Press Releases

February 20, 2014

In Egypt, Kaine Meets With Government Officials, Youth Leaders & Opposition Members

CAIRO, EGYPT - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs had substantive discussions today with Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Kaine also met with youth leaders, opposition party members, civil society, and Egyptian business leaders. In meetings with the government officials, Kaine expressed support … Continue Reading


February 19, 2014

During Visit To Lebanon, Kaine, King Meet With Prime Minister Salam, President Sleiman, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander, Unhcr Official

BEIRUT, LEBANON - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, made a two-day visit to Lebanon as part of their wider trip to the region. The Senators had substantive discussions with President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander … Continue Reading


February 17, 2014

Kaine, King Meet with Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Business Leaders, Israeli Justice Minister and Members of Israeli Knesset

RAMALLAH and JERUSALEM - Today U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees had substantive discussions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. They also met with a group of … Continue Reading


February 16, 2014

In Israel, Kaine, King Visit Iron Dome Site, Meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ya'alon

JERUSALEM - Today U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, visited an Iron Dome site near the Gaza border, as well as had substantive discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. During the meetings, Senators Kaine … Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

Advisory: Senators Kaine, King To Travel To Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, will depart today for a week-long trip to the Middle East. Senators Kaine and King will visit Israel and the West Bank. Senator Kaine will also visit Egypt. In Israel, Kaine and King will visit an Iron Dome … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Statement On Senate Vote To Repeal Military Pension Reductions For Current Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D. C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to repeal pension reductions for current servicemembers included in the Bipartisan Budget Act: "Today the Senate came together to repeal pension reductions that would have harmed our veterans and military families. I have been fighting to repeal these reductions since December and I'm relieved we can now give military veterans and their families the peace of mind they deserve. I am disappointed … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Statement On Preventing Default On America’s Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today after the Senate voted, 67-31, to suspend the debt ceiling and prevent default on America's fiscal obligations. "After coming together to pass a bipartisan budget agreement, as well as an appropriations package and a farm bill, I'm extremely heartened that Congress has again chosen economic certainty over crisis-budgeting and brinksmanship. I hope the American people … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Kaine Announces Additional Member Of Senate Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced today that Diane Kaufman will serve as Regional Director for Eastern Virginia. "I'm proud to announce that Diane Kaufman will join my state team as Director of my Eastern Virginia regional office," said Kaine. "Located in Virginia Beach, this office performs important casework, constituent services, and outreach to individuals and groups throughout the area stretching from Williamsburg through Hampton Roads and across to the Eastern … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Amendment To Reverse Military Retiree COLA Reduction, Close Offshore Tax Loophole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced an amendment to the Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act that would find alternative savings through closure of an offshore tax loophole to replace the cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees. The amendment mirrors legislation introduced by the Senators in December 2013 that would replace the pension reductions with new legislation that could raise as much as $6.6 billion … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Kaine Introduces Arlington’s Chris Lu At Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced Deputy Secretary of Labor nominee Christopher Lu of Arlington, Virginia at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pension (HELP) Committee. Kaine highlighted Lu's wide breadth of experience, including his roles as White House Cabinet Secretary and Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), as evidence of his tremendous qualifications to serve as the … Continue Reading


February 10, 2014

Kaine Praises Senate Progress Toward Repeal Of Military Pension Reductions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to advance legislation to repeal the military pension reductions included in the Bipartisan Budget Act: "Today the Senate took an important step toward the repeal of military pension reductions that unfairly impact our veterans and military families. Since December, I have fought to reverse this provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act by introducing legislation to replace these reductions and … Continue Reading


February 07, 2014

Kaine Visits Jobs Center In Richmond

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited a Resource Workforce Center in Richmond this morning to speak with employees and unemployed workers searching for jobs. During his visit, Kaine discussed the importance of extending emergency unemployment benefits for up to 1.7 million Americans as they look for work. "Today I heard from folks in my hometown who have spent months searching for work as they struggle to support their families," said Kaine. "The gridlock in Congress over … Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority of Senators blocked yet another vote on passage of emergency unemployment insurance legislation today: "I regret that a minority of Senators continue to block us from restoring emergency unemployment benefits for up to 1.7 million Americans, including more than 10,000 Virginians. In addition to hurting workers searching for jobs as they struggle to support their families, this also harms our economy. … Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

Sens. Warner & Kaine Successfully Maintain Virginia Priorities In Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) voted today for Senate passage of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2014, which now goes to the President for his signature. The legislation included many provisions championed by the Senators that will benefit Virginians, including strengthened crop insurance for farmers and conservation programs for the Chesapeake Bay. The 2014 farm bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion over 10 years, … Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

Kaine Statement On Environmental Impact Statement For Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the State Department's final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: "I believe the key environmental impact of this project is not the literal construction but rather the market signal that construction would send. We currently have the tools to build an energy strategy to get cleaner tomorrow than today. Building this pipeline would dramatically ramp up capacity for tar … Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

Kaine: Give Diplomacy A Chance To Prevent Iranian Nuclear Weapon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on Iran, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, advocated strongly for exhausting all diplomatic options to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He argued that despite "good faith differences" in tactics, both sides in the Iran sanctions debate actually have the same goal: a nuclear weapons-free Iran achieved through diplomacy, rather than … Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Kaine Statement On Status Of Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, Southern and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement: "I am deeply troubled by the news that the Syrian regime is not meeting its international obligations to dismantle its chemical weapons program. Bashar al Assad should know that backsliding on his commitment to dismantle his entire illicit chemical weapons program is intolerable and will be met with consequences. The … Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Kaine Hails Passage Of Flood Insurance Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after final passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: "Today the Senate voted to preempt rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program that would have affected many people in Virginia and other states with low-lying coastal and flood-prone areas. Due to climate impacts like sea-level rise and more frequent storms, insurance rates must begin to reflect the fact that flood risk is higher … Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Kaine, Portman Announce Career & Technical Education Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman announced the formation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Kaine and Portman, will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. "From growing up working in my Dad's small ironworking shop to creating Governor's Career and … Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

Delegation Pressures Air Force to Stay in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator Mark R. Warner and Representative Jim Moran in a letter to the Air Force Materiel Commander, General Janet C. Wolfenbarger questioning the Air Force's plans to relocate the Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A copy of the letter is available below. The Office of Scientific Research employs 170 in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor in … Continue Reading

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