Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement in response to Boeing’s announcement that it signed a multi-billion dollar business deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The aerospace manufacturer’s business agreement is the largest between the U.S. and Iran since 1979.
“I am disappointed a company that has given so much to our region and the country through its ingenuity and leadership has decided to sign a deal with Iran, who continues to be the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror and has proven time and time again to be undeserving of our trust,” said Rep. Reichert. “Companies doing business with Iran should keep in mind the enormous risk to the American people and our allies."
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement in response to the terrible tragedy in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning.
“I send my deepest condolences to the victims’ families as they struggle to manage the news of the tragic and senseless loss of their loved ones' lives and pray the injured make a speedy and full recovery. As we face increasing threats here at home and abroad, we must come together as a country to make our communities and the world a safer and more peaceful place to live."
Washington, DC – This week, members of the Washington Delegation, Reps. Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck, Suzan DelBene, and Adam Smith introduced H.R. 5417, the bipartisan Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act, which would ensure the annual funds collected through the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) are used to support our ports and strengthen our region’s global competitiveness. Members of the Washington Delegation released the following statement after introducing the bill.
“As one of the most trade-dependent states in the country, Washington is heavily reliant on the efficient movement of goods, and our ports play a critical role in that process. For too long the Harbor Maintenance Tax has placed Washington ports at a significant economic disadvantage by incentivizing shippers to deliver U.S.-bound goods through Canada and Mexico. With 40 percent of jobs in Washington tied to trade, we simply cannot afford to continue allowing this to happen. The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act would give our ports the resources and level-playing field they need to compete by ensuring the tax collected is available for infrastructure investments and by allowing donor ports to provide rebates to shippers and importers.”
“The HMT threatens thousands of middle class jobs in our region and hurts Washington businesses that depend on Northwest Seaport Alliance facilities by diverting cargo from Puget Sound ports to ports in Canada,” said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton. “This legislation will provide us with tools to grow our cargo volumes, protect jobs and keep our gateway competitive.”
This bipartisan bill will introduce a degree of equity into the HMT system that has long been lacking,” said Connie Bacon, President of the Port of Tacoma Commission. “By allowing our ports to finally receive a fair return, this proposal will help The Northwest Seaport Alliance maintain a competitive trade gateway for manufacturers and growers throughout the state.”
Washington State Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have also introduced a companion bill, S. 2729 in the U.S. Senate.
Specifically, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act:
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) along with members of the House Washington State Delegation, U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Dennis Heck (D-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced H.R. 5397, a bill to rename the Olympic Wilderness within Olympic National Park as the “Daniel J. Evans Wilderness,” in honor of former Washington Governor and Senator Dan Evans.
Dan Evans served the state of Washington for more than 50 years, including service as a state legislator, governor and United States Senator. During his time in the U.S. Senate, Evans was the lead sponsor of the Washington Park Wilderness Act of 1988 which designated over 1.5 million acres of wilderness areas in Washington, including 877,000 acres within Olympic National Park as “the Olympic Wilderness.”
The Washington State Delegation released the following statement after introducing the bill:
“As a conservationist and an outdoor recreationalist, Sen. Dan Evans understands the importance of protecting Washington State’s natural treasures so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Throughout his distinguished career, he worked tirelessly to preserve our state’s national parks and forests and played a critical role in the passage of the 1984 and 1988 Washington Wilderness Acts. It is only fitting that the name of the Olympic National Park wilderness recognizes the efforts of the man who fought so hard to preserve it.”
Washington State Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced identical companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
Issaquah, WA – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) held a reception honoring the five high school students who were appointed to one of America’s prestigious service academies after receiving a nomination from the congressman. Receiving a nomination and then earning acceptance at one of the institutions requires students to demonstrate exceptional academic aptitude and leadership skills. Rep. Reichert made the following statement in recognition of their great achievement and sacrifice to country:
“The academy appointees from Washington’s Eighth District are some of the brightest and most capable students in the country,” said Congressman Reichert. “With their remarkable achievements, they could have attended almost any school of their choice, but they chose to sacrifice the lifestyle offered at many other academic institutions to serve their country and protect the freedoms we all enjoy. It was an absolute privilege to meet with this year’s appointees and I know they will make our region proud.”
