Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert


Reichert, Blumenauer, Lance, and Schakowsky Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Lymphedema Treatments


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Lymphedema Treatment Act, H.R. 1608, to ensure Medicare coverage for the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition. 

“We should be enabling seniors who suffer from lymphedema to have the best possible access to necessary treatments for their condition,” said Reichert. “Making sure that Medicare covers compression garments is a common-sense way to give individuals real hope to fight back against this chronic condition and obtain their best possible quality of life.”

Blumenauer said, “Making sure that our health care system is designed so that those suffering from chronic illness can receive necessary treatments is essential. The Lymphedema Treatment Act will enable Medicare to improve care for patients by covering treatments that are crucial to combating its ailments. This is an important bill that will affect and improve the lives of many and strengthen our health care system that today falls short without this Act.”

“Our legislation seeks to close the Medicare coverage gap for equipment and therapies needed by the nearly six million Americans suffering from Lymphedema,” said Lance, a member of the House Health Subcommittee and co-chairman of the House Rare Disease Caucus.  “This bill will improve patient care and reduce overall health care costs associated with this chronic disease.”

“I am a strong believer in strengthening Medicare, and the Lymphedema Treatment Act is a prime example of how we can ensure that millions of Americans get the care they need,” said Schakowsky. “Those who suffer from Lymphedema need medical supplies that can be costly.  One of my close friends suffers from this condition, so I am very aware of its impact. This legislation will result in life-changing treatment for those with Lymphedema,” said Schakowsky.

Founder and executive director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group Heather Ferguson added, “Compression is to lymphedema what medication is to many other diseases - indispensable! Insurance coverage for their doctor-prescribed compression treatment supplies will enable lymphedema patients, the majority of whom are cancer survivors, to avoid costly complications and debilitating disease progression. Passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act will help to minimize the healthcare costs associated with this chronic disease, while allowing the millions of Americans affected by lymphedema to live a better quality of life.”


Lymphedema is a chronic condition resulting from damaged or inadequate lymph nodes or lymphatic vessels that afflicts millions of Americans.  It is a disease that one can be born with but it is most often caused by cancer treatments that damage the body’s lymph system or immune functions.  Due to the painful swelling that results from lymphedema, compression therapy is an essential component of treatment but compression supplies are not covered by Medicare despite being an ongoing necessity. H.R. 1608 closes this coverage gap by requiring Medicare to cover lymphedema compression items.

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ICYMI: Reichert, Pascrell, Cardin, Graham Urge Swift Passage of National Blue Alert System


Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-Wash.-08) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined with members of the law enforcement community Tuesday to urge swift passage of Senate and House bills to create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers or who have made an imminent or credible threat to the cause serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer. Modeled after the successful Amber Alerts, this legislation, (S. 665/H.R.1269) The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, is strongly supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department (SBA) and many other organizations.

“By keeping our law enforcement officers safe, we help keep our communities safe,” said Congressman Reichert. “Creating a National Blue Alert system is a critical step towards achieving that goal. When law enforcement officers are harmed, everything in our power should be done to swiftly apprehend those who harmed them and prevent any further injury or loss of life. Quickly disseminating information to citizens and public safety officers will empower communities and add to the tools at the disposal of law enforcement for keeping America safe.”

“Blue Alert is bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect law enforcement officers and the public. When a credible threat is made, an officer is injured, or worse; we owe it to law enforcement to help however we can,” said Senator Cardin. “A National Blue Alert system would ensure that citizens across the country can work in concert to help protect those who put their lives on the line to protect us. I’m proud to join law enforcement nationwide and colleagues from both the Senate and the House in calling for the passage, finally, of this important public safety legislation.”

“Last year, we mourned the loss of Jersey City Officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed in the line of duty responding to a gang-related robbery,” stated Congressman Pascrell. “Officer Santiago’s death set off a series of targeted threats against New Jersey police officers from the assailant’s fellow gang members. When threats like this occur, the rapid dissemination of critical, time-sensitive information is essential; and the National Blue Alert System would provide that.”

