Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“TPP contained a number of significant wins for American businesses, farmers, and workers – but in the end, there were areas that needed to be improved to meet the high-standards Americans expect and deserve and to have the support necessary in Congress to get across the finish line," said Chairman Reichert.
“If the United States is to continue as a world economic leader, we must have the chance to compete globally through high-standard trade agreements, including in the critical Asia-Pacific region. Building upon the work done to establish rules and expand access abroad to the benefit of workers across America will lead to the creation of more good-paying jobs here at home. I look forward to working with the president and his Administration on this top priority.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), released the below statement following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
“I congratulate President Trump, our nation’s new Commander in Chief, and I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” said Congressman Reichert. “President Trump has offered a fresh start and new beginning committed to focusing on every day American families and bringing people together. As he said in his speech, ‘whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.’ My hope is that all Americans can come together to help build a country where everyone has a chance to learn, where our veterans are cared for and our neighborhoods are safe, and where we can all feel confident about our future and the future of our families. Together, we will work to reduce and simplify our tax system for hardworking Americans, give all Americans the healthcare coverage they deserve, and implement a strong trade agenda that creates jobs here at home and allows our businesses to compete and succeed on the world stage."Read More
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resolution which includes reconciliation instructions to facilitate Congressional efforts to enact patient-centered, individualized, and affordable health care reforms.
“In 2010, the Obama Administration and Democrats who supported Obamacare made promises to Washington residents and Americans across the country that were never fulfilled,” said Congressman Reichert. “Families found they could not keep their doctors or hospitals and they were left with lower quality, higher cost healthcare plans. With the passage of today’s legislation, House Republicans have now begun to pave a path forward to rescue Americans from the current system and broken promises. We will provide relief from Obamacare’s failures by offering patient-centered, affordable healthcare solutions that give Americans control over their healthcare choices – not the government.Read More
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a 33 year law enforcement veteran and twice elected Sheriff of King County, WA, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Last year alone, 135 members of law enforcement were killed in the line of duty – a ten percent spike from 2015. In 2016, law enforcement deaths caused by targeted attacks were at their highest in two decades.
Click HERE to watch Congressman Reichert’s speech on U.S. House floor.
Below is the full transcript of Congressman Reichert’s prepared remarks:
“Mr. Speaker today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Behind me are the faces of the 135 men and women. The faces of those who paid the ultimate price serving and protecting us this past year so that our families, our children can live safe and enjoy our freedom. Freedom isn't free!
You may not know or recognize these faces, but you know the faces of others who have served or who are serving today. They are the faces of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and friends. Some were ambushed and executed, some lost their lives responding to a call to save a life, someone who called for help.
Tacoma Police Officer Jake Gutierrez from my home state of Washington is one of the faces behind me. He lost his life in the line of duty just last month while trying to protect a woman from domestic violence.
Jake was supposed to exchange wedding vows with his fiancé in just a few weeks.
Instead, she and his three daughters and granddaughter attended his funeral and tried to picture a life without Jake.
Tragically, again last month a time meant for celebration, was filled with pain for another Washington family.
Veteran officer Mike McClaughry from the Mt. Vernon Police Department was shot in the head while responding to a call for help.
Today his children, wife, friends, and family sit by his hospital bed as his life is now in the hands of God and his doctors.
This feeling of loss is one that I too am familiar with.
In 1982, my partner and best friend, Sgt. Sam Hicks, was shot to death attempting to arrest a murder suspect. He left behind his wife and five sons.
That was over 30 years ago but the loss of a loved one is a pain that time cannot erase.
This national day of appreciation is not only a day to reflect and appreciate the service of those that have served but those that are serving today.
They are driving, walking, patrolling your neighborhoods, keeping us safe, ready to put their life on the line yes, but every day they do so much more for us that goes unnoticed.
The officer that took a stolen bike report at Christmas and the next day delivered a new bike to the little boy’s house.
Or the officer who anonymously buys groceries for a needy family.
The officer who counseled a little girl who was being bullied because of the clothes she wore and then bought her a set of new clothes.
Or the officer who cradled a two month old baby in his arms giving CPR to his little fragile blue face hoping for the best but fearing the worst, then headed off to the next call.
Or the officer who held the hand of a dying man after a motorcycle accident and shared his last words with his family.
The officer who was spit on, ridiculed, insulted by a man threatening to kill him and his wife then minutes later saving that same man from taking his own life.
These men and woman are coaches, volunteers, mentors, helping people find jobs, feeding the homeless, helping them find homes, even taking them into their own homes.
These are real people, they are your neighbors and friends, they are us.
This is not a job for them. This is a calling. They serve because they want to help. They want to make a difference. They serve with the heart of a servant.
On this day let's take a moment to appreciate and respect all members of the law enforcement community and their families, by putting a blue light in your window or on your front porch.
This is just not a sign of appreciation for law enforcement across this country, --- but a sign, a small symbol of unity for us all. We need that here in our nation more than ever.
Help us remember that we are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
I am a big James Brown fan and I really like the way he puts it in a not so well known song from the 60's about America. He says ..."America is the greatest country in the world…Now black and white they may fight, but when the enemy comes we get together and run ‘em out of sight.”
Mr. Speaker the enemy is here and its name is hate. I say we take James Brown’s advice, let’s get together and run it out of sight.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after being re-named Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Congressman Reichert will also serve as the second-highest ranking Republican on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, and will continue to serve on the Human Resources Subcommittee, where he formerly served as Chairman during the 113th Congress.
