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House Democrat says panel will revisit taxes, infrastructure

House Democrat says panel will revisit taxes, infrastructure

The Vindicator
November 27, 2018 at 3:02p.m.
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The Democrat poised to take the reins of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee said Tuesday the panel would revisit elements of the tax law approved by the Republican-led Congress, and raised hopes for bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure bill.

Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, is all but certain to assume the chairmanship when the Democrats take over control of the House in the new Congress next month. Neal supports the return of Nancy Pelosi as speaker and predicted the California Democrat will win "overwhelmingly" despite resistance from some members — including fellow Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton — who advocate new leadership.

Neal, 73, a moderate first elected to the House in 1989, will be a major power broker in the House as chair of Ways and Means. The committee's responsibilities include tax policy, trade and tariffs, Social Security and Medicare among other issues.

Outlining his priorities before a gathering of New England business leaders in Boston, Neal said while there is "no shortage of outrage" in Washington, Democrats on Capitol Hill should "check their emotions at the door and try to build some kind of consensus on a path forward." FULL ARTICLE

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