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  • Tonko Weatherization Bill Advances to Full Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON–Environment & Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko announced the advance of his legislation out of the Energy & Commerce Energy Subcommittee today to extend and modernize the popular Weatherization Assistance Program. Tonko’s bill was approved by voice vote and goes now to the full Energy & Commerce Committee for consideration. “America’s weatherization program is more than just a smart investment in energy efficiency that saves money for low-income individuals and families... Read more

  • House Unanimously Approves Tonko Bill to Increase Broadband Access
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Telecom

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) heralded passage of H.R. 1328: the ACCESS BROADBAND Act in the House by a unanimous voice vote today. This bipartisan legislation would help expand broadband access in underserved areas and create a simpler process for small businesses and local economic developers to access federal broadband resources. “Reliable broadband internet access is an integral part of our American economy and modern way of life,” said Rep. Tonko.... Read more

  • Lawmakers Unveil Groundbreaking Addiction Treatment Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Ted Budd (R-NC), Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mike Turner (R-OH) unveiled groundbreaking legislation today to greatly expand access to life-saving medication to treat addiction on a scale not seen since the start of America’s opioid crisis. The bill, H.R. 2482: the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act, would end an outdated redundancy in federal law that restricts health providers f... Read more

  • Tonko Champions Bills to Strengthen U.S. Heritage Areas including Erie Canalway
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) spoke passionately today in support of two heritage bills he introduced: H.R. 1049, the National Heritage Area Act, and H.R. 2288, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Reauthorization Act during a hearing in the Natural Resources Committee. The first bill would establish a formal process for designating and maintaining National Heritage Areas including the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor. The second would raise the funding cap for the Erie Canal... Read more

  • Tonko Reintroduces House-Passed Bill to Increase Broadband Access in Underserved Areas
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) announced the introduction of H.R. 1328: the ACCESS BROADBAND Act today, bipartisan legislation that would expand broadband access in underserved areas and create a simpler process for small businesses and local economic developers to access federal broadband resources. “Reliable access to the internet is vital to our economy and way of life, whether for students doing homework, job seekers training for a new career, doctors ... Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) voted today to pass H.R. 1585 a bipartisan, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, which passed in the House by a vote of 263-158. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 had a transformative impact, calling for all Americans to be protected from violence and abuse and all victims to have the support they need. This reauthorization, which passed the House, will secure and strengthen life-saving protections for women throughout New York and... Read more

  • More than 100 House Democrats Call for Clean Energy Tax Incentives
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter delivered today to House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal calling for his committee to take up legislation to provide long-term certainty for a slate of clean energy tax incentives that would help combat the growing climate crisis and support American jobs in growing clean energy industries. The letter was led by Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, and s... Read more

  • Tonko, Coons Advance Bill to Weatherize Homes, Lower Consumer Utility Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON–Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, joined with colleagues in both chambers of Congress to introduce legislation that would extend and strengthen the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income households insulate their homes from extreme heat and cold and make other cost-effective investments in home energy efficiency upgrades. The legislation, H.R. 2041, The Weatherization Enhancement a... Read more

  • Tonko, Wenstrup Push for Day to Honor Active Duty Troops
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced H.Res 263: the Yellow Ribbon Day Resolution this week expressing Congressional support for designating April 9th as Yellow Ribbon Day to honor the service and sacrifice of active duty troops at home and abroad, and their families throughout the United States. “Our active duty service members and their families sacrifice much and risk everything to keep us safe,” Tonko said. “Expressing Congressional support for... Read more

  • Tonko Introduces Bill to Bolster Alzheimer’s Care Planning
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) came together today to introduce H.R. 1873: Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inform healthcare providers about care planning benefits available through Medicare. The bill would also require HHS to identify other barriers individuals... Read more

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