Washington, D.C. – After today's passage out of the Ways and Means Committee of trade promotion authority legislation and other related bills, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert issued the following statement:
“With trade supporting nearly 80,000 jobs in the 8th District of Washington alone, and 40% of all Washington State jobs, I am especially pleased to see the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, or TPA, pass out of the Ways and Means committee today. This legislation would allow Congress to exercise its authority by setting requirements for the Administration to follow when negotiating high-standard, comprehensive trade agreements with other countries, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and an agreement with the European Union. It would also ensure that America keeps its place as a global leader, promoting prosperity and economic growth around the world, while creating thousands of jobs here at home.
“I was also proud to support the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program to eliminate tariffs on goods from developing countries, which is a successful program benefiting many Washington companies. We also reported the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which would reaffirm U.S. commitment in sub-Saharan African.
“Additionally, we are sending to the House legislation to reauthorize trade adjustment assistance programs which we know is necessary for bipartisan support for the broader trade agenda. Finally, the Committee marked up legislation to improve the facilitation of trade and the enforcement of our laws.
“I will be working with my colleagues to ensure the successful passage of these bills so that we can create jobs, grow our economy, and ensure America’s global leadership.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert voted in support of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560) and the National Cybsersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) to protect against criminal activity such as cyber theft and espionage.
“This week, the House has passed important legislation to protect American citizens from cyberattacks. As Washingtonians are only too familiar with, after the recent breach of Premera Blue Cross’s IT systems by hackers, living in such an advanced technological age has very real benefits, but it also comes with its own set of risks that have opened up Americans to new threats. This new legislation will permit organizations to securely share information and guard against cyber-threats, by protecting networks and data from outsiders while addressing privacy concerns.”
H.R. 1560 passed the house by a vote of 307 to 116 and H.R. 1731 passed by a vote of 355 to 63.Read More
Washington, D.C. – With two integral transportation links in Washington state recently closed due to serious damage, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) was joined by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant emergency relief funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs.
On March 13, an over-height garbage truck struck and damaged the Interstate 90 (I-90) overpass above Front Street in Issaquah. In a separate incident on April 4, WSDOT closed the State Route 410 White River Bridge between Enumclaw and Buckley for emergency repairs after discovering damage to the bridge’s arched steel supports. Both structures are located in the 8th Congressional District.
The members of Congress wrote, “The Front Street I-90 overpass is extremely important for both King County communities and the entire state of Washington as a key corridor for commerce. As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods and is critical for creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in Washington State.”
The overpass has since been reopened but the right shoulder is closed until permanent repairs can be made. The White River Bridge is again open to traffic but permanent repairs will be made later this year.
About the White River Bridge, the members said, “As the sole transportation link across the White River, this bridge is vital for the transportation of goods and services, commuters to travel to and from their jobs, and enhancing the economic development and tourism opportunities in the region. In addition, the bridge is critical to the effective and timely delivery of emergency services. The bridge is a vital link to the Enumclaw Regional Hospital in Enumclaw; further closures of the bridge could seriously jeopardize our constituents’ access to critical health care.”
To read the full text of both letters, click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8), a senior member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade issued the following statement after today's introduction of trade promotion authority legislation in both the House and the Senate:
"Today’s introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 marks a momentous step forward for US trade policy. As a long-time proponent of high-standard trade agreements that bring more jobs and more business to our workers, growers, and manufacturers, I know that we need passage of this legislation to make this priority a reality. Right now, we are negotiating agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which represent huge opportunities for my home state. Not only will this bill give Congress the tool to ensure that we get the best deals in our trade agreements, it will allow us to set the parameters for consultation between the Administration and Congress. This guarantees that we have a voice on behalf of our constituents throughout the negotiating process. I look forward to working with the Chairman and my colleagues on both side of the aisle to bring this legislation to the floor."Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced H.R. 1779, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA). This legislation will reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act—currently the only federal program targeted solely to help runaway youth—and also add new protections for youth victims of human trafficking or sexual exploitation.
There are approximately 1.6 million homeless teens in the United States, and nearly 39 percent of the nation’s homeless population is believed to be under the age of 18 years old.
