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Neal, EPA announces $250M water infrastructure funding

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by: Tony Fay, Sydney Snow AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission announced major funding for infrastructure renewal Thursday. EPA Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox and Congressman Richard Neal joined local officials to announce $500 million in funding for Springfield’s water investment program. The funding comes from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act....

‘Unimaginable’: $250M EPA loan provides critical boost to Springfield Water and Sewer Commission projects

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By Peter Goonan | pgoonan@repub.com SPRINGFIELD — Less than two years ago, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission executive director Josh Schimmel said, it was “unimaginable” that the commission would secure a $250 million low-interest federal loan for critical infrastructure projects. On Thursday, he and commission staff gathered with local, state and federal officials at Bondi’s Island to formal...

Neal Closing Statement at Markup of Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) Over four long days and through 66 amendments, we have debated measures ranging from 12 weeks of universal paid family and medical leave to incentivizing the development and use of green energy to combat climate change. All of these measures are grounded in the goal of growing our economy and making it more inclusive and sustainable for the future. It’s notable that we a...

Neal Applauds Committee Advancement of Build Back Better Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement applauding the Committee’s advancement of its contributions to the Build Back Better Act: “With close to 40 hours of debate over the course of four days, the Ways and Means Committee has just approved a historic slate of measures to invest in the American family and American economy. These l...

Neal Remarks Kicking Off Additional Build Back Better Markup Days

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(As prepared for delivery) Today, we continue our markup of the Build Back Better Act after a truly historic two days last week. Last Thursday, this Committee advanced investments to provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all Americans; guarantee access to quality, affordable child care; and expand opportunities for workers to save for financially secure retirements. And on Friday, ...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for the Committee Print Relating to Infrastructure Financing, Green Energy, Social Safety Net, Funding Our Priorities, and Prescription Drug Pricing

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(As prepared for delivery) Pursuant to notice, we will now turn to consideration of our Budget Reconciliation Legislative recommendations relating to a variety of tax and health measures. This committee print is by far the most far reaching and voluminous of the recommendations we have considered during this reconciliation process. I am quite certain there will be spirited debate over the next two...

Neal Statement on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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Today, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the atrocious terrorist attacks on our country that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent people. While 20 years have passed since the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in DC, and a field in southwest Pennsylvania, the memories of that day and the ones that followed have not diminished. September 11, 2001 remains a tragedy that ...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for Subtitle D at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) Our first order of business today is Subtitle D, Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Trade Adjustment Assistance. Already this week we’ve discussed at length some of the most substantial challenges American workers face in the modern economy: lack of paid leave, inaccessible child care, and inadequate long-term savings. International competition...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for Subtitle E Relating to Elder Justice at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) We now turn to Subtitle E, “Budget Reconciliation Recommendations Relating to Elder Justice,” which will fund vital elder justice programs that help protect America’s seniors and people living with disabilities. The U.S. population is aging, and we need policies to help Americans age and live safely in place without facing the risk of experiencing various forms of maltre...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) Today, we begin consideration of this committee’s contribution to the Build Back Better Act, which will make crucial investments to create jobs, lower the cost of health care, and support America’s workers and families. The American people have endured a grueling year and a half. The pandemic has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of our family members, friends, ...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for Subtitle A at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) We will now turn to our first order of business, Subtitle A, Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Universal Paid Family and Medical Leave. This is one of the most profoundly important pieces of this entire package. Throughout the COVID crisis, our country’s lack of universal paid leave inflicted an extra layer of stress and heartache on American ...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for Subtitle B at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) We now turn to Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Retirement which will make investments to improve Americans’ long-term financial security. I’m proud of this Committee’s bipartisan record of accomplishment in the area of retirement policy, and we have an opportunity here to build on those achievements and further enhance workers’ opportunities...

Chairman Neal Opening Statement for Subtitle C at Markup of the Build Back Better Act

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(As prepared for delivery) Our next order of business is Subtitle C. Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Childcare Access and Equity which will make investments to address an issue that too often causes American parents and guardians stress and anxiety. Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, child care access was an insurmountable barrier to work and financial stability for m...

Neal Statement on Labor Day

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SPRINGFIELD, MA—Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) marked Labor Day with the following statement: “The American economy and our local communities were built by our nation’s workers and the labor movement. Throughout the pandemic, our most essential workers have shown up for their neighbors, and we thank them for their courage and service. The Ways and Means Committee, congressional Dem...

Neal Statement on Passing of Pat Hume

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Springfield, MA - Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement on the passing of Pat Hume, wife of the late SDLP Leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume. “I am deeply saddened at the news that my good friend Pat Hume passed away today. Along with her husband John, they made a formidable couple that helped change the course of modern Irish history. I last visited with her in 2...