Richard E. Neal 2016


Richard Edmund Neal
  was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. He represents the Second District of Massachusetts, which includes cities and towns in western and central Massachusetts. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.
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Federal, State Officials Review New England Rail

Representative Richard Neal Of Massachusetts Is Telling Federal And State Officials They Have A Rare Opportunity To Build A 21st Century Railroad In New England.

Springfield, Massachusetts -
Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts is telling federal and state officials they have a rare opportunity to build a 21st century railroad in New England.

Neal, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, federal transportation officials and others from Connecticut and New York are meeting in Springfield Friday to review plans for updating rail service.

The Obama administration is spending $8 billion nationally to build lines for high-speed rail and trains connecting cities to improve economic development.

The meeting will review plans to coordinate new passenger rail service with freight networks, rail projects funded by federal stimulus money and including New York in regional discussions.

Neal says that in a weak economy, government can do work the private sector cannot.

  Congressman Neal is the lead sponsor of legislation to prevent American companies from moving offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He continues to lead the effort to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), a tax that penalizes many middle class Americans. He has sponsored legislation that would increase the national savings rate by encouraging the use of individual retirement accounts, and has worked to make health care and tuition expenses tax deductible for middle class people. He is also a member of the Trade Subcommittee.

Congressman Neal is an At-Large Whip for the House Democrats. He is a co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, where he continues to advocate for the unique regional interests of the six New England States.

Congressman Neal serves as the Chairman of the Friends of Ireland and has been recognized repeatedly by Irish America Magazine as one of the Top 100 Irish Americans. He has been honored by the Holyoke, Massachusetts Saint Patrick's Day Committee with both the John F. Kennedy Award and the Ambassador's Award, the Committee's two highest honors. In 2002, Congressman Neal received the International Leadership Award by the American Ireland Fund for his work over two decades to bring peace and reconciliation to the island of Ireland.

Congressman Neal has been honored by the governments of Ireland, Israel and Italy. He has been recognized for his leadership and innovation by many civic, charitable, educational and labor organizations. He is a Trustee of Mount Holyoke College and has received honorary degrees from Springfield College, Western New England College, Elms College and Suffolk University.

Richard Neal began his public service career in 1973 as an Assistant to Springfield Mayor William C. Sullivan. In 1978, he was elected to the Springfield City Council and served as President of the Council in 1979. As Mayor of the City of Springfield from 1984 until 1989, Richard Neal was a dynamic and determined leader who combined creativity and pragmatism in developing economic, cultural and public works projects across the community. During his tenure as Mayor, new economic development and private investment exceeded $400 million, including the $110 million 28-story Monarch Place complex and a host of other downtown rehabilitation and neighborhood revitalization projects. Recognized nationally for his accomplishments as Mayor, Boston Magazine called him a "Face to Watch" in 1986. Newsweek magazine highlighted his many accomplishments as Mayor in a 1987 feature.


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Richard Neal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Richard Edmund Neal (born February 14, 1949), an American politician, is the Democratic United States Representative from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district. He is a former city councillor and mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, and has served in the House of Representatives since 1989.

A Springfield native, Neal graduated from American International College and received a master's degree from the University of Hartford. After graduating he became involved in politics, working as an assistant to the mayor of Springfield. He served as president of the Springfield City Council from 1979 to 1983 while teaching high school history courses and lecturing at local colleges. He served as mayor of Springfield from 1983 to 1989, overseeing a period of economic growth. With his political influence and a head start on contributions, he was nearly uncontested when he ran for election to the House of Representatives in 1988.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Neal is an influential figure in House economic policy. He is widely considered a frontrunner for chairman of the committee. His top legislative priorities have been to reform the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and close tax loopholes, although his success has been mixed. He has also dedicated much of his career to US–Irish relations and maintaining American involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process, for which he has won several acclamations. He has a generally liberal voting record, but is considered a moderate on such issues as abortion and trade.





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