Lowering Health Costs and Prescription Drug Prices

Hello Folks - I hope you all are staying safe and taking care of yourselves. As I write this, I'm in D.C. - and I'll tell you, I was happy to wear a mask on the five-hour flight across the country. Wearing a mask when you're out in public can help slow the spread of COVID-19 (one of my favorite reads this week: Top 10 Reasons to Wear a Mask)! While my wife, Jen, has been sewing masks, I haven't yet convinced her to participate in the Washington Mask Challenge run by the Lt. Governor, the Unit… Continue Reading


Keeping Connected

Hello Folks - I hope all the dads out there had a great Father's Day yesterday. I felt lucky to have gotten a great gift - a little time with Sophie and Tess! We made some pizzas together (they were … mostly edible!) and had a family movie night. We watched one of my all-time favorites - The Princess Bride. I couldn't help but get a chuckle when Wesley said this line: I hope you're all staying safe, keeping well, and - if you're going out in public and being in close proximity to p… Continue Reading


Working for You

Hello Folks - I hope this note finds you well. I've been asked a fair amount over the last few months whether I'm still meeting with constituents (even in the midst of social distancing). Well, through the wonders of technology, I'm actually spending about 10-14 hours each day meeting with folks from all over our region. A lot of the time has been focused on ensuring folks have information about resources that can help them through this challenging time. Sometimes it's focused on listening to… Continue Reading


Building a Better Future

Hello Folks - I hope this finds you well and that you are keeping safe. Last week was a call to action - as thousands across our region, our nation, and our world marched to demand justice in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans. I share this pain-and the desire for change in our country and justice for their families. Right here at home, we've felt the pain and anguish of the death of Manuel Ellis, a Tacoma resident and … Continue Reading


Pursuing Justice & Accountability

Good Evening - There is a lot of pain and anger in communities across our region, our state, and our nation. On top of a public health crisis that has led to the death of over 100,000 Americans, which has disproportionately affected minority communities, last week we saw a Black American murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a uniformed police officer. It was a horrific act - it was heartbreaking - and it was not acceptable. George Floyd's murder was a violation of the social contract that w… Continue Reading


Honoring Our Heroes

Hello Friends - Yesterday, on Memorial Day, our nation paused to honor and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our nation. To me, Memorial Day is a chance to commemorate and honor those who have given so much to make our nation stronger. Because of the sacrifice and commitment of so many, my late grandmother was able to survive World War II, emigrate to the United States, and become a proud American citizen. Because of that sacrifice and commitment, my daughters… Continue Reading


Supporting Frontline Workers & Families Impacted by Coronavirus

Hello Folks - I hope this finds you well. Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has become the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, and it is now proving to be the largest economic challenge since the Great Depression. Responding to a challenge of this magnitude requires swift and bold action. That's why on Friday, I voted in favor of the Heroes Act - the fifth coronavirus relief package passed by the House - to deliver support to our frontline workers, provide additional … Continue Reading


Telephone Town Hall Tonight

Hello Folks - I hope everyone was able to take a few moments yesterday to celebrate Mother's Day. While the Kilmer family usually goes out for brunch to celebrate Jen - this year, we stuck closer to home. (We had a great Mexican dinner and watched the Tom Hanks "Mr. Rogers" movie! Not a bad night!) I hope all the moms out there had a terrific day. And to my mom - thanks for being a great mom! OK - on to the news! Welcoming You to Tonight's Telephone Town Hall I work for you - and even tho… Continue Reading


Calling for a National Testing Plan and Supporting Local Employers

Hello Folks - I hope this finds you well. Together, by staying home and staying safe, we've all been making progress in the fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Given that that today is my favorite holiday (Star Wars Day), let me start by saying May the 4th be with you! I can't help but start by sharing this public health suggestion. In our state and region, we are starting to strategize about how we will continue to keep folks safe while moving toward economic recovery. Let me s… Continue Reading


Providing Support for Our Small Businesses and Frontline Workers

Hello Folks - I hope you are all hanging in there. It's been a challenging week for our region, but Washington is making real progress in containing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While there is certainly more work ahead, the work folks are doing to stay home and stay healthy is making a difference. Now - the news! Fighting for Our Local Employers As I recently wrote in The Kitsap Sun, small businesses are the backbone of our economy - creating over 60 percent of new jobs in the … Continue Reading


