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Kilmer & Newhouse Reintroduce Bill to Fix Veterans Healthcare System Mismanagement Issues

February 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) reintroduced legislation to force the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to move forward on fixes to its mismanagement issues. Their bill, the VA Management Alignment Act of 2017, would direct the head of the VA to issue a report to Congress detailing the steps they will take to reorganize and effectively improve veterans’ access to quality care.    The legislation, suppo ...

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Hearing From You

February 13, 2017

Dear Friend, My kids have a lot of questions for me about what I do. Often, it leads to a quick civics lesson. A year or two ago I was eating breakfast with my daughters before I heading out the door to a town hall. I told Sophie, “I’ve got to go.” She said, “Why?” I said, “I’ve got a town hall meeting.” And she said, “Why?” I responded, “I’ve got to let ...

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Kilmer, Schatz, Hirono Lead Call on Navy to Clarify Exemption from Federal Hiring Freeze for Navy Shipyard Workers

February 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) led a call on the Navy to clarify the exemption from President Trump’s federal hiring freeze for shipyard workers. Recently, the Defense Department announced that employees of Navy public shipyards and other employees that directly support the shipyards would be exempt. But the process for requesting exemptions at the shipyards woul ...

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Port dredging, decades in the making, celebrated Wednesday

December 15, 2016

Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner Jack Thompson was in a reflective mood when he took the podium at the Port’s Deeper Draft Phase II celebration Wednesday evening. “This whole thing started in 1976,” he said. “The commissioners at that time – Hans Bielski, Neil Logue and John Stevens – had the vision and had the wisdom to start the Deeper Draft process.” Thompson said “It is the result of their vision” ...

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Edmonds seeks funding for overpass to waterfront

December 15, 2016

The city has a plan for ensuring emergency access to the city’s waterfront — building a $24 million overpass. Now it’s making the case for money for the project with federal and state officials. Last week, city representatives, including Mayor Dave Earling, flew to the nation’s capital. They explained the need for the project to representatives of the federal Department of Transportation as well as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, staff of U.S. Sen. Patty Murr ...

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New law includes mental health care reforms for children

December 14, 2016

Legislation aimed at improving mental health treatment nationwide was signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama as part of a significant health care reform package. The 21st Century Cures Act commits billions of dollars for cancer research and to help fight the opioid epidemic, but it also includes reforms to expand mental health treatment, ensure coverage by insurance companies and increase the number of mental health providers throughout the country. The l ...

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Celebrating 100 Kilmer at Your Company Visits

December 06, 2016

Before coming to Congress I spent a decade working in economic development, meeting with about two-hundred businesses a year to help them grow, succeed, and stay in our region. Because helping small businesses grow and create good jobs remains one of my top priorities, that’s a practice I’ve kept up with as your Representative. After all, our local employers are the backbone of our economy. ...

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Saying Thanks

November 28, 2016

Before coming to Congress I spent a decade working in economic development, meeting with about two-hundred businesses a year to help them grow, succeed, and stay in our region. Because helping small businesses grow and create good jobs remains one of my top priorities, that’s a practice I’ve kept up with as your Representative. After all, our local employers are the backbone of our economy. ...

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Saying Thanks

November 28, 2016

Before coming to Congress I spent a decade working in economic development, meeting with about two-hundred businesses a year to help them grow, succeed, and stay in our region. Because helping small businesses grow and create good jobs remains one of my top priorities, that’s a practice I’ve kept up with as your Representative. After all, our local employers are the backbone of our economy. ...

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