Read our 2017 Report Card for Neal.
Neal is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Neal has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Neal sits on the following committees:
- Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways and Means
Neal was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5776: MOST Act
- H.R. 2452 (111th): Net Operating Loss (NOL) Carryback Act
- H.R. 1900 (108th): To award a congressional gold medal to Jackie Robinson (posthumously), in recognition of his many contributions to the Nation, and to express the sense of the Congress ...
- H.R. 4184 (102nd): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Northampton, Massachusetts, as the “Edward P. Boland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.
- H.J.Res. 372 (102nd): Designating December 21, 1991, as “Basketball Centennial Day”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Neal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Neal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1155: Congratulating the Boston Red Sox on winning the 2018 World Series.
- H.R. 6954: To provide for the carriage of certain television broadcast stations, and for other ...
- H.R. 5888: Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act
- H.R. 5776: MOST Act
- H.R. 5083: Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Opioid Treatment for Seniors Act of 2018
- H.R. 4955: Opioid Overdose Reduction Act of 2018
- H.R. 4524: Retirement Plan Simplification and Enhancement Act of 2017
|Neal’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act
May 22, 2018. Passed 360/59.
H.R. 5682 requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and apply a risk and needs assessment system to identify a prisoner’s risk and assign them to appropriate evidence-based programming. Prisoners can earn incentives for participating in the programming. Prison reform initiatives have demonstrated success ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 22) to authorize funds for Federal-aid ...
Dec 3, 2015. Passed 384/40.
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.Res. 23 (113th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 152) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September ...
Jan 15, 2013. Passed 367/52.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
H.R. 2346 (111th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
May 14, 2009. Passed 368/60.
H.Res. 378 (111th): Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the election of Margaret Thatcher as the first female Prime Minister of ...
May 12, 2009. Passed 339/64.
From Jan 1989 to Nov 2018, Neal missed 1,045 of 18,926 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills