Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert


Congressman Reichert's Statement on Passage of Defense Authorization Bill


Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other national security programs for Fiscal Year 2016.

Due to a death in the family, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) needed to be home in Washington State with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and was unable to participate in the vote. He issued the following statement after the bill passed the House:

“The federal government’s first, and most fundamental, job is to protect the nation’s national security. Today, the House of Representatives voted to keep the American people safe by providing the resources needed to remain the world’s strongest military,” said Congressman Reichert. “Ensuring that our troops have the necessary support to fulfill their critical mission is especially important at a time when we face threats on both the home front and abroad.”

Rep. Reichert continued, “As a former member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I am also pleased to see that this bill takes steps to give a pay raise to our military members and improve military recruitment by modernizing the compensation and benefits systems to compete with the private sector. These updates are necessary to continue attracting the best and the brightest to our nation’s Armed Forces.”



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Congressman Reichert's Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution


Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to maintain funding for critical government programs and avert a government shutdown.

Due to a death in the family, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) needed to be home in Washington State with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and was unable to participate in the vote. He issued the following statement after the bill passed the House:

“I am pleased to see that my colleagues in the House chose the responsible path, rather than one motivated by politics. It has always been my belief that as representatives of the people of this great nation, it is our duty to serve the best interests of our constituents. That is why I would have supported this legislation,” said Congressman Reichert. “Shutting down the government threatens our national security, compromises pay for our current and former servicemembers, delays federal assistance to low income families and seniors, and could lead to economic instability. This is not a sacrifice I am willing to make.”  

Rep. Reichert continued, “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 government spending, and keeps the government running.”



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Congressman Reichert Holds Meeting with National Police Association Leaders


Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) held a meeting with national police association leaders as part of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force, which the Congressman chairs. Reichert, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience, held the meeting to hear how tensions between law enforcement and communities can be resolved.

“Tensions between police and the communities in which they serve are at a breaking point. As elected officials, we must lead on this issue and resolve the crisis so that law enforcement officers and members of their communities can remain safe”, Reichert said. “The conversation yesterday was a great step in trying to find solutions to today’s problems and I appreciate the honesty and information provided by the speakers. There is no doubt that more work needs to be done and I look forward to the Task Force holding more meetings with voices from all over the country in the coming months.”

Participants in the meeting included Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations, and James Baker, Director of Law Enforcement Operations for the International Association of Police.

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 Republican Policy Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06), 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), Mia Love (UT-04) and John Katko (NY-24).

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Congressman Reichert Remarks on the Passage of the Educator Tax Relief Act


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee passed the Educator Tax Relief Act (H.R. 2490), which U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert introduced in July. During today’s committee mark-up Reichert said the following:

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And before I start, let me thank several of my colleagues here today - Mr. Pascrell, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Kind, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Dold and Ms. Jenkins - for cosponsoring this important piece of legislation with me. I would also like to enter into the record a letter of support from the National Education Association on behalf of its three million members.

Each summer teachers across the country prepare for the upcoming school year. We owe a lot of thanks to these teachers who work so hard to welcome our kids and grandkids into their classrooms. They go above and beyond to create the best learning environment for their students to be successful. Often, teachers dig into their own pockets to pay for school supplies. They shouldn’t have to do this, but if they do they should be compensated. This legislation provides the necessary tax relief and certainty our educators deserve. Specifically, it makes permanent and indexes to inflation the current above-the-line deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers. Since 2002, this deduction has helped to offset the costs of supplies, books, and computer equipment for teachers who use their own hard-earned dollars to pay for these items.

“This bill also builds upon the current deduction by expanding it to cover professional development courses. When teachers continue their education and enhance their skills through professional development it benefits all of us. The more our educators learn, the more our students learn. Like many of you, I remember the teachers who successfully pushed me to work a little harder and inspired me to try my best. The Educator Tax Relief Act is about recognizing this difficult yet important work.

“Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for including this important provision in the markup today. I yield back.”



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.

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Congressman Reichert Applauds Wenatchee High School Mariachi Huenachi Program


Wenatchee - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) is pleased to announce that Wenatchee High School’s very own Director Ramon Rivera and Mariachi Huenachi will be recognized today by the White House for their ongoing commitment to educational excellence within the Hispanic community. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will be acknowledging this commitment by presenting them with the Bright Spot in Hispanic Education award and featuring them in the “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online Catalog.”

Rep. Reichert said “It has been my pleasure to work with Director Ramon Rivera and the Mariachi Huenachi group over the past few years. I am proud of the work they have done for their community and for the state of Washington. Since its inception, Mariachi Heunachi has served over 300 youth and has maintained an extraordinary 100% graduation rate. Their commitment to educational excellence and the impact they have made on the lives of hundreds of youth should be a model for the rest of the state and country. I was honored to nominate them for this award and could not think of a more deserving group. Their success should be an inspiration to all of us.”

