Representative Richard E. Neal's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Richard E. Neal
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/08/1988
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Maureen; 4 Children: Rory, Brendan, Maura, Sean
Birth Date: 02/14/1949
Birth Place: Worcester, MA
Home City: Springfield, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Richard Neal refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Richard Neal voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Richard Neal voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Richard Neal a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Richard Neal voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Richard Neal voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Richard Neal voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Richard Neal voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Richard Neal voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Richard Neal voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Richard Neal voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Richard Neal voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Richard Neal voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Richard Neal voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Richard Neal voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Richard Neal voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Richard Neal voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Richard Neal voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Richard Neal voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Richard Neal voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Richard Neal voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal. Congressman Richard E. Neal Leads Fight Against Draconian Ryan Budget. 8 August 2012. "I refuse to stand by as Republicans promote their policies as fiscally responsible [¦] now is not the time to increase defense spending at the cost of America's infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Richard E. Neal. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 23 December 2010. "Many Members are also concerned about the incredible costs associated with the current policy. The War in Afghanistan is costing the American taxpayer $2 billion per week and will total $125 billion this year alone. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted this past August that 'the most significant threat to our national security is our debt.' We need direct access to our lead commander on the ground in order to fully consider the costs and benefits of a policy that is significantly contributing to our $1.5 trillion deficit and $15 trillion debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard E. Neal. Video: Rep. Paul Ryan & Rep. Richard Neal Go Toe to Toe on AMT. 25 June 2008. "We're cutting taxes for some and asking others to pay more, including private equity managers." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Neal. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Richard Neal voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal. Endorsement: Neal for Congress. 24 September 2012. "Neal is no radical, and he's no one's rubber stamp. On the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts, he has his own plan: Let the tax cuts expire for those earning more than $500,000 a year (the Obama administration and Democratic leaders prefer $250,000), and dedicate the revenue from high-income earners to paying off the costs of the Iraq war." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Richard Neal voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Richard Neal voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Richard Neal a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard E. Neal. Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007. 16 February 2007. "I think we've done a good job of balancing small business tax incentives with an increase in the minimum wage. Both workers and employers come out winners. And because the bill is revenue neutral, the taxpayer also wins.[...]The bill also increases and extends the small business expensing allowance so that small business owners can write-off capital expenditures. A small business owner buying equipment or new computers can immediately recoup the cost, rather than depreciating the asset over several years." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal. Neal speaks out for small business jobs bill. 23 2010. "Second, the bill provides $12 billion in enhanced tax benefits for small businesses, which will encourage hiring and investment. It will allow small businesses to carry back the general business credits for 5 years, and they will provide cash in hand today rather than sitting on the credits that they eventually cannot claim. All of this will allow small businesses which may be on the fence about committing new funds, new investments, upgrades in equipment, or retaining or rehiring workers to spend the funds necessary to get back to work." (neal.house.gov)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Richard Neal voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Richard Neal voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Richard Neal voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Richard Neal. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Richard E. Neal. Kerry, Brown, Entire Ma Delegation: Massachusetts Wins Race To The Top Competition. 24 August 2010. "Massachusetts has always been a leader in providing a quality public education to children who live in the state. We have the best teachers and school administrators. That is why today's important announcement should come as no great surprise. These federal funds will help implement reforms that will ensure that our students remain the best and the brightest." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Richard Neal voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Richard Neal voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Richard Neal in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Richard Neal in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Richard Neal in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Richard Neal voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Richard Neal in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Richard Neal. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Richard Neal. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Richard Neal voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Richard Neal voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Richard Neal in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Richard Neal voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Richard Neal voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Richard Neal voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Richard Neal voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Richard Neal a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Richard Neal voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Richard Neal. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Richard Neal voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal. Congressman Richard E. Neal Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act. 27 June 2012. "As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I worked closely with President Obama as he drafted the landmark Affordable Care Act, and I can tell you we are on the right path toward universal care for all Americans [¦] As Democrats, we fought for the historic Affordable Care Act and I am proud to say I spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in favor of expanding health care coverage." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • Richard E. Neal. Facebook: Wall. 28 June 2012. "I applaud the Supreme Court for agreeing with Democratic leaders that children should not be denied health care because they were born with Diabetes; working families should not face bankruptcy because of medical bills; young adults should not be denied a safety net; women's preventative health measures should not be sacrificed; seniors should not decide between buying medicine or putting food on the table." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Richard Neal. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Richard Neal voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Richard Neal voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I do not think we need to amend the Constitution to define marriage."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I do not think we need to amend the Constitution to define marriage."
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Richard Neal voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Richard Neal voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Neal. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Richard Neal voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "I support President Obama's announcement today endorsing same-sex marriage." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Richard Neal. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Richard Neal supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard E. Neal signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Noh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Noi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

I do not think we need to amend the Constitution to define marriage.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xc) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xh) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xl) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xh) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xm) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
Xe) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

We need more international support to stabilize and reconstruct Iraq. We must better train Iraqi soldiers in this reconstruction effort.

e) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecidede) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yesc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
Xc) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.