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Neal Votes to Protect Marriage Equality

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Congressman Richard E. Neal today voted to enshrine marriage equality into federal law. The Respect for Marriage Act will officially repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a defunct and discriminatory statute excluding same-sex couples from marriage under federal law. This legislation will also codify new protections ensuring that no married couple can be denied protections and benefits under ...

Neal Praises House Passage of Ways and Means Legislation to Ease Formula Supply Chains

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Formula Act: “The formula shortage has been unnerving for parents across the country, and House Democrats are using every tool in our toolbox to make sure families have access to what they need. In conjunction with the Biden Administration, we have already m...

Neal Statement on House Passage of NDAA

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement after joining a bipartisan group of colleagues earlier this evening in passing H.R. 7900 – National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023. “The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 delivers on a number of initiatives that will support our men and women in uniform, as well as our nation’s interest...

Neal Opening Statement at Hearing on Nowhere to Live: Profits, Disinvestment, and the American Housing Crisis

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(As prepared for delivery) Housing is a basic necessity for every American. It plays a vital role in determining our access to education and jobs, our health and well-being, and our financial stability. Our families and communities can’t thrive without quality, affordable housing. But too many Americans face skyrocketing housing costs, long waiting lists, new pressure from institutional investors,...

Neal Statement on June 2022 Jobs Report

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) June 2022 jobs report: “Yet again, the American work ethic beats the expectations of economists and naysayers. President Biden’s economy is strong, and our investments have powered these broad-based gains. Employment has returned to pre-pandemic levels in the...

Neal Statement on Assassination of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement mourning the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “This is a shocking and terrible tragedy, and a great unifier has been lost. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was a devoted public servant, earning the deep respect of his country and the world. He was an exceptional partner throughout hi...

Neal Statement on Trump’s Use of IRS to Target Political Enemies

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement in response to a news report that former President Trump’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) selected both former Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director James Comey and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for “random” audits: “The recent news report that not just one, but two of former President Tru...

Chairman Neal Requests Immediate Investigation into the Exploitation of the IRS by Trump Appointee

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In a letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) requested a full investigation into allegations that two former directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under a Trump-appointed Commissioner. “The American people need to have full faith in the IRS ...

Neal Applauds VA Decision to Keep Leeds Medical Center Open

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Today, Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means released the following statement after learning of the news that the VA would not consider closing the VA Medical Center in Leeds, Massachusetts. "Chairman Jim McGovern and I worked hard to ensure that the VA Medical Center in Leeds would stay open and the news that it will indeed continue to operate as usual is enc...

Chairman Neal Statement on Supreme Court’s Rollback of Roe v. Wade

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Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade: “Today’s ruling is the dangerous culmination of Republicans’ decades-long effort to roll back women’s freedoms and control their health care decisions. This is a distressing and shameful step backwards. Democrats will fight like hell to protect wom...

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