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Supporting Our Local Heroes and Assisting Our Federal Workers

October 13, 2020

Hello Folks – As frequent readers of this newsletter know, for months now I’ve been pushing for the federal government to provide additional relief for families and for small business during this pandemic – and to deliver the resources needed on the frontlines to crush this virus. That’s why, back in May - nearly 5 months ago - I proudly supported, and the House passed, the HEROES Act. This bill was a comprehensive coronavirus relief package to deliver ...

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Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Disabled Veterans

October 08, 2020

Tacoma, WA – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), introduced new bipartisan legislation to help ensure disabled veterans are able to fully utilize their benefits amid disruptions in veterans’ health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities to cancel or delay non-emergency in-person appointme ...

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Kilmer, Colleagues Introduce Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act

October 01, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Don Beyer (VA-08), Ed Case (HI-01), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11), introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over the leave they have accrued when a national pandemic prevents employees from taking time off of work.  Federal workers that accrue over 240 hours of annual leave either lose the hours ...

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Officials Respond to Death of Ginsburg

September 21, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was described as a hero, a trial-blazer and an American patriot by state and federal officials after her death at the age of 87 on Friday. Ginsburg died of of complications from pancreatic cancer after she had battled cancer successfully three times. After leading the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, where she was the court’s leading liberal voice. &ldqu ...

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No, the Democrats Haven’t Gone Over the Edge

September 17, 2020

You’ve probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington State that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically and now represents that community in Congress. Kilmer is the chairman of the largest ideological group among House D ...

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Members of Congress are Specializing Less Often. That makes Them Less Effective.

September 17, 2020

Members of Congress can be foxes or hedgehogs Our work explores how legislators’ specialization in particular issues affects their ability to advance their agendas. To study this, we looked at each bill proposed in each two-year Congress from 1973-2016, classifying into on ...

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My Vote on H.J.Res. 123

December 08, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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My Votes This Week

October 27, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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My Vote on H.R. 2266, Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017

October 12, 2017

Yesterday, the House voted on a “continuing resolution” which is a short-term spending plan that temporarily funds the government for the next two weeks, until December 22nd, 2017. Although I was deeply concerned about the potential for a government shutdown, I opposed this measure because I feel strongly that Congress should pass a bipartisan, long-term spending plan. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any progress made towards this goal since we ...

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