Director Ramon Rivera said "I feel so blessed that that our Mariachi Program is receiving this high honor from the White House. It is a privilege to be featured as a one of the top Hispanic programs in the nation."

All the Bright Spots will be announced today at 1pm EDT during a press conference in Washington, D.C. The catalog will also be available at 1pm EDT today and can be accessed at; www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

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Congressman Reichert Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement explaining his decision to oppose the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

“The President took an oath to protect and defend the United States of America. If the President signs this agreement he will not have kept that oath. This deal allows Iran a pathway to nuclear weapons; it removes sanctions on access to conventional weapons; it allows for the continued development of Iran's intercontinental ballistic missile program designed to deliver nuclear warheads. It lifts financial sanctions allowing Iran to receive up to $150 billion dollars. The President failed to reveal the entire agreement language to Congress, even though side deals were made. Iran will be allowed and trusted to inspect their own nuclear facilities. Just two days ago Iran's Supreme leader said America is still our enemy and Israel will not exist in 25 years. Like the President, I also took an oath to protect and defend the United States of America, and I kept my oath by opposing this bad deal. It’s a bad deal for America, for our friend and ally Israel and for the world.”

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Reichert Statement on the Washington State Department of Corrections decision to transfer Gary Ridgway


Washington - Saturday, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) issued the following statement after the Washington State Department of Corrections transferred Gary Ridgway, the serial killer that terrorized residents of Washington State for two decades, to a Colorado prison, allowing him more freedoms, including a job and interaction with the general population:

"I am incensed and outraged on behalf of the victim's families, the task force detectives, patrol officers, scientists, hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their lives to bring this monster to justice and all law abiding citizens. These hardworking dedicated servants spent 20 years of their lives devoted to stopping Gary Ridgway from committing more crimes and solving those he did. It is unbelievable and absolutely intolerable that the Washington State Department of Corrections determined that because Gary Ridgway, this country's most notorious serial killer who confessed to 49 murders, was such a model inmate, he was relocated to a Colorado prison at a cost of 20k for a private jet to transport him, so he can now socially interact with others and get a job. This is another example of murderers in Washington State not being treated appropriately for the heinous crimes they have been found guilty of. Ridgway should feel fortunate to spend the remainder of his life in solitary confinement."

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Congressmen Reichert, Heck Host Law Enforcement Task Force Roundtable in Pierce County


WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8), Chair of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force, and Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) hosted a roundtable with law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss current, national tensions between communities and law enforcement and how Congress can help support both law enforcement and communities in efforts to reduce those tensions and address underlying causes.

“Yesterday, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office police officer in Illinois was murdered. This tragedy follows murders of police in Atlanta and Harris County, Texas. We can all agree that this is unacceptable. We have tracked the violence in our country from Ferguson until today and it is clear there is a crisis in our communities. We must get to the bottom of the underlying issues and find ways to take action to address them. I am pleased Congressman Heck was able to join me yesterday to hear from a wide range of men and women who have seen this first hand. This is a problem not just in Pierce County, or Washington State, but across this country, and we cannot ignore it if we are to keep our loved ones safe.”

The other roundtable participants were Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, NAACP member Pastor Gregory Christopher, Tacoma Ministerial Alliance member Elder Toney Montgomery, Dr. Priscilla Lisicich of Safe Streets, Minister Marvin Charles of D.A.D.S., King County Police Officers Guild President Steve Eggert, Puyallup Deputy Chief of Police Dave McDonald, and Washington State Commissioner of Hispanic Affairs Manuel Reta.

The Law Enforcement Task Force Members are Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (IN-6), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Susan Brooks (IN-5), Jeff Miller (FL-1), Pete King (NY-2), Ted Poe (TX-2), Richard Nugent (FL-11), Steve Knight (CA-25), Mia Love (UT-4), and John Katko (NY-24).

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Members of Washington Congressional Delegation Urge President to Approve Emergency Disaster Declaration


WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Dan Newhouse joined together to write a letter to President Obama asking him to quickly approve Governor Jay Inslee’s federal emergency disaster declaration.

The members of Congress said, “The ongoing wildfires are affecting Washingtonians all across the state, endangering lives and property. Our first responders have acted with selflessness and courage, battling to keep our communities safe while putting their own lives at risk. Nowhere is this more evident than with the sacrifice of the three United States Forest Service firefighters whose lives were lost last night. That is why it is critical that we can support those still on the ground to the fullest extent as well as assist our communities as they rebuild and recover from their devastating losses.”

