Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert


Reichert Speaks at President's Export Council Meeting


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) attended the biannual meeting of the President’s Export Council (PEC) this morning with cabinet members, state officials and business leaders to discuss with President Barack Obama the importance of our current trade negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), as well as the need to renew Trade Promotion Authority. 

“Today, I join in urging the President to engage and push for passage of TPA,” said Reichert.  “We already have legislation to renew and update TPA, and we should be working to build even greater support and momentum for its immediate passage. Every one of us in this room wants to secure the best deals possible in our current trade negotiations and bring them home; passage of this legislation is how we accomplish this. It is also how we reaffirm an important partnership between Members of Congress and the Administration.”

BACKGROUND Speaker John Boehner recognized Reichert’s advocacy when appointing him to serve on the PEC in May 2010: “Congressman Reichert has been a tireless and vocal advocate for opening new markets and approving pending free trade agreements – especially with Korea – that are critical to creating American jobs. Coming from a state where one in every three jobs is connected to trade, Congressman Reichert’s understanding of this issue will undoubtedly be of remarkable value. The President’s Export Council will be well-served by having Congressman Reichert’s credible presence at the table, speaking to the need for America to continue to engage new markets and to define and lead in the global economy.”

Reichert, a long-time, vocal advocate of free trade, led the fight in Congress in his role on the House Ways & Means Committee, the Trade subcommittee, and as a member of the Trade Working Group to urge the passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.  He recently helped form the Friends of TPP Caucus to provide opportunities for bipartisan dialogue on the importance of this agreement, furthering understanding of what it could mean for different regions of the country and sectors of our economy.

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Reichert, Eshoo, Lance, Waxman Launch Deadliest Cancers Caucus


Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) was joined today by Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Henry Waxman (CA-33) in announcing the creation of the Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers.  The Caucus will raise awareness about the deadliest forms of cancers and advocate for research and other measures to increase survival.  Lung, pancreatic and liver cancers are all considered “deadly cancers” with five-year survival rates below 50%.  The Caucus will give patients and survivors a support network of lawmakers and health care professionals dedicated to working collaboratively on federal initiatives.    

The bipartisan lawmakers joined the Deadliest Cancer Coalition earlier this afternoon, where a panel discussed efforts to minimize cancer’s toll by improving prevention, early detection, and treatment options for these cancers.

Reichert said, “Launching the Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers is extremely important to raise awareness about cancers with the lowest survival rate.  After watching my own mother lose her battle with Pancreatic Cancer, I understand all too well how critical it is that we support research for new medicines and treatments for these diseases, and perhaps, one day, we will discover the cure.”

Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, said “The Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers will give advocates and those working for cures a forum to discuss one of the great public health challenges of our time, the rise of deadly cancers.  Cancer is a diagnosis no person wants to hear and a battle no one should face alone. From those in treatment to those working towards prevention, to friends and family dealing with the terrible illness of a loved one, everyone knows someone who has been afflicted with cancer.  Cancer has been the great health menace of the last century and this Caucus will be another avenue to build bridges into the patient, support and research communities.”

“For the 400,000 Americans diagnosed with a deadly cancer every year, Congress is coming to their aid,” said Eshoo, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees a number of federal health agencies. “With the launch of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers, patients, survivors, advocates, Members of Congress and their staff will have a dedicated forum to aid in the advancement of policy that combats the lingering prevalence of deadly cancers. Nearly half of all cancer deaths in the U.S. are attributable to one of the deadliest cancers, and it’s imperative that we take every step we can to reverse this tragic statistic.”

“The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has long advocated for increased federal support in an effort to improve patient outcomes. With the leading causes of cancer deaths expected to change dramatically in the United States by 2030, the time is now to ensure we are focused on those cancers that will soon take a greater toll on the nation’s health, including pancreatic, lung and liver.  We applaud Representatives Lance, Eshoo, Reichert and Waxman for their leadership in starting the  Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers, and look forward to partnering with them as we work to improve the survival rates for the nation’s deadliest cancer,” said  Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  A recent Pancreatic Cancer Action Network report predicts that the Nation’s leading causes of cancer-related death will change dramatically by 2030. While lung cancer will remain at the top of the list for years to come, pancreatic and liver cancer will replace breast and colorectal cancer as the second and third leading cancer killers.

