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Posted on: June 24, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Next Week: Kaine to Hold Events in Hampton Roads

Discussions to include support for defense community, job training, coastal resiliency, small businesses and affordable housing.

NEXT WEEK: KAINE TO HOLD EVENTS IN HAMPTON ROADS TO DISCUSS SUPPORT FOR DEFENSE COMMUNITY, JOB TRAINING, COASTAL RESILIENCY, SMALL BUSINESSES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold events in Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News to discuss supporting Virginia’s defense community, job training, coastal resiliency, small businesses, and tackling the affordable housing crisis. 

On June 28, 2022, Kaine will visit the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth to tour dry dock facilities, discuss current projects, and walk the new Production Training Facility where apprentice program graduates apply their skills. Kaine, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently helped secure funding to support shipbuilding and other defense projects in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was passed by the committee and is ready for a vote before the full Senate. While Kaine’s tour of the shipyard will not be open to press, Kaine will be available directly after the tour for interviews to discuss his tour and the funding he secured for shipbuilding in the NDAA. 

Next, Kaine will visit Virginia Wesleyan University’s COVID-19 Displaced Worker Initiative in Virginia Beach, which provides free job training and career skills for people who have been laid off, furloughed, or have lost their jobs. As part of the latest government funding bill Congress passed, Kaine recently secured $800,000 to continue to expand their initiative. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Kaine has been a leader in strengthening career and technical education (CTE), and continues to work to include his bipartisan JOBS Act in the bipartisan innovation bill currently being negotiated by Congress. The JOBS Act would help more Americans access job training and get back to work. 

On June 29, 2022, Kaine will be briefed on the progress of Norfolk’s flood resilient infrastructure projects. Kaine will begin with a walking tour of the Ohio Creek restoration project, followed by a discussion with experts from the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Project. Both are cutting edge infrastructure projects to help protect Norfolk from sea level rise and flooding caused by climate change. Kaine has long championed resilience measures for Hampton Roads, and through the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Kaine helped secure historic USACE Civil Works funding for the region, including: 

  • $399.3 million for the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project
  • $1.5 million and NEW START for the Virginia Beach and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Study 
  • $225.4 million for the Norfolk Harbor Deepening and Widening Project

In addition, Kaine successfully included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2021 spending bill, modeled after his bipartisan legislation with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), to provide Norfolk and others more time to use funding to combat sea level rise and flooding issues awarded under participation in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). Norfolk received $112 million for the Ohio Creek project from the NDRC and the extension was needed due to challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Next, Kaine will host a discussion in Norfolk with veterans, military spouse business owners, and military spouse employment advocates to talk about lowering the military spouse unemployment rate, which is substantially higher than the national rate. Kaine has long prioritized supporting service members and their families. Most recently, Kaine helped secure a provision in the NDAA—which will come before the Senate for a vote in the coming months—that requires the Department of Defense to provide an update on current military spouse employment programs and recommendations to bolster the performance of these programs. Previously, Kaine introduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses.

Then, Kaine will meet with members of the local Filipino community in Norfolk. Kaine will share an update regarding his recent work in Congress, including steps to help protect our communities from gun violence, the fight to make prescription drugs more affordable, and crafting an NDAA that benefits Virginia, among other items. Then he will take questions from community members about a wide variety of issues impacting them.

Lastly, the Senator will visit and tour four small businesses in Hampton: Fuller’s Raw Bar, Scratch Bakery, Mango Mangeaux, and Signature Canvas Makers. Throughout the pandemic, Senator Kaine pushed for support to help Virginia’s small businesses keep their doors open and workers employed. Thanks to federal legislation Kaine pushed to pass, around 155,000 Virginia small businesses and nonprofits received at least one Paycheck Protection Program loan, and tens of thousands received Economic Injury Disaster Loans, restaurants grants, shuttered venues grants, or other relief. 

On June 30, 2022, Kaine will be joined by Virginia House of Delegates member Marcia "Cia" Price at a roundtable in Newport News to discuss affordable housing needs and tenant protections with community leaders and renters. Kaine began his career as fair housing lawyer, and has continued to advocate for better access to safe and affordable housing in the Senate, including his Fair Housing Improvement Act that he recently introduced to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination.

 

** Press interested in joining are asked to RSVP to Janine Kritschgau (Janine_Kritschgau@kaine.senate.gov). **

 

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

 

Media Availability Following Norfolk Naval Shipyard Tour 

3:15 PM

Gate 10

Next to 1125 Port Centre Parkway

Portsmouth, VA  23704

 

Virginia Wesleyan University Visit 

4:30 PM

Clarke Hall

5817 Wesleyan Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23455

 

June 29, 2022

 

Norfolk Flood Resilient Infrastructure Projects Visit     

 

Ohio Creek Walk

9:30 AM

2901 Kimball Terrace

Norfolk, VA 23504

 

RAIN SITE: 

Grandy Village Learning Center 

2971 Kimball Loop 

Norfolk, VA 23504

 

Discussion on Norfolk's Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

10:10 AM

Grandy Village Learning Center 

2971 Kimball Loop 

Norfolk, VA 23504

 

Military Spouse Roundtable

1:00 PM

Dominion Tower, 4th Floor Conference Room

999 Waterside Drive

Norfolk, VA  23510 

 

Filipino Community Meet and Greet

3:00 PM

Pretlow Library

111 W Ocean View Ave

Norfolk, VA 23503

 

Hampton Small Business Tour

5:00 PM

Phoebus Community & Downtown Hampton*

 

*Press are welcome to travel by shuttle with the Senator throughout the tour.

Shuttle Pickup is available at:

City Hall Parking Lot

22 Lincoln Street, 

Hampton, VA 23669

 

June 30, 2022

 

Housing Roundtable with House Delegate Cia Price

9:00 AM

Waterworks, James Room

700 Town Center Drive

Newport News, VA 23606 

 

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