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Kaine Joins Casey To Introduce Bill To Improve Access To Mental Health Services For Students

June 22, 2018

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to introduce a bill to improve access to mental health services for students at college campuses across America.

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Kaine, Whitehouse, Duckworth, Hassan Press DeVos On Failure To Implement Public Service Loan Forgiveness

June 22, 2018

This week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the Trump Administration’s failure to provide public servants with the student loan debt relief they have earned.

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Warner, Kaine Press Federal Government On Family Separations

June 20, 2018

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today wrote to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to press for more information about the Administration’s policy that separates asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S. border.

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Beyer Cosponsors Keep Families Together Act To End Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

June 19, 2018

Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) today signed on as a cosponsor to the Keep Families Together Act, which would formally abolish the Trump Administration’s recently enacted policy of separating children from their parents in families seeking asylum at the U.S. border.

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Kaine Co-Sponsors Bill To Boost Apprenticeship Programs, Increase Competitiveness Of Workers And Employers

June 15, 2018

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) co-sponsored legislation to increase the number of workers trained through registered apprenticeships and the competitiveness of our workers and businesses in the global marketplace. The bill creates a $5,000 tax credit for companies that initiate apprenticeship programs and supports Veteran employment.

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Warner, Colleagues Urge OPM Director Not To Balance Budget On Backs Of Federal Workforce

June 15, 2018

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and a group of 25 Senators wrote a letter to Director of the Office of Personnel Management Jeff Pon, urging the Trump Administration not to cut retirement benefits for the nation’s federal workforce. This letter comes after OPM Director Pon outlined an Administration plan to freeze federal employee pay and cut retirement benefits for 2.6 million federal retirees and survivors over the next ten years. 

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Beyer, Kaptur Lead 70+ Democrats In Calling On Pruitt To Halt Assault On Clean Air

June 14, 2018

U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today led 71 Democrats in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing grave concerns over his May 9th memorandum regarding future National Ambient Air Quality Standards reviews and standard setting.

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Beyer And Katko Seek Suicide Prevention Funding

June 14, 2018

Days after a CDC study showed dramatic increases in suicide rates across the country, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY) wrote to House appropriators seeking increased funding for an array of federal suicide prevention programs. Beyer and Katko are co-founders of the bipartisan House Suicide Prevention Task Force.

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Warner Calls For More Research On The Contingent Workforce

June 13, 2018

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to Bureau of Labor Statistics Acting Commissioner William Wiatrowski, urging the agency to conduct further research on the contingent workforce. The letter follows last week’s release of the Contingent Worker and Alternative Work Arrangement Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

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Science Committee Oversight Democrats Request Hearing On White House’s “Ignore” Science Memorandum

June 12, 2018

Democratic Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight sent a letter last week to Oversight Chairman Ralph Abraham requesting that he hold a hearing on a White House memo that suggested ignoring climate science was one option the Trump Administration should consider.

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