Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement in response to President Trump's tax reform announcement: “Mothers and fathers, business owners, and hard-working Americans across Washington and the U.S. deserve a simpler tax system that lets them keep more of their hard-earned money," said Rep. Reichert. "Families shouldn’t be forced to hire a professional to help them wade through our messy, complex tax code. We should be able to file our taxes in minutes, not days, and on one form you don’t need a law degree or CPA license to understand. I am glad President Trump is committed to working with Congress to achieve this for the American people and to put our country on a pro-growth track that allows us to compete internationally and create more jobs here at home. We have been hard at work in the Ways and Means Committee to create a tax code that better serves the American people, and I look forward to continuing that work with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”Read More
Congressman Dave Reichert's staff will be holding office hours at his mobile Ellensburg office every first Wednesday of the month beginning May 3rd through October. To schedule an appointment, please call 509-885-6615.
Ellensburg Mobile Office Location:
BoCC Conference Room
Kittitas County Courthouse
205 W 5th Street, Room 108
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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In the recent months, I have heard from a number of my constituents about President Trump’s tax returns. Some believe Congress should focus on other, more pressing issues while others are demanding we forcibly release the President’s returns.
I strongly encourage President Trump to release his tax returns. I said so during his presidential campaign and still believe he should. But, in America all citizens' tax returns are protected by law, just as our homes are protected from unwarranted searches and seizures. The law clearly states tax returns shall be confidential (26 U.S.C. 6103) and campaign traditions do not supersede those rights. Not following the law sets a bad precedent that could threaten the privacy of all American taxpayers.
I opposed efforts in Congress to forcibly release the President’s returns because it would require an abuse of the authority given to the Ways and Means Committee. The powerful oversight tools given to the Committee should only be used to ensure that our tax code is being properly administered by the IRS – not to go on fishing expeditions for political purposes. If Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the President, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans? The Ways and Means Committee has never been in the business of targeting the tax returns of single individuals – and we are not about to start now.
As a former member of law enforcement, a Member of Congress, and American citizen, I am committed to protecting the privacy rights of the American people and abiding by and enforcing the law. Those principles will always come before political expediency.
Washington, DC – U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act, which encourages the creation of employee-owned businesses through S Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plans (S ESOPs).
“Employee-ownership rewards hard-working Americans for committing themselves to the success of the company they work for, creating jobs and growing the economy along the way,” said Rep. Reichert. “Our bill encourages this pride in ownership and gives employees the power to retire on their own terms. American workers deserve to have confidence in their financial security from their prime working years through their retirement.”
“By making it easier for companies to become employee-owned, this legislation will grow the number of employee owned businesses and provide retirement security to more Americans,” said Rep. Kind. “Employee-owned companies perform better – not just for themselves but for their employees as well. I look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen opportunities for employee-ownership and unleash their potential to enable more Americans to save for retirement.”
The Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act includes provisions to encourage owners of S Corporations to sell their stock to an ESOP, expand 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 Association certification. Reps. Reichert and Kind are supported in their efforts by original cosponsors Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Richard Neal (D-MA), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).Read More
Washington, DC –Reps. Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) led a bipartisan group of 166 members of the House in sending a letter urging funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ready to Learn program, and the public television interconnection system, which is an essential public safety tool. The letter was sent on April 6 to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
“These federal investments are critical to public media’s mission to provide unique services in the areas of education, public safety, and civic leadership to all Americans,” the Members wrote. “These services have helped more than three generations of Americans learn to read, improved the math and literacy skills of high-need children, deepened American’s connections to their communities and the world, and successfully brought in-depth, local news, information and cultural programming to communities large and small as well as parts of America that are underserved or otherwise unprofitable for traditional media to reach.”
The letter is included below:
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
Thank you for your steadfast support of our local public broadcasting stations. Under your bipartisan leadership, Congress has for many years consistently provided resources to support local public broadcast stations through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ready To Learn grant program, and the replacement of public media’s interconnection system.
As you begin to craft the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we urge you to continue this legacy and strongly support the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Ready To Learn program, and public broadcasting interconnection in FY 2018.
These federal investments are critical to public media’s mission to provide unique services in the areas of education, public safety, and civic leadership to all Americans. These services have helped more than three generations of Americans learn to read, improved the math and literacy skills of high-need children, deepened American’s connections to their communities and the world, and successfully brought in-depth, local news, information and cultural programming to communities large and small as well as parts of America that are underserved or otherwise unprofitable for traditional media to reach.
