There has been some misinformation circulating that I am holding a town hall in Cashmere on February 20th. That is not true. I will be joining Enrinque Cerna for a FB Live hosted by KCTS on Feb 23rd at 1 pm. The event can be viewed live on my Facebook page or on the KCTS 9 Facebook page. You can submit questions at the below link. Meeting with constituents and hearing your concerns is my top priority. I encourage you to visit my website to schedule an appointment with me or a member of my staff.Read More
I have spoken with and heard from countless people across our district about the upcoming changes to our health care system. I want to take this opportunity to tell you I am listening to your feedback and let you know where I stand.
Regardless of political party, income, race, religion, or gender we all want to know more than anything that our loved ones are safe. When difficult times come we need to know we will have access to the health care we need to take care of our family. It is not surprising there is so much anger, concern, and fear over our country’s health care system. While some people are angry because changes to their health plan have left them with coverage they cannot afford, others are scared because after finally having health insurance for the first time in years they fear it will be taken away. Both scenarios leave us feeling helpless.
It is easy to say a bill or law is all good or all bad, but the truth is our current health system has benefitted some and hurt others. We all agree that a person with a pre-existing condition getting to go to the doctor for a checkup is a great thing. At the same time when a family of four can no longer see their doctor when hit with the flu because they cannot afford their insurance plan, they are much worse off than in previous years. Health coverage you cannot afford to use is not coverage at all.
Recognizing the current health system does include some benefits, I am committed to keeping those benefits in place. I will fight to protect children’s ability to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. I do not believe anyone should be faced with a lifetime limit on coverage, and most importantly to me, people with pre-existing conditions must be able to get the health care they need. In fact, I am a cosponsor of the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017 to ensure people with pre-existing condition cannot be denied coverage.
Where the law has failed is where we must make the most improvements. With costs going up and choices going down for Washington families I believe we can and should do better. As a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee I am working to provide families relief through lower costs, better coverage, more choices, and lower taxes – the current law imposed over $1 trillion in new taxes on the American people. I want to put patients back in charge of their own health care.
The stories I hear from people across the 8th District weigh on my mind every day. I understand if Congress does not get this right families across Washington will suffer. I assure you I am working tirelessly with my colleagues to protect your health care and improve coverage for everyone.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office to share your thoughts and stories. That input is very important as we move forward with health care reform.
Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) introduced a bipartisan House Resolution expressing the need to recognize America’s federal public lands as national treasures and to preserve them for future generations. “From Mount Rainier National Park, the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, to the Wenatchee National Forest, our region, our state, and our country are blessed with beautiful feats of nature,” Congressman Reichert said. “As Washington residents we have enjoyed these treasures hiking with our families, taking swims in the lake, and looking out our windowsills at the beautiful landscape. It is our duty to make sure our children and grandchildren are afforded the same experiences and to support our local economies who depend on their natural beauty to attract tourists and visitors from across the globe. We must continue to protect and preserve our federal lands.” “Our country’s most important natural places provide many benefits to all Americans, and Congress has the responsibility to oversee the proper management of these lands for generations to come,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “This resolution signifies our continued intention to keep America’s public lands in the public domain for all to enjoy and benefit from.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, and fellow Republican members of the Committee met with key members of the Trump Administration’s trade team. Congressman Reichert released the following statement after the meeting:
“This meeting was a great opportunity to meet the Administration’s trade team and discuss the trade agenda for the new Congress,” said Chairman Reichert. “High-quality trade agreements are critical to the success of our farmers, workers, entrepreneurs and local and national economy. We must put America’s interests first by giving our exporters access to new markets, holding our trading partners accountable, and creating new opportunities to sell our goods around the world. I look forward to building on the meeting we had today and working toward our shared goals of engaging in high-quality trade agreements and growing jobs here at home.”Read More
Washington, D.C.—This week, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), a law enforcement veteran of 33 years, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-U), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017—a bill that will protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.
“Hostile and at times threatening environments are part of a probation officer’s average day on the job,” said Rep. Reichert. “Although they encounter many of the same dangers faced by members of the law enforcement community, they do not have the same tools to protect themselves. This bipartisan, bicameral bill rights that wrong.”
"Probation officers face challenging and difficult situations every day where they can encounter violent physical threats from parolees or a third party in the vicinity," said Rep. Pascrell. "However, current law prohibits these officers from having the authority to protect themselves from carrying out their duties. This bipartisan bill will simply give probation officers the authority to protect themselves and prohibit third parties from interfering with an officer’s performance or official duties."
