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Tonko, Huizenga Introduce Legislation to Expand Mental Health Care for Seniors

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Bill Huizenga (MI-2) introduced the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act today, bipartisan legislation that would improve care for millions of America’s seniors by permanently repealing the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit for inpatient psychiatric care. No such limit exists for any other Medicare inpatient health care service. “Too of...

Tonko, Pallone Praise Biden EPA’s PFAS Roadmap

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WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following joint statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new roadmap for tackling PFAS contamination and exposure: “PFAS contamination has plagued our communities and exposed our families to toxic ch...

Tonko, Walberg Introduce Bipartisan Lead Poisoning Prevention Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to help protect our nation’s children from lead exposure. H.R. 5552, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, strengthens federal initiatives aimed at childhood lead screening, reporting, and prevention. The bill also codifies into law the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Child...

New York Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Bill Commemorating Erie Canal’s Bicentennial

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22) today introduced the bipartisan Erie Canal Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act. This bill directs the US Treasury Secretary to produce a commemorative $5 gold coin, $1 silver coin, and a half-dollar coin to honor the canal’s bicentennial and highlight the tremendous contributions the Erie Canal has made to New York’s e...

Tonko Cheers Vital Boost for Social Security Benefits

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the announcement today that Social Security benefits will receive an increase of 5.9 percent for 64 million Social Security beneficiaries and 8 million Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries in 2022. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is the largest seen in 39 years. “Social Security serves as a lifeline for millions of seniors. Those benefit...

Tonko Announces $750K Manufacturing Technology Award

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, one of only a handful of engineers in Congress, marked Manufacturing Day today by announcing a grant totaling $753,546 awarded to FuzeHub, Inc. to provide guidance and support startup creation for manufacturing and technology companies across New York State. The award will be delivered by the Economic Development Administration. “As an engineer, I understa...

Tonko Cheers Inclusion of 4 Major Priorities in Addiction & Mental Health Agenda

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a press conference with the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force announcing their legislative agenda for this Congress, which includes four key bills championed by Tonko. This slate of Tonko-led bills includes: The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act that would remove bureaucratic barriers blocking access to the safe, proven addiction ...

Tonko Statement on Build Back Better Agenda

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko released the following statement today about efforts in Congress to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda: “Throughout my entire career, I have been working towards and preparing for the opportunity to enact meaningful, transformative climate legislation that delivers for the people. With President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, that opportunit...

Tonko Heralds $6 Million in COVID Relief to Expand Broadband for Local Students

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that nearly 20 schools across the Capital Region will be receiving a total of $6,015,990 to help expand and improve internet access for students and teachers. The funding is being administered by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, established under the Tonko-backed American Rescue Plan to hel...

Tonko Votes in House to Enshrine Reproductive Rights Across Nation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today voted to advance H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that will uphold access to reproductive health care for everyone across America, free from dangerous state bans and restrictions like the SB8 abortion law implemented in Texas. “Today Congress took urgent action to uphold our constitution and protect the reproductive rights of ...

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