“While almost half the states have implemented some form of a Blue Alert system, there is currently no national Blue Alert system to coordinate alerts across multiple states. There also is not a federal official designated to coordinate the Blue Alert system and share best practices with the states,” Senator Graham said. “Our bipartisan legislation enhances and integrates the Blue Alert plan throughout the United States.  It will help rapidly disseminate information and notify law enforcement, media, and the public about dangerous criminal suspects.  I hope it can soon be passed into law.”

"As one of the prime sponsors and authors of the Blue Alert Act of 2015, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association looks forward to the swift passage of this bill that will help combat the rise of targeted violence against law enforcement officers and those that seek to attack the American way of life,” said Don Mihalek of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)

“Make no mistake – law enforcement officers in uniform are the targets of those who want to make a headline by killing a cop,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police. “Officers Ramos and Liu were two of nine officers killed from ambush last year and the attempted murder of two police officers in Ferguson is a stark reminder of the danger these brave officers are in on every shift.”

“Our community in Western Maryland is called the ‘Four State Region’ for good reason: Hagerstown is 10 minutes from Pennsylvania, 10 minutes from West Virginia and 30 minutes from Virginia. We anticipate in our community that anyone who would assault a police officer is going to flee the state, so getting information out to other law enforcement and the public as fast as we can is going to make a real difference in getting these individuals off the streets,” said Chief of Police Mark Holtzman of the Hagerstown Police Department. “One unique things about law enforcement is that if someone wants to harm the police, they don’t care what uniform you wear. Use of a National Blue Alert system will get information out to where it needs to be fast, and use the leverage of the public we serve, to help apprehend these individuals. I believe we will have a much safer community.”

“The SBA is grateful to Representatives Reichert and Pascrell, and Senators Cardin and Graham for their unwavering efforts to pass a national ‘Blue Alert’ Act,” said Vice President Robert Ganley of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD.  “We are especially grateful for their willingness to rename this legislation after hero officers Ramos and Liu, and to amend the bill to reduce the odds that such vicious, unprovoked, and calculated attacks against police officers will succeed in the future.  Had such a Blue Alert network been in place last December, it would have increased the likelihood that their murderer could have been stopped before he was able to carry out his cowardly attack.”

"NAPO is grateful to Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell and Senators Cardin and Graham for introducing the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015. This important legislation honors two heroes and members of NAPO, NYPD Detectives Ramos and Liu, who dedicated their lives to protecting the public,” said Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). “Passing this bill will ensure the wide dissemination of information on suspects connected with the injury or death of a law enforcement officer, as well as information on credible threats to law enforcement, like the threats posted by the individual who killed Detectives Ramos and Liu. Passing this bill will prevent future tragedies during a time when individuals are increasingly willing to attack law enforcement officers. It is our duty to provide this protection to the men and women who work tirelessly to protect us. We are not going to rest until this legislation is passed."

Blue Alerts can be issued in the event of:

·         an attack on a law enforcement officers leading to his / her death or serious injury;

·         a conclusion a law enforcement office is missing in the line of duty; or

·         a confirmation by a law enforcement agency that an imminent and credible threat exists to kill or seriously injure one of its officers.

The legislation would assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network. This Coordinator will, among other things:

·         Provide assistance to State and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans.

·         Establish voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans.

·         Develop protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects, including the use of public safety communications and command center operations.

·         Work with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of the network.

·         Establish an advisory group to assist all entities involved in the network with the facilitation, promotion, and implementation of Blue Alert plans.

·         Act as the nationwide point of contact for the development of the network and the regional coordination of Blue Alerts through the network.

·         Determine what procedures and practices are in use for notifying law enforcement and the public of Blue Alerts, and which of the procedures and practices are effective and do not require the expenditure of additional resources to implement.

·         Establish guidelines that provide mechanisms to ensure that Blue Alerts comply with all applicable privacy laws and regulations.

