Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a law enforcement veteran of over 30 years and twice-elected former King County Sheriff, made the following statement in response to the tragic death of a veteran law enforcement officer from the Washington State Tacoma Police Department.
“Today, Washington State and our country mourns the loss of an officer who confronted danger with courage and a resolute focus on saving lives, sadly sacrificing his own life in the end. It is with a heavy heart that I send my prayers and deepest condolences to the officer’s family and men and women of the Tacoma Police Department,” said Rep. Reichert. “With a recent surge in targeted attacks against members of law enforcement, we have seen tragic reminders of just how real the threats faced by our protectors are. But despite heightened tensions and sharp criticisms, we have seen resilience within our law enforcement communities and an unshakable commitment to perform their critical mission of keeping our families safe and protecting our freedoms, whether we are relaxing at home or protesting on the street. Last night was no exception. Tacoma Police Department was assisted by Lakewood, Fife, Ruston, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the King County Sheriff’s Office, the Tacoma Fire Department, the Washington State Patrol, and their federal partners from ATF, who came to the scene ready to support their colleagues in securing the surrounding area. What’s exceptional about this demonstration of bravery is that it is not exceptional at all. Men and women across our country put their lives on the line every day because it is their duty and it is their calling.”
“As we gather with our friends and loved ones this holiday season to celebrate and give thanks, we must remember that our family stretches beyond our kitchen table, past our neighborhood boundaries, and over the geographic boundaries that separate us. We are one family and one America – and we are all in this together.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after the U.S. House passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This bipartisan legislation will work to spur innovation in health technology, promote life-saving research, address mental illness, and combat the opioid epidemic sweeping Washington State and the nation.
“In the 21st Century, we need healthcare solutions that not only address our medical needs in the present, but also take steps to create better health outcomes for future generations,” said Rep. Reichert. “The Cures Act gives our scientists the necessary tools and resources to more quickly find life-saving cures and make health threats of today diseases of the past.”
“The Cures Act is a big win for cancer patients in Washington State. Our region is fortunate to be home to some of the best medical facilities in the nation, including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). With this bill, places like SCCA can expand their treatment to patients in locations outside of a hospital without harmful additional costs.”
“This bill will also support the four million Americans with serious mental illness who do not receive treatment and expand training to help members of law enforcement better identify and respond to criminal suspects who are suffering from mental illness. I am proud the mental health provisions also include support for our nation’s homeless population as they work to get back on their feet. Finally, the Cures Act addresses the opioid epidemic that has torn apart countless families across the country and stolen the potential from too many lives.”
To read more about specific provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, click HERE.Read More
Washington, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Outdoor REC Act with strong bipartisan support. This legislation, championed by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), would direct the government to measure the outdoor industry’s important contributions to the U.S. economy.
“With countless hiking and biking trails, rivers, lakes, and parks, Washington State is home to some of the country’s most active outdoorsmen and women. But spending time outside is more than a recreational activity in my home state – the outdoors industry is a staple of our economy. I am proud today my colleagues in the House joined me in recognizing the important role the outdoor recreation industry plays in contributing to job creation and the overall health of our economy.”Read More
Washington, DC – In response to the ongoing tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve, today Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Doug Collins (R-GA) – all members of the Policing Strategies Working Group – released the following statement calling for peace as we work together as a country to regain trust and rebuild police-community relationships that have deteriorated:
The statistics are alarming. Last year, Baltimore saw its bloodiest year on the books with 344 homicides. And with over 600 homicides reported so far this year, violent crime in Chicago is expected to spike by more than 70 percent by the close of 2016. Altogether, violent crime in America is projected to rise by 13 percent by year’s end. The trail of violent crime is tragically clear: where there is loss of life, there are deteriorating police-community relations.
This past July we came together to form the Policing Strategies Working Group with the shared goal of protecting the sons, daughters, loved ones, and friends who are the faces and the names behind these numbers. As elected leaders from all corners of the United States, we represent constituents from regions north and south, west and east, rural and urban, and from all racial backgrounds. Like the beautiful country we call home, we are rich with different histories, interests, and backgrounds. However, we share a bond that no electoral lines can splinter – the human bond. We are one family living on this earth.
As Americans – as people – we all want safe neighborhoods, the fair and just rule of law, and peace. When we lose sight of these common goals and the ties that bind us as humans, we risk losing the very things we are fighting to protect. Our life here is fragile, a temporary gift, let’s use this blessing of life to work toward a future of peace and prosperity for our children.
We are committed to examining the issues fueling the tension threatening our communities. We are visiting neighborhoods where trust is low and not only listening to opposing voices but learning how individuals live. We are doing our best to walk in each other’s shoes - and that’s what you must do, too.
