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Tim Kaine: Sequestration, VA Hospital Top Concerns

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

RICHMOND, Va. — While Sen. Mark Warner round-tabled down the street on Tuesday with a group of gig-economy workers, Virginia’s junior senator, Democrat Tim Kaine, met with local black business leaders in Richmond on a five-day economic tour through the state.  

Talk primarily focused on federal contracting, which Kaine said later was consistent with the most common concern voiced by Virginia business interests: sequestration and the federal budget. Kaine predicted he’d hear sequester questions wherever he goes.  

At Appomattox, Tim Kaine Calls for Unity

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

"So will we look for new opportunities to lay down arms — physical, verbal, spiritual — and unify one with another?" Sen. Tim Kaine asked Thursday, standing on the hallowed ground at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  

Kaine was among those to speak at a ceremony held 150 years after Robert E. Lee surrendered at that very site.  

McConnell's Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

Updated 7:21 p.m. |  In between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress and Netanyahu's meeting with Senate leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to move full speed ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in any potential nuclear deal with Iran.  

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced the details of a bipartisan bill Feb. 27 that would require the Obama administration to transmit any agreement from the international P5+1 talks to Capitol Hill for a 60-day review period. The White House has repeatedly threatened to veto new sanctions  on Iran, and Tuesday's plan to push the bill to the floor was in doubt just hours later as Democratic supporters — who seemed to be caught off guard by McConnell's move — expressed concerns about timing.  

Kaine Won't Attend Netanyahu Speech

Kaine is skipping the Netanyahu Congress speech. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Tim Kaine is the latest Democrat to announce he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress next week.  

The Virginian said in a statement provided first to CQ Roll Call that he's concerned in particular about the timing of the March 3 address, just weeks ahead of the scheduled Knesset elections on March 17.  

Tim Kaine: Obama Needs Congress to OK Iraq Air Strikes

Kaine says the president needs congressional authorization for air strikes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine wants President Barack Obama to seek new approval from Congress for the current bombing campaign in Iraq.  

"I support providing humanitarian relief to Iraqi civilians and measures to protect American personnel, but I am concerned about the timeline and scope of our renewed military efforts in Iraq," the Virginia Democrat said in a statement. "Since the Administration has conceded that the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force is obsolete and should be repealed, it is now up to the Administration to receive Congressional authorization for the current air campaign against IS. This is especially the case since the President has indicated that our renewed military engagement in Iraq could be a long-term project."