Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert

WASHINGTON's 8th DISTRICT

Reichert, Bipartisan Group of Members Introduce Bill to Save Mothers and Children

2017/10/13

Washington, DC –This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congressman Daniel Donovan (R-NY) introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 4022), a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide. “We have made incredible progress in improving maternal care and reducing preventable child deaths around the globe,” said Rep. Reichert. “But better is not good enough. The Reach Act will give the world’s most in-need families the tools and resources to climb their way out of extreme poverty, reduce infant mortality, and focus on building their communities. With a continued focus on reaching more mothers and children, we can save countless lives and strengthen security and stability across the globe.”Rep. McCollum said, “Despite significant progress in improving global access to quality health services for mothers, children, and newborns, hundreds of thousands of women continue to die each year of preventable pregnancy and childbirth related causes.  Millions of children don’t live to see their fifth birthday.  Continued U.S. leadership is essential, and the Reach Act will coordinate resources and strategies that will achieve our goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation.  I am proud to build on our government’s strong, bipartisan legacy of leadership by partnering with Rep. Dave Reichert, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Dan Donovan on this important legislation.”  “While we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the maternal and child mortality rate, more work remains. We can and must continue to make progress is ending these tragic, preventable and unnecessary deaths,” said Rep. Barbara Lee. “The REACH Act is a lifesaving bill that will uplift the most vulnerable and create a healthier, safer and more stable world for everyone.”Rep. Donovan said, “Progress has been made in helping mothers and children across the globe access the health services they need, but too many preventable deaths still occur. Regardless of ideology, I think we can all agree that no child anywhere should die of something as simple as diarrhea. The United States has been a leader in helping the most vulnerable and those living in poverty for years. This bipartisan legislation allows our nation to build on that work and continue to be a shining example to the world.” This legislation has already won the support of more than 20 non-governmental organizations (NGO) including RESULTS, World Vision, and Save the Children Action Network. “The Reach Act represents the kind of ambition we need to help countries reach the end of preventable maternal and child deaths,” said Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund. “Following the leadership of Reps. Reichert, McCollum, Lee, and Donovan, Congress has the chance to help make sure every mother and child is reached with quality services, regardless of who she is or where she lives.” “I am grateful to Rep. Reichert, Rep. McCollum, Rep. Lee and Rep. Donovan for their work across party lines to prioritize the health and survival of mothers and children around the world,” said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network. “This is a bold initiative that will ensure our government is as effective as possible as we work toward ending preventable deaths around the world. As a result, we will help create a more stable world.” “The Reach Every Mother and Child Act provides a critical opportunity for the US Government to strengthen its commitment in serving the global poor,” added World Vision CEO Rich Stearns. “This legislation will ensure that proven cost-effective and life-saving health interventions will be scaled up in the developing world, in order to end preventable maternal and child deaths in our lifetime.” 

Background:

According to experts, nearly 300,000 women die annually from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Malnutrition also contributes to approximately 45 percent of deaths among children under the age of five, totaling more than 3 million mostly preventable deaths each year. Furthermore, about one million newborns die on their very first day of life from causes that are almost entirely preventable.

The Reach Act is the House companion bill to the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1730) introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Christopher Coons (D-DE)

The legislation would:

  • Coordinate U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and childhood deaths globally within a generation;
  • Require targets to be set, tracked, and reported;
  • Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable populations while recognizing the unique needs within different countries and communities;
  • Improve coordination amongst agencies and foreign governments, civil society, and international organizations;
  • Encourage USAID to use pay-for-outcome financing arrangements; and
  • Accelerate partner country progress toward self-sustainability.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Wenatchee High School Mariachi Huenachi to Perform in Washington, DC

2017/10/12

Washington, DC - After months of fundraising,the Wenatchee High School Mariachi Huenachi will perform tonight in Washington, DC in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.They have been nationally recognized as being the fastest growing mariachi music program outside of Mexico.

