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Tag: Derek Kilmer

Sep.
25th

ELECTION: Schlicher displays competence, leadership

I am a new resident of Gig Harbor and recently registered to vote. As a new voter in Washington, the campaign between state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and state Rep. Jan Angel is concerning.

Why are some focusing on attacking the other candidate with misleading statistics? We should look at who is more competent and qualified for the position rather than underhanded political tactics.

That’s why I’ve chosen to support Schlicher. I like that he actually has a job outside of Olympia. He also has endorsements from Congressman Derek Kilmer, various labor organizations and even the Washington State Medical Association, which

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Sep.
24th

ELECTION: Nathan Schlicher will have more impact

For voters who care about economic development in the 26th Legislative District, consider which candidate will be more effective gaining support for programs from Congressman Derek Kilmer and the Obama administration. Kilmer has endorsed state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, who will also have the ears of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

Schlicher will have more impact for the 26th District with the administration of Gov. Jay Inslee. And he has already made a big impact in the state Legislature by leading passage of legislation saving Washington $30 million by allowing Medicaid patients access to emergency services. As the only medical

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Sep.
20th

CANCER: Protect funding for research and prevention

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Gig Harbor to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority.

I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers and staff from across the country to ask lawmakers in our nation’s capital to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs, co-sponsor legislation to improve patient quality of life and support a 94-cent increase to the federal cigarette tax.

I met with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Sen. Maria Cantwell and representatives of Sen. Patty Murray. It was made clear that Congress

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July
26th

IMMIGRATION: Reject extremist SAFE Act

As an immigration attorney committed to a fair and workable immigration system, I am deeply concerned that the House of Representatives may bring H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (or “SAFE Act”), to the floor for a vote.

The SAFE Act is an extreme and regressive piece of legislation that would establish a deportation-only approach that leaders from both parties have rejected. It would criminalize undocumented immigrants, massively increase detention and enforcement costs, and do nothing to actually fix our broken immigration system.

Not only that, but states and cities could investigate, arrest and detain people for any

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March
19th

SEQUESTER: Thanks, but does Kilmer have a plan?

Re: “Why Congress must replace across-the-board budget cuts” (Viewpoint, 3-19).

While Congressman Derek Kilmer did a fine job of reviewing concerns that many of us have with prospective sequestration cuts, he didn’t seem to do much beyond that, particularly in the way of offering plans or policies to address those concerns.

It is certainly comforting to know that the congressman views the current budget intransigence in the same manner we do, but I’d find it more comforting to know what he plans to do to about it.

I’m sure Kilmer is a good man who is trying to do

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March
19th

SEQUESTER: Kilmer offers little but hand-wringing

Re: “Why Congress must replace across-the-board budget cuts” (Viewpoint, 3-19).

The sequester is the result of neither party’s leadership willing to publicly declare their bBudget priorities, compromise and then agree on how those priorities will be funded. We can all agree the consequences are unfortunate, but Congressman Derek Kilmer’s Viewpoint does nothing to advance the debate.

In fact there is no mention of a single program Kilmer might find deserving of some pruning or modest realignment. He simply wrings his hands over the consequences of Congress’ inability to get something done.

He is there. What is he personally doing

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Feb.
5th

BUDGET: Legislators mustn’t cut vital Medicare services

As a health care provider who cares for Tacoma-area patients with kidney failure who rely on life-saving dialysis, I want to thank Congressman Derek Kilmer for his recent visit to DaVita’s Tacoma Dialysis Clinic to learn more about kidney care in our community.

Kidney failure patients receive 4-hour dialysis sessions three times a week – 80 percent of whom rely on Medicare to pay for their care with a “bundled” payment covering a multitude of services including lab services, nursing care, medications and more. Yet, Medicare doesn’t cover the full cost of these dialysis treatments, so many dialysis

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Feb.
1st

GUNS: Demand meaningful limits now

Our representatives in Washington, D.C., are facing a critical decision. Will they stand up to powerful gun lobbyists and support legislation to curb the gun violence plaguing our nation? Or will they accept the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School as status quo?

I recently asked Congressman Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, this question. I found his reply less than satisfactory.

“The path forward should be focused on evidence-based steps that will actually improve public safety and prevent future tragedies,” he stated in a letter. Those steps, in his view, include cracking down on gun trafficking, improving mental health services and

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