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  • Rep. Reichert Applauds House Passage of "The Honoring America's Veterans Act"
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    Today, U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) applauded passage of H.R. 1627, “The Honoring America’s Veterans Act,” which includes the “Housing for Heroes” bill language (H.R. 5830), which Rep. Reichert introduced in May with Rep. Tim Walz. The Reichert-Walz bill to combat veterans’ homelessness is endorsed by multiple state and national veterans’ organizations, including the American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Veterans, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and th... Read more

  • Rep. Reichert Applauds House Passage of National Blue Alert Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    Today, U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), Co-Chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus applauded passage of the National Blue Alert Act of 2012, which he co-sponsored. Rep. Reichert led a bipartisan letter last month urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings so that the bill received expeditious consideration by the full House of Representatives. The bill passed the House by a vote of 394 to 1 today, National Peace Officer Memorial Day. This bill is personal for Congressman Re... Read more

  • Reps. Reichert, Pascrell Rally Bi-Partisan Support for Critical Crime Fighting and Prevention Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    In a show of bi-partisanship, U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) continued their fight to preserve federal funding for two crucial law enforcement programs, the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program . The Law Enforcement Caucus Co-Chairs recruited 143 colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support a letter advocating for the programs’ inclusion in the Department of Justice appropriations bill fo... Read more

  • Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort Underway to Provide Additional Court Options for Federal Law Enforcement Officers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-8), co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, and Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Chris Coons of Delaware yesterday introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would allow federal law enforcement officers who acted under their official duties and charged with a crime in state court an opportunity to petition to have the agent’s case heard before a federal court. “As a former Sheriff I know far too well that law enfor... Read more

  • Reichert Statement on the Washington State National Guard, Reserve and their Employers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Defense & Homeland Security, Economy & Jobs

    Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today released the following statement honoring the service and sacrifices made by Washington State’s National Guard and Reserve members, the contributions of their employers, and the work of the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization in facilitating the integration of reservists into the civilian workforce. “As a former reservist in the U.S. Air Force, I know well the sacrifices made by those in the military reserv... Read more

  • Reichert Statement on Washington State Patrol Trooper Killed February 23, 2012
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement today following the news that Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu had been killed in the line of duty: “I am deeply saddened to hear this morning of the senseless death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu. As a 33 year former member of the law enforcement family, unfortunately I have firsthand knowledge of this tragedy’s impact. I am heartbroken that his immediate family and his brothers and sisters in the W... Read more

  • Reichert Honors Troops for Service in Iraq
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Defense & Homeland Security

    Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today released the following statement after the United States formally concluded its military presence in Iraq: "I am so proud of our troops serving in Iraq and am glad many of them will now be able to spend the holidays at home with friends and family,” said Reichert. “The service and commitment of more than one million American military personnel liberated Iraq and brought a new democracy to the Middle East. The 30,000 that were wounded and nearly 4,500 that ... Read more

  • Washington State Delegation and Governor Gregoire Launch Campaign to Bring KC-46A Tankers to Fairchild
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Defense & Homeland Security

    Senator Patty Murray, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Governor Christine Gregoire have launched a campaign to ensure that Fairchild Air Force Base becomes home to the next generation of aerial refueling tankers. As part of that campaign, Washington state’s full congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley to outline the exceptional assets Fairchild has to offer the new fleet. The letter was sent in conjunction with effort... Read more

  • Reps. Reichert, Pascrell Rally Congress to Save the Cops Program From Elimination
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & Homeland Security, Safe Communities

    After a concerted bipartisan effort that began months ago, U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) successfully saved local law enforcement resources from the chopping block earlier this evening. By a vote of 298-121, the House reversed course and passed legislation funding the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Justice for Fiscal Year 2012, which includes a total of $198.5 million for COPS; $166 million... Read more

  • Reichert Statement on Veterans Day
    Posted in Press Releases on November 11, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Defense & Homeland Security

    Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today released the following statement in observance of Veterans Day: “Generation after generation, noble Americans have volunteered to defend this country and the ideal of freedom around the world,” said Reichert. “Without the men and women of our Armed Forces –and their families – this world would be a far different place. Tyrants could rule indefinitely, injustice could go unpunished, and the calls of those who suffer disaster would go unanswered. “Fortunatel... Read more