Tim Kaine: Policy Overview

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Tim Kaine: Policy Overview


Support for both a well-balanced economy which is environmentally stable. Is in opposition to the Keystone pipeline. Supports the Clean Power Plan and has attempted to raise awareness concerning rising sea levels on coastal communities. However, Kaine has supported offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Additionally, he supported to fast track the construction of natural gas terminals.  



Kaine seeks a defined path to earn citizenship. He is a supporter of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Also, he sees education as an important factor concerning immigration. Hence he wants to make it easier for international students to receive their green cards. Has spoken about ‘talent’ being a factor of immigration and that the US immigration system should attract and retain the most talented of immigrants. Also, support efforts to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)      



Kaine has taken the stance the higher education should be more affordable. He, however, has not advocated for any form of free tuition at a public college for everyone. He co-chairs the Senate’s Career and Technical Education Caucus and supports greater access to community colleges for career pathways. A Strong critic of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and advocate for ‘record’ investment in Virginia education.    


Budget and Economy:

Kaine supports the notion of a striving for a balanced budget. Believes in a negotiating a solution to budget challenges through both spending cuts, revenues, and entitlement reforms. He views education and national defense as key economic priorities. As Governor of Virginia, he claimed to save 5$ billion dollars in government spending. Spending cuts were made through switching financing, reallocating accounts and withdrawing money out of the states ‘rainy day’ fund. He serves on the Senate Budget Committee and supports biennial budgeting.  Voted for the FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that set government funding levels for the current fiscal year and extended numerous tax breaks without fully offsetting the cost.  



Kaine is personally against abortion however he sees no need for it to be illegal. He aligns with the primary holdings of Roe V. Wade and supports public abortion funding. Furthermore, he backs a parental consent law which has a judicial bypass in Virginia. He is against partial birth abortions with the exception that if it endangers the life and health of the mother. Additionally, the “informed consent provision” in Virginia is favored upon by Kaine; it involves the requirement of abortion providers to give women specified information concerning alternative options and health consequences. Has a faith-based opposition to abortion that reflects his policy stances.


Gay Rights:      

Kaine fall follows a very similar line to Clinton when it comes to gay marriage. So similar that he did not support it in 2001 however is now an advocate for LGBT rights by the turn of the decade. As Governor of Virginia Kaine has opposed traditional marriage bills and supported legislation that reduces workplace discrimination. He has also spoken for letting gay couples adopt children.


Foreign Policy:

Introduced bipartisan legislation to revise the War Powers Resolution of 1973 as well as to authorize the current U.S. military mission against ISIL. Advocated for Congress to have a formal role in approving the Iran Nuclear Agreement and was proud to co-author the terms under which the House and Senate considered the Iran deal in 2015. Open-ended nature of the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Supports legislation that would repeal the Iraq AUMF approved by Congress in 2003.


Gun Rights:

A supporter of the second amendment and a gun owner Kaine believes in the right to bare arms with certain restrictions. In Congress, he voted ‘yes’ on banning high-capacity magazines of over ten bullets. During his time as Governor of Virginia, Kaine proposed a guarantee of strict enforcement of existing criminal laws. He also expanded the use of enforcement strategies such as Project Exile that target criminals who use guns rather than law-abiding gun owners.




Has had alternating views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Recently rejects the deal in its current form. Advocate for the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Kaine co-sponsored the Sugar Reform Act the created quotas and import tariffs to stabilize prices of sugar. 



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