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David 'Dave' George Reichert

Dave Reichert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: David 'Dave' George Reichert
Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Julie; 3 Children: Angela, Tabitha, Daniel
Birth Date: 08/29/1950
Birth Place: Detroit Lakes, MN
Home City: Auburn, WA
Religion: Lutheran
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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Family Research Council 68 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jonathan Martin. Seattle Times. Abortion issue has Reichert walking tightrope. 28 October 2006. “This year Reichert reversed his opposition to embryonic stem-cell research, which anti-abortion groups oppose. He says he switched on the stem-cell issue after extensive research. But he sees abortion in all cases except rape, incest or where the mother's life is in danger as 'a matter of the heart.' 'I think life begins at conception. I think it [abortion] is taking a life. That's the way I look at it.'” (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Dave Reichert. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Dave Reichert a rating of 63 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joshua Hicks. Kirkland Reporter. Burner applauded for abortion stance in debate with Reichert. 8 October 2008. “Reichert addressed the topic of abortion by promising a hands-off approach in matters dealing with Roe v. Wade. 'It's a non-issue for us in Congress,' he said. 'We haven't taken a vote on pro-choice/pro-life, and we won't take a vote. It is an issue that has been decided by the United States Supreme Court.'” (www.pnwlocalnews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Supports Funding for Troops, Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq. 27 July 2010. “Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today voted to support funding for troops and ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reichert also supported provisions that designated funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to address damages to the Howard Hanson Dam located in his district. 'I'm proud to support our troops and the work they're doing every day to fight for our safety and security,' Reichert said. 'The brave men and women of our military put their lives on the line each day to protect the freedom we hold dear, and I am determined to provide them with the resources, equipment and tools they need to fight, to win, and to come home safe and sound to their families and friends.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement In Reaction To President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. “Concerning our military commitments, I have always said our President needs to listen to the generals he has entrusted to assess what is required to fight and to win," Reichert said. "With reserved optimism, I am pleased the President has heeded the advice or our military leaders to send additional troops needed to accomplish our mission. This is a complex issue and I believe it is in America's vital security interest to win. While setting an internal schedule and benchmarks is important, publicly establishing a timeline for withdrawal sends the wrong message to our fellow Americans and the rest of the world. It sends the signal that we are not sending these troops to fight, win and provide the security and economic stability the government and people of Afghanistan need, but that we are only biding our time and looking for a way out.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on General McChrystal. 23 June 2010. “I have had the opportunity to meet with General Petraeus, and I appreciate his willingness to serve as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He is a leader of the highest caliber and has my full support. It is now time to move past this incident and refocus on the big picture. We are at a pivotal point in Afghanistan: we must fight and win this war so our troops can come home and the Afghan people can live in peace.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert, Members Discuss Trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Vienna. 9 September 2008. “After visiting these nations, we came away in agreement that it is in the strategic interests of the United States to continue working with our NATO allies and the Afghan people to develop and strengthen their own capabilities to defeat terrorists in that region. Our NATO allies must show a serious commitment to fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, without limitations that undermine the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. The Afghan government must also demonstrate an ability to help sustain the security gains achieved by our men and women in uniform and provide both national and personal security to the Afghan people […] While remote, Afghanistan and Pakistan are strategically positioned between Iran, Russia, and China, who are ready to leverage their influence if we and our allies fail to lead.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on War Supplemental Votes. 15 May 2008. “Congress voted today on three separate measures directed at troop funding, war policy restrictions and domestic spending priorities. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) once again supported critical funds for our men and women in uniform while opposing a domestic spending amendment that played politics with veterans' benefits […] 'Today's vote on important national programs was yet another example of Congress playing political games at the expense of our veterans and our health care safety net […] In the past week alone, the House gave away $38 billion in hand-outs to multi-millionaire farmers, and to speculators who contributed to our housing crisis. These funds would be far better spent supporting the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation and those who bring needed care to the underserved.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Calls on Congress to Consider Proposals to Extend Critical Tax Relief, Provide Job-Creating Incentives. 