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  • Tonko Statement on the Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Working with Louise taught me a great deal about how to be a better public servant and I will forever miss our countless conversations and her warm and wise counsel. May her extraordinary legacy continue to guide us, and may her family find peace in in the knowledge that her spirit lives on in all who were lucky enough to know her well.” Read more

  • Tonko & Johnson Introduce Bill to Designate Centers of Excellence to Combat Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    “Empowering our health care workforce to better understand and effectively prevent and treat substance use disorder will yield dividends in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Tonko said. “I’m proud to stand with Congressman Johnson in introducing this critical legislation that will strengthen the tools and information we use to educate the next generation of health care professionals and ensure they have the resources they need to be effective frontline responders in this epidemic.” Read more

  • Tonko Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    “I fully expect Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to honor their commitment to address immigration as our next legislative priority. We must start this work immediately to negotiate terms that protect America’s dreamers, further secure our borders, and ensure our systems of immigration and citizenship are consistent with our most deeply-held American values.” Read more

  • Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Endorses Tonko Bill to Fight Addiction Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Mental Health

    “Last year more than 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose, a number that continues to rise without a serious response from President Trump or his administration. In the absence of meaningful leadership from the White House, Congress can and must do more to stop this growing threat. I am grateful to the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force for their endorsement of my bill to expand access to treatment and services for countless Americans who are suffering from addiction and struggling to get the care they need to survive.” Read more

  • Tonko Releases 2017 Legislative Scorecard
    Posted in Press Releases on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Despite gridlock in the broader Congress, my team and I were able to find many opportunities to build on common ground with Republican colleagues,” said Tonko. “Thanks to the tireless work of my staff, our Energy & Commerce and Science committee staff, my fellow members and, as always, the constituents of New York’s Capital Region, we were able to address many critical priorities for the year. These include advancing legislation to repair leaking and outdated drinking water systems, to protect federal scientific integrity, to make energy production systems more efficient, to secure mental health parity and addiction treatment, to expand broadband access and close the homework gap, to improve our national Alzheimer’s treatment systems, and to ensure our veterans have access to the healthcare they deserve. I am humbled and grateful for all of the work and support that made these advances possible, and I look forward to another productive year in 2018!” Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Reject Temporary Budget Band-Aid
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    "I voted no on this farce of a bill because kicking the can down the road, making sure kids have health insurance, DREAMers are not ripped away from their families, and America’s national defense and domestic priorities are adequately funded are far more important than Members of Congress getting to leave for a long holiday vacation." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Eviscerates Republican Tax Scam Bill after House Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Strengthening the Middle Class

    "If this betrayal is approved by the Senate and signed by the President, it will marshal in one of the largest long-term redistributions of wealth to the wealthy in our nation’s history." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Heralds Vote to Reauthorize EPA’s Brownfields Program
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment, Jobs & Economic Development

    "Since 2002, the Brownfields program has helped put tens of thousands of acres of economically critical land back into circulation, supporting local economies and encouraging greater development in areas that were previously written off. In the process, more than 130,000 jobs have been created and $24 billion has been leveraged from federal investment. Local governments are realizing that through this program we can turn a liability into an opportunity." Read more

  • Tonko Criticizes House Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class, Working Poor
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    "Congressional Republicans took another step forward today in their plan to raise taxes on millions of middle class families, rip away their healthcare and explode the deficit, and give massive tax handouts to some of the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the world. Their vote today betrays millions of working families in New York and all across the country." Read more

  • Tonko Sends Letter to FCC Calling Out Faulty U.S. Broadband Maps
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    "My constituents have repeatedly expressed longstanding frustrations with their limited access to broadband Internet service. I have heard from doctors who depend on the Internet to read X-rays when they are on call, from librarians who see students sitting in the parking lot after hours so they can finish homework, from workers who are forced to leave their home to find high enough speeds that they can upload and download large files. They all ask ‘When will we have access to broadband?’ As a nation, we owe all of these people an answer.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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