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07.12.21

Opinion: Depolarizing Congress Starts With Relationships That Lead To Trust

by William Doherty

Over the past few years, I've led dozens of workshops in which ordinary Americans across the ideological spectrum share their strongly held political views. It's no surprise that liberals and conservatives have deep disagreements on the core issues facing America. But they usually agree on one thing: Congress is broken. As one participant exclaimed: "Please stop fighting all the time and get things done!" As another reflected: "Neither side is going to finally vanquish the other. So we'd bette… Continue Reading


07.10.21

Congressman Kilmer Visits Aberdeen to Talk Rail Separation Funding

by Dan Hammock

The need for relief from train and vehicle traffic conflicts in East Aberdeen is pretty well-known to anyone who regularly travels Highway 12. The trick is convincing federal funding sources of the project's importance, not just locally, but regionally and beyond. A roundabout and an overpass, part of the roughly $52 million proposed East Aberdeen rail separation project, would greatly improve safety and traffic flow, both private and commercial, through the area, which is responsible for about… Continue Reading


07.06.21

House Appropriations Subcommittees Advance Vital Federal Funding for Tribal Relocation Efforts in Western Washington

This week, the House Appropriations Committee advanced critical funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support tribal relocation efforts in Western Washington. The House fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills advanced by the Committee included $1,650,000 in federal funding for the Hoh Tribe's relocation development project and $1,479,355 in federal funding for the Quileute Tribe's Move to Higher Ground water system improvement project. The funding for the… Continue Reading


07.06.21

Kilmer-Led Culvert Amendment Part Of House Infrastructure Bill

by Dan Shalin

Washington, DC -Politicians and environmental leaders have offered their praise and support for an amendment to the INVEST in America Act designed to substantially invest in culvert restoration and aid anadromous fish passage and recovery efforts, according to the office of congressman Derek Kilmer (D-06). On July 1, the House of Representatives passed the $715 billion transportation and drinking water bill by a vote of 221-201, largely along party lines. This will set up talks with the Senate,… Continue Reading


07.05.21

U.S. House Advances Millions in Federal Funding for Grays Harbor Infrastructure Project

Legislation that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday includes millions of dollars in funding for Aberdeen and Hoquiam flood control projects, Heron Street Bridge rehabilitation and the East Aberdeen rail separation project. The INVEST in America Act aims to make transformational investments in highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure, and seeks to create good-paying jobs, modernize the nation's infrastructure, and reduce carbon pollution, according to … Continue Reading


07.05.21

House Passes Kilmer-Led Amendment to Support Fish Passage and Recovery in Infrastructure Legislation

On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, which included an amendment led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest to support salmon recovery. The amendment would create a new program within the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program, to substantially invest in culvert restoration and aid anadromous fish passage and recovery effort… Continue Reading


07.04.21

Kilmer Secures Funding for Tacoma Infrastructure Priorities as Part of the INVEST in America Act

On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a comprehensive infrastructure package that aims to make transformational investments in highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure. Supporters of the bill believe it will create good-paying jobs, modernize the nation's infrastructure, and reduce carbon pollution. The legislation puts some of the key pieces of President Biden's infrastructure plan into legislation. The legislation also included… Continue Reading


07.02.21

House Advances Federal Funding for Grays Harbor Infrastructure

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a comprehensive infrastructure package that aims to make transformational investments in highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure. Representative Derek Kilmer states that this is consistent with President Biden's American Jobs Plan, legislation that seeks to create good-paying jobs, modernize the nation's infrastructure, and reduce carbon pollution. "Investing in infrastructure can put people to work n… Continue Reading


07.02.21

Bipartisanship: The Fruits of Collaboration Letter to the Editor

by Willie Dickerson

Re: "U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer helps restore civility to Congress" [June 30, Opinion]: Rep. Kilmer also demonstrates bipartisan work in the House beyond the committee. Recently, he and U.S. Rep. Brian Kevin Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., began circulating a bipartisan letter for representatives to sign calling on President Joe Biden to make a $1 billion pledge (spread over five years) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The GPE has successfully partnered with more than 75 low-income countries to … Continue Reading


