Issaquah, WA – On August 22nd, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) sent a letter to Colonel Robert Wittig, U.S. Army Environmental Command, to urge him to consider the impact that a Reduction in Force (RIF) might have on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). A RIF is planned for JBLM no later than January 15, 2015 which could result in income losses for the communities and businesses that JBLM troops support.
In the letter Reichert states, “As the representative of Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, I ask that you look at all of the facts and make a decision that is in the best interest of the security of our nation, the operation of JBLM, and the surrounding local communities. Thank you for your fair and thorough consideration of the SPEA for the 2020 Force Structure Realignment. I have faith that the Army will come to the right decision while keeping the security of our nation at the forefront.”
The full text of the letter is below.
August 22, 2014
Col. Robert Wittig
U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664
Dear Col. Wittig,
Thank you for serving and all who serve this country. I certainly understand your commitment to doing what is best for our great nation and the men and women who serve. Therefore, as the Army continues to deliberate the SPEA (Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment) review for the Army’s 2020 Force Structure Realignment, I respectfully wish to reemphasize the potential impacts to the community that a Reduction in Force (RIF) might have on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).
With the Department of the Army planning to conduct a RIF at JBLM no later than January 15, 2015, which may result in the involuntary separation of 102 permanent employees, it is important to review all of the facts before making a decision that will have an impact on the surrounding communities of JBLM. The local community has forged a bond with the over 30,000 soldiers living outside of the base and the local economy has become dependent on this bond.
Throughout the public comment period, I have heard concerns from community leaders. According to the Pierce County Council and multiple businesses in the area, a reduction of 16,000 troops at JBLM would result in a total income loss of over $1 billion. Other concerns include the Department of the Army’s underestimated impacts on local revenue, unemployment rates, and housing market in the area.
As the representative of Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, I ask that you look at all of the facts and make a decision that is in the best interest of the security of our nation, the operation of JBLM, and the surrounding local communities. Thank you for your fair and thorough consideration of the SPEA for the 2020 Force Structure Realignment. I have faith that the Army will come to the right decision while keeping the security of our nation at the forefront. Please do not hesitate to contact Zack Guill in my district office at (425) 677-7414 if you need additional information.
Member of Congress
CC: The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary
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Issaquah, WA – After learning that the Washington State request for Individual Assistance, as well as Public Assistance for Chelan County, through a Major Disaster Declaration was denied, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement: “I fully support Governor Inslee’s decision to appeal this ruling from the federal government. Not only is this one of the worst wildfire seasons Washington has seen in many, many years, but we have seen individuals and families lose absolutely everything. The state is doing what it can to help provide assistance but they can’t do it alone. I am working with my colleagues, FEMA, and the Governor’s office to get the federal help we need to ensure people can access basic necessities and provide for themselves and their families as they rebuild their lives. I urge the federal government to address these needs and seriously consider the Governor’s appeal.” Wildfires in Washington State have destroyed more than 300 homes across four different counties and have seriously affected local economies, particularly as this comes in the middle of the busiest tourism season for Central Washington, in addition to the destruction of private property.Read More
Issaquah, WA - Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) visited fire-affected areas in Central Washington including the Red Cross operation at Chelan High School as well as Entiat, Leavenworth, and Ellensburg.
“After meeting so many chiefs and command crews and Red Cross workers today, I am prouder than ever of the work being done by our first responders and volunteers,” said Reichert. “They have done so much and continue to do so much to ensure that our communities are safe and, if all else fails, that people are removed from harm’s way and provided for. I cannot remember a fire season quite like this one; so many have lost homes or property and watched years of work go up in flames. I hope and pray that the remaining fires, such as those threatening Ellensburg and Vantage, are quickly contained, and I will continue to fight in Congress for our fire fighters to have the proper tools and resources to combat this natural enemy.”
Reichert is chair of the bipartisan Congressional Fire Services Caucus.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, a markup was held by the Natural Resources Committee on legislation from Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and cosponsored by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA): the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361); it was passed favorably out of committee. This legislation would expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate both the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic.
“Protecting this area for recreation and tourism opportunities is one of my highest priorities and I am pleased to see the Natural Resources Committee take this step to moving the Alpine Lakes legislation closer to law,” said Reichert. “Since this issue was first brought to my attention in 2006, I have refused to give up on working to ensure that the Alpine Lakes area receives the recognition and protection it deserves. Not only is this area an elegant, natural gem of both the state and the nation, it supports local economies and creates jobs. I want our children and grandchildren to enjoy everything Washington State has to offer, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one the best and most beautiful legacies we can leave them.”
“With today’s passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion bill out of the House Natural Resources Committee, we are one step closer to protecting one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country,” said DelBene. “While I am concerned with some of the changes made to the bill today, this will not be the final version that the president signs into law. Expanding the Alpine Lakes is crucial in supporting outdoor recreation, which generates $22.5 billion in consumer spending each year and is responsible for 227,000 jobs in our state. A short drive from downtown Seattle, countless residents and tourists visit the Alpine Lakes to camp, fish, hunt, hike and enjoy some of the most spectacular views that Washington has to offer.”
Tom Uniack, Conservation Director for Washington Wild was pleased to see the bill pass out of committee, and recognized the work already done and what remains to be accomplished. "We are happy to see that this important bill passed the House Committee for the first time in four years under the sustained leadership of Congressman Reichert. However, the proposed deletion of low-elevation mature forests along the Pratt Connector Trail is a great concern. These lands are worthy of wilderness designation."
The existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1976 and is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country. Key elements of the Alpine Lakes legislation include:
Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) testified before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on his bill H.R. 1785, the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act.
Reichert said, “The Mountains to Sound Greenway is already a cultural and historical icon in Washington State. Passage of this legislation would recognize that fact and help the communities around it thrive economically. It would also offer further tourism and recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people from not just the state, but around the nation and the world. I urge my colleagues to support the legislation and am grateful for the support of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and advocates such as Senator Slade Gorton who testified alongside me today.”
Twenty years of innovative conservation and collaborative solutions protect the natural heritage of the Greenway. This network of parks, forests, farms, and cities is part of a regional history and a legacy for future generations. The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area will be a fitting recognition of this regional identity in the Pacific Northwest, and serve as a model of sustainability and cooperative solutions for the nation.
A National Heritage Area is a large, lived-in area designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a landscape of national distinction. This designation provides a flexible strategy to encourage residents, government agencies, nonprofit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement projects to preserve a landscape, without affecting private property rights.Read More
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
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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.
Met with experts to discuss the Yakima River Basin and addressing water shortages and salmon population restoration: http://t.co/AEqachdW6E
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Rep. Reichert has urged the Army to seriously consider all impacts a Reduction in Force might have on JBLM: http://t.co/kji9oIJYUU
Visited Chelan’s Bayshore housing to hear from residents about low-income housing needs: http://t.co/2FkXvnVotX