“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation helps to ensure that federal probation officers have the proper tools and authority necessary to protect themselves from hostile individuals who may attempt to harm them or otherwise interfere while they perform their important work,” Senator Hatch said. “This bill also supports our men and women in law enforcement by freeing up precious time and resources for the local police, who will no longer need to accompany and provide backup for probation officers. Because many states already grant state probation officers authority to arrest third parties who forcibly interfere with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties, it only makes sense to give federal probation officers the same authority.”
“Probation officers are often placed in compromising situations when they search properties for contraband,” Senator Feinstein said. “Friends and relatives of individuals on probation may threaten violence or block them from conducting their search. This has happened several times in California. Our bill addresses this problem by allowing probation officers to arrest individuals who try to stop them from doing their jobs.”
“Probation officers play a critical role in our criminal justice system by promoting public safety and working with offenders to manage risks and reduce recidivism ,” said Senator Tillis. “Our probation officers also need the ability to protect themselves, and this bipartisan legislation will give them the necessary authority to arrest individuals who threaten their safety or interfere with their job performance that is so crucial to the safety of our communities.”
“Our law enforcement officers throughout West Virginia and across the country go above and beyond to protect our communities. Our probation officers need the authority to do their jobs, and I am proud to be an original cosponsor on this bill that will ensure they are able to protect the communities they serve and make us all safer,” said Senator Manchin.
Statements of Support
Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, Chair, Committee on Criminal Law, Judicial Conference of the United States
“As Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which oversees the federal probation system, I am writing to express our support for the Probation Officer Protection Act, which would give probation officers the authority to temporarily direct, and if necessary to arrest, a person who is obstructing the officer while performing their official duties. This limited authority would allow probation officers to do their job safely and effectively. We greatly appreciate your leadership and support for this modest but much-needed reform.”
Craig F. Penet, President, Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association
“Without the appropriate tools to confront and address hostile and aggressive third parties, U.S. Probation Officers are left with little choice but to abandon searches — potentially allowing evidence/contraband to remain in the community. FPPOA strongly urges Congress to act on tis bill as a necessary policy reform that will have a significant impact on officer safety.”
Nathan Catura, National President, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
“I am writing on behalf of the more than 27,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association to advise you of our strong support for legislation you intend to reintroduce entitled the “Probation Officer Protection Act.” Thank you for your continued leadership on this important officer safety issue.”
“As the volume of approved searches they must conduct has markedly increased over the past year, the absence of any authority to restrain or direct the movements of third parties places Probation Officers at a greater and unnecessary risk of physical harm. That is why the 'Probation Officer Protection Act' is so important.”
Under current law, a federal probation officer may arrest a probationer or individual on supervised release if the officer has probable cause to believe that the offender has violated a condition of his or her probation or release. See 18 U.S.C. § 3606. The officer may make the arrest with or without a warrant.
In practice, formal arrests by probation officers are rare. Rather, probation officers use this authority to lawfully engage in less restrictive uses of force, such as ordering an offender to stand aside during a search; instructing an offender not to interfere with the officer’s movements; or, in rare cases, temporarily restraining an offender who poses a physical danger.
Current law does not, however, address a probation officer’s arrest authority in situations where a third party attempts to physically obstruct the officer or cause the officer physical harm. Although obstructing a probation officer in the performance of his or her official duties is illegal, when a probation officer encounters an uncooperative or violent third party, the officer may be forced to retreat because he or she lacks authority to restrain the third party. This lack of authority and resulting need to retreat exposes probation officers to greater risk of harm and allows the third party—along with any evidence or individual the third party is attempting to shield—to elude capture. As a result, evidence that an offender has violated a condition of his or her probation or supervised release, or evidence of other criminal activity, may be lost.
In some circumstances, a probation officer may be able to enlist the assistance of local police in responding to a hostile third party. But this is not, in and of itself, an adequate solution. First, unless the probation officer knows in advance that he or she is likely to encounter a hostile third party and can find an available police officer to accompany him or her, the probation officer must wait for police backup to arrive. This is often not a viable option. Second, even if a local police officer is available to accompany the probation officer, because the probation officer lacks arrest authority, he or she cannot lawfully assist the police officer if the police officer is accosted. Third, requiring federal probation officers to rely on local law enforcement in responding to uncooperative or violent third parties burdens local police departments and diverts police resources from other uses.Read More
Every year on May 15th, the United States observes Peace Officers Memorial Day during National Police Week to recognize and pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Tragically, this year 135 names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in remembrance of the men and women who were killed in the line of duty last year.
