Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Rep. Kilmer Votes to Pass the Raise the Wage Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. Rep. Kilmer serves as an original co-sponsor of the bill, which according to independent economic analysis, will increase pay for up to 33 million American workers. "I work every day to create more economic opportunity and make life better for the folks I represent," said Rep. Kilmer. "I'm proud to support raising the f… Continue Reading


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, 2001, 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

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