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Neal Statement on House Vote of NDAA

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after joining his Democratic colleagues in voting against passage of H.R. 8070 – National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025. “As a long serving member of Congress, I am disappointed that the National Defense Authorization Act has become a political weapon for Republicans to push radical and bigoted ideas. The N...

Neal Opening Statement at Committee Hearing on Antisemitism

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(As prepared for delivery) Thank you all for being here today, and an especially warm welcome back to our own Congressman Deutch. I also want to congratulate Talia on graduating. At the outset, we all condemn antisemitism. Since our last hearing, we are saddened that the hateful actions and rhetoric targeting Jewish students has continued. These incidents have and disrupted campuses leaving too ma...

Neal Statement on the May 2024 Jobs Report

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2024 jobs report: “How many months of consecutive job growth will it take for Republicans to stop rooting against an objectively strong economy? After 40, one would think they’d finally recognize our record-breaking success, built for workers, and ...

Neal Statement on Latest Republican Stunt

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Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after Republicans’ latest attempt to revive their failed fishing expedition: “This latest stunt is all the proof you need to see House Republicans have completely lost the plot. As recently as last week, they were calling the Department of Justice ‘rigged’ and ‘weaponized,’ and now, they are calling on ...

A ‘sense of peace’ at Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam on Memorial Day

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Donna Fiorentino of Wilbraham looked around Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday, at rows of white headstones standing at attention with military precision. “I just feel a sense of peace here,” she said. “You have to come and visit loved ones, especially today.” She and her husband, Jim, pointed out the graves of family and friends. He’s an Army veteran, having served from 1971 to 19...

Neal Blasts Supreme Court’s Disastrous Decision in Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) blasted today’s Supreme Court decision in Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, which upheld South Carolina Republicans’ unconstitutional Congressional maps: “This morning’s Supreme Court decision emboldens Republican lawmakers’ relentless war on our electoral system and our democracy itself. Across the coun...

Neal Statement on Congressman Dwight Evans

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement regarding Congressman Dwight Evans’ health update: “I know from years of working closely alongside Dwight that you can’t keep a Philly kid down, and send my best as he makes a speedy and full recovery. It is no surprise that he is already using this diagnosis to broaden his constituent services b...

Neal Opening Statement at Committee Executive Session

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(As prepared for delivery) Mr. Chairman, I want to start off by sending my well wishes to our own Dr. Murphy. Praying his surgery is a success and that he’s back on this dais in no time, and in the meantime, I’ll be keeping him and his family in my thoughts. To the topic at hand, you know how I feel about this and for details to emerge from the press last night enrages me. It’s a crime to leak any...

Top Trade Democrats Urge Administration To Upgrade Trade Talks With Kenya To A Comprehensive Trade Agreement

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Neal and Wyden Call on U.S. Trade Representative to Negotiate Strong Trade Agreement with Kenya to Boost Protections for Labor, Environment and Support U.S. Workers and Manufacturers Washington, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to transition current trade disc...

Neal Statement on House Passage of the Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act

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Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act by a bipartisan vote. The legislation previously passed the House within the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act which is currently stalled in the Senate: “Tax Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Thompson and Rep. Gr...

Neal Announces $4.1 Million Earmark for Springfield Union Station Streetscaping

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal joined Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Amanda Pham to announce a $4,116,279 earmark to invest in streetscaping surrounding Springfield Union Station. The allocation was made possible through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Congressman Neal i...

North Adams flood chute study secures last portion of its funding

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The city's flood management system feasibility study has acquired the last portion of its funding and is ready to move forward, according to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. He announced Thursday that, following months-long discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he had secured $700,000 from the Army Corps’ budget for this fiscal year in order to complete the study, which will determine the best...

Ways and Means Democratic Tax Leaders Laud 218 Signatories on Disaster Tax Discharge Petition; Call on Speaker Johnson to Schedule Vote

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Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Thompson (D-CA) marked crossing a key threshold of 218 signatories on a bipartisan discharge petition to force action on legislation that would provide tax relief in the wake of recent disasters and called on Speaker Johnson to schedule a vote on the measure. The legislation previ...

Neal Secures $700,000 for North Adams Flood Chutes Project

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal celebrated a significant step in bringing the North Adams Flood Chutes Project to fruition. After being in frequent communication with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) over the last several months, Congressman Neal has secured $700,000 through USACE’s FY24 budget to complete a feasibility study of the project. “The residents of North Adams have long advoc...

Neal Opening Statement at Markup of Oversight Legislation

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(As prepared for delivery) Mr. Chairman, we find ourselves back on the Republican road that goes nowhere for the American people and says sky is the limit for the former president. This Committee has reported 30 bills out of Committee and only two have become law. It’s an utter failure compared to the 116th and 117th Congresses. Now, they dig in even deeper in their service to their nominee. Embra...

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