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  • Tonko Leads Bipartisan Letter to Speaker Pelosi Requesting Coronavirus Response Address Mental Health
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Representatives Paul D. Tonko, Doris Matsui, Joseph P. Kennedy, III and Scott Peters led a letter signed by 74 bipartisan members sent to House leadership today requesting that the next coronavirus response package address the mental health challenges associated with this public health crisis. “The threat of coronavirus has instilled in so many of us an unprecedented feeling of fear and anxiety and for those living with a mental illness, this stress may be magnified.” Congressman Tonk... Read more

  • Tonko Offices Transition to Serve Constituents Remotely
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that his offices are serving constituents remotely in order to protect public health and address the spread of coronavirus. Staff members have worked remotely since last Friday. They will continue to address the needs of constituents, including federal casework issues, meeting requests (which will be conducted via telephone), legislative suggestions and more. This announcement applies to the Washington, D.C. office as well as the district o... Read more

  • Tonko, House Advance Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted earlier this morning to pass H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which bolsters federal response to coronavirus to protect American’s health and safety and provide additional funding to address the economic impact caused by the pandemic. The bill includes a provision authored by Tonko and Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) that increases access to critically needed N95 respirators for our frontline healthcare workers by adding NIOSH-certif... Read more

  • Tonko, Barr Renew Call for Horseracing Integrity Act Passage Amid New Industry Scandal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko and Congressman Andy Barr, released the following statement after the indictment of 27 individuals in a horse doping scandal. “Today’s indictments underscore the pressing need for the development of uniform racing standards under one independent regulatory body. It is abundantly clear that the current system of 38 separate jurisdictions leaves a void where, when exploited, manipulation and cheating can occur. “Tragically, in some cases the health of our equin... Read more

  • Tonko, House Pass $8.3 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Supplemental
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted today to advance H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, out of the House of Representatives. The supplemental package provides $8.3 billion to fund a nationwide response to combat the coronavirus. “Countless lives depend on an immediate and substantial response by the federal government to stop the spread of coronavirus,” Congressman Tonko said. “The sheer scope and severity of this virus demands a coordina... Read more

  • Two of Tonko’s Bills to Address Opioid Epidemic Receive Legislative Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko spoke today in ardent support of two ground-breaking bills that would work to combat the opioid epidemic and expand addiction treatment to all Americans during a hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. H.R.2482, the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act would remove pointless barriers preventing medical professionals from providing medication-assisted treatment for individuals suffering from a substance use disorder. H.R.1329, the Med... Read more

  • Tonko Slams Trump Administration for Transferring Funds from Vital Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko slammed actions by the Trump Administration to steal funding from vital substance abuse, mental health and home heating programs. The Trump Administration plans to shift more than $5 million in funding appropriated for addressing the overdose and suicide epidemics and more than $37 million from the Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) in order to fund coronavirus response efforts. LIHEAP provides heating assistance to low-income people, including more than... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $9.7 Million in Housing Awards to Capital Region
    Posted in Press Releases on February 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced this morning that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award major grants to eight public housing authorities in the Capital Region totaling $9,763,637. The funding will allow these local agencies to make needed investments to repair and improve their properties. “Our Capital Region communities are stronger and more resilient when people here know they can access secure, affordable housing that offers a safe place to live,... Read more

  • Tonko Sends Inquiry to Defense Secretary on PFAS at Local Facility
    Posted in Press Releases on February 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper today requesting information on the transportation, storage, and disposal of materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and/or aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) generated by the Department of Defense by Norlite, LLC or its parent company Tradebe USA at the company’s facility in Cohoes, New York. “As one of the leaders in Congress confronting America’s PFAS pollution crisis, I know all too ... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $240K Awarded to RPI for Brain Research
    Posted in Press Releases on February 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant totaling $240,106 to fund research toward developing a model-based approach to capture and examine brain activity. Having access to a model of this kind will enable future generations of engineers and clinicians to better understand and assess countless aspects of brain health. “Our Capital Region scientists and researchers are among America’s most... Read more

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