Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8), a long-time leading advocate for expanded trade, issued the following statement after H.R. 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act, which included the renewal of trade promotion authority, and H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which included the Congressman’s trade adjustment assistance provisions, were signed into law:
“Today, I had the opportunity to join the President for a historic moment. Years of hard-work have been put into the legislation that was signed today, making trade promotion authority a reality. With this tool in hand, we set the priorities for our trade negotiations and ensure that our current negotiations, such as the TPP, T-TIP, and TiSA, result in high-standard and comprehensive agreements. Of special importance to me is that trade promotion authority was attached to my legislation which protects the retirements of those who work to protect us. The second piece of legislation that was signed into law today continues to make sure those who need a little help in today’s changing world are able to receive it and have the opportunity to get back on their feet, by including the trade adjustment assistance provisions I introduced in the House. I’m excited to continue working with my colleagues to champion expanded trade and other policies that create jobs and grow our economy.”
More on H.R. 2146, here.
More on H.R. 1295, here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Adam Smith (WA-9) reintroduced legislation to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.
Rep. Reichert said, “I am very proud to introduce this legislation with my colleague Mr. Smith today to recognize this beautiful gem of Washington State. It is a key part of both our natural and economic heritage and history, playing a vital role in many of our state’s most important industries and the area’s great natural beauty is an attraction to all. To achieve the Heritage Area designation for the Greenway would preserve this legacy for our children and grandchildren and add another gem to our national treasures.”
"The Greenway is a critical part of Washington state's environment and economy and should be recognized as such," said Rep. Smith. "By designating the Greenway as a National Heritage Site, this legislation would preserve our region's scenic natural lands and wildlife habitat, while recognizing its economic benefit through promoting outdoor recreation, tourism, agriculture and more. The diverse coalition of organizations and community members supporting this effort speaks to the value our community places on protecting our environment for generations to come."
“This region is unique in many ways to the rest of the nation, with our spectacular outdoors, world-class recreation, vibrant economy, and deep heritage of placing great value on our healthy relationship with the vast natural landscapes on the doorsteps of our cities,” said Greenway Trust Board President Kurt Fraese. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Cantwell and Congressman Reichert, who are strong champions in caring for this unique heritage and pushing for the creation of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area.”
The Mountains to Sound Greenway is a 1.5 million-acre landscape with alpine peaks, wilderness lakes, and lush forests and serves as the backdrop for the lives of approximately 1.4 million residents living in the surrounding communities.
A National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision in favor of Burwell:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that Obamacare continues to hurt hard working American families and businesses. Premiums have increased, patients have lost access to their preferred doctors and hospitals, and workers have had their hours cut because of this fundamentally flawed law. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee I am committed to working with my colleagues to enact solutions that put patients first, give individuals the freedom to choose the health care plan they want, and ensure both high-quality and affordable care.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, gave the following opening statement at his hearing on the looking at repatriation as a viable funding source for a multi-year highway bill:
"Today, we have the opportunity to follow up on last week’s hearing where we discussed long-term funding solutions to the Highway Trust Fund. Like many of my colleagues, I too believe we should secure a long-term, stable funding source, but we need time to develop a solution. As we continue these conversations on both sides of the Capitol, it is hard to ignore a topic often tied to these discussions—the repatriation of overseas earnings as a source of funding for a multi-year highway bill.
"However, as you will hear today, current repatriation proposals are not that simple nor are they without serious policy implications. That is why we are having this hearing—to drill down on what people mean when they say repatriation and how the different forms of repatriation work. A key, but often overlooked, part of this is that repatriation includes taxing earnings that have been reinvested abroad. "What we know to be true is that repatriation cannot be done as a standalone; it must be part of a transition to a more competitive system. I expect to hear today that, taken outside of the context of a transition, mandatory repatriation would be a tax increase. A tax increase that American companies would be forced to pay unlike their foreign competitors. "Therefore, this hearing also provides a chance to talk about our current international tax system and how it should be modernized to boost the competitiveness of American companies. This is timely, because outside of our discussions, the OECD BEPS project is moving forward and impacting the decisions of American companies operating globally. "Thank you to our witnesses and I look forward to hearing from you about the key differences between current repatriation proposals."
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after the House and Senate sent the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to the White House to be signed into law:
“It is a win for the American people and the American economy that trade promotion authority (TPA) is on its way to the President’s desk. With this tool in hand, we set the priorities, we hold the Administration accountable, and we guarantee our constituents a voice in any trade agreement that is negotiated. This has been something I, and my Ways and Means colleagues, have put years of work and effort into and it is exciting to see that pay off. I am also proud because this bill includes provisions I authored to ensure much deserved fairness for public safety officers.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Bipartisan Trade Priorities Act of 2015 as an amendment to U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert’s (WA-8) H.R. 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act. H.R. 2146 originally passed the House during National Police Week but was amended in the Senate. Now, along with the critical trade promotion authority legislation, it will soon be on its way to the President’s desk. It passed the House by a vote of 218 to 208.
