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Rep. Richard Neal

Representative for Massachusetts’s 1st District

pronounced RI-cherd // neel

Neal is the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Neal is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 2012.

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Oversight & Investigations

  • The President's Tax Returns
    Breaking with a decades-long precedent, Donald Trump has not publicly released his tax returns, either as a candidate in 2016 or as president in 2017 or 2018. Though not currently required by law, this information can shed light on whether a candidate or President has potential financial conflicts of interest. Neal is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee which will investigate the acquisition of the President's tax returns.

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Neal.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Mar 21, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Richard Neal sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Neal was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Neal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (38%) Health (27%) Labor and Employment (12%) Sports and Recreation (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Neal’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Neal’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Sep 26, 2018. Passed 361/61.
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, which is an increase of $17.1 billion above FY18 levels, and $68.1 billion ...
Nay 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 ...
Nay H.R. 3971: Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017
Dec 12, 2017. Passed 294/129.
No H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
Jul 14, 2017. Passed 344/81.
H.R. 2810 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes $613.8 billion in base funding, including a $28.5 billion increase above the President’s budget for essential ...
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
No 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 ...
No 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.
Nay 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 ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay 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.
Aye 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Mar 2019, Neal missed 1,051 of 19,132 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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