Washington, D.C. –Today, Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), David McKinley (R-WV), Tim Walz (D-MN), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and John Katko (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, H.R. 2902, to level the playing field for children with disabilities and provide them with a high quality education.
In 1975, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with the goal of guaranteeing that every child with disabilities would have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. At that time, the federal government committed to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education. Unfortunately, that pledge has never been met: current federal funding makes up just 15.7 percent. The bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act would require regular increases in IDEA spending to finally meet the federal commitment to America’s children and schools, relieve the burden on states and local school districts, and ensure educational opportunities for all students with disabilities.
“Children of all abilities have the same right to a quality education,” said Rep. Reichert. “We have made a promise and have a moral responsibility to make sure all children are given the resources necessary to learn and grow. As a godfather to a child with special needs, I have seen just how much of a difference special education programs can make in a young person’s life and for their family. The bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act tells our children that they are all worthy and that we are committed to ensuring they reach their full potential.”
“The law guarantees every student the right to a free and appropriate public education, but Congress needs to provide the resources to make that guarantee meaningful.” said Rep. Huffman. “That’s why I’m joining with my colleagues from across the aisle to introduce the IDEA Full Funding Act, because we know that providing our children with a first-class education should not be a partisan issue. The bottom line is this: no child should ever be denied a quality education, or be kept from reaching their full potential, because they have a disability. The IDEA Full Funding Act, which is supported by teachers, parents, school leaders, and disability advocates, would ensure our schools have the resources they need to support students with disabilities, and that Congress finally meets its commitments to all students.”
“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act created a commitment to children with special needs and their families,” said Rep. McKinley. “This is a promise the federal government has failed to keep until now. The IDEA Full Funding Act puts us on a path towards fulfilling the promise we made to our children and grandchildren”
“As a teacher, I believe every child deserves a shot at the American Dream and the chance to reach their full potential,” said Rep. Walz. “The federal government needs to hold up their end of the bargain to ensure this promise can be reality. This legislation helps us uphold one of our nation’s core values: every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.”
“In four decades, we’ve failed to keep up with our own promise, as Congress mandated by law, to fund education programs for students with disabilities,” said Rep. Schrader. “This is unacceptable for every one of our students. It’s the schools that have to pick up the tab where we’ve fallen short. That not only costs our school districts money, but it takes away from other programs, diminishing the overall quality of education our communities can provide. Our bill will finally fulfill that promise and relieve our schools, giving them the ability to better fund programs like Advanced Placement, CTE, and STEM.”
"After over 40 years of the Federal Government failing to fulfil its promise to students of all abilities throughout our country, I am proud to work with my colleagues to introduce this crucial piece of legislation,” said Rep. Katko. “This bill will require the Federal Government to finally meet its commitment to support special education and the teachers who work tirelessly to ensure all of our children have an opportunity to succeed." Senator Van Hollen (D-MD) plans to introduce companion legislation in the United States Senate. The IDEA Full Funding Act is supported by teachers, school administrators, parents, and disability advocates, including: AASA, The School Superintendents Association, American Council for School Social Work, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, American Music Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association, Association of School, Business Officials International, Association of Educational Service Agencies, Council of Administrators of Special Education, Council of Great City Schools, Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Exceptional Children (Teacher Education Division), Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Association of Elementary School Principals , National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Disability Rights Network, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Education Association, National PTA, National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium, National Rural Education Association, National School Boards Association, School Social Work Association of America, Software & Information Industry Association, TASH, and The ARC of the United States.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), -Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and André Carson (D-IN) introduced a House Resolution honoring the United States Capitol Police:
H. Con. Res. 64 was created in order to recognize the United States Capitol Police (USCP) and their officers’ dedication to protecting the institution and its staff in the face of new and dynamic threats in the 21st century. This resolution will help honor and respect the bravery displayed by USCP on a daily basis and for their innumerable sacrifices to protect Members of Congress, their staff, and the general public.
“U.S. Capitol Police do not see red or blue,” said Rep. Reichert. “And as we saw yesterday, they do not hesitate to act swiftly and take fire when someone’s safety is at risk. In an environment where the airwaves are filled with headlines of political feuds, they are a steady, unbiased source of comfort and security to the Capitol Hill community. Their commitment to serving and protecting Members of Congress, congressional aids, and visitors from around the world is party-blind and unwavering. I am proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues in recognizing their tremendous sacrifice, bravery, and professionalism.”
“I have served for almost a quarter of a century in the United States Congress, and I have witnessed on many accounts the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police putting their lives on the line to protect this community,” said Rep.Johnson. “Their dedication to this institution and its people has been steadfast, even in the face of the dynamic threats that face Congress. The officers work tirelessly toward ensuring our security, often times without apparent gratitude or recognition. This resolution is just one way for the Congressional community to honor these individuals and express our gratitude once and for all.” “The U.S. Capitol Police are some of America’s finest men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Carson. “Each day, these officers perform some of the most important jobs here on the Hill: protecting the thousands of men and women who work at the Capitol complex, as well as the millions of visitors who travel here each year in hopes of seeing our democracy at work. I am proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues in recognizing their tremendous efforts.”
“The Capitol Police generally don’t get the recognition they deserve. Their bravery this week saved lives, which is just as important as the peace of mind they provide as our nation’s duly elected decision-makers shuffle between buildings and venues all day long,” said Rep. Pascrell. “This is a thankless job about 99 percent of the time. So, I’m proud to honor, not only Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who showed extraordinary courage this week, but the full force that protects and serves our nation’s capital.”Read More
Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement in response to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), members of the U.S. Capitol Police, and a congressional aide at a Virginia ballpark this morning.
“I am praying for everyone who was at the scene this morning and their families and for the quick and full recovery of my friend and colleague, Steve Scalise, the brave members of the Capitol Police who came to his assistance, and the House aide who were tragically shot this morning. During times of heightened political tensions, it is important that as Americans we do not separate ourselves by party identity, but come together as one American family.”
“My staff and I are safe and I am working from my Washington, D.C. office this morning.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Reps. Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced a bill to award an elite group of Vietnam veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. ‘Dust Off’ crews, as they were known by their radio call sign, flew unarmed air ambulances into hostile areas to rescue the wounded and provided critical medical treatment as they evacuated troops during the Vietnam War. The Dust Off Crews of the Vietnam War Congressional Gold Medal Act would award members of the Vietnam-era Dust Off crews with the Congressional Gold Medal.
“Committed to never leaving one of their fellow soldiers behind, American Dust Off Crews of the Vietnam War risked and put their lives on the line - often flying into enemy fire in high-casualty war zones – to come to the aid of wounded American soldiers,” said Rep. Reichert. “Over the course of the war, their bravery and experience led to the rescue of nearly 900,000 American soldiers. The Dust Off Crews of the Vietnam War Congressional Gold Medal Act is just a small way to express our gratitude for their unwavering patriotism against the toughest of odds.”
“Dustoff Crews serving in the Army risked their lives to bring others back safely,” said Rep. Kilmer. “But their contributions and sacrifices are too often a forgotten story of the Vietnam War. I’m proud to work with Representative Reichert to properly thank these servicemembers for what they accomplished.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Dave Reichert (WA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Tom Cole (OK-04), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced the Tribal Social Security Fairness Act to allow tribal council members to participate in Social Security — including paying Social Security payroll taxes and receiving earned benefits in retirement — in a similar manner as state and local governments.
Today, tribal council members are precluded from receiving Social Security coverage. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would make a technical fix to end this unfair practice.
“Our tribal leaders deserve access to Social Security benefits if they choose to opt-in to the system,” said Rep. Reichert. “Many tribal leaders had been paying into Social Security with the expectation of future benefits before a policy ruling issued in 2006 that prevented them from continuing to pay into the program and have their earnings count toward future benefits. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act is about righting this wrong and giving tribal governments the same opportunity to opt-in to this program that so many rely on.”
“Tribal leaders shouldn’t be barred from access to Social Security. It's the most successful public policy program in our nation’s history,” said Rep. Kilmer. “I’m proud to work in a bipartisan fashion to fix this mistake.”
“The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act will overturn an ill-conceived policy that prevented tribal council members from participating in Social Security,” said Rep. Cole. “All Americans should have the right to retire with the knowledge that the payroll taxes they paid into Social Security will give them access to the benefits they have earned. This correction is long overdue and I look forward to working with my colleagues to restore fairness to the treatment of America’s tribal council members.”
“For more than 80 years, Social Security has kept seniors out of poverty and provided a vital safety-net for the middle class. There is no reason this same benefit shouldn’t extend to tribal leaders who choose to opt-in,” said Rep. DelBene. “The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act is about equity for tribal nations and removing barriers for talented native leaders wishing to serve their communities. All Americans deserve to retire with dignity and economic security, and I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to advance forward-looking reforms that improve Social Security for all Washingtonians.”
When Social Security was created in 1935, state and local government employees were excluded from receiving Social Security coverage. The Social Security Amendments of 1950 gave states the option to extend Social Security coverage to certain state and local government employees. However, these amendments failed to address the needs of elected tribal council members. This bill makes the needed technical fix so tribal nations can voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to allow their elected leaders to participate in Social Security.Read More
Washington, D.C. – House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today issued the following statements praising today’s findings by a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel regarding a longstanding dispute with the European Union over aircraft subsidies. The panel rejected 28 out of 29 of the European Union’s claims that the United States provides WTO-inconsistent subsidies to Boeing.
Subcommittee Chairman Reichert said:
“Because the EU does not play by the rules, American aerospace employees have not been able to compete on a level playing field. In rejecting virtually all claims made by the European Union, today’s decision makes clear that the U.S. complies with the rules but the EU does not—the EU continues to provide nearly $22 billion in illegal subsidies, jeopardizing American jobs. Thank you to USTR for its commitment to the tens of thousands of workers employed by the aerospace industry in my home state of Washington, and thanks to the WTO for calling out the EU for this unfairness.”
