Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


Kilmer Statement on Passage of Bill to Fund the Government

Washington, D.C. - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the House voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The legislation would fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year. "Today Congress did something the American people are clamoring for - work together to solve problems," said Kilmer, Vice Ranking Member for the House Appropriations Committee. "Like every compromise, this isn't perfect, but it does some good … Continue Reading


Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler and Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Boost Schools, Services in Timber Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced a bill to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced similar legislation in the House. SRS provides critical revenues to rural forest counties with a high proportion of federal land. The program supports a variety of services in … Continue Reading


Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership Calling for Annual Ethics Training for Members

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) led a bipartisan letter to Congressional leadership calling for annual ethics training for members. In a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Kilmer and other members pointed out that House staff and other political appointees take ethics training for their jobs. "I'm leading this push because it's critical that our public servants serve the public interest and adhere to high ethical standa… Continue Reading


Puget Sound Recovery Caucus encouraged by $28 million provided to clean up Puget Sound

Washington D.C. - Coinciding with more than 60 local leaders traveling to Washington D.C. from the Pacific Northwest to advocate for Puget Sound recovery, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Denny Heck (WA-10), and members of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus applauded the 2017 omnibus budget proposal, which provides $28 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Puget Sound Geographic Program. This program provides federal grants for local, state, and tribal recovery programs in the… Continue Reading


Hirono, Rounds, Kilmer, Jones Introduce Bill to Cut Red Tape for Defense Department Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to repeal burdensome Department of Defense requirements for service members and civilian employees. The bill would correct a Department of Defense rules that increase the burden of finding affordable lodging while on assignment for individual employees rather than the department or service making the assignment. "Military members a… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Renacci Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix America’s Election Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to fix the commission charged with enforcing federal election laws. The Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act would reform the Federal Election Commission (FEC) so it can more effectively carry out its original mission to oversee campaign finance laws. Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Scott Peters (D-CA), Walter Jones (R… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Members Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Emphasizing Support for the Federal Programs that Support Iconic Bodies of Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter urging President Trump not to eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. The letter, signed by 31 other members, warned that the President should reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for Puget Sound, the… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Russell Reintroduce Bill to Open Defense Jobs to Military Retirees

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Steve Russell (R-OK) reintroduced a bill to make sure military retirees have fair access to jobs with the Department of Defense. Under current law, servicemembers who retire have to wait 180 before even applying for civilian jobs at military facilities like the Pentagon. From 2001 until last year, the President had issued a waiver to lift the hiring rule. But the waiver went away at the end of 2016, causing individuals like Tom B… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Push for Open Data in Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) jointly reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act requires that public data be accessible at so individuals, organizations and other government offices can utilize it. Last… Continue Reading


Kilmer Presses Navy for Answers on Impacts of Training Missions on Olympic Peninsula

TACOMA, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-0) pressed the Navy for answers on the impacts of training missions on the Olympic Peninsula. In a letter to Sean Stackley, Acting Secretary of the Navy, Kilmer asked for further clarification on recent activity near Olympic National Park and surrounding communities. In a series of questions to the Navy, Kilmer asked how public comments were incorporated into the environmental review for projects like Growler flights and electronic range testi… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer and Kustoff Introduce Bill to Protect Religious Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2017 - Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) today introduced the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TN), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA), would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers and ensure … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Data Transparency Bill Discussed in Key Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, a key House committee discussed bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reviewed a bill originally introduced by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27). Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN)… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop the Outsourcing of American Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) reintroduced a bill to prevent employers from sending jobs overseas by abusing a temporary visa program. The legislation would stop employers that are awarded temporary visas through the H-1B program from using them to train workers in the United States then move those jobs to another country. H-1B visas allow American businesses to hire foreign professionals if skilled American workers are unavailable to fill j… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Vice-Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, issued a statement on President Trump's 2018 budget proposal. "This proposal is irresponsible and unserious," said Kilmer. "It's irresponsible because of the damage it would do to the folks I represent and to our economy. I'm all about jobs. But the Trump budget would hurt our ability to prepare folks for the workforce -- cutting financial aid, job training programs, … Continue Reading


Kilmer Calls on Trump Administration to Increase Support for Pell Grants to Make Post-Secondary Education More Affordable

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on President Trump to increase the purchasing power of federal Pell Grants to make college more affordable. In a letter to the President signed by 43 members, Kilmer pointed out that Pell Grants should be tied to inflation to keep up with the rising costs of secondary education. Kilmer noted that for the 2014-2015 school year, 83 percent of Pell recipients came from families with incomes of $40,000 or less, including 44 per… Continue Reading

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