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Kilmer Votes to Support George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive bill he helped introduce with the Congressional Black Caucus focused on structural changes to combat police brutality, raise standards, and address racial injustice. "Throughout our region and across this country, people are demanding change to end police brutality and ensure accountability and justice," said Rep. Kilmer. "Today, Congress passed … Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Helps Introduce Legislation to Make Outdoor Recreation, and Public Lands Restoration as Part of COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Efforts

Port Angeles, WA - Last Thursday, Rep. Kilmer joined in introducing legislation to provide financial relief to struggling outdoor recreation industries and make historic investments in Conservation Corps and Public Lands Service Organizations. The 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act, introduced by Kilmer and Reps. Joe Neguse (CO-02), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Deb Haaland (NM-01), provides critical funds to support the natural resource manageme… Continue Reading


Kilmer Announces Support for the Justice in Policing Act of 2020

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Kilmer joined in the introduction of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive bill focused on structural change to combat police brutality, raise standards, and address racial injustice. "All throughout our region and across this country, people are demanding change to end police brutality and ensure accountability and justice," said Rep. Kilmer. "While there is no single policy that will erase decades of systemic racism and to reform policin… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Recognizes Kitsap Students in Congressional Art Competition, Announces Contest Winner

Bremerton, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced Central Kitsap High School student Quincy Rumpke as the first-place winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Washington's 6th Congressional District. The annual nationwide art competition allows high school students from across the United States to showcase their artistic ability. Quincy's work will now be displayed for eleven months in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., alongside winn… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Brooks, Sewell, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Unemployed American Workers Access Skills Training Programs During Coronavirus Pandemic

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), along with Representatives Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), introduced legislation to help American workers attain the skills they need to compete as we confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Skills Renewal Act will create a flexible skills training credit in the amount of $4,000 per person that may be applied to cover the cost of a wide range of training programs that build skills expect… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Cantwell Applaud Selection of University of Washington to Lead New Ocean, Climate Research Institute

Selection comes with $300 million commitment over the next five years - nearly triple last NOAA Cooperative Institute award to UW WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) selection of the University of Washington to lead a new Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosy… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Support Frontline Workers and Families Impacted by Coronavirus

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the Heroes Act, comprehensive coronavirus relief legislation to deliver assistance to Washington's frontline workers, provide further direct help to families, invest in the nation's testing capacity, and support critical operations for state, county, local, and tribal governments. "Let's start with what we know. We know that educators and students have had their lives turned upside down - and they need more resour… Continue Reading


Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Legislation to Help Families Save for Planned Medical Procedures

Tacoma, WA - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced new legislation on Tuesday to give families additional flexibility to use 2020 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions to adjust for delays in accessing non-emergency care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American College of Surgeons, more than 30 states currently have executive orders in place limiting most non-emergency medical and dental procedures, following guidance f… Continue Reading


Kilmer Leads Over 100 Legislators in Bipartisan Call for Economic Relief for Outdoor Recreation Industry

Tacoma, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer, along with Representatives Joe Neguse, Joe Cunningham, and Brian Fitzpatrick, led over 100 legislators to request strong funding in future COVID-19 economic relief legislation for federal programs that serve as the foundation of the outdoor recreation industry -a critical sector that provides jobs and economic support to many local communities in northwest Washington and across the country. "Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I've seen firsthand how … Continue Reading


Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Secure $50 Million in Assistance for Washington’s Fishing and Shellfish Industries

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) announced that they helped secure $50 million in support for Washington's non-tribal fishing and shellfish industries. The funding, which is the highest award amount in the country, comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The Representatives … Continue Reading


Kilmer to Host Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with Washington Health Secretary John Wiesman

Tacoma, WA - On Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall to provide an update on the federal government's response to the coronavirus and to answer questions from constituents. In addition to a discussion on the legislation passed by Congress to support workers and families, Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman will join the telephone town hall to provide an update on the public health emergency and discuss the state's plans to keep … Continue Reading


Kilmer Joins Federal Lawmakers Pushing for Strong Testing System in Washington State, Nationwide

Tacoma, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and the Washington state Democratic Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting that the Trump Administration devise a plan to significantly increase testing capabilities in Washington state and across the country and develop a strong national testing system. The letter follows the passage of the Paycheck Protecti… Continue Reading


Kilmer Introduces Legislation to Support Washington’s Main Street Employers

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Restore America's Main Street Act to deliver immediate and unrestricted relief to America's small businesses through a first-ever small business rebate check. "Employers on Main Streets across our region - and all over America - are hurting as we work to contain the spread of the coronavirus. While new programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans are… Continue Reading


Kilmer Votes to Provide Support for Washington Small Businesses and Frontline Workers, Increase Testing Capacity

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to deliver additional assistance to Washington's small businesses and frontline health care workers, while investing in the nation's testing capacity. The legislation provides $310 billion for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on th… Continue Reading


Kilmer Calls on President to Develop National Testing Strategy for COVID-19

Tacoma, WA - Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) called on the President to develop a federal strategy to dramatically increase the production, training, and availability of testing for COVID-19. "As governors contemplate strategies on how best to open their respective states' economies, a strong federal response is necessary to massively increase the capacity, accuracy, and simplicity of our nation's testing infrastructure for this highly communicable and often asymptomatic virus," Kilmer and … Continue Reading


Kilmer Leads Bipartisan Call to Ramp Up Defense Manufacturing Capabilities in Response to Coronavirus

Tacoma, WA - Today Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Tom Cole (OK-04), and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) led 52 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging them to utilize the full potential of DOD's manufacturing base to produce much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields, gowns and gloves, and other medical equipment, such as ventilators. Military installations currently la… Continue Reading


Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Small Businesses Weather the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tacoma, WA - Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) and Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced new legislation to significantly expand the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program to ensure that every qualified small business is able to access the critical assistance they need to retain their workforce and cover basic operating costs for the full duration of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. "Small businesses across our region are making c… Continue Reading


Kilmer Goes to Bat for Pay and Protection for Shipyard Workers

Bremerton, WA - Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led a group of lawmakers calling on the Assistant Secretary of the Navy to expand support for the tens of thousands of federal civilian workers who are serving at the Navy's four public shipyards during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers, who represent the shipyards, called for the federal government to support incentive pay for these essential workers who report for duty during the public health emergency, as well as additional Per… Continue Reading


Kilmer Secures Over $3 Million for Community Health Centers Combating the Coronavirus

Tacoma, WA - This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded more than $3 million to three health centers in Washington's sixth congressional district to combat the coronavirus. This funding stems from the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, legislation which was supported by Rep. Kilmer. The three health centers in the region were granted the award as part of a $1.3 billion awarding of funds by HHS through the Health Resourc… Continue Reading


Kilmer, Heck Lead Call to Increase Access to Food Assistance for Washingtonians

Tacoma, WA - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10) called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to modify income verification requirements for food banks receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) support in order to get more Washingtonians access to critical food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Under current requirements, CDBG recipients must verify clients' income by having each client complete and sign a form. While this sy… Continue Reading

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