Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert

WASHINGTON's 8th DISTRICT

Reichert Statement on President's Executive Action on Immigration

2014/11/21

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement in response to the president's announcement that he would be taking executive action on immigration:

“Last night, President Obama announced his plan for immigration to the nation. It is deeply concerning to me that the President has chosen to independently pursue a course of action on this issue without consultation with Congress.  I believe that our immigration system is broken and that we can find and must find a solution, but it is not up to the President to do it alone. Congress and the President must work together to find an effective solution, and that can only happen if we first address the problems with our border security and collaborate to help those pursuing the American dream come out of the shadows. This is what we were elected to do.”

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Reichert Applauds Mountains to Sound Committee Passage

2014/11/19

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert released the following statement after the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 1785) out of committee:

“I am very pleased that Chairman Hastings and the Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed my Mountains to Sound Greenway legislation this morning. Ensuring the proper recognition of both the achievements and beauty of our state, will always be a top priority for me. The Mountains to Sound Greenway is an important part of that, as it has played a role in nearly every major industry in the state – from agriculture to energy to technology. This legislation will highlight the heritage and legacy of the area while also protecting property rights. Clearing the committee is a critical step in the legislative process and I will continue working with my colleagues to make this law.”

Background

Twenty years of innovative conservation and collaborative solutions protect the natural heritage of the Greenway. This network of parks, forests, farms, and cities is part of a regional history and a legacy for future generations. The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area will be a fitting recognition of this regional identity in the Pacific Northwest, and serve as a model of sustainability and cooperative solutions for the nation. 

A National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights.

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Reichert Statement on Nov. 19th Mountains to Sound Markup

2014/11/18

Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the House Committee on Natural Resources will mark up U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert’s (WA-8) Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 1785). This is the first heritage designation markup in Congressman Doc Hasting’s (WA-4) four-year tenure as Chairman.

“This markup is an important step in the process to making the Mountains to Sound Greenway a nationally recognized Heritage area and my hope is that the committee will favorably report it,” said Reichert. “While the Greenway already offers immense beauty and recreation opportunities to its surrounding communities, this legislation would help boost the economies of the area, allowing businesses to take advantage of the tourism and recreation industries that flourish in our state. I thank Chairman Hastings for taking up this important legislation and I am proud to champion the effort to highlight this Washington State gem.”

To watch the committee mark up, a live feed will be available here at 10:00 am tomorrow.

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Reichert on Keystone XL: "A Victory for American Workers"

2014/11/14

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert released the following statement after voting yes to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Building the Keystone pipeline would be a victory for American workers and the American economy. It would create thousands of jobs, improve U.S. energy security and promote overall economic growth. It is a critical component to achieving an all-of-the-above energy policy that balances traditional and new energy sources. I hope the Senate will pass, and the President sign, this measure and allow us to finally get to work on this important project.”

H.R. 5682 passed the House by a vote of 252 to 161.

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Reichert Statement on Senate Mark Up of Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act

2014/11/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act, a companion piece of legislation to the House bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) which would help protect this historical, natural Washington State icon.

Upon its passage out of the Senate committee, Reichert said, “This is another critical step to ensure that the Mountains to Sound Greenway is preserved for future generations. This corridor of land is rich both in beauty and opportunity and a heritage designation will continue to help the surrounding communities to thrive as thousands of tourists and recreationalists visit the area every year, from Washington and the entire country. I will continue to work hard to pass the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act in the House and I thank Senator Cantwell for introducing this legislation in the Senate and for working alongside me.”

Background

Twenty years of innovative conservation and collaborative solutions protect the natural heritage of the Greenway. This network of parks, forests, farms, and cities is part of a regional history and a legacy for future generations. The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area will be a fitting recognition of this regional identity in the Pacific Northwest, and serve as a model of sustainability and cooperative solutions for the nation. 

National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights.

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Reichert Statement on Death of Shaylee Chuckulnaskit

2014/11/01

Issaquah, WA – Rep. Reichert issued the following statement in response to the news from Providence Regional Medical Center Everett tonight: "It is with immense sadness that we learned of the passing of Shaylee Chuckulnaskit tonight. I continue to pray for Shaylee’s family, friends, and the entire Marysville community. Our children are precious and the heartbreak and devastation that their tragic death brings can only be softened by being surrounded with compassionate and caring people. May we all be those people for the Marysville community during this time as we keep them all in our prayers.”

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Reichert Questions Inslee Administration's Foster Care Oversight

2014/10/27

Issaquah, WA – Friday, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, sent a letter to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee inquiring about the effectiveness of the administration’s oversight of the state foster care system. The letter is intended to provide oversight on the use of goals and quality measures by the administration designed to ensure that Washington’s foster youth are receiving the best possible care.

The Human Resources Subcommittee oversees the nation’s foster care system. Reichert has served as its chair since the beginning of the 113th Congress and in that capacity has introduced and passed several pieces of legislation, including the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act (H.R. 4058), whose key provisions were signed into law as part of P.L. 113-183 in September.

