Press Releases

December 11, 2014

Warner, Kaine Announce $20 Million In Federal Funding For Wallops Flight Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the compromise spending legislation for fiscal year 2015 scheduled to be considered by both the House and Senate this week includes $20 million in funding for Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore, a result of their efforts to secure additional funding to support repairs following a launch failure on October 28 that caused significant damage to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's launch pad. "We … Continue Reading

December 10, 2014

Kaine Applauds $17.5 Million Grant To Expand Pre-K Programs In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Virginia will receive a $17,500,000 Preschool Development Grant to provide high-quality preschool programs for children from low and moderate income families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, which Kaine helped expand as Governor. Kaine wrote to the Department of Education in October urging the department to award the grant to … Continue Reading

December 09, 2014

In Hearing With Secretary Kerry, Kaine Presses Case For Congress To Act On Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL Before Adjourning

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following U.S. Senator Tim Kaine's months-long push for a meaningful, transparent debate and vote on an authorization for U.S. military action against ISIL, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing today on the mission against ISIL with Secretary of State John Kerry - a move Kaine believes is a critical, yet overdue, first step in properly authorizing this mission. Responding to criticism about the unorthodox process that led to today's hearing, Kaine said: … Continue Reading

December 05, 2014

Kaine Statement On Ashton Carter Nomination To Be Secretary Of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to serve as the nation's next Secretary of Defense. "Ash Carter is a dedicated public servant with a unique degree of Pentagon experience that spans three decades and includes time in the number two post under Secretaries Panetta and Hagel, and service as both Under Secretary of Defense … Continue Reading

December 04, 2014

Kaine Notes Progress Against Sexual Assault Within The Military – More Work To Be Done

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to today's comprehensive Department of Defense (DoD) Report to the President on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Subcommittee on Personnel, noted the important steps that have been taken towards eliminating sexual assault within the military, but stressed that lawmakers, military leaders and servicemembers must continue embracing reform to combat these crimes. "The efforts of the … Continue Reading

December 04, 2014

Kaine Statement On Decision To Hold Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing And Vote Next Week On Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez's decision to hold a hearing on the U.S. mission against ISIL next Monday, December 8 and a markup and vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) on Wednesday, December 10: "We will now have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful, transparent debate on the U.S. military mission against ISIL, as I've been calling for since military action … Continue Reading

December 03, 2014

Warner, Kaine Statement On Confirmation Of Nani Coloretti As Deputy Secretary Of HUD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following joint statement praising the confirmation of Nani Coloretti to be the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary, making her the fourth female Deputy Secretary and one of the highest-ranking Filipino-Americans serving in the Administration: "President Obama made an excellent choice in nominating Nani Coloretti to be the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy … Continue Reading

December 03, 2014

Kaine, Wittman Bipartisan Battlefield Protection Bill Heads To House, Senate Floors For A Vote

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 included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 announced by Senate and House negotiators last night. The legislation will reauthorize a National Park Service program that partners with landowners to preserve Civil War battlefields at risk of … Continue Reading

December 03, 2014

Kaine Calls On Congress To Debate & Vote On Mission Against ISIL Before Adjourning

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, reiterated his months-long call for Congress to debate and vote on U.S. military action against ISIL - a mission that has gone on since August without congressional authorization. In his remarks, Kaine made two requests: 1) that President Obama follow through on his commitment to engage Congress and immediately demand a debate and vote on an … Continue Reading

December 02, 2014

Kaine Welcomes Compromise Defense Bill, Highlights Wins For Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed compromise defense bill language announced by House and Senate negotiators. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 is substantially based on the two bills passed last spring by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, respectively, and includes important provisions Kaine advocated for on behalf of Virginia in the Senate version. The full House of Representatives is … Continue Reading

December 02, 2014

Kaine Suggests Improvements To Proposed EPA Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency's request for input on its proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. In the letter, Kaine suggests that the proposed standard should do more to reward states like Virginia that have already taken major steps toward creating a cleaner power sector. While the current proposal sets … Continue Reading

December 01, 2014

Kaine Tours GWU Science & Technology Campus In Ashburn, Speaks With Nursing Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined George Washington University (GWU) President Steven Knapp on a tour of the School of Nursing's state-of-the-art Skills and Simulation Lab at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn. After the tour, Kaine spoke with School of Nursing students, including participants in the Veterans Bachelor of Science Nursing Program that helps veterans transition their military skills into a nursing career, about the demand for skilled … Continue Reading

November 26, 2014

Warner, Kaine Back Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with 40 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter in support of the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes to better protect servicemembers and their families from abusive financial practices. The letter, sent to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, expresses strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees … Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Grand Jury Verdict In Missouri

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson: "In light of the grand jury decision not to prosecute officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, I ask authorities to respect the right of all people to express themselves during this understandably emotional time, as well as urge the people of Ferguson and the nation to respond peacefully and constructively. Going … Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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 today on the Iran nuclear negotiations: "While I am disappointed the P5+1 missed today's deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, I believe the extension announced today is better than the alternatives: an inadequate agreement that fails to sufficiently curb Iran's nuclear … Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy

WASHINGTON,D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Timothy Heaphy, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, to step down: "Tim has served the Western District of Virginia with distinction as U.S. Attorney. I appreciate Tim's dedication to combatting prescription drug abuse, human trafficking, and illegal gang activity, and I'm confident his work to promote community outreach and crime prevention will leave a lasting mark on the … Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Kaine Statement On Secretary Hagel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's decision to step down: "Secretary Hagel has led the Department of Defense through an extremely challenging time in our nation's history, including a severely constrained fiscal environment. He has been a strong advocate for military servicemembers and their families, ensuring the U.S. Armed Forces have … Continue Reading

November 21, 2014

In Response To Letter From Warner & Kaine, DOD Announces Policy Change To Protect Servicemembers From Predatory Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to a letter from U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and three of their colleagues in July 2014, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a policy change today that will prohibit the use of allotments by servicemembers to purchase, lease or rent personal property. This important change will protect servicemembers from businesses that use allotments to trap Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families in illegal predatory loans. "I'm very pleased … Continue Reading

November 21, 2014

Kaine Statement On Campus Sexual Violence Allegations In Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, released the following statement on recent sexual violence allegations in Virginia: "The allegations of sexual assault depicted in a recent Rolling Stone article are beyond alarming and cannot be tolerated. If the law enforcement and school investigations into these allegations are found to be true, the individuals and organizations involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition to a comprehensive review of its … Continue Reading

November 21, 2014

Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation To Reform Black Lung Benefits System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia introduced legislation to help level the playing field for miners battling black lung disease, an ailment caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time that can be debilitating and potentially fatal. Federal law requires that coal companies compensate disabled miners who contract black lung, but employers routinely deploy an array of unfair tactics to avoid paying miners the benefits they deserve. The Black … Continue Reading

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