3 to … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Kaine Statement On Senate Vote To Override Trump Veto Of His Bipartisan War Powers Resolution

Watch video of Kaine's floor speech calling for a veto override here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after the Senate voted on whether to override Trump's veto of his bipartisan war powers resolution. The vote was 49-44, but did not reach the two-thirds threshold required to override a presidential veto. The resolution would prevent further escalation of hostilities with … Continue Reading

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