Having Your Back

Hello Folks - It's been another challenging week - but Washington State and our region are starting to make progress in containing the spread of COVID-19. While there is certainly more work to be done, the work folks are doing to stay home and stay healthy is making a difference. I hope you are all continuing to take care of yourselves - and each other. On to the news! Helping Washingtonians Who Have Lost Their Jobs Last week, we learned that a record number of Americans have filed for unemp… Continue Reading


Helping Families Get By During COVID-19

Hello Folks - I hope everyone had joyous and peaceful Passover and Easter celebrations this past week. I spent some quality time with my family and got a good reminder from my church that sometimes, we can all be together - even when we're apart. These past few weeks have given us all time to reflect on the unprecedented challenges we are facing as a society and to give thanks to our health care, police and fire, food, postal, and other essential workers on the front lines combating the corona… Continue Reading


Lending a Hand

Hello Folks - I hope you are all keeping safe, staying well, and managing these challenging times. As your representative, hearing from you is critical to my job. Since this public health crisis began, I've been listening directly to folks in every corner of our region about how COVID-19 and efforts to contain its spread are impacting them - and to learn more about what resources are needed from the federal government. In response, I've worked with my colleagues in Congress to pass three emer… Continue Reading


Answering Your Questions about Rebate Checks to Americans During COVID-19

Friend - Last Friday, the House passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide immediate relief to workers and families, while bolstering America's medical response to COVID-19. I fought for a number of provisions in this bill that will help ensure Washington's families, students, employers, health care providers, and communities have the resources and assistance they need during these difficult times. That includes providin… Continue Reading


House Acts to Provide Immediate Relief to Workers & Families, Bolster Medical Response

Hi Folks- Across our region and our entire country, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting an extraordinary strain on our health care system, our economy, and on families. I hope you are all keeping safe, staying well, and managing these challenging times. Over the past week, I've had a phone attached to my ear from dawn until dusk - hearing from hospital leaders, local housing authorities, folks at the Naval Shipyard, disability advocates, veterans organizations, higher educat… Continue Reading


March 22 COVID-19 Update from Representative Kilmer

Friends - I hope this finds you well. It's been another challenging week for our region, our state, and our nation as we respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and take drastic steps to contain the spread. Just like you, my everyday life has changed quite a bit as well. Usually when I'm back home in our district, I'm travelling from pillar to post across our region, meeting with folks to learn how I can better advocate for our communities back in the other Washington. But in the … Continue Reading


March 16 COVID-19 Update

Hi Folks -I hope this finds you well. I know it's been a challenging week for folks in our region. Washington state and the federal government are taking unprecedented action to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is undoubtedly causing disruption to everyday life. I know folks have a lot of questions. Tonight, Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm PT, I'll be hosting a telephone town hall to talk about the federal government's response to COVID-19. In addition to a discussion on th… Continue Reading


March 9 COVID-19 Update from Rep. Kilmer

Hi Folks -I want to start by sharing my condolences with the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives due to complications from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that you are in my prayers.I also want to offer a heartfelt thank you to the first responders, health care professionals, state and local officials, and everyone in our communities working day-and-night to respond to COVID-19. You all are doing incredible, life-saving work.As the number of confirm… Continue Reading


An Update on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friends - This weekend, we were saddened to learn of the first death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Washington, and that more cases have been confirmed in our region and across the country. Sadly, a second death was recently confirmed in King County, with additional hospitalizations. In addition to praying for those who have already been impacted by this, I am monitoring this situation closely and working with our local health departments and practitioners to ensure they have the … Continue Reading


Sharing Some Love with Our Veterans

Hi Folks -I hope you all had a terrific Valentine's Day! For the Kilmers, it was pretty low key (a bite out and some Netflix… yes - I'm a romantic). But the highlight of Valentine's Day was getting to visit the Retsil Veterans Home and VFW Post 2669 in Kitsap County to deliver valentines on behalf of school kids from all over our region. When we put out the word that we wanted to show some love to local veterans, local kids responded - big time! We delivered literally thousands of cards o… Continue Reading

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