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  • Tonko Announces $85,000 in Awards to Capital Region Arts Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced this morning that four Capital Region organizations are being awarded a combined $85,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts to support their efforts to foster music, arts and culture. “Our Capital Region heritage, culture and economy stand on the shoulders of countless local artists, innovators, visionaries, and the organizations that encourage and support their work,” Congressman Tonko said. “Fostering a strong Capital Region creative economy s... Read more

  • Horseracing Integrity Act Reaches Key Milestone in House
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced last year by Congressional Horse Caucus co-chairs Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY), has officially received formal endorsement by a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, with 226 Members now cosponsoring the legislation. This bipartisan bill authorizes creation of a non-governmental anti-doping authority governed by representatives of all major constituencies of the industry and responsible fo... Read more

  • Tonko-Olson Bill Supporting American HVAC Manufacturing Gets Review
    Posted in Press Releases on January 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) spoke at a hearing today on their bill, H.R. 5544, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Leadership Act, bipartisan legislation supported by the U.S. manufacturing industry that would spur innovation in replacing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), coolants primarily used in air conditioning and refrigerators, with more environmentally ... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds Passage of Historic PFAS Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to advance major legislation—shaped and shepherded by Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) who chairs the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change—to address the growing threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) often referred to as “forever chemicals.” This comprehensive package of bills, which passed the Committee on Energy and Commerce in November 2019, is designed to reduce human and environmental exp... Read more

  • Tonko Bill to Safeguard Public Airwaves Passes Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Senate has voted to approve his legislation to stiffen the penalty for illegal ‘pirate’ radio broadcast signals that interfere with first responders, air traffic controllers and legitimate broadcasts. “Clear and safe public airwaves are easy to take for granted, but they are critical for the countless professionals who rely on them to guard our public health and safety,” Congressman Tonko said. “For example, first responde... Read more

  • Tonko Electric Vehicle Charging Bill Advances in House
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko celebrated the advance of his bill, H.R. 5530, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Act, through the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy today as part of a broader Electric Vehicle (EV) legislative package, H.R. 5545, the NO EXHAUST Act of 2020. Tonko’s forward-looking legislation would provide incentives to encourage U.S. consumers, as well as public and private entities, to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The bill now moves ... Read more

  • Bipartisan House PFAS Package Advances Out of Rules Committee Setting up Major House Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—The Rules Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted late yesterday to set the terms for floor debate on a bold legislative package—shepherded in large part by Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) who chairs the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change—to address the growing threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.” Passage by the Rules Committee paves the way for a floor debate and vote on the ... Read more

  • Tonko Statement on Trump Administration Airstrike in Iraq
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko issued a statement following the deadly drone strike conducted by the Trump Administration at Baghdad International Airport. “There is no doubt that Qasem Soleimani was responsible for heinous acts against Americans and our interests, but I am deeply disturbed by the President’s reckless escalation with Iran, which occurred without an Authorization for Use of Military Force or consultation with Congress. “The American people do not want another costly and unne... Read more

  • Tonko Votes Against USMCA for Failure to Address Climate Change
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted today against H.R.5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act, citing its failure to address the growing threat of climate change. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 385–41 and now heads to the United States Senate. The Agreement, also known as “NAFTA 2.0,” was first announced by the President in September 2018 and provided a number of damaging proposals for working Americans, doing little to preve... Read more

  • Tonko Votes in Support of Impeachment Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted today to approve H.Res. 755, a resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The resolution establishes two articles of impeachment of the President for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Article I, which passed by a vote of 230–197, impeaches the President for his abuse of power in soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Article II, which passed... Read more

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