The students who received appointments to a service academy from the Washington-8th District are:
· Bryce Johnson, Enumclaw – US Air Force Academy – Enumclaw H.S.
· Wesley Bayles, Preston – US Military Academy – Issaquah H.S.
· Keegan Fitzpatrick, Maple Valley – US Military Academy – Tahoma H.S.
· Samuel Humphries, Sammamish – US Military Academy – The Bear Creek School
· Reilly Treat, Puyallup – US Naval Academy – Emerald Ridge H.S.
For more information about how to apply for a military academy nomination, click HERE.Read More
Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), recently introduced the bipartisan Wine Excise Tax Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 4934), which supports the growth of wineries and encourages innovation in winemaking by expanding the small producer tax credit for wineries and increasing in the current carbonation limit for still wine. Congressman Reichert made the following statement regarding the legislation:
“With over 900 wineries in Washington State and the tens of thousands of workers they employ, the ability of these wineries to grow, succeed and hire is critical to our state’s economy,” said Rep. Reichert. “This bill will help reduce the tax burden on our wineries and complements the efforts of our colleagues to modernize excise taxes for our craft brewers and distillers. Reducing the burdens on these growing industries will lead to the creation of new good-paying jobs for my constituents.”
Members of the Washington State wine industry have also voiced their support of the legislation.
“We are grateful for the Congressman’s understanding of and focus on the sustainability of the growing Washington wine industry. The vast majority of our wineries are small, family-owned enterprises that battle to keep their bottom line from falling.” - Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers
“The Washington Wine Institute (WWI) applauds Congressman Reichert for his leadership in pushing for federal excise tax reform for the hundreds of small wineries through Washington State” said Josh McDonald, WWI’s Executive Director. “The tax reforms proposed in Congressman Reichert’s legislation are long overdue and will be an absolute game-changer for every Washington winery working hard to keep their doors open and find success in a world-wide competitive marketplace. WWI looks forward to working directly with his office and our entire WA delegation to see these tax reforms become real” said McDonald.
Specifically, the Wine Excise Tax Modernization Act (H.R. 4934):
The Wine Excise Tax Modernization Act has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, on which Rep. Reichert serves, for further consideration.
For additional information on this legislation: http://wineamerica.org/news/wine-country-congressmen-introduce-bill-to-reduce-wine-excise-taxes. Additionally, Congressman Reichert is a proud cosponsor of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Reform Act (H.R. 2903) that supports the success of breweries and distilleries through reform of federal excise taxes, so that these job-creators can reinvest in their businesses and hire more workers.
Washington, DC - On May 18th, three members of the Washington Delegation, Reps. Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rogers, and Dan Newhouse sent a letter to Boeing President, Dennis A. Muilenburg and Airbus President, Fabrice Brégier, urging the aircraft manufacturers to halt current or reconsider potential sales of airplanes, parts, and other aircraft-related services to the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the letter, the Members explain their concerns about Iran’s continued aggressive behavior, the threat the rogue nation poses to America and our allies, and ask to sit down with representatives of the aerospace companies to further discuss these concerns. After sending the letter, they issued the following statement:
“Despite the promises Iran made on condition of implementing the widely opposed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), recent news reports indicate that Iran continues to test medium-range ballistic missiles that are capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including U.S. military bases and Israel. These most recent acts of aggression are yet another sign that Iran has no intention of moderating its behavior as a result of the nuclear deal. With Airbus already conducting business in Iran and Boeing working with the Administration to begin its own sales, an extremely dangerous precedent is being set for Western companies. We ask both companies to consider the profound moral implications of engaging a nation that has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted.”
To read the full letter, click HERE.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, made the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) published its report on the potential impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have on the U.S. economy.
“I am looking forward to thoroughly reviewing and discussing the ITC report with my colleagues,” said Rep. Reichert. “Today’s report highlights many of the potential positive benefits of the TPP, including spurring economic growth and the creation of good-paying jobs across the country. I am confident that if done right, TPP will help American businesses reach their full potential, give American workers more opportunities, and increase choices while reducing prices for American consumers. However, we are not there yet because there are Member concerns that must be addressed. I will continue to work with Chairman Brady, my colleagues, and the Administration to resolve these concerns, so we can develop a path forward. It is the substance of this work that will determine when there will be Congressional action.”