In many neighborhoods across America healing will be no easy task, but the stakes are too high to pursue any other path. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “We must all learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will all perish together as fools.”Read More
Washington, DC – On the eve of a meeting between Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) led a letter urging both parties to continue discussing an extension of their current contract covering operations at the 29 West Coast container ports. Although the current contract does not expire until 2019, the last time the contract expired in 2014 there was no resolution until 2015. The result was a prolonged dispute that led to backups at ports along the West Coast and an estimated $7 billion of impacts to the U.S. economy.
“During the 2014-2015 disruption at the 29 West Coast ports, our growers were forced to dump spoiled produce, our manufacturers were delayed waiting for necessary parts, and our retailers were faced with empty shelves. The impact was not simply limited to the West Coast, but was ultimately felt by communities across the country and the larger economy,” wrote the representatives. “We urge you to come to a resolution, so that we can all avoid this same outcome and the repeat of these devastating stories.”
The full text of the letter can be found, HERE.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-08), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Denny Heck (WA-10) today announced that Washington has been awarded a $2.7 million US Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant to boost apprenticeships in the state.
The announcement comes after the Members threw their support behind Washington’s application in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor last month.
“The need for highly-skilled workers in Washington is significant, especially given our robust aerospace industry,” the Members wrote. “We ask that you give full and fair consideration to Washington state’s grant application and look forward to working with you on a federal level to promote apprenticeships and expand the skills of our workforce.”
The state expansion grant program exists to help states develop and implement comprehensive strategies to support apprenticeship expansion to new sectors and underserved populations, as well as enhance state capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs.
Washington state’s application aims to use apprenticeships to help increase the number of people in the state who are able to find and maintain good jobs – especially people in disadvantaged populations – and help close the skill gaps that employers need, especially in manufacturing industries.Read More
Washington, DC - House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement from the United States Trade Representative that China has ended discriminatory tax exemptions for certain Chinese-produced aircraft. This decision came after the United States brought World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement proceedings against China.
“America is home to the greatest manufacturers and workforce in the world, and we know that when our businesses compete on a level playing field, they win. Thank you to Ambassador Froman and his team for their commitment to enforcing the rules and standing up for the aerospace workers and businesses in my home state of Washington. The elimination of China's discriminatory tax on imported aircraft is a significant victory for American businesses and workers. We must continue taking actions to hold our trading partners accountable and give our companies the chance to succeed."
Washington, DC - Today, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Subcommittee Ranking Member Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) invited American businesses to apply for temporary duty suspensions and reductions at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
In a letter to their Congressional colleagues, the Ways and Means Members outlined specifically how American businesses and manufacturers who have had to pay expensive tariffs for certain products not made in the United States can now benefit from the new process established by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA) of 2016.
“Starting today, American businesses have until December 12, 2016, to file petitions at the ITC for a temporary duty suspension or reduction. Filing a petition at the ITC is the only way to pursue eligibility for this relief,” the Members wrote.
American businesses that want to apply for this relief should visit https://www.usitc.gov/mtbinfo.htm.
CLICK HERE for more information on the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA) of 2016.
“Earlier this year, the House passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 415-2 and the Senate passed by unanimous consent the bipartisan American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA) of 2016. This new law will lower costs for American manufacturers who have had to pay expensive tariffs for certain products not made in the United States, unnecessarily increasing their costs and making them less competitive. The AMCA creates an open and transparent process to provide relief for such manufacturers through temporary duty suspensions and reductions, making it easier for them to sell their products, grow their businesses, create jobs, and invest in their communities. This new process is fully consistent with the letter and intent of all House Rules and related guidance.
“The AMCA process commences today at the International Trade Commission (ITC), an independent, nonpartisan agency charged by the statute with conducting the petition process and making recommendations to Congress. Starting today, American businesses have until December 12, 2016, to file petitions at the ITC for a temporary duty suspension or reduction. Filing a petition at the ITC is the only way to pursue eligibility for this relief.
“The only entities eligible to file petitions are members of the public who meet the definition of a ‘likely beneficiary’ of the requested duty suspension or reduction. This term is defined in the statute as ‘an individual or entity likely to utilize, or benefit directly from the utilization of, an article that is the subject of a petition for a duty suspension or reduction.'
“After petitions are filed, the ITC will commence a public comment procedure in January 2017 and then will begin its evaluation.
“In evaluating each petition, the ITC will determine whether it meets the following tests: (1) there is no objection by a ‘domestic producer’ of the merchandise, as defined in the statute; (2) it is administrable; (3) the estimated loss in revenue does not exceed $500,000 per calendar year; and (4) the benefit is available to any person importing the article. The ITC may make recommendations for technical corrections and modifications to a petition so that it meets these tests.
“The ITC will then make its final recommendations to Congress, which are due in the summer of 2017. At that point, Congress may then consider legislation providing for tariff relief only for those petitions for which the ITC made a positive recommendation.
