Kaine Talks Policy, Peanuts in Leesburg

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) spent the morning in Loudoun where he met with business owners in downtown Leesburg and at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber hosted Kaine for a roundtable discussion that focused on tax and healthcare reform. Kaine said he is optimistic about stabilizing healthcare markets and making incremental improvements now that the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has collapsed, but floated the idea of much larger changes—such as taking the burden of providing healthcare off of employers and allowing people to keep their insurance as they move around, such as allowing people to buy into Medicare. He also said he expects to see Senate proposals for a single-payer system.

“We shouldn’t miss the opportunity to step back and ask, ‘is our system set up in a way that it can be set up better?’” Kaine said.

The conversation hit on several topics important to the business owners around the table—such as the minimum wage. Kaine said raising the minimum wage is a policy he supports, but “it’s a policy without a rationale.”

“We tell our kids, work is important, so we’re trying to preach this hard work,” Kaine said. “But if you have a wage that puts you under the poverty level, it’s like our words are hollow. Our actions don’t match our words.” He said the minimum wage should be enough that a single parent working full time is above the poverty line.

After his meeting at the Chamber, Kaine joined Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk for a tour of businesses in downtown Leesburg, starting at Tally Ho Theater, stopping along the way to try beer at Black Hoof, mussels at Delirium, and peanuts at Very Virginia, and wrapping up with lunch at the Leesburg Diner.

On the tour, he said Northern Virginia is a particular challenge for infrastructure—such as the type that would be needed to evacuate DC in the case of an emergency such as a hurricane.

“The challenge is, it’s really hard to use eminent domain,” Kaine said. “So it’s not like there’s a lot of just vacant land, and you can build infrastructure on vacant land. You’re talking about due process and things like that. You’re talking about taking people’s property.”

But the tour itself had less in the way of policy discussion and more beer and food tasting.

“People were proud,” Kaine said. “They were showing off their businesses, and what I heard from people is a lot of pride in the level of activity in downtown Leesburg.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) starts his tour of downtown Leesburg at Tally Ho. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

This article was updated Friday, Sept. 1 at 1:44 p.m.


4 thoughts on “Kaine Talks Policy, Peanuts in Leesburg

  • 2017-08-31 at 5:20 pm

    Why did you give the Dulles Toll Road to WMATA Sen. Kaine?

    Virginia promised us citizens that the DTR would stop charging tolls once its bonds were paid off. You sold us out and broke the government’s promise to its citizens and, not only continued the tolls, but substantially increased them too.

    Worst decision by a Virginia Governor in the past 50 years.

  • 2017-09-01 at 1:10 pm

    It seems our Governor sent Tim Kaine to discuss options about removal of our Memorial Day Ceremony (Confederate) Statue, which was the main goal of the meeting. Our Governor already got his patsy, Mayor Stony whom he placed into power in Richmond, to flip-flop on his opinion of their Statues, but not the Arthur Ashe Statue. Our Governor, just like in C-ville, does not want a paper trail (phone calls), so mark my words that something will be happening in regards to the Statue. BTW – there was an organized march in Rivhmond after the C-ville “rally”, and ironically, Antifa was there in HUGE NUMBERS. Many of the same folks in C-ville were there including the girls with the black and pink shields and none of the “haters” needed a permit to assemble, ironically. I’m not condoning the KKK, and wish them a beat down, but folks like our Governor, Tim Kaine, and Kelly Burk probably condone Antifa. I’m just saying that if anything happens in this Town because of the Statue, it goes back to a higher authority, and it is all on record here. Kelly knows she discussed it with Tim Kaine, although she claims to have no opinion even as a liberal, as they walked right by the Statue and they couldn’t not avoid discussing the subject as it was staring them in the face with all the American Flags on the rails surrounding the cast iron fence. Does anyone in media press them on the hard topics……… I’m glad they talked about evacuating D.C. though as I’m more concerned about a terrorist attack, you know, like 9-11, than a hurricane as he mentioned….. The mind of a liberal……..

  • 2017-09-02 at 2:37 pm

    Why did Tim Kaine give the Dulles toll road to the Airport people, you ask Mr.D? Because Tim Kaine is an establishment hack.
    Tim Kaine doesn’t care about the people of the Virginia. He cares about keeping the welfare (and that’s exactly what it is) money flowing to the same failed establishment entities.

    Tim Kaine turned his back on Virginians to enrich his establishment overlords. It always comes down to money, preferably tax payer money. Toll money works just fine too.

    Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are the most ineffective, yes men, do-nothing Senators Virginia has had to endure in recent history. We were so close to sending Warner packing a few years back, until establishment republicans, and the phony democrat-owned libertarian came to his rescue. Even then, Warner still didn’t win a plurality of the vote.

    Note how in the article Kaine doesn’t say anything meaningful? The Loudoun Chamber may be fooled by this do-nothing yes man, but a great many Virginians are not. Tim Kaine needs to lose his job. He’s done nothing for Virginia.

  • 2017-09-04 at 11:59 pm

    Kelly Burk, there is a business leader!!! 50 years as a school teacher. She never met a failed business she didn’t like.

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