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chair of the Law Enforcement Task Force, led a hearing, titled “Examining Best Practices to Build Trust Between Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve.” During the hearing, the Task Force heard from witnesses with law enforcement or community engagement backgrounds to get actionable feedback on what law enforcement departments, communities, and the government must to do strengthen deteriorating relationships between police officers and the people they serve. One of the witnesses was Marvin Charles of the Seattle-based support group for fathers, Divine Alternatives for Dads Services (D.A.D.S.). Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the hearing:
“Over the past several years, I have watched as tensions between local police and the communities they serve reached a boiling point, eventually resulting in violence, abuse of property, and tragic fatalities. Unfortunately, this is becoming the new normal and I fear that our law enforcement officers and our neighborhoods will become less safe as a consequence. We, as a country, cannot let this continue. We must return to civility,” said Rep. Reichert. “I believe the diverse and informed set of perspectives we heard from our witnesses today helped give lawmakers, communities, and police departments ideas about best practices that can be adopted across the nation to regain civility and trust between our protectors and the people they serve.”
“One of the voices we heard from was my friend and someone I deeply admire, Marvin Charles of D.A.D.S. in Seattle. In another life, Marvin was one of the guys I was looking for out on the streets, but now, he has become an influential force in taking men off the street, teaching them how to be fathers, and reuniting them with their families. Marvin understands that stronger fathers lead to healthier communities and that ensuring children have a loving, stable family life is critical to reducing crime in our communities.”
Emphasizing the important role fathers play in building safe communities, Marvin Charles explained during the hearing, “Law enforcement officers see first-hand the legacies of fatherlessness,” said Charles. “Children from fatherless homes often become casualties, victims or offenders themselves. Then, they become challenges for our school systems, social-services programs, drug and alcohol recovery services, law enforcement agencies, and legal and court systems. Our organization seeks to avoid that by working with fathers and their families.”
To watch a recording of the hearing, click HERE.
On July 29th Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), House Law Enforcement Caucus Co-Chair and former Sheriff of King County, and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) launched the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force.
The Task Force is chaired by Rep. Reichert and was formed following several high-profile conflicts across the nation between local law enforcement and the communities they serve – particularly events in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.
Additional Task Force members include: Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Susan Brooks (IN), Jeff Miller (FL), Peter King (NY), Ted Poe (TX), Rich Nugent (FL), Steve Knight (CA), John Katko (NY), and Mia Love (UT). Together, the Task Force members have over 90 years of law enforcement experience. The Task Force includes 4 former law enforcement officers, 2 former U.S. attorneys, 1 former judge, and 1 former mayor.
The Law Enforcement Task Force has held hearings, meetings, and roundtables to examine the primary drivers of the recent tensions between police and community through hearings, roundtable discussions, and meetings with key stakeholders. The Task Force will share their findings and recommendations with Congress and the public.
Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a total of 18 bipartisan bills to address the nationwide opioid epidemic that is impacting countless American families.
“Opioid addiction is a tragedy that knows no distinctions of political party, religion, income level, or race. The crisis has torn apart families and destroyed the potential of the 46,000 lives that are taken every year as a result of drug and opioid overdoses. And Washington State is not immune. We have seen a surge in opioid and heroin addiction that if not addressed, will only continue to escalate and take more lives,” said Rep. Reichert. “The good news is that Congress has come together and recognized the urgent need to act to get this crisis under control. This week, we passed legislation that will better educate doctors about how to prescribe opioids and will strengthen our nation’s drug laws to help end the illegal flow of opioids throughout our region and the country.”
Congressman Reichert has two grandchildren who were adopted from the Pediatric Interim Care Center (PICC) as drug addicted babies. He recently sat down with KIRO7 News to discuss his involvement with PICC and the important work they do to support mothers suffering with drug addiction and to ensure that their children can grow into healthy and strong adults.
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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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