As I’ve said previously, the organizer’s behind Saturday’s protest in Charlottesville, VA are committed to causes inspired by hate, bigotry, and selfishness. Let me be clear, there is no defense for the KKK or white supremacists and the racist views they stand for and they must be condemned universally and decisively. The greatest weapon to organizations founded in hate and the desire to divide, is Americans’ pursuit of unity, acceptance, and love for one another. From our earliest days to this past weekend, these values have been challenged and tested, but they have remained constant as an American ideal. As we mourn the senseless loss of life in Charlottesville and consider how to move forward as a nation, we must confront racists with what they fear most by continuing to work toward this ideal. With tensions high in communities across the country, progress can only come with the recognition we are all on the same team, a willingness to walk in each other’s shoes, and a common goal of regaining trust and civility within our neighborhoods and throughout the country. 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.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Committee Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today released the following statements after President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum calling for United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to use the agency’s Section 301 authority to determine whether to investigate Chinese policies that encourage or require the transfer of American technology to Chinese enterprise as the cost of doing business in the country.
Chairman Reichert said:
“I welcome the Administration’s leadership in addressing China’s forced technology transfer requirements. The U.S. economy and so many jobs depend on the strength of our technology companies, including some of our nation’s leading tech companies headquartered in my home state of Washington. But the ability of our businesses to compete is severely undermined when China robs them of their most valuable assets to benefit its own technology sector. I am committed to working closely with the Administration as it undertakes its review and decides on appropriate action to end these practices once and for all.”
Chairman Brady said:
“I am pleased that President Trump has targeted China’s forced technology policies. These practices have unfairly forced American companies to surrender vital intellectual property to their Chinese competitors as the price for doing business. I look forward to working closely with the Administration to determine the appropriate steps for the United States to take so we can end a practice that has caused so much harm to our innovators.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Recently, Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the U.S. Optimal Use of Trade to Develop Outerwear and Outdoor Recreation (OUTDOOR) Act to reduce tariffs on recreational performance apparel and strengthen America’s recreational economy.
Specifically, the legislation would make products like jackets and pants more affordable for American consumers, encourage participation in outdoor activities, create jobs, and help designers and retailers of performance apparel better compete in the global economy.
“When people think of Washington State, they immediately think of the outdoors,” said Rep. Reichert. “Residents in my home state are blessed to have natural treasures such as Mt. Rainier and countless miles of trails in their backyards. I am proud to work on this bipartisan bill to make outdoor recreation apparel more affordable; supporting both outdoor enthusiasts and the growth of Washington's innovative apparel companies."
“From hiking and nature-watching in the Columbia River Gorge to biking on trails throughout our forests, Oregonians enjoy being active outside. Not only is outdoor recreation good for our souls and health, but it’s good for our economy,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “By making gear more affordable, the OUTDOOR Act will allow for more families across Oregon and the country to enjoy the great outdoors.”
“Outdoor recreation is a critical part of Missouri’s economy, generating billions in consumer spending and supporting more than 130,000 jobs,” said Sen. Blunt. “Unfortunately, many of the outdoor products consumers rely on face import tariffs as high as 40 percent. These taxes mean higher costs for businesses and consumers, less innovation, and fewer U.S. jobs. By eliminating import tariffs on outdoor apparel, the OUTDOOR Act will help grow the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and encourage more Americans to enjoy the great outdoors. I urge all of my colleagues to support this bipartisan and bicameral bill.”
“In Washington state we are hikers, bikers, anglers, climbers, and skiers. I am proud to put forward a common-sense bill that will help Washington state’s $26 billion outdoor economy grow, hire workers, and continue to offer high-performance products to our outdoor enthusiasts,” said Sen. Cantwell, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 report, the outdoor recreation economy directly supports 7.6 million American jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually. But burdensomely high import tariffs on outdoor recreation apparel limit opportunities for outdoor retailers to expand and contribute to higher consumer prices.
The OUTDOOR Act would work to address these issues by making outdoor recreation apparel items duty-free, thereby eliminating the “hidden tax” on these goods.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following statements as the United States and Togo co-host the 2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this week to further strengthen important economic ties between the United States and Africa.