In June, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) sent a letter inviting Mariachi Director Ramon Rivera and his students to the nation's capital. With help from the community, the Country Music Association (CMA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) the group raised enough money to fund a trip to Washington, DC for 31 students. It is all of the students' first trip to Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently sent the students a letter welcoming them to DC.Event Details:Where: 1100 Longworth - Ways and Means Committee RoomWhen: 5:30 - 7:30 PMWho: The event will open with brief remarks from Rep. Reichert, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO and Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO. The students will begin their performance at 6:30 PM.

                           

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Reichert Chairs Trade Hearing on Future in the Asia-Pacific Region

2017/10/11

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, chaired a Trade Subcommittee hearing on “Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region.”

Among other witnesses, the hearing included testimony from Stefanie Moreland representing Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Inc. Ms. Moreland as well as the other witnesses discussed both the current challenges and the great potential in the Asia-Pacific region for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs.  

To watch the hearing and the Congressman’s opening remarks, click HERE.

Below is a transcript of Chairman Reichert’s opening remarks:

“Good afternoon. The Subcommittee will come to order. Welcome to the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region. Before hearing from our witnesses, I’d like to make a few points.

“Many of the largest and the fastest-growing economies in the world are in the Asia-Pacific region. The 21 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, members account for around 59 percent of global GDP and 49 percent of world trade. U.S. companies can sell only so much to the four percent of the world’s population that lives in the United States, so we must improve our access to global markets.  f we want to remain competitive, then we must focus on doing so in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Washington is one of the most trade-dependent states in the country, with 40 percent of all jobs tied to trade. Given our location on the West Coast, my constituents are very aware of the importance of export markets in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“Far too often, U.S. companies are held back in this region by high tariffs, non-tariff barriers, and discriminatory policies and regulations. All too often, it is much more difficult to do business in the region than it should be. Reducing these barriers would increase opportunities for U.S. companies to compete and win and would also increase prosperity throughout the Asia-Pacific, enhance security in the region, and set high standards for future agreements.

“One important tool that the United States can use to address these issues is negotiating trade agreements. But we have trade agreements with only three countries in the Asia-Pacific: Korea, Australia, and Singapore. We must expand our presence.

“I am convinced that KORUS, our trade agreement with Korea, has been a great success for both the United States and Korea. KORUS has been in place only five years, and some of the tariff reductions are still being phased in, especially for sensitive agricultural products, so we can expect even greater gains in the future. Even still, we have seen the benefits of KORUS throughout the United States, and particularly in my home state of Washington. Among other success stories, we have nearly doubled our cherry exports to Korea, making it our third largest market for cherries.

“At the same time, Korea’s implementation of certain portions of the agreement has been very disappointing, and I know some tough conversations are ongoing to address those problems. The best way to resolve these issues and instill confidence in both countries about the future of the agreement is to use the committee structure set up under KORUS. That structure has helped us put an end to several disputes already, but Korea needs to do much more.

“I am eager to hear from each of our witnesses today about your experiences in Korea and throughout this region – both where you’re having success and where you see continuing challenges. I hope that this hearing will help us as policymakers to more effectively push our trading partners to ensure a level playing field for U.S. companies and their employees.

“When we have a trade agreement in place, we can work to enforce the agreement and push our trading partner to live up to its side of the bargain. But our limited number of trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region greatly reduces our leverage relative to competitors in other countries that have been more aggressive in negotiating trade agreements.

“Therefore, I firmly believe we need to pursue new bilateral agreements in the Asia-Pacific region. High-standard, ambitious, and enforceable agreements would benefit all Americans, including farmers, ranchers, workers, fishermen, manufacturers, and service providers. The longer we wait, the more we fall behind our competitors. We simply can’t afford to delay.  I am eager to hear from our witnesses about how such new agreements can help us force markets open and make sure we are treated fairly.

“I will now yield to Ranking Member Pascrell for the purpose of an opening statement.”

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Reichert Opening Statement at Hearing on Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region

2017/10/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) today delivered the following opening statement at a Subcommittee hearing entitled “Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region.”

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

Remarks as delivered:

“Good afternoon. The Subcommittee will come to order. Welcome to the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region. Before hearing from our witnesses, I’d like to make a few points. 

