Press Releases


Kilmer to Congress: “Do your job. Debate HHS detention center funding.”

WASHINGTON, DC-The House Committee on Appropriations delayed a subcommittee markup scheduled for tomorrow on a funding bill that controls spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, one of the government agencies that runs the centers where the Trump Administration is detaining children separated from their parents. The Department of Homeland Security also operates detention centers. The markup could have forced a recorded vote on whether or not government funds should be used to o… Continue Reading


Kilmer Amends Appropriations Bill to Demand Online Political Ad Transparency Report

KILMER: "Americans deserve to know who's buying the political ads they see online. Congress should pass the Honest Ads Act so transparency is the law, and the Federal Elections Commission should have a clear plan to make the system more transparent." WASHINGTON, DC-This week, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) successfully amended a House spending bill to demand a new report from the Federal Election Commission on how it plans to shine a light on the murky world of online political advertising.… Continue Reading


House Appropriations Committee Passes Two Spending Bills That Include Initiatives Authored by Kilmer

The FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill includes Kilmer's repeal of a Department of Defense per diem policy change that forces federal workers to pay more out of pocket when travelling for work, and $2 million in funds to develop technology that makes Naval jets flying over the region quieter. The FY 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill includes a Kilmer plan to help tribes get rural broadband, adds $130 million for Small Business Development Centers, and mandates… Continue Reading


Kilmer-Backed Policies to Help Address the Opioid Crisis Pass House

WASHINGTON, DC-Today the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package of policies to help address the opioid crisis in communities nationwide. The legislation included policies Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) cosponsored. "Communities across America shouldn't be alone in the struggle to help our friends and neighbors facing opioid addiction," Kilmer said. "These bills provide grants for more treatment centers, fund research for less addictive pain treatment, and reinforce the ranks o… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Detention of Asylum-Seeking Mothers in Washington State

WASHINGTON, DC-Following reporting from The Seattle Times that more than 100 asylum seekers who have been separated from their children are being held in a federal detention center at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "The Trump Administration's action to forcibly separate and detain the children of asylum seekers is both illegal and immoral. President Trump needs to reunite these parents with their children at once, and if h… Continue Reading


House Passes Defense Authorization with Kilmer-backed Policies

WASHINGTON, DC-- Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA). The legislation includes measures Kilmer championed that extend the authorization for overtime payments to shipyard workers in Japan through 2019 and eliminate a policy enacted by the Department of Defense (DOD) that passed the burden of covering travel costs while on assignment to individual employees rather than the department or service. "If you … Continue Reading


Kilmer Encourages Local Students to Apply for Military Service Academy Nominations, Hosting Academy Nights May 24th and 31st

TACOMA, Wash.-Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) encouraged local students to apply for nomination to the nation's military service academies and announced informational sessions across Washington's 6th Congressional District. "It's an honor to consider students for service academy nominations," Kilmer said. "Every year there are a lot of great applications. Reading through them makes pretty clear to me that our region's future is in good hands." As a member of Congress, Kilmer can nominate stud… Continue Reading


Kilmer’s Cyber National Guard Bill Introduced in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC.- Late last night, Rep. Derek Kilmer's bill, the Major General Tim Lowenberg Cyber Defenders Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). The bill's introduction adds another pathway for success in Kilmer's yearlong push to protect the nation's critical state and local infrastructure like voting machines and public utilities from cyberattacks. "From voting machines to our power grids, states control some of the nation's most critical … Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Cantwell and Representative Kilmer Announce Major Federal Investment in Tacoma Link Light Rail Expansion

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced a new $75 million grant from the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to Sound Transit to expand the Tacoma Link light rail line in downtown Tacoma. This grant is made possible by FTA's Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, a program championed by all three Members of Congress. The Tacoma Link light rail expansion will more tha… Continue Reading


Kilmer Hosting Teletownhall

BREMERTON, WA- In order to hear directly from his constituents, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00pm. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. "You're the boss, and I want to hear directly from you," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Your input Monday night will help me represent our region in the important debates coming up in Congress." Participants will receiv… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Shea-Porter, Taylor Urge Approval of Thresher Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