“We have a responsibility to help the most vulnerable,” said Rep. Reichert. “Many of our most vulnerable are children who have for one reason or another been forced to live on the streets. Too often we fail to see these kids and we leave them without opportunities to rebuild their lives. This bill will help us to fix that, and it will help us provide shelter for children in need and set them up to become successful adults.
“This legislation will help us meet our responsibility to combat youth homelessness and ensure that homeless young people in America have a place to seek shelter and find safety,” said Rep. Yarmuth. “When a child is homeless, they don’t just lose the security of a safe place to sleep, they miss out on opportunities for future success.”
RHYTPA will reauthorize vital programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Basic Center Program, to provide short-term emergency shelter and family reunification services to runaway and homeless youth; the Transitional Living Center, which provides longer-term residential services and life skills, education, and employment supports to older homeless youth; and the Street Outreach Program, which provides crisis intervention and service referrals to runaway and homeless youth at street locations and drop-in centers.
Additionally, the measure includes a provision to improve support for family reunification and intervention, which can be critical to successful youth outcomes.Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after today's votes on IRS reform:
“Today, the House passed a series of bills that will take great strides towards necessary reforms of the IRS. We have seen the IRS abuse its power for far too long. I and my Ways and Means colleagues have vowed to end those abuses and we will continue to make progress towards ensuring that the IRS works for the American people and not against them.
“We are also reminded today, which some call ‘Tax Day’, of other things that need reform, our tax code is as much in need of fixing as the IRS is. We must reform our tax code so that our businesses have the tools to invest, grow, and hire; so that individuals have more time to spend with their families rather than figuring out their returns, and more money back in their pockets to put food on the table. It must be fairer and simpler, and I will continue to fight to make happen.”
To read more about the IRS bills that passed the House today, click here.Read More
Washington – U.S. Members of Congress Dave Reichert (WA-8), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), and Dan Newhouse (WA-4) issued the following statement regarding the Seattle City Council vote to adopt a resolution expressing disapproval for trade promotion authority and concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations:
"It is disheartening that today the Seattle City Council adopted a resolution opposing trade promotion authority and conveying concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Trade promotion authority is the tool by which Congress sets the standards for the Administration to negotiate the best possible trade agreements, so that our farmers,manufacturers, and hard working families have access to markets around the world and can successfully sell our American-made goods. As one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation, the negotiation of high-standard, comprehensive trade agreements – like TPP – is critical to Washington state’s growth and economic success. By setting themselves against trade promotion authority, the Seattle City Council is positioning itself against a better future for families and communities across our state.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – After the passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:
“From the youngest to the oldest American, we have a responsibility to make sure they have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Yesterday, I was pleased to join with my House colleagues in passing a bill that would help do just that. Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, we give families the security of being able to afford high-quality health care for their kids. By permanently repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, seniors will no longer have to worry about being turned away from the doctor because their physician can’t afford to see Medicare patients. We also take important steps towards changing the old system of paying doctors based on the volume of procedures they perform, and instead reward health care professionals who provide the best care and improve patients’ health outcomes. We also continue funding for both community health centers and federal home visiting programs which provide critical services to some of our most at-risk families. Passage of this legislation shows the tremendous good that can come when Congress works together to get things done and provide American families with more choices, fewer worries, and a better quality of life.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Lymphedema Treatment Act, H.R. 1608, to ensure Medicare coverage for the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition.
“We should be enabling seniors who suffer from lymphedema to have the best possible access to necessary treatments for their condition,” said Reichert. “Making sure that Medicare covers compression garments is a common-sense way to give individuals real hope to fight back against this chronic condition and obtain their best possible quality of life.”
Blumenauer said, “Making sure that our health care system is designed so that those suffering from chronic illness can receive necessary treatments is essential. The Lymphedema Treatment Act will enable Medicare to improve care for patients by covering treatments that are crucial to combating its ailments. This is an important bill that will affect and improve the lives of many and strengthen our health care system that today falls short without this Act.”
“Our legislation seeks to close the Medicare coverage gap for equipment and therapies needed by the nearly six million Americans suffering from Lymphedema,” said Lance, a member of the House Health Subcommittee and co-chairman of the House Rare Disease Caucus. “This bill will improve patient care and reduce overall health care costs associated with this chronic disease.”
