Press Releases

September 23, 2022

Kilmer Votes to Build Safer Communities, Support Local Law Enforcement

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) voted to support a package of four bills that aim to keep communities safe by funding law enforcement and supporting local police. The bills provide law enforcement agencies with new tools to prevent crime and keep Washingtonians safe, while also bolstering training and accountability. "Today represents progress in the effort to make our communities safer. Every day we see public safety threats that reinforce the need for … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Kilmer Earns National Award for Work to Promote Civility

Washington, DC - On September 13, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was recognized with an inaugural "2022 Stubblefield Institute Civility Award" by the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications (Stubblefield Institute). According to the Stubblefield Institute, the award is presented to elected leaders and members of the media for consistent displays of fairness and civility and aims to call attention to those who have consistently set a positive example … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Kilmer Receives National Recognition for Efforts to Protect & Strengthen Democracy

Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) has been recognized with a perfect score on Common Cause's 2022 Democracy Scorecard - a nonpartisan accounting of actions of all Members of Congress on a range of democracy-related legislation, including campaign finance reform, the protection and expansion of voting rights, and putting an end to partisan gerrymandering. "There's too much money, too many special interests, and too little accountability in our government. Americans … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

Kilmer Pushes for Federal Funding to Fight Invasive Species

Washington, DC - In August, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to undertake a review of the efforts of the federal government to combat invasive species in the U.S., including the European Green Crab in Washington state. In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the lawmakers noted that the exponential growth of invasive pests, plants, animals, and pathogens in recent years poses a massive threat … Continue Reading


August 30, 2022

Kilmer Pushes Federal Government to Improve Services, Eliminate “Time Tax”

Tacoma, WA - This month, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to undertake a review or series of reviews of the efforts of the federal government to improve constituent facing agency operations. In a letter to the Comptroller General of the United States and head of GAO, the lawmakers noted that too many Americans - and particularly vulnerable citizens - are spending valuable time, energy, and … Continue Reading


August 21, 2022

Office of Rep. Kilmer to Hold Mobile Office Hours

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer announced that his office will hold mobile office hours across Washington's sixth congressional district to help constituents learn more about the services offered by his office to help constituents interact with Federal agencies. "When folks have an issue with a federal agency, my dedicated and experienced casework team is here to help," said Rep. Kilmer. "From ensuring federal agencies respond promptly to constituent requests, to holding … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Kilmer Votes to Lower Costs for Washingtonians, Combat the Climate Crisis

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, comprehensive legislation that aims to lower health care costs, reduce prescription drugs costs, lower energy costs for consumers, and combat the climate crisis. The legislation is fully paid for and aims to reduce the deficit by strengthening tax enforcement, closing tax loopholes, and implementing a 15 percent corporate minimum tax - which applies only to the 150 corporations … Continue Reading


August 11, 2022

Energy Secretary Joins Kilmer at PNNL in Sequim

Sequim, WA - On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Department of Energy Undersecretary for Science & Innovation Geri Richmond joined U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) for a visit to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-Sequim (PNNL-Sequim). The PNNL-Sequim campus, which houses the only marine research facilities in the Department of Energy (DOE) complex, conducts marine-based research that is focused on helping the nation achieve sustainable … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Attain Homeownership

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), and Marc Veasey (TX-33) announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to help ensure veterans have the tools and resources they need to access home loans and attain homeownership. Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans aim to provide benefits to servicemembers, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses - including lower down payments, interest rates, and closing costs, than traditional … Continue Reading


August 09, 2022

Kilmer’s Bipartisan Legislation to Spur Economic Growth & Create Jobs Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - Today, President Joe Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, legislation aimed at investing in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, strengthening American research and development, creating jobs, and lowering costs for families. The legislation, which passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, included a pilot program of the Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act) - bipartisan … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Kilmer’s Bipartisan Legislation to Spur Economic Growth & Create Jobs Passes House, Heads to President Biden’s Desk to Be Signed into Law

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, legislation aimed at investing in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, strengthening American research and development, creating jobs, and lowering costs for families. The legislation, which passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, included a pilot program of the Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act) - bipartisan … Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

Kilmer, Olympic Medical Center, Celebrate New Federal Action to Prevent Cuts to Rural Health Care Providers

New Rule by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Expected to Save Olympic Medical Center Tens of Millions Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule that will help essential safety-net hospitals, including Olympic Medical Center (OMC), continue to provide affordable care in rural communities. The proposed CMS rule, announced on July 15, would reverse a policy known as "site … Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

House Passes New Federal Funding to Improve Electrical Infrastructure, Create Economic Growth in Mason County

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills, which included new federal funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support the Belfair Electrical Capacity Infrastructure Project - which aims to provide electrical capacity to enable economic development in Mason County and assist Belfair's ability to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. "As … Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

House Passes New Federal Funding to Expand Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Tacoma

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills, which included new funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to enable the City of Tacoma to begin the permitting and design work necessary to expand the Tacoma Rescue Mission. The expansion will increase permanent shelter capacity, inclement weather shelter capacity, addiction recovery services, and day-use space to … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

House Passes New Federal Funding to Support Jefferson County Infrastructure Projects

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support two infrastructure projects in Jefferson County. H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills that passed the House, included $2.5 million to help assist the City of Port Townsend with installing a new sewer pump station that services the Evans Vista neighborhood, which will support the community-based development of … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

House Passes New Federal Funding to Help Revitalize Downtown Port Orchard

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support the reconstruction of the SR 166 / Bay Street Corridor in downtown Port Orchard. H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills that passed the House, including funding to help advance the design phase of the project, which will reconstruct a segment of the City's main street in downtown Port Orchard at a raised … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

House Advances New Federal Funding to Expand Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to assist with the expansion of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) in Tacoma. The expansion of the APCC aims to ensure they can meet the rising demand for their programs, including cultural, business, community outreach and youth programs to the Asian Pacific Islanders community and broader population in the South Sound. "For over 20 years, the … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

House Passes New Federal Funding to Help Expand & Modernize Port of Grays Harbor, Support Local Fishermen

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support the Port of Grays Harbor's Westport Marina modernization project. H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills, including funding to support the Phase 1 improvements - including final design, permitting, and bid ready status - for the modernization and reconfiguration of the Marina's floating docks so it can … Continue Reading


July 15, 2022

Kilmer Votes to Defend Right to Reproductive Freedom

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support, and the House passed, the Women's Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act - two bills aimed at protecting reproductive freedom and ensuring comprehensive access to health care. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed nearly 50 years of precedent established in Roe v. Wade to protect the right to an abortion. In the immediate aftermath of the Dobbs decision, at least … Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

House Passes Kilmer’s Legislation to Improve Federal Government Efficiency and Save Taxpayers Money

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) aimed at driving better implementation of recommendations from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to help improve government efficiency and save taxpayers more money. "This bill is about making government work better and saving taxpayers' money. The Government Accountability Office works tirelessly to identify areas to improve … Continue Reading

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