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R. Neal Martin

ML Strategies - Senior Director of Government Relations

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With 18 years of experience, Neal is a Senior Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies. With more than 10 years’ experience in government and government relations, he focuses on issues related to transportation and infrastructure, clean energy, trade, and federal appropriations. Working with a client portfolio made up of nonprofits, clean energy start-ups, and large companies, Neal’s efforts have focused on increasing client visibility and influence with decision makers at the congressional and federal agency level, and providing strategic advice on public policy and federal funding opportunities.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Neal served as a legislative assistant to then US Sen. Max Cleland, where he was responsible for numerous issues including appropriations, the environment, natural resources, international relations, trade, historic preservation, and smart growth.

Education

  • University of Georgia (BA)

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The second half of 2021 will be a busy stretch for Congress. In addition to the typical must-pass legislation, Democrats controlling both chambers and the White House are committed to several big spending bills, too. This preview is a rundown of these bills, what’s included in them, and how we can expect them to play out.
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Energy & Sustainability Washington Updates - August 2021

August 2, 2021 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin

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Energy & Sustainability Washington Updates - July 2021

July 16, 2021 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin

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Energy & Sustainability Washington Updates - June 2021

June 2, 2021 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin

Read the latest energy policy updates coming out of the Capitol, including critical energy provisions in the Biden administration’s budget proposal
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Washington Energy & Sustainability Updates - May 2021

April 28, 2021 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin

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House Republicans Reverse Course on Earmarks, Congressionally Directed Spending is Back

March 18, 2021 | Blog | By Frank C. Guinta, Anthony DeMaio

Since the Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives in 2018, barrels of ink have been spilled on the topic of “congressionally-directed spending”. Better known as earmarks, this funding mechanism allows Members of Congress to send money directly to projects identified in their districts, largely bypassing the federal bureaucracy and its protracted grant application process. For more than a decade, the Congress has banned the practice of including congressionally-directed funding in spending bills. Now, Democrats in control of both chambers and the White House are poised to bring earmarks back. On March 17th, House Republicans voted to reverse the GOP Conference’s ten year-old ban on congressionally directed spending, paving the way for Members from both parties to make requests in upcoming spending and infrastructure bills.
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As Walsh Awaits Confirmation Vote, DOL Priorities Take Shape

February 16, 2021 | Blog | By Anthony DeMaio, R. Neal Martin

Last week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions voted 18-4 to advance Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s nomination for labor secretary. The bipartisan approval signals a non-controversial confirmation vote of the full Senate. When that occurs, Secretary-designate Walsh will take over a department that is front and center in the nascent Biden administration. Executing White House priorities including the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, and reversing certain Trump era actions, will soon be Walsh’s responsibility. His experience in Massachusetts politics gives a sense of how Walsh will approach his new post.
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