Press Releases

February 25, 2016

On Steps Of Supreme Court, Warner & Kaine Join Call For A Hearing & Vote On President Obama’s Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined fellow members of the Senate Democratic caucus outside of the U.S. Supreme Court to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to hold a hearing and vote on President Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee. This week, Senate Republicans reiterated their intentions to forego a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing or vote on any nominee President Obama names to fill the Court's vacancy, regardless … Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Kaine Statement On The Passing Of Lou Gunn

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the passing of veterans advocate and Department of Veterans Affairs grief counselor Lou Gunn: "Lou Gunn's tireless advocacy made him a hero in the eyes of his fellow veterans and military families across the Commonwealth. Though he will be missed, his legacy lives on in the cause that he championed and in the immeasurable impact that he had on the veterans he … Continue Reading

February 16, 2016

Warner, Kaine, Wittman Announce More Than $50,000 In Hud Funding For The Pamunkey Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman announced today that the Pamunkey Indian Nation will receive $50,282 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the development and management of affordable housing. Earlier this month, the Pamunkey's federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs became effective, which gives the tribe eligibility and access to federal benefits such as housing, education and health … Continue Reading

February 14, 2016

Kaine Statement on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "Senator McConnell's pre-emptive statement that he will try to block any nominee of President Obama to the Supreme Court - no matter how qualified - is a perversion of the very notion of justice. Surely the American public is entitled to a Senate that will examine a nominee on his or her own merits. I urge the President to nominate a successor to Justice Scalia of stellar qualification and integrity. And I urge … Continue Reading

February 12, 2016

Virginia Receives $2.7 Million In Federal Grants To Protect Civil War Battlefields

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that Virginia has been awarded nearly $2.7 million in federal grants to help protect and preserve Civil War battlefields across the state. The grants were awarded by the National Park Services American Battlefield Protection Program, which Kaine led the bipartisan effort to reauthorize in 2014. The program leverages funds from states and landowners to preserve Civil War battlefields at risk of being lost to haphazard development. … Continue Reading

February 12, 2016

Warner, Kaine, Griffith Announce Additional $42 Million In Army Corps Funding For Dickenson County Flood Control

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9) announced that Dickenson County will receive an additional $42 million in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow for the environmental work, design and construction of a new elementary school. Today's announcement is in addition to $17 million in funding announced Wednesday to offset construction costs for the new Ridgeview High School, which opened last year. The … Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Kaine, Warner, Scott, Butterfield, Beyer, NAACP Introduce Commission To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Congressmen Bobby Scott, Don Beyer, G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau introduced the 400 Years of African American History Act - legislation that would establish a commission to plan programs and activities in 2019 across the country to recognize the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Similar commissions have been established to … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Sanctions Against North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act today, 96-0: "Recent provocations by the North Koreans, including the ballistic missile launch and nuclear tests, violate numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions and pose a significant threat to both the United States and our allies in the region. I'm proud to join … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Warner, Kaine, Griffith Announce $17 Million In Army Corps Funding For Flood Control Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith announced long-anticipated funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Dickenson County, Virginia to offset construction costs for the new Ridgeview High School. Dickenson County will receive at least $17 million as part of the three-state Army Corps flood control project on the Levisa and Tug Forks and Upper Cumberland River. The funding comes from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fund for … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Warner, Kaine Statement On Discussion Of Perimeter Rule At Reagan National Airport During House Faa Reauthorization Markup This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on possible changes to the perimeter rule at Reagan National Airport being considered in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's markup of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill this week: "We are closely watching the House's work on FAA reauthorization. From our perspective, one way to seriously complicate this work right out of the gate is to start fooling … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Senators Cardin, Coons, And Kaine Applaud Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage Of Tunisia Quartet Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Committee's passage of S.Res. 330, which congratulates the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution commends the Quartet for forging peaceful political compromises and reaffirms the United States' commitment to support Tunisia as it continues on the path to democracy, stability, and … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Warner & Kaine React To President Obama's Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statements on President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017): Senator Warner said: "The President's budget contains funding proposals to grow our economy and strengthen our national security against 21st century threats such as cyberattacks. As we saw with the OPM hack that exposed the personal information of millions of people, our federal IT and … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin, Isakson Applaud Bipartisan Passage Of Career & Technical Education Month Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Johnny Isakson - co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus - applauded unanimous passage of a bipartisan resolution to encourage educators to promote career and technical education (CTE) as an option for students. In addition to recognizing the importance of career and technical education in preparing a skilled workforce, the resolution also designates the month of February as "Career … Continue Reading

February 08, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Applaud Funding for Virginia Tech to Advance Innovation

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that Virginia Tech will receive almost $500,000 in federal funds to support startup creation, innovation, and help turn technology into jobs across Southwest Virginia. "CatalyzeVT: Expanding the Innovation Ecosystem in the Roanoke-Blacksburg Region of Virginia" was chosen to receive the funding as part of the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) 2015 Regional … Continue Reading

February 05, 2016

Sens. Warner, Kaine Call for Additional Funding to Respond to Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - As the threat of the Zika virus grows, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined colleagues in urging President Obama to devote increased funding to the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Program at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to enhance efforts to control outbreaks, counter the spread of the disease in Puerto Rico and other areas in our country where it is already present, and prevent transmission in the United States. With at least one … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Kaine Commends FDA Action Plan On Opioid Abuse And Misuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine commended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today for taking steps to address the prescription opioid epidemic in America - a crisis that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than vehicle crashes. The FDA's plan includes many initiatives Kaine has advocated for through legislation in the Senate, including expanding the use of advisory committees to ensure careful review of new opioid drugs and increasing access to the life-saving drug naloxone. … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Warner & Kaine Back Virginia Employer In Antidumping And Fair Trade Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with a bipartisan group of 25 other senators, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Penny Pritzker supporting U.S. steel producers in antidumping remand proceedings. The investigations are in response to petitions filed by U.S. steel rebar manufacturers, which allege Turkish rebar companies are illegally subsidizing the manufacture of rebar and dumping it on the U.S. market, undercutting U.S. rebar … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Virginia Delegation And Mcauliffe Administration Hail Groundbreaking Of Embassy Security Training Facility At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, Don Beyer and Scott Rigell released the following statement welcoming the groundbreaking of a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. "After years of unnecessary delays and hurdles, the brave men and women who serve in our embassies around … Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Video: In Armed Services Committee Hearing, Kaine Makes Case For Fully Integrating Female Servicemembers Into All Combat Units & Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed his support for fully integrating female servicemembers into all combat units and operations today at a hearing examining the implementation process of the new military policy. "A story that I find relevant: women were not allowed to run the marathon in the Olympics until 1984. There was a belief that physically they would not be able to run it," Kaine said. "Today, 30 years later, the men's … Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Warner, Kaine Praise Federal Recognition Of The Pamunkey Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to grant federal recognition to the Pamunkey tribe: "We are thrilled that federal recognition of the Pamunkey tribe is finally official. With this long-overdue designation, the Pamunkey is the first Virginia tribe to be recognized and receive access to critical federal benefits - a development we hope will pave the way for Congress to grant federal recognition … Continue Reading

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