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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


06.22.21

Two Local Credit Unions Award Covid-19 Relief Grant

Shelton, WA - Two credit unions in Mason County have each received $1.83 million in Rapid Response Program (RRP) grant funding from the US Treasury Department. These dollars will provide vital capital to respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in underserved communities. Peninsula Credit Union (PCU) and Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) were two out 11 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in Washington State to receive a portion of the $38 mi… Continue Reading


06.18.21

Wild Olympics Legislation Gets Hearing in Senate Sub Committee

Controversial Wild Olympics legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in late February, was heard by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining on Wednesday. The hearing brings Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Derek Kilmer's legislation the closest it's ever been to becoming law since Murray first introduced the bill in 2012 with then Rep. Norm Dicks. "In order to set aside the first new wilderness on Olympic National Fore… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Naval Base Kitsap Could Recoup Millions in Funding Previously Diverted for Border Wall

by Abbie Shull

A pier construction project at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor would recoup millions in funding it lost to former President Trump's signature border wall under a Biden administration plan announced June 11. President Biden suspended construction of the border wall shortly after his inauguration, and while the proposed plan does not cancel the project entirely, it would return more than $2 billion diverted from the Pentagon. In September 2019, the Department of Defense diverted $89 million meant for N… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Environmental Wins and Two That Need Protection: Bristol Bay, Skagit River Headwaters

The environment racked up a series of wins on controversial megaprojects in the first months of Joe Biden's presidency. In June alone, the administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, revoked a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and announced restoration of the "roadless rule" protecting Alaska's Tongass National Forest from widespread logging. Add the demise of an immense gas-to-methanol plant in Kalama, and recent environmental progress looks subst… Continue Reading


06.16.21

U.S. House Passes Bill to Support Puget Sound Restoration, Recovery

A bill providing more federal dollars to Puget Sound conservation efforts was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. 174-year-old geoducks and other mysteries of Puget Sound history The Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act of 2021 was sponsored by Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland and Congressman Derek Kilmer, co-chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus. The Puget Sound is the nation's largest estuary by volume. "If we're going to recover our … Continue Reading


06.15.21

House Passes Strickland, Kilmer Bill to Bolster Puget Sound Restoration & Recovery Benefits

On June 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act of 2021. The PUGET SOS Act, introduced by Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06), the Co-Chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, would enhance the federal government's role and investment in Puget Sound, the nation's largest estuary by volume, which is vital to Washington state's identity and economic engine. "Puget Sound… Continue Reading


06.13.21

Kilmer Recognizes Bremerton, Tacoma Students in Congressional Art Competition, Announces Contest Winner

On June 11, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced Bremerton High School student Sandra de Moura ("Sandie") as the first-place winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Washington's 6th Congressional District. The annual nationwide art competition allows high school students from across the United States to showcase their artistic ability. Sandie's work will now be displayed for eleven months in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, alongside winners f… Continue Reading


06.11.21

GOP Voting Restrictions Don’t Pass ‘My Grandma’ Test. Luckily, Washington State Does

One of the great honors I've had as a representative was getting to serve with one of my heroes, John Lewis. Prior to his passing, I joined Mr. Lewis in Selma, Alabama, for a Civil Rights Pilgrimage. We walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where, in 1965, he was beaten and tear gassed, along with other civil rights activists, as they advocated for an essential American right - the right to vote. Today, over 56 years later, the march for the right to vote isn't done. Unfortunately, it is unde… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Rep. Kilmer Virtually Visits GHC

Representative Derek Kilmer virtually visited Grays Harbor College this week to see how the local college has been handling remote learning and learn about challenges they are facing. In a statement from the college, they say that the Congressman had the virtual visit on Monday. As part of his visit, the Congressman was able to get a tour of the automotive shop and met with several students to see how the program has been operating in-person. The automotive and other industrial technology prog… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Lawmakers Seek Funds to Improve the Workings of Congress

by Jennifer Shutt and Katherine Tully-McManus

The leaders of a bipartisan panel tasked with modernizing Congress on Wednesday urged the House Appropriations Committee to fund several changes they say would improve the lives of members and staff as well as how the institution itself functions. Washington Democrat Derek Kilmer and South Carolina Republican William R. Timmons IV asked appropriators to help the House Modernization of Congress Committee implement several of the 97 recommendations it made during the last Congress. Kilmer, chair… Continue Reading


06.06.21

Monroe Fields To Be Added Athletic Venue in East Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES - A project to create a public and scholastic athletic venue received congressional attention when U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer visited the site with officials of the Port Angeles School District, which is behind the effort. Kilmer - who represents Washington's 6th Congressional District, which includes Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties, along with portions of Mason and Pierce counties - grew up in Port Angeles and was familiar with the site. "My grandparents are buri… Continue Reading


06.05.21

Kilmer Applauds Department of Commerce’s Announcement of Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land

On June 3, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) applauded the announcement by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland that nearly $1 billion in U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grants will be made available to expand broadband access on Tribal lands through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). TBCP, which is administered by NTIA and created by the … Continue Reading


06.05.21

Experienced Staff Promote Effective Lawmaking

Members of Congress are wrestling with the 97 bipartisan recommendations put forward last year by the newly reestablished Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. Among them are proposals to increase legislative staff pay. Supporters argue that salary increases are needed to recruit and retain the best legislative aides. Yet, the public is skeptical about spending more on Congress, which they judge as not doing a very good job. At the Center for Effective Lawmaking, we know that with … Continue Reading

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