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Rep. Tonko Introduces AQUA Act to Invest in America’s Public Water Systems
February 16, 2017
WASHINGTON – Last night Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the AQUA Act, H.R. 1071, a bill to significantly increase funding for local communities with water systems in dire need of repair. The AQUA Act: - Authorizes significantly higher funding levels for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) so states get the resources they need to address their most pressing local water system needs. - Increases funding for a grant program to remove lead pipes from public wate... More
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Tonko Sponsors Legislation to Defund Trump Ban on Refugee Travel
January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Paul Tonko joined with colleagues today to introduce legislation in the House of Representatives to defund and rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. The bill, called the Statue of Liberty Values Act, is led by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and is signed by more than 160 Democrats in the House. Rep. Paul Tonko: “For more than thirty years, ou... More
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Rep. Tonko Remarks on Energy & Commerce Amendment
January 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko, Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, spoke at today’s committee meeting to propose a common-sense change to the committee’s oversight plan that would have directed the committee to add far more comprehensive attention to the needs and growing threats to the safety of our nation’s drinking water systems. Full text of Rep. Tonko’s proposed language to be added by amendment: “The Committee will conduct oversight of the ong... More
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Pallone, Tonko, Kildee, and Dingell on Trump Administration Freezing EPA Grant Funding Including Aid to Flint
January 24, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s directive to temporarily freeze all grant funding issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "President Trump’s directive to freeze EPA grant funding is very concerning. Just last month, Democrats and Republicans in Co... More
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Tonko Joins One Thousand Capital Region Demonstrators for Women’s March in Washington, DC
January 21, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko joined more than a thousand Capital Region residents and hundreds of thousands of U.S. demonstrators this morning to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. The group traveled from across New York’s Capital Region to Washington, D.C. in a caravan of buses to protest abusive and misogynistic language used by President Trump and Congressional Republicans during the recent campaign season, and to call for the adoption of pro-family policies that represent... More
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