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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


With Congress Home for Thanksgiving Despite Looming Budget Deadline, Kilmer and Arrington Say: “No Budget, No Recess”

WASHINGTON, DC - If Congress fails to do its job by passing a budget resolution and appropriations bills by their statutory deadlines, its members should not be allowed to head home for Thanksgiving without completion of their work. To address this, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX) have proposed an amendment, calling on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform's support when it returns to complete consideration of their … Continue Reading


Kilmer Statement on Orca Task Force Recommendations

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Governor Jay Inslee's Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force released its initial recommendations. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement: "The fight to save the orca is also a fight to protect our economy and identity. Today's recommendations from the task force mark an important step forward. While the state considers these recommendations, Congress should step up by passing the P3 Act and other policies and investments which lead to cleaner water, mo… Continue Reading


Kilmer Visits Student Veterans at UW Tacoma for Update on GI Bill Housing Stipend Delays

TACOMA, WASH. -This afternoon, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) visited the UW Tacoma Veteran and Military Services Midterm Study Break for an update from student veterans including some who have not received their GI Bill benefits because of problems within the VA's benefits distribution system. "If you serve our country, the government should have your back." Kilmer said. "There's no excuse for the delay in GI Bill payments. It's time for Washington, DC to step up for America's student vete… Continue Reading


Kilmer Invites Vietnam Veterans, Community to Pinning Ceremony on October 17th in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES, Wash.--Today, Representative Derek Kilmer invited veterans of the Vietnam War to participate in a pinning ceremony as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The event will occur at the NW Veteran Resource Center in Port Angeles at 7pm on Wednesday, October 17th. At the ceremony, on behalf of the community he represents, Kilmer will present a commemorative pin created by the Department of Defense to attending United States veterans who served on active duty … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck Legislation Would Help Slow Stormwater, Stop Pollutants that Harm Salmon, Orca, Other Vulnerable Species from Entering Puget Sound and Watersheds Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA), co-chairs of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, announced the introduction of H.R. 7041 the Preventing Pollution through Partnership (P3) Act, legislation that would help communities and businesses do their part to slow, filter and catch stormwater, the leading cause of pollution in Puget Sound. "Washington's economy and identity are directly tied to the fate of the orca and the health of our salmon and shellfish," K… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Thompson, Kind Introduce the Compete for the Future Act of 2018

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) announced the introduction of The Compete for the Future Act of 2018. The bill creates a prize competition for successful youth and pre-apprenticeship programs. Pre-apprenticeships prepare high school students for placements in apprenticeship programs when they graduate or equip them with the skills they need for occupations in high-demand industries. The legislation announced today would pr… Continue Reading

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