Washington, DC – This week, legislation championed by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), the Lymphedema Treatment Act, reached over 218 cosponsors, earning the bipartisan legislation support from the majority of the U.S. House. The bill would ensure Medicare coverage of compression garments for the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition and need these items for the daily management and treatment of their lymphedema. Rep. Reichert responded with the following statement:
"Up to three million seniors throughout the United States suffer from pain and discomfort due to Lymphedema. Often times basic tasks like putting on pants and walking down the sidewalk are made extremely difficult," said Rep Reichert. "Compression garments are a simple but effective way to treat the effects of Lymphedema. Unfortunately, these garments are not currently covered by Medicare. I am very proud that now over half of the House of Representatives has joined my bill to make these garments eligible for Medicare coverage and provide these seniors with the care they need."
Lymphedema is a chronic condition resulting from damaged or inadequate lymph nodes or lymphatic vessels that afflicts millions of Americans. It is a disease that one can be born with but it is most often caused by cancer treatments that damage the body’s lymph system or immune functions. Due to the painful swelling that results from lymphedema, compression therapy is an essential component of treatment but compression supplies are not covered by Medicare despite being an ongoing necessity. H.R. 1608 closes this coverage gap by requiring Medicare to cover lymphedema compression items.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after the Ways and Means Committee considered several bills to protect children and taxpayer identity, the Recovering Missing Children Act and the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act. Both bills passed out of the Committee with strong bipartisan support.
“I spent a large part of my career investigating the disappearance of missing children and young women, and one of the hardest things I ever had to do was tell parents that their child was not coming home. But one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced in my life and in my career, was telling parents that we had found their child alive and healthy. The Recovering Missing Children Act would provide law enforcement with a powerful additional tool, which could save lives and save parents from heartbreak,” said Rep. Reichert.
“I am pleased that today the Committee also took steps to address the rapidly growing problem of identity theft,” continued Rep. Reichert. “While the IRS has undertaken initiatives to address the problem, more must be done to protect American taxpayers from a crime that can have a tremendous impact on their family and financial stability. The Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act directs the IRS to take further actions to combat the issue and to help victims resolve stolen identity cases quickly and securely.”
To watch Rep. Reichert’s remarks on the Recovery Missing Children Act, click HERE.
To watch Rep. Reichert’s remarks on the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act, click HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Trade, made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation he championed, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, by a strong bipartisan vote of 415 - 2. This legislation establishes a process for Congress to consider a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which will relieve U.S. manufacturers of burdensome tariffs that have hampered their ability to produce more American products and expand their business.
"The number one thing I hear about from people in Washington State is jobs – how do we create and keep more good-paying jobs here at home? The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill is a jobs bill," said Rep. Reichert. "It cuts taxes on American manufacturers allowing them to produce more American-made products, create and keep more jobs here in the U.S., and lower prices for American families. I am proud to champion this bipartisan bill today because it gets us one step closer to passing the MTB and giving manufacturers and consumers the relief they need."
Prior to the vote, Rep. Reichert spoke on the House floor, urging his colleagues to support MTB. To watch the video, click HERE.
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), in introducing a bill today to protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.
Under current law, a probation officer may arrest a probationer or individual on supervised release if the officer has probable cause to believe the offender has violated a condition of his or her probation or release. However, current law does not address a probation officer’s arrest authority in situations where a third party attempts to physically obstruct the officer or cause the officer physical harm. When a probation officer encounters an uncooperative or violent third party, the officer may be forced to retreat because the officer lacks authority to restrain the third party, exposing the officer to greater risk of harm and allowing the third party to evade capture.
“Every day probation officers put themselves in situations where they are not only vulnerable to physical threats from their parolees, but also from their parolees’ friends, family, and the individuals they surround themselves with,” Rep. Reichert said. “Current law handicaps these officers from having the necessary authority to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of the people they are trying to protect. This bipartisan, commonsense bill would update the law to give our probation officers the tools to continue to do their job safely and with confidence.”
“Probation officers are asked to put themselves in precarious situations every day but are limited in their ability to respond when third parties interfere with their job,” Rep. Pascrell said. “When a third party interferes with parole officers’ official duties, they often have limited recourse to deescalate the situation, which puts their safety and the safety of those around them at risk. Thankfully, this bipartisan bill would solve the problem by extending probation officers a right they deserve: the right to protect themselves and the public.
