Press Releases

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


10.10.19

Kilmer to Host U.S. Service Academy Night in Bremerton

Bremerton, Wash. - Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that his office will hold an information session for interested students of the nation's military service academies in Bremerton on October 23. "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 opportunity and give young people … Continue Reading


10.08.19

Kilmer, House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and leading House Democrats introduced legislation to combat foreign interference in American elections. 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 illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations or … Continue Reading


10.04.19

Kilmer, Brooks Introduce Legislation to Give Students in Need Access to More Financial Aid

Tacoma, Wash. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) introduced the Pell Plus Act of 2019, new legislation to promote college completion by establishing partnerships between colleges and universities to provide a Pell Grant bonus to low-income students in their third and fourth years on a path to on-time graduation. "Education is the door to economic opportunity, and for a lot of families, financial aid programs are the key to that door. Pell Grants are partic… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Key Committee Advances Kilmer Bill to Help Coastal Tribes Facing Severe Weather Threats

Washington D.C. - Today, the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved a bill authored by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to 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. The legislation, entitled the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act (H.R. 729), would expand the Coastal Zone Management Act to provide the necessary tools tribes need to protect their people and la… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Sarbanes, Kilmer Call on POTUS to Fill Federal Election Commission Posts

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives John Sarbanes (MD-03) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) called on President Donald J. Trump to immediately nominate commissioners to fill vacancies at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and restore its ability to enforce campaign finance law. With only three commissioners out of a possible six commissioners, the FEC lacks a quorum and cannot complete its most basic regulatory and oversight responsibilities. Sarbanes and Kilmer wrote in the letter: "Put simpl… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Kilmer, New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy

Washington, DC - The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer and the NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs, released policy principles and endorsed legislation yesterday to combat climate change. In doing so, the NDC seeks to address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands and to embrace the notion that the United States, through its powerful economy and culture of innovation, can be best positioned to be the global leader developing and producing the next gen… Continue Reading


09.18.19

Kilmer Applauds Court Decision – Commits to Continuing Effort to Support Rural Hospitals

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer applauded the decision of a federal judge on Tuesday to overturn a policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) known as "site neutral reimbursement." The policy would have the effect of cutting Medicare reimbursements by up to 60% for multi-campus regional hospitals, like Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, that provide services via a network of clinics that are intended to make health care more accessible to patie… Continue Reading


09.05.19

Rep. Kilmer, Sen. Murray, Sen. Cantwell Release Joint Statement on Diversion of Funds from Local Military Construction Project to Build a Wall at the Southern Border

Bremerton, WA - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), along with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Defense releasing a list of military construction projects, including one in Washington state, that will be cut to fund construction of a border wall. The project at Naval Base Kitsap includes the construction of a pier that supports the Maritime Force Protection Unit, which protects submari… Continue Reading


09.04.19

Rep. Kilmer Hosts Appropriations Interior & Environment Subcommittee Chairwoman and Ranking Member to Highlight Funding Needs in the Region

Tacoma, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) hosted Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-04) and Dave Joyce (OH-14), the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, for a multi-day visit across the region. The Interior Subcommittee has jurisdiction over federal funding for key agencies that impact the region including the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Indian Health Service, and the Forest Service, amo… Continue Reading


08.19.19

Rep. Kilmer to Hold Series of Town Halls

Tacoma, WA - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a series of town halls throughout the region, as well as a telephone town hall for folks who cannot attend an in-person town hall. The meetings 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 my upcoming town halls… Continue Reading


07.28.19

Statement from Representative Derek Kilmer On Supporting an Impeachment Inquiry

I came to Congress with two goals in mind: to see the economy work better for people in my region and to see government work better for them. I don't want to see a government that is dysfunctional, corrupt, and unable to make progress on delivering health care, jobs, and education for the folks I represent. That's why I chose to seek this job. It's why I get on a plane each week and spend time away from my wife and daughters. In the past few years, it has often been disheartening to see our g… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Rep. Kilmer Leads Effort to Rename Bremerton Post Office After Distinguished U.S. Navy Sailor

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer introduced a bill, co-sponsored by the entire Washington congressional delegation, to rename the Bremerton Post Office to honor John Henry Turpin, a distinguished U.S. Navy sailor who is believed to be the first African-American to qualify as a Master Diver (1915) and was one of the first African-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-Ame… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Reps. Kilmer, Moolenaar Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Economic Mobility Corps Act

Washington, D.C. - Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and John Moolenaar (MI-04) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen and expand the direct services of certified nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) by placing national service members from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) at CDFIs. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). "The Economic Mobility Corps Act… Continue Reading

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