ON-Lion Letter
In November, the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., presented its Distinguished Service Awards to Republican Rep. Jim McCrery for his promotion of better tax policy and Democrat Rep. Richard Neal for his leadership on international business taxes.  The awards were presented at the Tax Foundation's Annual Dinner, celebrating the 71st anniversary of its founding.

McCrery represents Louisiana's 4th Congressional District and is serving his 10th and final term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He is the ranking minority member of the House Ways and Means Committee and also serves on the Joint Committee on Taxation

When McCrery served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Congressional Quarterly called him an "economic guardian."  He has concentrated on producing fundamental tax reform, economic growth, and making health care more available and affordable.

Neal was first elected to the House in 1988 and represents Massachusetts' 2nd District.  He serves alongside McCrery as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and as current chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.

Neal has led legislative efforts to prevent American companies from moving offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes and has also supported U.S. companies with active business operations overseas by allowing deferral for financing income.  He continues to lead the effort to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, has sponsored legislation that would increase the national savings rate by encouraging the use of individual retirement accounts, and has worked to make health care and tuition expenses tax deductible for middle-income people.

"Sound tax policy is not, and should never be a partisan issue," said Scott Hodge, president of the Tax Foundation, which is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  "Congressmen McCrery and Neal are role models of bipartisan leadership on economic issues."
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