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October 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is on the record: He would vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to end the shutdown.
The Auburn Republican made that declaration during an interview Saturday with KIRO Radio host Jason Rantz (The comment is at the 2:10 mark in the interview).
Rantz asked Reichert if he was among House GOP caucus members who are willing to back a clean spending bill to reopen government. Reichert did not immediately answer, but went on to say, “Whatever bill comes to the floor that opens this government, I’m going to vote yes on.”
“So if (House Speaker) John Boehner today put up a bill that was just a clean resolution, you’d support it? Rantz asked.
“Yes,” Reichert said.
Reichert has avoided such explicit talk in the days before and since the federal government shutdown began last Tuesday.
On Friday, the day before the interview with Rantz, Reichert emailed constituents numerating the various piecemeal bills that House Republicans offered — and Senate Democrats rejected — to reopen select parts of the government.
“Please urge your Senators to pass these bills while we work to find a solution to fix our budget, solve our debt crisis, and get the American economy going again,” he wrote.
Reichert does not mention he would be willing to drop conditions, such as delaying the Affordable Care Act, in order to end the shutdown.
On Tuesday, asked for Reichert’s stance on a clean bill, his spokeswoman said, “The Congressman has been clear that he will continue to support legislation that opens the government. It is imperative that Democrats come to the table to negotiate a bill that they can agree to.”
October 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is among a renegade group of House Republicans willing to vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to reopen the federal government.
Or is he?
CNN and The Washington Post on Tuesday both counted the Auburn Republican as supporting a “clean” spending bill to fund government — without delaying Obamacare and other conditions that have provoked a stalemate with Democrats.
House Speaker John Boehner has refused to hold a vote on such bill, claiming there isn’t sufficient Republican support. But a frenzy of whip counting by the media has turned up more than enough GOP votes to reach the 217 mark needed for passage (the Republican-controlled House is split 232-200, with three vacancies).
Reichert was the only one of the four House Republicans from Washington state counted as a “yes” on a clean spending bill.
The New York Times last week reported that Reichert privately questioned the GOP’s end game in the standoff.
But Reichert has repeatedly declined to confirm it. And his public statements have been ambiguous at best.
Asked about Reichert’s presumed support for a clean bill, his spokeswoman, Leighanna Driftmier, said by email, ”The Congressman has been clear that he will continue to support legislation that opens the government. It is imperative that Democrats come to the table to negotiate a bill that they can agree to.”
August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Updated at 6:50 p.m. with a comment from a Reichert spokeswoman.
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is apparently again thinking about running for statewide office.
Reichert, a former King County Sheriff and fifth-term Republican representative in the 8th Congressional District, said in a Thursday interview with C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News that he is considering running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2016.
“I’m thinking about all those options,” he said. “I still feel like I’m young and energetic. And, you know, we’ll see how Mr. (Gov. Jay) Inslee does, and if he continues on the path that he is, it doesn’t look too good for him. So I’ll keep an eye on that. And who knows what Patty Murray does in the next year or two?”
Reichert, 62, is a popular politician who represents a safe Republican seat. He has toyed with running for statewide office in the past.
In the run-up to the 2012 election, he for months remained coy about possibly challenging U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell before ultimately seeking re-election.
Reichert spokeswoman Leighanna Driftmier said that “the congressman is focused on serving the 8th District of Washington right now. That’s his top priority.”
“But,” Driftmier said, “of course he does consider all opportunities as they come.”
August 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn has come out in favor of citizenship for undocumented immigrants, joining nearly two dozen of his House Republican colleagues and in defiance of his caucus leadership.
In a radio interview Wednesday with John Carlson of 570 KVI, Reichert said Congress needs to “build a solution around the 12 million (undocumented residents) that are here,” some of whom arrived decades ago.
Reichert said such immigrants have “a debt to pay” to society. But once they’ve paid fines or penalties, Reichert said, they should become full Americans.
