Press Releases

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


06.13.17

Kilmer Questions Administration Official on Policy for Answering Questions from Democrats in Congress and Investigating Incidents of Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on whether there is an official policy to not answer oversight questions from Democrats in Congress. On May 1, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion that lawmakers' requests for information from the executive branch could be rejected. Kilmer pointed out in the hearing today that Senator Chuck Grassley… Continue Reading


06.11.17

Kilmer Statement on Passing of Dawn Lucien

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the news that Dawn Lucien passed away. "Thinking about my interactions with Dawn Lucien as a member of Congress and as a State Legislator, the thing I've probably appreciated the most has been the valuable role that she has played. Some people refer to the role she played diplomatically. They would say that she was a convener. I think we should call it what it is. She was fearless about corralling … Continue Reading


06.08.17

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Stop Foreign Money from Influencing U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Walter Jones (R-NC-03) and Scott Peters (D-CA-52) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to stop foreign money from influencing U.S. elections. The Election Protection and Integrity Certification Act would require that nonprofit and social welfare groups certify that no foreign funds are used in any election activities in which they engage. "We know from our own law enforcement and intelligence agencies that there was an effort by Rus… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Kilmer on Earthquake Early Warning System: ‘If the federal government commitment goes away, this gets shut down’

Washington, D.C. - This week during House Appropriations Committee hearings, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) warned Trump Administration officials not to cut investments in research and warning systems critical to alerting residents of West Coast states of natural disasters off the coast. Today, Kilmer pressed the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the value of an Earthquake Early Warning System for states like Washington in the wake of the President's budget proposal that eli… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Kilmer Statement on No Health Insurers Filing Plans for Grays Harbor for 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after no health insurers filed plans for Washington state's 2018 individual health insurance market in Grays Harbor County. The move would leave more than 2,000 people in the county currently enrolled in the individual market without insurance. "For years, I have been working to get Congress to change how healthcare is provided in rural communities because this matters to people," said Kilmer. "When… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Pacific Northwest U.S. Representatives Urge Administration to Not Privatize Bonneville Power Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress voiced their opposition to a proposal in the President's budget to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) assets. In their letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, fifteen Members of Congress - U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Pram… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Reps. Rice & Kilmer Demand Answers About OPM Policy Prohibiting Communication with Democrats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) wrote today to the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and OPM's Acting Inspector General to request written confirmation that a new policy prohibits OPM from responding to letters from members of Congress unless the letters have been signed by the Chairperson of a Committee or Subcommittee. On May 1, 2017, the New Democrat Coalition Cybersecurity Task Force wrote to OPM to inquire about the fe… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after President Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. "When I was growing up my soccer coach talked about the importance of being in the game," said Kilmer. "It's shameful that when it comes to the climate challenge our world faces, the United States is going from being a captain to riding the bench with only two other countries - Syria and Nicaragua. This is n… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Kilmer & Brooks Introduce Bill to Help Teachers by Making Loan Assistance More Effective

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced the Teacher Loan Repayment Act (TELORA) to improve federal loan assistance programs and provide teachers with clear and tangible incentives to enter and remain in the classroom. A companion bill was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA). "My folks were both public school teachers and they taught me to value the doors that a good education can open," said Rep. Kilmer. "To enc… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Jump Start Overdue Maintenance Projects in National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill to jump start overdue maintenance projects in national parks. The National Park Service Legacy Act would provide investments that would go toward reducing the more than $11 billion backlog the National Park Service faces to repair roads, visitor facilities, trails, and other park structures. The act would address the backlog by distributin… Continue Reading


05.26.17

House Cancer Caucus Co-Chairs Kilmer and Higgins Push Back Against Cuts to Cancer Research in President Trump’s Budget Proposal

Washington D.C. - Two co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), pushed back against a President Trump budget proposal that includes severe cuts to scientific research into combatting cancer. Under the President's budget proposal the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would face a cut of $1 billion. The White House budget also proposes to reduce the reimbursement rate for National Institutes of Health grants, potentially costing NCI de… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Kilmer Presses Trump Administration Officials on Why Budget Proposal Cuts Manufacturing and Coastal Protection Initiatives that Help Olympic Peninsula

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pressed Trump Administration officials for answers as to why programs that create jobs and protect rural communities are cut in their proposed budget. Kilmer asked the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, why a program that provided a key investment to help Port Angeles's Composite Recycling Technology Center open was slated for elimination. He also sought an explanation for the zeroing o… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Kilmer Pushes Trump Administration Officials on Proposed Cuts to Rural Jobs Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pushed Trump Administration officials to explain cuts to rural jobs programs in their proposed budget. Kilmer asked the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, why an initiative to promote forest collaboratives to help timber communities and another to repair roads and trails to expand outdoor access were cut in the President's budget proposal. Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Tom Tidwe… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Kilmer & Heck Speak Out Against President Trump’s Budget Proposal that Eliminates Investments in Puget Sound

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10), co-founders of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, spoke out against President Trump's budget proposal which would completely eliminate several key programs that promote restoration efforts in the Puget Sound region. "Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is vital to our economy and to who we are as Washingtonians," said Kilmer. "The President's budget does not reflect this. President Trump has pledge… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after President Trump officially released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. "I meet with hundreds of businesses and community groups every year, and I have never had a single one tell me that Congress should pass a budget that eliminates meals for seniors or guts food stamps for families in need," said Kilmer, Vice Ranking Member for House Appropriations Committee. "Folks in our region want better… Continue Reading

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