Press Releases

01.17.20

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


01.13.20

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


01.13.20

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


01.09.20

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


01.08.20

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


12.19.19

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


12.17.19

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


12.17.19

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


12.12.19

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


12.11.19

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


12.11.19

Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall and Facebook Live Town Hall Next Week

Washington, DC - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall and a Facebook Live town hall next week. "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 my upcoming town halls to share their ideas and concerns." Rep. Kilmer has held town halls so far in 2019 in Port Angeles, Qui… Continue Reading


12.10.19

House Passes Kilmer Bill to Help Coastal Tribes Facing Severe Weather Threats

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of bipartisan bills to protect vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by climate change. The package includes bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) that would provide dedicated resources to Native American tribes living in coastal areas to support their efforts to mitigate threats caused by climate change and sea level rise. In addition, the bill creates progra… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Rep. Kilmer Statement on USMCA Agreement

"I am pleased to see Speaker Pelosi and Ambassador Lighthizer announce an agreement on modifying the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), setting the stage for congressional consideration. I have been supportive of the ongoing efforts by Congress to negotiate serious improvements with our partner nations on overall enforcement, labor and environmental standards, and prescription drug pricing. As a representative from one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation, I know how impo… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Kilmer Honored for Work to Reform Congress and Reduce the Role of Money in Politics

Washington, DC - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) has been awarded the inaugural "Teddy Roosevelt Courage Award" by Issue One, a leading cross-partisan political reform organization, for his efforts to fight to fix the broken political system and secure American elections. The Teddy Roosevelt Courage Award is given in the spirit of the 26th president of the United States who was a staunch defender of good, ethical government and the U.S. political system. In receiving the award, Kilmer was r… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Rep. Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Belfair Community to Congressional Pinning Ceremony

Belfair, WA - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will hold a Congressional pinning ceremony for veterans of the Vietnam War as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at the HUB Center for Seniors at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 26, 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. The North… Continue Reading


11.15.19

Kilmer Votes to Support Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined a bipartisan coalition of over 230 Members of Congress in supporting the United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019, reauthorizing and expanding the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) for ten years. The Bank is credited by its supporters with providing opportunities for American workers, jobs, entrepreneurship, and the U.S. manufacturing economy. "Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is really important for small businesses in our r… Continue Reading


11.14.19

Kilmer-led Effort to Modernize Congress Given Vote of Confidence

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Modernization Committee") through the end of the next calendar year to continue its work delivering bipartisan reforms to make Congress work better for the American people. "I'm proud of the work of the Committee so far, unanimously approving 29 bipartisan recommendations to increase transparency, modernize Congress, and get it working for the American people again,"… Continue Reading


11.08.19

Kilmer Receives “Salmon Champion Award” from the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries

Washington, DC - The Coalition of Coastal Fisheries has awarded Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) the 2019 "Salmon Champion Award" for his efforts to protect salmon populations in Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest. "It's an honor to be recognized by this tremendous coalition for my ongoing work to protect and conserve salmon in our region," said Rep. Kilmer. "Salmon are absolutely critical to our way of life across the Pacific Northwest - they're woven into the very fabric of ou… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Statement from Rep. Kilmer on H. Res. 660

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer released the following statement regarding his vote to support H. Res. 660: "As the impeachment inquiry proceeds, it is important that it be transparent and fair. That's what today's vote was about. The first thing I did as our community's representative was to swear an oath to uphold the constitution. I take that oath seriously. The months ahead should not be about re-litigating the 2016 election or trying to influence the 2020 election. Rath… Continue Reading


10.23.19

House Passes Kilmer-Led Legislation to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation containing a key provision led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to combat foreign interference in American elections. The legislation, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements with the inclusion of Kilmer's Honest Ads Act, and create a duty to report illici… Continue Reading

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