Press Releases


Rep. Kilmer Statement on President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the President declared a national emergency in order to secure funding to build a wall at the southern border: "I strongly oppose President Trump's plans to declare a national emergency and will work with our leaders in both parties to rein in the President's abuse of authority," said Rep. Kilmer. "Declaring a national emergency is a violation of the spirit of the law and is contrary to our system of c… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck proposal to establish first National Heritage Area in the Pacific Northwest passes Senate in comprehensive public lands package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, the Senate voted 92-8 in favor of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a sweeping public lands package that included a bill led by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) to establish a National Maritime Heritage Area in Washington state. The Kilmer-Heck Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 975), which was championed in the Senate by Senators Cantwell (D-WA) and Murray (D-WA), would designate a majority of Western Washington… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix America’s Election Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act to reform the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and enable it to more effectively carry out its mission to oversee and enforce campaign finance laws. Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Julia Brownley (D-CA) are also original co-sponsors of the bill. The… Continue Reading


Kilmer and Simpson Introduce LAND Act to Enhance Federal Investment in Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) introduced the Land and National Park Deferred Maintenance (LAND) Act. The legislation would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), create a new dedicated fund to address the Department of the Interior's deferred maintenance backlog, and provide ten years of mandatory funding derived from energy revenues for both programs. "Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I've seen firsth… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Bipartisan Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Boost Access to Quality Health Care in Rural Areas

TACOMA, Wash.- Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) reintroduced bipartisan legislation this week that would boost Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for patients and health care providers in rural areas. Joining him on the bill are a bipartisan group of cosponsors including: Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Grace Meng (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2019 would create new options within the Medicare Shared Savings… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Thompson, Klobuchar and Sasse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Workers Save for Critical Skills Training they Need to Compete in the 21st Century Economy

WASHINGTON- Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help equip American workers with the skills and training they need to compete in today's economy. The Skills Investment Act of 2019 would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts-tax advantaged savings accounts for educational expenses-so American workers could use the accounts to pay for skills training, apprenticeships, and professional development. U.S. Senators Amy… Continue Reading


Chairman Kilmer Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Appointments to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Washington, D.C.-Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed the following Members of Congress to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which is chaired by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA). The Members are: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of Washington Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania Following the announcement, Rep. Kilmer said: "It's clear no… Continue Reading


Kilmer Announces Rescheduled Town Halls

Tacoma, Wash.-Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced today that he will reschedule the town halls meetings he was forced to cancel last week because of the federal government shutdown. "One of the most important things I can do as an elected representative is listen to my bosses-the people of our region." Kilmer said. "I am looking forward to hearing from the folks I represent and sharing my ideas for ways Congress can prevent future government shutdowns and focus on the issues that matte… Continue Reading


UPDATE: Kilmer Called Back to DC, Hosting FacebookLive Town Hall Next Week and Rescheduling In-Person Town Halls

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) is forced to reschedule several town hall meetings he had announced earlier this week due to a change in the House voting schedule. The House will remain in session next week as members continue pushing for an end to the federal government shutdown. "I always enjoy engaging in-person with the folks I represent at town hall meetings," Kilmer said. "We will get these rescheduled as soon as possible. For now, I'm putting all my energy into endin… Continue Reading


Kilmer Named to Coveted Spot on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Will Also Represent Region on Interior & Environment, Energy & Water Subcommittees

Washington, DC.-Representative Derek Kilmer announced today that he will take a coveted spot on the House Committee on Appropriation's Defense Subcommittee. He will also join the subcommittee for Energy & Water and retain his seat on the Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. "These Appropriations subcommittee assignments will help me protect and create jobs in every corner of our region where tens of thousands of people work in public service-from the folks preppi… Continue Reading


Kilmer: Pay the Coast Guard and End the Government Shutdown

Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called for an end to the government shutdown and for Congress to immediately provide pay to members of the Coast Guard. "The men and women putting their lives on the line for our country shouldn't pay the price for the failure of leadership in Washington, DC. Our entire country counts on the Coast Guard to protect our maritime borders and keep us safe. In Washington state, folks who go out boating or fishing for work or for recreation do so with the … Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) led a group of 22 lawmakers in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. The new legislation would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "While the President and Senate Republicans struggle to get their act together, real people are suffering," said Senator Schatz. "Right now, thousands of federal wo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Speech on Federal Government Shutdown

Tonight, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) delivered a speech from the House floor on the effects of the federal government shutdown. Audio and video of the remarks are available here. Kilmer's remarks were as follows: Thank you Madam Speaker, Yesterday, I met with a group of federal workers in Tacoma to discuss the impacts of this government shutdown. One of the folks there was a prison guard. She told me that without her paycheck she is worried because she doesn't know if she can pa… Continue Reading


Kilmer Campaign Finance Reform Bills Among First Order of Business in 116th Congress

Honest Ads Act will create disclosure rules for online political ads so public knows who purchased them Kilmer legislation to fix FEC, the government's election watchdog, included in sweeping reform package WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 1, a sweeping reform bill that seeks to restore 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 ensuring public officials wo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Named Chair of Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Chairman of the new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. After the announcement, Kilmer made the following statement: "It has been clear for a long time that the House is a fixer-upper. Every time bills are written behind closed doors or passed without debate, every time Americans feel like they don't have a say and too little is getting done, people lose faith. Congress needs to … Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on House Funding Bills

Washington, DC - Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after the House passed legislation that could end the government shutdown and reopen the government: "It is time for an end to this government shutdown. Shutting down the government is bad for taxpayers, for the economy and for federal workers. "Federal workers aren't Democrats or Republicans when they're at work. Federal employees should not be treated as pawns in political negotiations. Federal employees sho… Continue Reading


Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Place Friendly Bet on Rose Bowl Game

Washington, DC - Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) today made a friendly wager on the 2019 Rose Bowl Game: The Ohio State University Buckeyes vs The University of Washington Huskies. If the Huskies win, Ryan agreed to give Kilmer Buckeyes from Gorant Chocolatier and gourmet popcorn from Metropolis Popcorn; and, if The Ohio State University wins the game, Kilmer agreed to give Ryan candy apples from Amy's Decadent Chocolate, Almond Roca, and smoked salmon. "The forecast in… Continue Reading


Reps. Rice, Gallagher & Kilmer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Accountability and Transparency of Political Spending

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), three of the co-chairs of the Congressional Reformers Caucus, announced the introduction of a bipartisan bill to increase disclosure and accountability of political spending. The Political Accountability and Transparency Act, H.R. 7267, would strengthen coordination rules between super PACs and individual campaigns to ensure that super PACs truly operate independently from candidates, require… Continue Reading


Kilmer, DelBene Bill to Improve Timber Innovation Passes House, Expected to Become Law

Washington, D.C. -Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) applauded the passage of important measures in the Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 1380) as part of the 2019 Farm Bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday evening. Kilmer and DelBene introduced the bipartisan, bicameral legislation which would find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material. The Farm Bill is expected to be signed into law by the president. Following the economic crisis of 2008… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - Today, following a new report that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not reimburse veterans who were paid less than they were owed due to technical errors, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), top Democrat on the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) Vice Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, are demanding that the VA pay back the estimated 360,000 veterans impacted b… Continue Reading

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