Press Releases

10.12.18

Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Community to Pinning Ceremony on October 17th in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES, Wash.--Today, Representative Derek Kilmer invited veterans of the Vietnam War to participate in a pinning ceremony as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The event will occur at the NW Veteran Resource Center in Port Angeles at 7pm on Wednesday, October 17th. At the ceremony, on behalf of the community he represents, Kilmer will present a commemorative pin created by the Department of Defense to attending United States veterans who served on active duty … Continue Reading


10.11.18

Kilmer, Heck Legislation Would Help Slow Stormwater, Stop Pollutants that Harm Salmon, Orca, Other Vulnerable Species from Entering Puget Sound and Watersheds Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA), co-chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, announced the introduction of H.R. 7041 the Preventing Pollution through Partnership (P3) Act, legislation that would help communities and businesses do their part to slow, filter and catch stormwater, the leading cause of pollution in Puget Sound. "Washington's economy and identity are directly tied to the fate of the orca and the health of our salmon and shellfish," K… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Kilmer, Thompson, Kind Introduce the Compete for the Future Act of 2018

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) announced the introduction of The Compete for the Future Act of 2018. The bill creates a prize competition for successful youth and pre-apprenticeship programs. Pre-apprenticeships prepare high school students for placements in apprenticeship programs when they graduate or equip them with the skills they need for occupations in high-demand industries. The legislation announced today would pr… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Kilmer Statement on the Passing of Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner Jack Thompson

WASHINGTON, DC-After learning of the passing of Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner Jack Thompson, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "I'm saddened to learn of Jack Thompson's passing. My family and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to Trish and all of Jack's family members. In more than three decades of public service, Jack fought to bring great jobs here. He built relationships with people and businesses around the world that led to more cargo and busines… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Community to Pinning Ceremony on October 7th in Ocean Shores

TACOMA, Wash.--Today, Representative Derek Kilmer invited veterans of the Vietnam War to participate in a pinning ceremony as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will occur at the Ocean Shores VFW at 12:30 pm this Sunday, October 7th. At the ceremony, on behalf of the community he represents, Kilmer will present a commemorative pin created by the Department of Defense to attending United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces a… Continue Reading


09.26.18

House Passes Kilmer-backed Defense Policy in Spending Bill That Also Includes Funds to Help Communities Respond to Opioid Crisis, Increase STEM Education and Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The bill includes a number of priorities authored or supported by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) including investments in technology to quiet the navy's E/A-18G Growler, and funding to support the nation's shipyards. "Smart investments in the Navy don't just protect our country, they also protect our region's jobs and improve our quality of lif… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Kilmer’s Emergency Preparedness Amendment to Protect Airports like Fairchild Cleared for Landing on President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC-Today the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which authorizes appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill includes an amendment authored by Kilmer that requires the FAA to consider community emergency response needs as it determines the amount of funding an airport receives under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). That requirement will protect regional rural airports in communities like Port Angeles, where Fairchild Intern… Continue Reading


09.25.18

After Report Showing Lack of Oversight at VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, Kilmer, Coffman, Kuster introduce Bipartisan Reform

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) introduced legislation directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take immediate action to standardize the level of care delivered at the VA's Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. The legislation follows a Government Accountability Office report which found significant weaknesses in the Veterans Health Administration's oversight of the nation's more than 700 outpatient clinics. Th… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Kilmer Tours Region with House Budget Chair for Bipartisan Exchange

WASHINGTON, DC-This week, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) hosted Representative Steve Womack (R-AR) for a bipartisan exchange that highlighted the ways the federal budget affects the unique culture and economy of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Rep. Womack is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, on which Kilmer also serves. "The budget decisions Congress makes directly impact our region'… Continue Reading


