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Sen. Kaine Speaks on Iraq, McDonnell, and FEMA

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is taking Congress's two-week summer break to crisscross the commonwealth.

He toured a central Virginia community still recovering from the earthquake that hit three years ago this month. Kaine toured Louisa County Public Schools Tuesday to see the progress rebuilding after the 2011 earthquake.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is chipping in about three-quarters of the cost to replace what was lost. Kaine says it's helpful to see - in person - how federal dollars are speeding up Louisa's recovery.

Kaine will return to Capitol Hill when the summer recess ends in early September. He says the budget and Iraq will dominate the discussion. Kaine is urging President Obama to allow Congress to vote on any United States Military action to fight the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq.

When asked about the former Virginia governor his thoughts on the federal corruption trial of his successor Bob McDonnell, Kaine responded, “Very sad. It's just a very sad thing for the state. There's nothing good about it. It's just a tragic situation.”

Kaine focused on the positive in Louisa Tuesday. The senator says the county's rebuilding can be used as an example when he returns to Washington and fights for federal dollars to support FEMA.

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