Kilmer Discusses Hospital Reimbursement
by Leah Leach
Shutdown, Snake River dams, changes needed in Congress also examined
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer speaks about the recent government shutdown against a backdrop of newspaper headlines during a town hall meeting at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.
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Snake River dams
Several residents spoke of their support for breaching four lower Snake River dams in southern Washington state to allow a free-flowing river and more chinook salmon for endangered Southern Residents orcas, which now number only 74 individuals.
They asked Kilmer why he favored continuing study instead of acting now.
“You want actions to be based on the best available science,” Kilmer said. “It’s not a fast process.”
He said “that wasn’t to suggest that the federal government shouldn’t be taking action” just that “it’s important to allow the process to be driven by science, not politics.”
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