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Neal Announces 2022 Military Service Academy Day

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Congressman Richard E. Neal invites high school students, their families, and school councilors to attend the 2022 Academy Day information session. Academy Day will help interested students determine if a Military Service Academy or similar education path is something they would want to pursue. While it is recommended that interested juniors in high school attend Academy Day, high school students ...

Neal Opening Statement at Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget with the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra

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(As prepared for delivery) Our next order of business is the hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. Secretary Becerra, I want to extend you a warm welcome back to the Ways and Means Committee. We meet today at an inflection point. We are shifting our focus from the urgency of the COVID public health crisis to confronting the virus as an enduring epidemic, while also tackling the other ch...

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of UMass Aviation Research and Training Center

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Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Richard Neal, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera were joined by state and local officials at Westover Air Reserve Base to celebrate the opening of the UMass Transportation Center’s Aviation Research and Training Facility, which is equipped with the technology that creates new, cutting...

Governor Baker and Congressman Neal meet to discuss East-West Rail Project

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Governor Charlie Baker spent his day in western Massachusetts Tuesday and stopped by Union Station in Springfield to meet up with local leaders pushing for the East-West Rail Line connecting western Massachusetts with Boston. This is a project we’ve been following for years now. Governor Baker and Congressman Richard Neal joined state legislators Tuesday to discuss a plan forward for the East-West...

Amtrak, ConnDOT restore Hartford-Springfield trains

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Amtrak has restored its Hartford Line service to pre-COVID levels, the passenger railroad announced this week. Seven total trains will return, including two weekday trains, one Saturday train and four Sunday trains. Amtrak said it anticipates increased demand on the line, one also served by the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s CTrail Hartford Line. “With the help of our partners at CTDOT...

Berkshire Flyer Passenger Train Service Begins July 8

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Amtrak, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), are announcing pilot seasonal passenger rail service to operate this year and in 2023 to be known as the Berkshire Flyer, with a route between New York City and Pittsfield, MA. The service will be initiated on July 8 and will operate on weekends through th...

Chairman Neal Marks Earth Day

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement in observance of Earth Day: “Our children and grandchildren’s future depends on the choices we make today to protect our planet. Last year, the Committee advanced historic clean energy tax provisions that would combat the threat of climate change and incentivize the use of green energy technologies. Wa...

Neal Reiterates Support for the Northern Ireland Protocol

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman and Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Ireland Caucus Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement regarding proposed legislation in the United Kingdom (UK) that would allow for the dismantling of the Northern Ireland Protocol: “Preserving peace and stability on the island of Ireland is essential. Undoing the Northern Ireland Protocol could...

Neal Responds to Supreme Court Decision Continuing Puerto Rico’s Exclusion from Federal Benefits

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to continue to unfairly exclude the residents of Puerto Rico from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program: “This harmful ruling prevents disabled and elderly people from receiving critical support they need for basic necessities like food and shelter, and it perpetu...

Neal Statement on Surface Transportation Board Approval of CSX-Pan Am Merger

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement on the Surface Transportation Board’s decision to move forward with the CSX-Pan Am Systems, Inc. merger. “When the Surface Transportation Board approved the CSX-Pan Am merger this week, it included provisions for protecting passenger and commuter service that I found to be imperative,” said Congressman Neal. “Consequently, I can s...

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