What a democratic House of Representatives could mean for western Massachusetts

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The 116th Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, and democrats are set to take over control of the House of Representatives. 

Political Consultant Tony Cignoli told 22News the first bill the House will look at is campaign finance reform, but the top priorities will likely include bringing money back to the districts.

“Infrastructure pieces, things like campaign reform are great. But, that which brings money back to the districts, which keeps the economy roaring and going well,” said Cignoli. “That will be the focus for a lot of these folks.”

When the new Congress is sworn in, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal will become the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. 

This gives Neal the power to request President Donald Trump’s tax records, but Cignoli doesn’t think that’s what’s important to the average American.

“The average American is more worried about their pocketbook, their wallet, getting their kids through college, and paying the orthodontist bill than they are about the politics and shenanigans in Washington,” Cignoli added. 

Additionally, a partial government shutdown began on December 22. Cignoli said that democrats will most likely try to end the shutdown when they vote on a funding bill on Thursday. 

The bill will have to pass through the Senate, which will extend its republican majority with the new Congress. 

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