Chairman Reichert added:
“I have long been a vocal supporter of AGOA and was happy that so many of my colleagues in the U.S. Congress joined me in a strong bipartisan vote for its renewal two years ago.
“I am pleased that the location of this year’s Forum in Togo provides an opportunity to highlight the success of companies like Alaffia, which was founded by entrepreneurs from both Togo and my home state of Washington and continues to operate in both locations. Alaffia is making the most of the opportunities created by AGOA to build its lines of beauty and health products, creating good jobs and opportunities in both Togo and the United States.
“Alaffia is just one of many AGOA success stories.
“As we strengthen our relationship with the nations of sub-Saharan Africa, I see the AGOA eligibility criteria as an important catalyst, providing Africa with the tools to leap forward in building its economies, raising standards, and developing strong democracies. I look forward to working together to make the most of the remaining eight years of the AGOA authorization.”
Chairman Brady said:
“The bipartisan 10-year renewal and enhancement of AGOA was the longest extension, ever, of the program. The strong bipartisan commitment to Africa has been clear every time the Congress has legislated on AGOA since 2000. I am very proud to have been part of this effort going back to my time as Ranking Member and then Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee.
“I know that government officials, the private sector, and civil society in our AGOA partners have been working hard to make the most of the stability that this renewal provides. I urge everyone involved to enhance those efforts to make the most of the next eight years, and I pledge to continue to partner with you. I will work with the Administration to continue to apply the eligibility criteria and procedures established by Congress in AGOA because they make Africa a more attractive place to do business.
“I believe that our partnership through AGOA has done much to deepen our relationship and increase economic opportunity in Africa, and I know that with strong partnership, we can build on this success and accomplish much more.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced a three-year extension to their current contract, which was originally set to expire in 2019. Congressman Reichert led a bipartisan group of his colleagues calling for an early extension of the contract.
The ILWU and PMA began these discussions early because of prolonged contract negotiations in 2014-2015 that led to a months-long slowdown at ports in Washington State and across the West Coast. The slowdown cost farmers, manufacturers, and retailers across the western U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and decreased the region’s foreign market share.
“This news will bring greater confidence to the countless farmers, workers, and businesses across our region who rely on our strong ports and who suffered millions in losses during the 2014-2015 disruption,” said Rep. Reichert. “I commend the ILWU and PMA for taking action to prevent the situation from repeating itself. Washington State is home to many of the world’s highest quality agricultural products and goods that consumers around the world demand. With this agreement comes certainty for our exporters and their customers.”
In October 2016, Washington Rep. Reichert, joined by Rep. Dan Newhouse and Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader led a letter urging both the ILWU and PMA to continue discussing an extension of their current contract covering operations at the 29 West Coast container ports.
In April 2016, Washington Reps. Reichert and Dan Newhouse led a letter to both parties encouraging the organizations to discuss options in order to prevent future port disruptions similar to the 2014-2015 slowdown at West Coast ports.
In August 2015, Rep. Reichert introduced H.R. 3433, the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipment (PORTS) Act to reduce the threat of harmful economic impacts of disruptions at U.S. ports.
In February 2015, Washington Rep. Reichert and Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader led a bipartisan letter calling upon both parties to put aside their differences and quickly resolve the contract negotiation that had bogged down the operations of West Coast ports.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Recently, Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation to make permanent as well as to strengthen and incentivize the use of the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction found in Section 179D of the Internal Revenue Code. The bill (H.R. 3507) ensures that non-profits and tribal governments can benefit from the deduction just like federal, state, and local government building owners do.
“Encouraging energy efficiency is important to our environment and consumers,” said Rep. Reichert. “This bill will further incentivize building owners to install energy efficient systems by making this tax deduction permanent and by making it work for non-profits and tribal governments. Our hospitals, schools, community organizations, and tribal community centers provide critical services to residents in Washington State and people around the country. These entities often operate with limited available funds while doing their best to serve their community. With this tax deduction, they will see a reduction in their energy and construction costs and will be able to focus more on providing important services to the people and families who count on them. Thank you to Reps. Blumenauer and Reed for joining me in support of this legislation.”
