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  • Reps. Tonko, Kinzinger, Welch, and McKinley Introduce Energy Efficient Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Peter Welch (D-VT), David McKinkley (R-WV), and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced H.R. 6949, the CHP Support Act, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and reauthorize an existing Department of Energy (DOE) program, the Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs), from FY18 to FY22. This program encourages the use of energy efficient technologies by generating electricity and capturing heat (that would ... Read more

  • Tonko Announces Four Priority Bills Included in Final Opioid Package
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 393-8. Four sections of the bill were written by Congressman Tonko, including an expansion of medication-assisted treatment, a multi-year priority that will help meaningfully combat the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. “Overdoses claimed more than 64,000 American lives in 2016, now the single greatest cause of death for Americans under 50, yet just 1 in 5 Americans ... Read more

  • Tonko Bill to Rename STOCK Act in Honor of Late Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote, H.R. 6870, a bill to rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 in honor of Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter. The bill was introduced earlier this week by Representative Tonko, her dear friend and colleague. “Members of Congress should not use their elected position to enrich themselves,” said Congressman Tonko. “We are entrusted with access to information, federal agencies and inte... Read more

  • Tonko, Luján Addiction Treatment Bill Included in Opioid Package Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Last night, it was announced that Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM) bipartisan addiction treatment bill, H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, was included in the final opioid package agreement that was negotiated between the House and Senate. In the Senate, companion legislation was led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME). “When an individual in the throes of addiction rea... Read more

  • Tonko Drinking Water Legislation Passes House, Likely to Become Law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 3021, America’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Act, by a unanimous voice vote. Title II of S. 3021 includes nearly all H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017, which Tonko shepherded through the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously in July 2017. S. 3021 now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be quickly taken up, passed and sent to the President for his signature, marking a major legislative accomp... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $250,000 for Capital Region Youth Addiction Prevention Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Addiction & Recovery

    ALBANY, NY – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that $250,000 has been awarded to two Capital Region organizations through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program. The awards will go to support programs that help prevent youth substance use in two local Capital Region communities, including: Troy Drug Free Community Coalition: $125,000 Niskayuna Community Action Program: $125,000 Congressman Paul Tonko: “Last year, 72,000 Americans died f... Read more

  • Tonko Condemns Trump’s Proposed Rollback of Clean Energy Standards
    Posted in Press Releases on August 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    ALBANY, NY – Congressman Paul D. Tonko resorted to science and facts in his reaction to the Trump Administration today after its release of a proposed rule weakening clean energy standards allowing for more carbon pollution that could lead to as many as 1,400 more premature deaths in the U.S. every year. “This proposal not only ignores the clear and growing threat of climate change, it exposes countless New York families and communities to real dangers from air pollution,” said Tonko. “In New Yo... Read more

  • Tonko Leads Bipartisan Effort to Save Toys for Tots Holiday Train
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Tonko sent a letter to Amtrak today calling on the company to reconsider its decision to cancel the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots train ahead of its 20th season. The company issued new guidelines for charter trains in March of this year and notified the Marine Corps last week that they plan to discontinue the Toys for Tots train as a result. Tonko was joined by Republican Reps. John Faso and Elise Stefanik in asking Amtrak to continue this charitable train servi... Read more

  • Tonko critical of weak Trump Administration vehicle pollution standards
    Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee, issued a strong rebuke of the announcement this morning that the Trump Administration will roll back previously agreed-upon vehicle emissions standards for Model Year 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles. The new proposal would freeze standards at the 2020 levels through 2026 and seek to revoke California’s waiver, which allows California to avoid federal preemption and set its own vehicle standa... Read more

  • Tonko Broadband & Telecom Bills Pass House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Tonight Congressman Paul D. Tonko capped his string of recent legislative victories as the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt his bipartisan broadband reform bill, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, a bill that improves coordination and community access to federal broadband resources. Tonight’s vote follows a string of signature bipartisan wins by Congressman Tonko over the past two months. “In these divided times, I am humbled to sponsor common-sense legislation that e... Read more

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