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  • Tonko Votes to Increase Worker Paychecks
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Labor

    "After a decade spent working harder for less and watching their paychecks shrink with inflation, America’s workers have earned this long-overdue raise, which will put more money in the pockets of millions of working and middle class families and grow local economies in New York and beyond." Read more

  • Tonko Opening Statement at Scientific Integrity Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the lead sponsor behind H.R. 1709: the Scientific Integrity Act in the House of Representatives, delivered the following remarks during opening statements at today’s House Science Committee Hearing, “Scientific Integrity In Federal Agencies”: Thank you Chairs Johnson and Stevens for today’s hearing and for joining me as original cosponsors introducing the Scientific Integrity Act! Thanks to Chairwoman Sherrill for your strong support of the bill and to... Read more

  • Tonko Weatherization Bill Advances Out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that his weatherization bill, cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), was approved by a vote of the full Energy and Commerce Committee. H.R. 2041, The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act, would reauthorize and strengthen the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) that plays a vital role in helping Americans make their homes mor... Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Permanently Extend 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) joined with his colleagues in the House today to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” by a vote of 402-12. This legislation extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) until 2092, similar to the timeline of the World Trade Center Health Program, and reverses all cuts in compensation for both current and future claims, tak... Read more

  • Key Energy Subcommittee Advances Tonko Wind Energy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Science, Space, and Technology, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that his newly-introduced wind energy legislation, cosponsored by Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE). Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), has advanced through the Space, Science, and Technology Committee Subcommittee on Energy. Tonko’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3609, Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, would give formal authorization to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy. This legislation was fir... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds $500K in Science Grants Awarded to Capital Region
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and SUNY Albany grants for a combined total of $501,937. Union College will receive $249,984 from the NSF’s IPP, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, to develop sustainable, eco-friendly materials that will reduce automobile emitted pollution. This specific grant also includes funding to create a research and entrepren... Read more

  • Tonko Cheers $41K AmeriCorps Grant Award for Capital Region
    Posted in Press Releases on July 2, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded the United Way of the Greater Capital Region $41,862 to sponsor two full-time AmeriCorps Volunteer Service to America (VISTA) members for one year. “This grant will strengthen our United Way of the Greater Capital Region to better help low-income residents across our area.” said Tonko, “Our local United Way team works tirelessly to connect organizations and leaders wi... Read more

  • Tonko Secures Major Wins for Capital Region in 2020 Spending Package
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Telecom, Infrastructure & Water Systems, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered House passage of appropriations legislation this week that funds many of his Capital Region and national priorities, which Tonko fought to protect or expand for Fiscal Year 2020: “These funding bills deliver on the values and needs of the American people, including significant wins for our New York Capital Region communities. These include major steps forward in combatting America’s opioid epidemic and the global climate crisis, stopping an unsancti... Read more

  • Tonko Presses for Congressional Oversight in Border Funding Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr

    "No child should die while under the care of the United States of America." Read more

  • Tonko Statement on Resignation of EPA Air Chief Bill Wehrum
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Paul D. Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, issued the following statement today upon learning that Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned: “Whether Bill Wehrum was helping his former UARG clients weaken Clean Air Act standards, rolling back fuel efficiency in our nation’s cars and trucks, or propping up dirty power to benefit wealthy campaig... Read more

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