Upon passage, Reichert said, “Today is a huge moment for America. Trade promotion authority will allow us to conclude trade agreements that help grow American jobs and help us sell more American goods and services. The more we sell American, the more high-paying jobs we create here at home. And we know that these jobs pay more - on average 15-20% more. And not only did we pass that out of the House today, we also ensured fairness for federal public safety officials by allowing them to access retirement savings at the age of 50 without being penalized by a 10% tax. This is only fair since state and local safety officers already have this ability. I spent 33 years in law enforcement, and I know how hard these men and women work to keep us safe. This is a common-sense thing we can do to say ‘thank you’. It is critical that we quickly send this legislation to the President’s desk.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (WA-R) and Ron Kind (WI-D) introduced the S Corporation Modernization Act (H.R. 2788) this afternoon. This proposed legislation would give tax relief to the nearly 4.5 million S corporations across the nation by allowing them to have better access to capital, compete, and hire new workers.
“There are more than 95,000 S corporations in Washington State,” said Reichert. “And with 1 in 4 workers being employed by these small businesses nationwide, it is absolutely critical that we ensure these businesses have the tools that will promote their growth, not stifle it. This is a common-sense bill, and I am proud to introduce it with my colleague Mr. Kind. We must continue to support our small businesses and allow these proven job creators to access the capital they need to grow, compete, and get Americans back to work.”
“It is critical that we ease the tax burden on our small and family owned Wisconsin businesses who are driving our economic growth,” Rep. Kind stated. “Under this legislation, S corporations will be better able to access credit, invest in their business, and create the good paying jobs that we need.”
President of the S Corporation Association, Brian Reardon, said, “We commend Reps. Reichert and Kind for their steady advocacy on behalf of Main Street businesses with their reintroduction of the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2015. As the House has passed pieces of this bill multiple times, it is important legislation that will help take the hand-cuffs off of millions of S corporation job-creators across the country and allow them to access more capital, grow their businesses and create more jobs.”
Specifically, H.R. 2788 would make needed changes to keep S corporations competitive, and ensure the continued success of America’s predominant private business model by:
These reforms would improve the ability of S corporations to respond to the current business environment and remove impediments that prevent them from competing on a level playing field at home in the United States.
Provisions included in this bill passed the House earlier this Congress as part of H.R 636 by a large, bipartisan majority of 272 to 142. These provisions were introduced previously as H.R. 629 and H.R. 630.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation by 219 to 211. U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) applauded its passage with the following statement:
“Passage of TPA today was critical for the future of America and our global leadership. With this tool in our hands, we can conclude trade agreements that allow Americans the freedom and opportunity to pursue their own choices for the future. They can seek out higher-paying jobs, grow their businesses, and sell the American brand around the world. I remain committed to fighting for these opportunities for American families, and to working with my colleagues on a way forward on TAA. We must advance the trade agenda to support the hundreds of thousands of jobs in Washington which depend on expanded trade.”
To see Rep. Reichert's floor speech from earlier today, click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, including provisions championed by U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) regarding recreation apparel. Upon passage, Reichert issued the following statement:
“Passage of today’s legislation is a big win for Washington State businesses and families. Renewal of both the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is important because they not only support economic growth in developing countries but also save Washington manufacturers millions of dollars by bringing down the costs of needed parts and supplies. This means more jobs and more affordable products for Washington families. Also included within this bill are provisions I have championed for a long time with my Oregon colleague, Mr. Blumenauer. Taking from the U.S. OUTDOOR Act, the bill also recognizes the unique and innovative nature of outdoor recreation apparel made by Washington companies like REI. Washingtonians who use these goods regularly as they hike Mt. Rainier or navigate the waters of the Columbia River, understand the difference between high performance apparel and footwear, and a basic t-shirt and walking shoe. It’s long past due that Congress does as well.”
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, American consumers spend over $640 billion each year on outdoor recreation, which in so doing supports an industry that is directly and indirectly tied to 12 million American jobs. Congressmen Reichert and Blumenauer have long championed the U.S. OUTDOOR Act, which creates new Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) breakouts for recreational performance outerwear and removes the duties on these goods. The Trade Preferences Act (H.R. 1295) includes these breakouts and also creates a new category for outdoor footwear. This category is limited to certain types of footwear designed for outdoor activities, including hiking shoes, trekking shoes, running shoes, and trail running shoes which provide protection against water and does not include athletic footwear designed for other activities, like basketball and tennis. The House passed H.R. 1295 by a vote of 397-32.Read More
Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert announced the names of the young men and women who received appointments to United States Service Academies from the 8th District of Washington. He honored them at a reception yesterday, recognizing the hard work and the many requirements they had to meet in order to earn a nomination, let alone an appointment. In addition to being outstanding scholars, these students have all demonstrated excellent leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
Rep. Reichert said, “I could not be more proud of the young people who will be attending service academies from our district next year. Not only have they voluntarily chosen extremely stringent courses of study, they have signed contracts with their nation to serve her and know that they may be called upon to make many sacrifices along the way. I wish them all the very best as they enter this new phase of their life, and I know that they will have bright and successful futures.”
The 8th District of Washington Service Academy appointments are as follows:
United States Military Academy
Dalton Stahl, Sammamish
Nikhil Shyamkumar, Sammamish
Joseph Miller, Auburn
Charles Gulotta, Lake Tapps
Raymond Hardaway, Auburn
Christian Ackerman, Auburn
United States Naval Academy
Jasmine Ye, Sammamish
Olivia Kesterson, Malaga
United States Air Force Academy
Christopher Darcy, Maple Valley
Alexander Lesar, RentonRead 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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