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Tonko Condemns SCOTUS Ruling Drastically Limiting EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today denounced the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA that hamstrings the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to set the strong standards needed to cut carbon pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. “With each passing day, the radical Supreme Court makes ever clearer how far they have fallen,” Congressman Tonko said. “Today’s ...

Tonko MAT Act & Addiction Treatment Measures Pass in House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today voted in the House to pass H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act, health-focused legislation that includes several key provisions he authored, including the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, bipartisan legislation that eliminates the outdated bureaucratic requirement—known as the “x-waiver”—currently preventing ...

SEEC, New Democrat Coalition, Congressional Progressive Caucus Call on President Biden to Reach a Deal on Legislation to Tackle Climate Change, Lower Energy Costs, and Ensure U.S. Energy Independence

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Washington D.C.—The Co-Chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui, along with the Chair of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), Rep. Suzan DelBene and the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Rep. Pramila Jayapal, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to do everything in his power to reach a deal an...

Tonko Clean Energy and Flood Control Priorities Advance out of House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the overwhelmingly bipartisan House advance of priorities he authored under H.R. 7776, the Water Resources Development Act, legislation that approves dozens of feasibility studies for water resources development projects across the nation. One of Tonko’s priorities calls on the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assess the potential to...

Tonko Rare Disease Bill Advances Out of House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced that his Helping Experts Accelerate Rare Treatments (HEART) Act passed out of the House last night under H.R. 7667, the Food and Drug Amendments Act. Tonko’s legislation strengthens the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review process for drugs that treat rare and ultra-rare diseases by directly involving scientists and doctors with expertis...

Tonko Votes on Lifesaving Gun Safety Legislation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko this evening voted to pass H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act. This significant package of gun safety reforms, introduced in the wake of the May 14 racially motivated shooting that took the lives of ten Black patrons at a Buffalo supermarket and the horrific May 24 massacre of nineteen elementary school children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, will i...

Tonko Cheers Erie Canalway Being Named National Recreation Trail

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WASHINGTON, DC—During Great Outdoors Month, Congressman Paul D. Tonko today cheered the announcement by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Deb Haaland of the designation of nine new national recreation trails, including the Capital Region’s own Erie Canalway water trail. “I have long fought to protect our nation’s and our region’s cherished cultural and natural heritage sites,” Congress...

Tonko, Rush & Kaptur Introduce Weatherization Bill to Lower Energy Costs for Families and Improve Access to Program

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20), Bobby Rush (IL-1), and Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) today introduced the Weatherization Enhancement and Readiness Act, legislation that would save low-income families hundreds of dollars on their energy bills while making homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient. “Even before the recent increase in energy, utility bills were straining budgets fo...

Tonko Heralds $175,000 in Grants for Capital Region Arts Programs

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today cheered the announcement of $175,000 in grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for local and regional arts organizations here in the Capital Region. This round of NEA grants will help support a diverse slate of music, theater, fine arts, and multimedia design programs in Troy and Saratoga Springs. “Our flourishing arts scene is a c...

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. ...

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