10 August 2010. “Today's vote means a permanent, $12.2 billion-dollar tax hike on employers that will seriously harm their ability to compete in the global economy, and it means cuts to the Department of Defense. That's exactly the wrong action to take in the middle of a recession.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert: "Our troops Do Not Deserve To Have Their Funding Used As A Political Tool.” 16 June 2009. “The House voted today, 226-202, to cut funds for our troops in the field in order to loan U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries like Iran and Syria that support terrorist activities […] 'Our men and women in uniform give one hundred percent effort every single day to defend our freedom, and it is our responsibility to support them one hundred percent. A funding bill to support our soldiers in the field in every way should not be used to bailout foreign sponsors of terrorism nor to permit captured terrorists to be transferred into our communities. This is just wrong.'” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Defends Innovation, Investment, And Worker Pensions; Opposes Massive Tax Hike. 9 December 2009. “I have and will continue to support the extension of critical tax relief for Washington State families and small businesses, and to help homeowners mitigate damage from natural disasters. These critical provisions should not have been paired with a burdensome tax hike on the Pacific Northwest's culture of innovation -- especially when our economy continues to struggle and we're experiencing record unemployment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Dave Reichert, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Washington and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 65 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 74 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Campaign Gimmick vs. Real Growth Policy. 11 September 2008. “Dave Reichert's Path to Prosperity: -Pro-growth, across-the-board tax relief that makes permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, keeps income taxes low, and offers new tax incentives to help Americans with the rising costs of health care, food, and gasoline.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Reichert's economic agenda is to promote growth and create jobs by providing broad-based tax relief for families and businesses, enacting trade agreements, and making health care more effective and affordable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Economy. 13 October 2011. “Keeping taxes low creates jobs and lower the deficit. If nothing is done and the current plans in Congress are carried out, taxes will increase by nearly $3,000 per Washington family. The last thing we should do in the middle of economic turmoil is raise taxes on families and entrepreneurs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Taxes and Budget. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Reichert believes in providing broad-based tax relief for families and businesses in order to grow our economy and create jobs. He has fought to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, especially the state sales tax deduction that affects every single Washington State taxpayer. Americans will see the largest tax increase in history if Congress does not act to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, and Congressman Reichert believes that the last thing we should do in the face of economic uncertainty is to raise taxes on hard-working Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2011. “There are some people in Washington, DC who think we can tax and spend our way to a good economy. They have exactly the wrong approach. To ensure we remain competitive we need to unleash the power of our people. We need to empower entrepreneurs, investors and job creators by giving them the freedom to innovate. We must keep taxes low. The Dave Reichert Lower-Tax Plan: -Keep the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts from being eliminated. -Maintain individual income tax cuts.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. On Tax Day, Reichert Calls For Permanent Tax Relief. 15 April 2010. “With the expiration of key tax cuts in late 2010 -- coupled with the cost of the new health care overhaul law -- individuals, families, and businesses are facing dramatic tax increases if Congress fails to act. Reichert has long been a champion of broad-based tax relief for individuals, families, and small business. He supports: - Making the current income tax rates permanent […] - Repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the death tax […] -Using the tax code to provide reimbursements and incentives for individuals who provide valuable services to our communities, including our teachers and emergency first responders.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement On Record Unemployment Numbers. 26 January 2010. “Since October, families across this country have been struggling with crushing, double-digit unemployment -- a record we've only seen one other time since World War II. In fact, it's been one year since the House began debating the 'stimulus' bill that was promised to create immediate jobs and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Clearly, the stimulus has failed to deliver on those promises.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joshua Hicks. Kirkland Reporter. Burner applauded for abortion stance in debate with Reichert. 8 October 2008. “'I've talked with people who've been in the financial world for 30 to 40 years, and they don't know the answers as to how we get out of this mess,' he said. 