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Homeowners afflicted with crumbling concrete could see relief from Build Back Better Act, US Rep. Richard Neal and Connecticut delegation

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WASHINGTON — The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act promises relief for homeowners afflicted with crumbling concrete in the form of a renewed tax deduction and a federal tax credit that can reimburse them for rehabbing their properties. Both provisions emerged with the bill from the House Ways and Means Committee chaired by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, whose sprawling congressional d...

US Rep. Richard Neal voices concern over Irish border, trade with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday amid fears over potential changes in the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Johnson has raised concerns in some quarters by warning that the United Kingdom might trigger Article 16 — the override mechanism that suspends parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the sectio...

$250 Million EPA Loan To Upgrade Infrastructure, Advance Renewable Energy In Springfield

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an event with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and other local officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced a $250 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Springfield Wate...

Springfield Water And Sewer Infrastructure Gets A $500 Million Boost

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Major funding has been announced for the largest provider of drinking water in western Massachusetts. The Springfield Water & Sewer Commission has been awarded a $250 million low-interest loan from the federal EPA, which it will match with funds from other sources, to help speed the replacement of outdated infrastructure that supplies water to 250,000 homes and businesses in greater Springfield. A...

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...

Trump tax returns must be handed over to Rep. Richard Neal and Ways and Means Committee, DOJ says

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The Justice Department on Friday said the Internal Revenue Service must hand over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is headed by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. “As I have maintained for years, the Committee’s case is very strong and the law is on our side. I am glad that the Department of Justice agrees and that we can move forward,...

Federal Funds Reach Venues Shuttered During COVID

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Dozens of venues in western Massachusetts that were forced to close last year during the COVID-19 pandemic have now received federal aid. 2020 was supposed to be a big year for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A $21 million major renovation project had just been completed. That year’s enshrinement ceremony was to include the induction of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett. Bu...

Basketball Hall Of Fame Granted $3.74 Million From SBA

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SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Monday to announce $3,740,728 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Shuttered Venues Operation Grant (SVOG) program. Joining Neal for this announcement was Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva. “These funds are incredibly instrumental to operations like the Basketball Hall of F...

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield gets $3.7M in federal COVID Shuttered Venue relief

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SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, on Monday announced $20 million in Shuttered Venue Operators Grant aid for COVID relief, including $3.7 million for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Of the 33 recipients in Neal’s district, assistance ranged from $11,350 for PDP Productions in Shelburne to nearly $2.9 million for Old Sturbridge Village. There were grants for ind...