Press Releases


Reps. Kilmer, Reed Introduce the Teacher Education for Computer Science Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the bipartisan Teacher Education for Computer Science Act (the "Teach CS Act") to help build a robust pipeline for computer science education to ensure today's students can be successful and innovative in the workforce. The bill would establish "Centers of Excellence" for teacher education programs in computer science at graduate schools for higher education. "Education is the doorway to economic oppo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Support 9/11 Victims and Heroes and Pass a Permanent Reauthorization of September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act

Washington, D.C - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass H.R. 1327, the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act," which takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve. "On September 11, 2011, our nation suffered an unthinkable tragedy - and witnessed the incredible bravery of hundreds of fi… Continue Reading


Kilmer Backs Defense Authorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). The bill authorizes $733 billion for the Department of Defense and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The legislation passed the House of Representatives 220-197. Key provisions in the bill focus on improving the lives of military families, including a 3.1 percent pay raise fo… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer, King, Murphy, Hurd Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Peter King (R-NY), along with Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Will Hurd (R-TX), introduced the Deepfakes Report Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish an annual report on the state of digital content forgery or "deepfake" technology. Deepfakes are realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actually occur. These fake audios and vide… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Bishop Statement on Committee Passage of the Restore Our Parks And Public Lands Act

WASHINGTON - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1225, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, legislation sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and House Natural Resources Ranking Member Rob Bishop (R-UT) and garnering more than 290 bipartisan cosponsors. The bipartisan legislation would direct federal funds each year for five years to help address deferred maintenance within our national parks and public lands. The bill passed Committee by a vote of 36-2. "Our nati… Continue Reading


Kilmer-Backed Priorities Included in Second Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3055, the second Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations package which funds the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The legislation passed the House 227-194. "The passage of the spending package today is a big win for Northwest Washington and I'm proud to support it," said Rep. Kilmer. "This bill continues to make progress on impor… Continue Reading


House Passes First Appropriations Package with Key Kilmer-Backed Priorities Included

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, the first "minibus" appropriations package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. H.R. 2740 consists of four FY 2020 appropriations bills that fund federal agencies including the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy. The legislation passed the House of Representatives 226-203. "Today, I was proud to support an appropriations package that makes progress on important priorities for… Continue Reading


Kilmer’s Bipartisan Bill to Fight Ocean Acidification Passes House

Washington, DC - Today, 395 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) to help fight ocean acidification. The Ocean Acidification Innovation Act (H.R.1921), which was also co-sponsored by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), and Don Young (AK-AL), would allow federal agencies to use existing funds to conduct prize competitions to increase the ability to research, monitor, and … Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Recognizes Western Washington Students in Congressional Art Competition, Announces Contest Winner

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced Tacoma School of the Arts student Nicholas Shines as the first-place winner of the 2019 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. Nicholas' work will now be displayed for eleven months in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., alongside winne… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Introduces Broadband for All Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) reintroduced the Broadband for All Act, bipartisan legislation to create refundable tax credits for businesses and groups of people who team up to build the infrastructure that connects them to the country's existing rural broadband service. "Too many rural communities are being left behind in our economy because America's internet infrastructure doesn't reach them," Rep. Kilmer said. "Connecting communitie… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Secure Funding for Pacific Salmon Treaty and Mitchell Act Hatchery Activities

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) secured $30 million to implement the newly ratified Pacific Salmon Treaty and $25 million to support Mitchell Act hatchery activities in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill. The bill, which was approved today by the Appropriations Committee 30 to 22, funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),… Continue Reading


Reps. Heck & Kilmer Introduce PUGET SOS Act in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06­­) have introduced the Promoting United Government Efforts To Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act of 2019. The PUGET SOS Act, H.R. 2247, would enhance the federal government's role and investment in the Puget Sound, the largest estuary in the United States. The PUGET SOS Act was first introduced by Reps. Heck and Kilmer in 2015. Several of its provisions were included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by nine… Continue Reading


Representatives Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck, Co-Chairs of Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, Secure Funding Increases for Critical Puget Sound Recovery Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) announced proposed funding increases for Puget Sound recovery in the recently released fiscal year (FY) 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee this week. "Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is critical to the environmental and economic future of Washington state," said Rep. Kilmer. "Securing additional… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Votes for the Equality Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 5, the Equality Act. This bipartisan legislation, which received the support of 236 Members of the House, ensures LGBTQ Americans are guaranteed full protections of federal civil rights laws by extending anti-discrimination protections with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations. "Every American deserves to have access to the same basic… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Votes to Support the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted with 233 of his colleagues to support H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. This bipartisan legislation makes health care more affordable, protects people with pre-existing conditions, lowers prescription drug costs, and rescinds the Trump Administration's policy to expand short-term, limited duration health care plans. "Millions of Americans, including folks all across our region… Continue Reading


Representatives Kilmer, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Regional Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) introduced the Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone (PLACE) Act (H.R. 2552) to help hospitals, including Olympic Medical Center (OMC), continue to provide affordable care in rural communities. The bill aims to halt a new policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) known as "site neutrality," which has the effect of cutting Medicare reimbursements by up to 60% for multi-campus re… Continue Reading


Representatives Kilmer and Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation with Senators Graham, Warner, and Klobuchar to Improve National Security and Protect Integrity of U.S. Elections by Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) reintroduced the Honest Ads Act to help prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements. The bill would ensure online political advertisements are better monitored by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and would enable the FEC to enact rules for online advertisement similar to those in place for television, radio, and satellite ads, with the… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Cole Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Shipyard Workers, Other Federal Workers Retire On-Time

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act. This bill ensures that federal employees who started their careers as temporary workers - meaning they did not have the ability to make retirement contributions - are granted the opportunity to make catch-up retirement contributions so that they can retire on time. Without this option, workers are faced with an unfair choice: leave the federal service without full ret… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Votes to Support the Climate Action Now Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined 230 bipartisan colleagues voting in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, and released the following statement: "There's no denying it: climate change is real, and it's already posing a real threat to communities across the Pacific Northwest, our nation, and our world. The American people are not just demanding action - but leadership - to counter the impacts of climate change. Today, Congress took an important step a… Continue Reading


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

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