·         Direct the Coordinator to submit an annual report to Congress on the Coordinator's activities and the effectiveness and status of the Blue Alert plans that are in effect or being developed.

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Reichert, Boustany Introduce Bill to Help Improve Outcomes for Kids


Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) released the following statement after introducing the Home Visiting Extension Act of 2015 extending the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program through the end of the fiscal year: "Today, we introduced the Home Visiting Extension Act of 2015, to extend the authorization for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) through September 30 of this year. "This bill addresses an issue that isn’t addressed enough in Congress—the importance of using evidence to figure out what works to reduce poverty in America. "This bill continues the bipartisan and bicameral support for this program by preventing its expiration at the end of the month and ensuring it continues through this fiscal year at the same funding level as last year. "At its core, this program is designed to improve outcomes for children and families — especially those children who face the greatest risk of abuse and neglect. "By funding locally-managed, state-selected models based on evidence, this program offers help to parents with young children in order to improve outcomes for kids—including by improving children’s health, preventing child abuse and neglect, improving school readiness, and increasing a family’s ability to be self-sufficient. "The young families served by this program live in communities with concentrations of poverty, crime, substance abuse, and other factors that can have a substantial negative impact on the lives of these young children. "Home visiting professionals address these problems head-on — visiting these mothers in their homes to give them the advice, guidance, and the help they need to make sure their children are given the best starting point in life—a desire any parent knows well. "Home visiting programs have been operating for decades, but the effectiveness of past efforts has been unknown. That’s why this program includes strong standards of evidence so only home visiting models that meet certain standards receive funding, as well as a strong evaluation component so we can find out whether these programs are actually working as intended. "We have also both called for hearings on this issue—Chairman Reichert held one in July of 2013, and Chairman Boustany will hold one on March 17th—focused on how the federal government can better use evidence to help low-income individuals and families get ahead, as we both agree we need to evaluate more programs to figure out what works and what doesn’t. "The MIECHV program uses evidence-based models to achieve real results, and this is an approach we should take with more social programs across the federal government to determine whether they actually work. "The MIECHV program was designed based on evidence, and it is currently being evaluated to see whether it’s working as intended. We need to make sure more of our federal programs operate this way, and we look forward to working with our Democrat and Republican colleagues to do just that."

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Reichert Statement on Shooting of Ferguson Police Officers


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement regarding this morning's shootings in Ferguson, Missouri:

"The shooting this morning of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri is intolerable. More protests and more violence are not the answer. The community and law enforcement must partner together, working with respect and towards a mutual goal. I pray for the swift recovery of the two officers, and I pray that justice will prevail. It is time for peace in Ferguson; it is time for healing. Order must be restored so that, together, we can build a brighter future for our children."

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Reichert Named 2014 Washington Trade Hero


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Reichert received the 2014 Washington Trade Hero of the Year Award from the Washington Council of International Trade (WCIT) at their office in downtown Seattle.  Rep. Reichert was selected for the award because of his championship of expanded trade which makes Washington one of the most successful states for families and businesses in the country.

“It is an honor to be recognized for working with my colleagues on an issue that is so important to our great state,” said Rep. Reichert. “With so many goods and services - from our delicious apples to our computer software - in demand around the globe it is no wonder that trade supports 40% of jobs in our state. These well-paying jobs tied to trade help my hard-working constituents provide for their families. I thank WCIT for all of their work in helping educate others about the importance of trade and for today’s recognition.”

WCIT President Eric Schinfield said, “The Washington Council on International Trade is pleased to present Representative Reichert with this award to recognize his leadership in fighting for Washington state’s global competitiveness. Not only can he be counted on consistently as a ‘yes’ vote on the key trade policies that matter to Washington employers, but also a leader in Congress who educates other elected officials about the importance and benefits of issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade Promotion Authority, Ex-Im Bank, port competitiveness and the U.S. OUTDOOR Act.”

Rep. Reichert serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, the President’s Export Council, and is a co-chair and founder of the Friends of TPP Congressional Caucus.

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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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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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