'Nancy Pelosi admitted she doesn't know if this (bailout) is going to work, but she voted yes anyway. I think that's an irresponsible vote.' Reichert voted twice against Congress' bailout packages.” (www.pnwlocalnews.com)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Dave Reichert a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 74 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert In The Tacoma News Tribune- It's Time To Reflect On Failure Of Stimulus.17 February 2010. “Today marks the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion stimulus package being signed into law. Now is the time for Congress to take stock of what's transpired this year. It's time to evaluate why the stimulus has been ineffective in creating jobs and to refocus on proven, bipartisan measures to rejuvenate our economy. And it's time to work toward the recovery the American people deserve […] A stimulus must be a targeted, temporary and immediate jolt to spur economic recovery. Congress must learn from the failure of the stimulus and refocus on assembling a bipartisan package of proven solutions to get Americans back to work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 27 January 2009. “There are clearly provisions in this bill that I support and I think every Member in the House has something in this bill they support. But we are here to pass an emergency stimulus package that creates jobs, not another spending bill. To stimulate the economy and preserve, promote, and create jobs, we must enact proven measures like broad-based tax relief for families and small businesses, opening new markets to trade, and investing wisely in infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Rejects Massive Spending Bill. 28 January 2009. “Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today opposed an $825 billion spending package for which there was little evidence that it would create new jobs […] 'This package excluded key stimulus provisions from bipartisan negotiations with President Obama and was rushed to the House floor without any assurance that its $825 billion price tag would jumpstart our economy or create jobs. Just last week, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation could not say whether any jobs would be created by this massive spending package […] I could not in good conscience support this nearly $1 trillion measure for which there was little evidence that it would create new jobs. There were many provisions in this package that I strongly support; but we need an economic stimulus, not just another spending bill.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Rejects Second "Stimulus," $290 Billion Increase For Federal Debt. 16 December 2009. “Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today opposed passage of a second 'stimulus' and increasing the federal debt limit, two pieces of legislation that passed the House of Representatives despite bipartisan opposition. 'Hard-working Americans across this country are looking for common sense solutions to ease their fears about jobs and our snowballing national debt. But rather than offering those solutions, today Congress asked taxpayers for hundreds of billions more to rerun a second 'stimulus' when the first try has yet to preserve jobs. In my view that's inexcusable. Americans were told the first stimulus bill would create 3.5 million jobs and keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent, but instead we've lost nearly 3 million jobs -- over 65,900 in the State of Washington -- and employment hovers above 10 percent.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert on the Stimulus: "We Have to Get This Right.” 13 February 2009. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) today opposed the $789.5 billion stimulus package before the U.S. House of Representatives that lacked sufficient relief for the struggling economy […] 'Americans are scared, and people are hurting, but we have to get this right. We need a bill that immediately generates jobs […] Many of the programs in this bill are good programs, but they don't create jobs now - and that's what we need in this crisis. I can't vote for this bill with a clear conscience when it's not the right thing for hurting Americans.' Concerns with the Stimulus: -Spending too much on programs that won't create jobs. -Target spending on infrastructure and other programs that can put people to work now. -Failing to provide significant tax relief for the lowest income families […] -Failing to provide relief for small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Taxes and Budget. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Reichert believes in providing broad-based tax relief for families and businesses in order to grow our economy and create jobs […] -Supported tax incentives for businesses to produce more goods, hire more workers, and remain competitive in the global economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 27 January 2009. “There are clearly provisions in this bill that I support and I think every Member in the House has something in this bill they support. But we are here to pass an emergency stimulus package that creates jobs, not another spending bill. To stimulate the economy and preserve, promote, and create jobs, we must enact proven measures like broad-based tax relief for families and small businesses, opening new markets to trade, and investing wisely in infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Keeping America Competitive In The Global Economy. 10 June 2009. “We cannot forget that we are in a global economy. America cannot just be a participant in this global economy, but they have to lead in this global economy. In the middle of a downturn, it makes no sense to eliminate a tax incentive like deferral that American employers need to compete in a global marketplace and create American jobs at home. Eliminating tax incentives like deferral would send U.S. jobs overseas and almost make it impossible for us to compete with China, India and Europe.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Accepts National Endorsements Of Energy Efficiency Legislation At LEED Gold-Certified Bellevue Property. 19 February 2010. “I'm pleased and honored to accept these endorsements of the Expanding Building Efficiency Incentive Act. I am proud of this collaborative, market-based, bipartisan package of tax incentives to help families and businesses save on energy bills and become smarter energy consumers, while at the same time creating much-needed American jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Calls on Congress to Consider Proposals to Extend Critical Tax Relief, Provide Job-Creating Incentives. 