Press Releases

02.15.17

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

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, supported by the American Legion and the Ame… Continue Reading


02.10.17

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

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 would still leave positions ope… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Kilmer-Backed Bill Could Increase Investments in Transportation Projects on the Peninsula

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) cosponsored a bill introduced by Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) which could increase investments in critical transportation projects on the Olympic Peninsula. The legislation, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery for Cities Underfunded Because of Size (TIGER CUBS) Act of 2017, would set-aside 20 percent of the funds for smaller and medium-sized cities made available through the popular Transportation Investment Gene… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Kilmer, Sewell, Cummings, and 75 Colleagues Call on President Trump to Investigate Voter Suppression in Presidential Election

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and 75 other Members of Congress sent a letter calling on President Trump to investigate voter suppression in the 2016 Presidential election as part of any investigation he conducts into voting irregularities. The Members noted that he recently signaled he would use taxpayer dollars to conduct an investigation into the voter fraud myth. The Members asked that any investigation into … Continue Reading


02.02.17

Kilmer Calls on House Veterans Committee to Investigate Failure of Bremerton VA Outpatient Clinic to Open on Time

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to investigate the failure of Bremerton's VA outpatient clinic to open in a timely manner. In a letter to Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), Kilmer urged the committee to look at the VA's ability to construct Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) and whether other sites like Bremerton have experienced problems. Kilmer pointed out in his letter that the VA co… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Asking for Clarification on Whether Federal Hiring Freeze Impacts Seasonal Firefighters

Washington D.C. - This week, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined other members of the House in a bipartisan call for President Trump's administration to answer whether the federal hiring freeze impacts seasonal firefighters. In a letter to the Office of Personnel Management the members requested clarity on whether the freeze prevents the U.S. Forest Service from hiring seasonal firefighters for wildfire season. "As members of Congress who represent states impacted annually by wildfir… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Schatz, Kilmer Lead Bicameral Legislation to Exempt Navy Shipyards from Federal Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) introduced legislation that would exempt employees of Navy public shipyards and other employees that directly support the shipyards from President Trump's federal hiring freeze. Original cosponsors of the Senate bill include U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) The Trump administration's blanket hiring freeze is alr… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Kilmer & McCollum, other Democratic Appropriators Demand More Information on Trump’s EPA Grant Freeze, Request GAO Review

Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Repreesntative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, and other Democratic members of the Subcommittee wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday demanding more information about his administration's freeze on Environmental Protection Agency grants. "We are deeply distressed that your transition team has ordered the EPA to freeze grants and contracts and that it has prohibited EPA staff from … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Kilmer Tapped to Fill New Leadership Role on House Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) was selected by his Democratic colleagues to fill the role of Vice Ranking Member for the House Appropriations Committee. The position was created after the House Democratic Caucus unanimously approved the creation of Vice Ranking Members for each standing committee. Members tapped for the role will serve for one full term. Vice Ranking Members positions were designated for newer members to better gain insights and contribute to the … Continue Reading


01.19.17

Kilmer, Local Cyber Experts Gather at University of Washington to Discuss How to Upgrade Cyber Defenses

TACOMA, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined local experts at the University of Washington-Tacoma to discuss how the nation can best upgrade its cyber defenses. During the roundtable, Kilmer also announced a plan to introduce legislation that would help state, city, and local governments enhance their preparation, response, and resiliency to cyber-attacks. States like Washington routinely face cyber-attacks. According to a 2015 Ponemon Institute study, 50 percent of state and local go… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Kilmer Applauds US Commerce Department’s Decision to Issue Fishery Disaster Declarations Impacting the Olympic Peninsula

TACOMA, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) applauded the U.S. Commerce Department for issuing fishery disaster declarations in Washington state. The commercial fishery failures include locations on the Olympic Peninsula and the announcement clears the way for additional resources to be brought in to restore salmon runs. The disaster declarations Kilmer previously pushed for include: 2015-2016 Quileute Tribe Dungeness crab, 2015 Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay coho salmon, 2015 Quinault… Continue Reading


01.14.17

Kilmer, Key Healthcare Stakeholders Meet in Tacoma to Highlight Negative Impact of Congressional Plan to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act


01.09.17

Bipartisan Working Group Announces Kilmer will serve as New Co-Chair

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Bipartisan Working Group announced that Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will serve as a new co-chairman of the organization along with current Co-Chair Jim Renacci (R-OH). The Bipartisan Working Group was founded in 2011 and includes an even number of Democrat and Republican members. They meet once a week to discuss legislation and how they can work together on issues to make Congress more effective for the American people. "I'm honored to serve as co-chair with R… Continue Reading


01.06.17

Renacci Introduces Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), and 31 additional members of the House of Representatives introduced the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution - a bipartisan initiative to address the fiscal condition of the federal government - through their Bipartisan Working Group (BPWG). BPWG is an ongoing group of members interested in bipartisanship legislative initiatives that meets on a weekly basis. The United States h… Continue Reading


01.03.17

Kilmer Statement on Reversal of Proposal to Gut Congressional Ethics Office

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the majority withdrew a plan to approve a change to House Rules that would severely limit the ability of the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate allegations of corruption. "Congress needs to get back on track," said Kilmer. "It can't do that without having transparency and accountability when it comes to ethics. More than ever, a strong Office of Congressional Ethics is needed to ensure… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Kilmer Statement on Bill to Fund the Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after voting for a short-term bill to fund the government. "This makes some smart investments that will support local communities and keep our country safe," said Kilmer. "Importantly, it avoids a shutdown that would have damaged our economy. But there's more work to do. Congress needs to stop kicking the can when it comes to making decisions about funding the government. No family and no busi… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Kilmer Applauds Passage of Bill to Increase Investments in National Parks

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) applauded House passage of a bill to increase investments in our national park system. The bipartisan National Park Service Centennial Act would allow critical projects to move forward that can enhance the experience of visitors to the national park system. The legislation now moves to the Senate for passage before heading to the President's desk. The year 2016 marked the National Park Service's centennial. The Olympic National Park … Continue Reading


12.08.16

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler & Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Mental Health Patients in Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2016 would allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide loans and loan guarantees to local entities with plans to build psychiatric and substance abuse facili… Continue Reading


11.30.16

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

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced 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 2016, 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 follows the release of the first in a series of… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Kilmer, Over Thirty Members of Congress Urge Administration to Robustly Fund Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, D.C. - This week, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with 29 other Members of Congress, urged the White House's Office of Management and Budget to work with federal agencies to continue supporting the development and operation of an earthquake early warning system along the West Coast, called ShakeAlert, in Fiscal Year 2018. The letter specifically requests that ShakeAlert receives $16.1 million in federal funding. The system was developed… Continue Reading

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