“Many of the largest and the fastest-growing economies in the world are in the Asia-Pacific region. The 21 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, members account for around 59 percent of global GDP and 49 percent of world trade. U.S. companies can sell only so much to the four percent of the world’s population that lives in the United States, so we must improve our access to global markets.  f we want to remain competitive, then we must focus on doing so in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“Washington is one of the most trade-dependent states in the country, with 40 percent of all jobs tied to trade. Given our location on the West Coast, my constituents are very aware of the importance of export markets in the Asia-Pacific region.  

“Far too often, U.S. companies are held back in this region by high tariffs, non-tariff barriers, and discriminatory policies and regulations. All too often, it is much more difficult to do business in the region than it should be. Reducing these barriers would increase opportunities for U.S. companies to compete and win and would also increase prosperity throughout the Asia-Pacific, enhance security in the region, and set high standards for future agreements.

“One important tool that the United States can use to address these issues is negotiating trade agreements. But we have trade agreements with only three countries in the Asia-Pacific: Korea, Australia, and Singapore. We must expand our presence. 

“I am convinced that KORUS, our trade agreement with Korea, has been a great success for both the United States and Korea. KORUS has been in place only five years, and some of the tariff reductions are still being phased in, especially for sensitive agricultural products, so we can expect even greater gains in the future. Even still, we have seen the benefits of KORUS throughout the United States, and particularly in my home state of Washington. Among other success stories, we have nearly doubled our cherry exports to Korea, making it our third largest market for cherries.

“At the same time, Korea’s implementation of certain portions of the agreement has been very disappointing, and I know some tough conversations are ongoing to address those problems. The best way to resolve these issues and instill confidence in both countries about the future of the agreement is to use the committee structure set up under KORUS. That structure has helped us put an end to several disputes already, but Korea needs to do much more.

“I am eager to hear from each of our witnesses today about your experiences in Korea and throughout this region – both where you’re having success and where you see continuing challenges. I hope that this hearing will help us as policymakers to more effectively push our trading partners to ensure a level playing field for U.S. companies and their employees. 

“When we have a trade agreement in place, we can work to enforce the agreement and push our trading partner to live up to its side of the bargain. But our limited number of trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region greatly reduces our leverage relative to competitors in other countries that have been more aggressive in negotiating trade agreements.

“Therefore, I firmly believe we need to pursue new bilateral agreements in the Asia-Pacific region. High-standard, ambitious, and enforceable agreements would benefit all Americans, including farmers, ranchers, workers, fishermen, manufacturers, and service providers. The longer we wait, the more we fall behind our competitors. We simply can’t afford to delay.  I am eager to hear from our witnesses about how such new agreements can help us force markets open and make sure we are treated fairly. 

“I will now yield to Ranking Member Pascrell for the purpose of an opening statement.”

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Reichert Statement on House Budget

2017/10/05

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Fiscal Year 2018 House Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 71) with his support.

“Today’s budget is not perfect, and, as we work through this process, I will continue to advocate for protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and conserving our environment,” said Rep. Reichert. “But we cannot sit on the sidelines and watch America’s budget problems grow, leaving our children and grandchildren to shoulder the debt. That is why I voted today to get our fiscal house in order and put America back on a pro-growth path. Passage of the budget resolution also puts us one step closer to implementing a fairer, flatter tax code that will result in bigger paychecks and more jobs for hard-working Americans.”

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DOJ Announces Plans to Implement Reichert's Solution to Gun Crime

2017/10/05

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a law enforcement veteran of 33 years, released the following statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced their initiative for combatting violent crime using Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program Rep. Reichert has long championed, as its centerpiece.

PSN is an evidence-driven grant program designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. During his time serving as Sheriff, Rep. Reichert oversaw the program in King County, Washington.

As part of the DOJ’s actions to combat violent crime and get more cops on the street, the department also announced plans to strengthen funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, a program Rep. Reichert has advocated for during his time in law enforcement and his thirteen years in Congress.

“Today we moved one step closer to reducing violent crime and making our communities safer for all Americans,” said Rep. Reichert. “After years of calling for increased support for PSN under the previous Administration, the DOJ has taken the right step to better protect the American people. From my time in law enforcement, I have seen PSN deliver on reducing violent crime, including gun crime and gang-related activity. It is a results-driven and community outreach-focused program that sends a clear message to potential criminals that if they do the crime, they will do the time.”