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Reichert, Kind Encourage Creation of Employee-owned Businesses


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen and Ways and Means Members Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), along with six other original cosponsors, introduced H.R. 4837, a bill to encourage the creation of employee-owned businesses through S Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plans (S ESOPs).  S ESOPs are a proven tool for building strong, employee owned businesses and providing for sound retirement security for those employees. 

“This legislation gives employees ownership over their work and their retirement,” said Reichert.  “It is important that our nation’s workers feel confident that a financially secure future awaits them and there is no better way to do that than allow them a stake in their companies and provide meaningful retirement accounts.  Giving them this confidence can only help our economy, incentivizing workers and leading to economic grown and job creation.”

“This bill empowers companies to become employee-owned, create new employee-owners, and provide retirement security to more American workers,” said Kind.  “Growing our economy and adding jobs is a priority and employee-ownership is a proven model to do just that.”

H.R. 4837 includes provisions to encourage owners of S Corporations to sell their stock to an ESOP, exand financing opportunities for S Corporation ESOPs, provide technical assistance for companies that may be interested in forming an S Corporation ESOP, and ensure that small businesses that become ESOPs retain their Small Business Administration certification. Reps. Reichert and Kind are supported in their efforts by original cosponsors Reps. Paulsen (R-MN), Blumenauer (D-OR), Tiberi (R-OH), Neal (D-MA), Boustany (R-LA), and Pascrell (D-NJ).

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Reichert Honors 8th District Service Academy Appointees


Issaquah, WA – This afternoon, Rep. Reichert held a reception honoring the young men and women who received appointments to one of the U.S. service academies.  Receiving an appointment is not a simple task and they must meet strict requirements to receive even a nomination, let alone an appointment.  Students are required to have excellent grades, clear leadership skills, and a heart for service.

“The young men and women who received appointments to service academies from this district are some of the best and brightest young people I have ever met,” said Reichert.  “I am encouraged by their desire to serve at the highest level and their willingness to answer the call of duty, knowing they could one day be called upon to make enormous sacrifices.  So many of these students are accepted into other top universities, and instead choose the harder route to attend a service academy. I wish them the very best as they start their schooling and their likely careers this fall, and I know that I will see great things from them.”

The students who received appointments to a service academy from the Washington-8th District are:

United States Air Force Academy Todd Link, Maple Valley Hayden Schmitt, Enumclaw Lillian Lord, Spanaway Tristan Naranjo, Auburn

United States Merchant Marine Academy Shaun Meehan, Auburn

United States Military Academy Brenton Ausen, Covington Paige Dougherty, Graham Kevin Hall, Renton

United States Naval Academy Andrew Wisegarver, Sammamish

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Reichert, Pascrell Protect Funding for COPS


Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, along with Reps. King, DeFazio, Grimm, Welch, Reed, Enyart and Johnson.  The amendment, which would protect funding for the highly successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and allow the hiring of almost 1000 additional police officers, was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Bill for Commerce Justice and Science (CJS).

“Our local law enforcement is this nation’s first line of defense,” said Reichert.  “When our country is threatened, they are first on the scene and the first to offer protection.  We cannot leave them ill prepared or ill equipped, and the COPS program makes sure that they have the funding and personnel to adequately address all safety concerns. Ensuring adequate funding for them is but a simple way to say thank you to the men and women who serve to protect us every day and to support them in their efforts.”

"As local police departments face increasing budget constraints, we need to ensure the safety of our communities does not suffer and our first responders have every resource available to them," said Pascrell. "Despite its importance to our communities, the COPS program has been a frequent target for cuts.  This is why I'll continue to fight to ensure this program is well-funded so it can remain a cornerstone of the federal government’s efforts to assist state and local law enforcement."

The COPS Office and its corresponding programs provide invaluable resources and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to keep our communities safe.  Since its inception, the COPS office has placed over 127,000 sworn law enforcement officers in communities across the country by providing grants for the hiring of officers. These grants are critical for communities with public safety needs that may lack the resources to hire the officers they need to protect their citizens.

