Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert


Reichert, Pascrell Introduce Bill to Create National Blue Alert System


Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, introduced the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 (H.R. 1269) to establish a National Blue Alert system to help apprehend criminals who have seriously injured, killed, captured, or made imminent and credible threats of serious injury or death towards police officers. While multiple states employ such systems, there is currently no coordination or system at the national level.

This bill recognizes the tragic murders and sacrifice of NYPD officer Ramos and Liu who were killed just before Christmas while on duty, sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn, NY. Officer Ramos was a father of two and had been with the NYPD for two years. Officer Liu had been with the force for seven years and had recently married. No actions of their own had provoked the December attack that took their lives. In such instances, the rapid dissemination of critical, time-sensitive information about suspected criminals who are planning an imminent attack on police officers is essential to keeping our communities safe and may have prevented the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu.

Rep. Reichert said, “Creating a National Blue Alert system is an important step towards providing the same protection for our men and women in law enforcement that they give to their communities each and every day.  It can help prevent tragedy and keep our communities and loved ones safe. When criminals take action against law enforcement officers, everything in our power should be done to ensure their speedy apprehension and prevent further loss. Quickly disseminating information to ordinary citizens and public safety officers will empower communities and add to the tools at the disposal of law enforcement for keeping America safe.”

“Our brave first responders put their lives on the line each and every day, so it’s our responsibility to make sure they have every resource at their disposal to ensure their safety,” stated Rep. Pascrell.  “This legislation takes the critical step of creating a much-needed nationwide alert system that will allow proper coordination across multiple states.  When a police officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, we owe it to their families and colleagues to do everything possible to apprehend the individual responsible.”

The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 has the full support of multiple Law Enforcement organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.  Based on the success of the AMBER and SILVER Alert systems, it directs the Attorney General assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator responsible for creating voluntary guidelines to assist states in developing Blue Alert plans.  These state Blue Alert plans will disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is killed or injured in the line of duty, as well as when there are active threats against police officers. While over 20 states have already developed Blue Alert systems, criminals do not respect borders, and to this end the Act encourages more states to establish such plans so they can quickly communicate and share information with each other and the public about potentially dangerous offenders on the run.

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Reichert Statement on DHS Appropriations Passage


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after today's vote to pass a clean appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

“Today, I stood with House colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass a bill that will fully fund the DHS through the end of the fiscal year. I believe that this is the responsible way to govern – not playing politics with our nation’s security and protection. There will be an avenue to address the President’s wrongful executive actions on immigration, through the courts and elsewhere, but it should not be used as a tool to jeopardize the safety of the American people.”

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Reichert Statement on Averting DHS Shutdown


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement after tonight's vote on a short-term CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security:

“Today the House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the next 7 days giving us an opportunity to come to an agreement with the Senate on final, yearly funding. This was not how I would have chosen to proceed, as I do not believe we should be playing politics with national security. Our job is to protect, not jeopardize, the safety of the American people. But that is also why I voted for this short-term bill because we cannot allow funding for the DHS to lapse. I will work with and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come to the table and come to a final agreement in the best interests of the American people.”

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Reichert, Ways and Means Approve Legislation to Make Medicare Simpler


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) of 2015 was passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee, including H.R. 943 – the Medicare Employer Relief Act – authored by U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and John Lewis (D-GA).

The Medicare Employer Relief Act would eliminate the IRS/SSA/CMS Data Match project (ISCDM) which was replaced by the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007. Under current law, ISCDM forces employers to provide information to CMS that they already have, forcing them to waste time and money to fulfill duplicative requirements.  By eliminating this unnecessary statute, the Medicare Employer Relief Act will make employer-sponsored health insurance simpler and more accessible.

“This is a common-sense fix to reduce unnecessary paperwork and make it simpler for employers to offer health insurance for countless Americans,” said Rep. Reichert.  “I was honored to join Congressman Lewis in sponsoring this legislation that will save the federal government and American businesses both time and money by repealing an outdated provision of law that has since been replaced. I am happy to see it included as part of the broader PIMA package that passed out committee today and I look forward to seeing it come to the floor for a full House vote.”

To read more about the larger legislative package, PIMA, click here.

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Reichert Statement on West Coast Ports Resolution


Washington, D.C. – Upon hearing the news that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have reached a tentative deal to end their contract negotiations, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement: 

“I am thrilled to hear that the PMA and ILWU have reached a tentative agreement putting an end to the months of negotiation. It is my hope that we can quickly begin to address the backlog of cargo at ports up and down the coast. We have high-quality goods waiting to be exported to countries around the world. While this is promising news, there is further work to be done. We have seen firsthand how important the efficient movement of goods is to Washington’s farmers, workers, and exporters and their ability to grow and succeed. Now, we must turn our attention to ensuring that they are not put in such a situation again.”

