Press Releases

June 18, 2015

Kaine Statement On Defense Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, which includes amendments he introduced condemning sequestration cuts and strengthening credentialing programs, as well as a number of other provisions that benefit Virginia's shipbuilding industry and defense community. Following passage of NDAA, Kaine voted against a motion to begin debate on the Fiscal … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Kaine: How Can We Vote on Vehicle Rust in Defense Bill, but not War on ISIL?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, called attention to the fact that while Congress is willing to vote on "all things great and small concerning our military" in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress is still unwilling to have a meaningful debate and vote on the war against ISIL and the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force … Continue Reading

June 17, 2015

Kaine Marks Third Anniversary Of DACA, Calls For Passage Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine marked the third anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called on his congressional colleagues to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Since the program was announced in 2012, DACA has offered temporary relief from deportation to over 660,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as young children, including nearly 10,000 who call Virginia home. … Continue Reading

June 15, 2015

Warner & Kaine Introduce Bill To Protect Servicemembers From Abusive Financial Practices

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed, Chuck Schumer, and seven other colleagues to introduce the Military Consumer Protection Act, which would better protect servicemembers and their families from abusive financial practices. This legislation would empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with certain existing provisions of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). In 2014, the Office of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

In Wake Of Massive Data Breach, Virginia & Maryland Senators Call For Increased Credit Protections For Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) called on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to do more to protect federal employees whose personal information was compromised as a result of the massive data breach affecting OPM's personnel records. "Sensitive information belonging to members of our nation's federal workforce deserves the highest level of protection. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of clarity … Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Kaine Co-Sponsors Bills To Protect Pregnant Workers & Expand Access To Affordable Contraception

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and introduced the Affordability is Access Act, legislation to protect female workers and expand access to affordable health care for women. After the U.S. Supreme Court case Young v. UPS left the workplace rights of pregnant workers uncertain, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - closely modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - would address legal ambiguities and help ensure … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Bipartisan and Bicameral Group Introduce Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medal To WWII Filipino Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) today announced the introduction of legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans of World War II. They were joined in this effort by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), and … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Bipartisan Virginia Delegation Opposes Efforts To Stall Construction Of Embassy Security Training Facility At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, and Don Beyer urged the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations to oppose language in the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that that would jeopardize funding for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Kaine Testifies In Support Of Virginia Steelworkers At ITC Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, at a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine testified in support of the U.S. Steelworkers' petition to ensure and enforce fair trade opportunities for U.S. manufacturers through relief from dumped and subsidized tire imports from China. In his testimony, Kaine noted that the Yokohama plant in Salem incurred job losses and a decrease in tire production as a direct result of unfair tire imports from China. "Since 2012, China has been … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

National Capital Region Delegation Demands Immediate Action Following New NTSB Report on WMATA

Washington, DC - In the wake of a critical National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report, the National Capital Region's Congressional Delegation today called on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to take immediate action to fix a serious safety issue resulting from improperly installed power connector assemblies throughout the Metrorail system. Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), joined by Senators Barbara Mikulski … Continue Reading

June 08, 2015

Senators Perdue and Kaine Introduce Bipartisan State Department Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, Internal Operations, and Bilateral International Development, today introduced the Improving Department of State Oversight Act, a bipartisan bill that will facilitate necessary changes to improve the State Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct more secure and more effective oversight. … Continue Reading

June 08, 2015

10 Months Into War Against ISIL, Kaine & Flake Introduce Bipartisan Authorization For Use Of Military Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 10-month anniversary of the U.S. launching military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) as an amendment to the State Department reauthorization bill being considered in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week. By introducing this compromise language as a starting point for debate, Kaine and Flake hope that fellow … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Virginia Delegation Applauds Navy For Awarding USS John F. Kennedy Contract

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), Randy Forbes (R-VA-4), and Rob Wittman (R-VA-1) applauded the U.S. Navy for signing a more than $4 billion contract to award the construction of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) to Newport News Shipbuilding. "Today's announcement marks an important step forward in designing and building the second in this new Ford class of aircraft carriers," said Sen. Warner. "This contract … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Kaine Shares Resources For Federal Employees Following Data Breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the data breach that may have exposed the personal information of approximately 4 million current and former federal employees: "I'm deeply concerned that yet another data breach has compromised the personal information of approximately four million of our nation's public servants, including many Virginians. As cyber-attacks become increasingly common, the government must do more to protect federal employees … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Kaine Urges CFPB To Issue Strong Rules To Stop Predatory Payday Lending Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to address predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a group of more than 30 Senators in expressing support for initial steps the agency has taken and urging the agency to issue strong rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers. "We support the CFPB's initial steps towards … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Kaine Says Additional Sequester Relief Is Critical To The Nation’s Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called on his colleagues to get serious about finding relief from across-the-board sequestration cuts as they begin consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Kaine announced his support for an amendment to NDAA introduced by U.S. Senator Jack Reed that would grant relief from sequestration cuts to both defense and non-defense accounts. The current legislation provides $38 … Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Legislation To Reform Government Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final Senate passage of the USA Freedom Act, bipartisan legislation that would ban the bulk collection of telephone records and make other important reforms to current government surveillance programs: "In seeking reforms to our current government surveillance programs, my highest priority has been finding the right balance between civil liberties and national security. The USA Freedom Act achieves this … Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

At Memorial Bridge, Kaine Calls On Congress To Pass A Long-Term Transportation & Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Congressman Don Beyer, U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan Jarvis today at a press conference near Memorial Bridge to urge Congress to pass a bipartisan, long-term federal transportation bill that makes critical investments in America's aging infrastructure. Over the past month, the National Park Service … Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Warner, Kaine, Forbes, Hurt, McAuliffe Applaud Final Step Before Construction Of Embassy Security Training Facility At Fort Pickett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Representatives Randy Forbes and Robert Hurt announced that land has been purchased and construction will begin on a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, Virginia. Last week, the Director of the U.S. General Services Administration signed a Record of Decision (ROD), which identified Fort Pickett as the site to construct and operate the FASTC. This decision was … Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Beyer, Kaine, Norton To Host Press Conference At Memorial Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Don Beyer, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will join National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a press conference Monday, June 1st, at noon on Arlington Memorial Bridge to highlight the neglected condition of the bridge and the critical need for Congress to act on infrastructure improvements. Who: Representative Don Beyer Senator … Continue Reading

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