Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Greg Walden, (R-OR), Jared Polis (D-CO), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Mike Thompson, (D-CA), introduced thebipartisan U.S. Optimal Use of Trade to Develop Outerwear and Outdoor Recreation (OUTDOOR) Act (H.R. 5646) to reduce tariffs on recreational performance apparel. The legislation would make products like jackets and pants more affordable for American consumers, encourage participation in outdoor activities, and help designers and retailers of performance apparel better compete in the global economy.
The Congressmen said, “The American Dream is built on the idea of exploration and economic success, and the OUTDOOR Act works to promote both of those concepts and make them a reality. From canoeing to mountain climbing, Americans have found ways to enjoy the outdoors in every season of the year, and outfitting them with innovative apparel is a major job-creating industry. This legislation is a needed update to antiquated and unreasonably high tariffs set on recreational performance apparel, and more importantly it will help employers grow their businesses, remove a hidden tax on consumers, and continue to foster interest in America’s outdoor recreation.”
“I commend the Representatives and Senators Cantwell and Ayotte for coming together in a bipartisan effort to support the outdoor recreation industry, a vital part of the economy at the state and national level,” said OIA President and CEO Frank Hugelmeyer. “The U.S. OUTDOOR Act will lower costs for outdoor businesses, fuel innovation, attract more consumers to get outdoors using high-quality, affordable apparel and will create more jobs in the United States. We look forward to the enactment of this important legislation.”
BACKGROUND According to the Outdoor Industry Association, American consumers spend over $640 billion each year on outdoor recreation, in so doing supporting an industry that is directly and indirectly tied to 12 million American jobs. H.R. 5646 creates new Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) breakouts for both knit and woven recreational performance outerwear and changes tariff rates for these clothing items to duty-free, thereby eliminating the “hidden tax” on these goods. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Representatives Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Aaron Schock, Ron Kind, Pat Tiberi, and Bill Pascrell introduced the Teacher Tax Relief Act, H.R. 5504, to make permanent the deduction allowed for teachers who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket and expands the deduction to the include professional development expenses.
“Too often teachers spend their own hard-earned money in order to provide their students with basic school supplies,” said the Representatives. “Our bill will alleviate some of the financial burden placed on today’s teachers while also making a significant investment in the education and the futures of America’s children. This bipartisan legislation will allow teachers to expand their knowledge, keep skills current, and equip themselves and their students for success.”
Director of NEA Government Relations Mary Kusler said, “Educators nationwide who work to create successful learning environments for all of their students appreciate the leadership and support of the bipartisan sponsors of this bill. In recent years, educators have spent $1.6 billion of their own money to ensure their students have basic supplies and instructional materials that help them meet their goals. Providing educators with a modest tax deduction that will now keep pace with inflation, is an important recognition of educators’ daily sacrifices on behalf of the students they serve.”
BACKGROUND Every year educators across the country foot the bill for basic classroom supplies out of dedication to teaching and to their students. In fact, the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that for the 2005-2006 school year educators spent out of their own pockets an average of $826 for supplies and $926 for instructional materials – for a total of $1,752.
Additionally, teacher quality is critical to maximize student achievement, as highly qualified teachers will enable students to meet high standards. Continued professional development is one vital way that teachers keep their skills and knowledge current, and best equip themselves to prepare students for college and the challenges of the 21st Century global workplace. Expanding the tax deduction to cover qualified continuing education pursuits further assures the success of our teachers and our children. The legislation is written to adjust for inflation so that the deduction keeps pace with the growing cost to teachers.Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after today's House votes on training Syrian rebels and keeping the government open:
“Today, I voted with my House colleagues to give President Obama the authority to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels who are actively fighting against ISIL. This authorization comes with strict oversight and a requirement for consistent reporting on progress to ensure the Administration communicates properly with Congress and the American people. All of this is a step towards developing a real and complete strategy that will eliminate ISIL as a threat.
