Press Releases

01.13.21

Rep. Kilmer Statement on Supporting Today’s Article of Impeachment

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after voting to support H.Res. 24, which passed the House with bipartisan support 232 to 197: "When the history books write about the failed insurrection of January 6, 2021 that was incited by the President of the United States, there is a threshold question that we must answer. What do we want the next paragraph to say? I do not believe that the next paragraph should say that Congress did nothing an… Continue Reading


12.23.20

Kilmer’s Bill to Rename Bremerton Post Office After Distinguished U.S. Navy Sailor Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C. - On December 21, Representative Derek Kilmer's legislation to rename the Bremerton Post Office in honor of John Henry Turpin, a distinguished U.S. Navy sailor, was signed into law by the President. The legislation, which passed the House and the Senate unanimously this fall, honors the lifelong resident of Bremerton, who is believed to be the first Black American to qualify as a Master Diver, in a civilian capacity, and was one of the first Black Americans to achieve the rank … Continue Reading


12.21.20

Kilmer Votes for Critical COVID-19 Relief, Secures Funding for Regional Priorities

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support an COVID-19 relief and omnibus spending bill ("omnibus") consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, coronavirus relief, and authorizations. The legislation passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package Today's legislation included $900 billion in emergency coronavirus relief to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. "Over the last nine… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Kilmer’s Committee to Fix Congress Extended to 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee"), led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), will be extended through the 117th Congress. Created by an overwhelming bipartisan vote at the beginning of the 116th Congress, the Select Committee (often referred to as the "Fix Congress Committee") was tasked with crafting recommendations to make Congress work better. Over the last two years, Dem… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Kilmer to Hold End of Year Telephone Town Hall

Tacoma, WA - On Tuesday, December 22 at 6:00pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall to provide an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to answer questions from constituents. In addition to a discussion on the legislation passed by Congress to support workers and families, Dr. Larry Corey, an internationally renowned expert in virology, immunology and vaccine development at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the co-lea… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Kilmer Votes to Support Servicemembers & Military Families

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the conference report on H.R.6395, the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). The bipartisan, bicameral compromise report authorizes funding for national defense for Fiscal Year 2021. The conference report passed the House 335 to 78. "If you serve this country, Congress should have your back. This bipartisan legislation makes vital investments in service members and thei… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Rep. Kilmer, Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Murray, Secure Vital Support for Washington’s Maritime Industry

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), announced they secured vital support for Washington's maritime sector through a key provision they championed in the final conference report for the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will provide dedicated financial relief to maritime dependent businesses and communities during a national emergency, such as the ongoing … Continue Reading


11.20.20

Kilmer’s Bipartisan Amendment to Boost Computer Science Apprenticeships Included in House-Passed Apprenticeship Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to Registered Apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeships. The legislation included Representative Derek Kilmer's (WA-06) bipartisan amendment to ensure computer science youth apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship programs are prioritized for funding throu… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Kilmer Recognized for Bipartisan Collaboration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) has been awarded the inaugural Convergence Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Bridge-Building for his leadership in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to solve problems for the good of America. Convergence, the organization that granted the award to Kilmer, is a leading national public policy non-profit focused on bringing together those divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on is… Continue Reading


10.08.20

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Disabled Veterans

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), introduced new bipartisan legislation to help ensure disabled veterans are able to fully utilize their benefits amid disruptions in veterans' health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities to cancel or delay non-emergency in-person appointments, including a signi… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Kilmer, Colleagues Introduce Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Don Beyer (VA-08), Ed Case (HI-01), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11), introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over the leave they have accrued when a national pandemic prevents employees from taking time off of work. Federal workers that accrue over 240 hours of annual leave either lose the hours above the cap or hav… Continue Reading


09.25.20

Kilmer’s Committee to Fix Congress Passes Final Round of Recommendations to Make Congress Work Better for the American People

Fifth package would help reclaim Congress' Article One responsibilities, improve the congressional schedule and calendar, boost congressional capacity and reform the budget and appropriations process Washington, D.C. - This week, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee"), led by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), passed its fifth and final package of recommendations to make Congress work better for the American people. The 40 new recommendations were pa… Continue Reading


09.14.20

Kilmer’s Bill to Rename Bremerton Post Office After Distinguished U.S. Navy Sailor Passes House

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Representative Derek Kilmer's legislation to rename the Bremerton Post Office to honor John Henry Turpin, a distinguished U.S. Navy sailor. Turpin is believed to be the first Black American to qualify as a Master Diver, in a civilian capacity, and was one of the first Black Americans to achieve the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. His thirty-year career in the U.S. Navy included service during the Spanish-A… Continue Reading


08.22.20

Kilmer Votes to Support U.S. Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer voted in support of the Delivering for America Act, legislation he co-sponsored to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. The bill also includes $25 billion, as requested by the USPS Board of Governors, to address the financial crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic do… Continue Reading


08.13.20

U.S. Chamber Recognizes Kilmer for Support of Local Employers & Jobs, Commitment to Bipartisanship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. 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 growth and pro-business legislation, along with his commitment to bipartisan leadership and constructive governing. "I'm working every day to grow jobs and bring more economic opportunities to more people in more places. Receiving the Spirit of Enterprise Award for those efforts - and for trying t… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Kilmer Hosts Virtual Student Town Hall with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Astronaut Michael Barratt

Tacoma, WA - On Tuesday, August 11, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) hosted a virtual student Town Hall and Q&A session with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to discuss NASA's Artemis program which aims to land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 - and answer questions from student's across the region about how an education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can … Continue Reading


08.10.20

Rep. Kilmer to Host Virtual U.S. Service Academy Night

Tacoma, WA - Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that his office will hold a virtual information session for students interested in the nation's military service academies on Wednesday, August 26. "It's an honor to consider students for service academy nominations," Rep. Kilmer said. "Every year there are a lot of great applications and reading through them makes it pretty clear to me that our region's future is in good hands. I'm excited to host this virtual opportunity and give young p… Continue Reading


08.06.20

Kilmer to Host Virtual Student Town Hall with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Astronaut Michael Barratt

Tacoma, WA - On Tuesday, August 11 at 1:00pm PST, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will host a virtual student Town Hall and Q&A session with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to discuss NASA's Artemis program which aims to land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 - and answer questions about how an education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can help ensure today… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Kilmer Votes to Support Workers and the Economy by Improving Access to Quality Childcare During the COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass two bills to provide support to families who need childcare and support for childcare providers to enable the safe reopening of the economy. The House passed a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Kilmer, the Child Care is Essential Act (H.R. 7027), to create a Child Care Stabilization Fund investing in childcare and ensuring providers across Washington have additional resources to safely reopen. Through the fund, approximately $8… Continue Reading


07.28.20

Kilmer, Beyer Introduce Unemployment Legislation Amid Lapse In Benefits

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Don Beyer (VA-08), Vice Chair and House leader of Congress' Joint Economic Committee, introduced the Worker Relief and Security Act. The legislation would automatically continue and provide for additional enhanced emergency unemployment benefits for the duration of the public health emergency and ensuing economic crisis until conditions return closer to pre-crisis levels. Kilmer and Beyer introduced the bill amid a lapse in … Continue Reading

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