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Representative Derek Kilmer to Hold 5th Telephone Town Hall This Wednesday

U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district since 2013

Representative Derek Kilmer will hold his fifth telephone town hall with constituents on Wednesday, March 26th at 6pm PT.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask Representative Kilmer a question or leave a message with their questions or comments.

“I hope folks are able to join my next telephone town hall,” said Representative Derek Kilmer.  “I work for you, and I want to make sure that I continue to be accessible and accountable to you.”

Residents of the 6th District who would like to join the call can sign up at http://kilmer.house.gov/contact/townhall or send an email to [email protected] with their name and phone number by 3pm PT on Tuesday March 25th.

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, March 26th inviting them to the town hall.

 

WHO:             Representative Derek Kilmer, Residents of the 6th District

WHAT:           Telephone Town Hall

WHEN:           Wednesday, March 26th at 6pm PT

WHERE:         Residents of the 6th District who would like to join can sign up at http://kilmer.house.gov/contact/townhall or send an email to [email protected]. The deadline to sign up is 3pm PT on Tuesday, March 25th.

 

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, March 26th inviting them to the town hall.

In fourteen months since taking office, Representative Kilmer has held more than ten in-person town halls across the region, in addition to town halls via phone and internet.  He also frequently meets face-to-face with constituents and takes their questions at forums and Kilmer at Your Company events. This will be the fifth telephone town hall held by Representative Kilmer.

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Kilmer announces STEM competition for local high school students

House App Contest

Representative Derek Kilmer today invited high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” This new nationwide competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Local high school students will compete against other students in the 6th Congressional District by creating and exhibiting a software application or “app” for mobile, table, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

 

Students can submit their apps for consideration between Saturday, February 1 at 12 p.m. eastern time and Wednesday April 30 at 12 p.m eastern time. For additional details on how to participate, please see below or visit http://kilmer.house.gov/house-app-contest.

 

Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.  Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

 

The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields.  The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

 

Representative Kilmer said, “As a dad of two little girls who will one day be entering a workforce that needs skilled workers, and as a guy with a background in economic development, I know the increasing role technology is playing in the economy. We should always look for more opportunities to engage young people about the value of a STEM education. I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative apps created by students in our region.”

 

Hadi Partovi, Co-founder and CEO of Code.org said, “Increased education in STEM and computer science is essential to the future of our country. Every student, not just the ones who want to pursue a career in technology, will benefit from a broad understanding of the science and especially the computer technology that powers the world around us.”

 

Charles Keating, President of West Sound Technology Association said, “Programming and technology skills are as important as math, reading and writing for brain function lateralization and a 21st century economy. Everything from cake decorating to building houses will increasingly leverage technology, and students will need to be prepared for jobs that are quickly evolving. Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ initiative sparked tremendous interest, and events like the app contest will continue to build on momentum while engaging students.”

 

Karen Burns, a Teacher-Librarian at Gig Harbor High School said, “I am a firm believer in students getting the opportunity to use technology to create products. Technology is a wonderful tool for students in many areas of the school curriculum, but it is the higher order thinking skills that students can apply to projects such as this House App Contest that bring learning through technology to fruition.”

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

  • The contest is open to high school students who reside in Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

  • Participants may compete individually or in groups of up to 4 students.

 

o   For groups of 2 students at least 1 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

o   For groups of 3-4 students at least 2 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

 

  • Students may submit their entries between the dates of February 1, 2014 at 12PM eastern time to April 30, 2014 12PM eastern time.

 

  • To submit an entry:

 

o   After February 1, 2014 create an account on http://challengepost.com/ and register for the House Student App Contest.

o   Create an App Demonstration Video of no more than 2 minutes that demonstrates the scope and quality of the app.

o   Create a Developer Video of no more than 1 minute in which the participant describes how they created the app and what they learned.

o   Upload both videos to YouTube or VIMEO and submit the links through http://challengepost.com/.

o   Submit an entry form through http://challengepost.com/.

 

  • Entries will be judged on:

o   Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality).

o   Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design).

o   Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

 

  • The winning app will be featured on the US House of Representatives website www.house.gov and Representative Derek Kilmer’s website http://kilmer.house.gov/ and will also be on display in a US Capitol exhibit.

 

  • For more information please contact Rohan in Representative Kilmer’s office at (360) 373-9725.
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Kilmer Releases Detailed Economic Development Plan for Olympic Peninsula

OLYMPIC PENINSULA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

In light of the persistent high unemployment rate on the Olympic Peninsula and after months of meetings with constituents to discuss ways to improve the economy, today Representative Derek Kilmer released the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative. This six-point plan lays out ideas, bills, and tools to strengthen the foundations of economic growth, promote innovation and entrepreneurism, and to protect natural resources.

