Press Releases

April 23, 2015

Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States: "In confirming Loretta Lynch as our next Attorney General, the Senate has chosen a distinguished legal mind and experienced public servant to lead the Department of Justice. Throughout her career, Lynch has developed a reputation for her integrity and trusted leadership, which will serve the nation well as she addresses recent … Continue Reading

April 23, 2015

Kaine Statement On Hostages Killed In U.S. Counterterror Operation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the announcement from President Obama today regarding a U.S. airstrike that killed an American and Italian aid worker in January: "My deepest condolences go out to the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto who we learned today were accidentally killed in an American counterterror operation on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bill To Ban Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced legislation that would prohibit discriminatory racial profiling by law enforcement at all levels nationwide. The End Racial Profiling Act eliminates racial profiling by changing the policies and procedures underlying the practice. It also promotes best practices in community-based law enforcement. Joining Kaine in introducing the End Racial Profiling Act are Senators Ben Cardin, Richard Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Coons, Debbie … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Kaine Meets With Honduran President Hernandez To Discuss Efforts To Address Root Causes Of Irregular Migration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss Central American efforts to address the factors driving irregular migration in the context of President Obama's $1 billion budget request for Central America. Kaine last met with President Hernandez in February 2015 during a three-day visit to Honduras focused on economic and security challenges facing the … Continue Reading

April 21, 2015

Kaine Urges President Obama To Establish Humanitarian Safe Zones In Syria

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ), sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to immediately establish and enforce humanitarian safe zones in Syria to protect civilian lives and supply lines for food, water and medical supplies. "With the brutal Syrian conflict entering its fifth year, the Syrian people are facing a humanitarian nightmare of … Continue Reading

April 21, 2015

Warner, Kaine Call For Funding To Support Port Of Virginia, Other Harbor Maintenance Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 18 of their colleagues to send a bipartisan letter calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to support harbor maintenance funding to maintain the nation's shipping channels and ports of entry. Additional funding could help expand the Port of Virginia's capacity and bolster commerce along Virginia's inland waterways. "As you work on the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, we respectively request that you … Continue Reading

April 20, 2015

Kaine Pushes For Virginia Priorities In Budget Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a full meeting of the House and Senate's bipartisan Budget Conference Committee today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, one of 30 conferees, discussed his concern with the current budget proposals being considered by congressional negotiators. Kaine pressed for additional relief from automatic, across-the-board spending cuts dictated by the sequester, both in defense and non-defense programs. He also expressed concern about deep spending cuts included in both House and Senate … Continue Reading

April 17, 2015

Senate Help Committee Passes Key Provisions Of Kaine's Career Ready Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed key provisions of the Career Ready Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, that would help ensure students are ready for postsecondary education and the workforce by encouraging career guidance programs in schools and requiring states to incorporate career readiness indicators into their state report … Continue Reading

April 17, 2015

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Ensure Careful Review Of New Opioid Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act, bipartisan legislation that would hold the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accountable for the approval of new opioid drugs, ensuring experts' voices are heard as new and potentially dangerous opioid medications are considered for approval. "Prescription opioid abuse has become an epidemic in this country, and the dramatic growth in overdose deaths demonstrates just how … Continue Reading

April 16, 2015

Kaine Delivers Senate Floor Speech On Eighth Anniversary Of Virginia Tech Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine marked the eighth anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, highlighting the resilience of survivors and the entire Virginia Tech community, and challenging Congress to stand up against groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) by taking action to reduce gun violence in America, including passage of comprehensive background check legislation. Kaine opened his remarks by reading the names of the 32 … Continue Reading

April 15, 2015

Kaine Statement On Meeting With Iraqi Prime Minister & Continuing Need For New Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today: "I was pleased to meet with Prime Minister Abadi today to discuss progress in the fight against ISIL as well as efforts to develop an inclusive government that protects the rights of all Iraqi people. "Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached bipartisan consensus on legislation that sets up a process for appropriate … Continue Reading

April 14, 2015

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which fixes the Medicare payment formula by changing the Sustainable Growth Rate: "I'm pleased Congress passed legislation that will provide greater certainty for Medicare patients and providers by addressing long-term physician payment reform. In addition to fixing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, this bill includes … Continue Reading

April 14, 2015

Kaine-Negotiated Iran Bill Unanimously Clears Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, including a number of provisions Kaine helped negotiate, was unanimously passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 19-0. The bipartisan legislation would set up a constructive and deliberate process for Congressional review of a final nuclear agreement with Iran that touches upon statutory sanctions enacted by Congress. Under the compromise approved today, after a final deal is reached between Iran and P5+1 negotiators … Continue Reading

April 09, 2015

Kaine Delivers Address At Appomattox Sesquicentennial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, continuing his five-day swing through Virginia, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine traveled to Appomattox to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Speaking at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park's ceremony to recognize the anniversary, Kaine delivered a message of unity and the lessons our country can learn from the surrender. "Is there any doubt that American leadership will be just as important in the future as it has been in the past?" said … Continue Reading

April 08, 2015

Kaine Urges Funding To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in a letter urging increased funding for critical prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and research programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. In the letter to U.S. Senate appropriators, the senators request the nation's response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic be strengthened through additional funding in fiscal year (FY) 2016. "Prescription and illicit drug abuse is an epidemic … Continue Reading

April 07, 2015

Kaine Visits Bilingual Workforce Development Organization In Arlington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, continued his five-day swing through the Commonwealth with a visit to Arlington's La Cocina VA, an organization focused on bilingual workforce development through culinary job training that offers career certifications, lessons in workforce skills and vocational English instruction to Spanish-speaking students. "La Cocina VA is a great combination," said Kaine. "It's … Continue Reading

April 07, 2015

Senators Call For Offshore Energy Legislation With Revenue Sharing

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators comprising the Southern Atlantic delegation - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) - is pushing for offshore energy legislation that allows Atlantic coastal states to share in the revenue from energy resources developed offshore. In January, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed opening the Mid- and … Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Kaine, Secretary Pritzker Discuss Trade Opportunities with Richmond Business Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine kicked off a five-day swing through the Commonwealth by joining U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to meet with local business owners in Richmond and discuss how increased trade opportunities for businesses, including trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would - if agreed to - impact Virginia companies and the Commonwealth's economy. "We heard from a variety of businesses in the Richmond area, who talked about the benefits of … Continue Reading

April 02, 2015

Kaine Statement On Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on the Iran nuclear negotiations: "The framework agreement reached today is a positive step for diplomacy and efforts to peacefully limit Iran's nuclear program. Thanks to Secretary Kerry and the P5+1 negotiators, as well as the power of the U.S.-led sanctions regime, the plan announced today includes significant concessions from Iran that, if fully … Continue Reading

March 31, 2015

Warner, Kaine Voice Concern Over Lack Of Progress In South African Poultry Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of bipartisan Senate colleagues in expressing concern about the lack of progress being made in negotiations with South Africa over antidumping duties that have effectively blocked the import of American chicken for the last 15 years. The senators noted the importance of the nations' respective trade groups reaching an agreement before the Senate considers reauthorization this spring of the African Growth and … Continue Reading

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