Press Releases

06.13.17

Kilmer Questions Administration Official on Policy for Answering Questions from Democrats in Congress and Investigating Incidents of Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on whether there is an official policy to not answer oversight questions from Democrats in Congress. On May 1, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion that lawmakers' requests for information from the executive branch could be rejected. Kilmer pointed out in the hearing today that Senator Chuck Grassley… Continue Reading


06.11.17

Kilmer Statement on Passing of Dawn Lucien

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the news that Dawn Lucien passed away. "Thinking about my interactions with Dawn Lucien as a member of Congress and as a State Legislator, the thing I've probably appreciated the most has been the valuable role that she has played. Some people refer to the role she played diplomatically. They would say that she was a convener. I think we should call it what it is. She was fearless about corralling … Continue Reading


06.08.17

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Stop Foreign Money from Influencing U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Walter Jones (R-NC-03) and Scott Peters (D-CA-52) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to stop foreign money from influencing U.S. elections. The Election Protection and Integrity Certification Act would require that nonprofit and social welfare groups certify that no foreign funds are used in any election activities in which they engage. "We know from our own law enforcement and intelligence agencies that there was an effort by Rus… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Kilmer on Earthquake Early Warning System: ‘If the federal government commitment goes away, this gets shut down’

Washington, D.C. - This week during House Appropriations Committee hearings, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) warned Trump Administration officials not to cut investments in research and warning systems critical to alerting residents of West Coast states of natural disasters off the coast. Today, Kilmer pressed the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the value of an Earthquake Early Warning System for states like Washington in the wake of the President's budget proposal that eli… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Kilmer Statement on No Health Insurers Filing Plans for Grays Harbor for 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after no health insurers filed plans for Washington state's 2018 individual health insurance market in Grays Harbor County. The move would leave more than 2,000 people in the county currently enrolled in the individual market without insurance. "For years, I have been working to get Congress to change how healthcare is provided in rural communities because this matters to people," said Kilmer. "When… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Pacific Northwest U.S. Representatives Urge Administration to Not Privatize Bonneville Power Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress voiced their opposition to a proposal in the President's budget to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) assets. In their letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, fifteen Members of Congress - U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Pram… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Reps. Rice & Kilmer Demand Answers About OPM Policy Prohibiting Communication with Democrats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) wrote today to the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and OPM's Acting Inspector General to request written confirmation that a new policy prohibits OPM from responding to letters from members of Congress unless the letters have been signed by the Chairperson of a Committee or Subcommittee. On May 1, 2017, the New Democrat Coalition Cybersecurity Task Force wrote to OPM to inquire about the fe… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after President Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. "When I was growing up my soccer coach talked about the importance of being in the game," said Kilmer. "It's shameful that when it comes to the climate challenge our world faces, the United States is going from being a captain to riding the bench with only two other countries - Syria and Nicaragua. This is n… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Kilmer & Brooks Introduce Bill to Help Teachers by Making Loan Assistance More Effective

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced the Teacher Loan Repayment Act (TELORA) to improve federal loan assistance programs and provide teachers with clear and tangible incentives to enter and remain in the classroom. A companion bill was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA). "My folks were both public school teachers and they taught me to value the doors that a good education can open," said Rep. Kilmer. "To enc… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Jump Start Overdue Maintenance Projects in National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill to jump start overdue maintenance projects in national parks. The National Park Service Legacy Act would provide investments that would go toward reducing the more than $11 billion backlog the National Park Service faces to repair roads, visitor facilities, trails, and other park structures. The act would address the backlog by distributin… Continue Reading


05.26.17

House Cancer Caucus Co-Chairs Kilmer and Higgins Push Back Against Cuts to Cancer Research in President Trump’s Budget Proposal

Washington D.C. - Two co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), pushed back against a President Trump budget proposal that includes severe cuts to scientific research into combatting cancer. Under the President's budget proposal the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would face a cut of $1 billion. The White House budget also proposes to reduce the reimbursement rate for National Institutes of Health grants, potentially costing NCI de… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Kilmer Presses Trump Administration Officials on Why Budget Proposal Cuts Manufacturing and Coastal Protection Initiatives that Help Olympic Peninsula

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pressed Trump Administration officials for answers as to why programs that create jobs and protect rural communities are cut in their proposed budget. Kilmer asked the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, why a program that provided a key investment to help Port Angeles's Composite Recycling Technology Center open was slated for elimination. He also sought an explanation for the zeroing o… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Kilmer Pushes Trump Administration Officials on Proposed Cuts to Rural Jobs Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pushed Trump Administration officials to explain cuts to rural jobs programs in their proposed budget. Kilmer asked the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, why an initiative to promote forest collaboratives to help timber communities and another to repair roads and trails to expand outdoor access were cut in the President's budget proposal. Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Tom Tidwe… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Kilmer & Heck Speak Out Against President Trump’s Budget Proposal that Eliminates Investments in Puget Sound

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 President Trump's budget proposal which would completely eliminate several key programs that promote restoration efforts in the Puget Sound region. "Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is vital to our economy and to who we are as Washingtonians," said Kilmer. "The President's budget does not reflect this. President Trump has pledge… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after President Trump officially released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. "I meet with hundreds of businesses and community groups every year, and I have never had a single one tell me that Congress should pass a budget that eliminates meals for seniors or guts food stamps for families in need," said Kilmer, Vice Ranking Member for House Appropriations Committee. "Folks in our region want better… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Jump Start Overdue Maintenance Projects in National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill to jump start overdue maintenance projects in national parks. The National Park Service Legacy Act would provide investments that would go toward reducing the more than $11 billion backlog the National Park Service faces to repair roads, visitor facilities, trails, and other park structures. The act would address the backlog by distributin… Continue Reading


05.18.17

House Democrat Budget & Appropriations Leaders Call on Congress to Raise the Spending Caps

Washington, D.C. - Today House Budget Committee Ranking Member John Yarmuth, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, House Budget Committee Vice Ranking Member Pramila Jayapal, and House Appropriations Committee Vice Ranking Member Derek Kilmer joined with representatives from NDD United at a press conference calling on Congress to raise the 2018 spending caps. If no action is taken, Congress will face irresponsible and arbitrary austerity-level cap… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Murphy, Kilmer Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Declaring May as “Mental Health Month”

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced H.R. 320, a bipartisan resolution declaring May as "Mental Health Month," to bring awareness for the need to address our nation's mental health and addiction crisis. While over 43 million Americans suffer from mental illness, and nearly 10 million suffer from severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, too many go without evidence-based treatment. Every day, 950 lives are lost, directly or … Continue Reading


05.11.17

Kilmer Statement on President’s New Commission on American Elections

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the President would sign an executive order establishing a commission to review voter fraud. "Every American deserves to have his or her voice heard in our elections and the freedom to cast a vote without interference," said Kilmer. "President Trump continues to focus on spurious claims of voter fraud rather than dealing with actual facts of voter suppress… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Kilmer Statement on Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the House voted on the American Health Care Act. "President Trump has repeatedly promised that any effort to replace the Affordable Care Act will lower costs, protect folks with pre-existing conditions, and won't lead to a loss in coverage for folks who have it now," said Kilmer. "The bill approved with the President's support today breaks all those promises. I am committed to working with … Continue Reading

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