Press Releases

October 16, 2019

Warner & Kaine Statement On Senate Confirmation Of Novak For Eastern District Court Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division: "We're pleased that the Senate voted to confirm Judge Novak for the Eastern District Court of Virginia. His experience prosecuting national security matters at the federal level and his service as a magistrate judge have proven he is … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Warner & Kaine Inquire About Effects of "Junk Plans" on Virginians with Pre-Existing Conditions

~ Senate will soon vote on whether to protect Americans with preexisting conditions against discrimination by insurance companies and the Trump Administration pushing "junk" insurance plans ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) requested information from Virginia's insurance commission on how the Trump Administration's push for "junk" health insurance plans is affecting protections for Virginians with preexisting conditions. The "junk plans," which are … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Kaine Statement On 17th Anniversary of 2002 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement seventeen years after the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the war against Iraq was signed into law: "Iraq is now our ally. It is incoherent that we have not just one, but two war authorizations in place against a country that is a partner to us in the region. Republican leadership should let the Senate vote on my … Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud Nearly $24 Million for Rural Broadband in Southwest Virginia

~ Funding will support broadband serving nearly 7,000 homes in seven counties ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded $23,979,453 in federal funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband to nearly 7,000 unserved homes and businesses in seven counties across Southwest Virginia. "The lack of broadband infrastructure continues to affect folks in rural Virginia, from business owners to students," said the Senators. "In … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce Federal Funding to Expand Food Access and Equity in Charlottesville

~ Will support initiative to reach more than 3,500 youth and 2,000 adults in the Charlottesville area ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $375,000 in federal assistance to help advance an initiative in Charlottesville, Va. by the Charlottesville Food Justice Network to expand food access for youth and families, cultivate local food equity, and fuel and sustain economic empowerment through increased community-led urban agriculture. This funding, … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Kaine Statement On Turkish Offensive In Northern Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the Turkish offensive that has been launched in northern Syria following the withdrawal of U.S. troops: "President Trump has left our allies at risk of being slaughtered and spurred massive additional instability in a conflict that desperately needs resolution. His abandonment of the Kurds in northern Syria imperils our gains in the fight … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Warner & Kaine Applaud More Than $4 Million In Arc Funding To Boost Economic Development In Appalachian Region Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded $4,849,792 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative for communities in the Appalachian region of Virginia. "We're excited to support these investments to strengthen Virginia's economy," the Senators said. "This funding will help promote job growth, allow more people to access job training, … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Kaine Calls on DeVos to Fix Mismanagement of TEPSLF Program

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democrats, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos demanding that the Department of Education take immediate action to rectify serious flaws in their management of the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLF), after the … Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $6 Million for Rural Broadband

~ Grants will expand high-speed internet access in Scott and Buchanan counties ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $6 million in federal funding to expand broadband access in Southwest Virginia. The investments are expected to expand job and economic opportunities in a region where average household incomes continue to lag behind both the national average and other places in Virginia. "In the 21st century, high-speed internet access is … Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

Kaine Statement On Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria: "President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria's border with Turkey and abandon the Kurds is a betrayal of a key partner in our fight against ISIS. Now they are on their own - facing threats from the Syrian government, Turkey, Russia, and ISIS remnants. And Trump … Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Kaine Statement On Anniversary Of Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Saudi state-sponsored murder of Virginia resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "One year after the Saudi government killed Jamal Khashoggi for exposing its human rights abuses, President Trump has failed to hold Saudi Arabia accountable and has undermined the very freedom of the press Jamal stood for. … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Increase In Military Suicide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Pentagon report detailing rising suicide rates in the U.S. military: "I'm deeply saddened by the rise in suicide among our active duty military personnel. Military leadership must look at these disturbing statistics and determine what we can do to ensure that our troops and their families are receiving the support they need. We all need to work together to bring … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine join Van Hollen & Capito to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Resources for Chesapeake Bay Conservation

New Grant Program Would Provide Millions for the Bay WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced legislation to provide more resources to Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts. The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act will create a new grant program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support habitat restoration in the Bay region. It is modeled after the Delaware River Basin Conservation … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Warner & Kaine Announce $500,000 in Federal Funds for Wise County

~ Appalachian Regional Commission grant will help fund new sewer system in community that currently relies on expensive, aging onsite sewage disposal systems ~ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the County of Wise will receive $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to install a new sewer system outside Coeburn. "We are pleased to announce these funds to improve wastewater infrastructure in Wise County," said the Senators. … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund

~ Bill would permit the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund to receive tax deductible donations ~ WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced legislation to provide financial relief to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund to help Virginia Beach shooting victims get the financial assistance they need. The Virginia Beach Strong Act would ensure that any donations made to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund on behalf of … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Va. Congressional Members Secure Virginia's Inclusion in Hemp Crop Insurance Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) today secured Virginia's inclusion in a pilot program by AgriLogic Consulting, a private company developing a Federal Yield-Based Industrial Hemp Crop Insurance Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "We are thrilled to have been able to … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Kaine & Blumenthal Call For $100 Million Investment To Boost Public Health Data Modernization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Richard Blumenthal led a letter calling on the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Services to include a $100 million investment in the final, bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020 to boost public health data infrastructure. Their request comes as the nation's public health system grapples with the ongoing outbreak of … Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Kaine Statement On House Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "The House had no choice but to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry. When a member of President Trump's own national security team takes the unprecedented step of filing an urgent and credible whistleblower complaint over the President's improper behavior, it should set off alarm bells for every American. And when his Administration tries to … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Scott, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Support Direct Care Workers

WASHINGTON. D.C. - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Representative Susie Lee (NV-03), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America's direct care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Warner & Kaine Reopening Applications For U.S. District Judge, Western District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are reopening applications for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia to succeed U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad, who assumed senior status in December 2017. An independent panel of lawyers assembled by the Senators will review applications and interview qualified individuals. The Senators will then use those recommendations as they consider potential nominees to recommend to President Trump. The … Continue Reading

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