Letter: Rep. Neal works for the 99 percent


To the editor of THE EAGLE:

While Berkshire County is fortunate to be represented in Washington by some of the best and brightest political figures in the nation, other parts of the country are not so lucky. Take Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas who believes gay marriage will lead the "country down the road to the dustbin of history," or Rep. Darrell Issa of California who has this thing about Benghazi, or Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for whom 50 votes to repeal Obamacare is not enough.

These so-called representatives of the people continue to waste the people's time and money, while Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Richie Neal continue working hard to make life better for all Americans. For instance, earlier this year Congressman Neal introduced the Invest in "US Act" in Congress to extend and reauthorize key bond measures that benefit both states and municipalities, extend several critical tax credit initiatives, set up an infrastructure bank, increase the minimum wage, and provide small businesses with tax relief. As the title of the legislation indicates, the congressman believes that investing in "US" is the way to drive economic recovery.

Indeed, Congressman Neal knows that despite improved jobless numbers, too many people are still out of work and too many people who are working are paid too little. By making strategic investments in infrastructure now, while also providing tax relief for businesses that hire new employees and buy new equipment, his legislation would go a long way toward jump-starting the economy.

If John Boehner and his band of Tea Party Republicans cared a whit about those of us who make up 99 percent of all Americans, they'd follow Richie's lead.




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