BREMERTON, WA-Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), and Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-02) today sent a letter to the Army National Military Cemeteries Executive Director urging approval of a memorial to recognize the victims of the USS Thresher at Arlington National Cemetery. "The USS Thresher disaster is the largest loss of life in the history of the submarine service," said Congressman Kilmer. "The crew's deaths were not in vain. The disaster resulted in th… Continue Reading


Kilmer Amends FAA Bill to Protect Rural Airports like Fairchild International Airport from Funding Cuts

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill includes an amendment offered by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to require the FAA to consider community emergency response needs when determining the amount of funding that airport will receive under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Kilmer authored the amendment to protect regional airports in communities like Port Angeles, where the Fairchild International … Continue Reading


Kilmer to Host Transparency Teletownhall with Special Guest Nick Penniman, CEO of Issue One--WEDNESDAY

On the heels of congressional testimony from Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, US Representative Derek Kilmer will host a teletownhall focused on steps Congress can take to safeguard America's elections, and shine a light on the murky world of political advertising. The event is Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm PST. "Mark Zuckerberg's testimony made for interesting television, but it doesn't get Congress closer to voting on legislation to protect our elections from the influence of deep… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on $5 Per Car National Park Entry Fee Increase

Today, the Department of the Interior announced it would raise entry fees at most National Parks by $5 per car. This is a major reversal of the Administration's initial plan, which proposed tripling entry fees at the 17 most popular National Parks, including Olympic National Park. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the original sponsor of the National Park Service Legacy Act made the following statement: "It is good news that park visitors and local economies are going to be spared from outrageous fee h… Continue Reading


Kilmer Questions Zinke on Drilling, Park Fees, Elwha Water Facility

Today, Representative Derek Kilmer asked Secretary Ryan Zinke about the Trump Administration's plan to open nearly all of America's coastal waters to offshore drilling, and the plan to raise visitor fees at some of the nation's most popular national parks, including Olympic National Park. Kilmer also raised a local issue concerning the Elwha Water Facility. Video of the hearing is available here. Kilmer opposes offshore drilling. In his questioning, he noted that drilling off the state's coast… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Facebook’s Endorsement of the Honest Ads Act

Today, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, issued a statement calling for greater public disclosure of the entities that purchase political ads on the platform. Zuckerberg said: "Election interference is a problem that's bigger than any one platform, and that's why we support The Honest Ads Act. This will help raise the bar for all political advertising online." US Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) is the original sponsor of the House version of The Honest Ads Act. He said: "I'… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Shipyard Workers, Other Federal Workers Retire On-Time

In 1989, the government changed its retirement system for federal workers. Today, as the first generation under that new system begins to retire, some workers are discovering a bad surprise. Workers who started as temporary employees and then converted to full-time employment are now finding that they may have to work years longer than their peers in order to receive the same retirement benefits. Some workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC-East) in Nor… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Bipartisan Spending Plan

Today, the leaders of Congress unveiled a major plan to fund the government through September. US Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) issued the following statement: "No compromise is ever perfect, but I voted for this bipartisan spending plan because there are important investments for folks in our necks of the woods and because our country has to stop lurching from crisis to crisis," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "There are families that have been ravaged by the scourge of opioids who will benefit f… Continue Reading


Kilmer’s National Park Legacy Act, Other Park Maintenance Plans Clear Important Hurdle

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the National Park Service Legacy Act and other plans to reduce maintenance backlogs in the National Park System. "National parks across the country desperately need repairs. Fixing them creates jobs and boosts economies around the parks," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I support nature hikes, not entry fee hikes. The National Park Service Legacy Act will fix our national parks and put people to work without sticking visitors with the b… Continue Reading


As Tourism Season Approaches, Washington Lawmakers Request More Bomb-Sniffing Dogs for Sea-Tac

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske requesting five temporary passenger screening canine team… Continue Reading

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