Richard Neal

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Richard Neal is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 2nd district of Massachusetts.

Lift ban on Sinn Fein fundraising

In October 2005, Members of Congress urged the State Department to lift a fundraising ban on Sinn Féin in advance of the upcoming visit to the U.S. of party leader Gerry Adams.

And that very visit could be in jeopardy if the specific Adams fundraising component is denied by the U.S. government.

Seven members of the House of Representatives have signed on to a statement in which they say they “strongly oppose efforts to ban Sinn Fein fundraising in the United States.”

The signatories include the Republican chairman of the Friends of Ireland group in Congress, Rep. James Walsh, and Rep. Richie Neal, a Democratic co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs.

The group plays up its bipartisan composition in a statement in which they express “in the strongest possible terms our opposition to any effort that would prohibit Sinn Fein from raising funds.”

“We believe that the Sinn Fein leadership has kept its word and honored its commitments. At this critical moment in the peace process, they should not be penalized for delivering on their promises,” it added.

“Every political party from Northern Ireland has the right to fundraise in the United States. We are simply calling for a level playing field. The ban that prevents Sinn Fein from fundraising in the United States should be lifted promptly.”

In addition to Walsh and Neal, the statement was also signed by reps. Joe Crowley, John E. Sweeney, Eliot Engel, Frank Pallone and Brian Higgins.[1]

Discussions with Gerry Adams

Following discussions March 16, 2006 with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a number of senior US representatives agreed to lobby the British government to reconvene the Assembly in the short term.

The Sinn Fein President held a lengthy series of discussions yesterday with leading Congressional and Senate representatives.

Among the Congress members he spoke to where James Walsh, Richard Neal, Carolyn McCarthy, Marty Meehan, Peter King, Chris Smyth, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Tim Murphy, Mike Capuano, Frank Pallone, Neil Abercrombie and others.

Mr. Adams also had a brief meeting with Senator John Kerry, and held two separate meetings with Senators Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd and Senator Hillary Clinton.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson described all of the meetings as "very positive and constructive. The conversations concentrated on the need to make progress and on our proposals for breaking the logjam. This means movement by the British and Irish government‚s before the summer and well in advance of the marching season.[2]

Crowley Letter to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister

April 28, 2006 Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter in Support of Malachy McAllister and His Family from Deportation.

—Congressman Joseph Crowley, a co-Chair of the Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs joined Friends of Ireland Chair James Walsh (R-NY) along with Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in authoring a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff asking him to intervene to stop the deportation of Malachy McAllister and his children.

"Malachy has served time for his crimes and is not a terrorist threat to the United States. Returning him and his family to Northern Ireland would put him at grave risk. When Congress passed tight terrorism laws we designed them to keep terrorists who threaten our nation out. Not to cause pain and suffering to hard working people living peacefully within. Malachy has shown that he is determined to live his life in the United States peacefully and to put his past in Northern Ireland behind him. To deport him and his family would be immoral," said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

Recently the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia ruled against Malachy's appeal for deportation. In writing on the case Judge Maryanne Trump Barry wrote "I cannot find a way to keep Malachy in this country and I have surely tried."[3]

Stay of deportation

Apr 21, 2016, Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, welcomed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) decision to grant temporary relief from deportation to Malachy McAllister. Crowley has joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including Reps. Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), Richard Neal (D-MA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Eliot Engel (D-NY), in leading efforts in support of McAllister’s case, including spearheading a bipartisan letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and organizing multiple calls with ICE and U.S. Department of State officials. Today’s action will allow McAllister to stay in the U.S. for one year.[4]

Meeting Gerry Adams, March 2014

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald, and Sinn Fein lobbyist Rita O'Hare met Reps. Richard Neal, Joseph Crowley, Joseph Kennedy III, Eliot Engel, and Frank Pallone, in Washington DC, March 13, 2014.[5]

"Solid supporter"

Irish nationalist politician Gerry Adams told The Hill June 2014, that his recent arrest in relation to a 1972 murder could ultimately have a beneficial effect in bringing renewed U.S. attention to lingering issues from the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Adams was speaking at the conclusion of a two-day trip to the United States during which he briefed Irish-American leaders in New York, and met with Obama administration officials in Washington, including Vice President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan.

“My arrest alerted a lot of people here to difficulties, and part of the reason for my visit was to say to them, ‘Look, you know, now we have both [British and Irish] governments at least focusing on the need to sort this out,’” Adams said.

