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Tonko, 200+ House Members Call for Senate to Return & Vote on Gun Safety Bills
August 7, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 212 other Representatives in the House to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back into session immediately and pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. The letter reads in part: “This inaction must stop. We know background checks save lives. Every day background checks stop more than 170 felon... More
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Tonko Heralds Major Achievements in First 200 Days
July 26, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) marked the 200th day of the new Congress this week by highlighting milestone legislative achievements passed in the House of Representatives during the 116th Congress to-date. Tonko-supported bills that have passed in the House since January includes legislation to strengthen the security and integrity of U.S. elections, protect Americans with preexisting health conditions, permanently fund health and survivor benefits for 9/11 first responders, close l... More
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Tonko Votes to End Robocalls and Abusive Telephone Scams
July 25, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) voted late yesterday to pass H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a bill he cosponsors that would bring much needed relief to Americans who are sick and tired of dealing with abusive robocalls. This bipartisan legislation passed by a vote of 429-3 and will now head to the Senate. “The epidemic of spam robocalls has become a serious problem for families throughout the Capital Region and across the country,” noted Tonko. “This bipartisan legislation... More
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Tonko Clean Energy Innovation Bills Advance Out of Committee
July 24, 2019
WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology advanced two clean energy innovation bills sponsored by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the first supporting expanded U.S. wind energy research and innovation, the other investing in research and development to improve gas turbine efficiency. “As floodwaters rise, wildfires spread and heat waves continue to threaten our communities, technology improvements and energy innovation cannot come soon enough,” said Tonko. “The legislation... More
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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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