The relatively small federal investment in public broadcasting is leveraged for even greater impact. Approximately 70 percent of funds appropriated to CPB go directly to the more than 1,500 public television and radio stations across the country, supporting approximately 20,000 local jobs, and representing the only locally licensed, controlled, and directed media in America. Every federal dollar invested in public broadcasting is seed money that is leveraged by local stations to raise six additional dollars on their own from the communities they serve.
Public media is committed to education and service to all Americans. Thanks to public broadcasting, Americans at all income levels and from all parts of the country—rural or urban—have access to consistent, high-quality content for free. This innovative and educational programming is readily available to children, parents, teachers, senior citizens, those pursuing their general education degree, and many others.
Public broadcasting is making especially significant contributions to children’s education through the Ready To Learn program. More than 100 studies during the last several Ready To Learn competitive grant rounds have proven that this program’s research-based content builds and improves the early literacy and math skills for high-need children, ages two to eight. From June 2015 through May 2016, 19.1 million children viewed Ready to Learn television content, and in calendar year 2016 there were 12.3 million page views to all Ready To Learn web games. For the 54% of American children who don’t have the means or opportunity to attend preschool, Ready To Learn content provides an essential “school readiness” experience.
Public safety is an often overlooked mission that public broadcasters have embraced with growing impact. In times of national emergency, and as active participants in the presidential alerting system, the combined strength of local public radio and television broadcast signals can reach 98% of the American population. Public television stations provide critical redundancy through the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN), which sends geo-targeted Wireless Emergency Alert messages from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cellular carriers. Many stations are also effective partners with state and local public safety, law enforcement, and first responder organizations—connecting these agencies with one another, with the public, and with vital datacasting capabilities that use the broadcast spectrum to help first responders securely send critical information and video during times of crisis. Several recent datacasting pilots conducted by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with public television stations have demonstrated the ability of this technology to help address the communications challenges facing the public safety community.
Our public broadcasting system is a unique American institution that provides civic leadership, strengthens our local communities, and enables our constituents to have free, locally produced and focused programming as well as in-depth reporting. Public broadcasters have retained the trust of the American people in the comprehensive, transparent, objective, and civil coverage of news and public affairs, serving as essential resources for a well-informed citizenry. Public broadcasting stations are an indispensable source of information about the nation and the world, drawing on skilled journalists, documentarians, historians and local and national experts in a range of fields.
Whether it’s a state high school athletic tournament, public access to sessions of a state legislature, diverse reporting from neighborhoods in every American community, or debate coverage of a local election, public broadcasting keeps America’s communities informed.
In rural areas, where public broadcasting stations can be the only source of free, high-quality local programming available to families, funding from CPB can amount to more than half of some rural stations’ budgets. This is a gap that cannot be closed by increased underwriting revenue or donor support.
All of these services depend on public broadcasting’s interconnection – the technological infrastructure and supporting operations that provide every local public media station across the country with access to programming from national, regional, and independent content providers. Public broadcasting’s public safety work also relies on interconnection as the failsafe for presidential alerts and warnings and ensures that cellular customers can receive geo-targeted emergency alerts and warnings.
The current interconnection infrastructure for public broadcasting stations must be replaced as a result of aging technology and expiring long-term satellite leases. This multi-year project represents an essential element of public broadcasting’s continued public media service to every corner of America. Thank you for your recognition of this important project and for the year one funding that was provided in FY 2016 and proposed for continuation in the FY 2017 Committee bill. Continued funding is needed in FY 2018 to proceed with the critical work that is now underway.
We urge you to continue your support for our nation’s public broadcasting system by providing sufficient resources for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s two-year advance, the Ready To Learn grant program and the public broadcasting interconnection system in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
Thank you for your consideration and attention to this request.
Washington, D.C.- Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced H.R. 2060, the Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act, which provides federal tax incentives to private sector employers who hire youth transitioning from the foster care system to independence.
The Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act will make transition age foster youth categorically eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), an existing federal credit that provides incentives to businesses to hire employees from certain populations with specific employment challenges. In doing so, this bill will help encourage employers to hire and invest in our nation’s foster youth, starting them on a successful career path.
“We cannot eliminate all of the challenges faced by youth in foster care, but we can give them opportunities to help overcome those challenges,” said Rep. Reichert. “Helping youth find jobs and rewarding them when they do is a great way to help them become independent and give them hope for the future. Like all of our children, our youth in foster care deserve to have the opportunity to follow their dreams, and our bill gives them the independence to do just that.”
"The time of transition from foster care to independence is one of the most difficult and challenging and a job is a critical piece of making that leap: a place for building self respect and self confidence, a structure to learn to function as a part of a team, and an important opportunity to begin to expand their social network," said Rep. Davis. "Easing some of the barriers to the world of work may be one of the most effective means of empowering our foster youth to make that transformation successfully."Read More
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Ron Kind (D-WI) re-introduced H.R. 1904, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would allow for Medicare coverage of qualified Radiologist Assistant (RA) services.