As Chairman Brady said:
“Today’s report is a decisive victory for the American aerospace industry and its workers in one of the longest trade disputes in modern history. For decades, the European Union has provided tens of billions of dollars worth of illegal subsidies to Airbus at the expense of American companies like Boeing and aerospace workers. The EU has continued to justify its subsidies by falsely claiming the need to offset alleged illegal subsidies by the United States. Today’s decision puts to rest that excuse – once and for all.”Read More
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) held a reception honoring the 2017 Military Academy Nomination recipients. This year, 11 high school students were accepted to one of the highly competitive U.S. Service Academies.
“Going off to college is a big decision for any young man or woman,” said Rep. Reichert. “But our service academy nominees are making more than a decision – they are making a sacrifice. They are committing themselves to serving our country and choosing to attend an institution that will not just be academically challenging, but will challenge them physically and emotionally. It was a privilege to shake their hands and I know they will make our region and our country proud.”
Below are the 2017 nominees:
US Air Force Academy Bradley Kim, Sammamish, Skyline High School
Susannah Noble, Spanaway, Bethel High School
Jessica Weirzbicki, Wenatchee, Wenatchee High School
US Merchant Marine Academy
Brandon Lewis, Black Diamond, Tahoma Senior High School
US Military Academy
Jacob Dotson, Cashmere, Cashmere High School
Matthew Simmons, Black Diamond, Tahoma Senior High School
Korbyn Stahl, Sammamish, Eastlake High School
Jake Torrens, Kent, Virginia/Blacksburg High School
US Naval Academy
Caleb Johnston, Sammamish, Skyline High School
Nicole Victory, Issaquah, Issaquah High School
Juliet Yu, Auburn, Auburn Riverside High SchoolRead More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert sent the following letter to his colleagues in the U.S. House to raise awareness about Secure Loads Day and urge them to take action to prevent deaths and injuries from unsecured loads. The Secure Your Load movement was spearheaded by one of the Congressman’s constituents, Robin Abel, whose daughter was catastrophically injured by an unsecured load in February of 2004. As a result of her activism, 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have launched initiatives to raise awareness about the dangers of unsecured loads.
Dear Colleagues –
I write you to encourage you to support efforts and spread the message about the importance of properly securing your loads while driving on our nation’s roads in honor of June 6th Secure Your Load Day.
According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, more than 200,000 crashes in the past four years were caused by road debris. The study showed that road debris resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. According to another statistic, as a nation, we spend up to $11.5 billion on litter and it is estimated that 20% to 40% of that litter is from unsecured loads.
Robin Abel from my district was made all too aware of the dangers of this avoidable peril when her daughter was catastrophically injured by an unsecured load. In an effort to raise awareness and even change the law, Robin started a Secure Your Load movement in 2004. And over the course of 13 years, she’s done just that. In fact, she worked with me and several other members to include language providing load-securing recommendations to states in the FAST Act that was enacted into law in December 2015 (P.L. 114-94). This language will encourage states to take action to educate law enforcement and the public on the importance of securing loads on our roads.
Driving with an unsecured load is extremely dangerous and against the law in many states. For example, due to Robin’s advocacy efforts, my home state of Washington has one of the strongest state laws that includes penalties for those who don’t properly secure their loads when driving on Washington state roads. Additionally, 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have programs to help educate the public on the vital importance of load securement.
This shows states are embracing this important safety message. In fact, state and local safety professionals and law enforcement across the country are participating in Securing Your Load Day on June 6. Some of the states are even planning to announce a proclamation June 6th in support of this day of awareness. According to advocates, this specific date was chosen in honor of Matthew Reif of Arizona, 29, who was killed on impact on June 6, 2006, when an unsecured 10-pound piece of scrap metal from a truck in front of him smashed through his windshield.
On June 6th, in honor of those whose lives have been impacted by unsecured loads and road debris, I encourage my colleagues to get the message out on properly securing our loads when traveling on our nation’s roads. This simple precaution will save lives.
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Washington, DC. –Today,Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) made the following statement after President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
"The Paris Accord gives the United States a global platform to be a leading voice on international issues impacting our economy, security, and the environment," said Rep. Reichert. "Withdrawing from the agreement could cause us to lose this influence. I have always believed stewardship of our environment and sound economic policy are not mutually exclusive. With an innovative, market-based energy strategy we can both reduce emissions and create jobs here at home."Read More
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal.
"I agree with pieces of the President’s budget that aim to strengthen our military, defeat terrorism, spend taxpayer dollars responsibly, and invest in infrastructure, but I am concerned with the proposed cuts to important programs that Americans depend on, including life-saving medical research at the National Institutes of Health," said Rep. Reichert. "The White House’s budget proposal is an outline of the Administration’s priorities, however, the power to write and pass a budget belongs to Congress. As Congress drafts its own Fiscal Year 2018 budget, I will continue to fight to maintain strong support for programs that strengthen our communities, support vulnerable populations, and ensure good stewardship of our public lands."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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Praying for the quick & full recovery of Flint Airport Police Lt. Jeff Neville who was stabbed this morning at Bishop International Airport.
Great story about some quick-thinking inmates in Georgia who saved a Polk County officer during a medical emergency: https://t.co/RMTGSqmo1b