Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Members of Congress Dave Reichert (WA-8), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3) introduced the National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act, H.R. 3398. The bipartisan legislation creates a multimodal freight investment grant program which would help states and communities reduce truck and rail network delays, eliminate congestion, reduce highway/rail conflicts, and invest in strategic new freight corridors in both urban and rural environments.
Rep. Reichert said “There is 54 million tons of freight moving across our country on any given day, and this number is only going to increase. Our ability to grow our economy, create jobs, and compete with other nations in a global marketplace is dependent on keeping our transportation system in good repair. However, we have a long ways to go in upgrading our infrastructure and making sure our transportation and movement of goods is as efficient as possible. This legislation will take a much-needed step in doing that and I am glad to partner with my Washington state colleagues to lead this effort.”
“Washington state’s economy depends on transporting goods to market,” said Kilmer. “In order to support job growth in our region, we need infrastructure that can efficiently get products out of warehouses and onto rail lines, highways, and waterways so they get into the hands of customers. Right now, too much of our outdated freight infrastructure results in delays and congestion. Our bipartisan legislation calls for a national focus on smart freight policy that will help businesses and keep us competitive in a 21st century economy.”
“As the U.S. House and Senate are developing a long-term transportation plan, the movement of freight must be a key component,” said Jaime. “The amount of goods moving through Southwest Washington is increasing by the day, and we need our infrastructure to keep up. By making this plan part of a transportation package, we’re better allowing our cities and towns to plan for future growth and economic success, and doing it without any additional costs to taxpayers. Whether its separating grade crossings, reducing congestion on the highway, or increasing port capacity, we can ensure commerce is flowing quickly and – more importantly – safely.”Read More
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced the official launch of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
The task force will be chaired by Congressman Reichert who has over 30 years of experience in local law enforcement.
“Before coming to Congress, I spent 33 years in law enforcement so I understand what it takes to make a good cop and to ensure they have the tools they need to serve and protect their communities,” said Congressman Reichert. “We need a return to civility in our nation. This task force is made up of people from many different perspectives who want to find the facts to achieve that goal – looking for ways to support our communities and our law enforcement so that they can find mutual respect for one another. I’m excited to begin our work, and I know that facts lead to answers and answers to solutions.”
“We all know that tensions between local law enforcement and the communities they serve have rarely been higher in this country,” said Congressman Messer. "That’s not good for America, and, as a nation, we have to do better. I believe I speak for everyone on the task force when I say, we, as Republicans, want to be part of the solution.”
The Law Enforcement Task Force expects to take a deep dive into the drivers of the tensions between police officers and the communities that they serve. The task force plans to hold field hearings, round-table discussions and meetings with relevant stakeholders in the hopes of coming back with recommendations that will help improve the vital relationship between communities and law enforcement.
Members of the Law Enforcement Task Force have over 90 years combined experience in law enforcement. Members include Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Reps. Susan Brooks (IN-05), Jeff Miller (FL-01), Pete King (NY-02), Ted Poe (TX-02), Richard Nugent (FL-11), Steve Knight (CA-25) and Mia Love (UT-04).
A video of the press conference can be found here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:
“This landmark legislation was critical to ensuring all Americans living with disabilities were guaranteed equal access to opportunities to live a full and meaningful life without being discriminated against. With over 55 million people living in our nation with disabilities, it is sometimes hard to realize that before 1990, so many barriers stood in their way to leading happy, successful lives.
“My own godson lives with significant disabilities and if this law had not been enacted before he was born, his life would have turned out very differently – it would have been difficult to access transportation, public and private spaces, and receive an education. It is so important that we continue building upon the successes of the ADA and that we do everything within our power for those who need us to fight just a little bit extra for them, and that is why we must remember this anniversary.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, after the House passage of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:
“Today, I voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and supported consumer choice. By establishing a national standard for labeling, it will help ensure that there is consistency across the country for consumers and producers. This is an important step to making sure consumers can make educated choices about the food they are eating and putting on the table for their families.”
