Press Releases


Hirono, Rounds, Kilmer, Jones Introduce Bill to Cut Red Tape for Defense Department Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to repeal burdensome Department of Defense requirements for service members and civilian employees. The bill would correct a Department of Defense rules that increase the burden of finding affordable lodging while on assignment for individual employees rather than the department or service making the assignment. "Military members a… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Renacci Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix America’s Election Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to fix the commission charged with enforcing federal election laws. The Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act would reform the Federal Election Commission (FEC) so it can more effectively carry out its original mission to oversee campaign finance laws. Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Scott Peters (D-CA), Walter Jones (R… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Members Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Emphasizing Support for the Federal Programs that Support Iconic Bodies of Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter urging President Trump not to eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. The letter, signed by 31 other members, warned that the President should reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for Puget Sound, the… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Russell Reintroduce Bill to Open Defense Jobs to Military Retirees

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Steve Russell (R-OK) reintroduced a bill to make sure military retirees have fair access to jobs with the Department of Defense. Under current law, servicemembers who retire have to wait 180 before even applying for civilian jobs at military facilities like the Pentagon. From 2001 until last year, the President had issued a waiver to lift the hiring rule. But the waiver went away at the end of 2016, causing individuals like Tom B… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Push for Open Data in Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) jointly reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act requires that public data be accessible at so individuals, organizations and other government offices can utilize it. Last… Continue Reading


Kilmer Presses Navy for Answers on Impacts of Training Missions on Olympic Peninsula

TACOMA, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-0) pressed the Navy for answers on the impacts of training missions on the Olympic Peninsula. In a letter to Sean Stackley, Acting Secretary of the Navy, Kilmer asked for further clarification on recent activity near Olympic National Park and surrounding communities. In a series of questions to the Navy, Kilmer asked how public comments were incorporated into the environmental review for projects like Growler flights and electronic range testi… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer and Kustoff Introduce Bill to Protect Religious Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2017 - Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) today introduced the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TN), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA), would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers and ensure … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Data Transparency Bill Discussed in Key Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, a key House committee discussed bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reviewed a bill originally introduced by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27). Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN)… Continue Reading


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


Bipartisan Timber Innovation Act Reintroduced in Senate and House

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Glenn Thompson (PA-05) to reintroduce the Timber Innovation Act - bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material. The legislation will accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, foc… 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

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