“Improving energy efficiency saves money and reduces carbon emissions,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “By strengthening incentives for energy efficiency, we can help nonprofits and tribal governments cut costs, protect the environment, and better serve communities.”
“Making this tax deduction permanent helps enhance energy efficiency in places such as schools and hospitals," said Rep. Reed. "As a result, there is both an economic and environmental benefit from this change. I am happy to stand with Reps. Reichert and Blumenauer to support this legislation.”
Since becoming law in 2005, 179D has proven to be an effective policy for investment in design and installation of energy efficient systems and structures benefiting consumers across the country. This simple, common-sense bill not only makes this deduction permanent, but it also includes several important improvements to enhance and promote the use of 179D. First, it expands the current law allocation provision to cover tribal governments and non-profits. Under current law, a public building owner may allocate the deduction to the primary designer of the property. Our bill expands this provision to allow non-profit and tribal government building owners to do the same. Second, the bill ensures that S corporations and partnerships receive the full benefit of an allocated deduction. Finally, the bill makes the deduction more compatible with the low-income housing tax credit thereby encouraging the construction of energy efficient affordable housing.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement after passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018.
“With the passage of today’s legislation, Congress is taking action to keep America safe and support our troops,” said Rep. Reichert. “The Make America Secure Appropriations Act provides funding to strengthen our military through enhanced training, technological development, and providing our service members with the equipment and resources necessary to perform their critical mission. I am proud this bill recognizes the sacrifices of our current and former men and women in uniform not only by funding the largest pay raise for the military in eight years but also ensuring the highest level of funding ever to the Department of Veterans Affairs. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take swift action and move this legislation to the President’s desk and across the finish line.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – This week, Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced a bipartisan resolution reinforcing America’s commitment to promoting access to quality education to the world’s most at-need children and youth across the globe.
The resolution calls on the U.S. government to continue working with our global partners to increase the number of children who complete primary and secondary school, help train more teachers in the most disadvantaged communities, and improve access to textbooks and safe learning environments. To read the resolution, click HERE.
“A child’s education, health, and economic outcomes are directly linked,” said Rep. Reichert. “While many of our children and grandchildren are enjoying summer break right now, 263 million kids around the world never even made it to school this year. We have an opportunity to transform the lives of young people by improving access to and the quality of education across the globe. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it will reduce global poverty, and make the world a safer, more stable place.”
“No country has reached sustained economic growth without achieving near-universal primary education,” said Rep. Lowey. “I believe that education is not only a moral imperative, it’s a global security issue. If we want to make sustained progress on international development and make the world a more stable place, we must prioritize international basic education, especially for girls and young women.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) along with Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), introduced the bipartisan H.R. 3325, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act). The ACE Kids Act will help improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid, while assisting to contain costs.
Most children with complex medical conditions receive care from multiple pediatric providers at multiple locations whom they access through Medicaid. The state-by-state variability of Medicaid programs and lack of a coordinated care plan creates a care system that is often fragmented and unnecessarily burdensome for these children and families who frequently cross state lines to access specialized care.
“Children with unique medical needs often need specialized medical treatment that requires care from multiple specialists across a state or throughout the country,” said Rep. Reichert. “Under the current Medicaid system, a child’s medical information is not always shared between doctors, hospitals, or across state lines, forcing families to become their own care coordinators. This makes difficult situations even more challenging for families who are often times just trying to keep their child alive and can put children at risk of receiving improper treatment due to the lack of communication between doctors. The ACE Kids Act will give comfort to families by creating a national network of hospitals for children with complex issues as well as save taxpayer dollars by implementing a more effective, efficient system.”
Background on the ACE Kids Act:
Medicaid covers roughly 30 million children; approximately 6 percent of these children have complex medical conditions yet account for 40 percent of Medicaid spending on children.