“This amendment was part of the larger Continuing Resolution (CR) which the House passed this evening to continue funding the government through December 11, 2014. Included in that funding was language that extended the operating authority of the Export-Import Bank through the middle of next year. As a critical resource for many Washington companies, from our manufacturers to our wineries, this will give us time to come together and develop a long term plan that will ensure the continued success of Washington businesses, farmers and workers.”Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement in response to the President's speech last night:
“Last night we heard President Obama’s strategy to ‘degrade and ultimately defeat’ the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). His strategy incorporates a broad, multi-national coalition, which I applaud. Every citizen of the world should be concerned about the threat posed by ISIL. We have seen cases of men and women from all over the globe leave home to join their ranks. This radicalism cannot be tolerated; the president is right: we cannot allow terrorists safe havens. The objectives laid out by President Obama are a start, but we must also be prepared to continually assess and evaluate a clear strategy to eliminate the extremism taught and acted out by ISIL. I will work diligently with my colleagues to ensure that the President's words lead to action and that an open dialogue continues on how best to defeat this enemy. It is time for America and this Administration to lead and to take decisive, powerful action to eliminate the threat of ISIL.”Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the 9/11 and Benghazi terrorist attacks:
“Today is a day of tragedy in our nation’s history. We remember not only the horrific and devastating September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a now infamous field in Pennsylvania, but also the unthinkable actions that took the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and Americans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. This day serves as a reminder of those we have lost, innocent men and women who died as heroes and the brave men and women who make daily sacrifices to protect America from further harm. It is a reminder to treasure our loved ones and the freedoms we hold dear. We have seen a new world since September 11, 2001, and the attack on our embassy in Benghazi two years ago was a stark reminder of that changed landscape. The Middle East remains in turmoil and our national security is still heightened. As we meet new threats and new challenges, we must continue to defend the principles and the ideals of this great nation. I stand with each and every one of you today, shoulder to shoulder, dedicated to keeping America safe and working to keep it strong. We will always remember.”Read More
Issaquah, WA – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) spoke at the renaming of the Eatonville Post Office in honor of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson. The post office was renamed after legislation Reichert introduced, H.R. 1036, was signed into law earlier this year. Park Ranger Anderson’s heroic actions were remembered during a ceremony that included the unveiling of a plaque officially designating the Eatonville Post Office as a memorial in her honor.
Upon this recognition, Reichert said, “I have lost friends and partners in the line of duty. I know just how difficult that loss is. I know that you never forget. Eatonville will never forget Margaret Anderson. Her family will never forget. With the renaming of Eatonville Post Office, we erect a permanent memorial in her honor, giving this community a visible, tangible reminder of her heroic actions and all of those who have committed their lives to serving others, and this community in particular. It was an honor to be able to introduce the legislation that made this possible, and it was an honor to be here today to celebrate Margaret Anderson’s life and memory.”
Ranger Anderson was killed in the line of duty on January 1, 2012 while establishing a roadblock within Mt. Rainier National Park. Her actions prevented an armed suspect from venturing further into the park and endangering more lives. She made the ultimate sacrifice protecting others.Read More
Issaquah, WA – On August 22nd, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) sent a letter to Colonel Robert Wittig, U.S. Army Environmental Command, to urge him to consider the impact that a Reduction in Force (RIF) might have on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). A RIF is planned for JBLM no later than January 15, 2015 which could result in income losses for the communities and businesses that JBLM troops support.
In the letter Reichert states, “As the representative of Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, I ask that you look at all of the facts and make a decision that is in the best interest of the security of our nation, the operation of JBLM, and the surrounding local communities. Thank you for your fair and thorough consideration of the SPEA for the 2020 Force Structure Realignment. I have faith that the Army will come to the right decision while keeping the security of our nation at the forefront.”
The full text of the letter is below.
August 22, 2014
Col. Robert Wittig
U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664
Dear Col. Wittig,
Thank you for serving and all who serve this country. I certainly understand your commitment to doing what is best for our great nation and the men and women who serve. Therefore, as the Army continues to deliberate the SPEA (Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment) review for the Army’s 2020 Force Structure Realignment, I respectfully wish to reemphasize the potential impacts to the community that a Reduction in Force (RIF) might have on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).
With the Department of the Army planning to conduct a RIF at JBLM no later than January 15, 2015, which may result in the involuntary separation of 102 permanent employees, it is important to review all of the facts before making a decision that will have an impact on the surrounding communities of JBLM. The local community has forged a bond with the over 30,000 soldiers living outside of the base and the local economy has become dependent on this bond.
Throughout the public comment period, I have heard concerns from community leaders. According to the Pierce County Council and multiple businesses in the area, a reduction of 16,000 troops at JBLM would result in a total income loss of over $1 billion. Other concerns include the Department of the Army’s underestimated impacts on local revenue, unemployment rates, and housing market in the area.
