Congressman Neal was joined by Mayor Sarno and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy in Springfield Thursday to discuss the future of the state’s transportation system.
When Congress returns to work, Congressman Richard Neal will serve as the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Neal was in Springfield Thursday where legislators admired the work of the state’s transportation department by pointing to the success of Union Station in Springfield.
Congressman Neal thanked Connecticut Governor Malloy for his leadership in connecting Springfield to Hartford.
“I’m told by the Connecticut Department of Transportation that there are now 2,000 people a day that are using this line,” said Neal.
As the next Ways and Means Chair, Congressman Neal told 22News he hopes to invest in infrastructure projects much like the Connecticut rail service. He said these improvements would boost economic and housing opportunities in states across the United States.
Congressman Neal said his top priorities as Ways and Means Chair will be health care and infrastructure spending.
Springfield Mayor Sarno told 22News, “Richie might be the chairman of House Ways and Means, but he never forgets his roots, never forgets his home, and especially Springfield but all of Congressional first district.”
Congressman Neal said he looks forward to talks of an east to west rail system which would connect Springfield to Boston and create new opportunities for residents across the commonwealth.
With the government shutdown, it is unclear what will happen when Congressman Neal will step into his new positions but he said he is ready to get to work and pass bipartisan legislation.