Press Releases


Kilmer, Heck, Murray and Cantwell Question Federal Railroad Administration on Positive Train Control Implementation

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Washington Representatives Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck and Washington's Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, led the Democratic members of Washington's Congressional Delegation in asking the Acting Administrator of Federal Railroad Administration, Heath Hall, for a comprehensive update on the current status of Positive Train Control's implementation. They also asked the Acting Administrator for the FRA's plan for completing nationwide implementation by the December … Continue Reading


Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Immigration Reform Plan Which Would Create Path to Citizenship for Dreamers, Could Avert Potential Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined with a group of the country's leading Democrats and Republicans to co-sponsor a comprehensive, bipartisan plan to reform the nation's immigration system and better secure the border, the main sticking points between the parties as they negotiate a plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week. If implemented, The USA Act would provide immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, commonly called DREAMers, a path… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday, January 18, 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 Thursday, January 18, 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. "As we start the new year, there is a lot of work that Congress needs to get done," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "It is vital to me to remain accessible and accountable, and it al… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Exclusion of Florida in President’s Offshore Drilling Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Florida will be the only state in the nation exempted from President Trump's plan to open nearly all federal waters to oil drilling. The exclusion of Florida, where the President owns a seaside hotel, drew widespread, bipartisan opposition. The Administration cited the impact a major disaster would have on tourism as the reason Florida's costal federal waters should be exempt from deepwater drilling… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Washington Democrats and Top Transportation Democrats Introduce Legislation to Better Fund Positive Train Control Implementation, Prevent Further PTC Extensions

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined the Democratic members of Washington state's Congressional Delegation and leading Democrats on the House's Transportation and Infrastructure to introduce legislation that would provide $2.5 billion in grants for intercity and commuter passenger railroads to implement Positive Train Control. "Positive Train Control saves lives, and the deadline to implement it matters," Representative Derek Kilmer said. "In the coming weeks, I will… Continue Reading


Kilmer Seeking Veteran for Fellowship in Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a fellowship position in his Washington, DC office. The fellow will manage a policy portfolio, work with the military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework, and act as a facilitator between constituents and government agencies at the federal, state and local level. "Veterans bring a unique and valuable perspective to the workplace," Rep. Kilmer said. "Working o… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

TACOMA, Wash. - Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it will open nearly all offshore federal waters to oil drilling. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voiced his opposition to the plan. "For decades, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that opening our waters up to drilling would be shortsighted and wrong. Doing so could threaten our fisheries, shellfish growers, tourism, and jobs in other key sectors of our economy. Rather than doubling down on fossil fuels and policies that put… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Reports That Justice Department Will Rescind Cole Memo

TACOMA, Wash. - Today, following news reports that the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to direct the US Department of Justice to rescind the Cole Memorandum, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) issued the following statement: "This action by Attorney General Sessions would silence the voices of the majority of Washington state's voters. No matter how you feel about the legalization of marijuana, this decision by the federal government to meddle in a state issue settled by publ… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Reichert Call on Defense Secretary Mattis to Immediately Implement Inspector General’s Recommendations to Comply with FBI Background Check Reporting Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC - Following the report earlier this month from the Department of Defense's Inspector General showing that the Military Services did not consistently submit convicted offenders' fingerprint cards and final disposition reports to the FBI's Next Generation Identification Database, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued a letter asking Secretary of Defense James Mattis to immediately implement the OIG's recommendations to prevent future reporting lapses. T… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Congress’s Decision to Kick the Can on Long-term Spending Plan

I am disappointed that rather than using these last few weeks to do their jobs and produce a long-term, bipartisan spending plan, the majority of Congress has decided to once again kick the can down the road. I remain committed to working with the members of both parties to pass a long-term, bipartisan spending plan. Congress has punted from September to early-December, then to mid-December and now to January. No household would run their family finances three weeks at a time. No business would… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes Against Tax Bill That Raises Middle Class Taxes, Adds Trillions to Debt

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voted against the Republican tax plan. According to nonpartisan analyses, the final version of the bill would raise taxes on 86 million middle-class families and add more than $1.5 trillion to the debt. Of the tax cuts in the plan, 83 percent would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of the country. "Today's vote is an enormous missed opportunity. Done right, tax reform could help grow our economy, give small businesses a boost, and make it … Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Amtrak Train 501 Derailment

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) issued the following statement regarding the derailment of Amtrak train 501 in Pierce County: "I pray for the safety of those affected by the derailment of Amtrak train 501 near Dupont including passengers, commuters and first responders," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I stand ready to work with Amtrak and state and federal officials as they manage the response to this incident and will continue monitoring this situation closely."… Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Cantwell and Representatives Kilmer, Heck Announce Critical Investments in Puget Sound Recovery

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Maria Cantwell (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) announced new federal investments totaling $25.2 million to support the continued cleanup and restoration of the Puget Sound. Originally appropriated by Congress in last year's budget, the grants were awarded through the Environmental… Continue Reading


Reps. Herrera Beutler, Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Extend Vital Protection of Fishing Boats, Small Vessels from Overly-Broad Discharge Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced legislation yesterday to extend an exemption for fishing boats and small vessels from EPA incidental discharge regulations so they can continue to operate without facing financial costs and delays. Their bill, Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act, extends the current exemption by three years, relieving small boats under 79 feet from EPA's vessel incidental discharge permitting requirements. … Continue Reading


WA Lawmakers Urge Federal Funding for Critical Upgrades to Ballard Locks

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Dave Reichert, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, and Derek Kilmer in a letter to the Trump Administration, urging it to use U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' funding to restore and modernize the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle, more commonly known as the Ballard Locks. The Locks are not only important to public safety and the envi… Continue Reading


Kilmer Plan Securing Overtime for Shipyard Workers on Assignment to Japan Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC-Overtime for shipyard workers on assignment overseas will continue to be paid through September 30, 2019 thanks to an extension secured by Representative Derek Kilmer. The congressman worked to secure the extension as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was signed into law today. "Our shipyard workers go all out for the country no matter where the job takes them. If they work overtime, they deserve to be paid overtime no matter where they're clocked in,"… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer, Kustoff Pass Bill to Protect Religious Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and David Kustoff (R-TN) today applauded House passage of their bill, the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017. This strong bipartisan legislation will increase the federal penalties for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against religious institutions. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA): "Across our country, too many people have been subjected to hate, violence and threats because of the religion th… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Washington National Guard and Port Angeles Leaders Applaud FAA’s Decision to Fully Fund Vital Port Angeles Runway

PORT ANGELES, Wash.- After listening to the concerns of Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the state's emergency managers, and the Port of Port Angeles's Commissioners, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a final decision to continue funding to maintain the current runway at the William R. Fairchild International Airport. The FAA had previously considered reducing this funding, which would have left the Port with two bad options: either reduce the airport's 5,000-foot runway to 3,850… Continue Reading


Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues to Launch Reformers Caucus

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Ken Buck (CO-04) to launch the bipartisan Congressional Reformers Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. Co-chairs Buck and Rice were joined by 17 of their colleagues as founding members of the caucus. The group pledges to work across the aisle in pursuit of common sense reforms to Congress and the legislative process. "The members of this caucus come from across the political spe… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Remove Protections from Millions of Acres of Public Land

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will remove protections from nearly two million acres of public land in Utah: "This is a short-sighted decision that takes us in the wrong direction," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "National monuments - in our state and around the nation - have not only protected environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, they have also proven to be significant economic drivers. That's why Democ… Continue Reading

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