Press Releases


Kilmer Co-Sponsors Legislation to Minimize COVID-19 Impact on Student Veterans

Tacoma, WA - On Monday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) co-sponsored the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act Of 2020, introduced yesterday by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN). The legislation aims to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. "If you serve our country, the federal governmen… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday to Discuss COVID-19

Tacoma, WA - On Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall regarding the federal government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to a discussion on the legislation passed by Congress to support workers and families, the telephone town hall will feature experts to help answer constituent questions regarding best practices and ongoing medical efforts to address the COVID-19 public health emergency, including: Dr. P… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck Introduce Bill to Provide Rental Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced H.R. 6314, the Emergency Rental Assistance Act of 2020. This legislation would increase short-term rental assistance for most Americans by significantly expanding the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. H.R. 6314 would provide $100 billion to ESG for short-term rental assistance. This funding would be given out to states in two chunks: $50 billion over the first 60 days, then $50 billion over the fol… Continue Reading


Representative Kilmer Joins Senator Murray, Washington State Lawmakers in Urging President Trump to Issue Major Disaster Declaration to Address Coronavirus

Tacoma, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and the entire Washington state congressional delegation in urging President Trump to issue a major disaster declaration to help address the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state. This declaration would open up a full suite of Individual Assistance Programs as requested by Governor Inslee for Washington state, including Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, Disaster Care Management, C… Continue Reading


Kilmer Joins Pacific Northwest Delegation in Calling for More Ventilators to be Sent to Region, Produced Nationally

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined a bipartisan group of 17 members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest in calling for more ventilators to be sent to the region as it continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the administration to develop a national manufacturing goal for new ventilators. "Our hospitals across the region have grown more concerned that in a short time they will be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as intensive care unit capacity is reache… Continue Reading


Washington Congressional Delegation United in Calling for Increased Economic Support for Washingtonians in Third Coronavirus Response Package

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) led the Washington congressional delegation in urging Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, and five House Committee Chairs to address some of Washington state's growing economic challenges in the next coronavirus-related stimulus bill. The delegation called on House leaders to support workers and businesses to mitigate the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak by expanding access to economic assi… Continue Reading


Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Monday to Discuss COVID-19

Tacoma, WA - On Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall regarding the federal government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to a discussion on the recently passed $8.3B emergency funding supplemental and legislation passed by the House to support workers and families, the telephone town hall will feature experts to help answer constituent questions regarding best practices and ongoing medical efforts to address t… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Support Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, comprehensive legislation aimed at bolstering the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak and addressing the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans' personal safety and financial security. In addition to including a bipartisan measure led by Rep. Kilmer to provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coro… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Lead 29 Members in Calling for Clear Guidance to Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) led a bipartisan group of 29 lawmakers in calling for urgent action and clarity from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist small businesses being impacted by COVID-19 and related containment efforts. "Congress approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, including $20 million for the Small Business Administ… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Statement on the Closure of Pierce, King, Snohomish County Schools

"The health and safety of folks in our region is the number one priority for me and for leaders across the state. The decision to close schools in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties in hopes of protecting public health will undoubtedly cause serious disruptions in everyday life. A lot of families are likely asking how they will navigate this. In my view, it's important for the federal government to step up and help to ensure folks can pay their bills and feed their families. That's why I've pu… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Rutherford, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Unemployment Assistance to People Unable to Work Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), John Rutherford (FL-04), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Coronavirus Worker Relief Act. The new bipartisan, bicameral legislation will provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Assistance will be available to individuals, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors, who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, or whose family circu… Continue Reading


Kilmer Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ‘Congressional Youth Innovation’ Award

Washington, DC - Last week, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 'Congressional Youth Innovation' Award for his commitment to helping young people reach their full potential. Representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs honored Rep. Kilmer's innovative leadership in sponsoring the Youth Workforce Readiness Act, a bill which aims to equip young people with skills to succeed in the workforce, increase job accessibility, and end the cycle of pover… Continue Reading


Kilmer-led Legislation to Reform Congress Passes House

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress' bipartisan legislation to make Congress more effective, efficient and transparent. H.Res.756, the Moving our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization Resolution, includes nearly 30 of the recommendations made by the Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Kilmer, to make Congress work better for the American people. Today marks the first time in recent history that… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Fulcher Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Enhance Outdoor Recreational Access Through Digitized Mapping

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Russ Fulcher (ID-01) introduced legislation to enhance access to the nation's outdoor recreational opportunities by digitizing mapping information like access points and permissible uses on federal public lands. U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The outdoor recreation economy generates 201,000 direct jobs in Washington, as well as $26.2 billion in consumer s… Continue Reading


Reps. Kilmer, DelBene Lead Call for Immediate Federal Response to Washington’s Additional COVID-19 Needs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led a bipartisan letter by the Washington congressional delegation calling on the Trump Administration to immediately fulfill Washington state's additional needs to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. "Ongoing support at the highest levels of the U.S. government is critical to our state's ability to respond to this epidemic […] We recognize that as the first state to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak of this m… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Visits Pierce County Readiness Center with Vice President Pence, Governor Jay Inslee, Members of the Washington Congressional Delegation

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) visited the Pierce County Readiness Center to tour the Washington State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray with Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Jay Inslee, Administrator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, and members of the Washington congressional delegation. The emergency center at Camp Murray is serving as the sit… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Votes to Support COVID-19 Emergency Funding Supplemental

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Kilmer voted to support H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion in new funding to establish a robust response to this public health emergency. The legislation, which passed the House 415-2, includes $950 million for state and local health agencies to conduct vital public health activities, including surveillance, laboratory testing, infection control, contact tracing, and mitigation. The legis… Continue Reading


Kilmer Meets with Local Service Volunteers, Vows to Fight Proposed Administration Cuts

Tacoma, WA - On Friday, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) met with local volunteers for national service programs in the Puget Sound region, including EarthCorps and SeniorCorps. The servicemembers in the two programs make up part of the 6,400 Americans of all ages and backgrounds who participated in national service programs in Washington last year. National service participants served at more than 1,100 locations across Washington, including food banks, homeless shelters, health clinics, youth centers… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Housing Advocates Celebrate New HUD Award in Capital and Rent Subsidy for New Senior Housing Project in Tacoma

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and housing advocates in Tacoma celebrated the awarding of over $2.5 million to Mercy Housing Northwest by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 60 units of new subsidized, affordable housing for seniors in Tacoma. In August, Rep. Kilmer wrote to HUD Secretary Ben Carson in support of Mercy Housing Northwest's application to secure funds in order to build the MLK Senior Housing development in the Hilltop neighborhoo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Delivers Valentines to Area Veterans

Tacoma, WA - Today, as part of his "Valentines for Veterans" initiative, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) hand-delivered valentines to veterans from area students at the Washington Home for Veterans in Port Orchard. Rep. Kilmer delivers valentines to Washington Home for Veterans (above) and VFW Post 2669 (below). "We can never thank our veterans enough," said Rep. Kilmer. "They committed themselves to keep our country safe, and they continue to serve our community every day. Thi… Continue Reading

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