Press Releases

October 16, 2014

Kaine Concludes Trip To India, Afghanistan, Pakistan And Qatar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, have returned from a nine-day visit across the Middle East and South Asia that included stops in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar. "The opportunity to meet face-to-face with top government officials, … Continue Reading


October 15, 2014

In Qatar, Senators Kaine, King Meet With Prime Minister And Visit Al Udeid Air Base, Discuss Operations Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Capping a nine-day visit across the region that included stops in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King traveled to Qatar, where they met with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and visited Al Udeid Air Base, home of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) which functions as the "nerve center" for the ongoing air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria and for Operation Enduring Freedom in … Continue Reading


October 14, 2014

In Pakistan, Kaine, King Discuss Regional Security With Senior Government Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, were in Pakistan October 12-14 to meet with U.S. Embassy officials as well as high-level Pakistani officials. The Senators met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Advisor … Continue Reading


October 12, 2014

In Afghanistan, Kaine, King Meet With President Ghani & Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, were in Afghanistan the past two days to visit with U.S. troops and U.S. Embassy personnel, as well as meet the leaders of the new Afghan government. The Senators were the first members of Congress to meet with … Continue Reading


October 10, 2014

Senators Kaine, King Conclude Four-Day Visit To India

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, wrapped a four-day visit to India that included stops in New Delhi and Mumbai. In New Delhi, the senators met with senior Indian defense and foreign affairs officials, including National Security Advisor … Continue Reading


October 09, 2014

Kaine, Forbes And Hurt Send Letter To Secretary Kerry Urging Action On Foreign Affairs Security Training Center At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of the recent attack against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) and Rep. Robert Hurt (VA-05) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry requesting action on the long-awaited construction of a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett, Virginia. In April 2014, the State Department reaffirmed its earlier decision in 2011 to locate such a facility at Fort Pickett. Unfortunately over the past … Continue Reading


October 07, 2014

Senators Kaine, King Arrive In India

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, have arrived in India. Their visit, October 7-11, includes stops in New Delhi and Mumbai and comes on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States last week. In New Delhi, the … Continue Reading


October 06, 2014

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Clearing Path For Same-Sex Marriages In VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision not to review same-sex marriage cases in Virginia and four other states, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to begin taking place in the Commonwealth: "In letting the Fourth Circuit's decision stand, the Supreme Court has given loving couples across the Commonwealth the freedom to marry. I join countless Virginians in celebrating the end of the discriminatory constitutional … Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Kaine Reiterates Concern Over Planned Postal Consolidations In Roanoke, Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, reiterating his concern over recent decisions by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consolidate the mail processing facilities in Roanoke and Norfolk. Noting that both consolidations would move the centers by nearly 100 miles, Kaine requested that the Postmaster General respond to his questions regarding the moves' effects on jobs and mail service in Virginia. Kaine first … Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Kaine Joins Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urging Support For Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kainejoined 65 of his Senate colleagues to urge Senate leaders to support community health centers, which will face a nearly 70 percent funding cut next September if Congress does not intervene. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the bipartisan group explained that this financial cliff will likely result in site closures and devastating staff layoffs, preventing millions of people in high-need … Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Senators Warner, Kaine Respond To Proposed Rulemaking On Crude By Rail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine yesterday joined hundreds of stakeholders in responding to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) request for public comment on new rules it has proposed, highlighting areas to further strengthen DOT's rules in order to ensure the safe transport of crude-by-rail. On April 30, 2014, a train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg along the James River, resulting in a fire in the downtown area and the release of approximately 20,000 … Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Kaine Calls For Greater Flexibility In Federal Recognition Process For Indian Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on a proposed rule regarding the Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes. Kaine recommended the BIA adopt greater flexibility in its recognition process to account for extraordinary circumstances like the barriers Virginia Indian tribes have encountered on the path toward federal recognition. "Virginia's Indian tribes contributed to the … Continue Reading


September 30, 2014

Kaine Statement On Afghanistan’s Political And Security Transitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on Afghanistan's political and security transitions: "I congratulate both Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on this historic moment in Afghanistan's political transition. Despite the challenges in recent months, both leaders have displayed incredible statesmanship and resolve and I encourage them to … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Kaine Statement On Britain, Denmark, Belgium Joining Military Coalition Against ISIL

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement: "Today the multinational coalition to defeat ISIL was made stronger with new commitments of support from Belgium, Denmark and the United Kingdom. I applaud these nations for answering President Obama's call at the United Nations this week by authorizing their … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Kaine, Holton Address Career And Technical Education Conference In Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton participated in the Association for Career and Technical Education's (ACTE) Region II Leadership Conference in Richmond where they discussed the important role CTE plays in preparing students to succeed in the 21st-century workforce. "I am very excited to join VACTE and the rest of ACTE's Region II members today to talk about what has been one of my greatest passions in the Senate," said Senator … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Kaine Joins Governor McAuliffe To Announce Drug Abuse Task Force

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran in Richmond to announce the creation of a Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Task Force. In June, Kaine joined 11 other members of the Virginia Congressional delegation to call on Governor McAuliffe to establish a statewide task force to address the growing heroin epidemic in Virginia. "I am … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Kaine Sends Letter To Education Secretary In Support Of Proposed Rule To Combat On-Campus Sexual Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in support of a recently proposed rule aimed at combatting sexual violence on college and university campuses. The proposed rule on the implementation of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) would require colleges and universities to publish more robust information on incidents in an annual report, as well as clarify that reported incidents should include … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s Address To The Un General Assembly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released a statement following President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly: "Today President Obama challenged the world to join the effort to degrade and destroy ISIL and called on world leaders to root out extremism and sectarianism in their own countries. And while the … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Kaine, President Sands Visit Virginia Tech Research Center In Arlington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Dr. Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Tech, to tour the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington and learn about some of the university's research initiatives. "It is important for me to see first-hand the great research projects that are being funded through the partnership you have with different federal agencies because I can use this knowledge during budget deliberations," said Kaine. "It is especially important for Congress … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Kaine Addresses Center For American Progress On The Role Of Congress In The Fight Against ISIS

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Well thank you so much. And I want to begin by thanking my good friend Governor Strickland for his kind words and for the invitation of CAP to be here today. There are few people in public life whom I've come to know in 20 years of elected office that I feel as warmly toward both as a public servant and as a person than Ted Strickland. He really sets a great example of public service, but it stems from a moral compass that is undeniable. If you know Ted for five minutes, you … Continue Reading

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