As a 33 year law enforcement veteran, I have experienced the deep feelings of pain and sorrow of losing friends and colleagues on the job. Their deaths remind me every day that officers are willing to respond to a call for help regardless of an individual’s political views, race, religion, or criminal history. Like my friends and those who lost their lives before and after them, officers are willing to sacrifice everything for those they serve.
Our law enforcement officers and their families deserve our support. Together, we must do more to improve the breakdown in trust between police and the communities they serve. We must change the national rhetoric and remember to recognize and appreciate their everyday acts of bravery and kindness in service to all of us.
Each week, leading up to May 15th I will share with you a reason our law enforcement community deserves our support. I hope you will join in me in participating in #15ReasonsforMay15 by posting stories about the important work our law enforcement officers do in our communities, thanking your local officers, and any additional creative ideas you can think of to show your appreciation. I will proudly display stories shared with my office on my website . Together, these small acts of thanks will add up to a big show of support for law enforcement across the nation as we honor their service and remember the sacrifices of the 135 officers who gave their lives last year.
Reason Number Two: PERSEVERANCE
Last December, Mount Vernon officer, Mike “Mick” McClaughry, was shot in the head while responding to a local shooting. Officer McClaughry is a father, a husband, and a three decade law enforcement veteran. For over two months he underwent treatment at Harborview Medical Center – at times hanging on to his life in critical condition. With the help of outstanding medical professionals, a loving family, an outpouring of support from his community, and an incredible determination to survive, Officer McClaughry was released from the hospital.
His injuries have left him blind and unable to continue working at the Mount Vernon PD, but he has taught us all a lesson about not only what it means to serve and sacrifice, but how to persevere against tremendous odds.
Reason Number Three: Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
When most of us think of a law enforcement officer we think just that – they are an enforcer of the law. But they are much more than that. They are mentors. They are a support system. They are ready and willing to serve the community in any capacity they can.Lt. B.J. Gruber of the Marion, Ohio Police Department is one example of an officer who went above the call of duty to respond to a request for help. When a ten year old Lena Draper used Facebook message to reach out to Marion PD for help on her math assignment, Lt. Gruber did not hesitate to respond. Together, they worked through several sets of problems. Although Lt. Gruber was a little rusty on his arithmetic, Draper and her mother appreciated the officer’s willingness to go beyond his official duties to help with the assignment.
The Marion PD later posted on their Facebook page that it makes any type of emergency a cause to be answered. Nice work!
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Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling to uphold Washington State's request to put an emergency stay on President Trump's Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” “As Americans we are proud to live in a welcoming and compassionate country," said Rep. Reichert. "The way the Executive Order was developed and implemented did not uphold our values and disrupted the lives of many individuals who legally deserve to be here. Congress and the Administration must work together to implement legislation that keeps Americans safe while respecting religious freedom and creating a way forward for those who wish to come here legally and contribute to our communities.”Read More
Washington, DC - Today, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) appointed Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, to the President’s Export Council, the nation’s principal advisory committee on international trade. Rep. Reichert previously served as a member of the Export Council under the Obama Administration. In a statement, Speaker Ryan said: "As chairman of the Ways and Means trade subcommittee and relentless advocate for exporters in his home state of Washington and across the country, Dave is the perfect person to represent the House on the President's Export Council. His leadership and expertise in trade policy will be invaluable as we work with the administration to create jobs here in America."
