Washington, D.C – Last night, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) urged support of H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The legislation is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement incorporating several pieces of adoption legislation as well as Congressman Reichert’s Preventing Sex Trafficking of Youth in Foster Care legislation. It passed the House unanimously and is a critical step forward to helping America’s youth in foster care find permanent, loving homes; lead happy successful lives; and stay off the streets and escape the horrors of sex trafficking.
For Congressman Reichert, this is a deeply personal issue that he witnessed himself during his 33 years in law enforcement and particularly while working the Green River serial murder case in Washington State. He said, “We have a responsibility to take care of these children. For far too long we have not kept our promise to keep our foster kids safe. Passing this legislation will do much to fix that failure and I look forward to seeing it on the president’s desk very soon.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) joined a bipartisan group of House and Senate colleagues to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). At the event, the LWCF Coalition released a new report examining the successes made possible by the LWCF and made policy recommendations to preserve the fund in the coming years.
A long-time champion of the LWCF, Congressman Reichert said, “For the last 50 years, the LWCF has played a pivotal role in preserving America’s national treasures for future generations. In Washington alone, it has helped to conserve the natural beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and the Columbia River Gorge. These are places that attract visitors from across the country, and even from other parts of the globe. I look forward to working with my colleagues to sustain the LWCF and put it to good use in the next 50 years.”
The LWCF was authorized by the House of Representatives on July 23, 1964 and became law on September 3 of the same year. It is the only federal program that is solely dedicated to conserving and protecting national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, civil war battlefields, and the creation and development of state and local parks. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars, instead it is funded through revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments. The types of projects supported by the fund in turn support over 227,000 jobs in the Washington.
To read the full anniversary report, titled “50 Years of Conserving America the Beautiful”, visit LWCFcoaltion.org.Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) released the following statement regarding the ongoing wildfire situation in Washington State:
"My thoughts and prayers are with all the first responders and firefighters who are battling one of the worst fire seasons Washington State has seen and with the families that have lost or are in danger of losing their homes. We have not seen this kind of devastation in many years and we must now come together as a community to help our friends and neighbors.
"I thank those already risking so much battling these fires and helping others move to safety. I also thank those who are giving up their time to help feed and care for those who have been evacuated. They can’t do it alone and need all of our help and support.
"I pray for the safety of all, for the first responders and firefighters, for the victims of the fire, for improved weather conditions and a quick end to the fires."Read More
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) attended the biannual meeting of the President’s Export Council (PEC) this morning with cabinet members, state officials and business leaders to discuss with President Barack Obama the importance of our current trade negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), as well as the need to renew Trade Promotion Authority.
“Today, I join in urging the President to engage and push for passage of TPA,” said Reichert. “We already have legislation to renew and update TPA, and we should be working to build even greater support and momentum for its immediate passage. Every one of us in this room wants to secure the best deals possible in our current trade negotiations and bring them home; passage of this legislation is how we accomplish this. It is also how we reaffirm an important partnership between Members of Congress and the Administration.”
BACKGROUND Speaker John Boehner recognized Reichert’s advocacy when appointing him to serve on the PEC in May 2010: “Congressman Reichert has been a tireless and vocal advocate for opening new markets and approving pending free trade agreements – especially with Korea – that are critical to creating American jobs. Coming from a state where one in every three jobs is connected to trade, Congressman Reichert’s understanding of this issue will undoubtedly be of remarkable value. The President’s Export Council will be well-served by having Congressman Reichert’s credible presence at the table, speaking to the need for America to continue to engage new markets and to define and lead in the global economy.”
Reichert, a long-time, vocal advocate of free trade, led the fight in Congress in his role on the House Ways & Means Committee, the Trade subcommittee, and as a member of the Trade Working Group to urge the passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. He recently helped form the Friends of TPP Caucus to provide opportunities for bipartisan dialogue on the importance of this agreement, furthering understanding of what it could mean for different regions of the country and sectors of our economy.Read More
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) was joined today by Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Henry Waxman (CA-33) in announcing the creation of the Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers. The Caucus will raise awareness about the deadliest forms of cancers and advocate for research and other measures to increase survival. Lung, pancreatic and liver cancers are all considered “deadly cancers” with five-year survival rates below 50%. The Caucus will give patients and survivors a support network of lawmakers and health care professionals dedicated to working collaboratively on federal initiatives.