“Seniors rely on radiology services. They are indispensable when detecting diseases or abnormalities within the body,” Rep. Dave Reichert said. “With growing doctor shortages, highly trained radiology assistants have played an important role in making sure our seniors get this critical care. We must make sure these potentially life-saving services performed by Radiology Assistants are covered by Medicare. It is what makes sense and it is what is right.”
“This common sense, bipartisan bill will provide America’s seniors with more efficient healthcare, while saving jobs and money,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “This bill fills critical gaps in doctor shortages by utilizing Radiologist Assistants. This measure will improve the quality of care and ensure timely access to diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures. I’m pleased to join my colleagues in reintroducing this bill and look forward to seeing it become law.”
“Most Americans are deeply concerned about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare,” Rep. Mike Doyle observed. “A number of us in Congress are looking for ways to reduce health care costs while maintaining- or even improving- the quality of care provided. This bipartisan bill would improve patient access to care and ensure that radiology and radiology assistants, working together, provide the highest-quality, most-effective medical imaging possible for Medicare beneficiaries.”
“Anything that improves care and strengthens our health care workforce is a no-brainer,” Rep. Bill Pascrell said. “I am proud to re-introduce this bill so that highly qualified health care professionals, including those from Radiologist Assistant programs like the one at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions in New Jersey, are recognized for the integral part they play on the radiology team. Ensuring that Medicare pays Radiologist Assistants for the services they provide is one more step in solidifying care.”
“In addition to finding ways to lower health care costs for Wisconsinites, we need to work on ways to make our health care system more efficient. With shortages of qualified health professionals in rural areas, allowing Radiology Assistants to be covered under Medicare is a win-win, our seniors get access to affordable services and it is more efficient and cost-effective for the health care system,” Rep. Ron Kind said.
Background: The Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2017 would recognize RA’s as a non-physician Medicare provider and allows Medicare coverage for their services.Read More
Issaquah, WA – Tonight, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the U.S. military strikes in Syria:
“Syria’s use of chemical weapons was a horrendous attack on innocent men, women, and children that the United States cannot stand for. It is long past time we held the Assad regime accountable for crossing the red line established by President Obama. Assad and his allies need to know the U.S. will no longer stand idle while atrocities are carried out against innocent people."Read More
Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Denny Heck (WA-10) called on President Trump to not eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. In a letter to the President signed by 33 other members, they urged the President to reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other major bodies of water.
“The health of the Puget Sound is critical to Washington’s economy and local jobs, the safety of the food we eat, and the countless species that call the Sound home,” said Reichert. “The cleanup and rehabilitation efforts funded by the EPA’s Geographic Program, such as salmon recovery efforts, have proven to be well worth the investment. Eliminating this funding would have a ripple effect across the state and impact the marine and seafood industry across the country. I urge the Administration to reconsider and recognize that protecting our environment is not just the right thing to do, but it is economically wise.”
“Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is vital to our economy and to who we are as Washingtonians,” said Kilmer. “Clean water and good jobs are important to our region. We can’t have them without a healthy Sound. This proposal would be devastating to local efforts to restore shellfish beds, revitalize salmon runs, and recover Puget Sound for future generations can enjoy its waters. The federal government should be a partner in this effort and that’s why we are calling on the President to not abandon our Puget Sound.”
“Washingtonians have spoken loud and clear—we need the EPA’s help to save our Sound,” said Heck. “This funding is the foundation of our efforts to restore Puget Sound, helping our state, cities, and tribes clean up our waters and shorelines. In order to protect the thousands of jobs that depend on a healthy Puget Sound, as well as iconic Pacific Northwest species like the orca and salmon, the President must restore this funding.”
Clean water in Puget Sound is essential to support 3,200 shellfish jobs that generate $184 million in revenue each year. 80 percent of statewide tourism and recreational dollars are tied to Puget Sound. The state’s marine industry – which includes fishing fleets, ports, and seafood processors – generates $30 billion annually.
The Puget Sound Geographic program provides grants to state, local, and tribal governments to implement projects to improve water quality, enhance fish passage, increase salmon habitat, and protect shorelines. Every EPA dollar spent on Puget Sound recovery efforts has leveraged more than $24 in matching funds from other federal agencies and local partners, including the state, tribes, and non-profits.
Full text of the letter follows. Dear Mr. President,
We write to express our strong and unified support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Geographic Programs, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay Program, Long Island Sound, Gulf of Mexico, and others.