“This legislation will give probation officers important tools to protect themselves against hostile individuals who attempt to harm them or otherwise interfere with their ability to carry out their important mission,” Senator Hatch said. “At the same time, this legislation will free up resources for local police forces, who will no longer need to accompany probation officers as frequently in order to provide backup. Many states give state probation officers authority to arrest third parties who forcibly interfere with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties. It makes sense to give federal probation officers the same authority.”
“When probation officers visit offenders and conduct searches, they are frequently confronted by hostile third parties who interfere with their ability to do their jobs, sometimes with violence,” said Senator Feinstein. “In 2014, there were at least five instances where probation officers had to call outside law enforcement to arrest these individuals. Our bill would simply give probation officers the authority to arrest third parties to protect their safety.”
Nathan R. Catura, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), praised the introduction of the bicameral bill. "For far too long, the authority of U.S. Probation Officers has been fatally flawed and puts at risk these law enforcement professionals that often deal with the most violent criminals,” Catura said. “That is why FLEOA greatly appreciates the leadership shown by Senators Hatch and Feinstein and Reps. Reichert and Pascrell in support of these brave men and women and in seeking to close this potentially fatal loophole in their authority.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) congratulated Ruby Baek of Tahoma High School for winning first place in Washington's Eighth District’s 2016 Congressional Art Competition for her piece, Rocky Road. Later this year, Ruby will join the 434 other winners from congressional districts across the country in Washington, DC to attend an award ceremony celebrating their artistic talent. Along with the other first place finishers, Ruby’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Rep. Reichert made the following statement congratulating Ruby on her win and celebrating the creative talent from across the Eighth District:
“A very big congratulations to Ruby Beak of Tahoma High School for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition in Washington’s Eighth District. I know that her piece, Rocky Road, will represent the District well and I look forward to showing it to constituents who visit Washington, DC throughout the year. I would also like to thank the over 50 high school students who submitted their work to my staff. With so many creative minds in our high schools, the competition judges certainly had a difficult task.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Members of Congress Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), led a letter today to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) encouraging the organizations to discuss options in order to prevent future port disruptions similar to the 2014-2015 slowdown at West Coast ports. Based on recent public comments by ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna, the Congressmen expressed optimism that the two organizations could work together to ensure the efficient movement of goods at U.S. ports.
The Members of Congress wrote in the letter:
“To be clear, because the workers, farmers, and businesses in our communities rely on the efficient movement of goods, we place great importance on the normal and functional operation of our ports. During the 2014-2015 disruption, farmers, manufacturers, and retailers across the western U.S. suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages because they could not get their goods to market. Foreign market share was lost, which not only hurt businesses trying to use the ports, but as you are aware, the shippers who transport goods, the workers who load and unload cargo, and the ports that rely on a steady stream of traffic were negatively impacted.”
The Members continued in the letter: “Again, thank you for your early engagement on this issue that has serious implications for the economy of our region and the country as a whole. We hope to work with you as we continue our work in Congress to strengthen and increase freight mobility and develop proactive solutions to prevent future disruptions.”
The letter was signed by Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Amata Radewagen (AS), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Mike Simpson (R-ID).
In August 2015, Reps. Reichert and Newhouse introduced H.R. 3433, the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipment (PORTS) Act to improve the process of future negotiations to reduce the threat of harmful economic impacts of disruptions at U.S. ports.
