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Senate passes strengthened North Korea sanctions

The United States Senate voted 96-0 Wednesday to pass the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which strengthens our nation’s ability to sanction North Korea.

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GO Virginia clears Senate Finance Committee

This morning, with broad bipartisan support, Governor McAuliffe’s GO Virginia proposal flew out of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Sanctuary cities bills pass State Senate

Two Republican bills designed to stop cities and counties from adopting so-called “sanctuary policies” passed the Senate on party-line votes.


Sens. Warner, Kaine call for additional funding to respond to Zika virus

As the threat of the Zika virus grows, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined colleagues in urging President Obama to devote increased funding.


Senate committee defeats early education bills

A Senate committee rejected three bills to ensure that early education is available to all 4- and 5-year-olds and to require full-day kindergarten.

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Sen. Warner introduces bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined in unveiling the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act.

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Warner cosponsors bill to take partisanship out of congressional redistricting

Sen. Mark Warner is a cosponsor of the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act to take partisanship out of the congressional redistricting process.

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Tim Kaine makes case for fully integrating women into combat units

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine expressed his support for fully integrating female servicemembers into all combat units.

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Senate committee backs Clean Power Plan block

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would delay or obstruct implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Virginia.


Senate passes electoral fairness bills

The Virginia Senate passed a number of bills that would better protect voters’ ability to cast meaningful ballots in fair, competitive elections.

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Herring addresses opiod abuse before Senate Special Committee on Aging

Attorney General Mark Herring testified on the heroin and prescription drug addiction epidemic, in particular its potential to impact older Virginians.

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Virginia Senate blocks women’s right to choose

The Senate defeated Donald McEachin’s SB 183, which would have removed the prohibition on covering abortions in insurance plans and riders sold on Virginia’s health exchange.

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Warner, Kaine praise federal recognition of Pamunkey tribe

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ decision to grant federal recognition to the Pamunkey tribe.


Minimum wage bills killed in Virginia Senate

This afternoon, on a series of party-line votes, Senate Republicans shot down Democratic efforts to improve the economic security of working families.

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Virginia college students discuss student debt with Sens. Warner, Kaine

Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss tthe impact of rising student loan obligations.


Senate votes to raise felony larceny threshold

The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill to raise the threshold for felony larceny from $200 to $500.


Ultrasound requirement ban rejected by Senate committee

A Senate committee voted Thursday to defeat SB53, a bill proposed by Sen. Mamie Locke that would repeal Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound rule.

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Tebow Bill clears State Senate committee

The latest effort at a Tebow Bill, this one introduced by State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, SB612, reported out of a Senate committee on Thursday.

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Senate committee reports Kim Davis Bill

Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill to allow clerks of court and their deputies to refrain from issuing marriage licenses based on personal objections passed a Senate committee.

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Tim Kaine introduces bill to end gun industry liability shield

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would ensure that the gun industry is not shielded from liability.


Virginia Senate passes Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment cleared the floor of the Virginia Senate for the fifth time in six years.

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Housing non-discrimination, employment non-discrimination bills make their way to Senate floor

A Senate committee voted to report bills that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment and in housing.

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Sen. Warner introduces bill to help borrowers manage student loans

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced two bipartisan bills to provide relief to students struggling to manage record levels of college debt.


Senate fails to override President’s Clean Water veto

The Senate failed on Thursday to override President Obama’s veto of S.J. 22, a resolution to block the federal Clean Water Rule.

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Senate committee advances bill to block Clean Power Plan compliance

A Senate committee voted Thursday to report a bill that would require the General Assembly to approve any plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

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Tim Kaine: Our enemy is ISIS, not refugees

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine commented today after voting against consideration of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (SAFE).

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Right to work constitutional amendment reported to Senate floor

The Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted on Tuesday to report a resolution from Senator Mark Obenshain to insert Right to Work into the Virginia Constitution.

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Ban the Box bill reported out of State Senate committee

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted 9-6 to report a bill from Sen. Rosalyn Dance to “ban the box” in most state employment decisions.

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Tim Kaine welcomes Iran deal, release of prisoners

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement on Implementation Day of the Iran nuclear deal and Iran’s release of four American prisoners.

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Creigh Deeds: Back in Richmond

The 2016 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly is off and running. The long sessions are held in even years and are significant because we will be adopting a new two-year budget.

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House, Senate Democrats respond to McAuliffe State of the Commonwealth address

House and Senate Democratic leaders offered praise for the second State of the Commonwealth address from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Jim Webb takes another step toward possible independent run for president

Jim Webb barely made a ripple in the presidential waters during his brief run for the Democratic Party nomination.

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Leading retail organization gives top national honor to Sen. Mark Warner

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner was the only elected official included in a list of 25 leaders highlighted by the National Retail Federation for national leadership.


Farmers urge Senate to repeal COOL, avoid harmful tariffs

Farmers and ranchers are urging the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives’ lead and repeal country-of-origin labeling, or COOL.


Senators press Obama administration on efforts to lower prescription drug costs

A group of senators is seeking more information on the agency’s efforts to inform consumers and health care providers about prescription drug costs.

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Senate Democratic leaders respond to McAuliffe budget

In response to Governor McAuliffe’s unveiling today of his proposed biennial budget, Senate Democrats made the following statements.


Warner, Kaine hail breakthrough on Perkins Student Loan Program

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) welcomed legislation that passed the Senate this afternoon to renew the Federal Perkins Loan Program.

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Warner praises committee passage of bill to fast track disposal of excess federal property

Sen. Mark Warner praised Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passage of the bipartisan the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer Act.


Congress sends K-12 education reform bill to president’s desk

The Senate and House have passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, overhauling No Child Left Behind to ensure access to a high-quality education.


Warner, Kaine announce $1.5 million in federal funds to help Virginians on public assistance become self-sufficient

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that 18 Virginia localities will receive more than $1.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner cosponsors bipartisan bill to strengthen visa waiver program

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined a bipartisan group of 15 senators today in introducing legislation to strengthen the security of the Visa Waiver Program to help prevent terrorists from entering the United States.


Senate passes Warner, Kaine bill to assist eugenics victims with state compensation payments

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced that the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, excluding payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits.

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Senate education bill includes provisions of Kaine’s career, technical education, safe relationships measures

Following today’s announcement of the final conference report on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine welcomed the bill’s inclusion of key provisions he authored to help prevent sexual assault and strengthen career and technical education (CTE) in schools across the country.

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Tim Kaine statement on Syrian refugee resettlement program

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine vote against Senate Republican measure to reverse Clean Power Plan

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to pass two resolutions to reverse the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and the centerpiece of President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change.

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Tim Kaine joins in Senate bill to prevent youth homelessness

Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation to help prevent youth homelessness, improve support services and housing for youth and families, and help ensure children are raised in supportive, stable households.


Poll: Virginia backs Clean Power Plan on eve of big Senate vote

The Sierra Club released polling Friday showing significant support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan among registered voters in Virginia.

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Senators introduce new legislation to improve staffing at VA health centers

Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to announce the introduction of the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to make commonsense changes in staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans care at VA health care facilities.

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Tim Kaine introduces Senate bill to prevent opioid overdose deaths

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced legislation to help prevent opioid overdose deaths by encouraging physicians to co-prescribe the life-saving drug naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and by making naloxone more widely available in federal health settings.


Warner, Kaine urge consumer agency to protect inmates from predatory practices with prepaid prison release cards

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to strengthen financial protections for a particularly vulnerable population: men and women seeking to reenter society after leaving prison.