The bipartisan lawmakers joined the Deadliest Cancer Coalition earlier this afternoon, where a panel discussed efforts to minimize cancer’s toll by improving prevention, early detection, and treatment options for these cancers.
Reichert said, “Launching the Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers is extremely important to raise awareness about cancers with the lowest survival rate. After watching my own mother lose her battle with Pancreatic Cancer, I understand all too well how critical it is that we support research for new medicines and treatments for these diseases, and perhaps, one day, we will discover the cure.”
Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, said “The Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers will give advocates and those working for cures a forum to discuss one of the great public health challenges of our time, the rise of deadly cancers. Cancer is a diagnosis no person wants to hear and a battle no one should face alone. From those in treatment to those working towards prevention, to friends and family dealing with the terrible illness of a loved one, everyone knows someone who has been afflicted with cancer. Cancer has been the great health menace of the last century and this Caucus will be another avenue to build bridges into the patient, support and research communities.”
“For the 400,000 Americans diagnosed with a deadly cancer every year, Congress is coming to their aid,” said Eshoo, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees a number of federal health agencies. “With the launch of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers, patients, survivors, advocates, Members of Congress and their staff will have a dedicated forum to aid in the advancement of policy that combats the lingering prevalence of deadly cancers. Nearly half of all cancer deaths in the U.S. are attributable to one of the deadliest cancers, and it’s imperative that we take every step we can to reverse this tragic statistic.”
“The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has long advocated for increased federal support in an effort to improve patient outcomes. With the leading causes of cancer deaths expected to change dramatically in the United States by 2030, the time is now to ensure we are focused on those cancers that will soon take a greater toll on the nation’s health, including pancreatic, lung and liver. We applaud Representatives Lance, Eshoo, Reichert and Waxman for their leadership in starting the Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers, and look forward to partnering with them as we work to improve the survival rates for the nation’s deadliest cancer,” said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A recent Pancreatic Cancer Action Network report predicts that the Nation’s leading causes of cancer-related death will change dramatically by 2030. While lung cancer will remain at the top of the list for years to come, pancreatic and liver cancer will replace breast and colorectal cancer as the second and third leading cancer killers.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen and Ways and Means Members Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), along with six other original cosponsors, introduced H.R. 4837, a bill to encourage the creation of employee-owned businesses through S Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plans (S ESOPs). S ESOPs are a proven tool for building strong, employee owned businesses and providing for sound retirement security for those employees.
“This legislation gives employees ownership over their work and their retirement,” said Reichert. “It is important that our nation’s workers feel confident that a financially secure future awaits them and there is no better way to do that than allow them a stake in their companies and provide meaningful retirement accounts. Giving them this confidence can only help our economy, incentivizing workers and leading to economic grown and job creation.”
“This bill empowers companies to become employee-owned, create new employee-owners, and provide retirement security to more American workers,” said Kind. “Growing our economy and adding jobs is a priority and employee-ownership is a proven model to do just that.”
H.R. 4837 includes provisions to encourage owners of S Corporations to sell their stock to an ESOP, exand financing opportunities for S Corporation ESOPs, provide technical assistance for companies that may be interested in forming an S Corporation ESOP, and ensure that small businesses that become ESOPs retain their Small Business Administration certification. Reps. Reichert and Kind are supported in their efforts by original cosponsors Reps. Paulsen (R-MN), Blumenauer (D-OR), Tiberi (R-OH), Neal (D-MA), Boustany (R-LA), and Pascrell (D-NJ).Read More
Issaquah, WA – This afternoon, Rep. Reichert held a reception honoring the young men and women who received appointments to one of the U.S. service academies. Receiving an appointment is not a simple task and they must meet strict requirements to receive even a nomination, let alone an appointment. Students are required to have excellent grades, clear leadership skills, and a heart for service.
“The young men and women who received appointments to service academies from this district are some of the best and brightest young people I have ever met,” said Reichert. “I am encouraged by their desire to serve at the highest level and their willingness to answer the call of duty, knowing they could one day be called upon to make enormous sacrifices. So many of these students are accepted into other top universities, and instead choose the harder route to attend a service academy. I wish them the very best as they start their schooling and their likely careers this fall, and I know that I will see great things from them.”