Read the full text of the letter, HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA), House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI),Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and 15 additional members of Congress introduced the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. This bipartisan bill creates an open and transparent process for the House to consider manufacturing tax cuts through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The new process will help American manufacturers compete in the global market while also upholding the House earmark rules. Representatives Tiberi (R-OH), Blumenauer (D-OR), Reed (R-NY), Pascrell (D-NJ), Renacci (R-OH), Davis (D-IL), Walker (R-NC), Clyburn (D-SC), Mulvaney (R-SC), Doyle (D-PA), McClintock (R-CA), Bishop (D-GA), Rokita (R-IN), Courtney (D-CT), and Blum (R-IA) are original cosponsors of the bill.Congressman Reichert made the following state after introducing the bill:
“Since the last MTB expired in 2012, American companies have faced an annual $748 million tax hike on manufacturing in the United States. This has resulted in a $1.8 billion loss to the U.S. economy, hurting our consumers and making us less competitive. Our bill creates a new process for consideration of manufacturing tax cuts that will lower costs and create more jobs at home." said Subcommittee Chairman Reichert.Background on the 3-Step MTB Process:First, the new process would begin exclusively through petitions made by local U.S. businesses to the independent, non-partisan International Trade Commission (ITC). After the ITC receives petitions from the business community, an independent panel would receive comments from the public and the Administration and conduct its analysis.Second, the ITC would issue a public report to Congress with its analysis and recommendations regarding products that meet the MTB standards, including that there is no domestic production.Third, the Ways and Means Committee would examine the ITC’s recommendations and draft a MTB proposal. While the Committee can exclude products from its final proposal, it cannot add products that were not recommended by the ITC. As required by House rules, Ways and Means would certify that there are no spending earmarks and would publish a list of any Limited Tariff Benefits (LTB). Congress would then consider the MTB within existing rules. For more details on the new MTB process, click here.Read More
Washington, DC - This week Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and the Congressional Ukraine Caucus released the following statement on the verdict and sentencing of Ukrainian fighter pilot and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko:
“We condemn the verdict and the 22-year sentence issued today against Nadiya Savchenko. Russia’s handling of Savchekno’s capture and trial shows disregard for the rule of law and due process. Since her capture and imprisonment in July 2014 on trumped-up charges, her trial and hearing dates were repeatedly delayed, and the trial venue was moved to a remote region in Russia, difficult for independent observers to reach. Savchenko also endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced psychiatric evaluations.
“Savchenko has come to represent the spirit of an independent Ukraine, free from interference and eager to embrace the will of its own people. We join the people of Ukraine in expressing deep concern for her wellbeing, and in protesting this unjust outcome. Once again, we call on Russian authorities to release her immediately.”
Wenatchee World, by Reps. Dave Reichert, Dan Newhouse, and Cathy McMorris Rogers
Although the dry summer air has been replaced by rain and snow, the damage caused by Washington wildfires continues to increase in the form of flooding and landslides. These fires have had lasting impacts on the people who were displaced and the communities who have been burdened by the costs of rebuilding.
Even in the dead of winter, we must not forget that last year’s wildfire season wiped out over one million acres and destroyed more than 300 homes, making it the most destructive season in our state’s history. We remember the sacrifice of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters lost in the Twisp River Fire: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler. We pray for recovery for those who were gravely injured.
We do not want next summer to be another one for the record books. That is why we are working proactively in Congress now to implement measures that would help prevent future wildfires and better assist communities hit the hardest by natural disasters.
Throughout the past year we visited areas ravaged by fire and the firefighters who serve them. We’ve also held roundtable discussions with community leaders to identify actions we can take to protect our region from devastating fires. One of the most promising strategies to prevent and contain wildfires is restoring the health of our forests. For decades, inadequate federal forest management has allowed our forests to become overgrown, disease ridden, and vulnerable to wildfires. This lapse in forest management programs is partially a result of a failed funding model. Currently, emergency wildfire response does not have the same budget process as other natural disaster responses, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.
Throughout most of the last decade, year after year the U.S. Forest Service has exhausted funds allocated for wildfire suppression long before the fire season has ended, forcing them to dip into other accounts intended for forest health and management activities. This has left the agency with few resources available to clean up hazardous fuels and maintain healthy forests. As these past several summers have proven, if we do not have sufficient funds for management programs then our national forests will continue to be a tinderbox, waiting to be lit by a match or struck by a bolt of lightning.
Realizing this dangerous cycle, we have supported measures in Congress that would clean up our fire-prone forests and strengthen our management programs. We are cosponsors of the Wildfire Disaster Fund Act (H.R. 167) which ends the Forest Service fire borrowing and treats wildfire response budgets just like every other natural disaster.
This past July, we voted for and the House passed the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2647). This legislation will ensure that processes are in place to better clean up our forests, and would save critical forest management funds by authorizing the U.S. Forest Service to borrow from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when they need additional resources to fight wildfires, instead of taking funds originally intended for management purposes. We are cosponsors of the FORESTS Act (H.R. 2178), introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, which would assist forest maintenance projects.
