Press Releases

September 10, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama's Address On ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 in response to President Obama's address on ISIL: "Tonight President Obama made a strong case for the need to degrade and destroy ISIL. The President has worked to enlist partners, including key allies across the region, in this effort - a partnership that will be … Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Kaine Introduces Middle STEP Act To Create CTE Pilot Program In Middle Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today 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 for middle schools to partner with postsecondary institutions and local businesses to develop and implement career and technical education exploration programs that … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Kaine Statement On Transportation Grants For The Port Of Virginia And City Of Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Department of Transportation's announcement of a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) infrastructure grant to the Virginia Port Authority and a $24.9 million grant to the City of Richmond: "I applaud today's announcement of federal transportation grants for the Port of Virginia and the City of Richmond and commend the Governor for his leadership on this effort. The … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT: On Senate Floor, Kaine Calls For Congressional Authorization on Military Action Against ISIL

Mr. President, one month ago, the President initiated an air campaign against ISIL in Iraq. ISIL is a dangerous terrorist organization committing atrocities against thousands of people, including American hostages, and a strong American response to include military action is certainly warranted. In the first month of the air campaign, two explanations for the mission were given by the President. We began with a mission for humanitarian purpose and also the need to protect American embassy … Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Kaine Statement On Governor’s Healthcare Announcement & Plan To Combat Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Governor Terry McAuliffe's "A Healthy Virginia" plan and initiatives announced by Attorney General Mark Herring to combat drug abuse in the Commonwealth: "I'm pleased Governor McAuliffe will act to expand healthcare services to more than 200,000 Virginians and has answered our call to create a Task Force to Combat Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse, which will be a critical tool as we address the rapid spread … Continue Reading


September 04, 2014

Kaine CODEL Visits Naval Station Rota, Meets With Virginia Servicemembers

ROTA, SPAIN - 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, visited Naval Station Rota in Rota, Spain. This week, Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation to North Africa and Spain, including Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA), Congressmen Adam Schiff (CA), Albio Sires (NJ), Juan Vargas (CA) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR). During the visit, the delegation … Continue Reading


September 04, 2014

Virginia, Maryland Senators Praise OPM’s Decision to Allow Federal Employees to Carryover Flexible Spending Account Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with Senators Mark Warner, Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, who combined represent 13.7 percent of the nation's federal workforce, applauded the recent U.S Office of Personnel Management (OPM) decision to allow federal employees to carryover up to $500 in unspent Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds from one year to the next. Federal FSA (FSAFED) participants will now be allowed to use unspent funds from the previous year to pay for eligible … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

In Morocco, Kaine CODEL Meets With Government Officials, Civil Society & Business Leaders

RABAT, MOROCCO - 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, and a Congressional delegation including Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Albio Sires (NJ), Juan Vargas (CA) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR) concluded a two-day visit to Morocco. In meetings with Moroccan government officials, Kaine thanked them for the longstanding partnership … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Kaine Statement On Murder Of Steven Sotloff

TANGIER, MOROCCO - 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. Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation this week to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain: "My prayers go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff. His murder was a barbaric act by members of ISIL who yet again proved that what the terrorist group represents has no place in humanity. This tragedy reinforces … Continue Reading


September 01, 2014

Kaine Leads Congressional Delegation To North Africa, Spain

TUNIS, TUNISIA - 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, concluded a two-day visit to Tunisia. Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain. Delegation members include Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Albio Sires (NJ), Juan Vargas (CA) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR). In Tunisia, the delegation met with … Continue Reading


August 28, 2014

Kaine Tours Craney Island, Headlines Hampton Roads Chamber Of Commerce Forum

HAMPTON ROADS, VA - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine capped his two-week tour of the Commonwealth in Hampton Roads. In the morning, Kaine toured the Craney Island dredge fill facility to learn about its current operations, oyster restoration efforts, plans for expansion, and the construction of a new marine terminal on the site that, when complete, will dramatically bolster the container capacity and economic competitiveness of the Port of Virginia. "Expanding Craney Island will be a huge boost … Continue Reading


August 27, 2014

Kaine Visits Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, Philippine Cultural Center In Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with a visit to the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Operations Danny Hunley accompanied Kaine on the tour. An institution of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Apprentice School trains students for careers in shipbuilding. Kaine, who co-chairs the Senate Career and Technical Education … Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Kaine Visits Louisa County High School In Mineral, Tours Reconstruction Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with a visit to Louisa County High School in Mineral, which is under construction after being severely damaged in a 2011 earthquake. Kaine, who co-chairs the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, visited classes studying small animal care, turf maintenance, auto mechanics, and culinary arts, and learned about LCHS's dual enrollment programs in partnership with community colleges in … Continue Reading


August 25, 2014

Kaine Continues Tour Of Commonwealth With Visits To Omega Protein And VIMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his two-week tour of the Commonwealth with stops in Reedville and Gloucester Point. This morning, Kaine toured the Omega Protein Corporation in Reedville. Omega Protein produces nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, using fish from the Chesapeake Bay. Employing 230 employees in Reedville, Omega Protein's direct economic impact to the region is $88 million per year. In the afternoon, Kaine visited the Virginia Institute of Marine … Continue Reading


August 25, 2014

Kaine Statement On Expanded U.S. Military Operations Against ISIL

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 expanded U.S. military operations against ISIL: "Actions by ISIL over the past several months, including the gruesome murder of an American journalist and threats against others, are barbaric and the work of a callous terrorist organization. I agree that ISIL poses a significant terrorist threat to U.S. … Continue Reading


August 22, 2014

Kaine Tours Bristol Compressors, Makes Case For Ex-Im Bank Re-Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine completed his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia with a tour of the plant facilities at Bristol Compressors. Bristol designs and manufactures hermetic compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. In addition to being one of the largest employers in the Southwest region, Bristol is the only compressors manufacturer whose units are made in the United States. After touring the … Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Kaine Hosts Citizen Day Service Project In Grundy, Participates In Project Revive Training In Lebanon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia, hosting a Citizen Day service project and participating in a training session for Project REVIVE. In Grundy this morning, Kaine and members of his staff joined People Incorporated to weatherize the mobile home of an elderly, disabled resident. People Incorporated is a non-profit organization that has served families in Southwest Virginia for 50 years. Citizen Days are opportunities for Kaine … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Kaine Makes Education Stops In Southwest Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia with tours of Lincoln Memorial University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Mountain Empire Community College's workforce training facilities and the construction site of Dickenson County's new Ridgeview High School. This morning, Kaine visited the Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine's (LMU-CVM) new DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC) in Ewing. The program, which … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Warner & Kaine Applaud CFPB Action To Refund Servicemembers Victimized In USA Discounters Scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) recent action to order Norfolk, VA-based USA Discounters to refund $350,000 to consumers victimized in a scam that misled thousands of servicemembers into paying fees for legal protections they already had and for certain services that the company failed to provide. USA Discounters will pay an additional $50,000 civil penalty. "It's outrageous for any retailer to prey … Continue Reading


August 19, 2014

Kaine Presents Service Awards To World War II Women’s Army Corps Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a ceremony honoring Mildred Pretzer, a World War II veteran who served as part of the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Kaine presented Mrs. Pretzer with the Army Good Conduct Medal, the WAC Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Earlier this year, Mrs. Pretzer contacted Kaine's office for assistance in verifying … Continue Reading

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