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Reichert's voting record- Please Explain

Mary A. Hall, a founding member  of Involved Democracy, had the following published in the Issaquah Press before the election ...


Issaquah Press

If Rep.Reichert has done such a wonderful job for his constituents, as David Waggoner claims (Letters 10/1/14), then I wonder why he refuses to defend his record and debate (or acknowledge) Jason Ritchie, his Democratic challenger or have any public town hall meetings where his constituents can ask him to explain, among other things, why he voted:

For HR 4297 to lower taxes on the rich instead of the middle-class;

For HR 624 to expand government spying and unprotect your social media passwords;

For HR 839 to discontinue TARP help for active-duty military personnel trying to avoid foreclosure;

Against HR 1363 which would continue to pay the military during a government shutdown (which Reichert voted for since his paycheck wasn’t affected);

Against HR 3159 which would provide a rest period between military deployments;

Against HR512 which would prevent a reduction in military death benefits to surviving spouses; and

Against HR 2831 to address gender pay discrimination, as well as against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. 

Dave Reichert prefers to spend his time off from Congress raising money with disgraced former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, rather than meet with the people he is supposed to be representing or his challenger.  

Anyone who thinks Reichert represents their values needs to start reading “How Your U.S. Lawmaker Voted” in the Seattle Times Sunday edition (when Congress is in session) to see the facts for yourself. Do not just listen to what politicians or their marketing departments say - watch what they do.

As a middle-class woman whose son is proudly serving in the U.S military, Dave Reichert does not represent my family’s values. I’m voting for Jason Ritchie because it’s time to #RetireReichert.



Involved Democracy Supports
the Following Resolution:

House Joint Resolution 29 introduced February 14, 2013

Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privilegesof artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.


the rail transport of

OIL in Washington State

 While Nebraska and the rest of the Midwest remain at risk from the depredations that would be inflicted by the Keystone XL pipelline, the Great Northwest is still at risk of becoming the rail and shipping hub for billions more pounds of greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels. While we have successfully blocked or delayed construction of coal terminals, there are also plans to build port facilities for oil and natural gas on the Pacific shores of the State of Washington. Since the continued burning of fossil fuels will only worsen the climate crisis and make dirty weather events more likely here and around the world, we have to act fast and effectively to block these projects as well. There are three proposals for oil terminals in Grays Harbor (near Aberdeen, WA). Two of them are being combined into joint hearings and public comment time. This is similar to the coal train scoping hearings but is much smaller, almost like the authorities are trying to keep it under the radar. The folks at Hoquiam are doing a great job but there is fear that the Centralia hearing will have low attendance. These terminals along with all of the other proposed oil by rail projects will make the NW the site of a KXL by rail.    
We need as many people as possible to attend these hearings and even more to send in public comments. You have to send in either by snail mail or through web site. 

To post a public comment, please visit:
Comments will be accepted until May 27th. If at all possible, please attend a hearing so that the Department of Ecology knows that the people of Washington reject these new proposals for oil terminals.

More Information for your comments or testimony:  Oil is Bakken crude fracked in North Dakota – expanded capacity could also serve as infrastructure to move Canadian tar sands.  Oil spills and train explosions are serious threats.
Currently, there are 10 proposals in Oregon and Washington which would raise the capacity to 785,000 barrels per day with 11 loaded trains carrying this highly flammable fossil fuel.   

Imperium Renewal:-        70.000 barrels per day – 1 loaded train per day
Westway-        26,300 barrels per day – 1 loaded train every two days
US Development (not in the scoping
50,000 barrels per day – just under 1 loaded train per day 

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