WORCESTER - Poised to take over major committees on Capitol Hill after Tuesday’s midterm elections, Reps. James P. McGovern and Richard E. Neal are outlining priorities for the next two years - including East-West rail service, holding hearings on President Trump’s tax cuts and committing to a more open Congress.

And with the anticipated committee chairmanships, the congressmen will be in a position to deliver.

The new committee chairpersons have not officially been named. But with Democratic control of the House, Mr. McGovern, D-Worcester, is widely expected to be named chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Mr. Neal, D-Springfield, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, when the next Congress convenes in January.

“For Massachusetts, it helps makes us one of the more powerful delegations in Congress, and for Massachusetts it means we’ll have more clout to help deliver more resources to Massachusetts,” said Mr. McGovern in a phone interview Thursday. “I’m going to do what I can to make sure the people and concerns of the people in our state are not forgotten.”

Mr. McGovern is the ranking member of the House Rules Committee, which decides what bills come to the House floor and when they arrive. He called the chairmanship being “the traffic cop” of Congress. “If there’s something in a bill that is bad for Massachusetts I’m going to do what I can to remedy that before it goes to the House floor,” Mr. McGovern said.

Mr. Neal is the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee of the House, which also oversees revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, Medicaid, and social services programs. It also has jurisdiction over tariffs and trade agreements. Basically, anything affecting taxes will have to go through him as chairman.

“I think that it’s still a committee where people would actually like to get some things done,” Mr. Neal said during an interview Thursday at the DCU Center, where he received an award from the Massachusetts Senior Care Association. “And I know that sounds quaint in today’s arena, but I am committed to finding solutions.”

Health care was the first priority Mr. Neal identified, saying he will make sure that people with pre-existing conditions are protected, and that he will work to “stop the assault” on the Affordable Care Act.

He also said he is “unyielding in support of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Mr. Neal envisions lots of work on trade issues, and he said better enforcement of trade agreements is a priority.

“I think that’s why a lot of the American people have lost faith in some of the trade agreements, because I think the enforcement has been lax on our side,” Mr. Neal said.

He also said that a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement would soon be before the committee - “the emphasis is going to be making (trade) work for all members of the American family” - and described proposed trade agreements with the United Kingdom and the European Union as “desirable.”

Finally, Mr. Neal identified retirement plans as an issue to be addressed, including multi-employer pensions. Citing the half of American workers who are not in a qualified retirement plan, Mr. Neal has proposed legislation encouraging use of tax credits for employers to set up retirement mechanisms.

As for areas of collaboration with the administration, Mr. Neal identified infrastructure spending as a top priority, specifically citing East-West rail in Massachusetts as a potential project.

“Anybody who has sat in traffic at the Sturbridge exit - for days - you know that the country needs an infusion of investment in its infrastructure system,” Mr. Neal said. “We’re going to see if we can’t find some common ground with the administration right away on that.”

“I think for Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts, any time you can improve efficiency, you improve productivity,” Mr. Neal continued. “So I can envision - even if not high-speed rail - much improved rail between Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield. I’ve already talked to the governor about that, as recently as Wednesday morning.”

Not that there aren’t potential points of conflict between the White House and Mr. Neal.

Mr. Neal, for instance, said he plans to hold hearings on the 2017 tax cuts.

“There were no hearings on it. There wasn’t one expert witness that was invited to offer perspective, and it was done in 51 days,” Mr. Neal said. “So we upended the entire revenue system of the country in 51 days. I think (Mr. Trump) inadvertently drew attention to it yesterday by saying he was open to renegotiating parts of it - we have to find out if that’s real.”

Furthermore, in a news conference Wednesday, Mr. Neal said he will ask for President Trump’s tax returns as allowed by the tax code. Mr. Neal said he hopes the president will release his tax returns on his own, according to precedent established since President Gerald R. Ford.

But Mr. Neal said that Democrats looking for a combative chairman should look elsewhere.

“If you’re waiting for somebody who does the ranting and raving, I’m not your candidate,” Mr. Neal said. “Democrats are now in charge of one-half of one-third of the United States government. We’re still going to have to do some negotiations with the Senate side and the president as well.”

Mr. McGovern also stressed collaboration, vowing to allow the debate on bills and the opportunity for amendments that he said was lacking under Republican leadership.

“The House Rules Committee under Republican rule is the place where democracy goes to die,” Mr. McGovern said. “I believe in fair fights. If you have a legitimate amendment we can debate it and vote up or down on it. I want a better process and, through a better process, maybe we can restore some of the integrity of the Congress, and through a better process maybe we can lessen some of the polarization, some of the partisanship.”

Like Mr. Neal, Mr. McGovern sees opportunities for collaboration on an infrastructure bill, also specifically mentioning support for an expanded and more frequent rail service between Springfield and Boston.

“You don’t have to agree on everything to agree on something,” Mr. McGovern said.

He also said there are opportunities for collaboration on issues such as gun control and immigration.

“I think there is bipartisan support for universal background checks and banning bump stocks, for helping the Dreamers, helping those with (Temporary Protected Status),” Mr. McGovern said. “The hope is that where we find common ground we will move it to the president’s desk, and hopefully, the president will have more good days than bad days and will sign things where there is bipartisan support.”

But that doesn’t mean that every Republican bill or amendment will see the light of day.

Asked if there were any bills that would not be allowed to be brought to the floor, Mr. McGovern said it was “hard to talk about what you would do under any circumstance.”

“I’m not here to say we’re going to be perfect,” Mr. McGovern said. “But I’ll say we’re going to be more accommodating, more accepting of members’ ideas that we may not agree with. This has been the most closed Congress in the history of the country. I don’t want that to be my legacy.”

Rather, Mr. McGovern said, he looks to the legacy of his mentor and former boss John Joseph Moakley and former House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill for lessons on bipartisanship.

“I’m not interested in a quid pro quo. I’m not interested in settling scores. I’m not interested in treating them like they treated us. I want us to do better,” Mr. McGovern said. “And by doing better you’ll end up with more bipartisan legislation. You’ll end up changing the political climate where people feel like they’re respected and not disrespected.”