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Neal Applauds 1115 Waiver

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement applauding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) approval of the MassHealth Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration (“1115 Waiver”). “Massachusetts has long led the nation in innovative approaches to improving health care delivery. From achieving near universal coverage to suppor...

Neal Opening Statement at Markup of Worker and Family Support and Health Legislation

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(As prepared for delivery) First up, we will markup up legislation in honor of our late colleague, the Ranking Member of our Committee’s Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, Jackie Walorski. We have the privilege of being joined by the late Congresswoman’s husband, Dean, her mother, Mert, as well as one of our own, former Congresswoman Susan Brooks, and one of Jackie’s district staffers, Sharon...

Neal, Brady Praise Committee Passage of Home Visiting and Mental Health Legislation

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) applauded the Committee’s passage of home visiting and mental health legislation: “The Ways and Means Committee continues to show that when we work together, we not only deliver for the American people, but we accomplish big things,” Chairman Neal said. “Today, we were honored to be joined by the ...

Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce Leaders Honor the Late Congresswoman Walorski with Maternal and Child Home Visiting Legislation

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House Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee leaders introduced legislation to honor the late Congresswoman Walorski by reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The bill increases funding for services that aid new parents and their children from before birth through kindergarten with in-home support that has been proven to improve ...

Neal Opening Statement at Hearing on Preparing America’s Health Care Infrastructure for the Climate Crisis

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(As prepared for delivery) Today, we are here to examine how the health sector is contributing to the climate crisis, the ways extreme weather events are disrupting the health care delivery system nationwide, and what’s needed to safeguard our health care infrastructure from these changing conditions. Last year, the medical community cited climate change as the greatest threat to global public hea...

Neal Opening Statement at Hearing on the Future of U.S.-Taiwan Trade

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(As prepared for delivery) Congress has been given the exclusive authority to regulate foreign commerce by the U.S. Constitution. This constitutional power is unique and only held by the legislative branch. It is this Committee, as the chief trade policy authors in the House, that has led on these issues for centuries. And when considering what’s to come, that responsibility begins here, with us. ...

Neal Statement on the American Rescue Plan’s Expanded Child Tax Credit

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Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the success of the Child Tax Credit after a new U.S. Census Bureau report found the supplemental poverty rate fell to a record low in 2021: “Child poverty has been cut in half thanks to the remarkable success of the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). Without a single Repub...

Neal Statement on August 2022 Jobs Report

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Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) August 2022 jobs report: “Our economy has had 20 straight months of significant job growth, and this last month is yet another sign that Democrats are driving a steady, strong recovery. President Biden and congressional Democrats’ investments in workers, families, ...

Neal, Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Add Ireland to E-3 Non-Immigrant Visa Program

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U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-16) to add Ireland to the E3 non-immigrant visa program. The E3 program, introduced in 2005 as part of the U.S. – Australian trade agreement, has made 10,500 visas available to skilled Australian nationals annually. It has been a successful ...

Baker to make case for federal rail funding

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Gov. Charlie Baker announced at an Aug. 23 press conference at Union Station his administration will prepare the necessary applications for federal aid for east-west rail in the remaining months of his tenure in office. “We will do the best job we possibly can in making the case,” he said, adding, “I actually think we are very well positioned.” He said, “While my time here is short, I can promise ...

US Rep. Richard Neal introduces bipartisan Ireland visa bill

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U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly want to open a visa program that allows skilled Australians to work in the United States to include people from Ireland Neal and Kelly introduced their legislation Tuesday. Neal is chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee that has jurisdiction over trade policy. The E-3 program makes 10,500 visas a year ...

US Rep. Richard Neal introduces bipartisan Ireland visa bill

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U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly want to open a visa program that allows skilled Australians to work in the United States to include people from Ireland Neal and Kelly introduced their legislation Tuesday. Neal is chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee that has jurisdiction over trade policy. The E-3 program makes 10,500 visas a year ...

Irish non-immigrant visa E-3 added to bipartisan bill

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A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Congressman Mike Kelly will add Ireland to the E3 non-immigrant visa program. Since 2005, the E3 program has provided 10,500 visas to skilled Australians each year under the U.S.-Australia trade agreement. The program has proven to be a successful means of gaining valuable professi...

Baker pledges to use remaining time in office to pursue federal funds for East-West Rail

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Federal and state officials point to the long-discussed East-West Rail project in Massachusetts as part of the effort to expand passenger rail use in America. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is pledging to go “real hard” during his remaining months in office to put the East-West Passenger Rail project in line to receive funds from the federal infrastructure law. “Our goal is to make sure thi...

Baker, Neal tout Springfield as rail hub

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Federal and state officials agreed Tuesday that Springfield can play an important role in the revitalization of passenger rail service in America, and Governor Charlie Baker pledged to use his remaining time in office to put the long-discussed East-West Rail expansion project in position to benefit from the new federal infrastructure law. “When I was growing up in Springfield, Springfield was ofte...

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