AS THE BIDEN administration and the 117th Congress get underway, there is much hope for a new era of unity—both in Washington, DC, and across the nation. Our country has faced unprecedented challenges over the past year. We have grappled with a devastating public health crisis and a resulting economic crisis. We have encountered political turmoil. And we have awakened an overdue call for social change. The new administration and Congress must tackle a number of challenges and will surely be focused on advancing policies that support recovery and economic growth.
The New England Council believes there are several key issues where federal action could reap tremendous benefits for New England:
...Additional COVID Relief
...The good news for New England? Our region is incredibly well-represented on Capitol Hill as the New England delegation continues to gain more and more clout in Congress. In the House, Massachusetts Reps. Richie Neal and Jim McGovern will continue to chair two of the most influential House committees: the Ways & Means Committee and the Rules Committee, respectively. Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro was recently elevated to chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. And Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, was recently elected assistant speaker, making her the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives.
...Our region has incredible leaders in prime positions to advocate for New England’s priorities. Of course, with narrow margins in both the House and the Senate, bipartisan collaboration will be vital to advance these important policies. I am confident that our leaders in Washington will find a way to bridge the divide and resolve their differences through respectful debate and compromise. Our economy, our communities, and the fabric of our nation rely on it.
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