Governor Inslee’s request was made on August 19th. The full text of the Congressional letter of support is below:

August 20, 2015

The Honorable Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to urge you to approve as quickly as possible the federal emergency disaster declaration requested by Washington Governor Jay Inslee on August 19, 2015.

As you know, Washington state is experiencing a historically intense wildfire season. Wildfires burning in Counties throughout Central and Eastern Washington have stretched our state’s wildfire fighting resources thin and have affected communities still recovering from last year’s Carlton Complex fire - the worst by fire acres burned in Washington state’s history. Hundreds of lightning strikes sparked numerous fires in the region over a period of six hours on August 13, 2015 and the National Weather Service projects that a similar storm system is moving into the area within the next two days. Taken together, wildfires this season have burned over 235,000 acres, 50 residences, 60 other structures, and currently threaten over 3,600 homes across eleven counties and four Federally-recognized tribes: Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Skamania, and Yakima Counties; and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation.

Major fires such as the Chelan Complex wildfire and the Wolverine Fire have burned over 58,000 and 40,000 acres, respectively, and threaten whole communities in the region. Local economies, still recovering from last year’s fires, have been further devastated. The Chelan Complex and Wolverine Fire have struck in the midst of the region’s economically vital summer tourist season and have further harmed an agricultural sector already weakened by extreme heat and drought. The destruction of the Chelan Fruit warehouse in Chelan alone may result in up to $80 million in losses and 800 jobs impacted. While thousands of firefighting personnel are working tirelessly to gain control of these fires, containment among major fires currently ranges from 0- to 30-percent.

We are proud of the first responders from multiple local, state, and federal agencies who have responded courageously to this disaster and mourn for the three firefighters who lost their lives combating the Twisp fire on August 19. Despite their heroic efforts and sacrifice, a disaster of this magnitude requires federal assistance. We therefore urge you to issue a federal emergency disaster declaration as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your quick attention to this matter.


Patty Murray United States Senator

Maria Cantwell United States Senator

Dave Reichert Member of Congress

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Member of Congress

Dan Newhouse Member of Congress

Jaime Herrera Beutler Member of Congress

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Reichert Statement on Chelan County Fire Damage


Wenatchee, WA – Over the weekend, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) toured the active fire zones around Lake Chelan with Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, after attending a briefing on their status and overall damage. After seeing the devastation and gathering details about the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) plan to combat the fires, he issued the following statement:

“This has been a record-breaking fire season for our country, and we are feeling the effects right here at home. I have been spending time in Chelan County over the last few days and have seen the flames and the smoke resulting from the fires as well as the many lakeside homes that have been completely destroyed. The fires currently surrounding Lake Chelan are causing health risks from the smoke’s air pollution in addition to the physical destruction. However, I continue to be impressed by the coordination of the various agencies involved with fighting the fires and know that they will do everything within their power to protect the lives and property of the residents of this community. I will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to support the community’s requests for federal relief.”

The two currently active fires in Chelan County are the Chelan Complex Fire (which has also spread to Douglas and Okanagan Counties) and the Wolverine Fire. Combined, the two fires are affecting over 96,000 acres, with over 1,200 personnel deployed to fight them. Multiple areas have been evacuated. For the most up-to-date emergency information, residents are directed to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page.

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Reichert Floor Statement in Support of 2015 Blue Alert Legislation

2015-05-12 22:53:29

Reichert on Ensuring State and Local Sales Tax Deduction

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Reichert House Floor Statement on Permanently Repealing the Death Tax

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Law Enforcement Special Order Hour, January 2015

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Congressman Reichert's Law Enforcement Special Order Opening Statement

2015-01-28 00:38:04

Reichert Honors Law Enforcement for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

2015-01-09 20:24:08

Rep. Reichert speaks in support of ABLE Act

2014-12-03 21:41:08

Reichert: Close the Pot Shop Loophole

2014-09-17 02:27:14

Reichert Q&A at Social Impact Bonds Hearing

2014-09-09 22:28:05

Reichert Q&A AGOA Trade Hearing

2014-07-30 13:50:12

Reichert Honors Fallen Capitol Police Officers

2014-07-24 20:29:37

Reichert Floor Statement on the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

2014-07-24 16:28:10

Reichert Trade Subcommittee Q&A with Amb. Michael Punke

2014-07-16 22:19:52

Reichert Speaks with President at President's Export Council Meeting

2014-06-27 18:02:29

Reichert Questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen

2014-06-20 19:56:45

Reichert Q&A - Trade Hearing 6/11/14

2014-06-11 22:42:24

Reichert offers COPS amendment to ensure adequate funding for law enforcement

2014-05-29 01:02:54

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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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