Representative Dave Reichert's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 8, Republican
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Dave Reichert has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Seattle Times "I think life begins at conception […] I think it [abortion] is taking a life. That’s the way I look at it." http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/abortion-issue-has-reichert-walking-tightrope/ (www.seattletimes.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.VYNIU3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "Comprehensive tax reform will energize the economy by putting more money back in the pocket of hardworking Americans and businesses and create more jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/850670/reichert-statement-on-full-comprehensive-tax-reform-discussion-draft#.VYNKkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "More than four million small businesses currently pay taxes through the individual – not corporate – tax code, and raising individual income taxes takes more money out of these businesses that could be used to hire or retain employees, grow, and create jobs." https://reichert.house.gov/issue/taxe-policy (reichert.house.gov)

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  • "Introduced 4 bills to fight methamphetamine by providing local communities a stable federal funding source for their fight against meth, evaluating the connection between meth crimes and identity theft crimes, and increasing penalties for meth trafficking and manufacturing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369345/issue-position-crime-law-enforcement (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill, which is the first major piece of federal legislation passed to address the meth issue, provides greater restrictions on the substances used to make meth including putting them behind the counter as well as increased monitoring of those substances, greater federal penalties for the drug's traffickers and smugglers and those who make or sell it near children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/161782/reichert-touts-importance-of-meth-fighting-provisions-in-the-patriot-act (votesmart.org)

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  • "Any parent who balances the family checkbook, or small business owner who manages a payroll, understands that the government's record spending levels are unsustainable and unacceptable." https://reichert.house.gov/issue/federal-budget (reichert.house.gov)
  • "Hardworking Americans deserve to know their tax dollars will be used sensibly and fairly, and that can only be guaranteed if we commit to cutting waste, creating jobs, and balancing our budget. The Republican budget does that. It would cut $5.1 trillion in spending and balance the budget by 2024, finally ending the practice of spending money we don't have." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865773/reichert-statement-on-2015-republican-budget#.VYQmW3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, "We believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that our coastal ports in Oregon and Washington, and throughout the nation, remain open for business and continue to contribute to the economic health of the U.S. Leaving our small port needs unmet threatens the jobs of our citizens and weakens our national economic competitiveness." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1068079/letter-to-shaun-donovan-invest-in-small-ports (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "Congressman Reichert is actively working to: […] oppose job-killing taxes on innovation and investment." https://reichert.house.gov/issue/taxe-policy (reichert.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369333/issue-position-education#.VYQlCnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "During my time in Congress, I have consistently supported legislation that strengthens and provides adequate resources for educational programs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, early childhood education, and student financial aid." https://reichert.house.gov/issue/education (reichert.house.gov)

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  • "Building the Keystone pipeline would be a victory for American workers and the American economy. It would create thousands of jobs, improve U.S. energy security, and promote overall economic growth." https://reichert.house.gov/press-release/reichert-keystone-xl-victory-american-workers (reichert.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VaQZ3nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Renewable energy resources play an important and increasing role in America's total energy supply and reducing our reliance on foreign energy resources controlled by foreign nations." http://reichert.house.gov/press-release/reichert-blumenauer-introduce-bipartisan-extension-renewable-energy-tax-incentive (reichert.house.gov)
  • "The power of the free-market will make the United States the world leader in clean, renewable energy technology and efficiency. We'll harness wind, wave, solar, and geo-thermal resources and develop alternative fuel options, including electric vehicles, and non-food ethanol alternatives. To do this, we need to offer incentives, including extending research and development tax credits to encourage investment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369334/issue-position-energy#.VaQbxnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy independence is both an economic issue and a national security issue. The US should lead the way to encourage the development of new energy technologies, with the goal of moving away from reliance on oil toward more diverse sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1087283/issue-position-leading-on-energy-independence (votesmart.org)

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  • "Both President Obama and members on both sides of the aisle agree that it is preferable and necessary for Congress to address climate change. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on common-sense solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases and address the challenges created by climate change in order to ensure that we protect our environment for future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603121/reichert-statement-on-the-energy-tax-prevention-act (votesmart.org)
  • "I support carbon sequestration policy, increased CAFE standards, more stringent regulations of greenhouse gas emissions […] in order to decrease the effects of global warming." https://reichert.house.gov/press-release/reichert-clarifies-position-global-warming (reichert.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 79% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/51346/dave-reichert/37 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Neither LEOPA nor any other provision of federal law is intended to restrict the development of ammunition or handguns that were designed and intended to be used by private citizens for legitimate purposes. Instead, LEOPA should be construed in accordance with the American tradition of lawful firearms ownership, as protected by the Second Amendment." http://judiciary.house.gov/_cache/files/53c0eaf3-fa56-47df-8536-2389a56dfc17/030415-atf-letter.pdf (judiciary.house.gov)

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  • "Today's Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that Obamacare continues to hurt hard working American families and businesses. Premiums have increased, patients have lost access to their preferred doctors and hospitals, and workers have had their hours cut because of this fundamentally flawed law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988761/reichert-obamacare-still-fundamentally-flawed/ (votesmart.org)
  • "The president's health care law has resulted in nothing but a string of broken promises to the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/823262/hearing-of-the-house-ways-and-means-committee-aca-implementation#.VYQqanUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284 (votesmart.org)

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  • "When it comes to illegal immigration and border security, Congressman Reichert approaches the issue from the perspective that we must first protect our borders and enforce our current laws to keep people from entering our country illegally. He believes we have both a right and a responsibility to control entry into our nation and regulate access to American jobs and social services." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369344/issue-position-border-security-and-immigration#.VYQvp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today released the following statement on the DREAM Act: […] 'I cannot support this bill.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/572757/reichert-statement-on-the-dream-act#.VYQu4nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • "I am very disappointed by the decision to revoke the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church's charter and the BSA's current policy to dismiss openly gay scoutmasters. I commend their recent decision to allow LGBT scouts to participate openly, but remain very concerned that dismissing scout leaders for serving openly goes against BSA values of mutual respect and inclusion of others." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/866549/smith-expresses-concern-over-boy-scouts-decision-to-revoke-charter (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/51346/dave-reichert#.VaQoEnUVhHx (votesmart.org)

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  • "It is time for America and this Administration to lead and to take decisive, powerful action to eliminate the threat of ISIL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921612/reichert-statement-in-response-to-presidents-speech-on-isil#.VaQp3nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To truly combat an enemy, you must understand them and their motivations. It is important that we develop a strategy to understand and combat violent radical beliefs before they take root in our country." https://reichert.house.gov/press-release/reichert-harman-homegrown-terrorism-prevention-legislation-sails-through-committee (reichert.house.gov)

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  • Rated 22% Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/51346/dave-reichert/53#.VaQrmHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Reichert has fought to protect seniors' Medicare and Social Security benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369364/issue-position-seniors#.VYQy6HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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