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04.05.21

Kilmer, Strickland Accelerate Small Business Relief for Live Venues

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will open applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program to provide financial relief to live performance and art venues on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act, and includes over $16 billion in grants to… Continue Reading


04.01.21

Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans

On March 29, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced new bipartisan legislation to award Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal. Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew chiefs, and medics - performed aeromedical evacuation of over 900,000 U.S., Vietnamese, and allied forces from May 1962 to March 1973. "Years after the end of the Vietnam War, too many of our Vietnam veterans have not been sufficien… Continue Reading


03.31.21

Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans

On March 29, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced new bipartisan legislation to award Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal. Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew chiefs, and medics - performed aeromedical evacuation of over 900,000 U.S., Vietnamese, and allied forces from May 1962 to March 1973. "Years after the end of the Vietnam War, too many of our Vietnam veterans have not been sufficien… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Southworth Commuters Get Their First Taste Of Fast Ferry Life

by Christian Vosler

SOUTHWORTH - Passenger-only fast ferry service from Southworth to Seattle began bright and early Monday morning. Kitsap Transit's newest fast ferry, the 255-passenger M/V Enetai, left on its inaugural sailing at 5:10 a.m. carrying 15 passengers. It's the final planned route between Kitsap County and Seattle. The Enetai is scheduled to make four roundtrips from Southworth in the morning and five roundtrips from Seattle in the evening. The vessel will be capped at 60 riders per sailing under t… Continue Reading


03.27.21

Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration To Address Chronic Federal Funding Shortfalls To Native Americans

On March 25, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan letter signed by over 20 lawmakers to President Joe Biden to urge his Administration to address the chronic federal shortfalls in funding identified by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) in its 2018 report, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans ("Broken Promises Report"). "The Broken Promises Report highlights the Federal Government's pervasive, continuous, and unconscionabl… Continue Reading


03.26.21

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration To Address Chronic Federal Funding Shortfalls To Native Americans

Office of U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) Yesterday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan letter signed by over 20 lawmakers to President Joe Biden to urge his Administration to address the chronic federal shortfalls in funding identified by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) in its 2018 report, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans ("Broken Promises Report"). "The Broken Promises Report highlights the Federal Gov… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Kilmer Votes To Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform Measures

On Thursday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support two bills that aim to modernize America's immigration system: The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) which offers a path to lawful permanent resident status for those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dreamers, along with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients, and The Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 1603), a bipartisan bill which aims to create a w… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Kilmer Talks About American Rescue Plan, Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccination Effort, During Telephone Town Hall

Congressman Derek Kilmer will hold a telephone town hall to provide an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic early next week. Kilmer, a Democrat who represents's Washington's 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, will discuss the American Rescue Plan during the event. The telephone town hall is planned for 5:10 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, March 23. The American Rescue Plan is the emergency legislative package passed by Congress and signed into law by Presid… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Kilmer Urges SBA Relief For Live Performance And Art Venues

by Bob Smith

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District is urging U.S. Small Business Administrator Tami Perriello to implement the small business relief authorized in December to help live performance and art venues that have found it hard to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and fellow Washington 10th District congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, D-Tacoma, emphasized the importance of the SBA providing guidance and application instructions so that… Continue Reading


03.14.21

Kilmer, Strickland, Cartwright Urge Biden Administration To Invest In Infrastructure For Defense Communities

On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Matt Cartwright (PA-08), sent a letter to President Joe Biden to encourage his Administration to support increased funding in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The program is designed to address deficiencies in community infrastructure that supports a military installation, to enhance the military family quality of life, resilience, or military value - i… Continue Reading


03.14.21

Leaders Merge On Gorst Traffic Fix: 'We Can't Afford To Wait Any Longer'

by Josh Farley

BREMERTON - You've heard this one before: there's an effort to solve traffic gridlock in Gorst. But this time, vows a widening coalition of area politicians and leaders, they mean it. It's a megaproject by Kitsap County standards that will cost around a half-billion dollars. That heavy lift is bringing together local mayors, county and port commissioners, state and federal lawmakers, and business leaders to amplify their voices in the push for funding. "We're hoping by doing this, we're c… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Connect to Congress: Rep. Derek Kilmer

by Ryan Yamamoto

SEATTLE -- In this edition of KOMO News' Connect to Congress feature, we chat with Democrat Rep. Derek Kilmer, who represents Washington's 6th Congressional District. Some of the questions we posted to Rep. Kilmer include: * How will the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan help Americans and particularly those who live in Washington? * Not a single Republican voted for the bill. What's your response to GOP criticism that the bill is too expensive and over bloated? * What is you… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Congressman Kilmer Votes For American Rescue Plan

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer of Washington's 6th District joined 219 other Democrats Wednesday to vote to approve the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan. The final vote was 220-211, with no Republicans voting in favor of the coronavirus recovery plan. One member of the Democratic Party, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, also cast a vote in opposition. "Over the last year, I've spoken with folks across our region who have lost their jobs, lost their small bus… Continue Reading


03.09.21

EDITORIAL: In Our View: Bill Ensures Public Lands Available For Future

In an executive order issued one week after he took office, President Joe Biden set a goal of having the United States legislatively protect 30 percent of its public lands and oceans by 2030. While the decree might be overly ambitious, it is far preferable to the previous administration's view that public lands should be profit-making engines for extraction companies. By definition, public lands are owned by all Americans; protecting them now can ensure that they remain pristine for future gene… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Kilmer Campaign Finance and Election Reform Bills Pass House

On March 3, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted in favor of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping reform bill aimed at strengthening the voice of the American people in their democracy by making it easier to vote, ending the dominance of big money in the political process, and updating ethics rules to ensure public officials work for the public interest. This comprehensive reform package, which passed the House 220-210, included two bipartisan bills led by Rep. Kilmer, The Honest Ads … Continue Reading


03.03.21

House of Representatives Passes Sweeping Public Lands Bill

by Lindsey Botts

Last week, on February 26, the House of Representatives passed a sweeping public lands package that, if signed into law, would designate almost 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness, add 1,200 miles of rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and withdraw over 1 million acres from new mining claims. In addition, the bills expand national monuments and national recreation areas, create a new "historic landscape," and fund the construction of new hiking trails on public lands… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Kilmer’s Wild Olympics Bill Passes House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 999). The bill, which was introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and passed the House with bipartisan support as part of a package of bills called the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act, would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of public land as Wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers. U.S. Senator Patty Mur… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Help Workers Access Skills Training

On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) reintroduced two bills to help workers access skills training. The Skills Investment Act would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)-tax advantaged savings accounts for educational expenses-so American workers can use the accounts to pay for skills training, apprenticeships, and professional development. The Skills Renewal Act would create a flexible skills training credit up to $4,000 per per… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Kilmer Votes to Provide Relief to Washingtonians

Saturday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the American Rescue Plan - an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate and direct relief to families bearing the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, and support affected communities. "Over the last year, I've spoken with folks across our region who have lost their jobs, lost their small businesses, and lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've heard a lot of pain. People in our region need he… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Kilmer, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Fix America’s Election Watchdog

On Feb. 24, 2021, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the bipartisan Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act to reform the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and enable it to more effectively carry out its mission to oversee and enforce campaign finance laws. The FEC has increasingly become deadlocked on critically important decisions because of the even partisan divide of its six commissioners. In 2016, nearly 40% of regular enforcement cas… Continue Reading

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