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Senate committee approves bill to reduce wasteful end-of-year spending

A Senate committee approved a proposal from Mark Warner and Rand Paul to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending.


Senators urge action on delayed VA medical leases

Sen. Mark R. Warner led a group of senators urging the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to authorize leases for 18 major medical facilities.


Warner, Kaine applaud Senate passage of appropriations legislation

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan appropriations legislation.

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Kaine introduces Senate legislation to promote apprenticeships

Sen. Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills Act.


Warner, Kaine vote to approve emergency Zika funding

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted to advance $1.1 billion of emergency funding for the prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak.

Poll: Is John McCain in trouble in Arizona?

John McCain could be in serious trouble in Arizona, facing a tough Republican primary and more uncertainty in the general if he survives the spring.


Warner, Klobuchar join effort to combat human trafficking on airplanes

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Amy Klobuchar are urging Congress to pass legislation that would combat human trafficking on commercial air flights.


Warner, Kaine applaud Senate nill to invest in Virginia infrastructure, research

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development funding legislation.

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Kaine urges FDA to approve mandatory prescriber training on opioids

Sen. Tim Kaine is calling on the FDA to implement committee recommendations to approve mandatory training for prescribers of opioids.


Warner, Kaine announce $3 million for low-income housing in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will receive $3,140,000 for low-income housing.

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Kaine statement on executive actions on gun violence

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the executive actions President Obama announced to reduce gun violence.


Warner introduces bill to eliminate unnecessary government reports

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation that would eliminate or consolidate 223 reports mandated by Congress.

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Kaine renews call for authorization of war on ISIL

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on counter-ISIL operations and Middle East strategy.

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Kaine calls for testing of lead levels in school drinking water

Sen. Tim Kaine joined 24 of his Senate colleagues in calling for additional federal resources to test drinking water in schools for lead.


Warner, Kaine introduce bill to aid Rural Virginia hospitals

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine introduced a bill to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government.

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Kaine on funding for Appalachian Regional Commission

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine offered comment on the move in the Senate to cut funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Veto this: Senate Democrats maintain McAuliffe actions

The Senate sustained Gov. McAuliffe’s vetoes of seven different bills — meaning the chamber has upheld every McAuliffe veto to come before it.

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Kaine applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act.

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Warner priorities on airport security, drones, trafficking included in Senate FAA bill

The Senate has voted to approve legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2017.


Warner, Kaine call for emergency Zika funding

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are calling for immediate passage of an emergency request for money related to the Zika Virus outbreak.


Kaine, Warner introduce bill to strengthen federal support for Medicaid expansion

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senate colleagues to introduce the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2016.

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Warner: Garland deserves Senate vote

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland today.

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Warner co-sponsors bill providing access to life-saving epilepsy treatment

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has signed on to co-sponsor the bipartisan Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015.

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Tim Kaine to hike Shenandoah National Park next week

Sen. Tim Kaine will meet with staff at Shenandoah National Park and thank them for their work before hiking to the summit of Stony Man Trail.

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Virginia Organizing to senators: We need a strong CFPB

Virginia Organizing leaders will visit Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 7 to attend the Senate Banking Committee hearing.


Warner, Kaine urge action on national parks maintenance backlog

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are urging congressional leaders to address the maintenance backlog facing the country’s national parks.


Warner, Kaine call for additional funding to combat drug abuse

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have called for increased funding to address the nation’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.

Merrick Garland and the futility of politics

Ever since the death of Justice Scalia, the question of who President Obama would choose to replace him has been a central issue in politics.

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Tim Kaine statement on Belgium attacks

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.


Kaine joins in Senate push for funds to repair crumbling water infrastructure

Senator Tim Kaine joined seventeen colleagues in pushing to boost investment in water infrastructure repairs.

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Kaine joins bipartisan career technical education effort in Senate

Tim Kaine joined a group of senators introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience.

Sen. Warner announces Keyanna Conner as state director

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced Tuesday that Keyanna Conner will now lead Sen. Warner’s state operations as the state director.

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Herring praises Senate passage of heroin, prescription drug bill

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement praising the Senate’s passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

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Senate passes Kaine cosponsored bill to fight opioid abuse

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine praised passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill that will help expand opioid abuse prevention efforts.

Senate expected to nominate Ken Cuccinelli for Supreme Court

The State Senate is expected to vote today to appoint former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to a seat on the Virginia Supreme Court.

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Warner cosponsors bill to train airline personnel to combat human trafficking

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to combat human trafficking on commercial air flights.

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Landes bill on explicit materials in schools passes Senate

House Bill 516, which requires the Board of Education to establish a policy regarding sexually explicit materials for public schools, passed the Senate 22 to 17.


Warner, McCaul lead coalition to establish digital security commission

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner led a bipartisan group introducing legislation to establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges.

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Senate votes to bar local decisions on Confederate monuments

The Senate voted Monday to approve a bill that would strip localities of authority to make decisions about Confederate monuments within their boundaries.

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Senate committee revives, advances controversial immigration enforcement bill

An undocketed bill that had been heard and passed by indefinitely at a previous Senate committee meeting was revived and ultimately reported on a straight party line vote.

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Senate Democrats mark passage of Senate budget

Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Senate approved its budget bills — SB 29 and SB 30 — on near-unanimous votes.


Warner, Kaine call for hearing, vote on Obama Supreme Court nominee

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are calling on Senate Republicans to hold a hearing and vote on President Obama’s eventual Supreme Court nominee.


Senate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to OSS veterans

The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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Senate upholds local control for charter schools

A Senate committee declined to report Del. Rob Bell’s (R-Charlottesville) charter schools proposal.

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Senate committee advances bill to limit wages for local workers

A Senate committee voted to advance a bill barring localities from requiring employers to offer pay or benefits above the minimum levels laid out in state and federal law.