10 August 2010. “Congress cannot tax our country into economic recovery […] What Congress should be focused on instead are common-sense, bipartisan solutions that extend critical tax relief, provide access to job-creating investments and incentives, and remove obstacles from the paths of our innovative entrepreneurs. That's what will deliver the recovery Americans need and deserve, and I'll never stop fighting for these proposals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Calls on Congress to Consider Proposals to Extend Critical Tax Relief, Provide Job-Creating Incentives. 10 August 2010. “What Congress should be focused on instead are common-sense, bipartisan solutions that extend critical tax relief, provide access to job-creating investments and incentives, and remove obstacles from the paths of our innovative entrepreneurs. That's what will deliver the recovery Americans need and deserve, and I'll never stop fighting for these proposals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Legislation Fulfills President's Call For Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives. 15 December 2009. “'I am proud to author a bipartisan package of tax incentives to help families and businesses save on energy bills and become smarter energy consumers, while at the same time creating much-needed American jobs. The President has urged Congress to look for ways to promote economic recovery, create jobs and cut costs, and so I urge my colleagues in Congress to consider and pass this bill that will help meet those important objectives.' Provisions of H.R. 4226 include: 1) New Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit […] 2) Deduction for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings […] 3) Residential Property Energy Credit […] 4) Home Energy Rating Credit […] 5) Home Performance Auditor Certification Credit.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Legislation Recognized By U.S. Green Building Council. 12 March 2010. “Dave Reichert (WA-08), a Member of the House Ways & Means Committee, today applauded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognition of a comprehensive, bipartisan package of energy efficiency tax incentives he introduced this Congress. The Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 (H.R. 4226) is designed to reduce energy costs for families and businesses, promote innovation and conservation, and create future energy jobs. 'I thank USGBC for its recognition that the Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act is a collaborative, market-based, bipartisan approach to help families and businesses save on energy bills and become smarter energy consumers -- while also creating American jobs […] The President has urged Congress to find ways to promote economic recovery, create jobs, and cut costs, and my bill will help meet those objectives.'” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Education. 13 October 2011. “Congressman Reichert believes that our children deserve a strong education and diverse educational opportunities […] -Congressman Reichert co-sponsored the Science and Mathematics Education for Competitiveness Act. This bill authorizes education programs for all levels kindergarten through graduate school--at NSF and DOE. -Congressman Reichert co-signed a letter requesting funding to implement the Washington Math Initiative, which will help strengthen the quality of math education in the state.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. House Passes Reichert Amendment to Reduce School Class Size. 4 June 2008. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) applauded the passage of his amendment before the House of Representatives today, as part of H.R. 3021, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facility Act […] Reichert's amendment added a provision that encourages smaller class sizes for students and teachers. 'Our children have been forced to learn in overcrowded classrooms with insufficient resources for too long; passage of my amendment to reduce class sizes in our schools is a victory for students and teachers across the nation. With smaller class sizes our children will finally receive the individualized instruction they need to excel […] My amendment accomplishes this by permitting local education agencies to use modernization grants for projects that seek to reduce class sizes in our schools.' H.R. 3021 authorizes $6.4B for the next fiscal year (FY 2009) to modernize, repair, renovate, and build environmentally friendly public schools.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert, Tanner, Introduce Teacher Tax Relief Act. 8 October 2009. "'Our teachers accept a serious responsibility -- educating our children and helping them develop into successful citizens so they can become the leaders of tomorrow,' Reichert said. 'School districts across the country are dealing with budget cuts, and our teachers are left to pick up the slack, paying for basic supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, and scissors, out of their own pockets. They've stepped up to the plate because they're committed to providing students the best education possible. It is important -- especially in these difficult economic times -- to stand with our teachers, demonstrating our commitment to them by expanding this tax relief to encourage continuing education pursuits and removing any uncertainty by making it permanent' […] Additionally, teacher quality is critical to maximize student achievement, as highly qualified teachers will enable students to meet high standards. Continued professional development is one vital way that teachers keep their skills and knowledge current, and best equip themselves to prepare students for college and the challenges of the 21st Century global workplace. Expanding the tax deduction to cover qualified continuing education pursuits further assures the success of our teachers and our children.