Reichert continued, “I am also pleased to see the DOJ has taken hiring shortages seriously and strengthened support for the COPS Hiring Program. Over the years, our law enforcement officers have taken on more responsibilities, suffered increased public scrutiny, and have been forced to work with fewer resources, making fulfilling their mission of keeping our families safe increasingly difficult. Putting more highly-trained, compassionate, and community-sensitive cops on the street will free up resources for law enforcement departments to tackle violent crime in our communities through community policing and intervention efforts.”

To learn more about PSN, see the Attorney General’s memo HERE.

Rep. Reichert’s Efforts on PSN and COPS Hiring:

Last month, Rep. Reichert’s amendment to increase funding for Project Safe Neighborhoods passed the House. Prior to the passage of the amendment, he spoke on the House floor.

Additionally, last month, Rep. Reichert secured funding for the COPS Hiring Program on the House floor from Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS) Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) for Fiscal Year 2018. Prior to the Congressman’s efforts, funding for the program had been completely eliminated. 

Chairman Culberson committed to funding the program during a colloquy with Rep. Reichert on the House floor.

To read Rep. Reichert’s OpEd in The Hill about his experience with Project Safe Neighborhoods while he was Sheriff of King County, click HERE.

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Reichert Statement on Las Vegas

2017/10/02

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) sent out the following statement in the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"My heart breaks for the families of the victims, the wounded, and all those impacted by last night’s tragic, senseless, and evil event and I continue to pray for those being treated in the hospital," said Rep. Reichert. "Targeting innocent individuals enjoying time with family and friends is beyond evil and cowardly. As this tragedy continues to be investigated, we must all be thankful for the incredible bravery and swift action of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, all first responders, as well as local trauma center personnel. We must remain resilient as one nation."

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Reps. Reichert, Pascrell, King, Hoyer, Bernice Johnson Introduce Bill Reauthorizing Fire Service Grant Programs

2017/09/30

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), a law enforcement veteran of 33 years, Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Service Caucus, and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, announced the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017. Each year more than one million fire and emergency services personnel respond to over 30 million emergency calls across the country. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that our over 30,000 fire departments continue to have access to the necessary training, equipment, and staffing to conduct emergency response missions and to continue to reduce community risk. Specifically, this legislation would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants. Congressional authorization for these grants expire tomorrow and sunset in January 2, 2018. The bill is a companion to S.829, sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE).

“Our firefighters and first responders are the first line of defense in our communities,” said Rep. Reichert. “But they are continually asked to do more with fewer resources and safety equipment. This bipartisan bill reauthorizes vital programs which help address the funding shortages for fire departments and first responders across our country. This support is necessary for our firefighters and first responders to perform their critical mission of protecting our families, while also having the resources to protect their own safety."

"Firefighters and first responders across our nation need all the support they can receive to keep our communities safe," said Rep. Pascrell, an original author of these grant programs. "When I crafted the initial legislation authorizing these grant programs I knew towns and cities across our nation needed assistance to offset the costs associated with hiring new staff, replace deteriorating equipment, and meet training requirements. These federal grants ensure the brave men and women on the front lines are provided critical resources to support and protect communities across our nation."

"It is essential that our first responders have the tools they need to protect the lives and well-being of the public and themselves," said Rep. King. "This legislation will go a long way to providing the resources, equipment and training for our nation's first responders."

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line for their communities each day," said Rep. Hoyer. "We must ensure that they have the resources they need to do their job safely and effectively. I’m proud to join in cosponsoring the bipartisan AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act, so that the hardworking men and women who make up fire departments across the nation have access to the proper equipment and training programs to support the critically important work that they do."

"Every day our firefighters risk their lives to keep us safe, so it is important that we make every effort to support the important work and service they provide to our communities," Rep. Bernice Johnson said. "This legislation will allow our first responders to enhance their fire prevention program and reduce the incidences of injury or death, helping them to continue the vital services they provide to our community."

