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ELECTION: Dave Reichert needs to explain vote

Letter by Chris C. Gillis, Puyallup on Oct. 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | 10 Comments »
October 1, 2010 2:36 pm

Congressman Dave Reichert owes his constituents an explanation on why he voted no on H.R. 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

I cannot think of a worthier cause than helping 9/11 first responders who have become ill as a result of exposure to the toxic environment around ground zero. These individuals are heroes and deserve our respect and help in their time of need.

I have to wonder if Reichert is just playing politics here or has just become a robot for the Republican Party. Numerous times the congressman said he maintains his independence from his party. This vote would have been the time to show it, but I feel in this case he has let us down. I for one am waiting to hear why.

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