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Tonko Announces $40 Million for Capital Region Health and Community Services & Research

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that public health organizations in the Capital Region have been awarded a combined $40,151,464 to support local programs and research on disease prevention, PFAS contamination, COVID testing, emergency preparedness and more. The grants will be administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “This last year has shown u...

Tonko Introduces Bill to Spur U.S. Competitiveness & Drive Down Emissions

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today introduced the State Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2021, new legislation that strengthens and enhances the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, all while cutting emissions by providing manufacturers with needed resources and technical support to increase their overall efficiency. “Our workers, industries and communities are best served by strong inv...

100+ House Members Push to Fund Removal of ALL Lead Lines in U.S. Drinking Water Systems

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WASHINGTON— Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Daniel T. Kildee (MI-5), Gwen Moore (D-MI-4) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) led a group of more than 100 members in the House of Representatives today on a letter calling for Congressional leadership to prioritize funding to remove ALL of America’s estimated 10 million lead drinking water service lines and components currently in us...

Tonko Announces Passage of Bipartisan “PFAS Action Act” in House

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko helped lead House action today ahead of a decisive 241–183 vote to advance H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act, bipartisan legislation that tackles per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. Today’s vote marks the first time the bill has passed as a bipartisan standalone bill this term, handing responsibility to the Senate to move the bill forward onto...

Tonko Cites Capital Region Ransomware Attacks in Push to Improve U.S. Cybersecurity at Congressional Hearing

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko highlighted Capital Region services and organizations that have already been impacted by ransomware attacks at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today. During his questioning of the hearing, he pressed the witness panel—made up of experts in technology and cybersecurity—for recommendations on how businesses and governme...

Tonko Cheers GlobalFoundries Plan for Second Chip Manufacturing Facility in Capital Region

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ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the announcement today at the GlobalFoundries facility in Malta of plans to build a second semiconductor fabrication in the Capital District. Tonko joined U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer for the announcement, which is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in the region and strengthen critical supply chains...

Tonko Cheers as ALL 10 of his Capital Region “Community Projects” Appear in Appropriations Bill Text

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that ALL 10 of his Capital Region Community Projects have been included in draft budget bill language recently released by the House Committee on Appropriations. Tonko has pushed hard for months to get the slate of 10 projects, which would bring a combined $14,447,500 in federal funding to the region—directly into the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Th...

Tonko Cheers Inclusion of Two Capital Region Projects in New Appropriations Text

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news just in the past several hours that two of the Capital Region community projects he has been pushing to get federally-funded are included in the just-released “Labor, Health and Human Services” appropriations text, a critical step that should greatly improve the chances of funding for both local projects being included in the final FY 2022 federal ...

Tonko, Trone Introduce Major Bipartisan Bill to Address Addiction Epidemic

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WASHINGTON—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that he has introduced his bipartisan, bicameral Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 Act with bill sponsor David Trone (D-MD) aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the addiction epidemic and increasing funding for prevention, education, research, treatment and recovery. The bill builds on previous iterations o...

Tonko Secures House Backing for FIVE Capital Region Infrastructure Projects

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced that five local projects totaling $19,955,000 that he pushed for to receive federal funding have been advanced out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 221-201 as part of a major infrastructure package, the INVEST in America Act. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make critical investments in our infrastructure that will igni...

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