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Tonko to Pruitt: Please Explain Dismissals from EPA Board of Scientific Counselors
May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko joined with other Democratic leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Science, Space & Technology Committee to send a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today raising questions about the recent dismissal of nine members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. The letter highlights concerns, as reported in the New York Times and the Washington Post, that the Board’s independent scientific credibility coul... More
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Rep. Tonko Calls for Raising Mental Health Care Limits on Seniors through Medicare
May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) announced the introduction of the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act of 2017. This legislation would improve care for seniors in need of inpatient mental health care by permanently repealing the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit for inpatient psychiatric care. Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20):“Even today, Medicare continues to discriminate against seniors with mental illnesses by imposing lifetime caps on the care they need to liv... More
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Rep. Tonko Calls on Trump to Maintain Funding for Agency Combating Opioid Epidemic
May 17, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) joined with more than 70 of his colleagues in the House today to call on President Trump and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to preserve funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the lead agency tasked with combatting the growing opioid crisis. According to numerous reports, the President’s FY18 budget includes significant cuts at ONDCP. Among others, it would eliminate a drug-free communities support progra... More
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Rep. Tonko Tours Richmond, VA Public Water System
May 15, 2017
RICHMOND, VA – U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) made another stop on his U.S. Water Systems Tour this morning with a visit to a new water treatment plant in Richmond, Virginia. He was joined on the tour by Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Richmond Public Utilities Director Bob Steidel along with representatives for U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20): “Our public water systems are critical to the lives of millions of America... More
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Tonko Statement on House Vote to Advance Trumpcare
May 4, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Paul Tonko issued the following statement today following the close, party line 217-213 vote in the House of Representatives to advance the Republican TrumpCare bill: “Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed Trumpcare. The bill was changed in the dead of night with little debate. Health experts from the American Cancer Society to AARP to our nation’s hospitals oppose the bill. H.R. 1628 means higher costs for families, increases in premiums, deductible... More
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