Press Releases

04.15.21

Kilmer Votes for Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted in support of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, help eliminate the gender wage gap, and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination. Rep. Kilmer has co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act in every Congress since he was elected. "In this country, people deserve equal pay for equal work," said Rep. Kilmer. "Today's passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is a… Continue Reading


04.09.21

Kilmer Helps Secure Over $12.5M for Rural Schools

Port Angeles, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer announced that he helped secure over $12.5 million to support Washington's public schools, roads, and other municipal services through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. "For more than 100 years, the federal government has recognized the financial stresses facing rural communities - particularly areas with federal forests. That's why I've continued to push for full funding of the Secure Rural School… Continue Reading


04.07.21

Kilmer: Washingtonians Can Track Their $1,400 with “Get My Payment” Tool on IRS.gov

Washingtonians on Social Security to Receive Payments Beginning this Week Tacoma, WA - With 80 percent of Washington adults set to receive Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 per person through the American Rescue Plan and money beginning to be directly deposited into bank accounts, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) is highlighting a new "Get My Payment" tool from IRS.gov where Washingtonians can check the status of their payments. "I want to make sure Washingtonians access these p… Continue Reading


04.02.21

Kilmer Applauds Interior’s $1.6 Billion Investment to Improve Infrastructure on Public Lands and Tribal Schools

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer applauded the Department of the Interior's (DOI) announcement that it will invest $1.6 billion in 2021 to address critical deferred maintenance projects and improve transportation and recreation infrastructure in national parks, national wildlife refuges and recreation areas, and at Bureau of Indian Education schools. The funding was made possible by the newly created National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established in 2020 b… Continue Reading


04.02.21

Kilmer, Strickland Accelerate Small Business Relief for Live Venues

Tacoma, WA - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will open applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program to provide financial relief to live performance and art venues on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act, and includes over $16 billion… Continue Reading


04.01.21

Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Call for $10B Investment in Coastal Restoration Jobs

Tacoma, WA - On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Bill Posey (FL-08), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus, and 35 House Members in calling on the Biden Administration to provide $10 billion in the next recovery package for coastal restoration and resilience projects. "Many of our coastal communities are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic," the Members of Congress wrote. "As your Administration crafts a reco… Continue Reading


03.30.21

Kilmer Announces Over $15 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Regional Community Health Centers to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that three Northwest Washington Community Health Centers will receive a total of over $15 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. The resources are part of the American Rescue Plan's investments to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities. Northwest Washington-based federal community health centers receiving funds include: Community Health Care in Ta… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced new bipartisan legislation to award Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal. Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew chiefs, and medics - performed aeromedical evacuation of over 900,000 U.S., Vietnamese, and allied forces from May 1962 to March 1973. "Years after the end of the Vietnam War, too many of our Vietnam veterans have not b… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Kilmer Helps North Olympic Healthcare Network Secure New Federal Investment

Port Angeles, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) had secured an over $4 million federal investment through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The new rural development investment, which Kilmer advocated for in a letter to former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, is intended to help NOHN purchase the building it currently leases to provide commu… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Kilmer Cheers New Department of Energy Grant for PNNL

Sequim, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) cheered the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that new funding will be provided to the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) to support the operation and demonstration of marine energy technologies and for applications across the blue economy. PNNL was selected for multiple projects, with the largest project being a $3.75M investment in a new electric research vessel to support marine energy field work at the PNNL's M… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Address Chronic Federal Funding Shortfalls to Native Americans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a bipartisan letter signed by over 20 lawmakers to President Joe Biden to urge his Administration to address the chronic federal shortfalls in funding identified by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) in its 2018 report, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans ("Broken Promises Report"). "The Broken Promises Report highlights the Federal Government's pervasive, continuous, and … Continue Reading


03.16.21

Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall with Washington Health Secretary

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Washington State Secretary of Health, to Join Kilmer to Discuss Washington's COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Tacoma, WA - On Tuesday, March 23 at 5:10pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall to provide an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kilmer will discuss the American Rescue Plan, an emergency legislative package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden, which aims to fund vaccinations,… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Kilmer Leads Lawmakers in Urging Biden Administration to Support Critical Shipyard Modernization Funding

Washington, DC - Last week, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a coalition of lawmakers in urging the Biden Administration to prioritize funding in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget for the Navy's Shipyard Optimization and Improvement Plan (SIOP) in order to strengthen, maintain, and modernize America's fleet. "Over the course of many years, lack of adequate funding and the Navy's focus on prioritizing operations has resulted in aging and substandard facilities, utilities, dry docks, equipm… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Kilmer, Larsen Urge Biden Administration to Support Growler Noise Mitigation Efforts

Washington, DC - On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) sent a letter to President Joe Biden to encourage his Administration to support noise mitigation efforts for the Navy's EA-18G Growler, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request. This critical funding would provide technology to quiet the engines and support the installation of sound suppression measures in homes and businesses in impacted communiti… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Kilmer, Strickland, Cartwright Urge Biden Administration to Invest in Infrastructure for Defense Communities

Washington, DC - On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Matt Cartwright (PA-08), sent a letter to President Joe Biden to encourage his Administration to support increased funding in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The program is designed to address deficiencies in community infrastructure that supports a military installation, to enhance the military family quality of life, resilience, or m… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Kilmer Campaign Finance & Election Reform Bills Pass House

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted in favor of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping reform bill aimed at strengthening the voice of the American people in their democracy by making it easier to vote, ending the dominance of big money in the political process, and updating ethics rules to ensure public officials work for the public interest. This comprehensive reform package, which passed the House 220-210, included two bipartisan bills led by Rep. Kilmer, The… Continue Reading


02.27.21

Kilmer Votes to Provide Relief to Washingtonians

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the American Rescue Plan - an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate and direct relief to families bearing the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, and support affected communities. "Over the last year, I've spoken with folks across our region who have lost their jobs, lost their small businesses, and lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've heard a lot of pain. People in our reg… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Kilmer’s Wild Olympics Bill to Protect the Environment and Grow Jobs Passes House

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 999). The bill, which was introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and passed the House with bipartisan support as part of a package of bills called the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act, would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of public land as Wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers. U.S. … Continue Reading


02.26.21

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Workers Access Skills Training

Washington, DC - On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) reintroduced two bills to help workers access skills training. The Skills Investment Act would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)-tax advantaged savings accounts for educational expenses-so American workers can use the accounts to pay for skills training, apprenticeships, and professional development. The Skills Renewal Act would create a flexible skills training credit up to $… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Kilmer Votes for the Equality Act

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 5, the Equality Act. This legislation, which received the support of 224 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 civil r… Continue Reading

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