This amendment would restore $110 million to the COPS funding in order to maintain current year's level of funding and avoid a proposed 60% cut.

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Reichert Statement on WRRDA Passage


Washington, D.C. – Today, after the House passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:

“Washington State is positioned as America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim region.  Washington ports not only provide for the export of goods from, and import of goods into, the state, but the overwhelming majority of these goods make their way to other parts of the country.  Not only that, but our success in a global economy also depends on good, reliable infrastructure that leads to more jobs and efficient movement of goods.  The legislation we passed today helps us do that by recognizing the needs of ports like the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma through expanded uses of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, it works to protect the Columbia Basin from invasive species and allows the Army Corps to accept funding from non-Federal entities to allow greater efficiency in completing their projects.  With steps like these and the many other benefits gained by this bill, Washington State will only see further economic growth and success.”

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Reichert, Pascrell Introduce Tax Bill to Benefit Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters


Washington, D.C. – On Friday, U.S. Congressmen and Ways and Means members Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced legislation, H.R. 4634, to reform tax law so that federal law enforcement officers and firefighters can access their retirement accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire.

Generally, under current law, a 10% penalty is added on top of normal tax amounts taken out of retirement accounts before the age of 59½.  In 2006, Congress recognized that state and local public safety officials should be able to access their accounts without penalty at age 50 due to the fact that many of these officials are eligible to retire at earlier ages due to the unique and hazardous nature of the work they perform.  Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell’s bill would simply extend this benefit to federal law enforcement and firefighters, who are eligible to retire after 20 years of service at age 50.   

“Public safety personnel constantly put their lives on the line in the course of serving their communities. These men and women are heroes who run towards danger instead of away from it,” said Reichert.  “Their duties are extremely strenuous and can take such a toll that they are eligible to retire earlier than others.  There is no reason that federal public safe officials must wait, in some cases, 9 ½ years to access the full retirement benefits they have earned and are entitled to. This is a straightforward measure to make an obvious fix to our tax code and treat our public safety officials with the respect they deserve.”

"This legislation offers a commonsense fix that allows our brave federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access their retirement savings when they retire, without penalty," said Pascrell.  "By leveling the playing field for all public safety professionals, we are also recognizing their selfless commitment to the protection of our communities."

“Federal fire fighters deserve to access their TSP funds without penalty upon retirement.  I am pleased to support Representatives Reichert and Pascrell in correcting this inequity, providing federal fire fighters with a benefit already enjoyed by their municipal brothers and sisters,” said General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Harold A. Schaitberger

Jon Adler, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, added, “I would like to thank Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell for recognizing the sacrifice and service of federal law enforcement officers, and for introducing this important legislation that would allow officers to access their money justifiably and without penalty.

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Reichert Appointed to Leader's House Trafficking Task Force


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) has been named to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House Trafficking Task Force to address the problem of human trafficking. 

Reichert comes from a long, experienced background of dealing first-hand with this issue.  He spent 33 years in law enforcement, including 7 years as Sheriff of King County, Washington.  During that time, he played a lead role in solving the Green River Killer serial murder case.  This tragic, decades-long hunt for a man preying on young girls and women who had turned to prostitution showed Reichert in ways nothing else could how the current system has failed to help those  who are vulnerable to becoming trapped in the horrors of sex trafficking.  Because of this, Reichert has devoted himself to making serious strides to eradicate this underground human marketplace.

At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Reichert was selected as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources which has oversight over our nation’s foster care system.  Tragically, a large number of sex trafficking victims come from this system.  Of the children reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who were also identified as likely sex trafficking victims, 60 percent were in foster care or group homes before running away.  After holding a series of hearings and receiving extensive public input from experts and former victims on ways to strengthen our current system, Reichert introduced H.R. 4058, the Preventing Sex Trafficking  and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act to address this problem head on. The bill would require states to identify child victims of sex trafficking and put in place a plan to help them.  This legislation passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with unanimous support on April 29, 2014.

