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Time for Some Spring Cleaning--of Our Political System

April 16, 2018

After spending two weeks back home traveling from pillar to post and hearing from a lot of you at the four town halls I participated in, I’m now back in DC. One consistent theme that folks asked me about when I was home was this: how do we make sure our federal government is working for “we the people” and not deep-pocketed special interests? Making Congress more accessible and accountable to you is one of my top priorities. In ...

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Kilmer to Host Transparency Teletownhall with Special Guest Nick Penniman, CEO of Issue One--WEDNESDAY

April 13, 2018

On the heels of congressional testimony from Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, US Representative Derek Kilmer will host a teletownhall focused on steps Congress can take to safeguard America’s elections, and shine a light on the murky world of political advertising. The event is Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm PST. “Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony made for interesting television, but it doesn’t get Congress closer to voting on legislation t ...

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Kilmer Statement on $5 Per Car National Park Entry Fee Increase

April 12, 2018

Today, the Department of the Interior announced it would raise entry fees at most National Parks by $5 per car. This is a major reversal of the Administration’s initial plan, which proposed tripling entry fees at the 17 most popular National Parks, including Olympic National Park. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the original sponsor of the National Par ...

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Construction begins on Veterans Affairs Puget Sound clinic in Silverdale

April 02, 2018

After many years of planning and quite a few setbacks, ground was broken on Monday morning on the long-awaited Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Silverdale. "As we break ground today, there's one word that comes to mind more than any other, and it's 'Phew!'" said U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer. "To say that this has been a long time coming would be quite an understatement." In October 2015 ...

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Help may be on the way for home buyers using VA loans in hot Puget Sound market

March 30, 2018

Buyers and sellers in the Puget Sound region are preparing for record-low housing inventories and a cutthroat summer season. Bidding wars have already begun — and it's not even summer. One group of home buyers consistently loses out, even if they make a competitive offer: veterans and active duty military using loans backed by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Help might ...

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Kilmer Bill Helps Federal Workers Who Started in Temporary Role

March 27, 2018

Allen Hodge will be ready to retire after working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for almost three decades, but a wrinkle in the federal retirement system could force him to work years longer before he's eligible for a full retirement.  Hodge, 54, was hired as a temporary employee at the shipyard's paint shop in 1989. He was converted into a full-time, permanent position five years later aft ...

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My Vote on H.J.Res. 123

December 08, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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My Votes This Week

October 27, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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My Vote on H.R. 2266, Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017

October 12, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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