Washington, DC - On May 18th, three members of the Washington Delegation, Reps. Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rogers, and Dan Newhouse sent a letter to Boeing President, Dennis A. Muilenburg and Airbus President, Fabrice Brégier, urging the aircraft manufacturers to halt current or reconsider potential sales of airplanes, parts, and other aircraft-related services to the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the letter, the Members explain their concerns about Iran’s continued aggressive behavior, the threat the rogue nation poses to America and our allies, and ask to sit down with representatives of the aerospace companies to further discuss these concerns. After sending the letter, they issued the following statement:
“Despite the promises Iran made on condition of implementing the widely opposed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), recent news reports indicate that Iran continues to test medium-range ballistic missiles that are capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including U.S. military bases and Israel. These most recent acts of aggression are yet another sign that Iran has no intention of moderating its behavior as a result of the nuclear deal. With Airbus already conducting business in Iran and Boeing working with the Administration to begin its own sales, an extremely dangerous precedent is being set for Western companies. We ask both companies to consider the profound moral implications of engaging a nation that has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted.”
To read the full letter, click HERE.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, made the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) published its report on the potential impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have on the U.S. economy.
“I am looking forward to thoroughly reviewing and discussing the ITC report with my colleagues,” said Rep. Reichert. “Today’s report highlights many of the potential positive benefits of the TPP, including spurring economic growth and the creation of good-paying jobs across the country. I am confident that if done right, TPP will help American businesses reach their full potential, give American workers more opportunities, and increase choices while reducing prices for American consumers. However, we are not there yet because there are Member concerns that must be addressed. I will continue to work with Chairman Brady, my colleagues, and the Administration to resolve these concerns, so we can develop a path forward. It is the substance of this work that will determine when there will be Congressional action.”
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chair of the Law Enforcement Task Force, led a hearing, titled “Examining Best Practices to Build Trust Between Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve.” During the hearing, the Task Force heard from witnesses with law enforcement or community engagement backgrounds to get actionable feedback on what law enforcement departments, communities, and the government must to do strengthen deteriorating relationships between police officers and the people they serve. One of the witnesses was Marvin Charles of the Seattle-based support group for fathers, Divine Alternatives for Dads Services (D.A.D.S.). Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the hearing:
“Over the past several years, I have watched as tensions between local police and the communities they serve reached a boiling point, eventually resulting in violence, abuse of property, and tragic fatalities. Unfortunately, this is becoming the new normal and I fear that our law enforcement officers and our neighborhoods will become less safe as a consequence. We, as a country, cannot let this continue. We must return to civility,” said Rep. Reichert. “I believe the diverse and informed set of perspectives we heard from our witnesses today helped give lawmakers, communities, and police departments ideas about best practices that can be adopted across the nation to regain civility and trust between our protectors and the people they serve.”
“One of the voices we heard from was my friend and someone I deeply admire, Marvin Charles of D.A.D.S. in Seattle. In another life, Marvin was one of the guys I was looking for out on the streets, but now, he has become an influential force in taking men off the street, teaching them how to be fathers, and reuniting them with their families. Marvin understands that stronger fathers lead to healthier communities and that ensuring children have a loving, stable family life is critical to reducing crime in our communities.”
Emphasizing the important role fathers play in building safe communities, Marvin Charles explained during the hearing, “Law enforcement officers see first-hand the legacies of fatherlessness,” said Charles. “Children from fatherless homes often become casualties, victims or offenders themselves. Then, they become challenges for our school systems, social-services programs, drug and alcohol recovery services, law enforcement agencies, and legal and court systems. Our organization seeks to avoid that by working with fathers and their families.”
To watch a recording of the hearing, click HERE.
On July 29th Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), House Law Enforcement Caucus Co-Chair and former Sheriff of King County, and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) launched the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force.
The Task Force is chaired by Rep. Reichert and was formed following several high-profile conflicts across the nation between local law enforcement and the communities they serve – particularly events in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.
Additional Task Force members include: Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Susan Brooks (IN), Jeff Miller (FL), Peter King (NY), Ted Poe (TX), Rich Nugent (FL), Steve Knight (CA), John Katko (NY), and Mia Love (UT). Together, the Task Force members have over 90 years of law enforcement experience. The Task Force includes 4 former law enforcement officers, 2 former U.S. attorneys, 1 former judge, and 1 former mayor.
The Law Enforcement Task Force has held hearings, meetings, and roundtables to examine the primary drivers of the recent tensions between police and community through hearings, roundtable discussions, and meetings with key stakeholders. The Task Force will share their findings and recommendations with Congress and the public.
Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a total of 18 bipartisan bills to address the nationwide opioid epidemic that is impacting countless American families.
“Opioid addiction is a tragedy that knows no distinctions of political party, religion, income level, or race. The crisis has torn apart families and destroyed the potential of the 46,000 lives that are taken every year as a result of drug and opioid overdoses. And Washington State is not immune. We have seen a surge in opioid and heroin addiction that if not addressed, will only continue to escalate and take more lives,” said Rep. Reichert. “The good news is that Congress has come together and recognized the urgent need to act to get this crisis under control. This week, we passed legislation that will better educate doctors about how to prescribe opioids and will strengthen our nation’s drug laws to help end the illegal flow of opioids throughout our region and the country.”
Congressman Reichert has two grandchildren who were adopted from the Pediatric Interim Care Center (PICC) as drug addicted babies. He recently sat down with KIRO7 News to discuss his involvement with PICC and the important work they do to support mothers suffering with drug addiction and to ensure that their children can grow into healthy and strong adults.