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on "CLEAR Act.” 30 July 2010. “Reichert last month introduced the Offshore Drilling Safety Improvement Act, which adds to his distinguished record of holding oil companies accountable for their actions. Specifically, the bill amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that all oil and gas drilling and production operations on the Outer Continental Shelf have safety and environmental management systems in place, including blowout preventers and additional back-up emergency shutoff equipment, and that such equipment uses the best available and safest technologies. The Secretary of Interior will be tasked with: (1) incorporating safety technology information from independent scientists and experts, academic institutions and from technology used internationally.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Introduces Bipartisan Offshore Drilling Safety Improvement Act. 29 June 2010. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) today introduced the bipartisan Offshore Drilling Safety Improvement Act with Congressman Jay Inslee (WA-01) in the wake of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. 'I want to ensure Congress does everything possible to prevent another tragedy of the magnitude we've witnessed with the Deep Water Horizon spill. That's why I've partnered with Rep. Jay Inslee to introduce the Offshore Drilling Safety Improvement Act, which will make sure that oil and gas drilling operations have better technology and safety measures in place, including the most advanced emergency shut-off equipment […] Too often we see a willingness to speak quickly in an attempt to score political points. It's wrong to politicize this issue that threatens our environment, our economy, and the livelihoods of our fellow Americans.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Deplores Inclusion of OCS Drilling Provision in Bill Extending State Sales Tax Deduction. 8 December 2006. “Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-08) sharply criticized House and Senate leadership for including a provision in a tax extender package that would authorize Gulf Coast States to allow drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf along their shores. The tax extender bill originally was limited to tax provisions […] 'I am appalled that leadership chose to attach a totally unrelated provision to the tax extenders package […] I voted to remove the ill-advised, and irrelevant to the tax extender package, OCS provision. Unfortunately the measure failed and the provision remained in the bill. Attaching provisions to expand the areas where oil companies may drill rather than focusing on the development of renewable sources of energy is short-sighted.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Continues Fighting for Victims of Exxon Valdez. 8 January 2007. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) recently urged President Bush not to allow drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Bristol Bay, and specifically not to allow ExxonMobil to drill in this area until the company pays the victims of the Exxon Valdez tragedy […] 'ExxonMobil should show that they are capable of being a responsible corporation who is accountable for their actions before being allowed the right to drill in federal waters […] This company should not be rewarded with new permits until they have proven they are serious about being responsible for their actions.' Congressman Reichert recently sent a letter urging President Bush not to allow drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay. Reichert further requested that in the event that President Bush does choose to allow drilling in Bristol Bay, that safeguards are put in place to ensure that any environmental damage that may occur is followed by prompt and complete corrective action by the corporations involved.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. House Passes Energy Bill, Reichert Says "A Step Forward, but More Must be Done.” 16 September 2008. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) voted today to move much-needed energy legislation forward. The House passed H.R. 6899, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. Reichert made the following statement: 'For Congress to listen to the American people and pass energy legislation, it's a step forward. Americans are calling for Congress to take action, and while this bill isn't perfect, we're seeing progress. It includes environmentally-safe drilling, without touching ANWR […]' Under the bill, states may opt in for drilling between 50 and 100 miles offshore, while the federal government could permit drilling from 100 to 200 miles offshore.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. 15 April 2011. "I've heard from my constituents and share their concerns about reductions in Pell Grants for low-income students, oil drilling expansion in our wilderness, and how entitlement reform could affect seniors and those approaching retirement. I support this proposal because it recommends spending cuts, avoids raising taxes on struggling families and job-creating small businesses, and reaffirms congressional authority to improve subsidy programs; all provisions in the blueprint passed today. While this budget is not perfect, it's an important step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Energy. 29 August 2012. “Oil is not our future, and increased drilling pushes back the date when we can be free of oil. It is unrealistic to ask the American people to wait on new technology that could take 10 years to develop. Because our economy is so based on oil, we must end our dependence responsibly. We need to increase domestic production to help get us through the tough economic times we're facing, but it needs to be done in a responsible and environmentally safe way. This means drilling only on lands already permitted by the U.S. Department of Interior - not in pristine areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) […] Instead, there are 68 million acres of land already leased to oil companies that could be explored for oil such as the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska where we currently drill. We should give incentives to companies to help them find and produce oil there. And we must increase refinery capacity in an environmentally safe way to bring increased domestic supply to market. This will carry us to the future.