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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – A resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, commemorating the life and accomplishments of Robert E. Simon has passed the Senate in a unanimous vote. Simon, who passed away last month at the age of 101, founded the Town of Reston, Virginia. “Bob Simon was a visionary who recognized that all humans ought to be able to live together and be neighbors. His vision was of a community in which people could live, work, and play in the same general a...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a hearing today on the need for a new diplomatic security training facility to better protect U.S. embassy personnel overseas, witnesses from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the State Department testified to the fact that, despite years of delay as a result of Congressional pressure, Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia remains the best site for a new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC).  Further, a witness from the Department of H...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act to expand the Higher Education Act's teacher residency grant program to help schools recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would foster partnerships between high...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which passed the Senate 70-27 today following House passage of the legislation last week. The NDAA conference report, which is based on bills reported out of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees earlier in the year, includes a number of provisions that Kaine supported during the Committee markup ...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that new legislation (S. 2093) she has introduced, cosponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), that would improve safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has been passed today by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC). The legislation, which was introduced on September 29, would alter the way members of the Me...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $777,628 in grant funding to communities in Virginia to improve and expand access locally-grown foods. Today’s funding – made available by the Agricultural Act of 2014 – will support operations at local farms, markets and conservation organizations that promote locally-grown foods and support economic development and small business activit...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Gerald R. Ford-class carrier program, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine highlighted the work of the shipbuilders constructing the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) at Newport News Shipbuilding and the challenges of the cost-estimation process for first-in-class ships. “I’m proud to represent the thousands of shipbuilders who manufacture the largest and most complicated items on the planet Earth: nuclear aircraft carri...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urged Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to develop a plan to stabilize the ship repair industry following a shortfall in workload requirements for the Hampton Roads area that has led to layoffs at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair and Newport News Shipbuilding. The Senators suggested several options that the Navy could implement to increase stability and predictability of the workload at the private shipyards, including accel...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim’s announcement that he will not seek reelection: “When I was Mayor of Richmond, Paul Fraim was seen throughout Virginia as a Mayor's Mayor. We all admired his energy and vision in Norfolk. He has done a great job for a great city. I count him as a close friend, and he's given me good advice over the years. I join Norfolk citizens in thanking him for his long and dedicated...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that seven Virginia localities and organizations will receive nearly $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help local governments fight housing discrimination, improve economic conditions and increase access to affordable housing. “These funds will strengthen Virginia communities and improve the quality of life for residents,” said Warner....Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,695,445, in grant funding to multiple Virginia communities to improve and expand drug court operations. “Drug courts are a proven, cost-efficient way of ensuring Virginians with addiction have access to the support and resources they need to ease the transition back to being functioning and productive members of society,” Warner said. “In ma...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the commencement of Russian airstrikes on targets in Syria today: “Today, Russian military forces began conducting airstrikes on targets in Syria. Despite Russia’s stated purpose of defending Syria against ISIL militants, it’s alarming that the first set of strikes appear to have targeted the Syrian opposition fighting agai...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote for a clean spending bill to fund the government through December 11 and avert a government shutdown. The continuing resolution passed the Senate 78-20: “While there’s no substitute for regular budget order, passage of an interim spending bill to avert another needless government shutdown and allow negotiations to continue on a long-term budget solution is the right path forward.  It&rsq...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with international non-governmental organizations today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called on the United States to provide additional civilian protection to help stem the European refugee crisis and reiterated his support for a humanitarian safe zone in northern Syria. “My first visit to Turkey was at a time when there was about 750,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey in the summer of 2013 and now it’s two million. Ot...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) proposed sweeping reforms to the federal program that provides benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease.  Federal law requires that coal companies compensate miners with disabilities who contract black lung, which is caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time, but coal companies routinely deploy an array of unfair tactics to avoid paying miners the benefits they...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Department of Justice has awarded the James City County Police Department in Williamsburg, Virginia $450,000 through a grant to support programs that help prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. “One in three homicide victims in Virginia is the victim of domestic or family violence,” said Warner. “These funds will support victims in Williamsburg and James City County area and provid...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), and Don Beyer (D-VA-8) wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), urging support for a one-year reauthorization of the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Without Congressional action, the program will lose its authorization on September 30, 2015, leaving Virginia college students in the lurch...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) responded to the news that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved a Corrective Action Plan for improving safety on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail and bus systems. This announcement follows the June release of an FTA safety review that identified 54 specific overall safety violations across the WMATA system, and gave WMATA 90 days to develop a plan to address each of those fin...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress earlier today: “The Pope used the stories of four great Americans to say, ‘you are a great nation and you’ve had great leaders.’ Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton – this is who we are as a people. And in a world that still has huge needs, we have a unique role to do something about it. &ld...Continue Reading

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to introduce the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Opportunity Act to expand eligibility for federal student loans to short-term CTE programs which do not meet the current program length requirements under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. This legislation will enable students and workers to participate in training programs that might hav...Continue Reading