The guidelines set out in H.R. 1599 establish a voluntary non-genetically engineered food certification program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill does not impact the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to require labels under certain circumstances and further directs the FDA to establish rules for defining “natural” foods. For additional information about the bill, please click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) applauds the House Passage of legislation to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund through the end of the year:
“Yesterday, we voted to ensure our country’s infrastructure needs are met. I supported this legislation, because it continues funding for construction projects through the end of the year while giving us time to come together on a solution that funds a multi-year transportation bill. In my district, it doesn’t take more than a short drive along Highway 18 or Interstate 90 to see the very real need for Congress to act on a plan. A plan that includes a multi-year highway bill that offers communities greater certainty to plan for the future, improves our roads and bridges, reduces congestion, and eases the movement of goods. By the end of this year, I want to say our plan has become law. So this week, we took the first step by passing this bill. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act quickly.”Read More
National Parks are a national treasureThe Hill Op-Ed by Rep. Dave Reichert and Rep. Ron Kind July 15, 2015
National parks aren’t just pristine forests and wilderness areas, they’re battlefields and important monuments that embody our American heritage. They’re seashores, deserts, valleys, and mountains. They’re cultural and educational sites that remind us of who we are and where we came from. Together, the National Park System provides unparalleled and invaluable educational, natural, historical, cultural, and recreational experiences. Our parks need constant vigilance and protection and should not be taken for granted.
As co-chairs of the Congressional National Parks Caucus, we’re honored to congratulate the representatives and senators who will receive the Friends of the National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).
This year, 228 members of Congress spanning the political spectrum and the nation are being recognized for their support of our National Park System during the 113th Congress (January 2013 to December 2014).
It’s easy to see why there’s broad support for America’s favorite places. In fact, our national parks are some of the most visited destinations in the country and last year national parks received 292.8 million visits, which broke the previous record of 287.2 million visits in 1987.
When people travel to national parks, they stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, shop in local stores, hire guides, and provide other important economic activity in gateway communities. Last year alone, national parks were responsible for supporting 277,000 private-sector jobs and generating nearly $30 billion for our national economy – an increase of nearly $3 billion compared to 2013. Additionally, according to NPCA, every federal dollar invested in national parks becomes $10 for the economy through visitor spending, travel and tourism, and construction jobs.
Just as our monuments commemorate courageous endeavors that have changed our world, we also need to exhibit the courage to stand together to support our national parks during their centennial year, which coincides with the remainder of the 114th Congress. The National Park System’s centennial in 2016 is a historic opportunity for Congress to reaffirm our promise to our forefathers and future generations by leaving our national parks – the sites that embody our American legacy – better than we inherited them.
It is important that we not only support our national parks by visiting and sharing them with our families, friends, and constituents, but that we use our voting power to enhance and preserve them. Let’s mark the National Park System’s 100th anniversary by ensuring national parks have the resources to thrive.
We’re privileged to lead the Congressional National Parks Caucus, and it’s an honor to work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and from across the country to protect and enhance our national parks. Congratulations, again, to our fellow Friends of the National Parks Award recipients and we look forward to working together to support our national parks.
Reichert has represented Washington’s 8th Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Kind has represented Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District since 1997. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Reichert and Kind are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional National Parks Caucus.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) applauded the House Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) with the following statement:
“As co-chair of the Children’s Healthcare Caucus and someone who believes strongly in the importance of finding new cures and treatments for cancers and other life-threatening conditions, the bipartisan legislation we passed today will make a huge investment in our nation’s future and offers hope to millions of individuals and families courageously battling diseases. It puts money into research and eases regulatory burdens to spur innovation and new discoveries to help Americans overcome their health challenges and live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives.”Read More
The Hill Op-Ed by Rep. Dave Reichert and Kris Johnson July 10, 2015
With the creation of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank over 80 years ago, many Washington state businesses – both large and small - have remarkable success stories to tell about growing their businesses because of exports.
These stories can be found throughout the Washington state in a variety of industries. Take for example, Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind, a manufacturer of machine parts and molding for aerospace companies. Because of its robust export business supported by the bank, it is able provide more than 400 good-paying jobs for Washingtonians in the deaf-blind community.
