Press Releases

February 09, 2016

Warner & Kaine React To President Obama's Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statements on President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017): Senator Warner said: "The President's budget contains funding proposals to grow our economy and strengthen our national security against 21st century threats such as cyberattacks. As we saw with the OPM hack that exposed the personal information of millions of people, our federal IT and … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin, Isakson Applaud Bipartisan Passage Of Career & Technical Education Month Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Johnny Isakson - co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus - applauded unanimous passage of a bipartisan resolution to encourage educators to promote career and technical education (CTE) as an option for students. In addition to recognizing the importance of career and technical education in preparing a skilled workforce, the resolution also designates the month of February as "Career … Continue Reading

February 08, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Applaud Funding for Virginia Tech to Advance Innovation

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that Virginia Tech will receive almost $500,000 in federal funds to support startup creation, innovation, and help turn technology into jobs across Southwest Virginia. "CatalyzeVT: Expanding the Innovation Ecosystem in the Roanoke-Blacksburg Region of Virginia" was chosen to receive the funding as part of the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) 2015 Regional … Continue Reading

February 05, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Call for Additional Funding to Respond to Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - As the threat of the Zika virus grows, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined colleagues in urging President Obama to devote increased funding to the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Program at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to enhance efforts to control outbreaks, counter the spread of the disease in Puerto Rico and other areas in our country where it is already present, and prevent transmission in the United States. With at least one … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Kaine Commends FDA Action Plan On Opioid Abuse And Misuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine commended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today for taking steps to address the prescription opioid epidemic in America - a crisis that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than vehicle crashes. The FDA's plan includes many initiatives Kaine has advocated for through legislation in the Senate, including expanding the use of advisory committees to ensure careful review of new opioid drugs and increasing access to the life-saving drug naloxone. … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Warner & Kaine Back Virginia Employer In Antidumping And Fair Trade Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with a bipartisan group of 25 other senators, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Penny Pritzker supporting U.S. steel producers in antidumping remand proceedings. The investigations are in response to petitions filed by U.S. steel rebar manufacturers, which allege Turkish rebar companies are illegally subsidizing the manufacture of rebar and dumping it on the U.S. market, undercutting U.S. rebar … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Virginia Delegation And Mcauliffe Administration Hail Groundbreaking Of Embassy Security Training Facility At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, Don Beyer and Scott Rigell released the following statement welcoming the groundbreaking of a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. "After years of unnecessary delays and hurdles, the brave men and women who serve in our embassies around … Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Video: In Armed Services Committee Hearing, Kaine Makes Case For Fully Integrating Female Servicemembers Into All Combat Units & Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed his support for fully integrating female servicemembers into all combat units and operations today at a hearing examining the implementation process of the new military policy. "A story that I find relevant: women were not allowed to run the marathon in the Olympics until 1984. There was a belief that physically they would not be able to run it," Kaine said. "Today, 30 years later, the men's … Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Warner, Kaine Praise Federal Recognition Of The Pamunkey Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to grant federal recognition to the Pamunkey tribe: "We are thrilled that federal recognition of the Pamunkey tribe is finally official. With this long-overdue designation, the Pamunkey is the first Virginia tribe to be recognized and receive access to critical federal benefits - a development we hope will pave the way for Congress to grant federal recognition … Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

In Leesburg, Kaine Discusses Impacts Of Opioid Epidemic Among Older Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. In the past, Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia to discuss the harmful impacts of opioid abuse on communities in the Commonwealth. "This is an issue of passion for me because it's an issue that affects every last zip code and region … Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Warner And Kaine Welcome Navy Response On Ship Repair Workloads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the Navy is providing additional predictability to the ship repair industry following a shortfall in workload requirements for the Hampton Roads area that has led to layoffs at several shipyards. Specifically, the Navy will expedite repair work on the USS Gettysburg, USS Tortuga, and USS Winston Churchill and will outsource two submarine maintenance availabilities to the private sector, in order to provide … Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Leaders from 20 VA Colleges Share Student Loan Debt Concerns During Roundtable Hosted by Sens. Warner & Kaine

WASHINGTON - Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact of rising student loan obligations during a roundtable conversation organized by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The students represented a diverse cross-section of Virginia's public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities. An estimated 60% of Virginia college students graduate with student debt, and … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Kaine Urges CDC To Release Delayed Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined five of his Senate colleagues to urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release delayed opioid prescribing guidelines. Over-prescription of opioid painkillers puts patients at risk of abuse, misuse and addiction and is closely linked to an escalating heroin crisis. Also signing the letter were U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Manchin and Edward J. Markey. "The United States is … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Kaine Introduces Legislation To End Gun Industry's Liability Shield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to introduce the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act which would ensure that the gun industry - manufacturers, sellers and interest groups - is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety. The bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). A companion bill in the House of Representatives was … Continue Reading

January 22, 2016

Kaine Joins 21 Democratic Senators To Express Concern Over Immigration Raids On Central American Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined 21 of his Senate Colleagues to express profound concern in a letter to President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding DHS's targeted immigration enforcement operations against mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. "We are troubled by the priorities reflected in … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Kaine: Refugees Are Not Our Enemy; ISIL Is Our Enemy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today after voting against consideration of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (SAFE): "Today I voted against consideration of a bill that would have labeled millions of innocent people fleeing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II as enemies of the United States. Instead of allowing amendments that would actually keep … Continue Reading

January 16, 2016

Kaine Welcomes Iran Deal Implementation Day And Release Of American Prisoners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement on Implementation Day of the Iran nuclear deal and Iran's release of four American prisoners: "Today is a good day for international security. Significant, concrete steps have now been taken to ensure that Iran cannot create or acquire a nuclear weapon.‎ Additionally, the news … Continue Reading

January 15, 2016

Warner and Kaine Applaud Progress In Selection Of Winchester Site For FBI Central Records Complex

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded an announcement by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that it intends to acquire a 60-acre land parcel on Route 50 east of Winchester for construction of a new $98 million FBI records facility. The FBI Central Records Complex, which has been in the planning stages for more than a decade and which included a GSA evaluation of at least three potential sites in or near Winchester, will consolidate paper … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce 2016 Virginia Delegates To Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the two Virginia students selected to represent the Commonwealth in the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Monica Marciano of Front Royal who attends Wakefield Country Day School and William Shangraw of Sterling who attends Potomac Falls High School will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and spend one week in March participating in the program in Washington. This year's program will include major policy … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Kaine Statement On Retirement Of Congressman Scott Rigell

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Congressman Scott Rigell's retirement: "Scott Rigell has played a unique role in the House of Representatives throughout his three terms. There are few Members of Congress who are as focused on doing what's right and working with any and all partners to find common ground. I am thankful for Scott's service to the Commonwealth and I will really miss working … Continue Reading

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