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06.21.17

Premera will offer individual health plans in GH

Premera Blue Cross has said it will offer individual health insurance to people living in Grays Harbor County in 2018. Just last week, none of the 11 carriers operating in Washington were willing to offer coverage to county residents who weren't part of a group coverage plan. "Following repeated discussions, I am pleased that Premera Blue Cross has decided to offer two individual health plans to consumers in Grays Harbor County in 2018. This is welcome news for that community," Washington state… Continue Reading


06.21.17

After special election losses, Democrats seek winning message

by Stephen Loiaconi

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - For the fourth time since failing to retain control of the White House in November, Democrats came up short in a special election Tuesday night, missing yet another chance to flip a House seat previously held by a Republican who joined President Trump's Cabinet. Republican Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in Georgia's sixth district, a disappointing finish for Democrats who poured millions into what became the most expensive congressional race in history.… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Rep. Derek Kilmer on the budget, national parks

by KOMO Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., expressed concern on Wednesday on how the federal budget might hurt his district. He noted that proposals would eliminate programs that could help to create jobs places like Port Townsend and Port Angeles. Students in Tacoma would have less help with their debts. And he said other programs important to the Northwest, such an an early earthquake warning system, could also be lost. Kilmer also noted that he has helped to sponsor a bill to tak… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Breaking ground on new Salish Coast Elementary

by Kirk Boxleitner

Students and school staff were joined by local and state dignitaries in celebrating the groundbreaking for a new $28 million Salish Coast Elementary June 16, in the open field behind Grant Street Elementary. The students themselves took center stage for several portions of the presentation, with fourth-graders Zen Cook and Alex Lott serving as dual masters of ceremonies, before Jack Cole, Kai Ryan and Noah Isenberg read poems that other students had written in honor of the new school. … Continue Reading


06.21.17

Kilmer: Down the congressional rabbit hole

by Ross Anderson

Twenty-four years ago, in a political galaxy far away, a fair-haired college student from Port Angeles went to work as a congressional intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The year was 1993, and Bill Clinton and the Democrats appeared to be in complete control of the federal government. Derek Kilmer, age 19, spent a couple of months answering phones and sorting mail in a Democratic congressional office. A year later came Newt Gingrich and the Republican Contract with Ameri… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Herrera Beutler, Kilmer Reintroduce Bill to Fight Ocean Acidification

Washington state Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Derek Kilmer have reintroduced bipartisan legislation in Congress that aims to fight ocean acidification. House Resolution 2882, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, would allow federal agencies to use existing funds to design prize competitions to increase the ability to manage, monitor and research ocean acidification and its impacts, according to a press release. The legislation is budget-neutral and was created in collaboration w… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Herrera, Kilmer team up on ocean acidification issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two U.S. representatives from Washington state, Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler, have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help fight ocean acidification. The bill, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act (H.R. 2882), would allow federal agencies to use existing funds to design prize competitions in order to bolster efforts to manage, research, and monitor ocean acidification and its impacts. According to a press release, the "budget-neutral" legislation was … Continue Reading


06.17.17

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending June 16. House  Eligibility for health-care tax credits: The House on June 13 passed, 238-184, a bill that would require persons applying for premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act to submit a Social Security number to verify they have citizenship or legal status. This would replace a two-step ACA verification process that has a grace period. Directed mainly at immigrants, the bill also wo… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Parks: Endangered species need their shelter

by Daniel J. Sherman

Re: "Spend more on national park upkeep," (TNT editorial, 6/1). I commend U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Dave Reichert for their bipartisan collaboration on the National Park Service Legacy Act. Such an effort would seem to fit with the Trump Administration's promised commitment to infrastructure improvements. The News Tribune Editorial Board did well to point out both the backlog of deferred maintenance projects and the economic and recreational benefits that stem from the millions of visitors t… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Trump's EPA cuts run into Democratic and Republican foes

by John Ryan

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency faced a tough crowd Thursday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had come to Congress to sell the budget. But both Democrats and Republicans at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing said they would not approve the proposed 31 percent cut. Democrat Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor told Pruitt it was "indefensible." "I'm all for partnership with the states, and I agree with fact there isn't one size fits… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Herrera Beutler and Derek Kilmer introduce ocean acidification bill