The full text of Reichert’s letter to Governor Inslee is below.

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Governor Jay Inslee

Office of the Governor

PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Dear Governor Inslee,

Protecting the young people of Washington has been one of my top goals throughout my career in public service, both as the Sheriff of King County and during my time in Congress. Because of this, and as the Chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over the nation’s foster care system, I am concerned about recent changes your Administration made in how Washington’s foster care system sets goals and measures its performance.  I am writing to seek more information about these new goals and measurements in order to ensure that our State’s foster youth are receiving the best possible services .

This past July, your administration released the Children’s Administration Strategic Metrics Plan through the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).  This plan replaces the metrics and outcomes set forth in the Braam Settlement Agreement that expired in December 2013.  The Braam Settlement set tangible and ambitious goals that the foster care system was expected to achieve.  In contrast, your Administration’s plan appears to take a less comprehensive approach to monitoring and measuring the achievement of the foster care system, both by having fewer metrics as well as by setting lower expectations for system performance than was the case under the Braam Settlement.

In order to better understand your Administration’s motivation in making these changes, I respectfully request that you answer the following questions:

1. Why did your Administration oppose the extension of the Braam Settlement?

2. Why does your Administration’s plan not include 19 of the 21 metrics required under the Braam Settlement?  Please provide your rationale for not including each of these 19 excluded metrics.

3. For the Braam Settlement metrics your plan chose to retain (i.e. caseloads per caseworker and monthly health and safety visits), why does your plan set lower expectations for system performance than under the Braam Settlement?  For example, the Braam Settlement expected foster children to receive a private, individual face-to-face health and safety visit at least once per month.  In contrast, your plan fails to require that such visits be private, individual or face-to-face. Why?

4. Why does your plan focus on simply gathering data, as opposed to holding the foster care system accountable for achieving specific outcomes designed to better protect children?  For example, under the Braam Settlement, 90 percent of caseworkers were expected to have a caseload of 18 cases or fewer; under your Administration’s plan, the foster care system simply is expected to report the number of CPS workers with more than 25 cases.

5. Do you believe that a foster care evaluation model should include metrics that are “one-and-done” (with the responsibility of the State to measure outcomes expiring if the metric has been achieved even once), or should performance always be measured against key benchmarks, so that the program is always held accountable for achieving important goals and evaluation is always a part of program management? 

6. Why does your plan lack a timeframe for improvement by DSHS?

I believe that using metrics and holding a system like foster care accountable for achieving key goals is an important safeguard for children, and something that should be incorporated into ongoing program operation.    I look forward to receiving your responses to the questions above, and to working with you to ensure that our State’s foster youth are properly protected so they can grow up and become thriving, successful members  of our community.

Sincerely,

Dave Reichert

Chairman

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Reichert Statement on Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting

2014/10/24

Issaquah, WA – Rep. Reichert issued the following statement in response to today's events in Marysville: "It is with great sadness that I learned of today’s tragedy in Marysville. My thoughts and prayers go out to the staff, students, and families of Marysville-Pilchuck High School. I pray for a quick recovery for the injured students, and I mourn with the rest of our community for those who lost their lives today."

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Reichert Statement on Ebola Crisis

2014/10/17

Issaquah, WA – Rep. Reichert issued the following statement in response to the ongoing situation concerning the Ebola virus: "The ongoing Ebola crisis is one of great concern to us all. My thoughts are with the men and women taking up the task of caring for and working to provide treatment and supplies to those here at home as well as in widely-effected nations. This is not without a great deal of risk to their own health and livelihood, and I am impressed by the soldiers and healthcare workers involved in these efforts and their commitment to serving others. I continue to pray for all of those who have contracted the disease and hope for a complete and speedy recovery as well as effective treatment and containment of this virus. I stand ready with my colleagues to take whatever action is deemed most appropriate to end this outbreak abroad and prevent any further occurrences in the United States."

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Reichert Statement on Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014

2014/10/08

"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have witnessed the effects of domestic violence time and time again. In 33 years of law enforcement it was sadly unavoidable and every time, domestic violence left behind devastation, broken families, and broken communities.  We will never be able to fully assess the damage done to men, women, and children by domestic violence, because it is not just physical, but affects every part of someone’s well-being.  To eradicate domestic violence, it will take a unified, nation-wide effort. Help is available, and I applaud all of those who have worked tirelessly for years to eradicate domestic violence. I also urge organizations and individuals to continue to provide support and assistance so that we can ensure victims will feel safe seeking help. I am committed to stamping out violence wherever it is found, and together, with an unwavering commitment to justice and helping others, we will keep our people safe."

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Contact Information

1127 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7761
Fax 202-225-4282
reichert.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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.


Serving With

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WASHINGTON's 3rd DISTRICT

Doc Hastings

WASHINGTON's 4th DISTRICT

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WASHINGTON's 5th DISTRICT

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