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Dave Reichert voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2011. “In the 110th Congress, Dave continues to fight for environmental issues through: -Advocating for real and immediate action to tackle climate change by supporting a cap and trade system with domestic and international offsets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70% below 1990 levels by 2050.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Bipartisan Coalition Of Members Introduce Consumer Protection Climate Change Legislation. 4 June 2009. “Human activity has contributed significantly to the earth's climate increase in recent decades. Because climate change could seriously impact human health, ecosystems, wildlife, weather and agriculture, Congressional action to reduce national emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change is necessary. Due to the fact that consumers could see an increase in the price of energy, further increasing the price of transportation and consumer goods, the CARE Act requires that any climate legislation provide consumers a rebate - through individual taxes, increases in social security or unemployment benefits, as well as other means - to offset these costs. The bill would ensure that all revenue from the sale of allowances or credits, taxes or fees imposed on greenhouse gas emissions would be returned to the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Clarification of Reichert Global Warming Legislation. 24 April 2008. “Reichert has actively considered two pieces of cap-and-trade legislation to address global warming and reduce CO2 emissions: the Climate Stewardship Act (HR 620) and the Safe Climate Act (HR 1590) […] While he agrees with the underlying principles in the Safe Climate Act, he has cosponsored the Climate Stewardship Act because it is the most feasible piece of legislation that takes important steps to fight climate change, and does so in a way that doesn't negatively impact consumers. It leaves important decisions to elected officials in Congress that can be held accountable, rather than officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […] Because a cap-and-trade system would create a new regulatory market, Reichert believes Congress should have a more significant role in shaping how the EPA will implement the new system (the bill he supports calls for over 70% reduction by 2050).” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Press Release - Reichert Clarifies Position on Global Warming. 2 October 2006. “I have pursued an environmental and energy agenda that assumes global warming is affected by man's activity. I support carbon sequestration technology, increased CAFÉ standards, more stringent regulations of greenhouse gas emissions, more energy efficient buildings, heavy-truck idling reduction and energy conservation technology, the development of hydrogen engines and a greatly reduced reliance on fossil fuels, among other things, in order to decrease the effects of global warming.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Praises President Obama's Plan for Fuel Efficiency Standards. 19 May 2009. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) today applauded President Barack Obama's proposal for a new national fuel efficiency standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: 'President Obama's consensus-based plan to reduce auto emissions is vital to protecting our environment, conserving natural resources, and ultimately reducing our dependence on foreign oil.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Reacts to President's Change on Environment. 16 April 2008. “As I've said before, too many in my party have forgotten that conservation is conservative. I've been working with colleagues in both parties to promote bipartisan legislation such as the Climate Stewardship Act, which would reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases through market-driven incentives, with a long-term target of reducing global warming pollution by 75% by mid-century.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Chris McGann. Seattle P.I. Reichert opposes assault weapons ban. 26 August 2004. “Dave Reichert, King County sheriff and Republican congressional candidate, recently told a group of Second Amendment advocates that he supports letting the federal ban on assault weapons expire […] 'I've never changed my position. My whole point has always been holding gun owners responsible and accountable and always focusing on those people who were committing crimes with guns. ... I've never felt that the banning of certain weapons has really done anything at all.'” (www.seattlepi.com)
  • Dave Reichert. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. “Today we are considering a national reciprocity law for firearms licenses and permits. I have always supported Second Amendment rights for people to carry and keep firearms […] I understand and I get the concerns of cops, my brothers and sisters in law enforcement. What we want to make sure today is that those law enforcement officers across this country that protect us--and they're protecting us while we're in the Capitol today--are equipped and prepared to enforce this law […] Only 12 States right now are participating in a program that allows electronic access to a joint concealed-carry database. In the remaining 38 States, law enforcement officers are required to contact appropriate local officials over the phone or by email. This method is not timely enough and not effective. We must understand how long it takes for law enforcement officers to determine whether or not a State concealed-carry permit is legitimate or fraudulent. This is critical to both the safety of the cops patrolling our neighborhoods and protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Dave Reichert a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Dave Reichert in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement On Senate Vote To Advance Debate On Government-Run Health Care. 21 December 2009. “As our economy continues to struggle and families are hurting, I am disappointed that the Senate has voted to move forward with a proposed overhaul to health care that rings in at more than $2.5 trillion, will cost even more jobs, and raises taxes on families, small businesses, and seniors. Even more disturbing is the freedom this legislation takes away from every single American.