Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Kilmer, Stefanik Introduce Broadband for All Act

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the Broadband for All Act. The bill creates refundable tax credits for businesses and groups of people who team up to build the infrastructure that connects them to the country's existing rural broadband service. "Too many rural communities are being left behind in our economy because America's internet infrastructure doesn't reach them," Kilmer said. "Connecting communities to high-speed internet wil… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Thompson, Klobuchar, and Sasse Introduce Skills Investment Act of 2018

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced The Skills Investment Act of 2018. The bill would create lifelong-learning accounts, which workers in the changing economy can use to pay for skills training, career-related learning and professional development through their careers. "Our economy is changing fast and the Skills Investment Act will help workers change with it," Kilmer said. "… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Janus v. AFSCME Decision

WASHINGTON, DC-Following the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling in favor of Mark Janus in his suit against AFSCME, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) gave the following statement: "Public unions fight for better pay, fair working hours and safe workplaces. That benefits every worker," Kilmer said. "The federal government is the largest employer in our region, and the Court's decision today weakens those workers' rights to organize for better wages and better benefits. I will keep working in Congress… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on GOP Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the House of Representatives voted on legislation regarding the president's decision to separate immigrant parents from their children. The bill failed in the House 121-301. Representative Derek Kilmer made the following statement: "Since I came to Congress I have been calling for House leadership to allow Congress to vote on a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill that would protect our border, reform a broken immigration system, and give certainty to those who have … Continue Reading


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

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