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  • Tonko Statement on Vote to Prevent Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko issued the following statement after voting to advance the bipartisan bicameral compromise to fund remaining federal agencies through the end of FY 2019 and prevent another government shutdown: “While I remain dubious about some of the provisions in this agreement, that is the nature of compromise. In the end, this legislation funds many important priorities for our national security and economy, resolves troubling uncertainty for vital agencies and workers, a... Read more

  • Tonko, Larsen Introduce Landmark Social Security 2100 Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul Tonko joined with Chairman of the Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) to introduce The Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that increases Social Security benefits while extending the financial footing of this critical safety net support through the year 2100. “Social Security is an important pillar of support for millions of Americans who have earned its benefits through a lifetime of work,” said Tonko. “This critical safety net prog... Read more

  • Tonko Picks Up Second House Committee: Science, Space and Technology
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – One of a small handful of engineers in Congress, Congressman Paul Tonko was selected today to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, including on its Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Environment. These appointments come in addition to his elected leadership role on the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change and service on several other E&C subcommittees. As part of his work on the Science Committee,... Read more

  • Tonko Warns Trump EPA over Reported Inaction on PFAS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko slammed the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today following news that the agency will decline to set national standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) that have been linked to myriad health disorders including cancer. “If these reports are accurate, the Trump EPA is planning to leave millions of Americans exposed to unnecessary risk of serious and lasting health consequ... Read more

  • Tonko Statement on Ending the Trump Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr

    ALBANY – Following President Trump’s announcement today that he will reopen the federal government without demanding a taxpayer-funded border wall, Congressman Paul D. Tonko expressed thanks to workers and relief for all those affected. “I am relieved for the thousands of federal workers and their families who have been used as pawns by President Trump for the past month as we endured the longest government shutdown in U.S. history,” said Tonko. “I want to thank them for their faith, their resil... Read more

  • Tonko Reintroduces Bipartisan Public Safety Bill to Prevent Unlawful Radio Broadcasts
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Telecom

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko officially reintroduced the PIRATE ACT today with Republican co-sponsor Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida. This legislation would increase penalties for anyone caught engaging in unlawful broadcasting, sometimes referred to as ‘pirate radio.’ Pirate signals can pose a significant threat to public safety, oftentimes disrupting Federal Aviation Administration operations, the Emergency Alert System and other tools relied upon by first responders engaged in ... Read more

  • Tonko to Lead Key Climate Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko has just been elected by his colleagues on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee to serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change. This subcommittee has exclusive jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act and will be at the forefront of tackling climate change and carbon pollution. Tonko has been developing a framework for climate action over the past year with input from climate experts and numerous industry, social and enviro... Read more

  • As Trump Shutdown Halts Paychecks, Tonko Votes to Restore EPA Protections, Protect Families Receiving Food Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, on the 21st day of the historic Trump Shutdown and the first day when thousands of federal workers and their families will be denied a paycheck, Congressman Paul Tonko voted with fellow House Democrats to reopen several agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This would allow EPA to resume its critical public health and environmental protection, including delivery of EPA grants to New York State that totaled more than $222 million in FY 2017. Tonko’... Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Fund Treasury, Reopen IRS to Deliver Tax Refunds to New York Families
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    “There should be no confusion that New Yorkers who file their taxes will get the tax refund they are entitled to, in full and on time, and to do that we must re-open the IRS" - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Sworn In, Votes to Reopen Government
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    “Thousands of New Yorkers and countless Americans are paying the price for this administration’s failed approach. We need to stop the bleeding from this shutdown, reopen and strengthen the Department of Homeland Security, and get our government employees back to work. That’s what these bills would do. What they don’t do is ask taxpayers to fund an easily-defeated border wall, an 11th Century security solution to a modern day problem.” Read more

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