Press Releases

October 10, 2013

Kaine Submits Comments On Medicaid Expansion In Virginia

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted the following comments to Virginia's Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission in response to its request for public input on the decision of whether or not to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Full text of Kaine's comments is below: I write to commend the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission for soliciting public input on the issue of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. I appreciate the opportunity to comment and strongly support expansion. The Patient … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Kaine Statement on U.S. Assistance to Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the State Department's announcement regarding U.S. assistance to Egypt today. "The U.S.-Egypt strategic relationship is important for regional security and stability. I support our partnership with the Egyptian military and the people of Egypt and want to see a stronger Egypt emerge through a democratic political … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Kaine Statement on Death Gratuities for Families of Fallen Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement today following Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's announcement on death gratuities for family members of fallen servicemembers. "I applaud Secretary Hagel and the Department of Defense for finding a solution to restore benefit payments to families of fallen soldiers. This is the least we can do for our nation's military families who sacrifice so … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Warner, Kaine Highlight Shutdown Impact in Virginia, Urge House Leaders to Re-open Government, Pay Our Bills and Negotiate

Full video of Senator Kaine and Senator Warner's remarks available for download: HD Version - https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/Kaine/100913_KAINE_1_WEB_HD.mp4 SD Version - https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/Kaine/100913_KAINE_1_WEB_SD.mp4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine highlighted the ongoing negative impact of the government shutdown in Virginia, and again urged House Republican leaders … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Kaine Statement On Ending Tea Party Shutdown With Clean Bill, Not Piecemeal Approach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today: "The compromise spending bill passed by the Senate a week ago would fund all government agencies, including important ones to Virginia like Veterans' Affairs, National Parks and the military. "Speaker Boehner can and should re-open the entire government by letting the House pass the Senate's compromise - which has the precise spending level proposed by the House and was previously supported by the Speaker. … Continue Reading


October 03, 2013

On Senate Floor, Kaine Calls for House Vote to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, October 3, Senator Kaine spoke on the Senate floor on the need to reopen government. A full transcript of his remarks is below: "Madam President, I rise to talk about the need to reopen government, and not to reopen government in a piecemeal way, one bit this week and then another bit next week, which seems to be the newest gambit on the table, but to reopen government because government of this country should never have shut down in the first place. Few states … Continue Reading


October 01, 2013

Warner, Kaine Introduce Measure to Restore Federal Workers' Pay at the End of the Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland to introduce a bill, the "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act," that would guarantee that federal workers who were furloughed because of the lapse in federal funding or government shutdown would receive their full pay. "This irresponsible shutdown adds insult to injury for many of our federal workers, many of whom have already had to endure furloughs from the … Continue Reading


October 01, 2013

Kaine Statement On Continued House Obstruction To Funding Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote earlier today to reject the latest attempt by House Republicans to use the threat of keeping the government closed to delay a key part of the Affordable Care Act. A motion to table a request to go to conference on an interim spending measure to fund the government was agreed to by the Senate, 54-46. "House Republicans let the United States government shut down at midnight because they would not accept a … Continue Reading


October 01, 2013

Kaine Statement on Republican Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement tonight on the shutdown of the federal government: "The House of Representatives has shut down the government of the United States by rejecting an interim spending measure passed by the Senate, even though that bill accepted the House's own spending target through November 15. This action hurts the American economy and millions of Americans. The House should reconsider its action and re-open government … Continue Reading


September 30, 2013

Kaine Statement On Latest Vote To Avert Republican Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote to reject continued attempts by House Republicans to use the threat of government shutdown to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act. A motion to table House amendments to an interim spending measure to fund the government was agreed to by the Senate, 54-46. "I have now twice voted for a clean spending bill that would keep the government funded through November 15. The spending bill is a compromise - … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Kaine Statement on Passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria's Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement tonight after the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. "The United Nations Security Council resolution passed tonight that legally binds Syria to eliminate its chemical weapons stockpile is a tremendous step forward. I'm proud that … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Kaine Statement On Vote To Avert A Government Shutdown

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 November 15 and avert a government shutdown. The continuing resolution passed the Senate 54-44. "Today I voted in support of a spending bill to continue funding the government and prevent an unnecessary shutdown of operations that would have serious economic consequences in Virginia and across the country. The interim spending measure accepts the … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Sens. Kaine and Warner Announce $3.3 Million In Law Enforcement Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced that Virginia has received $3,271,000 in U.S. Department of Justice grants today to fund law enforcement jobs and expand community policing initiatives with a focus on programs designed to promote school safety. Virginia will receive $1.9 million through the COPS Hiring Program to support five officers in Arlington County and 10 officers in the City of Newport News. These grants go directly to law enforcement … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Sens. Kaine and Warner Announce $1.2 Million Federal Economic Development Grant For The Highland Center

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Highland Center in Monterey has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration to support the development of a business incubator and resource center in a landmark former school building. When completed, the project is expected to leverage up to $100,000 in additional private investment and create at least 27 local jobs. The historic … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Kaine, Warner Announce Investment In Middle Peninsula Broadband Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner today announced that the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission in Middlesex County has been awarded $58,000 from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration to help establish a wireless broadband development plan for the Middle Peninsula. The investment will support the creation of a framework, process and strategy for developing a wireless broadband network that would expand high-speed internet access … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

In Meeting With Vice President Biden, Kaine Discusses U.S.-Mexico Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Chairman of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG), participated in a meeting with Vice President Biden to discuss the Administration's approach to the Western Hemisphere, including the Vice President's recent trip to Mexico to launch the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue. On Wednesday, October 2, Kaine will host 15 Mexican Senators for a meeting … Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

On Senate Floor, Kaine Outlines Consequences Of Shutdown, Calls For Compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine warned against the harmful consequences of a government shutdown and urged his colleagues to pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government. "The consequences of shutdown are severe," Kaine said. "Our active-duty military are required to stay on duty but…Their paychecks get delayed. They and their families don't deserve that treatment. Many civilians working in our military -- army nurses, for … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Kaine Condemns Crisis-Budgeting At Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine questioned leading economists Dr. Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics, Dr. Chad Stone of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Dr. Allan Meltzer of Carnegie Mellon University, on the serious economic consequences of crisis-budgeting. With last week's action in the House of Representatives proving that many in that body - as well as some Republican Senators - are willing to shut down the government … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Kaine Joins 33 Senators in Bipartisan Effort to Restore LIHEAP Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of 33 U.S. Senators in an effort to ensure that in the midst of a potential government shutdown, low-income Americans who need heating assistance are not left out in the cold. As Congress considers a short-term spending plan, the group of Senators is seeking to ensure it restores vital federal heating aid funds. The Senators sent a bipartisan letter urging a level of $3.46 billion for the Low Income Home Energy … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Kaine Statement on Action in the House of Representatives This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on action taken in the House of Representatives this week regarding food assistance and the continuing resolution: "This week, the United States House of Representatives voted to slash food assistance to poor families and also defund the Affordable Care Act. Many in that body are willing to shut down the government because they are opposed to a health care law that Congress passed, that the President signed, that … Continue Reading

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