Press Releases

May 25, 2016

Statement of U.S. Sens. Mark Warner & Tim Kaine On Senate Vote to Repeal Wasteful USDA Catfish Inspection Program

Washington - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following joint statement today after the Senate voted 55-43 to repeal a wasteful and duplicative U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program that is harmful to Virginia seafood producers: "The catfish inspection program is a waste of taxpayer dollars. This unnecessary, duplicative program offers no benefits for safety or consumer health, and simply creates extra burdens for Virginia seafood … Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

In Keynote Address, Kaine Discusses Formulating Cybersecurity Doctrine And Investments In Cyber Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' event, "Cybersecurity After Information Sharing," in which he argued that unanswered doctrinal questions and the effects of budget uncertainty have undermined the United States' cybersecurity posture. Kaine supported the creation of a commission that would offer lawmakers policy recommendations on how best to strike a balance between strengthening national … Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and military construction and facilities. On a bipartisan vote of 89-8, the Senate voted to approve Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) and Transportation, … Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Protect Women’s Access To Contraceptives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act, legislation to ensure that any woman with a valid prescription is not denied or intimidated when requesting birth control or emergency contraception at pharmacies. "No woman's access to contraception should be denied at the pharmacy counter after she has made a decision with her doctor," said Kaine. "I'm proud to sponsor this important piece of legislation that will defend the freedom of women's … Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Promote Apprenticeships, Help More Students, Workers And Employers Compete In The Global Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation's workforce development system through high-quality, registered apprenticeship programs. The EARNS Act would support pre-apprenticeship programs as well as new or expanding programs that provide nationally recognized credentials and help secure academic … Continue Reading

May 18, 2016

Kaine Calls For Increased TSA Funding To Help Address Long Wait Times, Ensure Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the summer's busy travel season rapidly approaching and lines growing longer at the nation's airports, today U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 22 of his Senate colleagues in calling for increased funding for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help address long wait times and better ensure passenger safety. TSA funding has decreased by nearly $250 million since 2011 even though the number of passengers screened has increased. In 2015, TSA screened more than … Continue Reading

May 18, 2016

Kaine Calls On President Obama To Fulfill Commitment To Resettle 10,000 Syrian Refugees In America

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a group of 26 Senators calling on the President to fulfill the Administration's commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year. So far in the first seven months of FY 2016, only 1,736 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States. Kaine has previously called for U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees and has urged the Administration to establish humanitarian safe zones in Syria. "We write to … Continue Reading

May 17, 2016

Warner & Kaine Vote To Advance Emergency Zika Virus Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted to advance $1.1 billion of emergency supplemental funding for the prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak. The provision is expected to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act, which is currently being considered by the full Senate. "There's still a lot we don't know about the Zika … Continue Reading

May 17, 2016

Kaine On Obstruction Of President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee: We Cannot Blind Ourselves To How Our Actions Are Perceived

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, the 62nd anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the importance of having a fully functioning Supreme Court while sharing a sense of how the continued obstruction of President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court has been perceived by many of his constituents across Virginia. "I cannot say why the Senate would be so willing to break … Continue Reading

May 16, 2016

In VMI Commencement Address, Kaine Urges Graduates To Uphold Constitution, Renews Calls For Authorization Against ISIL

LEXINGTON, VA - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, delivered the 2016 commencement address at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). In his remarks, Kaine urged the cadets to uphold their oaths to protect the Constitution of the United States by never compromising on the "strict moral compass and a passion for integrity" VMI ingrains in its graduates. Kaine cited Congressional members' unwillingness to take up an authorization of … Continue Reading

May 13, 2016

Kaine Joins Colleagues Calling For Change In Culture At Department Of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senate colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Veterans First Act, legislation that would strengthen services for veterans and help change the culture at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "We owe every veteran - including nearly 800,000 veterans who call Virginia home - timely access to quality health care. That starts by addressing their medical needs and correcting VA inefficiencies," … Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Kaine Applauds Virginia Wins in 2017 Defense Bill, Calls For Transparent Approach To DOD Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Committee's Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a number of provisions he advocated for to benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry and defense community. The bill was reported out of committee today and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. "I'm proud this bill includes many provisions that will benefit … Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Invest in Virginia Infrastructure and Research

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development funding legislation, by a bipartisan vote of 90-8. The first of 12 appropriations bills providing discretionary funding for the federal government, the bill provides funding for projects under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation at the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear … Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Kaine Urges FDA To Approve Mandatory Prescriber Training On Opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined six of his Senate colleagues in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to swiftly implement an advisory committee's recommendations to approve mandatory education and training for prescribers of extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids, which were praised by the Washington Post's editorial board. The Senators also asked the FDA to broaden the scope of the agency's existing risk management strategy to include immediate-release … Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Warner, Kaine Statement On Announcement By WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following joint statement today on Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's announcement that Metrorail service will undergo a year-long overhaul to fix systemic safety problems. "For years, we have been waiting to see a take-charge management plan to deal with Metro's safety issues and we appreciate the General Manager's release of a proposed repair plan today that grasps the urgency of the situation. This plan may … Continue Reading

May 05, 2016

Following Call From Kaine To Expand Program, White House Announces First Class Of CTE Presidential Scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, President Obama announced that the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars will include 20 recipients for outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education (CTE) fields. Last year, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, led a successful, bipartisan effort to expand the Presidential Scholars program to include CTE. This year marks the first time the prestigious recognition will be awarded to … Continue Reading

May 04, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $3.1 Million For Low-Income Housing In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will receive $3,140,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Housing Trust Fund (HTF). The funding is aimed at preserving the supply of low-income housing and increasing homeownership for low-income families across Virginia. "We're pleased that families across the Commonwealth will continue to have access to affordable housing. A … Continue Reading

May 03, 2016

Warner, Kaine Statement On NTSB Report On 2015 Metro Smoke Incident

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report on the deadly 2015 Metro smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza: "More than fifteen months after the smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza, we are extremely disturbed that many of the safety hazards that allowed that deadly accident to occur have not yet been addressed. As the report states, responsibility for this incident, which resulted in the … Continue Reading

May 03, 2016

Warner, Kaine Urge Dept. of Education to Clarify Legal Protections for LGBT Students Across the Country

WASHINGTON - In response to recent attempts of legislatures in states like North Carolina to limit the rights of LGBT people and transgender students, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with 38 Senate Democrats, urged the Department of Education to release comprehensive guidance on the full scope of protections afforded to transgender and gender non-conforming students in our middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In recent years, both the Department of … Continue Reading

May 02, 2016

Wittman, Kaine, Warner, And Forbes Encourage Administration To Reconsider Decision Not To Extend Support To Communities Impacted By February Tornadoes

WASHINGTON - Representative Rob Wittman, joined by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Representative Randy Forbes, sent a letter to President Obama Friday supporting Governor Terry McAuliffe's appeal of the administration's decision not to issue a major disaster declaration after severe storms and tornadoes hit Virginia on February 24th. The deadly storms caused significant damage throughout the Commonwealth, especially in Sussex, Appomattox, and Essex Counties, stretching local and state … Continue Reading

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