“In the event that you receive inquiries from constituents, please refer them to the very thorough ITC website ‘MTB Info Page': https://www.usitc.gov/mtbinfo.htm. This page contains the links to file a petition, a handbook on filing procedures, a ‘Before You File’ manual, and answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, the page contains the portal required by the enhanced transparency requirements of the new statute to allow the public to follow the process in detail, including access to all petitions, public comments, and ITC report. Finally, the Ways & Means website contains further information: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/competitive/.”
Washington, DC – As the Wall Street Journal reported, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, and Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Grace Meng (D-NY) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, expressing their opposition to Iran’s potential World Trade Organization (WTO) membership and asking for more information regarding the Administration’s position.
The Members wrote, “As Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and continues to be a destabilizing force in the Middle East, maintaining our robust sanctions regime is critical. Iran must be held responsible for its actions, and our ability to impose sanctions is vital in deterring Iran from engaging in nefarious activities.”
To read the full letter, click HERE.Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced a resolution expressing support for a stable and sustainable funding source for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. The THCGME program is dedicated entirely to training primary-care physicians and dentists in community-based settings to help fill shortages of primary-care clinicians across the country.
“Too many families in rural communities are struggling to access the health care they need due to a shortage of primary care physicians. The doctor shortage threatens the health of the over 46 million Americans who call rural regions of the country home, including Ellensburg and Chelan in my home state of Washington. Community Health Centers play a critical role in meeting this need,” said Rep. Reichert. “It only makes sense that we should be training our future doctors in the setting where we need them most – and that’s what the THCGME does. It has a proven track record of attracting and retaining high-quality medical professionals in underserved areas. I urge my colleagues in Congress to join us in supporting the THCGME program and provide it with the resources necessary to serve our communities.”
“In communities across America, there is a growing need for more primary care providers,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “By training primary care providers in diverse settings, the Teaching Health Center program expands access to health services in rural and underserved urban communities. This important program deserves continued Congressional support.”
“Bringing more general family practice doctors, OBGYNs, and psychiatrists to Eastern Washington is one of my top priorities. Recruiting and developing the next generation of medical providers in our community starts with securing the funding and building the facilities needed to attract more doctors to our area,” said House Republican Conference Chair Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “One way to do this is by continuing the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. The program has helped recruit 60 percent more medical residents to Eastern Washington in the last two years, and the resolution my colleagues and I introduced today continues the success teaching health centers, including the Spokane Teaching Health Center, have achieved to help grow our medical community and provide better, faster care to our rural communities.”
“The benefits of Teaching Health Centers are widespread. They give aspiring primary care physicians – who are so crucial to providing personalized preventative care and ensuring health concerns are caught and treated early – the opportunity to train in a diverse setting,” said Rep Tsongas. “And as I have seen in my own district at exceptional facilities like the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Teaching Health Centers provide communities with the next generation of physicians for their area. The residency program at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center has trained 161 family physicians, more than 73% of whom work in underserved communities and 32% in community health centers. Last year, I led a bipartisan effort for two years of funding for the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program and am proud to join Reps. Reichert, Blumenauer, and McMorris Rodgers to make that funding permanent.”
This is what people in the medical community are saying about H.Res.899:
“Because of its strong emphasis on meeting current physician workforce needs and providing access to primary care in medically underserved areas, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program is critical to the future of our nation’s health. This program is of particular importance to osteopathic medical education, as most currently-funded medical residency programs are osteopathic or dually-accredited (DO/MD). AACOM applauds Representative Reichert’s efforts to support this bipartisan program that is critical to ensure the stability and continuity of the nation’s primary care training programs in community-based settings while simultaneously delivering health care services to underserved communities most in need.” -Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO
“The AAFP appreciates Reps. Dave Reichert, Earl Blumenauer, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Niki Tsongas for sponsoring a bipartisan resolution of support for sustaining the Teaching Health Center GME program. This important program is dedicated entirely to training new primary care physicians -- two-thirds of whom are training in family medicine. Research shows that family physicians tend to practice where they are trained, which is why continued support of this program is important to addressing our national shortage in primary care." – John Meigs, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians
"We are grateful that Representative Reichert, who represents the first rural THC funded clinic, in Ellensburg, Washington, is taking this action to provide Congressional support for sustaining this important federal program. The Teaching Health Center (THC) program has been a significant tool for addressing the primary care physician shortage in the Yakima and Ellensburg areas of Washington state, and nationally. Community Health of Central Washington provides quality healthcare through service and education and the THC program plays an important part in supporting it.” - Russell G. Maier, MD, FAAFP, program director of the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency
"Speaking for the nation’s first community health center-sponsored residency program, I commend the efforts of our own Rep. Nikki Tsongas, a stalwart advocate for healthcare access for our patients. We so appreciate her joining Representatives Reichert, Blumenauer, and McMorris Rodgers in introducing this resolution, recognizing that a stable and sustainable funding source is needed for the long-term survival of the THC program." - Joseph Gravel, MD, Chair of Family Medicine & Community Health/ Chief Medical Officer of the Greater Lawrence Family Health CenterRead 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.
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