07.02.21

Bill Would Expand Retirement Options for Some Federal Employees

by Ian Smith

Legislation has been reintroduced to expand retirement options for some federal employees. For the third time in the past three years, The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 4268) is being introduced by Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA). It would ensure that federal employees who began their careers as temporary workers are granted the opportunity to make catch-up retirement contributions so that they can retire on time, otherwise they would have to work longer to obtain full retirement benefi… Continue Reading


07.02.21

Guest Column: A Democrat and a Republican Walk into A…

by Elizabeth Bradley

A Democrat and a Republican walk into a Committee meeting …. and work together. No, this is not the beginning of a joke, but is an apt description of 12 of our U.S. House members who make up the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. One observer wrote, "This committee is the most important small group of legislators that most Americans have never heard of." According to the Committee's website, the committee was established in January 2019 and is "tasked to investigate, stu… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Strickland, Kilmer Secure Historic Funding Increase for Puget Sound Restoration

On June 29, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment voted to approve $50 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2022 for the Puget Sound Geographic Program, which provides critical grant support to state, local, and tribal governments to implement projects to improve water quality, protect shorelines, and enhance fish passage and salmon habitat. The allocation comes after Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) led a letter to the Subcommittee in April, cosigned… Continue Reading


06.30.21

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Helps Restore Civility to Congress

Plenty of people are worried about political polarization. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, is doing something about it. Kilmer, chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, is exploring ways to shift congressional culture to reward policymaking and collaboration rather than political posturing and unnecessary conflict. This is vital work. The country's deep political fault lines are not just exhausting, they are potentially explosive, as the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S.… Continue Reading


06.29.21

vKilmer Leads Series of Hearings to Examine How to Improve Civility & Collaboration in Congress

Last Thursday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led the second of a two-part series of hearings in the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") aimed at examining how to improve civility and collaboration in Congress in order to make the institution work better for the American people. During Thursday's hearing, titled "Rethinking Congressional Culture: Lessons from the Fields of Organizational Psychology and Conflict Resolution," members heard from experts… Continue Reading


06.29.21

Are Squabbles in Congress a Permanent Thing?

by Bob Smith

If you're thinking Congress is either broken or operating less effectively because of rampant partisanship, you're not alone. On June 24, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), who chairs the committee, led the second of a two-part series of hearings by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress aimed at examining how to improve civility and collaboration in Congress in order to make the institution work better. During the two meetings, members of the select committee heard from experts in… Continue Reading


06.28.21

Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Amendment to Support Fish Passage and Recovery

On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in offering an amendment to House surface transportation legislation, the INVEST in America Act, to support salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The amendment, which mirrors an amendment included by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in the Senate version of the surface transportation legislation that passed last week, would create a new grant program within the U.S. Department of Transportation for … Continue Reading


06.28.21

Kilmer Announces Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT) Funding For Grays Harbor

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) has announced that local governments in Washington's sixth congressional district will receive over $4.28 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2021. PILT payments are provided to local government to offset the loss in property revenue due to federal lands, like Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. "The Payments in Lieu of Taxes program supports critical local services in rural communities across our region - including … Continue Reading


06.28.21

Kilmer: Constituent COVID Pain is Foremost On His Mind

by Bob Smith

It goes without saying but U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District said it anyway. "Not to be Captain Obvious here, but this has been a really hard fifteen months." The Democrat, who represents the Kitsap Peninsula in Congress, shared his perspective about the past year and a half in Congress amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While House members had their share of both accomplishments, Kilmer said much of what he has focused on involved the impacts of the pandemic on his constituent… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Kilmer Announces New Covid-19 Funding for Local Head Start Programs

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer announced over $2.5 million in grant funding for local Head Start programs, which he helped secure through the American Rescue Plan. Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. "As a dad of two kiddos, I know how much our kids learn in the first few years of their life, and how important it … Continue Reading


06.23.21

Kilmer Announces New COVID-19 Relief Funding for Local Head Start Programs

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer announced over $2.5 million in grant funding for local Head Start programs, which he helped secure through the American Rescue Plan. Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. "As a dad of two kiddos, I know how much our kids learn in the first few years of their life, and how important it … Continue Reading

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