Washington, DC - In the wake of the tragedies in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, Rep. Dave Reichert and Rep. John Lewis decided we need a new approach to ease police-community tensions and formed an unlikely partnership: African American Democrat civil rights leader and Caucasian Republican 33-year law enforcement veteran. Please find the below joint OpEd by Reps. Reichert and Lewis published in The Hill newspaper about the importance of reminding ourselves that we are on the same team and focusing on our common goal of keeping our neighborhoods safe.Civil rights leader and veteran sheriff form unlikely partnership
By Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
This August, over 500 of America's most capable and accomplished athletes will march into the Maracana Stadium together during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony under the banner of the American flag. On the playing field, the backgrounds of these athletes do not matter. They are each other's support, friends, and teammates. They are all Americans.
The camaraderie, love, and unity we celebrate during the Olympics is America at its best and is the America we hope to experience in cities, neighborhoods, and households around our country. However, nothing can obscure the suffering caused by the recent deaths in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas--as well as the anxiety produced by the protests that surrounded them. All of the turmoil leads us to wonder about the future of our country.
As elected leaders, the burden is on us to set an example that looks past politics and considers above all what is best for our nation as a whole. That is why two unlikely partners -- a Democratic African American civil rights leader and a Republican Caucasian law enforcement veteran -- have come together to say enough is enough.
The stakes are too high: the inestimable cost of human life and the intricate, interwoven fabric of our society. To ensure our struggle does not lead our nation to tear apart at the seams, we are left with only one viable choice: We must find a way to build a bridge toward dialogue, civility, transformation and ultimate peace.
Traveling this path together begins with the recognition that we all share the same goal. Everyone wants to live securely, knowing that their loved ones are safe in their own communities. It is the only way we can achieve the mutual respect and understanding that is central to any beloved community and is the foundation of a civil society. We need to walk in each other’s shoes.
In many neighborhoods across America, the wounds are deep and the fault lines are wide. It will take time and hard work to regain the trust and civility that has been lost or to build these attributes where they never existed before. But it must begin and end by realizing we are one people, one family, the human family. We all live in one house, the American house, the world house. But if a veteran law enforcement officer and a veteran activist, a Democrat and a Republican, a Southerner from the Southeast and a Northerner from the Northwest can commit to work together for the common good, you can too. We must all learn to live together as brothers and sisters, as Dr. Martin Luther King said, or we will all perish together as fools. We can do it. We must do it.Read More
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), former Sheriff of King County, WA and a 33 year veteran of law enforcement, made the following statement in response to the fatal shootings of at least three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“My heart breaks for the families and loved ones of the officers who lost their lives while working to protect the Baton Rouge community,” said Rep. Reichert. “And I pray for those who are being treated for their injuries and all of the men and women in blue in the Baton Rouge Police Department. Our country is in desperate need of healing. We must come together and recognize that we are all on the same team – we all want to feel respected and rest assured that our loved ones are safe. Building safer communities begins and ends with building this trust."
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), who served in law enforcement for 33 years, including eight years as Sheriff of King County, WA, today announced his participation in a working group to examine police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. The bipartisan working group will hold a series of roundtables, starting with a private roundtable in Washington, D.C., to candidly discuss the issues fueling excessive force used by law enforcement and attacks against police officers. Outside leaders will also be invited to meet with the working group.
Rep. Reichert issued the statement below on the formation of this working group:
“I understand that in many neighborhoods across America, the wounds are deep and the rift is wide. It will take time and hard work to regain the trust and civility that has been lost. It must begin and end by recognizing that we are all on the same team,” said Rep. Reichert. “ I believe that by working with my colleagues on this working group and challenging ourselves to focus on our aligned goal of keeping our communities safe, crime in our cities will decline and lives of young men and women will be saved.”
The working group is chaired by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Additional members of the working group include: Representatives Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.).
The first private roundtable will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The working group has invited Reverend Doctor DeForest B. Suares, Jr., the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, and Deborah A. Ramirez, the Executive Director for Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative and Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, to participate.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a twice elected sheriff of King County and law enforcement veteran of over 30 years, made the following statement after the tragic murder of five police officers in Dallas, TX on Thursday night.
“Last night we saw the cowardly and targeted murder of five Dallas police officers. Today, when a police officer puts on his or her uniform, he or she is not just getting ready for work – they are exposing themselves to threats they would not face otherwise,” said Rep. Reichert. “Our law enforcement officers are now being targeted while on the job trying to keep our communities safe. These officers were killed while protecting Americans’ First Amendment right to protest peacefully. They – and law enforcement around the country – are the guardians of our democracy and critical to the safety of our loved ones. We cannot let this deterioration between law enforcement and communities continue. We must come together to end the violence in this country. As the city of Dallas and the loved ones of the fallen try to process this terrible tragedy, please send them your thoughts and prayers and pray for the officers who are still recovering from their injuries.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, joined the five other Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairmen and several other colleagues in introducing legislation to deter American companies from doing business with foreign partners that threaten our national security.
The No Dollars for Ayatollahs Act and the Preventing Investment in Terrorist Regimes Act were introduced by Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), respectively, to discourage American companies from doing business with state sponsors of terrorism by doubling the tax rate on income from sales to these countries, removing the President’s ability to waive such provisions, and by placing a tax on individuals facilitating dollar clearing transactions for Iran.
