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Tonko Statement on Vote to Prevent Shutdown
February 14, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko issued the following statement after voting to advance the bipartisan bicameral compromise to fund remaining federal agencies through the end of FY 2019 and prevent another government shutdown: “While I remain dubious about some of the provisions in this agreement, that is the nature of compromise. In the end, this legislation funds many important priorities for our national security and economy, resolves troubling uncertainty for vital agencies and workers, a... More
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Tonko, Larsen Introduce Landmark Social Security 2100 Proposal
January 30, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul Tonko joined with Chairman of the Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) to introduce The Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that increases Social Security benefits while extending the financial footing of this critical safety net support through the year 2100. “Social Security is an important pillar of support for millions of Americans who have earned its benefits through a lifetime of work,” said Tonko. “This critical safety net prog... More
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Tonko Picks Up Second House Committee: Science, Space and Technology
January 30, 2019
WASHINGTON – One of a small handful of engineers in Congress, Congressman Paul Tonko was selected today to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, including on its Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Environment. These appointments come in addition to his elected leadership role on the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change and service on several other E&C subcommittees. As part of his work on the Science Committee,... More
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Tonko Warns Trump EPA over Reported Inaction on PFAS
January 29, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko slammed the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today following news that the agency will decline to set national standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) that have been linked to myriad health disorders including cancer. “If these reports are accurate, the Trump EPA is planning to leave millions of Americans exposed to unnecessary risk of serious and lasting health consequ... More
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Tonko Statement on Ending the Trump Shutdown
January 25, 2019
ALBANY – Following President Trump’s announcement today that he will reopen the federal government without demanding a taxpayer-funded border wall, Congressman Paul D. Tonko expressed thanks to workers and relief for all those affected. “I am relieved for the thousands of federal workers and their families who have been used as pawns by President Trump for the past month as we endured the longest government shutdown in U.S. history,” said Tonko. “I want to thank them for their faith, their resil... More
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