“I am an honored to have another opportunity to serve on the President’s Export Council,” said Chairman Reichert. “I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to achieve our shared goals of growing our economy and creating good-paying jobs here at home. With high-quality free trade agreements we can put America first by selling more American products across the globe, setting standards other countries must meet, leveling the playing field for American businesses, and creating new opportunities for our farmers, workers, and entrepreneurs.”Read More
Washington, DC - This week, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus welcomed Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) to the Caucus, bringing the total membership to 24 split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. “Climate change is a serious issue that could prove to be devastating not only to our environment but also to our economy,” said Rep. Reichert. “This potential threat requires us, as a nation, to reimagine not only how we use energy, but also how we protect our environment and create jobs. This is not a partisan issue. We all have a responsibility to protect our environment, to maintain clean water and clean air, and to ensure future generations can enjoy the beauty of our natural heritage.” “Climate change is a critical threat to our way of life in Oregon and to the health of our planet,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “I’m committed to working with my colleagues to find solutions to this problem. My home state is leading the way in responding to this challenge, and I’m eager to bring our ideas to the Climate Solutions Caucus.” “I am proud to be joining the Climate Solutions Caucus to further expand my knowledge on the potential impacts of climate change and find bi-partisan solutions,” said Rep. Bacon. “This was a promise I made to constituents of my district and I keep my promises. As a commander of airbases in both Nebraska and Germany, I managed several important environmental programs to include resettlement of bird populations to reduce hazards to aircraft; incorporation of cleaner fuel technologies to minimize aircraft impacts on the environment; and proper disposal of hazardous chemicals used with our aircraft.” “In Pinellas County, there is no denying climate change is happening. As a peninsula on the peninsula of Florida, we are threatened more and more each year by rising sea levels,” said Rep. Crist. “I am proud to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, highlighting Congress’ growing bipartisan commitment to tackling this urgent challenge. Together, we can and must protect our environment and economy from climate change.” Below is the full membership list of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 115th Congress as of February 9, 2017: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, 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. 930, to ensure Medicare coverage for the millions of Americans who suffer from Lymphedema.
“Individuals suffering from lymphedema should have equal access to treatment,” said Rep. Reichert. “Compression garments can make all the difference for the nearly six million individuals suffering from this chronic and debilitating disease. Closing the Medicare coverage gap for compression garments is a common-sense way to give patients real hope to fight back and live with the best possible quality of life.”
“Americans living with chronic illness deserve a health care system that delivers necessary treatments. Lymphedema should be no exception,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Our legislation will help ease the financial burden faced by those afflicted by this disease to improve their quality of life.”
“Patient care must be at the forefront of every debate. Six million Americans are stuck in the coverage gap and unable to obtain Medicare coverage for the equipment and therapies to combat Lymphedema,” said Rep. 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.”
“Lymphedema is a painful and costly condition, one that I have seen in an close friend of mine,” said Rep. Schakowsky. "I’m proud to join my colleagues in reintroducing legislation that would expand Medicare and allow us to provide millions Lymphedema patients with the life-changing care they need.”
“Lymphedema has a multitude of causes, both congenital and acquired, and when untreated leads to a marked increase in complications and overall healthcare costs,” said Heather Ferguson, founder and executive director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. “Substantial clinical evidence shows that the most effective treatment involves the use of doctor prescribed compression garments. The Lymphedema Treatment Act will ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have the necessary medical supplies to manage this chronic and potentially debilitating condition. We are grateful for our bill sponsors and their efforts to help the millions of Americans living with lymphedema maintain their health and 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. 930 closes this coverage gap by requiring Medicare to cover lymphedema compression items.Read More
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Congressman Dave Reichert brings over 40 years of public service experience to Washington. Reichert is serving his fifth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington.
Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Human Resources, of which he is Chairman.
Reichert has a remarkable record of service. Decisive leadership, integrity and tireless dedication are his hallmarks. From 1971 through 1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1972 Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office and in 1997 he became the first elected sheriff in 30 years. Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.
Sheriff Reichert established himself as a leading voice against domestic violence and an advocate of strong family values. In 2004 Reichert received the prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” award. He is a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was honored with Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. Reichert received the Families Northwest Public Policy Award and took top honors in a local television network’s (King 5) leadership poll.
Reichert served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He has served on numerous advisory boards including the King County Criminal Justice Council and the King County Domestic Violence Council. Reichert co-chaired the Washington State Partners in Crisis, a statewide coalition targeting issues related to mental health. Reichert also was a leader in the fight against Meth in Washington State by implementing annual Statewide Conferences, State Meth Action Teams, and was co-chair of the KC Meth Coalition. As Sheriff, he was also a member of the KC Committee to End Homelessness. He currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Washington State Board of Directors.
Dave Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in 1950, the oldest of seven children and grandson of the town marshal. His family moved to Washington State in 1951, living first in Renton and later in Kent, where Reichert attended Kent Meridian High School. He graduated with an A.A. degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and met his wife of 42 years, Julie. The Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha and Daniel, and six grandchildren.
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