This legislation has been endorsed by the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

Background on AFG, FP&S, and SAFER Grant program

Congress created these grant programs to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training, and health and safety needs of fire departments. The SAFER Grant program provides funding to cover the costs associated with hiring personnel to maintain safe staffing levels. The AFG program makes funds available for fire departments to purchase equipment, provide training, and meet other fire department needs. The FP&S Grant program provides assistance to fire departments to support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards in order to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

Details of the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

In order to improve upon the success of these grant programs, this legislation makes the following minor changes as part of the reauthorization:

  • Eliminates the sunset provision: This legislation removes the sunset provision in current authorization for these grant programs in order to keep the programs from expiring.
  • Extends the authorization date: This legislation extends the current AFG and SAFER Grant programs’ authorization levels of $750 million through FY 2023.
  • Individual waiver authority: The last authorization for the SAFER grant program allowed the FEMA Administrator the discretion to waive the local match requirement. Erroneously, the bill only waived the reference to the local match requirement in one part of the statute and not the other, creating a situation where FEMA is unable to exercise the waiver authority as Congress intended. This legislation makes the technical correction to ensure the waiver authority operates as Congress intended for jurisdictions with demonstrated local hardship.
  • Improved oversight: This legislation requires the FEMA Administrator and Assistant Administrator for the Grant Program Directorate to make grants administration training available online so potential grant recipients are better able to access and manage grants. Additionally, the legislation requires the development and implementation of an oversight framework to reduce potential waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.
  • Expanded use of SAFER funds: This bill expands the use for SAFER grants so that fire departments may change part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
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Reichert Statement on House Republican's Framework for Tax Reform

2017/09/27

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after House Republican's released their framework for tax reform:

"Over the years as I have traveled to all corners of Washington’s Eighth District and met with individuals and families from all walks of life, I have heard the same message over and over again: Americans want a simpler, fairer tax code that leads to more jobs and bigger paychecks.

Today, the House released a framework for a tax reform plan to put us on that path.

The framework outlines a plan that provides tax relief and a simplified code to middle-class families, making Americans’ day to day life more affordable so individuals and families can focus on the things that matter.

And it sets out a path for significant economic growth, by lowering tax rates for American businesses and encouraging investment here at home. America’s outdated tax code has weighed down American workers and businesses as our foreign competitors move forward. We simply must have a tax code that supports the creation of good-paying jobs in America.

This is a once in a generation opportunity that will improve the lives of American families for generations to come. I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle over the coming months on a tax plan that will give Americans a raise, help our businesses compete, and simplify the tax code."

To read more about the framework, click HERE.

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Bipartisan, Bicameral PNW Members Defend Their Farmers from NAFTA Renegotiation Threat

2017/09/20

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led a bipartisan group of members of Congress urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to abandon a proposal to establish a trade remedy provision for perishable and seasonal products that would harm the competiveness of fruit and vegetable growers in Washington state and Oregon. The provision is being considered as a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process.

Members of Congress also signing the letter include Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-WA), Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04), McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10), Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02), and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05).

Agricultural production and trade are crucial to the economic health of the Pacific Northwest and Canada and Mexico are vital trading partners. The provision under consideration may spell the end of duty-free access to these important markets for growers and exporters in the region.

“We expect that Canadian and Mexican industries, including the tree fruit industry, may take advantage of such a provision to restrict exports of U.S. products,” the members wrote. “Failure to consider these concerns will leave our tree fruit growers and other producers, who have proven highly successful in competing in the Mexican and Canadian marketplaces, vulnerable to tariffs that would have a negative impact on rural communities throughout our states.”

Crops such as tree fruit, wheat, potatoes, and hops would all be affected. Mexico and Canada are the top two export markets for apples and pears, and Canada has historically been the top export market for cherries. Washington state and Oregon grow more than three quarters of all the pears, apples, and cherries grown in the U.S.

In Washington state, agriculture and food production employs 140,000 people and comprises 13 percent of the state’s economy. In Oregon, the industry supports almost 160,000 jobs and agriculture and food exports make up 6 percent of the state’s economy.

The text of the letter can be found below: The Honorable Robert Lighthizer United States Trade Representative Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th St, NW Washington, DC 20508

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:

                As members of the Washington and Oregon delegations, we write to convey concerns regarding a possible trade remedy provision for perishable and seasonal products as a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. Given that there are serious, unresolved stakeholder concerns about the negative impact of such a provision on U.S. exports and jobs, we ask that you not move forward with this proposal. We urge you to consult closely with stakeholders and Congress on these matters.

