Press Releases

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


07.22.20

House Passes Kilmer Priorities to Support National Parks and Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation that advances Rep. Kilmer's long-standing priority of permanently and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and providing funding to address priority repair needs in America's national parks. "Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I learned how important protecting and supporting our parks and our public lands is to driving tourism, growing jobs, and su… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Key Committee Approves Kilmer-led Initiatives to Support Timber Communities

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on Appropriations voted to approve a measure led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support timber communities and the effort to grow rural jobs. Kilmer's proposal highlights the value of collaborative forest management and directs the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to prioritize resources to expedite project development and approval of forest treatments developed by collaboratives. In 2015, Rep. Kilmer helped launch the Olympic Forest Collaborative - … Continue Reading


07.16.20

Key Committee Advances Kilmer-led Priorities to Combat Climate Change, Invest in Resiliency

Washington, D.C. - This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved several initiatives led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to increase federal investments in climate resilience and help communities that are dealing with persistent flooding. The Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills provide funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support communities across the region that are working to manage flood risks and threats from coastal hazards. The $9 million invested in this program rep… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Kilmer Secures Critical Support for Shipyard Workers, Defense Communities

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal year 2021 funding bill for the Department of Defense, which included a $20 million investment championed by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to fund the Navy Facility Sustainment, Modernization, and Restoration Program, which will invest in critical infrastructure upgrades at the nation's four public shipyards - including Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton - to improve resiliency to fires, earthquakes, … Continue Reading


07.15.20

Kilmer Honored for Protecting Seniors’ Health Coverage

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was honored as a "Medicare Advantage Champion" by the Better Medicare Alliance, a leading national advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage. The "Medicare Advantage Champion" award recognizes lawmakers who have worked to strengthen and protect Medicare Advantage, the public-private partnership in Medicare relied on today by more than 24 million seniors and Americans with disabilities. There are over 35,000 Medicare Advantag… Continue Reading


07.14.20

Kilmer Secures Investments in Rural Broadband

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on Appropriations voted to invest over $1 billion in the expansion of broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and health care services, an increase of $435 million over the previous year. The increase in investment, which Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) fought to secure as a member of the Appropriations Committee, includes $990 million for the ReConnect program, which aims to increase access to broadband c… Continue Reading


07.13.20

Kilmer Secures Provision to Prevent Cuts to Olympic Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) secured a provision in the fiscal year 2021 health appropriations bill that directs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to comply with a federal court ruling and reverse payment cuts that would hurt rural health care providers, like Olympic Medical Center (OMC) in Port Angeles. The policy, known as "site neutral reimbursement," would have the effect of cutting Medicare reimbursements by up to 60% for multi-camp… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Kilmer Secures Critical Funding for Puget Sound Restoration

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Appropriations voted to approve a $5 million increase in the Puget Sound Geographic Program, which provides critical grant support to state, local, and tribal governments to implement projects to improve water quality, protect shorelines, and enhance fish passage and salmon habitat. The increase, which Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) fought to secure as a member of the Appropriations Committee, brings total funding for the program to $38 milli… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Kilmer Votes to Pass Comprehensive Infrastructure and Jobs Package

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which will invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. "America can't compete in a 21st century economy with 19th and 20th century infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act is an important step to begin modernizing our roads, bridges and water systems, investing in schools, and bridging the digital divide," said Rep. Kilm… Continue Reading


06.30.20

5 Kilmer Bills to Combat Climate Change Included in New Climate Crisis Recommendations

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive plan to put the country on the path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, recommending five bills introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) as part of its congressional climate action framework. "There is no debate that climate crisis is real and it's past time for bold action. Already, our communities are experiencing the devastating impacts of our changing climate, which is why this rep… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Kilmer Votes to Lower Health Care Costs & Prescription Drug Prices

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act which aims to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable. The legislation also expands access to health care, strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reduces racial and ethnic health coverage disparities. "For too long, too many Americans have struggled to get adequate, affordable health care," said Rep. Kilmer. … Continue Reading


06.26.20

Kilmer Helps Introduce Defense Communities Coronavirus Relief Act

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined Reps. Denny Heck (WA-10), Jason Crow (CO-06), and Andy Kim (NJ-03), in introducing the Defense Communities Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, H.R. 7290, in the House of Representatives. The bill will provide targeted aid to defense communities and cities across America that proudly host U.S. military installations like Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Kitsap, and Naval Magazine Indian Island. "As we look to revital… Continue Reading

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