“I am a strong believer in strengthening Medicare, and the Lymphedema Treatment Act is a prime example of how we can ensure that millions of Americans get the care they need,” said Schakowsky. “Those who suffer from Lymphedema need medical supplies that can be costly. One of my close friends suffers from this condition, so I am very aware of its impact. This legislation will result in life-changing treatment for those with Lymphedema,” said Schakowsky.
Founder and executive director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group Heather Ferguson added, “Compression is to lymphedema what medication is to many other diseases - indispensable! Insurance coverage for their doctor-prescribed compression treatment supplies will enable lymphedema patients, the majority of whom are cancer survivors, to avoid costly complications and debilitating disease progression. Passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act will help to minimize the healthcare costs associated with this chronic disease, while allowing the millions of Americans affected by lymphedema to live a better quality of life.”
Lymphedema is a chronic condition resulting from damaged or inadequate lymph nodes or lymphatic vessels that afflicts millions of Americans. It is a disease that one can be born with but it is most often caused by cancer treatments that damage the body’s lymph system or immune functions. Due to the painful swelling that results from lymphedema, compression therapy is an essential component of treatment but compression supplies are not covered by Medicare despite being an ongoing necessity. H.R. 1608 closes this coverage gap by requiring Medicare to cover lymphedema compression items.Read More
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-Wash.-08) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined with members of the law enforcement community Tuesday to urge swift passage of Senate and House bills to create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers or who have made an imminent or credible threat to the cause serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer. Modeled after the successful Amber Alerts, this legislation, (S. 665/H.R.1269) The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, is strongly supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department (SBA) and many other organizations.
“By keeping our law enforcement officers safe, we help keep our communities safe,” said Congressman Reichert. “Creating a National Blue Alert system is a critical step towards achieving that goal. When law enforcement officers are harmed, everything in our power should be done to swiftly apprehend those who harmed them and prevent any further injury or loss of life. Quickly disseminating information to citizens and public safety officers will empower communities and add to the tools at the disposal of law enforcement for keeping America safe.”
“Blue Alert is bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect law enforcement officers and the public. When a credible threat is made, an officer is injured, or worse; we owe it to law enforcement to help however we can,” said Senator Cardin. “A National Blue Alert system would ensure that citizens across the country can work in concert to help protect those who put their lives on the line to protect us. I’m proud to join law enforcement nationwide and colleagues from both the Senate and the House in calling for the passage, finally, of this important public safety legislation.”
“Last year, we mourned the loss of Jersey City Officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed in the line of duty responding to a gang-related robbery,” stated Congressman Pascrell. “Officer Santiago’s death set off a series of targeted threats against New Jersey police officers from the assailant’s fellow gang members. When threats like this occur, the rapid dissemination of critical, time-sensitive information is essential; and the National Blue Alert System would provide that.”
“While almost half the states have implemented some form of a Blue Alert system, there is currently no national Blue Alert system to coordinate alerts across multiple states. There also is not a federal official designated to coordinate the Blue Alert system and share best practices with the states,” Senator Graham said. “Our bipartisan legislation enhances and integrates the Blue Alert plan throughout the United States. It will help rapidly disseminate information and notify law enforcement, media, and the public about dangerous criminal suspects. I hope it can soon be passed into law.”
"As one of the prime sponsors and authors of the Blue Alert Act of 2015, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association looks forward to the swift passage of this bill that will help combat the rise of targeted violence against law enforcement officers and those that seek to attack the American way of life,” said Don Mihalek of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
“Make no mistake – law enforcement officers in uniform are the targets of those who want to make a headline by killing a cop,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police. “Officers Ramos and Liu were two of nine officers killed from ambush last year and the attempted murder of two police officers in Ferguson is a stark reminder of the danger these brave officers are in on every shift.”
“Our community in Western Maryland is called the ‘Four State Region’ for good reason: Hagerstown is 10 minutes from Pennsylvania, 10 minutes from West Virginia and 30 minutes from Virginia. We anticipate in our community that anyone who would assault a police officer is going to flee the state, so getting information out to other law enforcement and the public as fast as we can is going to make a real difference in getting these individuals off the streets,” said Chief of Police Mark Holtzman of the Hagerstown Police Department. “One unique things about law enforcement is that if someone wants to harm the police, they don’t care what uniform you wear. Use of a National Blue Alert system will get information out to where it needs to be fast, and use the leverage of the public we serve, to help apprehend these individuals. I believe we will have a much safer community.”