“Since first opening offices in Washington State 100 years ago, Boeing has been a leader in ingenuity, education, and job creation in our region. It is extremely concerning and disappointing to see a company that has done so much good make a decision that could jeopardize our national security,” said Rep. Reichert. “It is no secret that Iran has a long history of supporting terrorist organizations intent on harming Americans and our allies. Iran should not be rewarded for this behavior, and American companies should play no part in making it easier for them to carry out activities that threaten our national security. These bills support our security by minimizing the profits companies can make when doing business with Iran.”
Prior to finalization of the business deal, Rep. Reichert led fellow members of the Washington Delegation, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers and Dan Newhouse, in sending a letter to Boeing President, Dennis A. Muilenburg and Airbus President, Fabrice Brégier, urging the aircraft manufacturers to reconsider potential sales of airplanes, parts, and other aircraft-related services to Iran.
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. House Republicans published their agenda for the Tax Reform Tax Force, which outlines a blueprint for a simpler, fairer, flatter, pro-growth tax code. Over the past several months, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) worked closely with his colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee and Speaker Paul D. Ryan to put together a plan that addresses some of the leading economic concerns among American families and businesses. Rep. Reichert made the following statement after the Task Force was made public:
“This is the first step toward a modern day tax code that puts Americans first by making it simple and fair for families who need to take home more of their hard-earned money and deserve a government and IRS that is working for them,” said Rep. Reichert. “The plan takes bold steps to allow our businesses large and small to compete and succeed in the global economy. American companies with American workers leading the way in the global market and selling our products around the world is exactly what our economy needs to grow and create even more jobs here at home. Today, we’re starting down the path toward achieving that goal.”
The Tax Reform Tax Force is one of six platforms House Republicans have worked on to outline their vision for a stronger, more confident America. The entire agenda, called A Better Way, can be found at better.gop.
If you travel just a stone’s throw away from downtown Wenatchee, the business-lined streets soon turn into farmland, with countless apple, cherry, and pear trees and grape vines spanning both sides of the road. One of those farms belongs to the family-run, Foreman Fruit Co.
Wenatchee resident Dale Foreman bought a plot of land and began growing cherries, apples, and pears over 30 years ago. When he and his wife Gail first started out, they expected to learn everything there was to know about apple varieties, prime planting and picking seasons, and soil quality — and they certainly did. But what they also learned is that the success of a small, family-owned farm in Eastern Washington directly depends not just on fluid trade between county or state lines but on trade with the international community.
Like many other agricultural producers in Washington state and around the country, Dale and his family export their produce to countries around the world. Last year alone, U.S. agriculture exports were worth more than $140 billion, making America the world’s leading agricultural exporter. With over $90 billion in annual exports and 40 percent of our jobs tied to trade, Washington State has especially benefited from trade with foreign markets. Our specialty crop growers in the Pacific Northwest like Dale and his family, export about a third of their crop of apples, pears, and cherries.
While our agriculture sector certainly benefits from the direct export of fresh fruit, other industries in Washington are using high-quality Washington crops for further processing and the creation of products for sale abroad, like Washington’s world famous breweries and wineries. Take for example, Schooner EXACT Brewing Co. in Seattle, which uses Washington-grown barley and hops for its internationally acclaimed craft beer. With ingenuity and a belief in their product, Heather McClung, co-owner of the company, tapped into a growing demand for craft beer in Tokyo, Japan. This has helped her company raise its national and international profile, sell more product, diversify its sales, and hire more people. For the beer industry more broadly, U.S. beer exports have grown by over 14 percent over the last five years.
While international trade has already presented many opportunities for the agricultural industry in Washington and around the country, there are still significant barriers preventing farmers from expanding, hiring more employees, and reaching their full potential. Last week, Dale and Heather joined me at a Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on the importance of expanding trade for our agricultural producers and how American agriculture has benefited from past trade agreements.
In his testimony, Dale told lawmakers about both the limitations and potential of exporting to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. For example, Japan is already one of America’s top 10 customers for cherries, but without the current 9 percent tariff it places on U.S. cherry imports, American farmers would see their cherry business increase significantly. We have already seen this with South Korea. Prior to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), U.S. cherry growers faced a 24 percent tariff. KORUS eliminated this tariff. And in the year after the agreement entered into force, cherry exports to Korea nearly doubled and have continued to grow, making Korea our third largest market for cherries.
Comprehensive free trade agreements not only strengthen our agriculture industry, they also benefit the entire economy — both rural and urban. When a grower sells more apples, more workers are needed to pick those apples, additional drivers are needed to transport the apples from the orchard to the packing house, more workers are needed to package the apples, and the chain continues until they are placed on a shelf in a country on the other side of the Pacific.
With Washington fruit and vegetable exporters facing an average of over 50 percent tariffs when trying to sell abroad, the Wenatchee Valley, Cashmere, Chelan and other farming communities in our region have much to gain from lower tariffs. Along with knocking down tariffs, trade agreements help ensure that our growers don’t face other barriers, like regulations based on protectionism rather than science, which block access to foreign markets. Eliminating all of these barriers through trade agreements is essential for American agricultural producers to sell to the world’s expanding markets. And making sure that our trade agreements have solid enforcement tools so that trading partners will implement their obligations is essential.
But a trade agreement is not good just because it is a trade agreement. As a state that relies heavily on exports, Washington understands the difference between a high-standard agreement and one that falls short of expectations. That is why, as chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, I will continue to advocate for comprehensive, fully enforceable trade agreements that tear down barriers for U.S. agricultural producers.
Rep. Dave Reichert represents Washington’s 8th Congressional District and is the first member from Washington to chair the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade.Read More
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:
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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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