“I am honored to lead the Trade Subcommittee and champion some of the issues that have the greatest impact on Washingtonians. As one of the most-trade dependent states in the country, expanded trade is critical to the success of families and communities across Washington.” said Rep. Reichert. “I am committed to creating new opportunities for our workers, manufacturers and farmers, including high-standard trade agreements that are strictly enforced, and working toward these goals with the Trump Administration as we begin the new year. By expanding opportunity and leveling the playing field for our workers and businesses, we will not only maintain our role as a world economic leader, but we will strengthen our national security and open doors for Washington’s countless entrepreneurs and workers.”
“I am also pleased to continue my work reforming our tax code as the past Chairman and second in seniority on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. Reforming our tax code to help families keep more of their hard-earned money and allow small businesses to thrive is a top priority for our nation. Additionally, I am excited to continue important work on the Human Resources Subcommittee to protect children and those who are most vulnerable in society.”Read More
Washington, DC – In light of the upcoming celebration of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9th, Congressman Dave Reichert, a 33 year law enforcement veteran and twice elected King County Sheriff, sent letters to President Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, and our nation’s governors calling on them to honor law enforcement by lighting the White House, Trump buildings, and state capitals blue. Blue lights are the traditional symbol used to recognize our law enforcement officers. Below is an excerpt from the letters Congressman Reichert sent:
“The men and women who wear the badge understand the dangers of their job, but they heed the call to serve and willingly face those risks every day in order to create safe communities for all Americans,” said Congressman Reichert.
“I hope you will join me in showing the law enforcement community that their elected representatives recognize the difficulties and dangers that officers encounter every day in public service to us all. Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is the perfect time to honor the sacrifices made by those who wear the uniform; whether it’s missing family members while working during the holidays, rushing to the aid of a crime victim, or comforting those in duress.”
To learn more about National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, click HERE.Read More
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the start of the 115th Congress:
“Yesterday, I had the honor and the privilege of being sworn in to represent Washington’s Eighth Congressional District in the 115th Congress,” said Rep. Reichert. “With the new Congress and incoming Administration, we are in a strong position to deliver on the issues most important to our region and people across the country.”
“After yesterday’s ceremonies, today we begin our work to reduce regulatory and tax burdens on American families, pass healthcare policies that give patients more options at more affordable prices, ensure our veterans are cared for, and implement a strong trade agenda that creates jobs here at home and allows our businesses to compete and succeed on the world stage. I am confident these actions will be successful in creating a brighter future for all families across the country and will strengthen America’s economy.”Read More
Washington, DC – It has been a tough year for our nation’s law enforcement officers, their families, communities, and our country. To date, 138 law enforcement officers have lost their lives, representing a 20 percent increase over 2015. On behalf of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, Co-Chairs Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) released the following statement calling for all Americans, inside the law enforcement community and out, to reflect on our responsibilities and work together to build trust and positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve:
"Since the inception of the bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus in the House of Representatives, it has been our goal to examine ways in which we can improve the safety of our law enforcement officers while simultaneously improving safety in our neighborhoods. With growing tensions between law enforcement and some of the communities they serve, this task has become increasingly urgent.
Working to relieve these tensions and protect the safety of both those in and out of uniform must begin and end with rebuilding trust and respect within the communities where it has deteriorated or never existed in the first place. These changes must take place in our homes, classrooms, local diners, and on streets being patrolled, but change must also come from those with influence.
Elected representatives, community leaders, and members of the press who hold this influence shoulder the burden to speak out. If we are truly committed to improving safety and preventing unnecessary deaths, then we must not seek to reaffirm our biases, but to widen the lens of our perspective and join the national conversation taking place. We believe the Law Enforcement Caucus has an important role to play in facilitating those conversations and working together to find common ground on solutions.
Law enforcement deserves the respect of the communities they serve – and communities deserve the respect of law enforcement. We must also not forget that the power of police to fulfill their duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect. This respect must be earned, but it can only come about if community members work to understand the sacrifices law enforcement officers make on their behalf and law enforcement works to understand the communities and populations they serve.
As we move into a new year, we must look to the future with optimism and the belief that every American, first and foremost, wants and deserves to feel safe and protected in their community. With the understanding that this shared goal is immune to differences in demographics and geography, we must remind ourselves that we are all Americans, working together on the same team. From there, guided by facts and grounded by common principles, we can work to strengthen and rebuild the police-community partnerships that are the foundation of civility and a functioning democracy."Read More
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, met with Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss the tax and trade agendas in the new Congress. Chairman Reichert released the following statement after the meeting:
“Vice President-elect Mike Pence and I share the same goal of growing our economy and creating good-paying jobs here at home. Tax reform and expanded trade will help us meet this goal," said Chairman Reichert.
"I am looking forward to continuing an open and direct dialogue with Mr. Pence and the Trump Administration as we move into 2017. I am confident that by putting America first through high-standard trade agreements, we will not only maintain our role as a world economic leader, but we will strengthen our national security and open doors for countless entrepreneurs and workers.”Read More
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade, joins fellow Republicans on the Committee for an intensive two-day policy retreat in Washington, DC while Congress is adjourned for the holiday recess. The retreat will focus on key priorities for many Americans, including tax and health care reform.
“As I visit with families across the district, I often hear the same concerns about our overly complicated tax code and the rising costs of health care,” said Rep. Reichert. “I am optimistic with a new Congress fast approaching, my colleagues and I will be in a strong position to implement the reforms Americans across Washington State and the country have been asking for.”
“During this week’s retreat, we are discussing how to create a simpler, fairer tax system that allows families to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and what steps must be taken to give families access to more individualized, more affordable health care.”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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