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Senators urge quick review of Virginia's plan to regulate hemp production


The Virginia General Assembly adjourns in March. Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine on Thursday pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hurry along its review of Virginia's plan to regulate hemp production. The Senators want the plan approved so the General Assembly can update the Commonwealth's hemp laws and address any flaws that could occur after the USDA's review

VaNews January 24, 2020

Kaine: ‘Message sent’ by rally on King holiday

By LOGAN BARRY, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

While a pro-gun rights rally was going on in Richmond’s Capitol Square, a celebration of civil rights was under way 25 miles to the south at Tabernacle Baptist Church, and that timing did not go unnoticed by the church ceremony’s keynote speaker. “I have questions about why people who would want to rally for gun rights would want to choose Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to do so,” Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Virginia, told service attendees.

VaNews January 22, 2020

Kaine speaks to UVA students about War Powers Resolution


Senator Tim Kaine visited the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy to discuss the War Powers Resolution. The junior senator from Virginia spoke to a full house of students and faculty about war powers and its history, and how we have gotten to where we are now.

VaNews January 18, 2020

Kaine says he has 51 votes to restrain Trump on Iran

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

A Democratic senator said Tuesday he has at least 51 votes to support a bipartisan resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said the Senate could vote as soon as next week on the measure

VaNews January 15, 2020

How one Democrat convinced Republicans to vote to curb Trump’s Iran moves


When Tim Kaine was pushing Republicans to support his effort to curb military action in Iran, he kept hearing concerns that the resolution was an attack on President Donald Trump. The Virginia Democrat recalled that Republican Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in particular asked whether the resolution was really about the Trump administration.

VaNews January 15, 2020

Hour-plus lines ensnare access to General Assembly building on first day of new security measures

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Long security lines had General Assembly staff members, lobbyists and the general public waiting more than an hour Monday to get into the building where much of the state’s legislative work is done. Even sitting Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine got caught in the backup when he appeared with a box of donuts he had intended to drop off.

VaNews January 14, 2020

Kaine fears killing of Iranian general could lead to “unnecessary war”

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine warned Friday that President Donald Trump’s decision to kill an Iranian general in Iraq has brought the United States to “the brink of another war in the Middle East.” Kaine introduced a war powers resolution that will force the Senate to vote on whether the U.S. military should engage in hostile activities with Iran. The resolution wouldn’t stop the United States from defending itself against an imminent attack, but it does call for the removal of U.S. forces from hostilities with Iran within 30 days unless there’s a declaration of war or authorization of force by Congress.

VaNews January 6, 2020

The Peninsula hasn’t had its own federal judge for nearly 200 years. That could soon end.

By PETER DUJARDIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Is the Peninsula finally on the verge of getting its own federal district judge after nearly 200 years of not having one? It could well happen. Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner — who play a key role in the judicial selection process — are voicing support for having a Peninsula native fill a recent federal district court opening in Hampton Roads, rather than the normal practice of picking someone from South Hampton Roads.

VaNews January 1, 2020

Kaine: Tobacco Age Bill Saves Lives

By TIM KAINE, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

223,000. That’s how many lives will likely be saved because Congress raised the nationwide age to buy tobacco products this week. The National Academy of Medicine studied the matter in 2015 and reached that conclusion,

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, has served since 2013.

VaNews December 20, 2019

Kaine, Warner call for minimum wage hike in Virginia, other pro-worker reforms

By ALEX KOMA, Washington Business Journal (Subscription required for some articles)

Virginia's U.S. senators believe the state's lawmakers should pass pro-worker policies long blocked by Republicans now that Virginia Democrats have finally won unified control of the state General Assembly. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats, stopped short of calling for a repeal of the state’s right-to-work law, one of the top demands of unions and other progressive activists around Virginia. But the former Virginia governors are urging representatives in Richmond to embrace some reforms and ensure the state is no longer rated among the worst for workers in the entire country.

VaNews December 13, 2019