“The SBA is grateful to Representatives Reichert and Pascrell, and Senators Cardin and Graham for their unwavering efforts to pass a national ‘Blue Alert’ Act,” said Vice President Robert Ganley of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD. “We are especially grateful for their willingness to rename this legislation after hero officers Ramos and Liu, and to amend the bill to reduce the odds that such vicious, unprovoked, and calculated attacks against police officers will succeed in the future. Had such a Blue Alert network been in place last December, it would have increased the likelihood that their murderer could have been stopped before he was able to carry out his cowardly attack.”
"NAPO is grateful to Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell and Senators Cardin and Graham for introducing the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015. This important legislation honors two heroes and members of NAPO, NYPD Detectives Ramos and Liu, who dedicated their lives to protecting the public,” said Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). “Passing this bill will ensure the wide dissemination of information on suspects connected with the injury or death of a law enforcement officer, as well as information on credible threats to law enforcement, like the threats posted by the individual who killed Detectives Ramos and Liu. Passing this bill will prevent future tragedies during a time when individuals are increasingly willing to attack law enforcement officers. It is our duty to provide this protection to the men and women who work tirelessly to protect us. We are not going to rest until this legislation is passed."
Blue Alerts can be issued in the event of:
· an attack on a law enforcement officers leading to his / her death or serious injury;
· a conclusion a law enforcement office is missing in the line of duty; or
· a confirmation by a law enforcement agency that an imminent and credible threat exists to kill or seriously injure one of its officers.
The legislation would assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network. This Coordinator will, among other things:
· Provide assistance to State and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans.
· Establish voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans.
· Develop protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects, including the use of public safety communications and command center operations.
· Work with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of the network.
· Establish an advisory group to assist all entities involved in the network with the facilitation, promotion, and implementation of Blue Alert plans.
· Act as the nationwide point of contact for the development of the network and the regional coordination of Blue Alerts through the network.
· Determine what procedures and practices are in use for notifying law enforcement and the public of Blue Alerts, and which of the procedures and practices are effective and do not require the expenditure of additional resources to implement.
· Establish guidelines that provide mechanisms to ensure that Blue Alerts comply with all applicable privacy laws and regulations.
· Direct the Coordinator to submit an annual report to Congress on the Coordinator's activities and the effectiveness and status of the Blue Alert plans that are in effect or being developed.Read More
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Congressman Dave Reichert brings over 40 years of public service experience to Washington. Reichert is serving his fifth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington.
Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Human Resources, of which he is Chairman.
Reichert has a remarkable record of service. Decisive leadership, integrity and tireless dedication are his hallmarks. From 1971 through 1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1972 Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office and in 1997 he became the first elected sheriff in 30 years. Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.
Sheriff Reichert established himself as a leading voice against domestic violence and an advocate of strong family values. In 2004 Reichert received the prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” award. He is a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was honored with Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. Reichert received the Families Northwest Public Policy Award and took top honors in a local television network’s (King 5) leadership poll.
Reichert served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He has served on numerous advisory boards including the King County Criminal Justice Council and the King County Domestic Violence Council. Reichert co-chaired the Washington State Partners in Crisis, a statewide coalition targeting issues related to mental health. Reichert also was a leader in the fight against Meth in Washington State by implementing annual Statewide Conferences, State Meth Action Teams, and was co-chair of the KC Meth Coalition. As Sheriff, he was also a member of the KC Committee to End Homelessness. He currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Washington State Board of Directors.
Dave Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in 1950, the oldest of seven children and grandson of the town marshal. His family moved to Washington State in 1951, living first in Renton and later in Kent, where Reichert attended Kent Meridian High School. He graduated with an A.A. degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and met his wife of 42 years, Julie. The Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha and Daniel, and six grandchildren.
Voted with my colleagues to pass legislation to protect Americans from cyberattacks: http://t.co/XRonGLuDMa
Always happy to step in for Chairman Paul Ryan at today's hearing on the importance of expanding… https://t.co/7VOt0j8e4A
Urged the Administration to grant emergency relief funding for I-90 Overpass and the White River bridge: http://t.co/bCWNfFzg06