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  • Tonko Heralds Vote to Reauthorize EPA’s Brownfields Program
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment, Jobs & Economic Development

    "Since 2002, the Brownfields program has helped put tens of thousands of acres of economically critical land back into circulation, supporting local economies and encouraging greater development in areas that were previously written off. In the process, more than 130,000 jobs have been created and $24 billion has been leveraged from federal investment. Local governments are realizing that through this program we can turn a liability into an opportunity." Read more

  • Tonko Criticizes House Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class, Working Poor
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    "Congressional Republicans took another step forward today in their plan to raise taxes on millions of middle class families, rip away their healthcare and explode the deficit, and give massive tax handouts to some of the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the world. Their vote today betrays millions of working families in New York and all across the country." Read more

  • Tonko Sends Letter to FCC Calling Out Faulty U.S. Broadband Maps
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    "My constituents have repeatedly expressed longstanding frustrations with their limited access to broadband Internet service. I have heard from doctors who depend on the Internet to read X-rays when they are on call, from librarians who see students sitting in the parking lot after hours so they can finish homework, from workers who are forced to leave their home to find high enough speeds that they can upload and download large files. They all ask ‘When will we have access to broadband?’ As a nation, we owe all of these people an answer.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko, Senators Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan National Alzheimer’s Infrastructure Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Senior Citizens

    "we have a critical opportunity to take another giant step forward on this issue, making investments in Alzheimer’s infrastructure that will drive public health research and promote prevention, early detection and diagnosis, all leading to lower costs and better care. I’m proud to stand alongside my fellow Alzheimer’s champions in introducing the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act and I look forward to getting this important legislation signed into law.” Read more

  • Horseracing Integrity Act Has the Support of 100 Members of Congress and Growing
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Our bill has gotten a fast start right out of the gate this year, with bipartisan support picking up faster than for any of its predecessor bills. As the number of congressional cosponsors hits triple digits, and our broad coalition of interested parties continues to grow, I remain optimistic that our bill has the momentum it needs to move forward in the legislative process. This issue and industry are too important to the Capital Region of New York and the nation to go unaddressed. My fight and advocacy for the equine athlete and the integrity of the sport is stronger than it has ever been.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Statement on House Passed Republican Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H Con Res 71 by a vote of 216-212. The measure received no Democratic support and was opposed by 20 House Republicans. “Borrowing over two trillion dollars to spend on a tax cut for the rich does not seem to be the relief the middle class and working poor need right now. Why would you ask me to support this lopsided budget?” Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Responds to President Trump Announcement on Opioids
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement regarding the opioid crisis: “As a candidate, President Trump promised to take care of communities ravaged by the opioid epidemic, like so many in Upstate New York. Today’s announcement is a small step in the right direction, but it took far too long to be announced. President Trump’s own Bipartisan Opioid Commission, chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recommended this ac... Read more

  • Tonko Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdose Deaths, Improve Care Transitions for Individuals Reentering Community
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY – Last week, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4005, the Medicaid Reentry Act, a bill that would provide states with the flexibility to restart Medicaid coverage for eligible incarcerated individuals up to 30 days prior to their release. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY): “More Americans died of an overdose last year than were lost at the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis. This is a national emergency that demands immediate action. As we continue to fight the spread or our nation’s deadly opioid... Read more

  • Tonko Statement Reacting to President Trump’s Decision to Increase Insurance Costs for New Yorkers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY – This morning, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s actions yesterday to allow the return of junk insurance and end the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act for the individual insurance marketplaces: “President Trump has spent the majority of his first year in office trying to senselessly repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has not made any progress. Now, to prove himself right, he is implodin... Read more

  • Tonko Introduces Bill to Increase Broadband Access in Underserved Areas
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Broadband Internet access is often the difference between success and failure for students doing homework, job seekers training for a new career, doctors reading a medical scan or entrepreneurs starting a small business. However, to date the federal government has done a poor job of tracking broadband deployment. Investments are made with little accountability and oversight on behalf of the taxpayer. This bill will simplify the process for private and public sector leaders to tap into existing federal broadband resources and help ensure that a zip code does not define the economic potential of our students, doctors, entrepreneurs and the communities they call home.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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