U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert to oversee welfare spending

January 17, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2013

The lawmaker serving Issaquah in Congress, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, is the leader on a subcommittee responsible for overseeing food stamps and other federal welfare programs, officials announced Tuesday.

Reichert referenced experiences from a difficult childhood in assuming the reins for the House Ways & Means Human Resources Subcommittee.

“As chairman, I look forward to leading the effort to improve these programs designed to help Americans who have fallen on difficult times,” he said in a statement. “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.”

The subcommittee handles oversight for temporary assistance for needy families, child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income and social services, among other forms of assistance.

“In America, the capacity to improve our circumstances and provide our children with opportunities that surpass even our greatest imagination is the essence of the American dream and the heart of American exceptionalism,” Reichert said. “As chairman, I take seriously the responsibility to reform, modernize, and cut waste within assistance programs to ensure Americans are able to fulfill their potential and take advantage of the opportunities that define American greatness.”

Voters re-elected the Auburn Republican and former King County sheriff to a fifth term in November.

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3 Responses to “U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert to oversee welfare spending”

  1. Smoley on January 17th, 2013 5:43 pm

    I hope one of the first things the sheriff does is prevent the use of EBT cards to retrieve cash at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs.

  2. Sally on January 18th, 2013 5:59 am

    Oh goodness, to put a person who has voted against all safety nets for all people in charge of a committee that is charged to help is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Putting a non self starter in charge of anything is typical of his political party. I am sure he will tighten all avenues to using cards and/or getting them for many different people reasons. What a sham!

  3. jeffr on January 18th, 2013 8:57 am

    interesting narrative – “…those along the way…” none of which he mentions might be the government. different lives, different times. one hopes the rep. will recognize that government can be a source of temporary help and direction and not a forever permanent fix – or he can continue to tote the party line that says the private sector should take care of all of us at the prevailing market rate; methinks this is an opportunity for us to see the rep.’s intelligence at work.

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