Berkshire Eagle - In response to Trump thunder on trade, lost jobs, Neal to talk taxes, health care

In his most recent weekly address, President Donald Trump said international trade policies and the export of jobs over the past two decades have "hammered American families."

Unfair trade hurts the middle class, he said.

But U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has a response to that: So do tax cuts geared for the rich.

The Springfield Democrat, whose district includes the Berkshires, will give the Democratic response to Trump's address. It will be aired Saturday on National Public Radio. Also, the response can be seen on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Neal, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said it is Trump's hastily concocted tax reform policy that will ultimately strap Americans who aren't wealthy. So, while trade is the crux of Trump's address, Neal will focus on taxes and health care.

"It's tax week," he told The Eagle during a phone interview Thursday. "Recall that ... $2.3 trillion was borrowed to pay for the tax cuts."

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Rebecca Rutenberg