Press Releases


Kilmer, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop the Outsourcing of American Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) reintroduced a bill to prevent employers from sending jobs overseas by abusing a temporary visa program. The legislation would stop employers that are awarded temporary visas through the H-1B program from using them to train workers in the United States then move those jobs to another country. H-1B visas allow American businesses to hire foreign professionals if skilled American workers are unavailable to fill j… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Vice-Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, issued a statement on President Trump's 2018 budget proposal. "This proposal is irresponsible and unserious," said Kilmer. "It's irresponsible because of the damage it would do to the folks I represent and to our economy. I'm all about jobs. But the Trump budget would hurt our ability to prepare folks for the workforce -- cutting financial aid, job training programs, … Continue Reading


Kilmer Calls on Trump Administration to Increase Support for Pell Grants to Make Post-Secondary Education More Affordable

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on President Trump to increase the purchasing power of federal Pell Grants to make college more affordable. In a letter to the President signed by 43 members, Kilmer pointed out that Pell Grants should be tied to inflation to keep up with the rising costs of secondary education. Kilmer noted that for the 2014-2015 school year, 83 percent of Pell recipients came from families with incomes of $40,000 or less, including 44 per… Continue Reading


Kilmer Meets with AmeriCorps Volunteers in Tacoma, Pushes Back against Trump Administration Draft Proposal that could Eliminate the Program

TACOMA, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) sat down with individuals yesterday who volunteer in Tacoma's AmeriCorps programs. Kilmer listened to the experiences of AmeriCorps participants and pushed back against a proposal from the Trump administration to eliminate the program. President Trump's plan would slash investments in the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that oversees AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, a volunteer organization for people over 55. The move wou… Continue Reading


Coffman, Kilmer Praise VA Move to Increase Mental Health Services for At-Risk Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) praised an announcement from Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, that the VA will move to immediately increase mental health services for at-risk veterans. At a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing VA Secretary Shulkin committed to providing mental health services for veterans with other than honorable discharges. The VA Secretary's proposal on outreach and urgent care options for these vetera… Continue Reading


Kilmer & Heck speak out against President Trump’s Draft Proposal for EPA that Slashes Investments in Puget Sound by 93 Percent

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 a draft plan from the Trump Administration that would slash the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget for Puget Sound cleanup by 93 percent to $2 million. "Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is vital to our economy and to who we are as Washingtonians," said Kilmer. "Unfortunately, the Trump Administration's previewed budg… Continue Reading


Representatives Kilmer & Comstock along with Senators Warner & Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help State, Local, and Tribal Governments Counter Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help state, local, and tribal governments more effectively counter cyber threats. According to a 2015 Ponemon Institute study, 50 percent of state and local governments faced 6 to 25 cyber breaches in the past 24 months. In the past year hackers also breached more than 200,000 personal… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:05 p.m. PT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. "I work for the people I represent and it's important to me that I get opportunities to hear directly from you," said Kilmer "If you didn't get to join us at one of my recent town ha… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on the Passing of Melanie Dressel

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the passing of Melanie Dressel. "There are people in this world who have a truly transformational impact on their community, and it is undeniable that Melanie Dressel was one of those people," said Kilmer. "Beyond being the CEO of a major employer that put the word "community" in a community bank, she dedicated so much time to strengthening Tacoma. From her involvement with the Economic Develo… Continue Reading


Following Day of Action to Save Affordable Care Act, Kilmer Announces New Way to Share Healthcare Stories

TACOMA, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced a new way for constituents to share stories about how the Affordable Care Act has impacted them. Across the country this weekend, Representatives called attention to the impact that the Affordable Care Act has had on patients, families, doctors, and hospital providers. Kilmer is urging constituents to visit his website at to share questions and concerns they have about an effort to eliminate th… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Boost Access to Quality Health Care in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-02) reintroduced bipartisan legislation this week that would boost Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for patients and health care providers in rural areas. The ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2017 would create new options within the Medicare Shared Savings Program to increase patient access to quality care while reducing costs in underserved areas. Under the bill, Medicare patients assigned to an ACO w… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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