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), who served in law enforcement for 33 years, held a Special Order on the House floor in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week, which is a federal holiday dedicated to paying tribute to law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Rep. Reichert also made the following statement to recognize the 55th observance of the memorial.
“This week, thousands of family members of fallen police officers and their law enforcement families have come to Washington, DC to mourn their loss and honor the 252 additional names that will be etched into the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall this year,” said Rep. Reichert. “The deep feelings of pain and sorrow that these families and loved ones are experiencing now is something that I am all too familiar with. In 1982, I lost my partner and best friend, Sergeant Sam Hicks, who was ambushed and shot to death when he was attempting to arrest a homicide suspect. Just years later in 1984, my friend, patrol partner, and Academy classmate, Mike Raburn, was stabbed to death while serving a warrant.”
“Their deaths remind me daily of the incredible and selfless sacrifice law enforcement officers and their families make every day. Please join me in keeping the immediate family members as well as the entire extended law enforcement community in your thoughts and prayers during this week of reflection and remembrance.”
Police Week was started in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. He designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the encompassing week to be "National Police Week." During this time, police officers from all over the nation come together in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to their fellow officer who gave their lives in the line of duty. Currently, there are 20,789 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Senate passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, widely bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. House in April and was championed by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA). Passage of this bill gets us one step closer to manufacturing tax cuts for American companies. Specifically, it establishes a process for Congress to consider a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which would relieve U.S. manufacturers of tariffs that have impeded their ability to build more products and create more jobs in the U.S. Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the legislation was sent to the President’s desk:
“Growing our local economy and creating jobs here at home is a priority for my constituents in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, and I am pleased to say that is what this bill will do,” said Rep. Reichert. “Putting this bill on the President’s desk moves us along the path to passing an MTB, which will relieve U.S. manufacturers of burdensome taxes so they can produce more American-made goods, hire more American workers, and lower prices for local families. This legislation is a win-win for American manufacturers and for consumers, and I urge the President to take swift action in signing it into law.”
Washington, DC - Today, legislation championed by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), the Recovering Missing Children Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote. This bill will aid law enforcement officers in their search for missing children by allowing the IRS to share taxpayer information with state and local law enforcement agencies in missing or exploited children cases. Currently, this information is subject to strict recordkeeping requirements and can result in civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized disclosure. Rep. Reichert made the following statement after he joined his House colleagues in supporting the legislation:
“Prior to coming to Congress, I spent a large part of my career investigating the disappearance of missing children and young women,” said Rep. Reichert. “And during that time, I often was the officer responsible for telling a family that their loved one was not coming home. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. But one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced in my life was telling parents that we had found their child alive and healthy. The Recovering Missing Children Act will provide law enforcement with a powerful additional tool, which could save lives and save parents from heartbreak. I am pleased that my colleagues in the House recognized the value of this resource and joined me today in supporting the legislation.”
Rep. Reichert also spoke the House floor about the Recovering Missing Children Act prior to the bill’s passage. To watch the video, click HERE.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after Iranian news reported the country test-fired a ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including U.S. military bases and our ally Israel. This most recent missile test follows a series of launches since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On one of the tests, the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” was inscribed on a missile in Hebrew.
“This most recent act of aggression is another sign that Iran has no intention of moderating its behavior as a result of the President’s nuclear deal. Months after the agreement was implemented, the Iranian regime remains the greatest state sponsor of terrorism, continues to call America the “Great Satan,” and continues to directly threaten our greatest ally in the region, Israel. We have been fed promises by the Administration that this agreement will incentivize Iran to de-radicalize and engage with the global community, but no amount of spin can hide the that the agreement is a bad deal for America and a bad deal for our allies.”
Washington, DC – This week, legislation championed by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), the Lymphedema Treatment Act, reached over 218 cosponsors, earning the bipartisan legislation support from the majority of the U.S. House. The bill would ensure Medicare coverage of compression garments for the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition and need these items for the daily management and treatment of their lymphedema. Rep. Reichert responded with the following statement:
"Up to three million seniors throughout the United States suffer from pain and discomfort due to Lymphedema. Often times basic tasks like putting on pants and walking down the sidewalk are made extremely difficult," said Rep Reichert. "Compression garments are a simple but effective way to treat the effects of Lymphedema. Unfortunately, these garments are not currently covered by Medicare. I am very proud that now over half of the House of Representatives has joined my bill to make these garments eligible for Medicare coverage and provide these seniors with the care they need."
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.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after the Ways and Means Committee considered several bills to protect children and taxpayer identity, the Recovering Missing Children Act and the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act. Both bills passed out of the Committee with strong bipartisan support.
“I spent a large part of my career investigating the disappearance of missing children and young women, and one of the hardest things I ever had to do was tell parents that their child was not coming home. But one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced in my life and in my career, was telling parents that we had found their child alive and healthy. The Recovering Missing Children Act would provide law enforcement with a powerful additional tool, which could save lives and save parents from heartbreak,” said Rep. Reichert.
“I am pleased that today the Committee also took steps to address the rapidly growing problem of identity theft,” continued Rep. Reichert. “While the IRS has undertaken initiatives to address the problem, more must be done to protect American taxpayers from a crime that can have a tremendous impact on their family and financial stability. The Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act directs the IRS to take further actions to combat the issue and to help victims resolve stolen identity cases quickly and securely.”
To watch Rep. Reichert’s remarks on the Recovery Missing Children Act, click HERE.
To watch Rep. Reichert’s remarks on the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act, click HERE.
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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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