09.13.18

Kilmer Statement on Passage of the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-Today the House of Representatives passed the FY2019 Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations said: "This bipartisan agreement is a great step forward that makes smart investments in our region," Kilmer said. "These funds will be used to treat veterans in need of medical care or grappling with addiction an… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Community to Pinning Ceremony on October 17th in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES, Wash.--Today, Representative Derek Kilmer invited veterans of the Vietnam War to participate in a pinning ceremony as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The event will occur at the NW Veteran Resource Center in Port Angeles at 7pm on Wednesday, October 17th. At the ceremony, on behalf of the community he represents, Kilmer will present a commemorative pin created by the Department of Defense to attending United States veterans who served on active duty … Continue Reading


09.07.18

Kilmer’s Hate Crimes Bill Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC-A bill co-written by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to protect religious community centers against hate crimes is headed to the president's desk to be signed into law. Today, the House of Representatives passed the final version of The Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act. Kilmer (D-WA) co-wrote the bill after a string of bomb threats were made nationwide against religious institutions, including one at the Stroum Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island, Washing… Continue Reading


09.04.18

Senate Unanimously Passes Kilmer’s Hate Crimes Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the United States Senate passed The Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) co-wrote the bill and helped an earlier version of it pass in the House after a string of bomb threats were made nationwide against religious institutions, including one at the Stroum Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island, Washington last year. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the bill in the Senate. Kilmer co-i… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Cancel Federal Pay Raises

TACOMA, Wash.-According to CNN, President Donald Trump announced he is canceling a planned 2.1 percent pay increase for civilian federal workers. Representative Derek Kilmer represents Washington's 6th Congressional District, where the federal government is the largest employer, made the following statement: "I disagree with the notion that the main problem with government is the people working in government. That's wrong - and it disrespects the important work done throughout our country by fe… Continue Reading


08.16.18

Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Community to Pinning Ceremony on August 22nd in Elma

TACOMA, Wash.--Today, Representative Derek Kilmer invited veterans of the Vietnam War to participate in a pinning ceremony as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will occur at the Elma Eagles Club on August 22 at 5:00 pm. At the ceremony, on behalf of the community he represents, Kilmer will present a commemorative pin created by the Department of Defense to attending United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time be… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Kilmer, Cantwell Permanently Repeal Per Diem Rules that Nickel and-Dime Shipyard Workers, DOD Civilians Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC- Today. U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Maria Cantwell announced the permanent repeal of a change to the Defense Department's (DOD) civilian per diem rules. The DOD change caused shipyard workers and other defense civilians to pay more out of pocket on expenses when the government assigns them a job which requires them to travel. The repeal was included in the final Conference Report of the joint House-Senate National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee, t… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Kilmer, Stefanik Introduce Bill to End Blood Quantum Discrimination Against Native Americans in Border Law

WASHINGTON, DC-This week, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced H.R. 6598, a bill that would end a half-century-old US immigration policy which requires Native Americans to carry proof of their blood quantum, documents showing that they are at least 50 percent Native American, when exercising their treaty-protected right to freely cross between the US and Canada. "Requiring Native Americans to prove their blood quantum in order to exercise their treaty-protec… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Kilmer Amends House Spending Bill to Demand Answers on Election Security

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the House Committee on Appropriations adopted an amendment to a spending bill from Representative Derek Kilmer, the committee's Vice Ranking Member, which demands answers from the Department of Homeland Security on how it plans to protect the nation's election machines. The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office to urgently study what the Department is doing currently, and whether it plans to increase protection. The amendment comes just a week after Presi… Continue Reading


07.24.18

House Passes Kilmer, Costello Bill to Protect Deploying Servicemembers from Burdensome Fees

Washington, D.C. - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2409, legislation to ensure servicemembers can terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed without incurring early termination fees. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the bipartisan legislation. Under current law, similar protections are granted to servicemembers with active duty orders for long-term civil agreements, such as rental leases, auto… Continue Reading


07.20.18

Kilmer, Heck Highlight New GAO Recommendations on Puget Sound Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office released a comprehensive report on efforts to restore Puget Sound, the nation's largest estuary by water volume, and a key driver of Washington's economy. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10), the co-chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, made the following statements: "This report highlights the good work folks in our region are doing to protect Puget Sound, and with it our environment, economy and id… Continue Reading

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