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Tim Kaine: More sequester relief critical to national defense

In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called on his colleagues to get serious about finding relief from across-the-board sequestration cuts as they begin consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Earth Talk: Re-using greywater at home

Re-using your greywater may be the only way to keep your lawn and garden healthy without taking more than your fair share of the community’s precious freshwater reserves.

Calling out the Republicans: Obama hasn’t, so we must

If Barack Obama had become president at a time of normal politics, with a normal opposition party, there’s no telling how much he could have accomplished.

Mark Warner, Tim Kaine react to President Obama budget proposal

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, released statements on President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Sen. Tim Kaine presses Defense nominees on budget

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine questioned Department of Defense (DoD) nominees on the impact of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget on national security priorities, including the critical importance of maintaining an 11-carrier fleet, based on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s preview.

Warner, Kaine urge Secretary Hagel to maintain 11-carrier fleet

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging him to maintain the full 11-aircraft carrier strike group as he crafts the FY15 defense budget.

Shenandoah National Park: Underfunded, under threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Virginia analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Virginia’s most-visited park, Shenandoah National Park, as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

Senate passes budget compromise

The government shutdown seems like so long ago now. Days after the House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bipartisan budget deal aimed at ending the sequestration process and quashing any talk of another disastrous shutdown, the Senate voted 64-36 to send the budget to President Obama for his signature.

House, Senate reach tentative budget deal

House and Senate budget negotiators have struck a deal that would avoid another government shutdown and would set spending levels for 2014 and 2015 above the level set by the sequester. The bipartisan deal struck Tuesday will go up for a vote in the House later this week.

Farmers told sequester will result in payment cuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan accordingly in the 2014 fiscal year for automatic spending reductions known as sequestration. The Budget Control Act of 2011 mandates that federal agencies implement automatic annual reductions to discretionary and mandatory spending limits.

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Tim Kaine: Time to end sequestration

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Budget Conference Committee, called for an end to sequestration and urged his committee colleagues to find a sensible solution that would reverse the across-the board-cuts in remarks to the committee on Wednesday.

Tim Kaine, Mark Warner urge congressional budget conferees to do job

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine called on his colleagues on the bipartisan Budget Conference Committee to “surprise the cynics” to compromise and agree on a federal budget for 2013-2014. Senate colleague Mark Warner said at the body’s first meeting on Wednesday that he wants to end the recent fiscal practice of lurching from crisis to crisis.

Will Congress learn its budget lessons?

Will Congress ever get its act together? That question is likely on the minds of many Americans, but the latest impasse should actually serve as a reminder that we need to redouble our efforts to make sure Congress focuses on the right priorities and moves the country forward.

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Mark Warner: Sequester is ‘stupidity on steroids’

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Tuesday chaired a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the impact of sequester spending cuts on national security and the U.S. economy.

Earth Talk: The sequester’s impact on the environment

The sequester that went into effect March 1 is a budget measure that cuts federal spending across the board to the tune of $85 billion, meaning every federal agency is affected and must reduce discretionary spending. Indeed, the cuts are already having a negative impact on everything from air quality monitoring to extreme weather response capability to staffing at national parks.

Karen Kwiatkowski: Sequester hysteria

The federal government is now faced with a small reduction in its rate of growth over the next ten years. The “sequester” is nothing more than $880 billion dollars in “on paper” reductions from projected spending in the next decade. As Forbes Magazine recently pointed out, the sequester deal put forth by Obama and accepted by the Republican majority in the House is actually a $110 billion spending increase!

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Sen. Kaine tours robotics firm, discusses need for budget certainty

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, visited HDT Robotics today for a discussion about budget uncertainty and the need for Congress to finish FY2013 appropriations and pass an FY2014 budget.

Virginians talk about impact of sequester

Virginia Organizing hosted on Monday a telemedia conference to respond to the devastating budget cuts related to sequestration. People from across Virginia who are directly affected by these cuts spoke about their concerns.

Defense: Exception to the rule that big government is bad?

Conservatives who bemoan big government don’t seem to understand that they’re not helping their case to complain so vociferously about how the automatic defense budget cuts triggered by the sequester plan will negatively impact the economy.

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Kaine defense tour continues with stop in Staunton

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, continued his defense tour across Virginia today with stops in Staunton, Stafford and Quantico to discuss the harmful impact budget uncertainty and sequestration are already having on military readiness and the future of our national defense.

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Sen. Kaine continues defense tour in Salem, Charlottesville

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced Secretary of State John Kerry today at his first major foreign policy speech.

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Warner highlights report on impact of sequester

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) is highlighting a new economic analysis revealing that Virginia would be hurt more than almost any other state from the sweeping automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect in two weeks under the sequester plan.

McDonnell: Repeal sequester

Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter this morning to President Obama and Virginia’s congressional delegation calling for immediate action to prevent the implementation of the sequester.

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Sen. Kaine visits Fort Belvoir to discuss budget cuts, sequester

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, traveled to Fort Belvoir on Monday to visit the hospital, participate in a roundtable with wounded warriors, and tour the base.