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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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Coalition cheers Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014

Wild Olympics Coalition

QUILCENE, Wash. (Jan. 17) A broad and diverse coalition of Olympic Peninsula community members cheered the introduction today of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 by Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray.  The measure, similar to that introduced in the last Congress, by Senator Murray and former Congressman Norm Dicks would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of ancient and mature forests on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic.

“Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer deserve tremendous thanks for working to ensure that our beloved Olympic Peninsula will be here for our grandchildren,” said Connie Gallant, chair of the Quilcene-based Wild Olympics Coalition. “This landmark legislation will protect the Olympic Peninsula’s ancient forests, free-flowing rivers and stunning scenery for all time. It will safeguard critical salmon habitat and sources of clean drinking water for our local communities, protecting our unmatched quality of life on the Peninsula. We are extremely grateful to Representative Kilmer for continuing the work begun years ago by Representative Norm Dicks and Senator Murray to protect the Wild Olympics. It is testament to the commitment and hard work of Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer that we may — for the first time in nearly 30 years — see new wilderness on Olympic National Forest, as well as the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.”

 

“Safeguarding our natural environment is a key to providing steady and sustainable income to our rural economies,” said Roy Nott, an Aberdeen Business Leader and former Timber Company Executive. “The Olympic Peninsula’s stunning scenery sport fishing, clamming, hiking, hunting, bird watching and other forms of outdoor recreation all contribute to our local economic health and are critical to attracting and retaining the highly skilled employees that growing, technology-based companies want and need.”

 

“This bill will protect and promote the same spectacular public lands and high quality of life that are helping to drive growth and create local jobs in real estate, construction and many other sectors of our economy today,” said Harriet Reyenga, an independent realtor for Windermere Real Estate in Port Angeles. “Our ancient forests, salmon, rivers and amazing landscapes are the north Olympic Peninsula’s competitive economic advantage over other regions.”  Reyenga, who won the 2012 Realtor Achievement Award from the Port Angeles Association of Realtors, added, “We should do all we can to protect and promote these natural treasures. The Wild Olympics legislation will do both.”

 

“People think that because these areas appear as they’ve always been, that they are safe,” said Dave Bailey, Past President of the Grey Wolf Fly Fishing Club in Sequim, WA and a co-founder of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics www.SportsmenForWildOlympics.org.  “Unfortunately, that is the furthest thing from the truth.  There is a determined effort in Congress to roll back safeguards on our public lands and open these sensitive spawning grounds to small hydropower development, industrial clear-cutting and more road building once more.  That’s bad for fish, game, and sportsmen.  This legislation is critical to preserve what we have.”

 

“Places like lower Gray Wolf, Lena Lake, South Fork Skokomish and South Quinault Ridge deserve the ‘gold standard’ of protection, and that is what this visionary bill provides,” said Tim McNulty, of Sequim, Wild Olympics Coalition member and author of Olympic National Park: A Natural History. “The conservation community has been working for decades to safeguard these unparalleled areas.  Today is a day to celebrate, but now we must work to get this important legislation passed by Congress and signed into law.  Future generations deserve no less.”

 

“The two largest shellfish hatcheries that supply seed to the West Coast industry are located on Hood Canal, said Bill Taylor President, of Taylor Shellfish in Shelton. “Well over 150 jobs are provided in Hood Canal alone by the industry, not including the indirect jobs such as processing, sales and shipping. By taking a watershed approach to protecting Olympic Peninsula forests and rivers we ensure clean and safe water so that shellfish companies can continue to grow and further benefit the economy and ecology of Washington state.”


“As an outdoor recreation business owner and an avid outdoorsman, my livelihood depends on clean, free-flowing rivers, said Morgan Colonel, the Owner of Olympic Raft and Kayak, Port Angeles I managed a Jackson Hole river company during the designation of the Snake River as Wild & Scenic, and saw firsthand the benefits of safeguarding this vital waterway. Active outdoor recreation contributes more than $11.7 billion annually to Washington’s economy, and supports 115,000 jobs. Businesses like mine depend on access to the high quality natural resources the Olympic Peninsula is known for. Protecting these resources is an investment in our region’s economic future, and the smart thing to do.”

