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US House, District 1

Massachusetts has nine representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Each district, representing approximately 710,000 individuals, elects a representative to the House for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen. The base salary for a member of Congress is $174,000.

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    Richard E. Neal

Biographical Information

What are the top two priorities for your constituents? How do you determine what the most important issues are for your constituents?

What specific steps do you plan to take to lower medical costs, improve outcomes, and strengthen access to quality medical care for all Americans? How would this be funded?

What would be your two top budget priorities as a member of Congress and why?

How can you, as a member of Congress, help guarantee full access to voting for all voting-age citizens?

What legislation would you propose to end systemic racism?

The two most important issues we face today: (1) access to quality, affordable healthcare in the wake of a global pandemic; and (2) addressing the already-significant income inequality growing the social divide in this country. We determine the most important issues by listening to our constituents, first and foremost.
Congress passed H.R. 3 which allows the HHS Secretary to negotiate lower drug prices and caps Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs. Thanks to this cap and lower, negotiated drug prices, more people will be able to afford the drugs they need. With more Americans taking the medicines they’re prescribed, families will be healthier, and premiums will go down. The legislation also fills a significant gap in Medicare, adding hearing, dental, and vision coverage to the programs.
Our top priority in Congress will be addressing the consequences of an unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic and the reckless actions of a delusional president who has failed the people of this country at every turn of this crisis. Independent of the existing budget demands in the wake of COVID-19, the other greatest priority will be to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. We must ensure that the voice of every eligible American is heard. The 14th and 15th Amendments empower Congress to enact laws protecting the right to vote and guaranteeing the equal protection of all citizens. I co-sponsored H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (John R Lewis Voting Rights Act). This critical bill finally restores the full strength of the Voting Rights Act after a disastrous 2013 Supreme Court decision gutted the Act.
I support the Clyburn 10-20-30 formula to fight poverty, requiring federal agencies to allocate at least 10% to communities where 20% of the population has lived below the poverty line for over three decades. I will fight for HBCU free tuition and significant increases in funding for scholarships, research, and labs. I support the End Racial Profiling Act and cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act. I also joined Rep. Pressley in expressing deep concerns over racial disparities in our tax code.