Press Releases

05.10.22

Kilmer Announces New $7 Million Investment by U.S. Department of Commerce to Make Critical Improvements to Maritime Infrastructure in Port Townsend

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo in announcing that the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $7 million grant to the Port of Port Townsend, Washington, to fund the replacement of the Point Hudson Breakwaters. This project will restore storm-damaged maritime infrastructure needed to develop the economic resilience of the region to the potential impacts of future disaster. T… Continue Reading


05.10.22

Kilmer Announces New $7 Million Investment by U.S. Department of Commerce to Make Critical Improvements to Maritime Infrastructure in Port Townsend

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo in announcing that the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $7 million grant to the Port of Port Townsend, Washington, to fund the replacement of the Point Hudson Breakwaters. This project will restore storm-damaged maritime infrastructure needed to develop the economic resilience of the region to the potential impacts of future disaster. T… Continue Reading


05.02.22

Updates on Supporting Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs, Recovering & Restoring Puget Sound, and This Week's Town Hall

Hello Folks - As many of the readers of this newsletter know, it's important for me to hear from as many constituents as possible across our region in this job. I was thrilled that so many folks were able to tune-in to my telephone town hall on April 20 to learn more about my ongoing work to create jobs and cut costs for working families, and new federal investments I've secured to help communities across our region grow jobs and expand affordable housing. If you missed it, you can listen to th… Continue Reading


04.29.22

Kilmer Pushes to Extend Federal Purchasing of West Coast Seafood

Washington, DC - On Thursday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined West Coast lawmakers in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the Department to continue purchasing seafood from the West Coast. Rep. Kilmer joined U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Sch… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Rep. Kilmer Announces New $7.3 Million Investment by U.S. Department of Commerce to Create Jobs, Spur Maritime Sector Employment Growth at New Industrial Park in Port Angeles

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo in announcing that the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $7.3 million grant to the Port of Port Angeles, Washington, to support construction of a new industrial park. Rep. Kilmer has been advocating for the federal funding since 2020. This project aims to spur the creation of good-paying jobs in the maritime services sector by developing… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall

Tacoma, WA - On Wednesday, April 20, at 6:00pm PT, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall. "It's important for me to hear from as many constituents as possible across our region," said Rep. Kilmer. "I hope folks will be able to join the town hall to learn more about my ongoing work to create jobs and cut costs for working families, new federal investments I've secured to help communities across our region, and to get your questions answered." Press are welcome… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Kilmer Earns Statewide Recognition for Commitment to Help Students Succeed

Washington, DC - On Monday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the 2022 Stanley O. McNaughton Leadership Award from the Board of Directors of the Independent Colleges of Washington for his work to expand financial aid for students and help prepare the next generation of students to succeed in the 21st century economy. The Independent Colleges of Washington represents the 10 not-for-profit, liberal arts-based colleges and universities in Washington state. "Representative Kilmer is… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Kilmer Votes to Support Washington’s Restaurants and Small Businesses

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act - which aims to deliver $55 billion to replenish funding for local Washington restaurants and establish a new program aimed at supporting other small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Local restaurants and small businesses contribute to the vitality of our communities - but they've been hit hard during this pandemic. That's why Congr… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Kilmer, Timmons Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Federal Government Efficiency, Save Taxpayers Money

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and William Timmons (SC-04) introduced the Improving Government for America's Taxpayers Act ­- bipartisan legislation 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. The legislation is co-sponsored by House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, House Oversight Committee Ranking Membe… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Biden Requests Federal Funding for Kilmer’s Bipartisan Plan to Spur Economic Growth & Create Jobs

Washington, DC - Today, President Joe Biden requested federal funding in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget for a pilot program of the Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act) - bipartisan legislation that was introduced last year by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06). The president's budget request is the first step in process of funding the federal government for the next fiscal year. The RECOMPETE Act, which Rep. Kilmer introduced… Continue Reading


03.25.22

Kilmer Announces New Investments to Support Servicemembers, Military Families, and Federal Civilian Workforce

Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced new investments for Washington's servicemembers, military families, and federal civilian workforce through the federal spending bill that was signed into law by President Biden last week. "If you serve this country, Congress should have your back and invest in you and your family. I'm proud that this bill includes a number of measures to support our troops and their families," said Rep. Kilmer. "In our region, we also have talented civil… Continue Reading


03.25.22

Kilmer, Wittman Launch Bipartisan Public Shipyard Caucus

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Rob Wittman (VA-01) announced the creation of the bipartisan Public Shipyard Caucus - whose original membership includes Reps. Ed Case (HI-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Kaiali?i Kahele (HI-02), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Bobby Scott (VA-03). The Caucus was founded to support the nation's four public shipyards - Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, Pu… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Kilmer, Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Close the Digital Equity Gap, Expand Access to IT Jobs

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the IT Service Corps Act, bipartisan legislation to support local digital equity initiatives while ensuring more people can gain experience to access jobs in the information technology (IT) sector. The IT Service Corps Act will establish IT Service Corps Volunteers focused on digital equity projects within AmeriCorps' existing volunteer programming opportunities-ensuring that folks can have… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Kilmer’s Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Address Ongoing Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-14), was signed into law as part of the twelve-bill spending package to fund the federal government. The legislation, which passed the House in October 2021, helps provide flexibility for community programs focused on the prevention of drug abuse and misuse. Specifically, the legislation helps Drug-Free Commu… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Biden Signs Kilmer-Supported Legislation into Law to Fund Local Priorities and Support the Ukrainian People

Washington, DC - Today, President Joe Biden signed into law a twelve-bill spending package to fund the federal government. U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the legislation last week, which passed the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. The legislation also included the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $13.6 billion in emergency funding to support the Ukrainian people and defend global democracy in the wake of Russia's unprovoked… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Kilmer Votes for Legislation to Fund Local Priorities and Support the Ukrainian People

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support a twelve-bill spending package to fund the federal government. Rep. Kilmer also voted to support the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $13.6 billion in emergency funding to support the Ukrainian people and defend global democracy in the wake of Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine. "On Wednesday, I voted to keep the government open and to fund critical priorities for our region that w… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Kilmer Secures Federal Funding for Three Tribal Relocation Efforts in Western Washington

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed critical funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support tribal relocation efforts in Western Washington. The twelve-bill government funding package, which passed the House with bipartisan support, included $1,650,000 in federal funding for the Hoh Tribe's relocation development project, $1,479,355 in federal funding for the Quileute Tribe's Move to Higher Ground water system improveme… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Kilmer Secures New Federal Funding to Support Affordable Housing & Jobs on Tacoma’s Hilltop

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new federal funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support two projects that aim to provide more affordable housing and job opportunities in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. The investments aim to revitalize a historic Tacoma neighborhood and to help ensure the residential and business spaces will be attainable to community residents and BIPOC-owned businesses. The House passed $3 millio… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Kilmer Secures New Federal Funding for Port Angeles Food Bank’s Nourish to Flourish Expansion

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed critical funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support the Port Angeles Food Bank's Nourish to Flourish expansion. The twelve-bill government funding package, which passed the House with bipartisan support, included $900,000 in federal funding for the expansion project, which is intended to allow the Port Angeles Food Bank to finalize the purchase of the building in which they currently ope… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Kilmer Secures New Federal Funding to Help Revitalize Downtown Bremerton

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new federal funding that has been championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to support the City of Bremerton's Quincy Square Project - which aims to revitalize a downtown street into an active, housing-based, day-to-night urban center with focused arts, entertainment, and evening-centric retail spaces. The twelve-bill government funding package, which passed the House with bipartisan support, included $2.5 million in … Continue Reading

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