 

Wild Olympics is endorsed by more than 470 local businesses, farms, faith leaders, local elected officials, hunting, fishing and recreation groups: www.wildolympics.org/supporters/endorsements

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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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Senator Murray, Representative Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Protect Olympic Peninsula

Ancient Temperate Rainforest in the South Quinault Ridge Proposed Wilderness.

(Washington, D.C.) – After extensive engagement and discussion with residents and local business leaders on the Olympic Peninsula, today Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 in the Senate and House of Representatives.  As part of an ongoing effort to preserve and grow jobs on the Olympic Peninsula, this legislation would protect some of the most environmentally sensitive parts of our region for future generations while protecting access to outdoor recreation opportunities and private landowners’ rights.

Map: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Proposed Wild & Scenic Rivers Within the Wild Olympics Act of 2014

Proposed Wilderness Within the Wild Olympics Act of 2014

 

“The Olympic Peninsula’s wild spaces are among Washington state’s crown jewels, and the Wild Olympics proposal supports the foundation of conservation developed over generations,” said Senator Patty Murray.  “This plan is the result of several years of negotiation and compromise and I am thrilled to reintroduce today with Representative Kilmer, with whom I have done additional work prior to reintroduction.  This legislation is a step in the right direction to protect our most treasured places for our kids and grandkids, and I look forward to working with Representative Kilmer to pass this bill into law.”

“As someone who grew up in Port Angeles and saw first-hand the economic impact of the decline of the timber industry, I’ve always said that economic growth and environmental protection is not an either-or choice: we’ve got to do both. That’s why I brought industry and environmental leaders together to form a collaborative effort to increase harvest in our federal forests and protect the environment and it’s why I am introducing this bill today,” said Representative Kilmer. “This proposal is part of a practical, balanced economic development strategy to not only protect the natural beauty of our area for generations to come, but to help attract businesses to our region and help them stay, grow and invest for the future.”

 

This legislation would designate 126,554 acres of existing federal land as wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 464 river miles across 19 rivers and some major tributaries on the Olympic Peninsula as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The wilderness designation permanently protects old growth and ancient forest habitat throughout the region. The Wild and Scenic Rivers designation would add federal recognition to the outstanding river systems on the Peninsula, protecting them as a source of clean drinking water and helping to keep the Puget Sound clean for generations to come and does not place restrictions on private property rights.

 

Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of  2014  builds off of legislation introduced in 2012 by Senator Murray and former Representative Norm Dicks that was a result of nearly three years of public engagement with residents, business owners, organizations, and Native American tribes. Based on additional public input, Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer made several changes to the legislation to address concerns and strengthen sections about private landowners’ rights.

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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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US Representative Derek Kilmer to hold telephone town hall

 

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

 

WHAT:           Telephone Town Hall

 

WHEN:           Wednesday, December 11th 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 noon on Tuesday, December 10th.

 

                        Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, December 11th inviting them to join the town hall.

 

Since taking office in January, Representative Kilmer has held 10 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 fourth telephone town hall held by Representative Kilmer.

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Rep. Derek Kilmer statement on Federal Government shutdown

Representative Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the news that the House and Senate did not reach a compromise by October 1st on legislation to keep federal agencies funded. Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer announced he will give up his pay for the duration of a government shutdown.

A government shutdown will cause roughly half of the government’s civilian workforce, about 1.2 million employees to face furloughs.  Additionally, national parks will close, veterans’ disability payments may be disrupted, and there will be a suspension of approval of applications for Small Business Loans. It is estimated that a government shutdown will cost taxpayers $150 million a day.

“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,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “I’m voluntarily giving up my own pay during this shutdown because I believe in leading by example.  Unfortunately, many federal employees in our region unfortunately won’t have a say about losing theirs.  They’ll be furloughed and lose pay through no fault of their own.  These employees and the folks who depend on their work deserve better.” 

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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