Press Releases

11.22.17

Kilmer Statement in Support of Net Neutrality

TACOMA, WA-Following the FCC's announcement of a plan to repeal key regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement: "I support net neutrality and believe we must protect a free and open internet. I oppose the Trump Administration proposal put forward today because it would stifle innovation and harm consumers. The FCC should reject this proposal, and instead Congress should update telecommunications laws and make sure they are rel… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Kilmer Statement on Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

TACOMA, WA - Rep. Derek Kilmer made the following statement regarding Congressman John Conyers, Jr.: "Sexual harassment is wrong and allegations of sexual harassment by Members of Congress or Congressional staff should be thoroughly investigated. Those who are found to have committed acts that fail to meet the highest ethical standards should be held publicly accountable," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Taxpayer dollars should never be used to cover up unethical or illegal behavior committed by publi… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Kilmer Statement on Administration’s Inadequate Disaster Relief Request

PORT ANGELES, WA-Following Friday's unveiling of the Trump Administration's request for disaster funding which ignored fishing communities in the Pacific Northwest, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "The Trump Administration's request ignores a series of devastating natural disasters that have wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of folks in our fishing communities," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Given the importance of our fisheries to this region's economy, it's a real d… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Kilmer Expresses Disappointment over Okanogan County Skywriting Incident

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, following reports that an EA-18G Growler crew based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island intentionally flew in a pattern resulting in obscene skywriting over Okanogan County, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) wrote to Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, the Commander of Navy Region Northwest, to express his disappointment with the air wing over the incident. In the letter Rep. Derek Kilmer said: "As a supporter of the Navy, I am disappointed at the recent incident in Okanogan Coun… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Kilmer Applauds FEC for Opening Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Derek Kilmer applauded the commissioners of the Federal Election Commission for voting unanimously to start a process that could lead to changing the disclosure rules that govern online political advertising. The step comes as lawmakers consider measures like the Honest Ads Act, which would expose who buys online political ads. The bill casts a light on the murky world of political advertising in an attempt to check the influence Russia, other foreign powers and s… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler, Urge Inclusion of Fisheries Funds in Administration’s Disaster Relief Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yesterday, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) led a bipartisan letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop a supplemental funding request to address the multiple fishery disaster declarations that have impacted Washington State's commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries. In their letter, addressed to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, the lawmakers said: "As we continue to assist those who have been so severely impacted… Continue Reading


11.15.17

House Passes Evidence-Based Policy Legislation Which Includes Key Kilmer-Drafted Provision to Make Data More Transparent and Accessible

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act which includes a provision written by cosponsor Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to make data more transparent. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the measure would require federal agencies to designate a Chief Data Officer and establish data inventories to make data more available to the public while safeguarding private information. The bill originated from Kilmer's bip… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Kilmer, Reichert, Hurd, and Hanabusa to Interior Secretary: Park Maintenance Backlog Must Be Solved

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Will Hurd (R-TX), and Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) sent a bipartisan letter, with the support of 14 of their colleagues, to the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, opposing a recent proposal issued by the National Park Service to significantly increase the peak season entrance fees at 17 of the Nation's most visited national parks. The letter highlights concerns over the potential impacts to visitor access a… Continue Reading


11.06.17

Kilmer & Newhouse Bill to Fix Veterans Healthcare System Mismanagement Passes House

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill originally introduced by U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to move forward on fixes to its management issues. 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. It is now heads to the Senate fo… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Kilmer Applauds Twitter Announcement to Label Campaign Advertisements on the Service

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after Twitter announced that going forward, political electioneering advertisements would be clearly identified. The company also announced additional steps to minimize how users can be targeted by advertisements and the creation of a transparency center. "I'm glad Twitter is taking steps to cast light on how exactly advertisers are trying to use their platform to influence elections," said Kilme… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Kilmer & Coffman Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Cast Light on Where Online Political Advertising Comes From

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to ensure online political advertisements are better monitored by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The legislation would have the FEC enact rules for online advertisements similar to what is in place for television, radio, and satellite ads so it's clear to the public where they are coming from. The Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077) is a companion to a bill being intr… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Kilmer & Newhouse Bill to Fix Veterans Healthcare System Mismanagement Clears Key Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs passed a bill authorized by U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to force the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to move forward on fixes to its management issues. 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. It is now cleared to head to t… Continue Reading


10.11.17

Cantwell, Huffman, Colleagues to Trump Admin: “Listen to Our Fishermen” and Save Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), and 40 of their colleagues in the House and Senate sent a forceful letter to President Trump urging caution and a careful consideration of the facts before his administration removes the science-based environmental rules that protect Alaska's Bristol Bay and the fishermen who depend on it. Removing the existing clean water protections allows for the construction of Pebble Mine, an open-pit copper and gold … Continue Reading


09.29.17

Leaders of Bipartisan Working Group Introduce Fixes to Ongoing VA Healthcare Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives Jim Renacci (R-OH) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Working Group, introduced a bipartisan package of fixes to ongoing challenges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced in delivering quality care to veterans. The solutions come from a series of Government Accountability Office (GAO) studies that uncovered problems at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Bipartisan Working Group met with the GAO to learn more about their … Continue Reading


09.20.17

Bipartisan Data Transparency Bill Included in Defense Bill Passed by Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate passed Representative Derek Kilmer's (D-WA-06) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector on Monday evening. The bill's language was added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that cleared the Senate. The NDAA now moves into a conference committee with the House. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act was originally introduced by Represe… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Sarbanes, Heinrich Lead Democratic Coalition Calling on FEC to Help Prevent Foreign Governments from Using Social Media Ads to Influence U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members, including Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections. The letter comes amid media reports t… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Sánchez, Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, LoBiondo, Thompson Introduce Bill to Jumpstart American Apprenticeship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), and Mike Thompson (CA-05) today introduced the bipartisan Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017 to enhance training and education opportunities for American workers through registered apprenticeships. Apprenticeship programs have been an integral part of America's workforce develo… Continue Reading


09.08.17

Representatives Kilmer & Palazzo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create National Guard Cyber Units to Help States Counter Cyber Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) introduced bipartisan legislation to create dedicated cyber units to help states counter attacks. Currently, there are units available when an incident requires a federal response. But many states do not have separate teams that can respond to cyber-attacks compromising their infrastructure. The Maj. Gen. Tim Lowenberg National Guard Cyber Defenders Act would create Cyber Civil Support Teams (Cyber CST)… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Representatives Kilmer and Lowenthal Lead Bipartisan Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Calling for End to Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) - along with a bipartisan coalition of 34 current and former Members of Congress - submitted an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court late Monday night in a pending case before the court that could stop the undemocratic partisan gerrymandering of political districts. The case before the Court, Gill v. Whitford, involves a group of Wisconsin voters who in 2015 challenged the Wisconsin state legislatu… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Representatives Kilmer and Lowenthal Lead Bipartisan Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Calling for End to Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) - along with a bipartisan coalition of 34 current and former Members of Congress - submitted an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court late Monday night in a pending case before the court that could stop the undemocratic partisan gerrymandering of political districts. The case before the Court, Gill v. Whitford, involves a group of Wisconsin voters who in 2015 challenged the Wisconsin state legislatu… Continue Reading

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