Press Releases

April 01, 2020

Warner & Kaine Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Payment Without Having To File Tax Return

Letter Comes After IRS Releases Guidance that Contradicts Provisions of the CARES Act that Explicitly Give Treasury Authority to Provide Direct Assistance to Social Security Beneficiaries who Do Not File Taxes WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and 37 of their colleagues in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul to call for Social … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Warner, Kaine Raise Alarm Over Health of Crew on American Warship Abroad

~ Reports indicate that more than 100 sailors have tested positive for COVID-19 ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today expressed concern with the health and welfare of military personnel aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt - an American aircraft carrier that has been reported to have more than 100 sailors aboard who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In a letter, the Senators questioned Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly about the … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Senators Collins, Kaine Secure $1 Billion in Funding for Community Services Block Grant Program Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

This critical funding was included in the emergency economic relief package that passed Congress and was signed into law on Friday. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a bipartisan push by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), the emergency economic relief package that passed the Senate by 96-0 and the House by voice vote last week included $1 billion in supplemental funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. CSBG serves more than 1,000 entities across the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Kaine Statement On Coronavirus Economic Relief Package Becoming Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan coronavirus (COVID-19) economic relief package into law: "We've worked in a bipartisan way to move legislation across the finish line that will put workers, families, and small businesses first, and we need to make sure it's implemented without delay. This economic package will backstop low- and middle-income Americans who are losing earnings, support small businesses, … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Va. Senators, Reps. Urge Trump Administration to Approve Virginia National Guard Funding Request Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

~ Title 32 approval would provide federal funding for Virginia's National Guard emergency response missions amid the health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA) Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Coronavirus Economic Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate approved a bipartisan coronavirus (COVID-19) economic relief package. The legislation includes Kaine's priorities to provide direct payments to Americans, protect small businesses, expand access to child care, provide much-needed assistance to state and local governments, strengthen our health care system, ensure that funding for larger businesses is used to protect their employees, fund improvements to … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Warner, Kaine Urge USDA to Approve Vital Food Assistance Program Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

~ Designation would enable more Virginia families to get access to food during the health crisis ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging for swift approval of Virginia's request to operate a Disaster Household Distribution Program. This designation by the Food and Nutrition Service would allow food banks to distribute USDA foods directly to … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Video: Kaine On Coronavirus Economic Relief: “This Package Has Got To Be Right For Working People”

Video of Kaine's speech: https://timkaine.box.com/s/bcw156ivjat444q2dhfsh1fq2esenud4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a floor speech pushing for passage of a coronavirus economic relief package that backstops low- and middle-income Americans who have lost earnings, supports small businesses, ensures that funding for larger businesses is used to protect their employees, provides robust … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues In Letter To Trump Administration Demanding Answers About Testing And Equipment Shortages

Senators Call on President to Outline Defense Production Act Plan to Mobilize Private Industry and Meet National Supply and Equipment Shortages WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined their Democratic colleagues in a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence demanding answers about supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Senators asked the … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Trump Administration to Issue Clear Guidance for Child Care Providers Keeping Doors Open Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

~ School closures have increased demand for child care services ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, urging the agency to issue clear guidance for child care providers to determine whether these centers should remain open amid the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak. School closures across the country have increased demand for child care services, yet these providers are left … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

In Midst Of The COVID-19 Pandemic, Kaine Calls On President Trump To End Efforts To Sabotage The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 19 of his colleagues in a letter calling on President Trump to reverse course on efforts to repeal, sabotage, or undermine healthcare coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. In the letter, Kaine criticized the Administration's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put millions of Americans' health care at risk during a pandemic. Kaine also … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Kaine & Young Urge Congressional Leaders To Strengthen Support For Child Care In Coronavirus Economic Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Todd Young (R-IN) wrote a letter calling for investments in child care to be included in the forthcoming coronavirus (COVID-19) economic relief package. In the letter, Kaine and Young urged Senate leadership to increase funding, flexibility, and eligibility for the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to support child care providers and help … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Warner & Kaine Announce Eastern District Of Virginia Judicial Recommendations

To fill opening for U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to the White House recommending U.S. Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young and U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller for the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. "We are pleased to recommend U.S. Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young and U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce the Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Builds off Rubio's Plan Unveiled Last Month to Combat America's Supply Chain Risk & Dependence on China for Pharmaceuticals Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Strengthening America's Supply Chain and National Security Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that builds off the plan he released in February to combat America's supply chain risk and dependence on China for pharmaceuticals. More than a year ago, Rubio issued a report … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Senators Push OPM & OMB to Publish Federal Workforce Guidance, Plan for Continued Services Amid Coronavirus Response

~ Urge increased public information on the services Americans can expect as federal government ramps up teleworking ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Mark R. Warner and six of their Senate colleagues in a letter to the Acting Directors of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) calling on the agencies to post department and agency contingency plans amid the COVID-19 outbreak so that Americans know what services to … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Lays Out Steps Needed To Keep Families Safe And Protect The Economy During COVID-19 Pandemic

Video of Kaine's speech: https://timkaine.app.box.com/s/kfbiksdlvhtp2kbmgzocaco5ysb9u6od WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a floor speech outlining the next steps Congress and the Trump Administration must take to combat the coronavirus pandemic and the economic dislocation resulting from it. "We need to overcome the shockingly poor start to testing Americans for the virus. Testing helps … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Senators Introduce Bill to Help American Manufacturers During Crisis

Bill would reinforce federal support for national network of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, which provide critical resources for small and medium manufacturers WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Gardner (R-Col.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced the MEP Crisis Response Act of 2020, which would help Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers stay open during the … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Klobuchar, Coons, Kaine, King Introduce Legislation to Protect and Strengthen Young Businesses Across the Country

The New Business Preservation Act would create a program at the Treasury Department to partner with states to make equity investments in promising new businesses alongside private investors WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced legislation to strengthen young businesses across the country. The New Business Preservation Act would create a new program at the Treasury Department that … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Warner & Kaine Urge Suspension of Utility Late Fees for Duration of Coronavirus Emergency

~ In letter to State Corporation Commission, Senators ask for expansion of existing moratorium on service disconnections for electricity, gas and water ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) urged the body that regulates public utilities including electricity, natural gas and water in Virginia to promptly issue an order suspending the charging of late fees through the duration of Virginia's state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Warner & Kaine Vote To Pass New Coronavirus Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate approved bipartisan coronavirus relief legislation, sending it to President Trump's desk for signature. "This legislation is a critical step forward to support workers and families impacted by the coronavirus. We're pleased the bill includes our priorities to guarantee free coronavirus testing and establish paid sick leave for some American workers. This is one of many steps we must … Continue Reading

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