Click here to read Representative Kilmer’s Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative.

“Over the course of the last year, I’ve met with a wide range of constituents to discuss just what it will take to get our local economy really going again,” Representative Kilmer wrote in the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative. “As someone who was born and raised on the Peninsula and spent a decade working in economic development, I know we actually have a lot of the key building blocks in place. We have a skilled workforce, strong ports, abundant natural resources, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are laying the foundation for long-term economic growth.

“It’s also clear that the federal government can help leverage these strengths to boost our local economy. That is why I am putting forward the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative—to outline ways in which we can advance policies that will help spur economic growth, strengthen the long-term viability of key industries, and protect our precious natural resources for future generations.”

The six components of the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative are:

Growing Opportunities in the Timber Industry

Bringing Jobs Back to America, Invest in Rural Areas

Enhancing Our Infrastructure

Protecting Our Fisheries

Supporting Innovation and New Market Opportunities

Promoting Competitiveness through Life-Long Learning

OLYMPIC PENINSULA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

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Kilmer to Hold Meetings in Every County during “State of the District” Tour

U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district since 2013

Over the upcoming District Work Period, Representative Derek Kilmer will visit every county in his district to meet with constituents, local business leaders, and various stakeholders. Calling it the “State of the District” tour, Representative Kilmer will hold meetings throughout the region to better understand the concerns of his constituents and promote his plans for economic development.

During the “State of the District Tour” Representative Kilmer will hold round table discussions on federal workforce issues, environmental issues, small business issues, and education issues. Additionally, he will hold meetings with seniors, veterans, attend Kilmer at Your Company events where he is accessible to a company’s workforce, and speak to Rotary Clubs and other organizations.

“Building a strong and healthy economy in the region begins with conversation, I’m looking forward to visiting every county and getting input on ways we can grow our economy, create jobs, and solve problems for folks here at home.” - Representative Derek Kilmer

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Rep. Derek Kilmer to give up pay if government shuts down

WASHINGTON D.C. – In the event that the House and Senate don’t reach a compromise by October 1st on legislation to keep federal agencies funded, Representative Derek Kilmer announced today that he will give up his pay for the duration of a government shutdown.

 

“I am dead set against a government shutdown because it will have serious effects on our economy and because many people rely on services provided by federal agencies,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “I believe in leading by example – if Congress can’t get its act together to stop a government shutdown, then I don’t believe Members of Congress should be paid.  That’s why today I’m announcing I will give up my pay for the duration of a government shutdown. 

 

“The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice.  Should the government shut down, I will give up my pay to lead by example in the hopes that Congress will stop the dysfunction, stop the self-imposed crises, and start working on a balanced, bipartisan, long-term budget.”

 

One of Representative Kilmer’s first actions in Congress was to break with members of his party to vote for a plan called No Budget, No Pay – a plan that would withhold pay from Members of Congress if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.

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Rep. Derek Kilmer to host third telephone town hall

 

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.

 

WHO:             Representative Derek Kilmer, Residents of the 6th District

 

WHAT:           Telephone Town Hall

 

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm PT

 

WHERE:         Residents of the 6th District who would like to join can sign up at http://kilmer.house.gov/contact/townhall or send an email with their phone number to [email protected]. The deadline to sign up is noon on Tuesday, October 1st.

 

                        Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.

 

In nine months since taking office, Representative Kilmer has held seven in-person town halls across the region, in addition to town halls via phone and internet.  He also frequently meets face-to-face with constituents and takes their questions at forums and Kilmer at Your Company events. This will be the third telephone town hall held by Representative Kilmer.

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State Representative Derek Kilmer urges Congress to avoid shutdown

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – State Representative Derek Kilmer spoke on the floor of the House this morning to urge Congress to stop partisan games and avoid a government shutdown. “As we all know on September 30th the government will run out of funding.”
The Democratic Congressman explained how the shutdown could affect his constituents. “For folks back home on the Olympic Peninsula, and around Puget Sound, a shutdown would have serious consequences. Troops in JBLM and workers of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard could go without pay. Olympic National Park could close to tourists. Senior citizens could be delayed in receiving checks for Social Security, [and] veterans may go without the benefits and care that they have earned.”
Much of the federal government will cease operation in 10 days unless Congress passes new legislation, referred to as a continuing resolution, to keep the lights on.  Meanwhile House republicans are hoping to use the legislation to defund obamacare, with an amendment to prohibit funding to implement the new healthcare law.
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