October 01, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Kaine Urges Colleagues to Pass Legislation to Address Threat of White Supremacists

You can watch the full speech here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following President Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, legislation he cosponsored to help prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement in addressing it. The House unanimously passed the bill last week but Senate Republicans are blocking consideration of it.

Kaine spoke of the violent white supremacist marches in Charlottesville in 2017, and remembered Heather Heyer and State Troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, three Virginians who lost their lives as a result, as well as DeAndre Harris, a Virginian who was attacked and severely injured.

“So I stand on the floor of the Senate thinking of these four Virginians, two of whom I knew, three of whom lost their lives and one who was injured severely in this Unite the Right rally, to say that it's time that we have laws in this country that would enable us to appropriately deal with the chief source of domestic terrorism,” Kaine said.

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