Press Releases

10.27.16

Findings of Veterans Healthcare System Review Called for by Kilmer Released to the Public

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) noted the release of the first of a series of comprehensive studies that uncovered management problems at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In a new report, originally called for by Kilmer, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that following scandals related to manipulated wait times and management failures the VA did not follow through on internal and Congressional recommendations to fix the problems. In 201… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Kilmer Receives U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

Bremerton, WA - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) has been awarded the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor a civilian not employed by the Navy can receive from the Secretary of the Navy. The distinction is given to individuals with an exceptional record of public service to the Navy, Marine Corps, or Department of the Navy. Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus presented Kilmer with the award during an address to local leaders and military personnel in Bremerton l… Continue Reading


10.24.16

Kilmer Receives U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

Bremerton, WA - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) has been awarded the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor a civilian not employed by the Navy can receive from the Secretary of the Navy. The distinction is given to individuals with an exceptional record of public service to the Navy, Marine Corps, or Department of the Navy. Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus presented Kilmer with the award during an address to local leaders and military personnel in Bremerton l… Continue Reading


10.06.16

Kilmer Announces New Department of Agriculture Grants to Help Revitalize Rural Communities in Washington state

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture will award $20 million to Craft3 to boost rural communities in Washington state. Craft3 is the recipient of this investment through the Community Facilities relending program. Craft3 and other participants in the program will use the funds to provide long-term, low-interest financing to be "re-lent" to local entities that will then build, acquire, or improve key community … Continue Reading


09.29.16

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Boost Access to Quality Health Care in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-02) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would boost Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACO's) for patients and health care providers in rural areas. The ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2016 would create new options within the Medicare Shared Savings Program to increase patient access to quality care while reducing costs in underserved areas. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Se… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Kilmer Statement on House Passage of Key Water Projects Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) noted passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. The bill supports investments in projects that help enhance ports and other waterways infrastructure and assist in ecosystem restorations. Companion legislation passed the Senate and a Conference Committee is expected to reconcile the two bills. "This bill boosts our economy by investing in essential projects on our waterways," said Kilmer. "Moving goods quickl… Continue Reading


09.28.16

To Better Counter Hackers, Kilmer Calls on Department of Homeland Security to Update Cybersecurity Hiring Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on the Department of Homeland Security to update its cybersecurity hiring practices and make it easier to hire qualified applicants for open positions. Kilmer wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson noting that cyber professionals with unique skills but without a college degree should still have opportunities to be hired. He asked Secretary Johnson to look into whether the Department c… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Kilmer Joins Call on Congressional Leaders to Renew a Program Critical to Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to renew a program critical to rural communities. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Kilmer and other representatives urged the continuation of funding for Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in fiscal year 2016 and future years to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Hoyer, House Democrats Discuss Renewing Faith in Government Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined with Reps. John Sarbanes (MD-03), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) to discuss ways in which Congress can work to restore the American people's faith in government. In July, Whip Hoyer spoke at the Georgetown University Law Center to unveil the "Renewing Faith in Government" agenda. It includes proposals on campaign finance reform, r… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Kilmer Announces Grant for Point Defiance Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced that Point Defiance Park won a grant through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The investments totaling more than $500,000 will help develop new trails and a pedestrian bridge and help install new park furniture on the Loop Trail. Point Defiance Park draws more than 3.1 million people each year and includes forests, saltwater beaches, and hiking trails. "This investment will help Point Defiance Park continue to … Continue Reading


09.22.16

House Approves Hanna Cyber Bill to Protect Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives last night passed U.S. Representative Richard Hanna's bill, the Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, to help small businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks. American small businesses are under cyberattack like never before. By one estimate, 71 percent of cyberattacks occurred in businesses with fewer than 100 employees. With America's 28 million small businesses making up 54 percent of annual sales in the U.S., the frequency of su… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Kilmer Statement on Local Canadian Government Approval of Site for Wastewater Treatment Plant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the Capital Regional District in British Columbia approved a plan to build a sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt and commit to additional wastewater management solutions. The Victoria area, home to 300,000 people, has pumped effluent into the Strait of Juan de Fuca for years. "This week was a positive step toward Canada cleaning up its mess," said Kilmer. "Now we need to make … Continue Reading


09.02.16

Tester and Kilmer Push to Increase Veterans’ Access to Care, Save Taxpayers Money

Senator Jon Tester and Representative Derek Kilmer are pushing to increase veterans' access to care and save taxpayers money by establishing a Veterans Affairs (VA) Nurse Call Center. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Tester and Kilmer urged the VA to establish a Nurse Call Center for veterans to contact if they are uncertain they are experiencing a medical emergency. A similar hotline has already been established by the Defense Department and has redirected thousands of patients to mo… Continue Reading


08.26.16

Kilmer Joins Chair of Commission on Civil Rights to Hear Directly from Regional Tribes on Challenges They Face

Taholah, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined the Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Martin Castro, along with local tribal leaders at the Quinault Reservation for a summit to discuss funding disparities facing tribal communities. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is currently putting together an update to a 2003 report called Quiet Crisis that found federal investments too often failed to provide adequate health care, education, natural resource protection,… Continue Reading


08.25.16

Kilmer Marks the National Park Service's Centennial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement marking the National Park Service's centennial. "Franklin Roosevelt said 'There's nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks... is that our country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making the enrichment of the lives of all of us.' The centennial we mark today is an affirmation of how vital our national parks remain to our nation - protecting … Continue Reading


08.09.16

Cantwell and Kilmer Tout Bill to Support Innovation in Wood Building Construction, Tour Site of Future SPI Timber Mill

Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) held a roundtable in Shelton, WA to discuss innovative wood products and their bipartisan bill that could create jobs and opportunities for rural communities. The Timber Innovation Act would advance innovative wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT has received attention for being a less expensive and less carbon-intensive than alternative building products. The members were joined at the site … Continue Reading


07.22.16

Kilmer Announces Grant to Create a Center in Tacoma to Assist Minority-Owned Businesses

TACOMA, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced that Tacoma received a grant to create a new center to assist local minority-owned businesses. The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) awarded Tacoma with funds for a MBDA Business Center. Representative Kilmer wrote a letter in support of the proposal. The MBDA Business Center grant runs through March, 2021 and will help minority-owned businesses access capital and contracts, and expand mark… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Advance Effort to Address Severe National Shortage of Psychiatric Beds for Mental Health Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 13, 2016 - The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that included language offered by Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) to address the severe national shortage of psychiatric beds for patients in need. The language would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to present a report to the committee on how the government can best assist state, local, and tribal governments to increase the number of inpatient hosp… Continue Reading


07.12.16

Kilmer: “Clean up Your Mess”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that includes a provision authored by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) seeking to make progress on the dumping of raw sewage from Canada into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The report accompanying the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017 includes language encouraging the U.S. State Department to work with Canadian counterparts on a solution to the sewage problem and ensure Canada lives up … Continue Reading


07.08.16

Kilmer Supports Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans and Families Hit by Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voted to approve bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help Americans hit by the opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed the House by a vote of 407-5 and contains many initiatives and provisions to help those suffering from opioid and heroin abuse. Both the House and the Senate previously passed bills to address the problem. A Conference Committee met and sent the revised text to both chambers for consider… Continue Reading

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