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Tim Kaine Complains, Then Goes M.I.A.

- September 7, 2016

Grandstanding On The Campaign Trail He Demanded A Vote, Then Didn't Even Bother To Show Up

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

· Tim Kaine has repeatedly demanded a vote on legislation designed to combat spread of the Zika virus.

· Kaine engaged in grandstanding with his Democrat colleagues and wrote an open letter to the Senate Majority Leader demanding an end to the Senate recess.

· However, when the Senate recess ended and Zika funding came up for a vote Kaine failed to show up.

· Prior to joining the Clinton-hypocrisy tour, Kaine joined his obstructionist Democrat colleagues in filibustering much needed Zika funding back in July.

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WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THIS SUMMER, KAINE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO END SCHEDULED RECESS TO EXPEDITE ZIKA FUNDING

While In Florida Last Month, Kaine Demanded An End To The Senate Recess And Called For An Immediate Vote On Zika Funding

Last Month While Campaigning In Florida, Kaine Called For An Emergency Session Of Congress In Order To Expedite Zika Funding. "Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine called on Republican leadership to reconvene Congress to pass new Zika legislation after Democrats blocked a GOP proposal earlier this summer. 'Congress should not be in recess when Zika is advancing. We ought to go back and call an emergency session,' said Kaine, a sitting senator from Virginia." (Burgess Everett, "Kaine Calls On GOP To Cancel Recess And Pass Zika Bill," Politico, 8/2/16)

  • Politico Headline: "Kaine Calls On GOP To Cancel Recess And Pass Zika Bill." (Burgess Everett, "Kaine Calls On GOP To Cancel Recess And Pass Zika Bill," Politico, 8/2/16)

Kaine Notably Made This Call In Florida But Not In Virginia Where He Was The Day Before, An Early Indication Of His Duplicity. "He did not mention the Zika virus during his first solo rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, but made sure to focus on it here at Daytona State College." (Burgess Everett, "Kaine Calls On GOP To Cancel Recess And Pass Zika Bill," Politico, 8/2/16)

Kaine Signed An Open Letter Demanding That The Leaders Of Congress End Recess Early To Address Zika Funding

In A Letter To Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell And Speaker Paul Ryan Signed On August 4th, Senate Democrats Urged Republican Leaders To "Immediately Cancel The Remainder Of The Congressional Recess" To Vote On Emergency Zika Funding. "The problems the American people confront do not disappear simply because Congress does. In the case of the rapidly expanding Zika crisis, the problem has grown significantly worse since the Republican-led Congress went on recess. We urge you to immediately cancel the remainder of the congressional recess and get back to work to help the American public, especially women and families, amidst this crisis." ("Senate Democrats Urge Congress To Return To Fight Zika," U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, 8/4/16)

  • Kaine Signed This Letter. "Senate Democrats signing the letter include: Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Thomas R. Carper, (D-DE), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Gary Peters (D-MI)." ("Senate Democrats Urge Congress To Return To Fight Zika," U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, 8/4/16)

NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY HIS OWN RUNNING MATE'S HYPOCRISY, KAINE DID NOT SHOW UP TO VOTE ON A ZIKA FUNDING BILL ON THE FIRST DAY BACK FROM THE SENATE RECESS

Kaine Was One Of Two Senators Who Chose To Extend His Summer Recess

Last Night, Kaine Did Not Cast A Vote On Advancing The Zika Funding Bill. (H.R. 2577, Cloture Motion Rejected 52-46; R 51-1; D 1-44; NV-2, 9/6/16, Kaine Not Voting)

In His Absence, His Fellow Democrats Continued Blocking The Much Needed Zika Funding Bill. "Democrats, who had essentially blocked the same legislation in late June, had enough votes Tuesday to prevent Congress from moving emergency funding public health experts say is desperately needed as they prepare for the possibility that Zika will spread to other states along the gulf coast. The vote was 52 to 46, and Republicans needed 60 votes to advance the bill." (Emmarie Huetteman And Sabrina Tavernise, "Senate Democrats Block Zika Bill Over Planned Parenthood Provisions," The New York Times, 9/6/2016)

  • AP Headline: "Senate Democrats Block Measure To Battle Zika Virus." (Associated Press, "Senate Democrats Block Measure To Battle Zika Virus,"Fox News Politics, 9/6/16)
  • Independent Journal Review Headline: "On First Vote Back From Recess, Senate Democrats Block Zika Funding For The Third Time." (Joel Perticone, "On First Vote Back From Recess, Senate Democrats Block Zika Funding for the Third Time," Independent Journal Review , 9/6/16)

In July, Kaine Joined His Senate Colleagues In Voting Down Much Needed Zika Aid

In July, Democrats In The Senate Filibustered A Zika-Fighting Spending Bill And Voted Down The Bill's Advancement. "Senate Democrats on Thursday voted to maintain their weeks-long filibuster of Zika-fighting money, sending Congress home for a seven-week recess without any additional funding for vaccine research or mosquito eradication." (Stephen Dinan And Tom Howell Jr. "Senate Democrats Maintain Filibuster, Block Zika Deal For Second Time," The Washington Times, 7/14/16)

  • Kaine Joined His Democrat Allies In Preventing The Zika Bill From Even Reaching The Floor For An Official Vote. (H.R. 2577, Cloture Motion Rejected 52-44; R 52-0; D 44-0, 7/14/16, Kaine Voted Nay)

 


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