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  • Tonko, McKinley Push Addiction Treatment Access with New Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation today in the House of Representatives to reduce red tape and make it easier for patients with a substance use disorder (SUD) to get treatment through state-run Medicaid programs. The legislation, H.R. 3925: Reducing Barriers to Substance Use Treatment Act, would prohibit state Medicaid programs from using onerous utilization management techniques—including prior... Read more

  • Tonko Cheers Local Impact in Vote to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted today to pass H.R. 4863, the United States Export Finance Agency Act, legislation that would reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import (EXIM) Bank. EXIM has provided financial backing and support numerous Capital Region businesses, helping connect to new buyers overseas and guarantee the sale of products ‘Made in the USA’ throughout the world. Congressman Tonko has been a longtime champion of EXIM Bank and pushed successfully to reauthorize the agency in 2015 ... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds 73K in Science Awards to Capital Region
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Union College science grants totaling $73,145.00. Both awards fund interdisciplinary research seeking to measure rock and mineral defects to better understand Earth’s geological history. “Our Capital Region continues to be a national leader in scientific research and development,” Congressman Tonko said. “Pioneering projects like these create mean... Read more

  • Tonko “Still In” for Paris Climate Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on November 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko reiterated his support for the voluntary international Paris Climate Agreement today as part of his continued efforts to address the global climate crisis. His vocal support comes following President Donald Trump’s notice to begin the formal year-long process required to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Agreement. “While the Trump Administration wastes precious time denying the scientific realities of climate change, Americans are fleeing ... Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Begin Public Impeachment Hearings
    Posted in Press Releases on October 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted this morning to approve H. Res. 660, a resolution to begin public impeachment hearings and establish transparency and due process standards for those hearings in the House. This is the next step in ongoing House of Representatives inquiries into evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump. “Our Constitution clearly empowers Congress to review evidence and assess whether the President engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors. His grave abuse of power... Read more

  • Tonko Votes to Pass SHIELD Act to Protect Integrity of U.S. Elections
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted last night to pass H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act. This bill takes bipartisan steps to combat foreign interference in elections by strengthening reporting requirements, closing loopholes and deterring foreign activity in U.S. elections. “As the people’s representatives, we swore an oath to our Constitution and that means doing whatever it takes to safeguard the integrity of America’s electi... Read more

  • Tonko-Pappas Bill to Help Low-Income Seniors Afford Prescriptions Advances to House Floor
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) to expand low-income senior’s access to prescription drugs under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program, also known as Medicare Part D, was passed through committee last night as an important addition to the House’s H.R. 3: the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Their legislation, the Advancing Enrollment and Reducing Drug Costs Act of 2019, will expand low-income senior’s access to presc... Read more

  • Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce +$62K USDA Award to Carey Institute in Rensselaerville
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY received a grant totaling $62,080.00 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The award will provide technical assistance and trainings to rural breweries in New York State in order to retain and create jobs, improve operations and grow sales. “Local businesses are an impo... Read more

  • Tonko’s Scientific Integrity Act Advances with Bipartisan Support
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the advance of his Scientific Integrity Act to the House floor on strong bipartisan footing following a 25-6 vote of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee today. Tonko’s legislation, which carries the names of 226 House cosponsors, sets baseline standards for scientific integrity policies at federal agencies with the purpose of preventing political and special interests from interfering with federal or federally-funded research or scientific... Read more

  • Tonko, Schumer, Gillibrand, Delgado, Stefanik Introduce Limo Safety Package
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2019 | Preview rr

    "The first night our communities came together in vigil, these families called on us to respond not just with our thoughts and prayers, but with clear, enforceable standards that close dangerous loopholes and make rider safety a priority. This legislation answers that call." - Congressman Paul Tonko Read more

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