Press Releases


Representatives Kilmer & McCaul, along with Senators Warner & Gardner, Reintroduce Bill Empowering State and Local Governments to Counter Cyberattacks

Washington, D.C. - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) was joined today by Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) in reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation today to encourage state, local, and tribal governments to strengthen their defenses against cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. The State Cyber Resiliency Act, which was also introduced in the Senate by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would create and authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ru… Continue Reading


U.S. Chamber Recognizes Rep. Kilmer with Spirit of Enterprise Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-economic, pro-growth policies in the second session of the 115th Congress. "I am committed to growing jobs and to bringing more economic opportunities to more people in more places. It's a real honor to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award for those efforts," said Rep. Kilmer. "I grew up in Port Ange… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement in Support of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement in response to his vote in support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019 (H.R. 1585). This bill will safeguard and build upon life-saving protections for people throughout Washington state and across the country. The measure was adopted with strong bipartisan support, 263-158. "Domestic violence is real and no one should ever suffer in silence in the face of abuse," said Rep… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Fights to Protect Washingtonians with Pre-Existing Conditions & Make Health Care More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted in favor of H.Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Trump Administration's recent federal court filing asking the courts not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but to eliminate every protection and benefit provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The resolution was adopted, 240-186. Since its full implementation in 2014, the ACA has provided critical protections for the 130 million pe… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Recognized as National Park Champion

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the 2019 National Park Heritage Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a leading voice in protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations. The award recognizes Rep. Kilmer's leadership on the landmark John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47), a bipartisan public lands package that consisted of more than one hundred public lands,… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler, Bonamici, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Ocean Acidification

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), along with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-AL), reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help fight ocean acidification. The bill, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act (H.R.1921), would allow federal agencies to use existing funds to conduct prize competitions to increase the ability to research, monitor, and manage ocean acidification and its impacts. "We know that c… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Signs on as Original Co-Sponsor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement in response to his support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. "Yesterday, Congress took an important, tangible step toward addressing climate change by introducing the Climate Action Now Act," said Rep. Kilmer. "The communities I represent are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and they are counting on the federal government to take action to reverse the dangerous path we're on. T… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement on Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) released the following statement regarding his vote in support of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. Rep. Kilmer has co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act in every Congress since he was elected. "In this country, people deserve equal pay for equal work," said Rep. Kilmer. "Today's passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step towards eliminating the wage gap between men and women. This bill will help strengthen the 1963 Equal Pa… Continue Reading


FRIDAY IN GIG HARBOR, WA: Representative Derek Kilmer to Host Commemoration of National Vietnam Veterans Day

On Friday, March 29, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer and local elected officials will host an event commemorating National Vietnam Veterans Day. In 2012, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation to recognize Vietnam Veterans Day as a day for all Americans to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War. President Donald J. Trump later signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which certified that Vietnam veterans will be commemorated annually for their ser… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement on Potential Diversion of Funds from Local Military Construction Programs to Build a Wall at the Southern Border

Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Defense releasing a list of military construction projects, including some in Washington state, that could be cut to fund construction of a border wall. "Yesterday, the President proposed taking $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to pay for a border wall. While I'm fine with enhancing border security, I'm not for using American tax dollars to build a 5th century sol… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Recognized for Bipartisan Accomplishments by National Think Tank

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) was honored with a 2019 Legislative Action Award by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nationally-recognized think tank that actively works to find consensus and common ground to address key challenges facing the nation. The annual award recognizes Members of Congress committed to solving problems and developing sound policy for the American people. "The Bipartisan Policy Center is pleased to recognize Representative Kilmer for his c… Continue Reading


Kilmer Campaign Finance & Election Reform Bills Included in Final H.R. 1 Legislation

Washington, D.C.- Today, the House passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019, a sweeping package of reform bills 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 ensuring public officials work for the public interest. This comprehensive reform package includes two bipartisan bills led by Representative Kilmer, The Honest Ads Act and the Resorting Integrity to America's Elect… Continue Reading


Kilmer Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Public Lands Package

Washington, D.C.- Today, the House voted to pass S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a public lands package of more than one hundred public lands, natural resources, and water bills. "Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I've seen firsthand how our public lands have captivated both visitors and residents alike and served as key economic drivers for our local communities," said Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA). "This bill delivers on our region's long-standing priorities to protect our environ… Continue Reading


Kilmer and Brooks, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Working Group, Introduce Fixes to Ongoing VA Healthcare Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC-Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Working Group (BPWG) have re-introduced a bipartisan package of fixes to ongoing challenges faced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in delivering quality care to veterans. The solutions stem from a series of Government Accountability Office (GAO) studies that uncovered problems at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Last Congress, members of the BPWG met with the GAO to lea… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement on President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the President declared a national emergency in order to secure funding to build a wall at the southern border: "I strongly oppose President Trump's plans to declare a national emergency and will work with our leaders in both parties to rein in the President's abuse of authority," said Rep. Kilmer. "Declaring a national emergency is a violation of the spirit of the law and is contrary to our system of c… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck proposal to establish first National Heritage Area in the Pacific Northwest passes Senate in comprehensive public lands package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, the Senate voted 92-8 in favor of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a sweeping public lands package that included a bill led by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) to establish a National Maritime Heritage Area in Washington state. The Kilmer-Heck Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 975), which was championed in the Senate by Senators Cantwell (D-WA) and Murray (D-WA), would designate a majority of Western Washington… Continue Reading


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 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. Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Julia Brownley (D-CA) are also original co-sponsors of the bill. The… Continue Reading


Kilmer and Simpson Introduce LAND Act to Enhance Federal Investment in Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) introduced the Land and National Park Deferred Maintenance (LAND) Act. The legislation would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), create a new dedicated fund to address the Department of the Interior's deferred maintenance backlog, and provide ten years of mandatory funding derived from energy revenues for both programs. "Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I've seen firsth… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Bipartisan Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Boost Access to Quality Health Care in Rural Areas

TACOMA, Wash.- Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) reintroduced bipartisan legislation this week that would boost Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for patients and health care providers in rural areas. Joining him on the bill are a bipartisan group of cosponsors including: Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Grace Meng (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2019 would create new options within the Medicare Shared Savings… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Thompson, Klobuchar and Sasse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Workers Save for Critical Skills Training they Need to Compete in the 21st Century Economy

WASHINGTON- Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help equip American workers with the skills and training they need to compete in today's economy. The Skills Investment Act of 2019 would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts-tax advantaged savings accounts for educational expenses-so American workers could use the accounts to pay for skills training, apprenticeships, and professional development. U.S. Senators Amy… Continue Reading

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