Press Releases

June 10, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of Hannah Lauck To Eastern District Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted today to confirm Hannah Lauck of Richmond to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lauck will be the first woman to serve on the Eastern District bench: "We are so pleased to congratulate Judge Hannah Lauck on her confirmation to the Eastern District Court. Throughout her many years in public service as well as private practice, Judge Lauck distinguished … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Kaine Statement On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in observance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day: "Today we remember the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces on D-Day. I'm honored to spend today at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford - a visible reminder of those who have sacrificed to preserve the liberty we enjoy. Thirty-four soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Kaine Introduces Bill To Improve ACA, Help Virginia Families Access Affordable Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced legislation to help families in Virginia and across the country access tax credits in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure they get the most affordable coverage possible. The Family Coverage Act, which Kaine introduced with U.S. Senator Al Franken, would fix what is known as the "family glitch" by clarifying ACA rules so that individuals whose employers offer them health coverage that is not affordable … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of Sylvia Mathews Burwell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I am proud to support Sylvia Mathews Burwell's confirmation to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. She has a strong background not only in the public sector - most recently as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget - but she also has a superb track record in the private sector, which will serve her … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Virginia Delegation Calls For Statewide Task Force To Address Growing Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a joint letter sent today, 12 members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation called on Governor Terry McAuliffe to establish a statewide task force to address the growing heroin epidemic in Virginia. The bipartisan group of legislators, including U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Congressman Frank Wolf, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressmen Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell and Rob … Continue Reading


June 04, 2014

Following Calls By Kaine & Cornyn, DoD Review Panel Will Survey Servicemembers On Compensation & Benefits Preferences

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission announced yesterday that it will survey servicemembers on their compensation preferences, as Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) called for through introduction of the Servicemembers' Compensation Empowerment Act last month, as well as in an amendment to the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that Kaine introduced. The Commission announced yesterday that it will survey a number of … Continue Reading


June 04, 2014

Kaine, Former VCU Student Call For Strategies To Bring Down Postsecondary Education Costs At Budget Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine highlighted the harmful impact of high college costs and student loan debt on borrowers and the entire U.S. economy. Kaine, co-founder of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus and a longtime supporter of expanding CTE programs, discussed the importance of presenting the option of earning licenses and certificates in high-demand career fields to students as an alternative to more expensive … Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Kaine Introduces Bill To Increase Accountability At The VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined thirteen of his Senate colleagues today to introduce the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014, legislation to correct underlying problems in access to medical care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "This legislation is an important step toward restoring the confidence of our veterans and the American public," said Kaine. "By providing the VA with direct hire authority, ensuring … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Kaine Discusses Higher Education Affordability In Fredericksburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion on college affordability today with students and educators at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg. Throughout the discussion, Kaine heard from students and parents faced with the high cost of higher education and described his efforts in the Senate to help students afford post-secondary degrees. Kaine kicked off the roundtable by describing his experience with dual enrollment, which helped ease the financial … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Kaine Statement On EPA Announcement Regarding Existing Power Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule on existing power plants: "Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense. "I recently wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to request that the usual 60-day comment period be … Continue Reading


May 29, 2014

Kaine Statement On VA Inspector General’s Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today: "Congress and our veterans have been calling for dramatic action to end waiting times for years. Despite assurances from VA leadership that the issue is being addressed and improved, the latest revelations, including widespread falsification of records, demonstrate the systemic nature of the problem and that efforts to solve it have not been successful. I … Continue Reading


May 29, 2014

Warner, Kaine Applaud Support For Uss George Washington In House Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding the full funding for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington in the Fiscal Year 2015 House Appropriations Committee defense spending bill: "We are pleased the House Appropriations Committee included $789 million for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington - sending yet another clear signal that maintaining an 11-carrier fleet is critical to the defense … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Kaine Statement On President Obama’s West Point Address

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 President's remarks at West Point earlier today: "America is strongest when its military, economic, diplomatic, and moral example are balanced. I was pleased to hear the President articulate such an approach for continued U.S. engagement around the world in his commencement address at West Point today, as well as how the U.S. should use a … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Kaine, Portman, Baldwin Call On President Obama To Establish Career And Technical Scholars Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to establish a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award program to better recognize and value the efforts of American students who have chosen CTE pathways. President Obama, who highlighted the importance of CTE training in his State of the Union Address, is scheduled to … Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Sens. Warner and Kaine Applaud Designation Of Chesapeake Bay As A Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as one of eight national Critical Conservation Areas, a new designation that ensures Bay region producers are eligible to receive a portion of more than $100 million in annual funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects and increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources. … Continue Reading


May 25, 2014

Kaine Statement On Ukrainian Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on Ukraine's election: "The people of Ukraine today sent a clear message to the international community: by peaceful means, they alone will determine their country's future. The government in Kiev has a fresh mandate that Moscow must respect. Today's election marked a triumph not only for Ukrainian democracy and sovereignty, but for international law. The … Continue Reading


May 25, 2014

Kaine Statement On Lebanon’s Presidential Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on Lebanon's Presidential election: "I was disappointed with Parliament's failure to elect a new President in Lebanon. Political consensus and stability are essential to addressing the myriad of internal and external challenges currently facing Lebanon. I urge all parties to engage in constructive dialogue to … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Warner, Kaine Applaud Advancement Of Virginia Funding Priorities In Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the advancement of critical funding priorities for Virginia in the Fiscal Year 2015 Senate Appropriations bill for Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies that was voted out of committee yesterday. Last month, Warner and Kaine weighed in with Appropriations Committee Chairwoman U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Vice Chairman U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, as well as the leadership of the Appropriations … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Kaine Meets With State Department On Current Situation In Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the current situation in Libya: "Yesterday I met with a high-level State Department official to review safety measures for U.S. citizens and personnel in Libya, especially given the increase in fighting this week between rival groups. I wanted to understand clearly the contingencies that are in place, including the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Kaine Requests That EPA Extend Comment Period For Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined a bipartisan group of 46 senators to send a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a 120-day public comment period for its proposed regulation of greenhouse gases from existing coal-fired power plants. EPA is expected to release the first ever greenhouse gas (GHG) performance standards for existing power plants on June 2. In their letter, the senators stressed that utilities, rural electric … Continue Reading

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