"As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I support President Obama's call for more tax fairness for the middle class. There is no reason why a billionaire should be paying a lower effective tax rate than hard working families in Massachusetts. I also believe the overwhelming majority of American support simplifying the tax code. There is no reason why Democrats and Republicans can't work together in a bipartisan manner to shrink a tax code that has grown to more than 74,000 pages.
President Obama also articulated a blueprint for the economy that will reduce our deficits, create jobs, and help promote continued growth. It is clear that one of his priorities tonight was speaking directly to the Americans family about concerns they have over growing income inequality. But I believe his positive, common sense approach, struck the right tone just as the economy appears to be turning around," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.