Press Releases


Kilmer Delivers Valentines to Area Veterans

Tacoma, WA - Today, as part of his "Valentines for Veterans" initiative, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) hand-delivered valentines to veterans from area students at the Washington Home for Veterans in Port Orchard. Rep. Kilmer delivers valentines to Washington Home for Veterans (above) and VFW Post 2669 (below). "We can never thank our veterans enough," said Rep. Kilmer. "They committed themselves to keep our country safe, and they continue to serve our community every day. Thi… Continue Reading


Kilmer’s Wild Olympics Bill to Protect the Environment and Grow Jobs Passes House

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642). 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 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 Mu… Continue Reading


Kilmer Receives Recognition from Nation’s Largest Native American Organization

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the 2020 Congressional Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the interests of tribal governments and communities. Rep. Kilmer, who represents 11 Native American tribes, was recognized for his work in creating economic opportunity in tribal communities and advocating for reforms to ensure th… Continue Reading


Statement by Representative Kilmer on Today’s Impeachment Votes in the U.S. Senate

"I didn't come to Congress to pursue impeachment. Rather, as the folks I represent know, my focus has been on trying to create more economic opportunity in our region and pushing to have a government that works better - period. Having said that, the very first thing I do as your representative is raise my right hand and swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. That's an oath I take seriously, and it remains my guiding principle. And it was with that oath in mind that I voted in December in supp… Continue Reading


PUGET SOS Act Passes House by Voice Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act, H.R. 2247, passed the House by voice vote, unopposed and with bipartisan support. Puget Sound is the nation's largest estuary by volume and the heart of Washington state's identity and economic engine. But four native fish stocks are listed as endangered or threatened; the iconic Southern Resident orcas are on the verge of extinction; and the shellfish industry faces growing threats of ocean aci… Continue Reading


Kilmer Announces “Valentines for Veterans” Community Event

Tacoma, WA - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced today that his district office is launching a "Valentines for Veterans" program to help local students thank veterans for their service. Rep. Kilmer and his office will deliver the cards to veterans' homes and organizations on Valentine's Day. "We can never thank our veterans enough," said Rep. Kilmer. "They committed themselves to keep our country safe, and they continue to serve our community every day. This Valentine's Day, let'… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Murray Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter of 48 Lawmakers from States with Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Cases Urging CDC to Distribute Rapid Diagnostic Tests to State and Local Health Officials, Prioritize States with Confirmed Cases

Washington, DC - Following the Department of Health and Human Service's announcement declaration that the 2019 novel coronavirus is a public health emergency, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate health committee, led 48 bipartisan lawmakers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in a letter calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to distribute rapid diagnostic tests for the … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Murray, Cantwell Call on Navy to Continue Efforts to Address Potential PFAS Contamination in Kitsap County

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wrote to the Acting Secretary of the United States Navy to express serious concern regarding potential health risks to residents of Kitsap County. The letter comes in the wake of the Navy's request to sample water from designated areas adjacent to the installation boundary of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Invites Local Climate Activist to DC as State of the Union Guest

Washington, DC - Next week, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will attend the State of the Union address with Mike Kelly, a climate activist from Kitsap County. Kelly is the Congressional District Liaison in Washington's 6th Congressional District for Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. "Climate change is real, and it requires bold action. Thankfully, folks across our region are stepping u… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Tribal Town Halls and Facebook Live Town Hall

Tacoma, WA - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold two in-person town halls and a Facebook Live town hall in the coming weeks. The meetings, which will be hosted by area tribes and focus on a wide variety of issues, will be open to the public. "I work for the people I represent and it's important to me that I get opportunities to hear directly from you," said Rep. Kilmer. "I hope folks will be able to join one of m… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Receives “A” Rating from Leading Organization Focused on Getting Big Money Out of Politics

Washington, DC - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received an "A" rating on the 2019 legislative scorecard released this week by End Citizens United Action Fund on behalf of their four million members. Announced ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the scorecard tracks Members' support for legislation to reduce the role of big money and special interests in politics, restore ethics in Washington, and protect and expand the right to vote. "For too lon… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Invites Veterans of Vietnam Period, Tacoma Community to Congressional Pinning Ceremony

Tacoma, WA - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will hold a Congressional pinning ceremony for veterans of the Vietnam Period as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at the AMVETS Alvah R. Davis Post 1 at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2019. At the ceremony, Rep. Kilmer will present a commemorative pin to veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of theater. … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Jayapal Secure $1.5M Grant to Convert Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) announced that they helped secure a $1,500,000 grant from the Department of Transportation for the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry Service to convert one of its two ferries from diesel to hybrid electric drive. The grant, provided through the America's Marine Highway Grant Program, will enable one of the two ferries to reduce its emissions by 95%. "I'm proud that the federal government is stepping up to red… Continue Reading


Kilmer Takes Action to Reduce Likelihood of War with Iran, Leads Letter to Demand Clear Strategy

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H. Con. Res. 83, a resolution he cosponsored that makes clear that only Congress can declare war and that Congress has not authorized the use of military force against Iran. The resolution restricts offensive military action unless Congress has authorized it or action is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or America's armed forces. The resolution passed the House 224-194 with bipar… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Lead Legislation to Improve Federal Fishery Disaster Process, Increase Accountability

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) led the introduction of the Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act (Fishery FUNDD Act), which aims to improve the federal fishery disaster process and ensure more timely disaster relief for impacted communities. The Fishery FUNDD Act would set a timeline for the federal government to respond to a fishery disaster request and set a timeline for disbursal of appropriated funds f… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Support USMCA, Grow Washington Jobs

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement following the December 10th announcement of a new trade agreement that incorporates significant changes negotiated by House Democrats for American workers and for the environment. Rep. Kilmer released the following statement announcing his support for the deal: "Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation - with exports and Washington-mad… Continue Reading


Kilmer Secures Critical Investments in Regional Priorities, Votes to Keep Government Open

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The packages, products of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, now head to the Senate. "Today, I voted to keep the government open and to fund critical priorities for our region that will create jobs and help our environment," said Rep. Kilmer. "As a Member of the Appropriations Committee, I am pleased that it includes vital investmen… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement on Support for Articles of Impeachment

I didn't come to Congress to pursue impeachment. Rather, as most of the folks I represent likely know, my focus has been on trying to create more economic opportunity in our region and pushing to have a government that works better - period. Having said that, the very first thing I do as your representative is raise my right hand and swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. That's a commitment I take seriously. It matters to me that all elected officials are held accountable to the public. It … Continue Reading


Kilmer Supports Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, to lower prescription drug prices and make investments in Medicare and public health. The bill, which was supported by 230 Members of the House, allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate to lower the price of drugs and caps annual out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Part D. "I've spoken with far too many seniors and families in our region who are grappling with the… Continue Reading


Kilmer Backs National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, the Overseas Contingency Operations, and emergency disaster recovery to restore installations damaged by extreme weather or earthquakes. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives 377-48. "If you serve this country, Con… Continue Reading

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