Press Releases

April 08, 2014

Kaine Statement On Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in honor of National Equal Pay Day: "Today, on Equal Pay Day, I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring women have the tools they need to address wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap. It is unacceptable that in 2014, women in Virginia make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. "This isn't just a women's issue, it's a family and economic issue. Such pay disparity decreases the wages of working families - … Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Kaine Statement On Restoration Of Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of a bipartisan compromise to restore emergency unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2 million long-term unemployed Americans today, including as many as 20,000 Virginians, according to some estimates: "Today, the Senate came together to help the nation's most vulnerable by reaching a bipartisan compromise to restore emergency unemployment benefits for more than 2 million long-term unemployed … Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Senate Unanimously Approves Kaine, Rubio Syria Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014 (S. Res. 384), introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Marco Rubio, was unanimously approved by the Senate late last week. The resolution requires the President to develop and submit to Congress within 90 days a more robust U.S. strategy for addressing the Syria humanitarian crisis. S. Res. 384 condemns the unlawful use of violence against civilians in Syria, urges all parties in the country to allow for immediate, unfettered … Continue Reading


April 06, 2014

Kaine Statement on Indian Elections and Support for the U.S.-India Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in advance of India's national election: "On April 7, 800 million Indians of astounding linguistic and religious diversity will head to the polls for India's 16th national election since independence. This will be the largest exercise of democracy in history. On behalf of the United States Senate, I convey my admiration and best wishes to the people of India. "As the world's oldest and largest democracies, … Continue Reading


April 05, 2014

Kaine Discusses Small Business Issues & Economic Development At Asian-American Community Roundtable In Falls Church

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion in Falls Church on Friday with Asian-American community leaders and small business owners to discuss economic issues impacting Asian-Americans, as well as the importance of building stronger U.S. trade relationships. "Today, success in the global economy is about education and global connections," said Kaine. "If you have global connections you'll be stronger. A global connection can be a Dulles Airport with 409 nonstop … Continue Reading


April 05, 2014

Kaine Statement On Afghan Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today's elections in Afghanistan: "The Afghan people sent a message of resilience and determination during today's presidential and provincial elections. Initial reporting indicates voter turnout was high. The Afghan people demonstrated a commitment to defy those who seek to intimidate them through violence. Their perseverance and courage is an example for us all. I send my congratulations to all the people of … Continue Reading


April 02, 2014

Kaine Highlights Benefits Of Affordable Care Act For Women, Announces Support For Legislation To Strengthen Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine discussed the positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for millions of women in Virginia and across the country, sharing the stories of three Virginians: "We have a 27-year-old woman in Charlottesville who was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Before the ACA, her previous insurance plan refused to cover her surgery because cancer was a preexisting condition, but she is now enrolled in a health plan under the … Continue Reading


April 02, 2014

Kaine, Warner Applaud Committee Passage Of Bill To Grant Federal Recognition Of Virginia Indian Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the "Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2013," a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, was passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The legislation would grant federal recognition of six Virginia Indian tribes: the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. These tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of … Continue Reading


April 01, 2014

Kaine Delivers Floor Speech On Raising The Minimum Wage And Economic Inequality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today delivered the following remarks on the minimum wage and economic inequality: Mr. President, I rise to talk about a whole series of issues--including unemployment insurance and the minimum wage--that are designed to help Americans attain economic mobility and get a fair shot to move up in the way our economy is designed to work. This morning the Budget Committee had a hearing entitled ``Opportunity, Mobility, and Inequality in Today's Economy.'' … Continue Reading


March 28, 2014

Kaine Holds Economic Development Roundtable In Clifton Forge, Discusses Career And Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and elected officials from Covington, Alleghany County and Clifton Forge at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to learn more about regional economic development and current challenges facing the community, including the impact of sequestration and other federal budget cuts to the public education system. "Anything I do well in the Senate is because I started out in local government," … Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Aid Package For Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate approved a bipartisan aid package for Ukraine. "Passing this legislation sends a strong signal of support to the people of Ukraine, who are suffering from Russian aggression in clear violation of international norms. The package includes much-needed economic assistance for the people and government of Ukraine, as well as tough sanctions that target … Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Kaine Urges State Department To Expedite Processing Of Visas For Afghan Interpreters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine urged the Department of State to expedite the processing of Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghan nationals who served as interpreters for U.S. troops during the past 12 years of war. The program was created through the 2009 Afghan Allies Protection Act, but bureaucratic processing delays have left interpreters and their families waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. "Because they … Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Kaine Discusses Jobs & Economy With Latino Business Leaders From Northern Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and Latino business leaders from around the country to discuss economic issues impacting the community, as well as job creation, education and workforce development. During the roundtable, Kaine discussed the significant economic contributions Latinos have made in Virginia, highlighting two successful Virginians in attendance, Carlos Del Toro, President and CEO of Alexandria-based SBG Technology … Continue Reading


March 25, 2014

Kaine Statement On Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Cases Before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today as oral arguments began at the Supreme Court in the cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius: "The issue before the Supreme Court today is whether requiring for-profit companies to provide access to contraception coverage for employees is unconstitutional. I do not believe it is, and I hope the Supreme Court rules in favor of a woman's right to make her own … Continue Reading


March 18, 2014

Kaine Calls On President Obama For Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers From Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined more than 175 Senators and Representatives to write a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. "[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a "year of action" and build upon the momentum of 2013 by signing an … Continue Reading


March 16, 2014

Kaine Statement On Russian Recognition Of Crimea Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Russia's recognition of today's referendum in Crimea: "Today, Russia has again isolated itself in the international community over Ukraine by recognizing an illegitimate referendum in Crimea that did not include all of the Ukrainian people. Yesterday, Russia was the sole 'no' vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution that was supportive of the territorial sovereignty and self-determination of the people … Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Flood Insurance Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after the Senate sent the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to the President to be signed into law: "I'm pleased we sent the President legislation that protects coastal homeowners, including many in Hampton Roads, who would have seen their flood insurance premiums skyrocket this year due to mandated rate increases under the National Flood Insurance Program. We're not talking about millionaire vacation … Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Kaine Announces Support For Drug Sentencing Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today announced his support for the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013, bipartisan legislation that would modernize our drug sentencing polices by giving federal judges more discretion in sentencing those convicted of non-violent offenses. Making these incremental and targeted changes could save taxpayers billions in the first years of enactment. In testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed a proposed … Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Bipartisan Childcare Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014: "Today, we put partisanship aside to pass legislation that will improve the daily lives of Virginians by ensuring families have access to quality, affordable childcare. This bill reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which aids more than 21,000 children in Virginia each month, and makes improvements that help ease the … Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Kaine, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Group Of Senators To Introduce Resolution Calling For New Humanitarian Strategy In Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the heels of three devastating reports released this week that highlight how more than 5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by the three-year-long Syrian crisis (UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision), U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on President Obama to develop and submit to Congress a more robust U.S. strategy for addressing the … Continue Reading

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