D.C. Divided: Finding Bipartisan Solutions as a New Congress Convenes

31 January 2019


K&L Gates Seattle office
Seattle, WA

As 2019 gets underway with a new Congress, please join U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and K&L Gates professionals for a panel discussion on federal policy issues. Topics include:

  • Tariffs and trade wars: when will it end?
  • Economic development: any hope for an infrastructure package?
  • Earmarks: will they come back?
  • Taxes: what changes loom on the horizon?

A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by a moderated panel discussion from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Time will be allotted for questions from attendees.

Keynote Speaker: Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06)

Rep. Kilmer is serving his 4th term as the United States Representative from Washington’s 6th Congressional District. He was born and raised in Port Angeles, and has over a decade of experience working in economic development in Puget Sound. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Rep. Kilmer served in the Washington State House from 2005 to 2007 and in the State Senate from 2007 to 2012.

After the 2018 election, Rep. Kilmer was elected Chair of the New Democrat Coalition. The New Democrats describe themselves as forward-thinking House members who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies, and seek to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing. New Democrats believe the challenges ahead are too great for members of Congress to refuse to cooperate purely out of partisanship.

Rep. Kilmer also serves on the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, where he has been a member of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.

Other Panelists:

Amy Carnevale, Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP - Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Amy worked for 10 years with former Congressman George Nethercutt, Jr. (R-WA-05), including serving as his chief of staff. During the 2016 election, Amy served on a state Leadership Team for the Trump Campaign and was elected as a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Mike McKay, Partner, K&L Gates LLP - Seattle

Mike previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington in Seattle and has assisted clients facing legal problems with federal and local governments. Mike focuses his practice on business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate and government internal investigations.

Moderator: Tim Peckinpaugh, Partner, K&L Gates LLP - Washington, D.C.

Tim assists a variety of Pacific Northwest clients advocate for public policy priorities related to federal funding, economic development, and energy. Before joining the firm 33 years ago, Tim served as a congressional staff aide for the House Science Committee and former Congressman Sid Morrison (R-WA-04).

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