by Jackson Hogan

Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has started a bipartisan effort to protect the region's shellfish industry from the effects of climate change. The Camas Republican has co-introduced a bill with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Tacoma-area Democrat who represents coastal areas, to encourage companies and individuals to develop ways to research and monitor ocean acidification. Acidification is a result of increasing carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Wh… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Zinke wants oil revenue to fund NPS backlog

by Brittany Patterson

A pair of ducks floated over a submerged sidewalk on a sunny day in East Potomac Park recently. The water isn't supposed to be there. But the 124-year-old cement sea wall encircling the park is crumbling. A nearby sea wall located just 4 miles from the Interior Department's headquarters in Washington is at the top of a long list of backlogged maintenance projects amounting to more than $11 billion. To make those fixes, the department's new secretary, Ryan Zinke, has called for additional offsh… Continue Reading


06.15.17

America's infrastructure project should start with parks

by Doug Pfeffer

As President Trump works on his pledge to repair America's crumbling infrastructure, here's a great place he can start: America's national parks. Preserving and maintaining these American treasures is something all of us, across party lines, can agree should be a top priority. As a veteran who served 20 years in the United States military and who now spends much of my free time in many gorgeous national parks near my Pacific Northwest home, I'm appealing to the President and Congress to step up… Continue Reading


06.15.17

EPA’s chief touts state partnerships and efficiency, despite bipartisan criticism of budget

by Meredith Somers

The Environmental Protection Agency sits front and center on the federal budget chopping block, but it might have found some unlikely fiscal allies. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before members of the House committee to defend the White House's proposed $5.7 billion budget for EPA in fiscal 2018. That's a 31 percent cut from 2017 numbers. The coming fiscal year proposes 11,611 FTEs, a reduction of about 3,800 positions from last year. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who sits on the House ap… Continue Reading


06.15.17

After 42 years, Port Angeles music teacher retires

by Eric Wilkinson

During the final rehearsal with his beloved orchestra Thursday, Ron Jones just couldn't resist. He put on a short, shocking blue bob wig and gave a "cha, cha, cha, cha" to a classroom full of howling students. "I think it was crazy hair day one day and he just stole it from a student and put it on, and it turned into something much bigger," said senior viola player Olivia Due. That signature blue wig is symbolic of a career that turned out to be something much bigger than expected, as well. … Continue Reading


06.15.17

Connelly: 'Which effort?' new EPA boss asks of Puget Sound cleanup

by Joel Connelly

Puget Sound generates thousands of jobs that depend on clean water, and it is folly for the Trump administration to propose a budget that "zeroes out" cleanup money, a Washington congressman told U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyboss Scott Pruitt on Thursday. Rep. Derek Kilmer, who represents the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas, took out after Pruitt at a House Appropriations Committee hearing. The proposed Trump budget "zeroes out" not only the $24 million currently spent on Puget Sound, but… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Herrera Beutler, Kilmer Reintroduce Bill to Fight Ocean Acidification

Washington state Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Derek Kilmer have reintroduced bipartisan legislation in Congress that aims to fight ocean acidification. House Resolution 2882, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, would allow federal agencies to use existing funds to design prize competitions to increase the ability to manage, monitor and research ocean acidification and its impacts, according to a press release. The legislation is budget-neutral and was created in collaboration w… Continue Reading


06.14.17

American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017 Clears Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has unanimously approved H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017, and the bill now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Space Subcommittee Chairman Babin (R-TX), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) praised the bill's passage. "The United States space enterprise is positioned to take the lead in commercial space … Continue Reading


06.13.17

Congressman Kilmer hosts telephone town hall Wednesday

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall this Wednesday, and residents of Washington's 6th District who want to ask questions or leave a message should sign up for the event by 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13. The telephone town hall is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. "It's important to me that I hear directly from the people I represent," said Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat. "It's why in order to stay accountable and accessible every year I hold a series of town halls in per… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Insurers for individual health plans shut out Grays Harbor

by Dan Hammock

If you are one of the thousands in Grays Harbor County who rely on individual health insurance, you're likely worried by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler's announcement Thursday that as of the June 7 deadline not one insurance provider had signed up to offer that kind of insurance in the county for 2018. Monica Ewing, a health insurance expert at Durney Insurance in Hoquiam says that worry is legitimate. "They kind of do have a pretty legitimate reason to worry," she said. "Nothing will cha… Continue Reading

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