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
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), which will keep the government funded through December 9, 2016.
“I am proud my House and Senate colleagues agreed to put politics aside and acted in the best interest of our national security and the American people. Veterans, seniors, our troops, vulnerable members of society, and our economic stability all depend on a government that is open and fully operating. I see it as my privilege and duty to make sure these needs are met,” said Rep. Reichert. “Although a continuing resolution is not a long term solution, I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle over these coming months to pass a comprehensive funding bill that strengthens our economy, addresses our communities’ needs, and keeps the government running.”
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, applauded the World Trade Organization’s announcement regarding the United States’ longstanding dispute with the European Union (EU) and four of its member States regarding subsidies to Airbus. The WTO found that the EU and four of its member States illegally subsidized Airbus to the sum of nearly $22 billion, depriving Boeing of the sale of hundreds of aircraft and potential aerospace employees in Washington State the chance at a good-paying job. This was the largest trade ruling from WTO in history. Chairman Reichert participated in a press call announcing the report with Ambassador Froman and his Washington state delegation colleagues and made the following statement:
"We know that American businesses and workers win when competition is fair," said Chairman Reichert. "Today's confirmation that the EU continues to illegally subsidize aircraft and must be held accountable is not only a huge victory for the United States and the over 260,000 workers employed by the aerospace industry in my home state of Washington, but it is a win for the rule of law and for all those who believe that trade rules are critical to empowering U.S. workers and consumers to compete in the 21st Century economy. Thank you to USTR for its dedication over many years to providing a level playing field for American workers."
Additional Background Information:
In June 2011, the WTO found that the EU and four of its member States (Germany, France, the UK, and Spain) conferred more than $18 billion in subsidized financing to Airbus and had caused Boeing to lose sales of more than 300 aircraft and to lose market share throughout the world. In fact, in looking at the effect of the EU subsidies, the Appellate Body agreed with the Panel that "[w]ithout the subsidies, Airbus would not have existed... and there would be no Airbus aircraft on the market. None of the sales that the subsidized Airbus made would have occurred." In contrast, the WTO rejected the EU assertion in the EU's counter-complaint that U.S. subsidies were responsible for the viability of Boeing's large civil aircraft production.
The Boeing Company is the only American producer of large civil aircraft and is the largest single U.S. exporter. Boeing employs more than 157,000 people, including nearly 80,000 in Washington State and 15,000 in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. Boeing sold $31.8 billion worth of commercial aircraft in 2010. It is the largest American manufacturer of commercial jetliners.Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, participated in President Obama’s final Export Council meeting at the White House. The Export Council has served as the nation’s principal advisory committee on international trade where members discussed issues impacting American exporters, workers, and our nation’s economy. Chairman Reichert was first appointed as a member of the President’s Export Council in 2010. Today, Chairman Reichert thanked the entire council and discussed the need to find a path forward for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to sit at the same table as the President and members of his cabinet as well as some of our country’s greatest innovators and individuals who are committed to growing American jobs,” said Chairman Reichert. “During our time together, we have seen successes that have improved the lives of everyday Americans, better enabled our exporters to compete on the world stage, and given our farmers, workers and businesses new opportunities. To name a few successes, we passed free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea, fought for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and moved Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance through Congress.”
“But our work is not done. We must ensure the Export-Import Bank is fully functioning and we must continue to set the record straight on the benefits of strong free trade agreements (FTAs). At the same time, the Administration must pursue solutions that move FTAs with strong potential – like the Trans-Pacific Partnership – across the finish line.”Read More
September 11, 2001. It was supposed to be a celebratory day. On September 10th, Detective Tom Jensen handed me test results from DNA samples found on three of the first Green River serial murder victims. All three of them were linked to Gary Ridgway. That day was the first step in closing the largest serial murder case in our country.
But on the morning of 9-11 my plans – and the world – changed. We were now also working with Washington State law enforcement agencies and the Terrorism Task Force to protect all critical infrastructure in our communities.
In a cowardly act driven by evil and ignorance, 19 men took the lives of nearly 3,000 fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, colleagues, and loved ones.
