Press Releases

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


March 11, 2014

Kaine Cosponsors Resolution Condemning Violence In Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised committee approval of Senate Resolution 365, "deploring the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela, calling for full accountability for human rights violations taking place in Venezuela, and supporting the right of the Venezuelan people to the free and peaceful exercise of representative democracy." Senator Kaine, a cosponsor of the resolution, released the following … Continue Reading


March 11, 2014

Kaine: Solution To Climate Change Is American Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined more than 25 members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force for a rare all-night session to call attention to the effects of climate change. In his remarks, Kaine discussed the urgent need for Congress to act on curbing emissions and investing in innovative and clean energy solutions. "The solution to climate change is American innovation," Kaine said. "We have to get beyond the idea that we need to choose between a clean … Continue Reading


March 11, 2014

Kaine, Warner Hail Passage Of Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to support federal funding for pediatric medical research passed the Senate today and will now go to the President for his signature. The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act honors the memory of Gabriella Miller, a young girl from Leesburg who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor the size of a walnut at age 9. The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives in December, had … Continue Reading


March 10, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of The Victims Protection Act Of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of the Victims Protection Act of 2014: "Today the Senate came together across party lines to address the serious and longstanding crime of sexual assault in the military. The Victims Protection Act of 2014 strengthens the historic reforms we passed in NDAA by banning the 'good Soldier' defense for servicemembers accused of assault and allowing survivors to give formal input in whether their case is … Continue Reading


March 10, 2014

Kaine Talks Stem, Career & Technical Education At NOVA In Alexandria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Alexandria campus today to discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs like SySTEMic Solutions, a program at NOVA that strives to equip students with the skills needed in today's workforce. "This is a good thing for students because they are acquiring skills that are in high demand among Northern Virginia … Continue Reading


March 05, 2014

Warner, Kaine Join Bipartisan Group Of Senators To Introduce Resolution Condemning Russian Aggression In Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), to introduce a resolution condemning the Russian military siege of Crimea, calling for a withdrawal of those troops, and a negotiated settlement to any concerns regarding the Crimea. It also urges the … Continue Reading


March 05, 2014

Kaine Presses Hagel For Commitment To 11-Carrier Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Fiscal Year 2015 defense budget today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the committee, pressed for, and received, additional commitment from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other Department officials that the administration supports maintaining an 11-carrier fleet if Congress can provide additional sequester relief for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond. "Before I get into some particulars about [aircraft carriers]," … Continue Reading


March 04, 2014

Warner, Kaine React To President Obama’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statements on President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015: Senator Warner said: "The President's FY2015 budget lays out his priorities for the coming years, including the repeal of at least a portion of future sequester cuts and some elements of tax reform. In many ways, this builds on the progress we've seen in recent weeks, where we have begun to see … Continue Reading


March 03, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passing of Dr. Benjamin Lambert III

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the passing of former state Senator Dr. Benjamin Lambert III: "I first met Senator Lambert through my father-in-law Lin Holton. I so enjoyed working with him over the years and our community will miss him deeply. My thoughts are with his beloved and accomplished … Continue Reading


March 03, 2014

Warner, Kaine Express Concerns Over Recent Changes To TRICARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 19 Senators and 30 Representatives to send the following letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding a change to TRICARE's reimbursement policy that excludes more than 100 different Molecular Pathology Laboratory (MoPath) tests and other Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) with no notice to beneficiaries or to health care providers. Despite such a large change in policy, which took place January 1, 2013, no notices were … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Warner, Kaine Press Chinese Drywall Manufacturer To Take Care Of Virginia Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a group of five Senators to write a letter urging a Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay for the damage caused by its product in the United States, including in many Virginia homes. The letter presses Taishan Gypsum, one of the major Chinese drywall companies, to settle with builders and homeowners in the wake of a recent federal appeals court ruling affirming U.S. jurisdiction in the matter. Taishan Gypsum has already been … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Kaine Decries Assad Regime’s Use Of “Forced Starvation And Forced Sieges” As Weapon Against Syrian People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria. Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, recently traveled to the region and reflected on the widening dimensions of the civil war, its spillover effects in neighboring countries like Lebanon, and the complicity of Russia in the Assad regime's war crimes. He also shined a spotlight on … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin Introduce Career & Technical Education Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to encourage educators to promote career and technical education (CTE) as an option for students. In addition to recognizing the importance of career and technical education in preparing a skilled workforce, the resolution also designates the month of February as "Career and Technical Education Month" to celebrate CTE programs across the United States. Last … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Eastern District Court Of Virginia Nominee Hannah Lauck At Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced Hannah Lauck, nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Hannah Lauck has an excellent record as a prosecutor and a magistrate judge, and her peers praise her character and integrity," Sen. Warner said. "Her career now comes full circle as she is nominated to fill the seat Judge James Spencer, one of her … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

In Middle East Subcommittee Hearing, Kaine Calls Lebanon “Overlooked Neighbor” In Syrian Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, chaired a hearing on recent political and security developments in Lebanon. With more than one million Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon, the hearing focused on the impact of the Syrian civil war, as well as what more the international community can do to provide assistance. "Lebanon is at a crossroads," said Kaine. "The Syrian … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Kaine Presses Department Of Defense Nominees On Defense Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned Department of Defense (DoD) nominees on the impact of the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget on national security priorities, including the critical importance of maintaining an 11-carrier fleet, based on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's preview yesterday. Kaine, who is strongly opposed to any reductions to the 11-carrier Navy, pressed Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Work … Continue Reading


February 23, 2014

Kaine Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a week-long trip across the Middle East, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, released a statement on the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Syria approved yesterday: "While it has taken too long for the U.N. Security Council to act - largely due to Russian obstruction - this resolution, if fully implemented, is a good step forward. I believe humanitarian … Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

In Egypt, Kaine Meets With Virginia Servicemembers

CAIRO, EGYPT - On the final day of a week-long tour across the Middle East, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, visited the Multinational Forces and Observers Mission (MFO) South Camp in Sharm el Sheik and met with *servicemembers from Virginia. The MFO mission helps maintain the 1981 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. Along with troops from 13 … Continue Reading

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