Press Releases

10.11.17

Cantwell, Huffman, Colleagues to Trump Admin: “Listen to Our Fishermen” and Save Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), and 40 of their colleagues in the House and Senate sent a forceful letter to President Trump urging caution and a careful consideration of the facts before his administration removes the science-based environmental rules that protect Alaska's Bristol Bay and the fishermen who depend on it. Removing the existing clean water protections allows for the construction of Pebble Mine, an open-pit copper and gold … Continue Reading


09.29.17

Leaders of Bipartisan Working Group Introduce Fixes to Ongoing VA Healthcare Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives Jim Renacci (R-OH) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Working Group, introduced a bipartisan package of fixes to ongoing challenges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced in delivering quality care to veterans. The solutions come from a series of Government Accountability Office (GAO) studies that uncovered problems at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Bipartisan Working Group met with the GAO to learn more about their … Continue Reading


09.20.17

Bipartisan Data Transparency Bill Included in Defense Bill Passed by Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate passed Representative Derek Kilmer's (D-WA-06) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector on Monday evening. The bill's language was added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that cleared the Senate. The NDAA now moves into a conference committee with the House. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act was originally introduced by Represe… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Sarbanes, Heinrich Lead Democratic Coalition Calling on FEC to Help Prevent Foreign Governments from Using Social Media Ads to Influence U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members, including Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections. The letter comes amid media reports t… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Sánchez, Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, LoBiondo, Thompson Introduce Bill to Jumpstart American Apprenticeship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), and Mike Thompson (CA-05) today introduced the bipartisan Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017 to enhance training and education opportunities for American workers through registered apprenticeships. Apprenticeship programs have been an integral part of America's workforce develo… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Representatives Kilmer & Palazzo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create National Guard Cyber Units to Help States Counter Cyber Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) introduced bipartisan legislation to create dedicated cyber units to help states counter attacks. Currently, there are units available when an incident requires a federal response. But many states do not have separate teams that can respond to cyber-attacks compromising their infrastructure. The Maj. Gen. Tim Lowenberg National Guard Cyber Defenders Act would create Cyber Civil Support Teams (Cyber CST)… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Representatives Kilmer and Lowenthal Lead Bipartisan Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Calling for End to Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) - along with a bipartisan coalition of 34 current and former Members of Congress - submitted an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court late Monday night in a pending case before the court that could stop the undemocratic partisan gerrymandering of political districts. The case before the Court, Gill v. Whitford, involves a group of Wisconsin voters who in 2015 challenged the Wisconsin state legislatu… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Representatives Kilmer and Lowenthal Lead Bipartisan Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Calling for End to Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) - along with a bipartisan coalition of 34 current and former Members of Congress - submitted an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court late Monday night in a pending case before the court that could stop the undemocratic partisan gerrymandering of political districts. The case before the Court, Gill v. Whitford, involves a group of Wisconsin voters who in 2015 challenged the Wisconsin state legislatu… Continue Reading


08.30.17

WA Senators and Representatives Urge Immediate Action from Feds to Protect Native Salmon from Fish Farm Fiasco

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by Reps. Adam Smith (WA-09), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Denny Heck (WA-10), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), wrote an urgent letter to the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to press the two agencies to take quick and decisive action to address the impacts of hundreds of thousands of escaped farmed A… Continue Reading


08.29.17

Kilmer Statement on the Passing of Tim Lowenberg

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the passing of Maj. Gen. Tim Lowenberg. "Tim Lowenberg could be characterized in so many ways. His commitment to country was demonstrated in his 44 years of service to our nation's Armed Forces. His extraordinary professionalism and care for our service members was shown during his 13 years as Washington Adjutant General, during which he commanded the Washington Army and Air National Guard and… Continue Reading


08.28.17

Kilmer Hails Job-Creating USDA Investment in Summit Pacific Medical Center’s New Facility to Improve Health in Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) hailed a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investment in Summit Pacific Medical Center's (SPMC) new wellness facility for the Grays Harbor community. SPMC was awarded $21.2 million through a USDA Rural Development Loan that will be used to help break ground on a new three story Wellness Center. The center is projected to open in early 2019 and will create up to 80 jobs upon opening. Once complete, it will offer increased … Continue Reading


08.14.17

Kilmer Applauds USGS Approval of $4.9 Million for Transition to Production of ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) applauded the United States Geological Survey announcement of a $4.9 million investment in the ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system along the West Coast. This announcement follows a letter led by Rep. Derek Kilmer to the White House Office of Management and Budget signed by more than 30 members of Congress in November 2016. The ShakeAlert system was developed by scientists at Caltech, UC-Berkeley, the University of Washin… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Successfully Add Funding for Fishery Disasters in Washington state to Key Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) successfully added $20 million for fishery disasters in Washington state to a key House Appropriations Bill. The U.S. Department of Commerce in January issued multiple fishery disaster declarations in Washington state. The commercial fishery failures impacted communities along the Olympic Peninsula and Southwest Washington. The announcement cleared the way for additional resources to be brought in t… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Moulton Brings Together Local Business Leaders to Announce CHANCE in Tech Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton announced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act during a press conference at EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Joining Moulton were senior executives from EBSCO, members of the Mass Technology Leadership Council, and representatives from area employers. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than seven million workers,… Continue Reading


07.05.17

Kilmer Announces Grant for Head Start and Early Head Start in Kitsap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced that Kitsap County won a grant for Head Start and Early Head Start. Over $3 million will go to Kitsap Community Resources, which runs local Head Start programs. The Head Start program helps children up to five years old from low-income families prepare to be successful in school. 3-and 4-year olds make up over 80 percent of the participants, learning new skills to promote literacy and learning along with other practices to … Continue Reading


06.23.17

Kilmer Measure to Boost Job Training for Rural and Tribal Communities Passes House

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) successfully introduced a measure in the House of Representatives that could boost job training programs for rural communities and members of federally recognized Indian tribes. Kilmer's amendment was included as part of the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act that passed the House today. The bill creates workforce development pilot projects for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Kilmer's amendme… Continue Reading


06.19.17

Kilmer Statement on Health Insurance News for Washington state

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after Premera announced they will file plans for Washington state's 2018 individual health insurance market in Grays Harbor County. It was also reported that for the 2018 individual and family health insurance market the average proposed rate increase will be 22.3 percent. "Folks in Washington state deserve a government that is fighting for them to have access to affordable healthcare, not one that … Continue Reading


06.15.17

Kilmer to EPA Chief: ‘We can’t afford for the EPA to check out on Puget Sound recovery’

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pointed out to Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that the severe cuts to the agency in the President's budget proposal would threaten jobs and violate legal commitments to local and Tribal communities. The EPA's proposal eliminates millions of dollars in investments across several programs that all work collectively to protect clean water and prom… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Kilmer-Backed Provisions Supported in Military and Veterans Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that supports provisions authored by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA). The report accompanying the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill contains initiatives from Kilmer that increase veterans' access to care and support new job opportunities for veterans. The report language directs federal agencies to move forward on issues cited by Kilmer and other committee members. … Continue Reading


06.13.17

During Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Fight Ocean Acidification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) 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 increase the ability to manage, research, and monitor ocean acidification and its impacts. This budget-neutral legislation was created in colla… Continue Reading

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