For months, our first responders and volunteer civilians would work to remove the debris from the once congested streets and our nation would work to rebuild, while continuing to mourn the lives lost and honor the bravery so many showed that day.
Fifteen years later, the fear and the threat of terrorism on the home front are still real and present.
Our men and women in the military, intelligence professionals, law enforcement officers, and all first responders have worked tirelessly – often putting their lives on the line – to keep Americans safe as extremists continue to wage war on the freedoms this country stands for.
We must continue to put our full support behind them and remember that we are strongest when we stand shoulder to shoulder together as one country, as one people. And most of all, we must never forget the faces and the names of the victims whose lives were cut short that day.
WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and of the Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, today praised the House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 4481, the Education for All Act, which they introduced.
“For the millions of children living in poverty, especially in conflict-affected regions and sub-Saharan Africa, access to an education is their best chance of growing up to live a healthy, productive, and stable life,” said Reichert. “By giving children in the most desperate situations the tools to think for themselves, care for their families, and give back to their communities, we are not only doing what is right, we are laying the groundwork for greater peace and stability around the world.”
“With millions of children currently out of school, and even more who are not learning despite being in school, we must be tireless in our efforts to expand access and increase quality in classrooms across the globe,” said Lowey. “Without access to basic education, these children will not have the skills to care for their families, improve their own health outcomes, and contribute positively to their communities. If we fill their hands with books and their heads with knowledge, we can ensure they are less vulnerable to hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, and extremism. That is why helping to educate children in developing nations and conflict-affected countries is not only the right thing to do, it is a critical economic and national security priority.”
The Education for All Act, which passed the House today, would:
The 2012 attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban in Pakistan and the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the terrorist organization Boko Haram in April 2014 remain painful reminders of the barriers to education so many youth face around the world. Here are the startling facts about the state of international basic education today:
The Reichert-Lowey Education for All Act would ensure the United States continues to lead efforts with international organizations, foreign leaders, and other donors to increase global access to quality education. A Senate version of the Education for All Act was introduced by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in July. It has been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where it awaits consideration.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Danny Davis (D-IL), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act (H.R. 5947) which provides federal tax incentives to private sector employers who hire youth transitioning from the foster care system to independence.
The Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act will make transition age foster youth categorically eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), an existing federal credit that provides incentives to businesses to hire employees from certain populations with specific employment challenges. In doing so, this bill will help encourage employers to hire and invest in our nation’s foster youth and starting them on a successful career path.
“One of the best gifts you can give someone is hope for a better future – and that is exactly what this bill does,” said Rep. Reichert. “Our foster children have endured hardships most kids never have to face and can be at a disadvantage when entering the job market. By giving them the tools to be independent, this bill helps provide foster youths with the opportunity to live productive and successful lives.”
“The outcomes for transition age foster youth in this country is heartbreaking: nearly half are unemployed at age 24; half will spend time in a homeless shelter; and 70% will be reliant on government assistance after emancipating from foster care. The federal government has both an economic and moral interest in improving this grim reality for foster youth. In 2008, Congress passed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which recognized the challenges faced by youth transitioning out of foster care by enabling them to continue to receive support services until they turn 21. In authoring that bill my goal was not to extend dependency on the foster care system, but rather to use the additional time spent in extended foster care to help these youth become independent. While extended foster care is providing a critical lifeline for thousands of youth across the country, more needs to be done to help these youth connect with career opportunities and attain self-sufficiency,” said Congressman Jim McDermott.
“Our proposal seeks to expand opportunities to work for our foster youth who have already overcome so many challenges. Investing in the success of our foster children will not only reduce unemployment, but will also lessen homelessness, incarceration and other negative outcomes that cost society much, much more,” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
“We care about our foster kids and want to give them every opportunity to reach their highest potential. This bill is part of that process. This proposal provides a simple adjustment that encourages businesses to hire these kids, which breaks a cycle of dependence, and often a lifetime of poverty. It’s only right that we do our part to stand with our foster kids as they mature into adulthood and enter the workforce. As a member of the Congressional Foster Care Caucus, we are proud to support the bill,” said Congressman Tom Reed.
