Richard E. Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. He represents the Second District of Massachusetts. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, where he continues to play an active role in public policy debates relating to tax, trade, health care, welfare, Medicare and Social Security.
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 a member of the Social Security Subcommittee, where he has successfully combated efforts to privatize Social Security.
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.