The students who received appointments to a service academy from the Washington-8th District are:
United States Air Force Academy Todd Link, Maple Valley Hayden Schmitt, Enumclaw Lillian Lord, Spanaway Tristan Naranjo, Auburn
United States Merchant Marine Academy Shaun Meehan, Auburn
United States Military Academy Brenton Ausen, Covington Paige Dougherty, Graham Kevin Hall, Renton
United States Naval Academy Andrew Wisegarver, SammamishRead More
Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, along with Reps. King, DeFazio, Grimm, Welch, Reed, Enyart and Johnson. The amendment, which would protect funding for the highly successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and allow the hiring of almost 1000 additional police officers, was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Bill for Commerce Justice and Science (CJS).
“Our local law enforcement is this nation’s first line of defense,” said Reichert. “When our country is threatened, they are first on the scene and the first to offer protection. We cannot leave them ill prepared or ill equipped, and the COPS program makes sure that they have the funding and personnel to adequately address all safety concerns. Ensuring adequate funding for them is but a simple way to say thank you to the men and women who serve to protect us every day and to support them in their efforts.”
"As local police departments face increasing budget constraints, we need to ensure the safety of our communities does not suffer and our first responders have every resource available to them," said Pascrell. "Despite its importance to our communities, the COPS program has been a frequent target for cuts. This is why I'll continue to fight to ensure this program is well-funded so it can remain a cornerstone of the federal government’s efforts to assist state and local law enforcement."
The COPS Office and its corresponding programs provide invaluable resources and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to keep our communities safe. Since its inception, the COPS office has placed over 127,000 sworn law enforcement officers in communities across the country by providing grants for the hiring of officers. These grants are critical for communities with public safety needs that may lack the resources to hire the officers they need to protect their citizens.
This amendment would restore $110 million to the COPS funding in order to maintain current year's level of funding and avoid a proposed 60% cut.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, after the House passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:
“Washington State is positioned as America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim region. Washington ports not only provide for the export of goods from, and import of goods into, the state, but the overwhelming majority of these goods make their way to other parts of the country. Not only that, but our success in a global economy also depends on good, reliable infrastructure that leads to more jobs and efficient movement of goods. The legislation we passed today helps us do that by recognizing the needs of ports like the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma through expanded uses of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, it works to protect the Columbia Basin from invasive species and allows the Army Corps to accept funding from non-Federal entities to allow greater efficiency in completing their projects. With steps like these and the many other benefits gained by this bill, Washington State will only see further economic growth and success.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, U.S. Congressmen and Ways and Means members Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced legislation, H.R. 4634, to reform tax law so that federal law enforcement officers and firefighters can access their retirement accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire.
Generally, under current law, a 10% penalty is added on top of normal tax amounts taken out of retirement accounts before the age of 59½. In 2006, Congress recognized that state and local public safety officials should be able to access their accounts without penalty at age 50 due to the fact that many of these officials are eligible to retire at earlier ages due to the unique and hazardous nature of the work they perform. Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell’s bill would simply extend this benefit to federal law enforcement and firefighters, who are eligible to retire after 20 years of service at age 50.
“Public safety personnel constantly put their lives on the line in the course of serving their communities. These men and women are heroes who run towards danger instead of away from it,” said Reichert. “Their duties are extremely strenuous and can take such a toll that they are eligible to retire earlier than others. There is no reason that federal public safe officials must wait, in some cases, 9 ½ years to access the full retirement benefits they have earned and are entitled to. This is a straightforward measure to make an obvious fix to our tax code and treat our public safety officials with the respect they deserve.”
"This legislation offers a commonsense fix that allows our brave federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access their retirement savings when they retire, without penalty," said Pascrell. "By leveling the playing field for all public safety professionals, we are also recognizing their selfless commitment to the protection of our communities."
“Federal fire fighters deserve to access their TSP funds without penalty upon retirement. I am pleased to support Representatives Reichert and Pascrell in correcting this inequity, providing federal fire fighters with a benefit already enjoyed by their municipal brothers and sisters,” said General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Harold A. Schaitberger
Jon Adler, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, added, “I would like to thank Congressmen Reichert and Pascrell for recognizing the sacrifice and service of federal law enforcement officers, and for introducing this important legislation that would allow officers to access their money justifiably and without penalty.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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