Press Releases


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


U.S. Representatives Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bill to Promote Economic Development, Jobs in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced a bipartisan bill last night that would repeal a 19th century prohibition of distilleries on tribal land, allowing for increased economic development through strengthened tribal sovereignty. Herrera Beutler and Kilmer are joined by fellow U.S. Representatives Tom Cole (OK-04), Denny Heck (WA-10), and Don Young (AK) as bill cosigners. The Chehalis Tribe have begun the permitting process for … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Bonamici Expand Opportunities for Students to Gain Valuable Work Experience

Today, Congressman Derek Kilmer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced legislation to modernize the Federal Work Study Program. Their proposal, the Opportunities for Success Act, will make higher education more affordable for many students and create opportunities for more students to gain valuable work experience before graduation. The rising cost of higher education means fewer students, particularly from low-income families… Continue Reading


House Passes Bipartisan STOP School Violence Act

(Washington) Today, on the one-month anniversary of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909), introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Hal Rogers (R-KY). "I'm deeply grateful to Sandy Hook Promise for their tireless support for this legislation," said Rep. Deutch. "When we first introduced this bill, I had no idea it would hi… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Bipartisan Federal and County Leaders: Protect Funding for Timber Country, Counties with Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, DC-This week, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and a bipartisan group of federal and county-level officials from across the country told Congress to protect funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Payment in Lieu of Taxes programs. These two federal programs help local governments in rural timber communities and areas with large federal land ownership offset tax revenue lost because of the presence of federal forests and other nontaxable federal lands. "Timber communities and co… Continue Reading


Cantwell, Murray, Heck, Kilmer Introduce Resolution to Honor Billy Frank Jr.

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced a resolution to honor Billy Frank Jr. and designate March 9, 2018, his birthday, as an official national day of remembrance of his life, legacy, and accomplishments. "Whereas Billy Frank, Jr., refused to be bitter in the face of jail, racism, and abuse, and his influence was felt not just in Washington State but around the world," th… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. PT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Derek a question or leave a message with their comments. "Our region is directly affected by what does and doesn't happen in Washington, DC. From important decisions about how Congress can best invest to grow jobs in our region, to legislation secu… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Culture of Harassment and Retaliation at US Forest Service, Resignation of Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke

WASHINGTON, DC-Last night, the Chief of the US Forest Service, Tony Tooke, resigned. Tooke's resignation came after a large group of women employed by the US Forest Service came forward to PBS's Newshour detailing a workplace culture that systemically tolerates sexual harassment and retaliation against the people who bravely reported it. Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) made the following statement: "I'm disheartened and disgusted by reports of sexual harassment and retaliation against people who repo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Named to Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

TACOMA, Wash.-Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was named to Congress's new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. The bipartisan committee was created to propose long-term changes to Congress's budgeting process and, ultimately, end the dysfunction that has produced government shutdowns and temporary spending plans. "I've long said Congress is a fixer-upper. The budget process is in the most urgent need of repair," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I am committed t… Continue Reading


Kilmer on Russian Indictments: Protect the 2018 Elections, Pass Honest Ads Act Now

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interfering in US elections. According to the indictment, the Russians "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system" and "made various expenditures to carry out those activities including buying political advertisements on social media." Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "The American people deserve to know who is paying for … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Buck Lead Bipartisan Call to President Trump: Fill Vacant Seats on Federal Election Commission Immediately

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on President Donald Trump to fully staff the Federal Election Commission. "It is important to make sure that political candidates play by the rules," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "A functioning Federal Election Commission that enforces those rules will help the American people have a voice again in Washington, DC. The President should appoint a Republican and Dem… Continue Reading


President Trump’s EPA budget for 2019 would eliminate federal role and investments in Puget Sound recovery

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10), cofounders of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, reacted to the proposed budget from the Trump Administration to cut the entire federal investment in Puget Sound cleanup within the Environmental Protection Agency's budget. "President Trump tried to drastically cut Puget Sound's funding last year, and it didn't work," Rep. Heck said. "We've told him and shown him that there is bipartisan support for federal… Continue Reading

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