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Tonko, Biden Administration Deliver Nearly $82 Million to New York Seniors

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the Biden Administration’s announcement of $81,983,765 in funding to New York State under the Older Americans Act programs as part of the American Rescue Plan he helped pass. “As the American Rescue Plan continues to provide a lifeline for families, workers and small businesses, it is critical that our seniors—hit especially hard by this pandemic—rec... Read more »

Tonko Leads Bipartisan Push for Limo Safety Reform in House

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, chief architect and lead House sponsor of comprehensive national limousine safety reform legislation (fact sheet & detailed summary) announced today that he has introduced the reform package in the House of Representatives and is pushing for the bill to be taken up immediately. “For too long, the families of those souls lost in the deadly Schoharie limo cra... Read more »

Tonko Pushes to Advance Fort McClellan Veterans Bill Out of Committee

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko spoke before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today to push for swift review and passage of his bill H.R. 2825, the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act to establish a health registry tracking links between service at Fort McClellan and the painful, chronic health problems—“various forms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart dise... Read more »

Tonko Highlights New Tools to Help Get Americans Vaccinated

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today highlighted new tools from the White House to help New Yorkers get vaccinated. Americans sixteen years or older can now input their ZIP code at www.vaccines.gov / www.vacunas.gov or text their ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) / VACUNA (822862) to get help making a vaccine appointment at a nearby location. “Getting vaccinated is the best action we can take t... Read more »

Tonko, Joyce, Ryan Introduce Resolution Applauding Addiction Professionals

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a bipartisan coalition to introduce H.Res.364, a resolution recognizing the contributions of America’s addiction professionals workforce, which represents more than 100,000 counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who specialize in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and education. The resolution i... Read more »

Tonko Advances Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Bill

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko celebrated the introduction of his bill, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Act of 2021. His 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, driving expanding access to public and workplace charging stations, and encouragin... Read more »

Tonko: American Rescue Plan Relief for Restaurants Available Starting Monday

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that restaurants in New York’s Capital Region can start applying for direct relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund starting on Monday, May 3, at 12:00 p.m. ET, and he is recommending that they start the process early by registering ASAP via the U.S. Small Business Administration application portal. “Our Capital Region’s independent... Read more »

Tonko Announces Slate of 10 Capital Region Projects Chosen for Federal Funding Push

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced a slate of 10 improvement and community development projects, compiled from across the Capital Region, that he is submitting to the House Committee on Appropriations in a bid to bring direct federal investment to the region under the committee’s new Community Project Funding (CPF) process. “With the right combination of visionary leadership and inv... Read more »

Tonko Cheers Long Overdue Reforms Expanding Access to Life-Saving Addiction Treatment

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release new practice guidelines that scale back the so-called “x-waiver” and allow practitioners to more easily prescribe buprenorphine—a proven effective opioid addiction treatment—to patients. Tonko has long fought to remove this outdated barrier and expand access to the li... Read more »

Tonko Pushes for Federal Backing of Local Transportation Infrastructure Projects

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced a slate of Capital Region transportation projects that he is submitting to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee in a bid to secure federal funding for the projects. Proposals selected by the committee may be eligible for funding under the surface transportation authorization legislation that is expected to be proposed later t... Read more »

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