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  • Stand With Those Who Serve
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on July 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Safe Communities

    Mr. Speaker, today, I honor “Stand With Those Who Serve Week” in my home state of Washington. Governor Christine Gregoire today urged all citizens to join her in “this special observance to support the many activities and efforts of Washington’s public safety personnel and services.” The public safety and law enforcement community in Washington State has endured a lot of heartache over the past years, and those losses are always at the forefront of our thoughts. Such terrible incidents remind us... Read more

  • Mt. Rainier Climbing Ranger, Nick Hall
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on July 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Safe Communities

    Mr. Speaker, today I recognize a hero who died last month leading an effort to save four climbers on Mt. Rainier in Washington State. On June 21 four climbers fell into a crevasse on a glacier on Mt. Rainier. National Park Climbing Ranger Nick Hall and other Climbing Rangers braved the elements and terrain to rescue the climbers and get them the medical attention they desperately needed. Mr. Hall, a 33-year old four-year veteran of Mt. Rainier’s Climbing Ranger team, tragically fell more than 2,... Read more

  • TOP COPS - Issaquah PD
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on May 10, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Safe Communities

    Mr. Speaker, September 24 of last year during a beautiful fall afternoon, six police officers in Issaquah, Washington stopped a gunman intent on murdering innocent people. Because of their quick actions and bravery, the officers will be honored Saturday evening at the 19th annual TOP COPS Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. On that fateful day last fall, the gunman walked through yards and on sidewalks indiscriminately firing a rifle at homes, businesses, and passersby. Not far away, more than 1... Read more

  • Statement for the Record: National Teacher Day
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on May 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Mr. Speaker, on the occasion of National Teacher Day, I want to thank the teachers around this country for giving so generously of themselves to their students, their communities and their schools. Teachers make a difference in young people’s lives every day and in myriad ways. I know personally the positive change they made in my life. Teachers educate our young people not just in math and English, but in more difficult subjects such as sharing, expressing themselves and solving differences. Th... Read more

  • Reichert Opening Statement: Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on TARP
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on March 19, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Policy, Economy & Jobs

    OPENING STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN DAVE REICHERT (WA-08) OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON FEDERAL BORROWING AND THE USE OF FEDERAL MONIES MARCH 19, 2009 (REMARKS AS PREPARED) Thank you, Chairman Lewis. I’d first like to recognize the absence of our Ranking Member on Oversight, Dr. Boustany, whose father passed away earlier this week. The thoughts and prayers of all of our committee members are with him and his family. The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, was intended to open up credit for... Read more

  • Reichert Statement for the Congressional Record: Exxon Mobil's Recklessness
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on April 2, 2008 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    SPEECH OF HON. DAVID G. REICHERT OF WASHINGTON IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008 Mr. REICHERT. Madam Speaker, on March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in our Nation's history occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef and dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound off the scenic Alaskan coast. Five years later, a Federal jury in Anchorage awarded the fishermen, businesses, and affected communities punitive damages. However, to da... Read more

    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on November 14, 2007 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    SPEECH OFHON. DAVID G. REICHERTOF WASHINGTONIN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007 Mr. REICHERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of House Resolution 760, which recognizes October as Children's Health Month and supports the goals and ideals of this annual designation. I was proud to introduce this resolution with Representative Kathy Castor. As cochairmen of the Congressional Children's Health Care Caucus, we are committed to building bipartisan support for efforts to fac... Read more