The ACE Kids Act of 2017 is designed to improve care for medically complex children in Medicaid, while also reducing spending. Published studies show cost savings and improved quality of care for this population when enrolled in an integrated and coordinated care program.
In the 114th Congress, the ACE Kids Act was supported by 43 cosponsors in the Senate and 228 cosponsors in the House. In the 115th Congress, S. 428 has 17 bipartisan cosponsors at present.
The ACE Kids Act is optional for states, children and families, and health care providers.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, led a hearing on modernization of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The hearing followed the Administration’s release of its NAFTA negotiation priorities on Monday. During the hearing, the Committee heard from witnesses representing a wide range of sectors across the economy, including the CEO of Darigold, Stan Ryan, from Washington State.
To watch Chairman Reichert’s opening remarks and the hearing in full, click HERE.
Chairman Reichert’s prepared opening remarks:
“Since its entry into force in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has transformed the U.S. and North American economy. It has reduced barriers to our exports and allowed American businesses to sell their goods and services more freely and competitively to markets around the world. NAFTA has given us a huge advantage in creating an integrated production base and supply chain. For example, we have improved our competitive edge against China because we can take advantage of our trading partners’ role in the production process. We have done so while creating good jobs here in the U.S. across all three sectors – agriculture, services, and manufacturing.
“NAFTA has benefited my home state of Washington, in particular. Our businesses have exported more than $134 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico since 1994 supporting jobs in communities around Washington. Because of the elimination of Mexico’s 20 percent tariff on apples and pears through NAFTA, our exports of these products have increased by 70 percent to Mexico. Now, each year about 15 percent of apples from the Pacific Northwest are destined for Canada and Mexico. Moreover, consumers across Washington and the country are able to save costs when they purchase goods from Canada and Mexico.
“Despite its success, NAFTA was negotiated more than two decades ago, when the economic landscape looked very different. In 1994, the digital economy was in its infancy, Mexico had yet to undertake significant legal and regulatory reforms, and the North American supply chain had not yet fully developed.
“Today’s challenges require new rules, not only to reduce tariffs on our exports but to remove non-tariff barriers as well. And I am pleased that the Administration’s NAFTA negotiating objectives, which were released yesterday, set a high and ambitious bar to address many of these challenges head on.
“Red tape and burdensome customs procedures, the expansion of forced localization requirements and restrictions on the flow of cross-border data, and inadequate rules governing e-commerce are just some of the problems Washington’s businesses are facing in today’s digital economy.
“Our farmers and ranchers are fighting against the adoption of arbitrary sanitary and phytosanitary restrictions not based on science and the use of geographic indicators as a form of protectionism. For our dairy producers, we must address Canada’s dairy policies, including the National Ingredient Strategy, which constrain our producers from exporting to Canada and around the world.
“The need for modern trade rules is clear – particularly in light of our withdrawal from TPP earlier this year. We must continue to lead in setting the high standards needed for today’s economy.
“Today we will hear directly from U.S. companies across all sectors about the specific issues they face, how NAFTA has worked for them, and how NAFTA can be improved to grow American exports and create more jobs here at home. We will explore important questions like how NAFTA can better address distortions created by state-owned enterprises? How can we help our technology sector continue to thrive and lead the world in innovation? What challenges do our small businesses face because of overly burdensome customs procedures or outdated de minimis thresholds? How do we ensure that Mexico applies the benefits of the Information Technology Agreement to U.S. producers? And we must be sure to enforce new and current rules and provisions through effective dispute settlement provisions, including the proven tool of investor-state dispute settlement.
“It is important that we get this right.
“A modernized NAFTA agreement will serve as a template for future agreements with our trading partners – particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, where our withdrawal from TPP has left an urgent void.
“Finally, it is vital that any transition to an improved NAFTA be seamless. Canada and Mexico remain our number one and three trading partners – two of our closest allies. We will break down the remaining barriers in Canada and Mexico, but we must also preserve the good that NAFTA has done in enhancing U.S. strength and increasing the competitiveness of the North American trading bloc as a whole against the rest of the world.
“When North America wins, America wins.”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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