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Larson on Neal: Great for New England, Great for Connecticut, Great for the Nation

December 2, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement congratulating Rep. Richard Neal (MA-01) on his appointment to Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee:

“Richie Neal is recognized on both sides of the aisle, and by the business and labor communities, as having the most comprehensive understanding of tax, Social Security and Medicare policy. I have known Richie since he was Mayor of Springfield, and I have worked with him on issues critical to moving the nation forward. We represent neighboring districts and understand the importance of manufacturing, business, commerce and finance, but most importantly, we share the desire to advance the interests of working families. He is a colleague whose counsel and insight I have always sought, and I was honored to support his candidacy for Ranking Member—I hope to one day call him Mr. Chairman.

“A frequent visitor to Connecticut and an alumnus of the University of Hartford, Richie knows firsthand the challenges facing our state’s working families. His father passed away while he was still quite young, and his mother raised him and his family while living on Social Security. Strengthening our safety nets is more than just a talking point to Richie: it’s personal. He knows how important Social Security and Medicare are to keeping seniors, the disabled, and survivors out of poverty, and he will fight hard to defend the benefits Americans earned and the values we hold sacred.

“All of our colleagues recognize and respect Richie’s expertise on numerous topics. He came to Congress with the goal of one day leading this committee, and he rose to this esteemed position the old-fashioned way: he earned it. I could not be happier to see his hard work come to fruition. Congratulations, my friend.”