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Resolution Urging End to West Coast Ports Slowdown Grows Rapidly


Washington, D.C. – Last week U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) with Congressmen Schrader (D-OR), Newhouse (R-WA), and Costa (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House urging an end to the contract negotiation between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Now, just a week later, the resolution has been signed by 61 members of Congress.

The members said, “This past weekend we saw the situation at the West Coast Ports continue to escalate to the point that the Secretary of Labor joined in the negotiations, urging a quick resolution. This is a good step, but the crisis facing not just the West Coast, but the entire nation, is very real. The fact that over 60 members have joined our resolution within the past week shows that Americans from across the country are being impacted. Both sides must reach an agreement as soon as possible. Our national economy in jeopardy.”

The resolution is a follow up to several letters that Rep. Reichert has led with other members of Congress to both the presidents of the PMA and ILWU as well as to President Obama urging action from the Administration. These letters can be found here and here. The full text of the House resolution can be found here.

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Reichert Statement on Administration Intervention in West Coast Ports Shutdown


Washington, D.C. – After the Administration's announcement that the Secretary of Labor would be heading to California to join the talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:

"The situation at the West Coast Ports has reached a critical point and is impacting the economic health not just of the Pacific Northwest or even the West Coast, but the entire nation. After repeatedly raising this issue with the Administration and encouraging the President to take a more active role, I am pleased to see he is now taking steps to urge the ILWU and PMA to resolve their ongoing dispute and ‎come to terms. We cannot afford to let our farmers, workers, and manufacturers continue to lose business and market share."

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Reichert Applauds House Passage of Bill to Help Small Businesses, Create Jobs


Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 636 – America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act – which included 2 provisions from U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) to make permanent two tax provisions proven to foster growth on Main Street. These provisions specifically impact S Corporations and increase the ability of these small businesses to invest, hire and expand. The provisions were introduced as H.R. 629 and 630 and were included in today’s tax legislation package.

Reichert applauded the House passage saying, “This bill, and the provisions I introduced with Congressman Kind, will significantly help small businesses access their capital and provide much-needed certainty, so that they can be successful and grow. S corporations are proven job creators and I am pleased that my House colleagues have recognized the need to make sure the tax code helps rather than hinders them as they support jobs and families all across this country.”


H.R. 629, which was included in H.R. 636, would make permanent the pre-2015 basis-adjustment rule for S Corporations that make charitable contributions of property, ensuring consistent treatment of charitable contributions between S Corporation shareholders and partners in a partnership.  The second piece of legislation included in H.R. 636, H.R. 630, would make permanent a reduction of the recognition period for the built-in gains tax on S Corporation appreciated property from ten years to five years.  Both of these provisions would be effective for tax years beginning after 2014.  H.R. 636 passed the House by a vote of 272 to 142.

To see a letter of support from over 40 organizations, click here.

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Reichert, Schrader, Newhouse, Costa Drop Resolution to Urge End to Ports Slowdown


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced a House Resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the current contract negotiation between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) must come to swift conclusion. The resolution also states that in the event of a strike or lockout, the Administration must intervene to end the dispute to protect American workers and the national economy.

“This is one of the gravest threats to our nation right now,” said the Members. “We are seeing businesses, farmers, and manufacturers, affected all across the country. The slowdown is not just a West Coast problem, but a national problem.  U.S. agriculture exports are down by over $440 million a week. The standstill in the negotiations has gone on for far too long and cannot continue.”

The full resolution can be found here.

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Reichert, Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Support Local Government Workers


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (WA-8) introduced H.R. 869, 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.

Reichert said, “Since 2008, state workers have had the ability to pass on medical benefits earned over years of service to the beneficiaries of their choice. Public employees, school teachers, utility district workers and so many other local government employees also deserve this right. It is a simple fix to extend this ability and I am glad that Congressman Blumenauer has partnered with me to take such a common sense step to help thousands of people, including over 55,000 in the Pacific Northwest.”

“I’m pleased to be working with Congressman Reichert to repair this arbitrary and technical rule that harms families,” said Blumenauer. “This bill ensures that Oregon families receive the benefits owed to them 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 Distrcit which serves almost 100,000 people in King County. “Some of Soos Creek’s employees have worked hard to build up substantial VEBA accounts to pay for their health care and that 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 said, “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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