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of Pacific Northwest agricultural production and exports, and Canada and Mexico are key markets supporting exports from the region. For example, growers, packers, and shippers in the Pacific Northwest produce more than three quarters of the fresh apples and cherries, and approximately 84 percent of the fresh pears, grown in the United States. Mexico and Canada are the top two export markets for apples and pears, with about 15 percent of the apple crop and 20 percent of the pear crop, worth approximately $442 million, shipped to our southern and northern neighbors each year. Canada has historically been the top market for cherries, with sales approaching $100 million; an additional $5 million to $10 million worth of cherries are exported to Mexico annually. It is estimated that these tree-fruit sales alone to consumers residing within the borders of our NAFTA trading partners support 4,100 jobs in the Pacific Northwest.

Because these jobs are dependent on exports to our NAFTA partners, we have a significant interest in how this negotiation affects the ability of Pacific Northwest growers to maintain their duty-free access to these vital commercial markets. We appreciate that USTR’s “Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation” included maintaining reciprocal duty-free market access for agricultural goods as a negotiating objective. However, we are concerned that the proposed provision for perishable and seasonal products, if adopted, would run counter to this goal and leave our growers vulnerable to new duties from these two critically important trading partners.

We expect that Canadian and Mexican industries, including the tree fruit industry, may take advantage of such a provision to restrict exports of U.S. products. The U.S. apple industry has been the subject of trade remedy investigations in Canada and Mexico, and therefore any new rule may be applied by these countries in a future proceeding against U.S. producers. Failure to consider these concerns will leave our tree-fruit growers and other producers, who have proven highly successful in competing in the Mexican and Canadian marketplaces, vulnerable to tariffs that would have a negative impact on rural communities throughout our states.

Again, given the concerns of Pacific Northwest fruit and vegetable producers, we ask that you not move forward with this proposal. We appreciate your continued commitment to this matter as negotiations with Mexico and Canada to reform NAFTA progress.

Sincerely,

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Reichert Urges Passage of Lymphedema Treatment Act

2017-09-13 21:05:13


Reichert Fights for Strengthened COPS Hiring Funding

2017-09-12 19:48:13


Reichert Urges Passage of Project Safe Neighborhoods Amendment

2017-09-12 19:05:47


Human Resources Subcommittee Hearing on Helping Individuals Get Back to Work

2017-09-11 20:45:53


Reichert Discusses Modernization of NAFTA on CNBC's Squawk Box

2017-07-18 16:44:13


Reichert Advocates for Better Access to Care for Lymphedema Patients

2017-07-14 17:29:47


How Tax Reform Will Help America’s Small Businesses Grow and Create New Jobs

2017-07-13 20:20:43


Reichert Recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month on House Floor

2017-06-23 15:43:56


Ways and Means Hearing with Ambassador Lighthizer

2017-06-22 19:57:22


Reichert Remarks at Committee Hearing on Increasing U.S. Competitiveness

2017-05-23 20:44:24


Reichert Urges Colleagues to Support Probation Officer Protection Act

2017-05-19 15:02:25


Reichert Recognizes National Police Week on House Floor

2017-05-17 23:56:55


Rep. Reichert on Clean Energy in Washington State

2017-04-22 18:50:36


Reichert Fights for COPS Funding

2017-03-01 21:18:09


Reichert Works with VA to Get Veteran Full Disability Benefits

2017-01-27 15:01:47


Reichert Speeks on House Floor in Honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

2017-01-09 19:55:00


Reichert Talks Trade and Tax with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence

2016-12-23 17:38:09


Reichert Fights to Get Terminally Ill Veteran Full VA Benefits

2016-12-17 15:47:05


Reichert Honors Officer Gutierrez on House Floor

2016-12-02 17:13:07


King 5 News Interviews Reichert about Priorities in the New Congress

2016-11-11 17:11:36


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Ways and Means

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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Jaime Herrera Beutler

WASHINGTON's 3rd DISTRICT

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