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Tonko Votes to Crack Down on Price Gouging at the Pump

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted for legislation to crack down on price gouging by Big Oil companies and bring down costs for New York families. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, passed in the House yesterday, takes critical steps to combat excessive price increases, empowering the federal government to outlaw artificially high fuel prices and hold Big Oil accountable. ...

Tonko Votes to Address Baby Formula Shortage

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted last night to pass two bills that will improve families’ access to infant formula, ensure every baby has the nutrition they need, and take steps to help avoid any future formula crisis. H.R. 7790, the supplemental funding bill provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urgently needed resources to help address the infant formula shortage, in...

Tonko Health Priorities—Including MAT Act—Advance Out of Committee

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today joined full Energy and Commerce Committee markup to advance several health-focused bills, including his Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant Act, Helping Experts Accelerate Rare Treatments (HEART) Act. Tonko also successfully called for the inclusion of his Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act, broadly-supported bipa...

Tonko, Smith Introduce Legislation to Drive Research & Investment for Alzheimer’s

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) today introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prioritizing research on Alzheimer’s disease and supporting scientists in the development of treatments and potential cures. The two bills are H.R. 7775, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes the National’s Alzheimer Project through 2035...

Tonko Selects 15 Capital Region Projects for Community Funding Push

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced a slate of 15 community development and improvement projects across New York’s 20th Congressional District that he is submitting to the House Committee on Appropriations in a bid to bring direct federal investment to the region under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Community Project Funding process. “With a combination of visionary leadership and sound ...

Tonko Calls for Swift Advance of Semiconductor Manufacturing Legislation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today joined the first public meeting of conferees in the House and the Senate to deliver remarks ahead of negotiations to resolve the differences between the House’s America COMPETES Act of 2022, and the Senate’s United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2022 (USICA). Last month, Tonko was named as one of the House conferees tasked with leading negot...

Tonko Announces Student Winners of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko held a reception last week at the Arts Center of the Capital Region to announce the NY-20 winners of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. The winning artwork was chosen from among 24 student submissions representing 9 high schools across New York’s 20th Congressional District. “I am always proud to recognize all participants in our Congressional Art Comp...

Tonko Calls for Permanent Resolution to Local Train Issues

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Pending the acquisition by CSX of several local Pan Am railroads, Congressman Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) calling for STB to ensure that the merger address critical issues impacting local residents. In the letter, Tonko calls for a formal agreement that CSX will not leave trains parked or idling behind residential homes in Mechanicville and S...

Tonko Statement on HISA Partnership with Drug Free Sport International

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today released the following statement on the news this week that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA)—established under Tonko’s Horseracing integrity and Safety Act—has contracted with Drug Free Sport International to develop national testing and enforcement regulations for the sport of horseracing: “From the outset of this movement, our go...

Tonko Introduces Legislation to Support Underserved Communities

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko introduced two pieces of legislation this week to ensure that all Capital Region communities have the resources they need to access critical federal infrastructure investments: the Access for All Communities Act and the Community Leaders in Economic Development (Community LED) Act. This package of legislation tackles two fundamental challenges facing small,...

Following Tonko’s Push for Answers, FBI Announces Investigation into Schoharie Limo Crash

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Following a letter submitted by Congressman Paul D. Tonko to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) calling for any documents and information the agency has in connection with Shahed Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limousine, the FBI announced that an investigation and review into the 2018 Schoharie limousine crash has been commenced by the FBI’s Inspection Division and is current...

Tonko Heralds $257 Million for New York to Reduce Carbon Pollution

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AMSTERDAM, NY—In celebration of Earth Day, Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced more than $257 million in funding to be delivered to New York over the next 5 years for investments in clean transportation and climate-friendly infrastructure for New York State. This funding will be administered under the Federal Highway Administration’s Carbon Reduction Program, created by the historic Bipartisan Inf...

Tonko Announces $350K Award to HVCC to Support EV Development

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) is being awarded a grant totaling $350,000 for a project to develop training modules that will address significant knowledge gaps in trades critical to the nation’s transition to a battery-operated electric vehicle (EV) fleet. “Our Capital Region has a long and proud history of technological and sci...

Tonko Announces Historic $20 Million in Capital Region Transit Funding

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced $20,017,345 in funding for transit agencies in the Capital Region thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Tonko voted for last year. The funding is just part of a record $20 billion investment in American transit, including more than $2 billion for New York State transit agencies to modernize and expand their services. “Every day, pu...

Tonko, Peters Introduce Carbon Dioxide Removal Legislation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Scott Peters (CA-52) today introduced the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act of 2022, legislation that would address climate change by investing in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. “Scientists have made it clear—we must use every tool at our disposal in order to address the ever-worsening climate crisis,” Congressman Ton...

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