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  • Tonko to Pruitt: Please Explain Dismissals from EPA Board of Scientific Counselors
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Science, Space, and Technology

    “We have serious concerns about this action that has prematurely removed qualified experts from EPA’s Board and deprives EPA of critical scientific and technical expertise needed to support the Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment,” wrote the six Democratic Committee leaders. Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Calls for Raising Mental Health Care Limits on Seniors through Medicare
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    "Even today, Medicare continues to discriminate against seniors with mental illnesses by imposing lifetime caps on the care they need to live in good health. These types of arbitrary caps are a thing of the past in private health insurance thanks to the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act. It’s time for Medicare to do the same.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Calls on Trump to Maintain Funding for Agency Combating Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    “The Office and the programs it supports are uniquely positioned to address the causes and effects of the current opioid crisis with proven strategies and broad reach. For these important programs to remain effective, we believe they must continue to be funded fully and coordinated effectively. We are gravely concerned that any interruption would exacerbate the crises in our communities and we remain committed in working together to reverse the damaging effects that opioids and other drugs have had on American families.” Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Tours Richmond, VA Public Water System
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Our public water systems are critical to the lives of millions of Americans in communities throughout the nation. Every single job and every life depends on access to safe, clean drinking water, but across the U.S. many of these systems are failing today. From Flint to Hoosick Falls, we are already seeing the price of inaction. In Richmond, we can see the opportunities that come with confronting this issue head-on." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Statement on House Vote to Advance Trumpcare
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Taxes

    "This bill would mean women who are pregnant and children with asthma can be priced out of coverage due to preexisting conditions. It means seniors will pay five times more in premiums under a crushing age tax. It means 24 million Americans will lose coverage. And it steals from Medicare and Medicaid, all to give a massive tax break to millionaires and special interests. We are a better, greater nation than this." Read more

  • Reps. Tonko and Kinzinger Lead Letter to President Trump Supporting Energy Star
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    “The ENERGY STAR program has an impressive 25-year record providing value to businesses and consumers. This voluntary certification has already saved everyday Americans $430 billion in energy costs over the past 25 years, a benefit that ripples further with every kilowatt hour saved. Our investment in the ENERGY STAR program has more than paid for itself, with lucrative dividends in energy savings and more money in the pocket of the consumer. That’s a win-win.” Read more

  • Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko, Higgins Announce Recently Announced Federal Funding Bill Authorizes an Additional $2 Million in Federal Funding to Preserve Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    “When I visit the Erie Canal, I am filled with a profound sense of history and place. But the Erie Canal is more than just a part of our heritage. It drives local job creation and significant economic activity across our region. That is why I am happy to announce today that I have led efforts in the U.S. House to secure its place as a federal priority in the latest budget deal. We will continue our work to ensure that the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor helps us remember our past and define our future as a region of innovators, hard workers and problem-solvers.” - Rep. Paul Tonko. Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Statement on Passing of Former Guilderland Councilman David Bosworth
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    “I want to offer my condolences to David’s wife Eileen and their entire family. Rest assured that his legacy of selfless, tireless work on behalf of others will continue to strengthen our community for many years to come.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Statement on Passing of Chamber President Chuck Steiner
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Chuck was renowned for his civic leadership. Together with his wonderful wife Marcy, he worked tirelessly to move our community forward. Their work together strengthened the fabric of our greater Capital Region. I want to offer Marcy and their entire family my deepest condolences. My staff and I have truly loved working with Chuck and will miss him tremendously. He leaves us with a spirit of hope.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Responds to U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Security, & Foreign Affairs

    "Ultimately, the Syrian Civil War will not be ended by a missile strike. It requires a diplomatic solution. I encourage President Trump to engage with the other governments of the world, including President Assad's supporters in Russia, to bring an end to this conflict." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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