The lakes, estuaries, and shorelines protected by these programs are truly national treasures. The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the world's fresh water supply and 90 percent of the United States' fresh water supply. The Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay watersheds are the Nation’s two largest estuaries, encompassing more than 48 million acres of rivers, bays, beaches and shorelines that support some of the Nation’s most valuable fisheries.
These iconic bodies of water are also crucial economic drivers that support millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact across the country. In Washington State, the marine industry – which includes fishing fleets, ports, and seafood processors – generates $30 billion annually, and is directly tied to the health of the Puget Sound. Likewise, more than 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion in wages are directly tied to the Great Lakes.
Collectively, the EPA’s Geographic Program funds have been used by state, local, and tribal governments to implement thousands of on-the-ground projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitats, enhance fish and shellfish populations, and combat invasive species. Although every region has shown significant improvement as the result of these investments, there is still a great deal of work to do.
For example, in 2014 a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie forced 400,000 residents in the Toledo area to go without home water service for three days. Similarly, in 2015 the Puget Sound experienced the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast which closed shellfish and crab fisheries throughout the region. Likewise, the annual “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay, the result of algal blooms feeding off nutrient pollution, causes significant stress to the Bay’s ecosystem and strains the populations of commercial species such as the iconic blue crab.
The economic impacts from these algal blooms reverberate throughout these regions. Grants from the EPA’s geographic programs have been critical to funding research and monitoring efforts to improve predictions of these blooms, but it is clear that much more work remains in order to protect the health of our citizens and our local economies.
Similarly, in South Florida, the EPA’s geographic program funds have been critical to supporting efforts to monitor and reduce the impact of point- and nonpoint-source pollution on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. These efforts are key to protecting indigenous populations of corals, shellfish, fish and wildlife, and recreational activities which are all critical economic drivers for the region.
We know that you are strongly in favor of growing the economy, protecting clean water, and creating jobs. The federal funding provided through the Geographic Programs does just that. A peer-reviewed study of the Chesapeake cleanup plan demonstrated that the Chesapeake provides benefits of more than $107 billion annually to the region, which will grow by more than $22 billion annually once the cleanup plan is complete.
Likewise, the GLRI has accomplished four times more clean-up and restoration work in the last six years than was undertaken over the previous 22 years. This progress has helped rejuvenate the hunting, fishing, and birding opportunities which support 217,000 tourism and recreation jobs throughout the region. Furthermore, in Washington State alone, every EPA dollar spent on Puget Sound recovery efforts has leveraged more than $24 in matching funds from other federal agencies and local partners, including the state, tribes, and non-profits. That’s an enormous return on investment.
Given the sweeping economic impacts of the Geographic Programs, we ask that you continue to include robust support for these programs in your Fiscal Year 2018 budget request and beyond. The health of our communities and the strength of our economies depend on it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today released the following statements on President Trump’s Executive Orders relating to trade enforcement and the trade deficit:
Chairman Reichert said:
"While we must do more to eliminate foreign barriers to trade that shortchange our companies and workers when they try to sell abroad, I firmly believe that our nation’s farmers, workers, consumers, and business owners have benefited tremendously from engaging in trade with countries across the globe. In my home state of Washington, we can see the benefit of trade in our jobs numbers and feel it in our pocketbooks. We are leaders in the agriculture, software, and aerospace industries, and 40 percent of our jobs are connected to trade. With 96 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our borders, there is great potential to create new opportunities for American businesses and grow good-paying jobs here at home. I will continue to work with the Administration on the trade agenda and this report."
Chairman Brady said:
“I welcome the President’s Executive Order on Customs bonding procedures, which operationalizes the new tools Congress put in place in the Customs enforcement bill that we enacted last year. The President’s action will strengthen our ability to hold accountable those cheaters who evade our trade laws and engage in unfair trade practices. His strong leadership on this issue will help level the playing field for American workers.
“I also agree that U.S. exporters of all sizes continue to face enormous trade barriers as they sell American goods and services around the world. While it is important to examine the causes of our trade deficits, we know that there are many causes that have nothing to do with trade agreements - including the status of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the widespread use of the U.S. dollar internationally. In fact, our trade agreements have been successful in making it easier to sell ‘Made in America’ products and services, lowering and even eliminating our trade deficits in manufacturing and services, and frequently resulting in a trade surplus.
“I look forward to working with President Trump and his Administration to rigorously enforce and strengthen our current trade agreements. We must also negotiate new, bold, and enforceable agreements that will eliminate barriers to our products and services so that Americans can compete and win in markets throughout the world.”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.