Across the Cascades, in the 8th Congressional District, No. 9 Hay, based in Ellensburg, was first introduced to the Ex-Im Bank when they started their export business. Now a significant exporter, Bob Haberman of No. 9 Hay has said “how beneficial the bank can be for U.S. businesses trying to develop and expand foreign markets.”
Stories like these can be found throughout Washington state and across the country, because the bank’s financial bridge provides critical certainty and protections to small employers, allowing them to enter new markets abroad and create jobs at home. Other businesses depend on the bank, too, because they serve as suppliers for exporters. For example, in our state alone there are an estimated 1,900 companies tied to the aerospace industry as suppliers. Many of these companies are small- and medium-sized businesses which play a central part in the supply chain and their successes ultimately depend on the bank as well.
Just last year, the Ex-Im Bank supported over $15 billion in exports from Washington, sustaining and creating good paying jobs. Since 2007, the Bank has supported over 230 exporters and $135 billion in exports from Washington. Of the 234 exporters, 154 were small businesses; this is important because in Washington state 90 percent of exporters are small- and medium-sized businesses. This all corresponds to hundreds and thousands of jobs supported across the state, and countless more across the nation. Without Congressional action on a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank charter, we are putting these jobs at risk.
We recognize the need for reforms that create greater accountability and transparency. They, too, deserve debate and consideration. However, to have these discussions, we must move to reauthorize the bank.
Time is of the essence. With the help of Ex-Im Bank, even our smallest exporters located in rural areas of the state and nation can have a vital tool that helps them create jobs and actively participate in their small community’s recovery, giving hope to families.
This is a competitiveness issue, and we need to support our exporters so that they may continue to thrive and grow, because across the globe the number of export credit agencies run by other countries continues to increase. This puts our exporters at a disadvantage.
Aside from the broader economic benefits and job creation, the Ex-Im Bank returns money to the U.S. Treasury. According to the bank, in 2014, it returned $675 million to the Treasury. We consider this to be a win-win for hard-working Americans.
As representatives of a state that is one of the nation’s top export marketplaces, the Ex-Im Bank is critical to employers working to expand sale of their goods overseas and, as a result, create good-paying jobs that allow widespread and shared prosperity.
Congress must act to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank charter. The consequences of doing nothing would be devastating to employers and employees in Washington state and around the nation.
Reichert has represented Washington’s 8th Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Johnson is the president of the Association of Washington Business, which represents nearly 8,000 Washington employers of all sizes.Read More
Washington, D.C. –Representatives Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Bob Dold, Ron Kind, Rodney Davis, David Valadao, and Bill Pascrell introduced the Educator Tax Relief Act, H.R. 2490, to make permanent the deduction allowed for educators who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket and expand the deduction to the include professional development expenses.
The members of Congress said, “Educators put a lot of time and effort into making sure our children have the opportunity to learn and grow and prepare themselves for success. It seems only fair that we do not ask them to use their own hard-earned dollars to purchase the basics needed to do their job or develop in their careers. This bill will allow us to alleviate an unnecessary financial burden and continue to invest in the education of America’s children.”
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said, “Every day, educators across America reach into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies such as books, pencils, paper, and art supplies for their students and classrooms. The $250.00 a year educator tax deduction included in the bipartisan Educator Tax Relief Act of 2015 will make a big difference to educators who often must sacrifice their own personal needs to pay for classroom supplies. More to the point, by including an inflationary adjustment to the educator tax and making it permanent, we finally will recognize that this is an act of love and sacrifice by educators that we should support and reward.”
BACKGROUND Every year educators across the country foot the bill for basic classroom supplies out of dedication to teaching and to their students. The National School Supply and Equipment Association released data from the 2012-2013 school year showing public school teachers spent $1.6 billion out-of-pocket on classroom materials.
Additionally, educator quality is critical to maximize student achievement, as highly qualified educators 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 educators and our children. The legislation is written to adjust for inflation so that the deduction keeps pace with the growing cost to educators.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.
Read about the bill I introduced this week to upgrade our infrastructure: http://t.co/Tm2HoWqYx7
Enjoyed meeting the Archuleta family from Covington in DC today! http://t.co/59jHBjwfgZ
This vote is critical to keep our VA hospitals open and our highways funded while we work to find a multi-year funding source