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  • Tonko Shepherds $8 Billion Drinking Water Bill Through Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    "I have said many times: every life and every job depends on water. The advance of our drinking water bill today reflects a strong bipartisan commitment to scale up federal investments in America’s collapsing water systems. While I continue to believe much more will need to be done to help states and communities shore up these critical systems, this bill takes up the most urgent aspects of my AQUA Act, including updates to a drinking water program more than two decades out-of-date, along with significant measures to get lead and other dangerous substances out of our schools and communities.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces Congressional App Challenge for Capital Region Students
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    “This competition will give our Capital Region students an exciting opportunity to showcase their creativity and develop valuable, technical skills that will empower them to pursue STEM careers and opportunities. No matter their level of coding or computer science experience, I want to encourage all of our students throughout the region to give this app challenge a try and begin to develop powerful, 21st century skills in the process.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Condemns Repeal-Without-Replace Healthcare Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    "Our focus needs to be on improving on the foundation of the ACA, bringing down costs especially for our seniors and working families, increasing competition in the marketplace, and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid. We could be working on these priorities together on behalf of the American people, but instead Republican leaders seem ready to double down on one of their worst ideas in recent memory. I hope they change their minds before it's too late." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Condemns Political Interference by Trump Administration in Science Committee Inquiry
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    “As representatives and lawmakers, we need to be able to trust the testimony of independent scientists that appear before us. This kind of testimony shapes the way we understand our nation, its people, its resources and our role in advancing the leading edge of human knowledge. Any effort to distort testimony or suppress expert accounts on these subjects before Congress is an attack on the soundness of our work. I support my colleagues’ call for an immediate investigation into this alleged political interference with one of America’s foremost scientific experts.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces Green Bank Bill to Drive U.S. Clean Energy & Efficiency Investments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Financial Services, Jobs & Economic Development

    "State Green Banks are becoming increasingly popular as state and local economies work to meet the growing demand for clean energy and energy efficiency financing,” said Tonko. “Our New York Green Bank is a leader in this field and has already delivered more than $350 million to more than two dozen projects in our state. Those projects are expected to generate more than $1 billion combined, helping us advance a more globally competitive, clean energy economy." Read more

  • Tonko Criticizes Just-Released EPA Toxic Substance Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    "At first glance, the new rules appear to put the public’s wellbeing second to industry. We have spent decades without a working federal chemical safety regime, but unfortunately, the confidence this bill was supposed to restore to the American public is already being eroded... We deserve a deeper review as to whether the law is being implemented as Congress intended and whether the American people are receiving the protection from toxic chemicals that they were promised." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Slams Senate Trumpcare Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    "I want to help this President keep his healthcare promises to the American people. If he is willing to stand by his word, scrap this heartless and damaging plan, and come to the table to work with Members of Congress from both parties in good faith, I believe we can chart a path forward that drives down costs and increases healthcare coverage and access for every American." - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Tonko Announces $53,334 Award to Speigletown Fire District
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    “Our Capital Region firefighters regularly put their lives on the line to protect the communities they serve. When our bravest are out on a call, the last thing they need to be worried about is the reliability and usability of their equipment. This award ensures that the brave volunteers in the Speigletown Fire Company have the tools they need to continue saving lives and safeguarding homes and businesses in their hometown community.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Statement on Shooting in Alexandria, VA
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    “My thoughts are with my colleague Steve Scalise, other Members and staff who were present, the police officers injured and responding, and all of their families. Details are still coming in from Alexandria but all accounts report that our Capitol Police and their fellow officers from Alexandria showed exceptional heroism, reminding us of the selfless protection they provide us each and every day.” Read more

  • Tonko Announces $1,862,994 for Upgrades at Albany, Schenectady Airports
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Rep. Tonko applauded the awards, saying “Improving the Capital Region’s world-class aviation facilities offers immediate and long-term economic benefits in the form of increased tourism, business activity and commercial development. These specific improvements will help to ensure that passengers coming to our region are able to do so safely. I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation has recognized the importance of maintaining these vital commercial hubs for our region.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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