Press Releases


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


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday, February 15, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. - 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 Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. PT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. "One of Congress's biggest problems is people forget about the impact that the decisions they make have on our community. I work for you, so it is important to me that I hear d… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler, Murray, Cantwell and Local Leaders Applaud Inclusion of Fisheries Disaster Funds in Congress’s Spending Plan

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell joined together to announce the passage of $200 million in supplemental funding to support multiple commercial and tribal fishery disaster declarations in Washington, Alaska and California as part of the government funding plan passed by the Senate and House. "Part of what's wrong with Washington, DC is that too many people forget about the impact of what Congress does on pe… Continue Reading


Kilmer Supports Bipartisan Plan to End Government Shutdown, Calls for Action for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, DC-This morning, following the House's passage of a bipartisan, two-year budget and spending plan Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "No compromise is ever perfect, but I voted for this bipartisan, long-term budget deal because our country has to stop lurching from crisis to crisis," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Part of what's wrong with Washington is that too many people forget about the impact of what Congress does on people in the rest of the country. Th… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Culberson, Senators and Bill Nye Announce New Bipartisan, Bicameral Planetary Science Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and Representative John Culberson (R-TX-7) announced they plan to launch a new bipartisan Planetary Science Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. The Planetary Science caucus will unite members of both parties who are passionate about the scientific exploration of space, and promote efforts to: Raise awareness of the benefits of federal investment in space science, technology, exploration, and STEM education which grow… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement Following the State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. -This evening, following President Donald Trump's first State of the Union, Representative Derek Kilmer made the following statement: "While America has seen some economic progress over the past several years, the recovery hasn't been felt everywhere. In my view, the government needs to get focused on creating more economic opportunity for more people in more places," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Tonight, the president promised a couple of things that I've long supported, such as … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Martinez Teaming Up to Advocate for Investments in Region’s Infrastructure, Workforce at Trump State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer announced he will bring the President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Martinez, to advocate for infrastructure investments and the jobs that come with them at President Donald Trump's first State of the Union. The president will deliver the speech on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. "Investments in infrastructure in our region mean great jobs," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "We're losing ground to other countries, but we can be… Continue Reading


Kilmer Pushes for Long-Term Funding Plan

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pushed for a long-term, bipartisan government funding plan and opposed the plan to temporarily fund the government for an additional four weeks. This is fourth time Congress has chosen to kick the can in as many months. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "Governing by manufactured crisis, over and over again, isn't governing at all," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I supported the first temporary spending plan so t… Continue Reading

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