Claim: “Tim Kaine supported a Washington budget deal that would devastate America’s defense and Virginia jobs.”
Sponsor(s): Crossroads GPS
Air Dates: Sept. 19 – present
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FactCheck.org Summary: Kaine did express support for the budget deal, saying it was “the right thing to do.” However, sequestration was only to occur if Congress failed to enact a deficit reduction plan. And Kaine, who has never served as a member of Congress, wasn’t a member of the “supercommittee” that failed to agree on a proposal to cut the deficit. While Kaine supported the budget deal, he was hardly alone. The bill received 269 votes in the House of Representatives (including votes from six Virginia Republicans) and 74 votes in the Senate. The state’s Republican governor also supported the budget deal at the time.