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Neal Opening Statement at Hearing with IRS Commissioner Werfel

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(As prepared for delivery) Welcome back to the Committee on Ways and Means, Commissioner Werfel. As always, it’s truly an honor to have you with us today, in the middle of what’s promising to be another record-breaking filing season. The dedication of the employees of the Internal Revenue Service is remarkable. I thank them for their commitment to our taxpayers and fair tax administration, and for...

Neal Statement on the Republicans’ Abdication of Responsibility and Continued Political Stunts

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after House Republicans voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “Members of Congress take an oath to the Constitution, and with yet another political stunt, House Republicans are in direct violation of that oath. You do not impeach a Cabinet Secretary over policy differences – that is something the Framers explic...

Neal Introduces Automatic IRA Bill

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Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) introduced the Automatic IRA Act of 2024 to dramatically expand retirement coverage for millions of workers. The legislation unlocks a key retirement savings vehicle for employees, gig workers, and other independent contractors nationwide. “Automatic IRAs are simple, effective, and proven tools to help more workers save for secure reti...

Neal Opening Statement at Hearing on Drug Shortages

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(As prepared for delivery) Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to welcome back Congressman Jimmy Gomez to the Committee. It’s good to have you back on the most storied dais in Congress, fighting for America’s workers and their families. Today’s hearing comes on the heels of major milestones in health care thanks to the work of Democrats. More Americans have health insurance today than ever before. Ove...

Neal Statement on Republicans Refusal to Act on National Security Interests

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after House Republicans put forward a purely political bill and refused to act in the best interest of our national security: “I will not be a party to the Republican political games and double dealing ever, let alone over our national security interests. President Biden and Congressional Democrats have spent months negotiating in good f...

Neal Applauds Appointment of West-East Rail Project Director

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt announced the appointment of Andy Koziol to serve as Director of the West-East Rail Project. “Since day one of her administration, Governor Healey has voiced her commitment to the West-...

Neal Statement on the Election of Michelle O’Neill as First Minister of Northern Ireland

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after the election of Michelle O’Neill to serve as First Minister of Northern Ireland. “I would like to congratulate Michelle O’Neill on her election to serve as First Minister of Northern Ireland – the first Irish Nationalist leader in history to hold the seat. This is the result of two successive elections in which the people of Northe...

Neal Statement on January 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) January 2024 jobs report: “Our economy continues to blow by expectations and propel us towards what naysayers claimed was impossible: an inclusive, sustainable recovery that didn’t sacrifice paychecks for growth. President Biden has overseen record job...

Neal Formulates National Commercial Shipbuilding Strategy

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Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement highlighting the need for a new national strategy for revitalizing America’s commercial shipbuilding sector: “Our nation was built on the power of our maritime trade routes, with countless jobs created from building the ships that traverse our seas. As new threats to our shipping routes and an aging fle...

Neal Applauds Passage of the Bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act

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Tonight, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after the House passed the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act: “Once again, the American people can count on the Democrats to get things done. Another legislative achievement to add to the mountain from the last Congress that made way for unbelievable economic growth. O...

Neal Floor Remarks on Pending Agreement to Restore Government at Stormont

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(As Prepared for Delivery) Mr. Speaker, I rise today to applaud the political parties at Stormont as they near an agreement that will restore executive government. After nearly two years of delay, Stormont is one step closer to resuming the people’s business. This is a victory for democracy and for the people of Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement marked the end of the longest period of co...

Neal Statement on Former President Undermining Border Negotiations

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement on former President Trump’s efforts to undermine negotiations on border security. “The number one responsibility of the federal government is national security. While President Biden and congressional Democrats have been working to negotiate a reasonable solution, those efforts are being undermined by the former President. Legislating is...

Neal Voices Support for Use of Rail in Housatonic Rest of River Transportation Plan

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Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement regarding the General Electric Company’s Housatonic Rest of River Transportation Plan. “After more than 70 years, communities impacted by the contamination of the Housatonic River will soon be able to access a beautiful river free of risks stemming from PCBs. However, we must ensure this process is done the right way, and that means usin...

Neal Statement on Historic 2024 Open Enrollment Season

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the record-breaking 2024 Open Enrollment period: “The success of the Affordable Care Act shows what well-thought-out, well-executed, and well-funded government can do. Democrats’ commitment to this lifesaving law has made it possible for the 2024 Open Enrollment to break another record all whi...

Neal Opening Statement at Markup of H.R. 7024

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Democrats are here today because of a simple truth: when we invest in workers and families, we invest in our economy. Democrats’ 2021 expansion of the Child Tax Credit put money back in the pockets of working families across the country, keeping the lights on and children fed. The results were resounding: historic reductions in child poverty and better lives for millions. When Republicans blocked ...

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