Press Releases


Kilmer Named to Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

TACOMA, Wash.-Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was named to Congress's new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. The bipartisan committee was created to propose long-term changes to Congress's budgeting process and, ultimately, end the dysfunction that has produced government shutdowns and temporary spending plans. "I've long said Congress is a fixer-upper. The budget process is in the most urgent need of repair," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I am committed t… Continue Reading


Kilmer on Russian Indictments: Protect the 2018 Elections, Pass Honest Ads Act Now

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interfering in US elections. According to the indictment, the Russians "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system" and "made various expenditures to carry out those activities including buying political advertisements on social media." Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "The American people deserve to know who is paying for … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Buck Lead Bipartisan Call to President Trump: Fill Vacant Seats on Federal Election Commission Immediately

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on President Donald Trump to fully staff the Federal Election Commission. "It is important to make sure that political candidates play by the rules," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "A functioning Federal Election Commission that enforces those rules will help the American people have a voice again in Washington, DC. The President should appoint a Republican and Dem… Continue Reading


President Trump’s EPA budget for 2019 would eliminate federal role and investments in Puget Sound recovery

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10), cofounders of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, reacted to the proposed budget from the Trump Administration to cut the entire federal investment in Puget Sound cleanup within the Environmental Protection Agency's budget. "President Trump tried to drastically cut Puget Sound's funding last year, and it didn't work," Rep. Heck said. "We've told him and shown him that there is bipartisan support for federal… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday, February 15, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. PT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. "One of Congress's biggest problems is people forget about the impact that the decisions they make have on our community. I work for you, so it is important to me that I hear d… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler, Murray, Cantwell and Local Leaders Applaud Inclusion of Fisheries Disaster Funds in Congress’s Spending Plan

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell joined together to announce the passage of $200 million in supplemental funding to support multiple commercial and tribal fishery disaster declarations in Washington, Alaska and California as part of the government funding plan passed by the Senate and House. "Part of what's wrong with Washington, DC is that too many people forget about the impact of what Congress does on pe… Continue Reading


Kilmer Supports Bipartisan Plan to End Government Shutdown, Calls for Action for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, DC-This morning, following the House's passage of a bipartisan, two-year budget and spending plan Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "No compromise is ever perfect, but I voted for this bipartisan, long-term budget deal because our country has to stop lurching from crisis to crisis," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Part of what's wrong with Washington is that too many people forget about the impact of what Congress does on people in the rest of the country. Th… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Culberson, Senators and Bill Nye Announce New Bipartisan, Bicameral Planetary Science Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and Representative John Culberson (R-TX-7) announced they plan to launch a new bipartisan Planetary Science Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. The Planetary Science caucus will unite members of both parties who are passionate about the scientific exploration of space, and promote efforts to: Raise awareness of the benefits of federal investment in space science, technology, exploration, and STEM education which grow… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement Following the State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. -This evening, following President Donald Trump's first State of the Union, Representative Derek Kilmer made the following statement: "While America has seen some economic progress over the past several years, the recovery hasn't been felt everywhere. In my view, the government needs to get focused on creating more economic opportunity for more people in more places," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Tonight, the president promised a couple of things that I've long supported, such as … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Martinez Teaming Up to Advocate for Investments in Region’s Infrastructure, Workforce at Trump State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer announced he will bring the President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Martinez, to advocate for infrastructure investments and the jobs that come with them at President Donald Trump's first State of the Union. The president will deliver the speech on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. "Investments in infrastructure in our region mean great jobs," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "We're losing ground to other countries, but we can be… Continue Reading


Kilmer Pushes for Long-Term Funding Plan

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) pushed for a long-term, bipartisan government funding plan and opposed the plan to temporarily fund the government for an additional four weeks. This is fourth time Congress has chosen to kick the can in as many months. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "Governing by manufactured crisis, over and over again, isn't governing at all," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "I supported the first temporary spending plan so t… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck, Murray and Cantwell Question Federal Railroad Administration on Positive Train Control Implementation

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Washington Representatives Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck and Washington's Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, led the Democratic members of Washington's Congressional Delegation in asking the Acting Administrator of Federal Railroad Administration, Heath Hall, for a comprehensive update on the current status of Positive Train Control's implementation. They also asked the Acting Administrator for the FRA's plan for completing nationwide implementation by the December … Continue Reading


Kilmer Joins Bipartisan Immigration Reform Plan Which Would Create Path to Citizenship for Dreamers, Could Avert Potential Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined with a group of the country's leading Democrats and Republicans to co-sponsor a comprehensive, bipartisan plan to reform the nation's immigration system and better secure the border, the main sticking points between the parties as they negotiate a plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week. If implemented, The USA Act would provide immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, commonly called DREAMers, a path… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In order to hear from constituents about the issues that matter to them, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. PT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. "As we start the new year, there is a lot of work that Congress needs to get done," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "It is vital to me to remain accessible and accountable, and it al… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Exclusion of Florida in President’s Offshore Drilling Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Florida will be the only state in the nation exempted from President Trump's plan to open nearly all federal waters to oil drilling. The exclusion of Florida, where the President owns a seaside hotel, drew widespread, bipartisan opposition. The Administration cited the impact a major disaster would have on tourism as the reason Florida's costal federal waters should be exempt from deepwater drilling… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Washington Democrats and Top Transportation Democrats Introduce Legislation to Better Fund Positive Train Control Implementation, Prevent Further PTC Extensions

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined the Democratic members of Washington state's Congressional Delegation and leading Democrats on the House's Transportation and Infrastructure to introduce legislation that would provide $2.5 billion in grants for intercity and commuter passenger railroads to implement Positive Train Control. "Positive Train Control saves lives, and the deadline to implement it matters," Representative Derek Kilmer said. "In the coming weeks, I will… Continue Reading


Kilmer Seeking Veteran for Fellowship in Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a fellowship position in his Washington, DC office. The fellow will manage a policy portfolio, work with the military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework, and act as a facilitator between constituents and government agencies at the federal, state and local level. "Veterans bring a unique and valuable perspective to the workplace," Rep. Kilmer said. "Working o… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

TACOMA, Wash. - Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it will open nearly all offshore federal waters to oil drilling. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) voiced his opposition to the plan. "For decades, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that opening our waters up to drilling would be shortsighted and wrong. Doing so could threaten our fisheries, shellfish growers, tourism, and jobs in other key sectors of our economy. Rather than doubling down on fossil fuels and policies that put… Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Reports That Justice Department Will Rescind Cole Memo

TACOMA, Wash. - Today, following news reports that the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to direct the US Department of Justice to rescind the Cole Memorandum, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) issued the following statement: "This action by Attorney General Sessions would silence the voices of the majority of Washington state's voters. No matter how you feel about the legalization of marijuana, this decision by the federal government to meddle in a state issue settled by publ… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Reichert Call on Defense Secretary Mattis to Immediately Implement Inspector General’s Recommendations to Comply with FBI Background Check Reporting Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC - Following the report earlier this month from the Department of Defense's Inspector General showing that the Military Services did not consistently submit convicted offenders' fingerprint cards and final disposition reports to the FBI's Next Generation Identification Database, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued a letter asking Secretary of Defense James Mattis to immediately implement the OIG's recommendations to prevent future reporting lapses. T… Continue Reading

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