Adams met with the Congressional Friends of Ireland, a grouping whose members include Rep. Peter King, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

“I pay great credit to the small group of Congress members on the Hill who, through thick and thin, and all the twists and turns of the process — people like Peter King and Richie Neal and Joe Crowley and others — have all remained very solid,” Adams said.[6]

Sinn Fein lobbying

During a 10-day trip from Dublin in January 2013, Sinn Fein lobbyist Rita O’Hare had a meeting with Billy Tranghese from office of Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and met directly with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., and Rep. William Keating, D-Mass. And on Jan. 21, O’Hare attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration.[7]

Peace Pledge Coalition

In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.

Richard Neal signed the letter.[8][9]

Staffer's trip to Cuba

Rep. Neal sent Billy Tranghese to Cuba for 9 days in June/July 2008. The trip was courtesy of a $1,910.00 grant from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "Traveler attended educational meetings focused on better understanding Cuba and U.S. policy toward Cuba." .[10]

Reception Honoring Martha Coakley

On Jan. 12, 2010 a reception honoring Martha Coakley was held at the Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. Among those present were Senator John Kerry and Representatives, Ed Markey, Richard Neal, William Delahunt, John Tierney, Stephen Lynch, Barney Frank, John Olver, Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano and Niki Tsongas.

Hosts of the reception donated $10,000 and included Nick Allard, Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the Boston Scientific Political Action Committee, Chuck Brain, Susan Brophy, Mary Beth Cahill, Steve Champlin, Licy Do Canto, Gerald S. J. Cassidy, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorf, Candy Ergen, Cahrlie Ergen, Shannon Finley, Larry Harris, Tom Hogan, Carol Kenner, Stephanie Markiewicz, Andy Miller, Heather Podesta, Tony Podesta, Robert Raben, Linda Singer and Bill Titelman.

Co-hosts of the reception donated $5,000 and included Marty Bienenstock, Sheryl Cohen, Chad Dale, Joe Eyer, Jamie Gorelick, Robin Leeds, Fred Liowther, Bernie Nash, Frank Purcell of the CRNA (Nurse Anesthetists) Political Action Committee and Melissa Schulman.

The administration for the reception was organized by Julia Hoffman.[11]

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Richard Neal. [12]

ARA endorsement

Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Richard Neal in 2012.[13]

Lifting travel ban on Cuba

A May 03, 2013 Press release from the radical controlled and Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Latin America Working Group's Cuba Team stated:

Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.

Signatories included Rep. Richard Neal .[14]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators, Michelle Marantz, Russell Freedman were assigned as contact for Rep. Neal.[15]

Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections

On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.

The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.

“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.

Signatories included Rep. Richard Neal .[16].

External links

References

  1. Reps. back Adams’ right to fundraise 27 October 2005 in an príomhbhóthar Irish Echo By Ray O’Hanlon
  2. Sinn Fein, US Politicians Back Adams. 17 March, 2006
  3. Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter Calling for Secretary Chertoff to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister By: Joe Crowley Date: April 28, 2006
  4. [ http://crowley.house.gov/press-release/vice-chair-crowley-welcomes-temporary-relief-malachy-mcallister Joe Crowley press release, Vice Chair Crowley Welcomes Temporary Relief for Malachy McAllister Apr 21, 2016]
  5. Gerry Adams tweet Mary Lou MacDonald, Richard Neal, Joe Crowley, Rita OHare, Joe Kennedy, Elliot Engle,Mise agus Frank Pallone
  6. The Hill, Sinn Fein leader says US could solidify peace in Northern Ireland By Niall Stanage - 05/30/14
  7. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/03/17/st-patricks-day-pot-of-gold-sinn-fein-fundraised-almost-400000-in-six-months-last-year-in-united-states/Sunlight Foundation, St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold: Sinn Fein fundraised almost $400,000 in six months last year in United States by Palmer Gibbs MARCH 17, 2014, 8 A.M.]
  8. War Is A Crime .org, Peace Pledge Coalition
  9. [http://www.democrats.com/peace-pledge Democrats.com. Sign the Pledge for Peace petition. Bob Fertik August 19, 2007
  10. Legistorm: Center for Democracy in the Americas - Sponsor of Congressional Travel (accessed on August 30, 2010)
  11. Invitation to Reception Honoring Martha Coakley, Jan. 12, 2010
  12. [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/09/the_75_democrats_who_are_prose.html American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig]
  13. ARA endorsements 2012
  14. Update on Cuba Travel: We Gathered 59 Signatures, The LAWG Cuba Team: Mavis, Emily and Karina on May 03, 2013
  15. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  16. CISPES press release, Press Statement: 51 Members of Congress Call for US Neutrality in Salvadoran Elections December 16, 2013