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Acts to Protect Americans’ Health and Pocketbooks; Opposes $1.1 Trillion Government-Run Health Overhaul Bill. 17 July 2009. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) today opposed sending a $1.1 trillion government-run health care plan to the House floor […] 'A government-run public health plan that threatens to raise Americans’ health care costs, reduce their choice of care, and let the government interfere in deeply personal medical decisions at a cost of more than a trillion dollars is the wrong prescription for our health care and our economy. Democrats and Republicans can agree: we need to make better quality health care more affordable. Unfortunately, the government-run proposal before the committee today does just the opposite, by increasing costs, assessing penalty fees on families and employers, and jeopardizing access to quality health care.'” (reichert.house.gov)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Rejects Economy-Crippling Health Care Legislation. 21 March 2010. “Dave Reichert (WA-08), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, today rejected a health care overhaul that would cripple efforts to rejuvenate the economy in the middle of a recession. The legislation would implement a government-run health plan estimated to cost more than $1 trillion, slash Medicare benefits by $523.5 billion, force crushing tax hikes of $569 billion on families and job creators, and take away their current health plans. The measure passed this evening. 'I voted against this bill because the majority of Americans have spoken loud and clear: they don't want this bill. The legislation Congress voted on today is still a government takeover of healthcare. It still hurts our seniors and makes devastating cuts to Medicare.'” (reichert.house.gov)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on Repeal of the Health Care Law. 11 July 2012. "Today's vote to repeal the health care overhaul was another step in the effort to lower costs, preserve choice, and improve the quality of care for all Americans. I remain committed to removing the harmful aspects of this law -- especially the tax increases that threaten American jobs -- and replacing them with better, patient-centered solutions that lower health care costs and increase access to care." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on Consequences of Health Care Overhaul. 19 October 2010. “As our country faces record unemployment and continued economic challenges, the last thing individuals, families, and businesses need is to be saddled with the burdens and additional taxes created by the health care overhaul. Congress must get to work addressing the problematic provisions of this bill -- most importantly the components that are driving up the cost of health care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Education. 13 October 2011. “Every single American should have access to affordable, high quality health care. The government health-care overhaul will raise costs and reduce choices and benefits. I am working to change the most troublesome parts of this new law so that the American people can have the health-care system they need and deserve.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Exposes the Healthcare Overhaul's Consequences for Seniors. 10 February 2011. “One of the key reasons I cited when voting against the health care overhaul was the negative impact on our seniors and the devastating cuts to Medicare. The healthcare overhaul will make billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare Advantage, a program that has grown in popularity among seniors.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Rejects Health Care Overhaul. 7 November 2009. “Dave Reichert (WA-08) today voted against a health care overhaul that would implement a government-run health plan estimated to cost more than $1.3 trillion, while drastically slashing Medicare benefits, forcing tax increases on millions of Americans and small businesses, and also threatening to take away their current health plans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert, Minnick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Consumers from Rising Health Care Costs Associated with Health Care Overhaul. 30 July 2010. “The health care overhaul law included an increase, from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of income, the threshold after which individuals can deduct out of pocket medical expenses. H.R. 5936 restores the deduction to the original percentage […] The health care overhaul law placed a new cap ($2,500 starting in 2011) on the maximum annual contribution to a Flexible Savings Account (FSA). H.R. 5936 repeals this cap […] The health care overhaul law included a new ban starting in 2011 prohibiting holders of FSAs and HSAs (as well as Archer MSAs and Health Reimbursement Accounts) from using money from their accounts to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. H.R. 5936 repeals this provision.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Reichert Statement on the DREAM Act. 8 December 2010. "What we need today is to find a way to educate and retain bright and talented students who apply themselves, work hard and wish to contribute as productive members of our society. That is what makes our country great, and that's why Democrats, Independents, and Republicans all must work together to develop solutions that will make this goal a reality. We must treat with compassion, respect and dignity those people who are currently living here as the federal government works to develop those solutions. However, numerous valid concerns have been raised about the provisions of this proposal, including the age limits, enforcement mechanisms, and potential economic impact of the bill. Based on these concerns, coupled with a broken legislative process that has prematurely forced this proposal to the House floor for a vote -- without a single hearing, markup, or opportunity for representatives to offer measures to