On being appointed to the taskforce, Reichert said, “Our job is to protect people.  That is what I have dedicated my life to and I thank Leader Cantor for inviting me to join in this extremely critical effort to combat sex trafficking and all its associated horrors. The fact that many of these young victims have been in foster care and were not protected from these dangers is immensely disturbing.  It is time to correct that failure and protect our nation’s youth and the other victims of these atrocities.”

Majority Leader Cantor said, “Congressman Dave Reichert is an excellent addition to the House Trafficking Task Force. He brings years of experience and a unique perspective that will be critical in the fight to end the terrible epidemic of human trafficking.”

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Reichert, McDermott Introduce Bill to Reform Tax Rule


Washington D.C. - U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Jim McDermott (D-WA) have introduced The Personal Holding Company (PHC) Tax Parity and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 4589) in the House of Representatives.  This legislation would reform the Personal Holding Company rules, which were first enacted under the Revenue Act of 1934, and would promote economic growth while simultaneously raising revenue.

“This is another common sense measure to keep our businesses on track – to grow the economy and create jobs – allowing them to meet the demands of the global business market head on and bring back cash trapped overseas by an outdated tax law,” said Reichert.  “I thank my Washington State colleague, Mr. McDermott for joining me in introducing this important legislation.”

“This bill is a bi-partisan effort by two Senior Washington State members of the House’s tax writing committee, forged on common ground and designed with the purpose of continuing America’s economic recovery by creating jobs,” said Congressman McDermott.

H.R. 4589 would exclude Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) dividends from the definition of PHC income.  By doing this, the tax code would be updated in such a way that supports economic growth and increased commerce.

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Reichert, Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Eliminate HRA Tax Rule


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (WA-8) introduced H.R. 4567, along with his House Ways and Means colleague Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), to eliminate tax rules that are preventing thousands of local government employees from passing on their hard-earned health reimbursement account savings to their loved ones once they pass away.

“Under current law, local government employees are denied the ability to pass on the benefits earned over years of service to the beneficiaries of their choice – a right that was given to state workers in 2008,” said Reichert. “We must make it possible for public employees, school teachers, and utility district workers, among others, to pass on medical reimbursements they have worked all their lives earning.  Fortunately, this is a simple, technical fix and I am glad that Congressman Blumenauer has partnered with me to take this common sense step which will help thousands of people, including over 55,000 in the Pacific Northwest.”

“It is always unfair when technicalities or loopholes harm workers and penalize them based on arbitrary government distinctions, so I’m pleased to be working with Congressman Reichert to fix it,” said Blumenauer. “This bill will improve health and benefits for Oregonians and people across the country, and should be enacted as soon as possible.”

“The introduction of this important bill will ensure that we are able to recruit and retain the best employees available by offering them health care benefits that match the private sector,” said Steve Pfaff, Commissioner of the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District serving almost 100,000 people in southeast King County. “Some of Soos Creek’s employees have worked hard to build up substantial VEBA accounts to pay for their health care and those of their families, as had been permitted when they entered the program. Revenue Ruling 2006-36 changed the game and disallowed a practice that had taken place for almost 20 years. This legislation would eliminate that inequity.”

Douglas County PUD General Manager Bill Dobbins added, “We are very thankful this bill is being introduced. It proposes a much-needed change for local government employees who for years have set money aside in their VEBA accounts. These prudent savers deserve options in designating beneficiaries so the earnings they have accumulated during their years of service are rightfully retained by their families. With the appropriate options available for designating beneficiaries, employers and employees will likely continue to participate in this important savings program.”

This legislation was first introduced by Congressmen Reichert and Blumenauer in 2011.  A 2006 IRS ruling imposes rules on health reimbursement arrangements which cause participants in these plans to lose earned benefits if they die without a spouse or dependent.  In 2008, Congress passed the Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 (H.R. 7327) that addressed this situation for certain HRA plans (those created in conjunction with public retirement systems), but not all.  This bill provides a technical fix to include plans established by or on behalf of a state or political subdivision. 

Supporters of the legislation include the Association of Washington Cities, the Public Power Council, Washington Public Ports Association, Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts, the Washington Association of School Business Officials, the Washington PUD association, Association of Washington School Principals, the Public Generating Pool, the Washington Fire Commissioners Association, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

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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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