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Tonko Leads Bipartisan Effort to Save Toys for Tots Holiday Train
August 9, 2018
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko sent a letter to Amtrak today calling on the company to reconsider its decision to cancel the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots train ahead of its 20th season. The company issued new guidelines for charter trains in March of this year and notified the Marine Corps last week that they plan to discontinue the Toys for Tots train as a result. Tonko was joined by Republican Reps. John Faso and Elise Stefanik in asking Amtrak to continue this charitable train servi... More
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Tonko critical of weak Trump Administration vehicle pollution standards
August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee, issued a strong rebuke of the announcement this morning that the Trump Administration will roll back previously agreed-upon vehicle emissions standards for Model Year 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles. The new proposal would freeze standards at the 2020 levels through 2026 and seek to revoke California’s waiver, which allows California to avoid federal preemption and set its own vehicle standa... More
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Tonko Broadband & Telecom Bills Pass House
July 23, 2018
WASHINGTON – Tonight Congressman Paul D. Tonko capped his string of recent legislative victories as the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt his bipartisan broadband reform bill, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, a bill that improves coordination and community access to federal broadband resources. Tonight’s vote follows a string of signature bipartisan wins by Congressman Tonko over the past two months. “In these divided times, I am humbled to sponsor common-sense legislation that e... More
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Tonko Slams House for Failure to Deliver Election Security Funding
July 19, 2018
WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted today to reject a motion restoring $380 million to help state and local election officials upgrade outdated voting technology, counter cyberattacks and address other election vulnerabilities. The vote failed along strictly partisan lines, 182-232. Congressman Tonko issued the following statement in response: “With their vote today, Congressional Republicans put politics and allegiance to party over common sense and their duty to the American people. Our natio... More
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Tonko Appointed to Farm Bill Conference Committee
July 18, 2018
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee, was selected today to serve as a conferee when the House and Senate work to resolve differences between their versions of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the “Farm Bill.” “I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my voice to the table during negotiations of this essential bill,” said Tonko. “As we go to conference with the Senate, I vow to fight ag... More
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