As the representative of Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, I ask that you look at all of the facts and make a decision that is in the best interest of the security of our nation, the operation of JBLM, and the surrounding local communities. Thank you for your fair and thorough consideration of the SPEA for the 2020 Force Structure Realignment. I have faith that the Army will come to the right decision while keeping the security of our nation at the forefront. Please do not hesitate to contact Zack Guill in my district office at (425) 677-7414 if you need additional information.
Member of Congress
CC: The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary
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Issaquah, WA – After learning that the Washington State request for Individual Assistance, as well as Public Assistance for Chelan County, through a Major Disaster Declaration was denied, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement: “I fully support Governor Inslee’s decision to appeal this ruling from the federal government. Not only is this one of the worst wildfire seasons Washington has seen in many, many years, but we have seen individuals and families lose absolutely everything. The state is doing what it can to help provide assistance but they can’t do it alone. I am working with my colleagues, FEMA, and the Governor’s office to get the federal help we need to ensure people can access basic necessities and provide for themselves and their families as they rebuild their lives. I urge the federal government to address these needs and seriously consider the Governor’s appeal.” Wildfires in Washington State have destroyed more than 300 homes across four different counties and have seriously affected local economies, particularly as this comes in the middle of the busiest tourism season for Central Washington, in addition to the destruction of private property.Read More
Issaquah, WA - Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) visited fire-affected areas in Central Washington including the Red Cross operation at Chelan High School as well as Entiat, Leavenworth, and Ellensburg.
“After meeting so many chiefs and command crews and Red Cross workers today, I am prouder than ever of the work being done by our first responders and volunteers,” said Reichert. “They have done so much and continue to do so much to ensure that our communities are safe and, if all else fails, that people are removed from harm’s way and provided for. I cannot remember a fire season quite like this one; so many have lost homes or property and watched years of work go up in flames. I hope and pray that the remaining fires, such as those threatening Ellensburg and Vantage, are quickly contained, and I will continue to fight in Congress for our fire fighters to have the proper tools and resources to combat this natural enemy.”
Reichert is chair of the bipartisan Congressional Fire Services Caucus.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, a markup was held by the Natural Resources Committee on legislation from Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and cosponsored by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA): the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361); it was passed favorably out of committee. This legislation would expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate both the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic.
“Protecting this area for recreation and tourism opportunities is one of my highest priorities and I am pleased to see the Natural Resources Committee take this step to moving the Alpine Lakes legislation closer to law,” said Reichert. “Since this issue was first brought to my attention in 2006, I have refused to give up on working to ensure that the Alpine Lakes area receives the recognition and protection it deserves. Not only is this area an elegant, natural gem of both the state and the nation, it supports local economies and creates jobs. I want our children and grandchildren to enjoy everything Washington State has to offer, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one the best and most beautiful legacies we can leave them.”
“With today’s passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion bill out of the House Natural Resources Committee, we are one step closer to protecting one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country,” said DelBene. “While I am concerned with some of the changes made to the bill today, this will not be the final version that the president signs into law. Expanding the Alpine Lakes is crucial in supporting outdoor recreation, which generates $22.5 billion in consumer spending each year and is responsible for 227,000 jobs in our state. A short drive from downtown Seattle, countless residents and tourists visit the Alpine Lakes to camp, fish, hunt, hike and enjoy some of the most spectacular views that Washington has to offer.”
Tom Uniack, Conservation Director for Washington Wild was pleased to see the bill pass out of committee, and recognized the work already done and what remains to be accomplished. "We are happy to see that this important bill passed the House Committee for the first time in four years under the sustained leadership of Congressman Reichert. However, the proposed deletion of low-elevation mature forests along the Pratt Connector Trail is a great concern. These lands are worthy of wilderness designation."
The existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1976 and is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country. Key elements of the Alpine Lakes legislation include:
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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.
Visited NAVOS today to discuss the ways we help protect foster youth and set them up for success: http://t.co/FcIjlgkUcO
Recognizing East Wenatchee’s dedication to high quality education for their kids at Eastmont High’s grand reopening: http://t.co/kh9XTxVTu0
Rep. Reichert visited the Rocky Reach Dam near Wenatchee yesterday, examining its utilization of hydropower: http://t.co/P5rX6PD7SG