improve it or address the remaining concerns of the public -- I cannot support this bill. The American people are counting on Congress to work together to get this right; I believe it should be considered only after a methodical gathering of all of the facts, viewpoints and robust congressional consideration of this issue in the appropriate context of the larger immigration reform debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Dave Reichert voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Dave Reichert in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Immigrants Answer Call to Service, Call to New Life. 4 May 2006. “We need a bill that provides a way for immigrants who are in this country illegally to register and become documented, lawful immigrants. There must be penalties for individuals who've violated American immigration laws. However, we must encourage undocumented individuals to 'get right'' with our government and register. -We must face the reality of immigration in this country […] Immigration is not just compatible with but is a necessary component of economic growth. Going forward, as we work to strengthen our border in the interests of homeland security, we must also recognize the economic importance of immigration reform. I look forward to voting for a bill that appreciates the importance of both when safeguarding the security and economic future of this country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Issue Position: Border Security and Immigration. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Reichert believes that immigration is not just compatible with, but is a necessary component of economic growth and we must be careful to protect our economic interests while we work to strengthen our borders and protect the homeland […] -Supported legislation to close a loophole in our border patrol efforts by ending "catch and release" - the practice in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico are assigned court dates for immigration hearings, are released, and then disappear. -Supports legislation to prevent illegal aliens from accessing the same benefits and services that tax-paying Americans enjoy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Press Release - Reichert Praises New Border Security Fence. 26 October 2006. “We need a policy that strengthens our borders and protects this nation, but that also makes it simpler for good people to become Americans. We need to provide a way for undocumented immigrants to register and become lawful, contributing citizens. There must be penalties for individuals who've violated American immigration laws and for those who employ them. We must also encourage undocumented individuals to 'get right' with our government and register.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Press Release - Reichert Supports Key Bills to Secure Nation's Borders. 25 September 2006. “It is vitally important that we implement immigration reform. This will allow us to focus valuable resources on those we know to be a threat and in this country with the intent to harm, rather than individuals who are here to better their lives and that of their families. We need a policy that strengthens our borders and protects this nation, but that also makes it simpler for good people to become Americans. This Congress has passed many bills to strengthen our borders, which is priority one. The next step is to provide a way for undocumented immigrants to register and become lawful, contributing citizens. There must be penalties for individuals who've violated American immigration laws and for those who employ them. We must also encourage undocumented individuals to 'get right' with our government and register.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 23 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the American Family Association 58 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Dave Reichert voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Dave Reichert voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Weekly News Brief - Osama bin Laden. 7 May 2011. “For now, we can take comfort in knowing Osama bin Laden can no longer encourage violence and do harm to those who value freedom. Justice was served and the world is a safer place without this monster. Thanks to the bravery and courage of our military men and women, we've achieved a remarkable milestone in the ongoing War on Terror. I will continue to support our brave men and women in uniform who are committed to this essential mission, and thank them for their service and sacrifice.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Reichert. Reichert, Members Discuss Trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Vienna. 9 September 2008. “We saw the impacts on Afghanistan of violence in Pakistan's northwest border areas and came away united in believing the U.S. should continue to work with Pakistan to defeat the growing insurgency in that region. Security in this region is critical to global security and to U.S. strategic interests. While remote, Afghanistan and Pakistan are strategically positioned between Iran, Russia, and China, who are ready to leverage their influence if we and our allies fail to lead.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Dave Reichert. Q&A with U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. 14 October 2008. “I am on the record as saying, many times over, that I support preserving the current Social Security system, AS IS. That is, there are some problems that must be addressed, and I am open to exploring them, so long as it: -Does NOT privatize the system -Does NOT reduce benefits in any way -Does NOT raise the retirement age -Does NOT raise taxes This is fundamental and foundational to any reform in the Social Security system. My position is identical to the AARP, in that I support within the Social Security system, personal accounts that DO NOT, repeat: DO NOT divert any funds out of the system, but are IN ADDITION to it.” (community.seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Dave Reichert supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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