Press Releases

March 30, 2016

Maryland and Virginia Senators Renew Push for Full Funding of WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D- Va.) are calling on congressional appropriators to fully fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) at authorized levels. The senators pointed to this federal funding as a key way to rebuild Metro operations to be efficient, reliable and safe at all times - particularly in the light of the system's recent safety challenges that demonstrated how much work still remains to achieve … Continue Reading

March 29, 2016

Warner, Kaine Call For New Resources To Combat Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are calling for additional federal resources to investigate and enforce sexual assault laws on college and university campuses. The four Senators joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues to voice support for increased funding for the federal agency responsible for handling thousands of complaints related to campus sexual assault each year. "Campus sexual … Continue Reading

March 23, 2016

Warner & Kaine Call For Additional Funding To Combat Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have called on Senate appropriators to increase federal funding to address the nation's prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. As the Senate Appropriations Committee drafts its FY 2017 spending proposals, Warner and Kaine joined 20 Senators from both sides of the aisle to express strong support for effective drug prevention and treatment programs that will save lives, reunite families and strengthen communities. "As you … Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Kaine Statement On The Attacks In Brussels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium: "Acts of terror have once again taken the lives of too many innocent people and brought a bustling capital to a halt. My heart goes out to the people of Belgium and I offer my strongest support to the Belgian and international authorities working around the clock to find those responsible for … Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Warner, Kaine Support Labor Dept. Audit Of Federal Cafeteria Contractor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in urging U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to audit Compass Group and its subsidiaries across the federal government to ensure that Compass Group is paying its workers the wages they have earned and properly classifying them based on their job duties. Today's letter to Secretary Perez - signed by Sen. Warner, Sen. Kaine, and all 44 of their colleagues in the Democratic caucus - follows … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Kaine Joins Colleagues In Pushing For Funds To Repair Crumbling Critical Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U. S. Senator Tim Kaine joined seventeen colleagues in pushing to boost investment in water infrastructure repairs. In a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, the Senators pressed for $70 million in 2016 funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). With the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan highlighting aging water infrastructure across the country, Kaine and other Senators are seeking … Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

Senate HELP Committee Approves Kaine & Capito Bill To Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to help address the prescription opioid and heroin abuse epidemic in America. The Co-prescribing Saves Lives Act would encourage physicians to co-prescribe the life-saving drug naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and make naloxone more widely available in federal health settings. The bill can now … Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin, Capito Introduce Bill To Redesign High School With Greater CTE Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience by making courses more relevant to students' future careers. The bill would provide federal funding for partnerships between school districts, employers and institutions of higher education in Virginia and other states that integrate high-quality career and technical … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Kaine Statement On The Nomination Of Merrick Garland To The Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on President Obama's nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "Merrick Garland is a well-respected jurist with impeccable qualifications and unrivaled experience. His legacy as an attorney includes overseeing high-profile domestic terrorism cases. He has also garnered enthusiastic support from Democrats and Republicans … Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Kaine Statement On Metro Closure Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on tomorrow's Metro closure: "While this is an unprecedented step and a major inconvenience for thousands of daily commuters, it's also the type of tough call that signals WMATA's new management team is doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety of Metro riders. Employers across the region - including OPM - should offer their employees flexibility tomorrow as they face limited transit … Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Kaine Statement On Atlantic Oil Drilling Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's decision not to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean: "I have long believed that the moratorium on offshore drilling, based on a cost-benefit calculation performed decades ago, should be re-examined. Today's announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management suggests that they have grappled with this question and concluded that the risks of such production … Continue Reading

March 11, 2016

Warner, Kaine Press Navy Secretary To Swiftly Address Contaminated Water Supply Around Fentress Airfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the U.S. Navy's announcement that the contamination of drinking water on and around Naval Air Landing Facility (NALF) Fentress in Chesapeake, Virginia is more widespread than previously reported, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine pressed Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to swiftly address the issue and ensure the immediate needs of local community members are met. Full text of the letter is below: Dear Secretary Mabus, We write to request information on … Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Senate Passes Bill Kaine Cosponsored To Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill that will help expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts. The bill takes a comprehensive approach to addressing a crisis that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than vehicle crashes. It also includes a bipartisan amendment that Kaine introduced to help protect seniors who are vulnerable to medication abuse. "Across Virginia, we continue to see the … Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

Warner, Kaine Join Supreme Court Amicus Brief Demonstrating Congressional Support For Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the President's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Court is slated to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Texas - the legal case that currently blocks implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. "President Obama made a lawful … Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $840,000 To Combat Sea Level Rise In Hampton Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced today that Hampton Roads will receive $844,847 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for adaption and management strategies to address sea level rise. Hampton Roads is one of the communities most vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise in the country, second only to New Orleans. "Families in Hampton Roads are already experiencing the consequences of climate change through flooding roads and … Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $23 Million To Combat Homelessness In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that over $23 million will be awarded to promote ending homelessness in Virginia though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. "I'm very pleased Virginia will receive this funding to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth," Sen. Warner said. "This funding will help individuals and families return to self-sufficiency and strengthen our communities." "We must stay … Continue Reading

March 03, 2016

Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will need to close by 2021 absent funding for a full rehabilitation. The bridge has been undergoing emergency repairs since last year. Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Barbara Comstock, along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs, estimated to cost as much as $280 million. "Memorial Bridge was built to symbolize the … Continue Reading

March 02, 2016

Warner & Kaine To Senate GOP: Uphold Your Constitutional Duty By Holding A Hearing & Vote On Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to abandon their obstructionist tactics and do their jobs by committing to hold a hearing and vote on the eventual Supreme Court nominee. Following a meeting with President Obama yesterday, Senator McConnell and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley doubled down on their pledge to forego a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing or … Continue Reading

February 29, 2016

Kaine Statement on Medal of Honor Recipient Navy SEAL Edward Byers Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today: "Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. demonstrated immeasurable courage, bravery and service to his country in Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor is our nation's highest military award, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Byers' actions to protect his fellow SEALs in the face of grave danger was heroic and truly above and beyond the … Continue Reading

February 26, 2016

Kaine Statement on the Hesston, Kansas Shooting

RICHMOND, VA - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the follwoing statement today: "The shooting yesterday in Hesston, Kansas underscores the need to take seriously this epidemic of gun violence. That's why I support legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of individuals subject to a restraining order. It also emphasizes why Congress needs to support the President's executive actions to combat gun violence with sufficient funding to strengthen background checks and provide the … Continue Reading

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