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  • 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...Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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...Continue Reading

  • 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, unde...Continue Reading

  • 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 ...Continue Reading

  • 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 ye...Continue Reading

  • 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...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. In the past, Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia to discuss the harmful impacts of opioid abuse on communities in the Commonwealth. "This is an issue of passion for me because it's an issue that affects every last zip code and regi...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the Navy is providing additional predictability to the ship repair industry following a shortfall in workload requirements for the Hampton Roads area that has led to layoffs at several shipyards. Specifically, the Navy will expedite repair work on the USS Gettysburg, USS Tortuga, and USS Winston Churchill and will outsource two submarine maintenance availabilities to the private sector, in order to provid...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact of rising student loan obligations during a roundtable conversation organized by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The students represented a diverse cross-section of Virginia’s public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities. An estimated 60% of Virginia college students graduate with student de...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined five of his Senate colleagues to urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release delayed opioid prescribing guidelines. Over-prescription of opioid painkillers puts patients at risk of abuse, misuse and addiction and is closely linked to an escalating heroin crisis. Also signing the letter were U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Manchin and Edward J. Markey. “The United S...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to introduce the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act which would ensure that the gun industry – manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety. The bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). A companion bill in the House o...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined 21 of his Senate Colleagues to express profound concern in a letter to President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding DHS’s targeted immigration enforcement operations against mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. “We are troubled by ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today after voting against consideration of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (SAFE): “Today I voted against consideration of a bill that would have labeled millions of innocent people fleeing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II as enemies of the United States. Instead of allowing amendments that would actuall...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement on Implementation Day of the Iran nuclear deal and Iran’s release of four American prisoners: “Today is a good day for international security. Significant, concrete steps have now been taken to ensure that Iran cannot create or acquire a nu...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded an announcement by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that it intends to acquire a 60-acre land parcel on Route 50 east of Winchester for construction of a new $98 million FBI records facility. The FBI Central Records Complex, which has been in the planning stages for more than a decade and which included a GSA evaluation of at least three potential sites in or near Winchester, will consolidate pap...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the two Virginia students selected to represent the Commonwealth in the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Monica Marciano of Front Royal who attends Wakefield Country Day School and William Shangraw of Sterling who attends Potomac Falls High School will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and spend one week in March participating in the program in Washington. This year’s program will include major...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Congressman Scott Rigell’s retirement: “Scott Rigell has played a unique role in the House of Representatives throughout his three terms. There are few Members of Congress who are as focused on doing what's right and working with any and all partners to find common ground. I am thankful for Scott’s service to the Commonwealth and I will really miss working together." ###

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has designated Carroll County and Grayson County as Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). The designations will enable each county to receive federal resources and tools to improve drug control efforts and coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement. “Too many families throughout the Commonwealth are suffering from t...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change inconsistent and burdensome regulations placed on “Blue Water Navy” veterans seeking health care and benefits for conditions resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals during their service aboard Navy ships in Vietnam. Prior to 2002, veterans serving in Vietnam as well as within the territorial waters had pre...Continue Reading