August 18, 2015

In Richmond, Kaine Discusses Economic Development With African-American Business Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing his five-day swing through Virginia today in his hometown of Richmond, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with African-American business leaders from the Metropolitan Business League to discuss how the federal government can help address challenges facing their businesses. The roundtable discussion focused on issues that impact small, minority-owned businesses such as workforce preparedness, access to capital and government contracts, budgetary issues and sequester cuts.

"The Metropolitan Business League has been a strong voice for African-American businesses for a long time and I wanted to do this roundtable with them today to talk about the issues that most affect minority-owned businesses,” Kaine said. “I received a lot of questions on the federal budget and the across-the-board cuts that are hurting contractors and other businesses. Virginia is affected by the federal budget more than any other state, and I'll keep working with my colleagues to find a budget deal that provides relief from harmful sequestration cuts.”

Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, urged his colleagues today to find a path forward on a budget that eliminates harmful sequester cuts which negatively impact families and businesses in the Commonwealth.