Press Releases

July 01, 2015

Warner, Kaine Press OPM On Security Clearance Backlog

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) today pressed Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta for more details on how the agency plans to address the government security clearance processing backlog after OPM identified a vulnerability in the web-based platform that is used to complete and submit background investigation forms, which resulted in taking the system offline for an estimated … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

In Turkey, Kaine Delegation Visits Gaziantep And Ankara

Flickr photo album can be found here ANKARA, TURKEY - Today, a Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, completed a two-day visit to Turkey. Yesterday, the delegation traveled to the Syrian border town of Gaziantep to meet with interim Syrian government officials and local council representatives, Syrian opposition forces, as well as independent Syrian media activists. The delegation also visited an urban … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Kaine Statement on Announcement of Formal U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President's announcement of an agreement re-establishing formal diplomatic relations with Cuba: "Today's announcement of an agreement re-establishing formal relations and opening embassies between the United States and Cuba marks the beginning of a new era in American diplomacy in Latin America. I'm confident a policy of engagement rather than isolation will … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Warner, Kaine Sound The Alarm On Failure To Reauthorize The Export-import Bank

Washington - Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a warning to their congressional colleagues ahead of the scheduled expiration of the Export-Import Bank - an export credit agency that guarantees loans to help foreign companies buy U.S. exports - at midnight tonight. "At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. … Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Kaine Leads Congressional Delegation To Kuwait, Iraq & Turkey

AMMAN, JORDAN - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, arrived today in Amman, Jordan after spending three days in Kuwait and Iraq. Kaine is leading a Congressional Delegation to the region focused on the U.S. mission against ISIL and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria. In Kuwait City on Saturday, the delegation paid their respects at the Grand Mosque to national officials and families impacted by the Friday ISIL bombing … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

During National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Kaine Sponsors Bill For Expanded Access To Care Planning Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would ensure patients and their families have access to a care planning session with their doctor to help them understand the diagnosis, treatment options, and what medical and community services are available when planning for Alzheimer's disease. The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act would increase access to information for newly diagnosed individuals and their … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Extending Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide: "By recognizing the constitutional right of all people to marry the person they love, the Supreme Court has guaranteed that, across the country, same-sex couples will have their relationships treated with the full legal dignity and respect that they deserve. With our country's fundamental ideal that 'all men are created equal' in mind, I … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation To Assist Victims Receiving Eugenics Compensation Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Richard Burr (R-NC) to introduce the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, which would exclude payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits. American eugenics and compulsory sterilization laws were implemented by 33 states in the early 20th century, and led to the forced sterilization of … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Kaine Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Housing Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project: "Today's Supreme Court decision affirms the importance of fighting the effects of housing discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional. As a former fair housing attorney, I have seen how communities can be harmed by inequitable housing policies. We have made significant progress towards … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Kaine Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act: "I applaud the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold the important tax credits that millions of Americans - including nearly 300,000 in Virginia - rely on to access high quality, affordable health care. The decision is a direct rejection of the heartless effort led by health care law opponents to push families - many of whom … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Chief Sharon Bryant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement upon the passing of Sharon Bryant, former Chief of the Monacan Nation: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Chief Bryant's passing. Bryant was a strong leader for the Monacan people and a pioneer for women. Her death is a loss to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, and my heart goes out to the Monacan Nation during this time of mourning." During her tenure as Chief, Kaine worked with Bryant in the ongoing call for the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Warner, Kaine Join Senate, House Colleagues To Introduce Legislation To Restore And Advance The Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two years after the Supreme Court removed core protections in the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a group of their colleagues to introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA), legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. Since the Supreme Court ruling, states and localities throughout the country have passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting … Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Kaine Calls For Investigation, Action To Address Mortgage Industry Housing Discrimination In Minority Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a group of senators in sending a letter to federal housing, finance, and consumer protection regulators calling for an investigation into potential violations of the Fair Housing Act by banks and lenders neglecting the maintenance of foreclosed homes based on the racial makeup of communities where the properties are located. The letter asks the regulators to take appropriate actions to put a stop to any unequal treatment. Kaine spent much … Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Kaine Statement On Governor Mcauliffe’s Call To Remove The Confederate Flag From Virginia License Plates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "I support Governor McAuliffe's call to remove the Confederate battle flag from state-issued Virginia license plates. The use of the flag by public bodies is integrally connected to celebration of the cause of the Confederacy, which is inimical to American values. With the Supreme Court's decision last week in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., prior court rulings in Virginia that have … Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan VA Reform Legislation To Combat Opioid Overmedication

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 11 of their colleagues to introduce the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, bipartisan reform legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services through the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). The bill, crafted in close consultation with medical professionals and veterans service organizations, focuses on … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Answering Call From Kaine, Portman & Baldwin, President Obama Announces CTE Scholars Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order recognizing U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The announcement came in response to a bipartisan letter from U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman and Tammy Baldwin urging the White House to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to commend the efforts of students who have chosen CTE pathways. Kaine, Portman and Baldwin, co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education … Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Kaine Statement In Commemoration Of Juneteenth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in commemoration of Juneteenth: "On this day 150 years ago, Major-General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas bearing news that would fulfill the Emancipation Proclamation's promise of freedom. As word broke that the war had finally ended, people began to celebrate the end of slavery in the South. This day has become known as Juneteenth, and a century and a half later, Juneteenth celebrations … Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Kaine Reintroduces Middle Step Act To Create CTE Pilot Program In Middle Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Barbara Boxer, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Bob Casey, introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration. The Middle STEP Act would establish a pilot program that allows middle schools to partner with postsecondary institutions and … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Kaine Statement On Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, which called for greater individual and societal action to combat climate change: "Pope Francis today reiterated what has long been confirmed by overwhelming evidence: climate change exists, it is significantly driven by human activity, and we have an obligation to do something about it - for affected communities at home like Hampton Roads that are affected by seal level … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Kaine Statement On Defense Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, which includes amendments he introduced condemning sequestration cuts and strengthening credentialing programs, as well as a number of other provisions that benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry and defense community. Following passage of NDAA, Kaine voted against a motion to begin debate on the Fiscal … Continue Reading

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