Press Releases

January 07, 2015

Kaine Co-Sponsors Legislation To Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and 40 of their Senate colleagues, have introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the new 114th Congress and provide equal treatment for all married couples. Kaine had co-sponsored the original version of the Respect for Marriage Act when it was introduced in the 113th Congress following the Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Windsor, which … Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Kaine Introduces Legislation To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Price Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Aging Committees, joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and four other colleagues to introduce the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best possible price of prescription medication for America's seniors who are enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law bans Medicare from bargaining with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices. The bill … Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Streamline American LNG Exports

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has joined Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and six other colleagues to introduce the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. The bipartisan legislation will speed up the approval process for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. It specifically requires the Secretary of Energy to make a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days after the environmental review … Continue Reading

January 06, 2015

Warner & Kaine Now Accepting Applications For U.S. Attorney For The Western District Of Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to fill the seat left vacant by Timothy Heaphy, who left office in December after five years of distinguished service. "The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia plays an integral role in protecting a geographically diverse region on a wide range of issues - from human trafficking, narcotics, and gang violence to white … Continue Reading

December 23, 2014

Kaine Weighs In On National Strategy To Prevent Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 20 of his colleagues to write a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the national strategy to address opioid abuse being developed by HHS. In the letter, Kaine and his colleagues urged HHS to focus on overdose education, access to substance abuse treatment services, and the distribution of naloxone, an antidote that stops the effects of an opioid overdose for a short period of time. Specifically, they … Continue Reading

December 22, 2014

Virginia Delegation Calls For Consideration Of Joint Base Langley-Eustis For New Air National Guard Cyber Operations Squadron

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a joint letter, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and U.S. Congressmen Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman and Gerry Connolly urged the Director of the Air National Guard to consider the Virginia Air National Guard at Joint Base Langley-Eustis as a designation for an Air Force Space Command's Cyber Operations Squadron (COS). "Our nation's defense depends upon a robust and innovative cyber force that is trained and ready to respond to dynamic … Continue Reading

December 19, 2014

Kaine Battlefield Protection Bill Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), was signed into law by President Obama today following passage by both houses of Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 last week. The legislation reauthorizes a National Park Service program that partners with landowners to … Continue Reading

December 18, 2014

Kaine Meets With Eastern Shore Chamber Of Commerce, Visits House-Raising Project In Norfolk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine continued his three-day tour through Virginia with a visit to Melfa to deliver remarks at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast. Throughout his remarks, Kaine highlighted the importance of workforce development and economic growth in the region. Following the Eggs & Issues breakfast, Kaine traveled to Norfolk to receive a briefing on the city's efforts to plan for sea level rise and visit the site of an ongoing … Continue Reading

December 18, 2014

Warner, Kaine, Connolly Applaud Closing On Final TIFIA Loans For Silver Line Construction

WASHINGTON - Members of Virginia's congressional delegation applauded news that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has closed on the final two low-interest loans to fund construction of Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and retiring Congressmen Jim Moran and Frank Wolf worked for months with Secretary Foxx and his predecessor Ray LaHood to secure a total of $1.9 … Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Kaine Visits Wallops Flight Facility, Meets With Chincoteague Business Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine began his three-day tour through Virginia with a visit to the Wallops Flight Facility to tour the damaged launch pad and meet with representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, NASA, Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, and Orbital Sciences. Kaine also met with first responders who were on call the night of the launch failure on October 28 and helped put out the fires caused by the explosion. Last week, Kaine and Senator Mark … Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Kaine Sobre La Liberacion De Alan Gross, Relaciones De Ee Uu Y Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - El senador Tim Kaine, un miembro del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hizo las siguientes declaraciones sobre Cuba: "Estoy muy contento sobre el anuncio hoy de la liberación de Alan Gross y le deseo lo mejor mientras se reúne con su familia y seres queridos. Su liberación marca una victoria para la diplomacia estadounidense. Me gustaría darle gracias a el Papa Francisco y al gobierno Canadiense por su papel como intermediarios en … Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Kaine Statement On Release Of Alan Gross, U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Cuba: "I am overjoyed by today's announcement of Alan Gross's release and wish him the very best as he reunites with his family and loved ones. His release marks a victory for American diplomacy. I'd like to especially thank Pope Francis and the Canadian government for their role as intermediaries in this effort." "Our relationship with Cuba will not change … Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Senate Confirms Elizabeth Dillon To Western District Federal Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Elizabeth K. Dillon to serve as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia. Ms. Dillon, an attorney in Salem and a former assistant city attorney for Roanoke, will be the first woman to serve as a judge for the Western District in its nearly 200 years of existence. "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed an exceptionally qualified individual to serve in the … Continue Reading

December 16, 2014

Kaine Extends Condolences To Pakistani Terror Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on today's terrorist attack in Peshawar. "I extend my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of today's heinous terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. I am shocked and appalled by this senseless act of … Continue Reading

December 15, 2014

Kaine Urges Department Of Education To Provide Information On Sexual Assault Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressing the current issues associated with sexual violence on college campuses. In the letter, Kaine applauded the Department of Education (ED) for initiating its Title IX investigations into how campuses handle sexual assault but requested that ED disclose more information regarding the progress of these investigations. "Sexual violence is a serious issue facing our nation, and we have … Continue Reading

December 13, 2014

Kaine, Warner Applaud Virginia Priorities Included In Compromise Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Saturday night's Senate passage of the compromise spending legislation for fiscal year 2015, which keeps 90% of the federal government funded through next September. The legislation includes funding for several top priorities for Virginia, including the refueling and overhaul of the aircraft carrier George Washington, full funding for Washington's Metro transit system, funds to repair the damages at NASA's Wallops Flight … Continue Reading

December 12, 2014

Kaine Adds Senate Aging Committee To List Of Committee Assignments For 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine was selected to serve on the Senate Special Committee on Aging for the 114th Congress. The Senate Committee memberships for the 114th Congress are subject to ratification by the Democratic caucus and the Senate when the 114th Congress convenes in January. "I'm honored to have been asked to serve on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, where I'll focus on a wide range of issues impacting older Americans, from Medicare and Social Security to … Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statement On Reporting Of Elizabeth Dillon Nomination Out Of Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following joint statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee reported the nomination of Elizabeth Dillon to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia: "With the Judiciary Committee reporting Elizabeth Dillon to the full body today, the Senate now has the opportunity to provide Virginia with another well-qualified judge. Ms. Dillon has spent her entire career … Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL Including Kaine Provisions Clears Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL, including key limitations on ground troops and duration advocated by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 10-8 - a significant development following Kaine's five-month long push for a meaningful, transparent debate and vote to properly authorize U.S. military action against ISIL. The approved authorization language can now advance to consideration by the full … Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

Warner, Kaine Hail Wins For Virginia In Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 has cleared a key Senate hurdle and will now advance to a vote on final passage. The bipartisan legislation, which is expected to pass and be signed into law by the President soon, is substantially based on the two bills passed last spring by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, respectively. "This legislation demonstrates that despite often strong … Continue Reading

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