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  • Tonko Slams House for Failure to Deliver Election Security Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted today to reject a motion restoring $380 million to help state and local election officials upgrade outdated voting technology, counter cyberattacks and address other election vulnerabilities. The vote failed along strictly partisan lines, 182-232. Congressman Tonko issued the following statement in response: “With their vote today, Congressional Republicans put politics and allegiance to party over common sense and their duty to the American people. Our natio... Read more

  • Tonko Appointed to Farm Bill Conference Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee, was selected today to serve as a conferee when the House and Senate work to resolve differences between their versions of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the “Farm Bill.” “I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my voice to the table during negotiations of this essential bill,” said Tonko. “As we go to conference with the Senate, I vow to fight ag... Read more

  • Tonko Releases GAO Report Showing Lead in U.S. School Drinking Water
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman Paul D. Tonko released a disturbing new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing just 43 percent of school districts nationwide tested for lead in their schools’ drinking water in 2016 and 2017, and of those that tested more than one-third (37 percent) found elevated lead levels. 41 percent of U.S. school districts did not test for lead at all, and 16 percent of school dist... Read more

  • Tonko Broadband Bill Advances Out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Telecom

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko added to his string of recent legislative achievements today as the Energy & Commerce Committee voted this afternoon to advance his broadband reform bill, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, for consideration by the full House. “Broadband Internet access has become a necessity for Capital Region families, businesses and our regional economy, helping our students keep up with homework, job candidates build toward a new career, doctors read medical scans and entreprene... Read more

  • Tonko Raises Red Flags over Trump SCOTUS Nominee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko responded to President Trump’s announcement tonight that he will nominate ideologically conservative Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. “President Trump’s announcement tonight shows a clear intent to pack the court with extremists to support his hateful policies and to insulate himself from legal accountability in the process,” said Tonko. “Republicans stonewalled Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination for more than a ... Read more

  • Tonko Introduces Constituent-Inspired Military Records Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    "Military records testify to the sacrifice and valor of each person who has served the U.S. armed forces," said Tonko. "Incorrect or incomplete military records can leave a service member, their family or their descendants without vital documentation or with an inaccurate or incomplete story of their loved one’s service. I am grateful to Roberta Reno for bringing to my attention this critical gap in how we correct and maintain our military records. Thanks to her tenacity and attention to historical detail, I am delighted to sponsor this legislation to help ensure critical errors and injustices like this one can begin to be corrected.” Read more

  • Tonko Opening Statement on H.R. 2651: Horseracing Integrity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) spoke in favor of H.R. 2651: Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation he introduced along with Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), at a legislative hearing on the bill this morning in the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. The Horseracing Integrity Act would establish a national, independent Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority responsible for rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight regarding drugs and medication ... Read more

  • Tonko Signature Addiction Treatment Bill Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    "Our national response needs to rise to meet the unprecedented scale of this crisis. I am delighted that the House voted this afternoon to adopt my Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act as part of the legislation passed today. Ensuring patients can access cutting-edge addiction treatment is a matter of life and death for countless Americans and their families." Read more

  • Tonko Statement on House Rejection of Goodlatte Immigration Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    "I remain deeply troubled by the total lack of interest from the President and from my colleagues in Congress to offer a serious plan for reuniting the more than 2,300 children separated from their parents by our government under the President’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy." - Congressman Paul Tonko Read more

  • House Approves Tonko-Turner Pre-Release Addiction Treatment Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Individuals could better access mental health and addiction care and have an improved care transition back into the community. By passing this bill, we can allow states to expand innovative approaches to reentry that are already underway in places such as New York." Read more

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