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Investments in Rural Broadband Secured

The House Committee on Appropriations voted to invest over $1 billion in the expansion of broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and health care services, an increase of $435 million over the previous year. The increase in investment, which Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) fought to secure as a member of the Appropriations Committee, includes $990 million for the ReConnect program, which aims to increase access to broadband connectivity in unde… Continue Reading


Opinion: Kilmer Becoming Leader on Climate Issues

by Mike Kelly

While the COVID epidemic must be front and center in our concerns, I also try to keep in mind that climate change will also cause us massive disruptions unless we address it now. Recently the bipartisan Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its recommendations. You can read the full report at I am proud that five climate-related bills introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer are among the steps forward the Select Committee recommends. As a local leader in a … Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes To Pass Comprehensive Infrastructure And Jobs Package

On Wednesday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which will invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. "America can't compete in a 21st century economy with 19th and 20th century infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act is an important step to begin modernizing our roads, bridges and water systems, investing in schools, and bridging the digital divide," said Rep. Kilmer. "Importa… Continue Reading


5 Kilmer Bills To Combat Climate Change Included In New Climate Crisis Recommendations

On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive plan to put the country on the path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, recommending five bills introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) as part of its congressional climate action framework. "There is no debate that climate crisis is real and it's past time for bold action. Already, our communities are experiencing the devastating impacts of our changing climate, which is why this report and Congre… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Lower Health Care Costs & Prescription Drug Prices

Monday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act which aims to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable. The legislation also expands access to health care, strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reduces racial and ethnic health coverage disparities. "For too long, too many Americans have struggled to get adequate, affordable health care," said Rep. Kilmer. "Despite the fact … Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes To Support George Floyd Justice In Policing Act Of 2020

Last Thursday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive bill he helped introduce with the Congressional Black Caucus focused on structural changes to combat police brutality, raise standards, and address racial injustice. "Throughout our region and across this country, people are demanding change to end police brutality and ensure accountability and justice," said Rep. Kilmer. "Today, Congress passed the George F… Continue Reading


Modernization Committee Leaders Weigh In On Continuity of Operations, Reopening

by Tom Temin

Congress has been no less challenged by the pandemic than federal agencies. Proxy voting, online hearings, difficulties in dealing with constituents. The chair and vice chair of the select committee on the modernization of Congress have been on the case, exploring best practices. Washington Democrat Derek Kilmer and Georgia Republican Tom Graves joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.… Continue Reading


Washington Democrats back bill to curtail police use of excessive force

by Joel Connelly

The Democrats in Washington's congressional delegation are lining up behind a sweeping bill aimed at curtailing excessive use of force by police and establishing a national data base to track and prosecute misconduct. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer introduced the legislation Monday with strong Congressional Black Caucus support. Republicans have not yet been heard along Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, a Black senator who is promising his own proposals la… Continue Reading


CKHS Student Places First In Congressional Art Competition

by Kitsap News Group Staff

Central Kitsap High School student Quincy Rumpke was named the first-place winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Washington's 6th Congressional District, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced this week. The Congressional Art Competition takes place annually and is meant to showcase the artistic talents from high school students across the country. Rumpke's work will now be displayed for 11 months in the tunnel that leads to the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. alo… Continue Reading


The Vital Missing Piece of the Democrats’ Stimulus Bill

by Ezra Klein

At the end of No Country for Old Men, hitman Anton Chigurh arrives to murder Carla Jean, the wife of his dead nemesis. He offers her one chance to live: He'll flip a coin, and if she guesses right, he'll spare her life. "Call it," he says. She refuses. "Call it," he says again. "The coin don't have no say," she replies. "It's just you." Which brings me to the House Democrats. The House Democrats' $3 trillion HEROES Act has much of what the economy needs. A trillion dollars in aid to state … Continue Reading


Kilmer Introduces Legislation to Help Unemployed American Workers Access Skills Training Programs During Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), introduced legislation to help American workers attain the skills they need to compete as we confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Skills Renewal Act will create a flexible skills training credit in the amount of $4,000 per person that may be applied to cover the cost of a wide range of training programs that build skills expect… Continue Reading


A New Stimulus Bill Could Give $4,000 Tax Credit to Those Still Unemployed by Pandemic

by Meghan Roos

Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Ben Sasse of Nebraska last week introduced bipartisan legislation that, if passed, would give Americans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic a $4,000 tax credit. The money would be intended for use on training programs and skills development courses needed to make those struggling with unemployment more competitive in a post-pandemic workforce. Klobuchar, who was campaigning for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination until she … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Cantwell Applaud Selection of University of Washington to Lead New Ocean, Climate Research Institute

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) selection of the University of Washington to lead a new Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES). The selection comes with a $300 million commitment from NOAA over the next five years to fund climate and oceans research by UW… Continue Reading


Big Score For University of Washington -- $300 Million For Ocean, Climate Studies

by Joel Connelly

The University of Washington has scored big in two fields in which its research enjoys international renown -- ocean and climate research. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected the UW to lead a new Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, which comes with a NOAA commitment of up to $300 million to fund climate and ocean research over the next five years. The UW also led NOAA's previous cooperative research institute, the Joint Institute … Continue Reading


Legislation to Help Unemployed Access Skills Training Introduced

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), introduced legislation to help American workers attain the skills they need to compete as we confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Skills Renewal Act will create a flexible skills training credit in the amount of $4,000 per person that may be applied to cover the cost of a wide range of training programs that build skills expected to be in high dem… Continue Reading


Bill Would Give $4,000 Tax Credit to Retrain Workers Who Lost Jobs In Pandemic

by Travis Pittman

Members of both houses of Congress are introducing bipartisan bills to provide a tax credit of $4,000 to retrain workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It would help those workers cover the costs associated with learning new jobs. It comes as 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past two months. The Skills Renewal Act would be available to any worker who lost their job due to the pandemic, according to a statement from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. It woul… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Support Frontline Workers and Families Impacted By Coronavirus

"Let's start with what we know. We know that educators and students have had their lives turned upside down - and they need more resources to ensure kids can learn. We know that small businesses on main street are hurting - and they need more help to keep folks on payroll and to weather this storm. We know that workers on the frontlines, in hospitals, in fire and police departments, in grocery stores, and elsewhere, are facing extraordinary strain - and we should have their backs," said Rep. Kil… Continue Reading


Coronavirus Relief Bill Stalls In Senate, But Kilmer Hopes Provisions Survive

by Ed Ronco

A new coronavirus relief bill passed the House last week, but appears dead in the Senate. Still, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, hopes some of the provisions aren't lost. The original measure included more support for Medicare and Medicaid and hazard pay to health care workers dealing with the pandemic. Kilmer talked to KNKX about the bill, and the larger response to COVID-19. On the need for relief: "I talked to an employer in my district last week who said 'It took 32 years for me t… Continue Reading


Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Legislation to Help Families Save for Planned Medical Procedures

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced new legislation on Tuesday to give families additional flexibility to use 2020 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions to adjust for delays in accessing non-emergency care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American College of Surgeons, more than 30 states currently have executive orders in place limiting most non-emergency medical and dental procedures, following guidance from the Cente… Continue Reading


House Vote on Relief Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

by Lindsey McPherson

House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the "bold" package described by party leaders isn't bold enough. Several top priorities pushed by large blocs within the Democratic Caucus were left out of the bill. Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders upset by some of the omissions pushed for a delay in the vote to next week so lawmakers could discuss poten… Continue Reading

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