Specifically, this legislation would make it easier and less costly for the Forest Service and stakeholders to collaborate in responsible timber harvesting efforts, which is an important part of wildfire prevention and can provide additional economic opportunities for our rural communities. Removing rotting or diseased timber is critical to protecting the health of the surrounding ecosystems, animal habitats, and the beauty of our forests that folks throughout our region have enjoyed for generations.
Washington state and the areas impacted throughout our region will rebuild, and we have already been overwhelmed by the resilience we have seen throughout our communities. We are pleased that FEMA has made public assistance available to counties and municipalities in order to help fix damaged infrastructure. However under current federal guidelines, residents in rural communities are not treated fairly when calculating individual assistance. We cosponsored the Individual Assistance Improvement Act to improve the FEMA Individual Assistance process by taking into account the devastating impact fires and other disasters have on rural communities.
We are committed to bringing your stories to Congress and will continue fighting until we get meaningful forest management legislation on the president’s desk and across the finish line.
Reichert represents Washington’s 8th Congressional District, Newhouse the 4th District and McMorris Rodgers the 5th.Read More
Washington, DC - Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) took several steps to strengthen America’s national security. This morning he joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to establish a National Commission on Security Challenges, also referred to as the McCaul-Warner Commission on Digital Security. The commission will bring together leading experts to examine the intersection of technology and safety to determine the implications for national security, public safety, data security, privacy, innovation, and American competitiveness in the global marketplace. Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the legislation was introduced:
“Digital security is critical to protecting Americans’ privacy and our way of life in the digital age. These days, many of us use encrypted technology to do everything from sending messages to our friends and loved ones to transferring money between bank accounts. Encrypted technology is essential to ensuring that this information remains private,” said Rep. Reichert.
“However, today criminals of all stripes, including terrorists, are also taking advantage of this technology, allowing them to operate in the shadows and remain undetected by law enforcement and the intelligence community. This poses a serious and real threat to all Americans. The conversation of balancing personal security with national security is not an easy one to have, but establishing this commission will bring together the best of the best so we can move forward and find solutions that will not compromise our personal privacy or safety.”
Additionally, this afternoon Rep. Reichert spoke on the House floor about a bill he cosponsored, the ALERT Act (H.R. 4001), which authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to train state and local law enforcement personnel through the National Network of Fusion Centers in ways to counter violent extremism in our communities. Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the bill passed the U.S. House unanimously by a voice vote shortly after he spoke on the floor:
“Today, terrorism is not just a threat from abroad; it is a threat that lives beneath our noses in our communities. And to fight a local threat, we must give the men and women who know our neighborhoods best the tools and resources necessary to do their job,” said Rep. Reichert. “The ALERT Act will give the Department of Homeland Security the ability to train our local law enforcement in counter-terrorism strategies so they will be able to help communities more quickly identify terrorist threats. While the threat of ISIS’ influence grows, we must use everything in our toolbox to stop it within our communities and prevent future attacks.”Read More
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Congressman Dave Reichert brings over 40 years of public service experience to Washington. Reichert is serving his fifth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington.
Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Human Resources, of which he is Chairman.
Reichert has a remarkable record of service. Decisive leadership, integrity and tireless dedication are his hallmarks. From 1971 through 1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1972 Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office and in 1997 he became the first elected sheriff in 30 years. Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.
Sheriff Reichert established himself as a leading voice against domestic violence and an advocate of strong family values. In 2004 Reichert received the prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” award. He is a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was honored with Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. Reichert received the Families Northwest Public Policy Award and took top honors in a local television network’s (King 5) leadership poll.
Reichert served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He has served on numerous advisory boards including the King County Criminal Justice Council and the King County Domestic Violence Council. Reichert co-chaired the Washington State Partners in Crisis, a statewide coalition targeting issues related to mental health. Reichert also was a leader in the fight against Meth in Washington State by implementing annual Statewide Conferences, State Meth Action Teams, and was co-chair of the KC Meth Coalition. As Sheriff, he was also a member of the KC Committee to End Homelessness. He currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Washington State Board of Directors.
Dave Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in 1950, the oldest of seven children and grandson of the town marshal. His family moved to Washington State in 1951, living first in Renton and later in Kent, where Reichert attended Kent Meridian High School. He graduated with an A.A. degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and met his wife of 42 years, Julie. The Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha and Daniel, and six grandchildren.