“I want to hold them accountable, and then they get citizenship,” said Reichert, a former King County sheriff.
Reichert’s 8th Congressional District was redrawn before the 2012 elections as the first in the state to straddle the Cascade Mountains dividing Western and Eastern Washington. His district stretches from the eastern parts of King and Pierce counties to more rural areas near Wenatchee and Ellensburg with need for farm workers.
The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path for citizenship for undocumented persons. But Republicans in the House, who control the chamber, have avoided taking up the bill. House Democrats say they have at least 200 votes in favor, which means only 18 GOP members would be needed to pass the whole thing.
According to a tally by America’s Voice, a pro-immigration group, Reichert is the 22nd House Republican to publicly declare support for citizenship.
June 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON — The legislative volleyball over the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area is moving to the U.S. House after its passage in the Senate Wednesday. But the outcome of the legislation’s fourth run through Congress remains as murky as ever.
The bill, sponsored by Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, would enlarge the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area east of Seattle by more than 22,000 acres. It also would protect the Pratt and portions of Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent, an expedited procedure for advancing measures if no one objects. It now goes to the House, where Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn first introduced the bill in 2007. Reps. Suzan DelBene of Medina, Jim McDermott of Seattle and Adam Smith of Bellevue are co-sponsors.
The House passed the bill in 2010, but it died in the Senate closing days of the 111th Congress. Then in the last Congress, the bill failed to move out of committee in either chamber.
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, has promised a hearing on the bill. A federal wilderness designation is the highest form of protection, and makes development, motor vehicles and even bicycles off limits. Hastings has said such restrictions should be carefully applied.
January 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Reichert, a fifth-term member from Auburn, will be the top Republican on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee. This will be his second stint as a subcommittee chair; as a freshman, the former King County sheriff chaired the Homeland Security committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology.
In a statement, Reichert said serving on the human resources subcommittee will give him a chance to help Americans “who have fallen on difficult times” — something he knows firsthand.
“As the oldest of seven kids growing up in a home of scarce means, I ran away on several occasions. There were times I attended high school out of my car in order to escape difficult family circumstances. Yet, there were those along the way who prevented me from falling through the cracks. I know what it’s like to struggle, and I know the vital role that hope plays when trying to find a pathway to a better tomorrow,” he said.
In October, Reichert was one of 50 members of Congress and one of only three Republicans to be named as top advocates for children by First Focus Campaign for Children. The group also cited Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, and Sen. Patty Murray.
August 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM
Republican political guru Karl Rove is scheduled to appear at a pair of Bellevue fundraisers Wednesday for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Rove will headline $250-a-person Reichert fundraiser at the Bellevue Hilton ($1,000 a couple for a VIP reception).
And up to ten wealthy donors will cough up $20,000 a person for a “candid conversation” at the hotel with Rove and Reichert, with that money benefitting the NRCC.
Both events are closed to the media, said Reichert campaign spokesman Kent Patton, who declined to identify the donors planning to attend the $20,000-a-person chat.
Rove has been a longtime supporter of Reichert, helping him raise campaign cash for some of his previous contested reelection bids in the 8th Congressional District.
But Reichert hardly needs the help this year.
The 8th was reshaped in redistricting to become safe Republican territory. The district shed some of its swingy urban bits, and now stretches across the Cascades to Chelan and Kittitas counties. He already has nearly $600,000 in his campaign account, compared to $31,000 for Democratic challenger Karen Porterfield.
Rove, the political mastermind behind former President George W. Bush, is looking to be a major player for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Two political committees he cofounded, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, reportedly hope to spend $300 million to help defeat President Obama and other Democrats this year.
Crossroads GPS is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit, allowing it to air “issue” ads without disclosing its donors. An Obama campaign lawyer has filed a complaint against the group, arguing it is plainly a political outfit that should no longer be able to hide its donors while spending hundreds of millions to influence the election.
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