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Tonko Votes to Increase Worker Paychecks
July 18, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) voted with 230 of his House colleagues today to pass H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would deliver a gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 over the next six years. The first such increase in a decade, this bill would grow paychecks for up to 33 million American workers. “After a decade spent working harder for less and watching their paychecks shrink with inflation, America’s workers have earned this long-overdue raise, whi... More
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Tonko Opening Statement at Scientific Integrity Hearing
July 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the lead sponsor behind H.R. 1709: the Scientific Integrity Act in the House of Representatives, delivered the following remarks during opening statements at today’s House Science Committee Hearing, “Scientific Integrity In Federal Agencies”: Thank you Chairs Johnson and Stevens for today’s hearing and for joining me as original cosponsors introducing the Scientific Integrity Act! Thanks to Chairwoman Sherrill for your strong support of the bill and to... More
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Tonko Weatherization Bill Advances Out of Committee
July 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that his weatherization bill, cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), was approved by a vote of the full Energy and Commerce Committee. H.R. 2041, The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act, would reauthorize and strengthen the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) that plays a vital role in helping Americans make their homes mor... More
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Tonko Votes to Permanently Extend 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
July 12, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) joined with his colleagues in the House today to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” by a vote of 402-12. This legislation extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) until 2092, similar to the timeline of the World Trade Center Health Program, and reverses all cuts in compensation for both current and future claims, tak... More
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Key Energy Subcommittee Advances Tonko Wind Energy Bill
July 11, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that his newly-introduced wind energy legislation, cosponsored by Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE). Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), has advanced through the Space, Science, and Technology Committee Subcommittee on Energy. Tonko’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3609, Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, would give formal authorization to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy. This legislation was fir... More
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