May 03, 2013

Kaine Visits Business Communities In Northern Virginia, Participates In Winchester Parade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the Eden Center in Falls Church today to meet with members of the Asian-American business community and discuss the ways immigration reform would have a positive impact in the region and throughout Virginia. Kaine, a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, noted that an improved legal system would continue to draw talent to Virginia’s schools and businesses and develop the state’s overall competitiveness.

"For years we've been talking about doing comprehensive immigration reform but haven't been able to get anything done," said Kaine. "This bill we have in the Senate is a good measure that covers many of the major aspects of immigration reform - border security, visa reform, family reunification and a rigorous path to citizenship."

Kaine has expressed his support for the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that was introduced recently by a group of eight U.S. senators – four Republicans and four Democrats. 

In the afternoon, Kaine hosted a roundtable with members of the Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg and continued to discuss his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act that evens the playing field for Virginia’s small businesses. The Virginia bipartisan transportation bill passed by Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly this year encouraged Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act so sales tax dollars collected in the Commonwealth could be used to improve roads, rail and public transit.

Afterwards, Kaine traveled to Winchester for the annual Firefighters’ Parade, a part of the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. 

"In-state work weeks are a good chance for me to come and listen to business communities about the challenges they face and how I can be helpful," Kaine said in Leesburg. "Whether it's in Roanoke or here in Loudoun County, I appreciate the work chambers of commerce and business groups like the Mason Center do to bring private sector leaders together to share some good ideas with me."

Kaine’s stops in Leesburg, Falls Church and Winchester wrapped up a week of stops across the state to discuss economic revitalization and upcoming bills in the U.S. Senate. Kaine has also traveled to Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Staunton and Emporia.

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