Press Releases

August 12, 2015

Hurt, Kaine, Warner and Griffith Introduce Bill To Promote Economic Development, Reform Permitting Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Robert Hurt (R-VA), along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA), recently introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 3434 and S. 1914) in both houses of Congress. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will address regulatory problems that have impeded prospective economic development sites like Berry Hill Mega Park in the Danville-Pittsylvania County area. When … Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

As Senate Rules Committee Negotiates Contract With Restaurant Associates, Warner And Kaine Join Senate Colleagues In Push For Better Wages For Senate's Cafeteria And Catering Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined their Senate colleagues' efforts to raise wages for the U.S. Senate's cafeteria and catering workers. As the Senate Rules Committee negotiates its contract with the Restaurant Associates - the Senate's food and catering contractor - Warner, Kaine and 39 of their Democratic colleagues urged Rules Committee leadership to advocate for better wages for these employees. In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

Warner, Kaine Recognize 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act by renewing their call for the Senate to take up legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans. On June 24, Sens. Warner and Kaine introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would protect Americans' Constitutional right to vote, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

As Congress Adjourns, Kaine Decries Year Of Inaction On Authorization For Use Of Military Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saturday, August 8, 2015 marks one year since the U.S. launched military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As the Senate prepared to adjourn today for the August recess, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, took to the floor to highlight the upcoming anniversary and decry the fact that a year has gone by without a meaningful debate and vote on the U.S. mission against ISIL. "We are … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Warner, Kaine And Wittman Congratulate Virginia Institute Of Marine Science On Its 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman introduced a resolution congratulating the College of William & Mary on the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's (VIMS) establishment. The resolution expresses the Virginia lawmakers' appreciation for the 75 years of service to the environment by the faculty, staff and students of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the School of Marine Sciences of the College … Continue Reading

August 04, 2015

Kaine Announces Support For Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, announced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to peacefully limit Iran's nuclear program. In announcing his support, Kaine said: "I conclude that the JCPOA is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving global security. The agreement takes a … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On Vote Against Defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after voting against legislation to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood: "For many women and families across the country, Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of high quality health care. That's why I voted against legislation that would deny more than 2.5 million Americans important primary care services. For years, activist groups like the Center for Medical Progress have sought to … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Kaine Statement On The Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the United States' final plan to reduce emissions of the carbon pollution responsible for climate change, which calls on U.S. power plants to generate 32% less carbon pollution by the year 2030 than they do today: "The Clean Power Plan marks the biggest step the United States has ever taken to address the pollution responsible for climate change. The consensus is clear - from an overwhelming majority of … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Deter Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine(D-VA) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to introduce the bipartisan Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act to prevent inappropriate access to opioids and improve patient care for at-risk beneficiaries. The legislation would prohibit Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage patients suffering from drug addiction from filling multiple narcotic prescriptions written by different … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Kaine Introduces JOBS Act To Expand Pell Grants For Workforce Training Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term job training programs. Under current law, Pell Grants - needs-based grants for low-income and working students- can only be applied toward programs that are over 600 clock hours or … Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Ahead Of 50th Anniversary Of Medicare And Medicaid, Kaine & Brown Lead Colleagues In Urging States To Expand Medicaid

Failure of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming to Expand Medicaid Has Left Four Million Eligible Americans Without Medicaid Coverage WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown and 29 of their Senate colleagues are urging the 19 states that have not yet decided … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

In Wake Of Tragic Charleston Shooting, Kaine Calls On Firearm Dealers To Cease Gun Sales Until Background Check Is Complete, Stop Default Sales If Check Is Pending Beyond 72 Hours

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and 12 of his Senate colleagues urged gun dealers to stop selling firearms to people who do not first pass a background check. When a criminal background check indicates that a firearm purchaser may have a criminal record, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tries to determine whether the purchaser can legally buy a gun. If this process takes longer than 72 hours, gun dealers can complete the sale even though there is a heightened risk … Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Kaine Statement on Announcement of Increased U.S.-Turkish Cooperation Along Syrian Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports of greater cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey on an ISIL-free zone along the Syrian border: "I welcome the news of greater U.S.-Turkey cooperation along the Syria border to establish an ISIL-free zone that, with additional measures, could become a protected zone for internally displaced Syrians and the approximately 1.8 million Syrian refuges who have … Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Senators Urge Secretary Kerry to Focus on Political Reform, Human Rights during U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today ahead of the upcoming U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue, urging that "political reform, human rights, and fundamental freedoms" are made a central element of the agenda. In the letter, the Senators write that while "The … Continue Reading

July 23, 2015

Kaine Questions Secretaries Kerry, Moniz & Lew At Foreign Relations Committee Hearing On Iran Nuclear Deal

Video: KAINE_FR_QA072315.mp4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on the Iran nuclear agreement with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed the witnesses on Iran's obligations 15-25 years from now after various provisions of the agreement begin to expire, as well as how we can preserve the most credible military threat should Iran break toward producing a nuclear … Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

In Wake Of Chattanooga Tragedy, Kaine Presses Defense Secretary To Explore All Options To Better Protect Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urging the Department of Defense to explore all options in its review of force protection measures to better protect servicemembers at traditional and non-traditional military facilities across the country. "The threats we face today are unconventional and without borders. The … Continue Reading

July 20, 2015

Warner, Kaine Announce $2.1 Million In USDA Funding For Scott County Telephone Cooperative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statements supporting today's announcement that the Scott County Telephone Cooperative will receive a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Connect Grant program. The funds will establish a broadband network in Edwards Ridge and the surrounding area in Dickenson County. "Broadband access is vital to support and promote economic opportunity in our rural communities, and this … Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Support Services For Seniors

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to help older Americans live longer with independence and dignity in their communities. The reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), which was co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), provides vital programs and services for nearly 12 million low-income seniors, including nutrition programs like Meals-on-Wheels, preventive health services, transportation assistance, part-time … Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Senate-Passed Education Bill Includes Kaine Provisions To Help Prevent Sexual Assault, Strengthen Career & Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today welcomed Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), bipartisan education legislation that includes key provisions he authored to help prevent sexual assault and strengthen career and technical education (CTE) in schools across the country. The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the chief federal law addressing K-12 education. With passage of ECAA, 81-17, key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships … Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Kaine Statement On Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Iran nuclear deal: "I applaud the U.S. negotiating team for its hard work to find a diplomatic solution to peacefully limit Iran's nuclear program. A nation's commitment to diplomacy is every bit as important as its commitment to military strength. Now that the negotiations have concluded, Congress must give the deal a thorough and independent review to … Continue Reading

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