Press Releases

January 25, 2023

ICYMI: Representatives Kilmer and Strickland Celebrate new Puget Sound Recovery Law in Tacoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, January 23, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Co-Chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, celebrated their new law, the PUGET SOS Act, which passed the House and Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2023.   The new law, signed by President Biden on December 23, aims to enhance the federal government’s role and investment in Puget Sound, the nation’s largest estuary by volume … Continue Reading


January 09, 2023

Biden Signs Kilmer-Led Legislation to Plan for Washington’s Aging Veteran Population

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that President Biden signed into law his legislation, the Planning for Aging Veterans Act, as part of a government funding package passed by the House and Senate in December. The new law aims to pave the way for future investments in long-term care, improve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) relationship with State veterans’ homes, and expand the care veterans residing in state-run … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures $5.2 Million in New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Mason County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Mason County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $3 million to PUD 3 for the Belfair Electrical Capacity Infrastructure Project $2.2 million to the Skokomish Tribe for the T3ba'das Infrastructure Project   The PUD investment will support … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures More Than $5.6 Million in New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Pierce County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Pierce County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $1.5 million for the Asia Pacific Cultural Center Building Project $4 million for the Tacoma Rescue Mission Men's Shelter Expansion $151,000 for the YWCA Pierce County for behavioral health and … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures More Than $9.7 Million in New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Clallam County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Clallam County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $1,911,875 for the Lower Elwha Tribal Community for facilities and equipment $4.853 million for the Makah Indian Tribe for facilities and equipment $2,965,800 for the Clallam County and City of Port … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures $5.5 Million in New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Jefferson County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Jefferson County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $2.5 million for the City of Port Townsend for its Sewer Pump Station Project $3 million for Jefferson County for its Port Hadlock Sewer Project   The funds for the City of Port Townsend will … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Grays Harbor County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Grays Harbor County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $4.943 million for the Aberdeen-Hoquiam Flood Protection Project $1,080,764 for the Early Childhood and Family Support in Grays Harbor County Project $750,000 for the Westport Marina Modernization … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Secures More Than $2.6 Million in New Federal Funding for Community Projects in Kitsap County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation that includes new federal funding for local priorities in Kitsap County. Specifically, the government funding package includes:   $1,619,500 for the Suquamish Shores Enetai Project $1 million for the State Route 166/Bay Street Reconstruction in Port Orchard   The funding for the Suquamish Tribe will help create new … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Kilmer Votes to Fund Local Priorities, Lower Costs for Working Washingtonians, and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, government funding legislation consisting of all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2023. The government funding package includes funding for local priorities, aims to lower costs for working Washingtonians, create better-paying jobs, and keep our nation and communities safe. "Today, I voted to fund critical priorities for our region that will create jobs, invest in … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Kilmer-Led Modernization Committee Releases Final Report on Recommendations to Strengthen the People’s House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) released its Final Report, which details the sum of the Committee’s findings and recommendations in the 117th Congress. The Modernization Committee, which was formed at the beginning of the 116th Congress and later extended through the 117th, was tasked with researching a broad range of issues, identifying challenges and opportunities for reform, and offering … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Landmark Puget Sound Recovery Legislation Led by Kilmer and Strickland Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Co-Chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, announced that their legislation, the PUGET SOS Act, passed the House and Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2023. The bill, which President Biden is expected to sign into law this week, aims to enhance the federal government’s role and investment in Puget Sound, the nation’s largest estuary by volume and … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Olympic Peninsula Receives $18.7 Million to Remove Fish Barriers, Restore Salmon Habitat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the agency will award $18,699,257 to Tribes, communities, and local governments across the Olympic Peninsula for removal of fish passage barriers like small dams and culverts, to open up salmon migration routes, and allow more salmon to return to their spawning grounds. In total, NOAA will fund 10 projects across Washington state totaling $39.8 million. Together, these projects will help … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Representatives Kilmer and Gallagher Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation with Senators Klobuchar and Graham to Bring Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) reintroduced the Honest Ads Act to prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements. The bill would ensure online political advertisements are better monitored by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and would enable the FEC to enact rules for online advertisement like those in place for television, radio, and satellite ads, with … Continue Reading


December 12, 2022

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

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the House of Representatives passed his bipartisan Improving Government for America’s Taxpayers Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The legislation aims to drive better implementation of recommendations from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to help improve government efficiency and save taxpayers more money. The bill now heads to the … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Kilmer Votes to Support Service Members, Military Families, and the Federal Civilian Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (NDAA). The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.   “If you serve this country, Congress should have your back and invest in you and your family,” said Rep. Kilmer. “I’m proud that this year’s defense authorization bill … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Kilmer Celebrates Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) supported the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, enshrine marriage equality into federal law, and provide additional protections at the state level.   “The federal government has a responsibility to protect people’s freedoms – that includes protecting marriages under federal law,” said Rep. Kilmer. “Earlier … Continue Reading


December 06, 2022

Representative Kilmer, Senator Warren Unveil Historic Legislation to Address Chronic Underfunding and Barriers to Sovereignty in Indian Country

Lawmakers invite ongoing input from Tribal Nations and citizens, and other experts and stakeholders in continued development of legislation that will honor America's promises to Native peoples Bill Text (PDF) | Summary (PDF) Report by USCCR: Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans (PDF) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today unveiled the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act, … Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Kilmer Applauds New Funding to Help Coastal Tribes Move to Higher Ground

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) applauded the U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement that it will award $25 million to support the Quinault Indian Nation's relocation efforts. With these funds, the Quinault Indian Nation plans to relocate critical community facilities in the village of Taholah to higher ground. The Taholah Village Relocation project will reduce recurring flood damage to critical tribal infrastructure, including community facilities … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Encourage Evidence-Based Policymaking

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced H.Con.Res.116, a bipartisan resolution to establish a Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking. The Commission would convene experts to review, analyze, and make recommendations to Congress in an effort to better incorporate federal data and evidence-based policymaking throughout the legislative process. The resolution, co-led by Reps. William Timmons (R-SC-04), David Joyce (R-OH), and Dean Phillips (D-MN), all … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

Office of Rep. Kilmer to Hold Mobile Office Hours

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) 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 … Continue Reading

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