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  • 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

  • Tonko Co-Sponsors H.R. 9: Climate Action Now Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON–Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, is co-sponsoring H.R. 9: the Climate Action Now Act. This new legislation renders President Trump’s push to leave the Paris Climate Accord impotent and instead requires the Administration to release a plan for how the United States will meet its voluntary commitment under the accord to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas pollution. “Americans are living, and dying, in the path of unprecedented floo... Read more

  • Tonko Co-Sponsors Bill to Lower Healthcare Costs, Safeguard Pre-existing Conditions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul Tonko cosponsored sweeping new health care legislation today that will lower New Yorkers’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage. The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced the day after the Trump Administration asked a federal court to strike down the Affordable Care A... Read more

  • Tonko Calls for Mueller Report to be Released to Public
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko issued the following statement today after President Trump’s Attorney General William Barr declined to release the full contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. This news comes a little more than a week after the House of Representatives cast a unanimous vote of 420-0 to call for the full report to be released to Congress and the American people: “I am grateful to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ... Read more

  • Tonko Unveils Principles to Advance Climate Consensus in Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, unveiled his much-anticipated ‘Framework for Climate Action in the U.S. Congress’ today during a keynote address at the 2019 C2ES Climate Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD. Tonko outlined nine principles during his speech and in the report, which he says are intended to serve as a common framework for climate action as well as a tool for evaluating proposals for addressing the climate cris... Read more

  • Tonko, Barr Off to the Races with Horseracing Integrity Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, reintroduced H.R. 1754: the Horseracing Integrity Act today to establish a uniform national medication program, bringing the United States in line with international standards. “Horseracing thrives when we put the majestic equine athlete front and center” Tonko said. “Our legislation creates a set of nationwide rules that are clear, consistent, and conflict-free. This will make horsera... Read more

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