H.R. 5947 is strongly supported by a number of prominent national organizations, including iFoster, the Food Marketing Institute, the John Burton Foundation, Public Counsel, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the County Welfare Directors Association of California. Senator Bob Casey filed companion legislation in the Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) 100th Anniversary, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, commended the Commission’s work to provide Americans and policymakers with information on how our trade policies impact the American people and economy. Most recently, Congress voted to establish a new process at the ITC for tariff relief for American manufacturers.
“Over the past century, lawmakers have relied on the ITC as a dependable and unbiased source to help guide Congress in building a trade agenda that lifts up American businesses, consumers, and workers,” said Rep. Reichert. “Through the years, Americans have felt the benefits of trade. We have seen greater opportunities for our small businesses seeking to sell more of their products and for our families working to provide for their loved ones. As the global economy continues to develop and grow, the Commission will continue to be a key source of information that we need to pursue trade policies to strengthen our economy and empower Americans. Congratulations to the ITC and its staff for reaching this milestone and thank you for your century-long commitment to trade.”
Washington, DC - In the wake of the tragedies in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, Rep. Dave Reichert and Rep. John Lewis decided we need a new approach to ease police-community tensions and formed an unlikely partnership: African American Democrat civil rights leader and Caucasian Republican 33-year law enforcement veteran. Please find the below joint OpEd by Reps. Reichert and Lewis published in The Hill newspaper about the importance of reminding ourselves that we are on the same team and focusing on our common goal of keeping our neighborhoods safe.Civil rights leader and veteran sheriff form unlikely partnership
By Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
This August, over 500 of America's most capable and accomplished athletes will march into the Maracana Stadium together during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony under the banner of the American flag. On the playing field, the backgrounds of these athletes do not matter. They are each other's support, friends, and teammates. They are all Americans.
The camaraderie, love, and unity we celebrate during the Olympics is America at its best and is the America we hope to experience in cities, neighborhoods, and households around our country. However, nothing can obscure the suffering caused by the recent deaths in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas--as well as the anxiety produced by the protests that surrounded them. All of the turmoil leads us to wonder about the future of our country.
As elected leaders, the burden is on us to set an example that looks past politics and considers above all what is best for our nation as a whole. That is why two unlikely partners -- a Democratic African American civil rights leader and a Republican Caucasian law enforcement veteran -- have come together to say enough is enough.
The stakes are too high: the inestimable cost of human life and the intricate, interwoven fabric of our society. To ensure our struggle does not lead our nation to tear apart at the seams, we are left with only one viable choice: We must find a way to build a bridge toward dialogue, civility, transformation and ultimate peace.
Traveling this path together begins with the recognition that we all share the same goal. Everyone wants to live securely, knowing that their loved ones are safe in their own communities. It is the only way we can achieve the mutual respect and understanding that is central to any beloved community and is the foundation of a civil society. We need to walk in each other’s shoes.
In many neighborhoods across America, the wounds are deep and the fault lines are wide. It will take time and hard work to regain the trust and civility that has been lost or to build these attributes where they never existed before. But it must begin and end by realizing we are one people, one family, the human family. We all live in one house, the American house, the world house. But if a veteran law enforcement officer and a veteran activist, a Democrat and a Republican, a Southerner from the Southeast and a Northerner from the Northwest can commit to work together for the common good, you can too. We must all learn to live together as brothers and sisters, as Dr. Martin Luther King said, or we will all perish together as fools. We can do it. We must do it.Read More
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), former Sheriff of King County, WA and a 33 year veteran of law enforcement, made the following statement in response to the fatal shootings of at least three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“My heart breaks for the families and loved ones of the officers who lost their lives while working to protect the Baton Rouge community,” said Rep. Reichert. “And I pray for those who are being treated for their injuries and all of the men and women in blue in the Baton Rouge Police Department. Our country is in desperate need of healing. We must come together and recognize that we are all on the same team – we all want to feel respected and rest assured that our loved ones are safe. Building safer communities begins and ends with building this trust."
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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.