Press Releases

July 09, 2014

Kaine Introduces Legislative Fix To Protect Women’s Health In Aftermath Of Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. Kaine joined lead Senate sponsors Patty Murray and Mark Udall and 34 of their Senate colleagues to introduce the bill in response to the Supreme Court's … Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

Kaine Applauds New Effort To Curb Heroin, Prescription Opioid Abuse In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement following the Obama Administration's announcement of the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy at Blue Ridge Behavioral Health in Roanoke today. The Administration is investing $25.5 billion to help tackle the growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic through new public health and criminal justice initiatives: "Heroin and prescription opioid drug abuse has posed significant economic and public health challenges for the Roanoke … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Kaine Statement On Afghanistan’s Electoral Process

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 electoral process: "I am concerned about the allegations of fraud in the most recent round of Afghanistan's presidential election. Today's announcement of preliminary results are just that - preliminary. A thorough and transparent audit is essential to investigating the allegations of fraud … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passing Of Judge James Turk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of U.S. District Court Judge James Turk: "Judge Turk was an outstanding jurist who never let his position distance himself from the real world issues that people brought into his courtroom to solve. His judicial temperament was a near perfect example of what all judges should aspire to - diligent, intelligent, compassionate, professional, decisive. I had the fortune to practice before him on … Continue Reading


July 02, 2014

Kaine Holds Veterans Roundtable In Culpeper, Tours George Mason Career And Technical Education Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his five-day tour of the Commonwealth in Culpeper and Manassas. In Culpeper, Kaine met with veterans and held a roundtable discussion on improving care for servicemembers and ensuring the job market understands and values their skills. "The idea for my first bill in the Senate came from discussions just like this with veterans in Virginia who told me about how difficult it is to find employers who understand how skills from military … Continue Reading


July 02, 2014

Kaine Statement On The Abduction And Murder Of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today: "I was extremely troubled to hear about the death of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenage boy, in apparent retribution for the killing of three Israeli teens. I condemn this act of senseless violence. I urge the Israeli security services to bring the perpetrators to justice. I also implore … Continue Reading


July 02, 2014

Kaine To Attend Richmond Forum On Racial Equality To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will attend a forum on racial equality in America to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The forum is co-hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly and the Library of Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Congressman Bobby Scott will also deliver remarks. Today, July 2, 2014 Forum on Racial Equality 5:30 PM Library of Virginia 800 East Broad Street Richmond, … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Warner, Kaine Commend The Navy For Moving Forward To Refuel USS George Washington

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded the U.S. Navy for moving forward to begin work on the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington - a top defense priority for the Virginia delegation. "Navy sources confirm that a $182 million contract could be awarded soon to Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding, the only shipyard capable of building and refueling the world's largest warships," Defense News reported … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Kaine Announces New Career And Technical Education Legislation In Fishersville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a tour of the Valley Career and Technical Center in Fishersville today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced new bipartisan legislation to raise the quality of career and technical education (CTE) programs at schools in Virginia and across the country. The Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act would amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to better meet the needs of a 21st century workforce and ensure students have access to the highest-quality CTE … Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Kaine Statement on the Deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kaine released the following statement today: "I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic outcome of the missing Israeli teenagers, and my prayers are with the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar. Their capture was an act of cowardice and the U.S. should support the Israelis and Palestinian Authority to help find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. If Hamas is found responsible, this would be yet another example of a … Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Kaine Statement On Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely-held, for-profit employers may deny women critical preventive health care and family planning services: "I cannot understand how a majority of the Supreme Court can say that an employer, for religious reasons, may deprive employees of health care coverage for contraception but for no other standard medical service or treatment. It makes the case less … Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Kaine, Rigell, Scott, Wittman Host Sea Level Rise Conference In Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressmen Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman, as well as Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms hosted a regional conference on sea level rise at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. The forum focused on meeting the challenges Hampton Roads faces due to sea level rise and land subsidence and how to promote action at the federal, state and local level to address the region's needs. The two panels of policy … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Workforce Innovation And Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): "I'm proud to support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that streamlines the nation's workforce development system," said Kaine. "By allowing states like Virginia the flexibility to better tailor programs to meet real employment and workforce demands, we can strengthen the economy and train … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

On Senate Floor, Kaine Calls for Congressional Authorization of U.S. Military Action in Iraq & New AUMF

Madam President, I rise to discuss the current crisis in Iraq. In particular I want to discuss an important question: Would Congress need to approve any U.S. Military combat action in Iraq? Last week the President summoned Congressional leadership to the White House to discuss the deteriorating situation in Iraq and a potential United States response. Press reports of the meeting had members quoted the President as saying he had all necessary authority for military action already and some … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

Kaine Statement On Silver Line Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line is scheduled to begin service on July 26, 2014: "Today's announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line will begin service on July 26th is news we've been anticipating for years. This was one of the most challenging infrastructure projects I worked on as Governor, and it wouldn't have been possible without years of hard work and innovative thinking from bipartisan … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

Kaine Statement On Conviction Of Al Jazeera Journalists

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 after three Al Jazeera journalists were convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison: "The conviction today of foreign journalists in Egypt is most troubling. There are few democratic principles so well-established as the right of reporters to inform the public without fear of persecution. "It is my … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Lisa Murkowski in supporting the Sportsmen's Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that contains 12 bills to ensure sportsmen's traditions are protected, provide sportsmen more access to federal lands, and support conservation efforts. "The bipartisan Sportsmen's Act conserves public land while promoting outdoor recreation activities that support jobs across the Commonwealth," Kaine said. "By increasing opportunities … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Kaine, Warner Announce That Virginia-Led Consortium Will Recieve $5M Grant For Research On High-Tech Transportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced today that a consortium of universities including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University have received a $5 million grant to conduct crucial research and development of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable modes of transportation. The Department of Transportation grant, which was awarded to the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s Iraq Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement on Iraq today: "I am encouraged that the President is dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to first try to improve political conditions in this challenging environment. The current situation in Iraq is ultimately a crisis of governance, which has … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Kaine Delivers Floor Speech Introducing The 'Welcome Home' Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mr. President, I rise today to talk about an American memory and the absence of a memory. And the lesson that I draw both from the memory and the absence compels me to introduce a resolution today. First the memory. I would submit that the most known photograph in the history of the United States is the Alfred Eisenstadt photo of a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square. If you google V.J. Day photo, you'll find more than 31 million links. Joy, celebration, gratitude, the … Continue Reading

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