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Tonko Condemns Political Interference by Trump Administration in Science Committee Inquiry
June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) offered strong support today for calls to investigate potentially illegal political interference with expert testimony before the House Science, Space & Technology Committee last month. The testimony was given by Dr. Deborah Swackhamer, who testified on recent Trump Administration dismissals from the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors and the stated plan to replace them with representatives from private industry. “I am deeply troubled by reports that De... More
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Time to codify scientific integrity
June 23, 2017
Originally published in Science, June 23, 2017 As Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and former President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, I am writing to express my alarm at the recent firing of science advisory board members at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the stated intent of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to replace them with advocates from the industries EPA is tasked with regulating (1). ... More
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Tonko Announces Green Bank Bill to Drive U.S. Clean Energy & Efficiency Investments
June 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), recently introduced the Green Bank Act of 2017 (H.R. 2995/ S. 1406 ) to create a National Green Bank that will deliver financing support to encourage private investment in local clean-energy and energy-efficient projects through regional, state, and local green banks. “State Green Banks are becoming increasingly popular as state and ... More
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Tonko Criticizes Just-Released EPA Toxic Substance Rules
June 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko released the following statement in response to three final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules required by last year’s reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), commonly known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: “One year ago, I voiced my objections to a bill that did not go far enough to guarantee that the public would be protected from toxic chemicals. Yesterda... More
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Tonko Slams Senate Trumpcare Bill
June 22, 2017
WASHINGTON – After seven weeks of secret deals and public silence, Republicans in the Senate revealed a Trumpcare bill this morning. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) released the following statement: Do not be fooled – the Senate Trumpcare bill is just as harmful to American families as the Republican healthcare bill that was rammed through the House last month. It would deny care to millions of America’s seniors, veterans, women, those approaching retirement, expectant and new mothers, the disabled, thos... More
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