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Tonko Stands with Ukraine & Denounces House GOP for Bowing to Russian Aggression

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko delivered a fiery one minute on the floor last night strongly condemning Republican gamesmanship that has withheld needed aid for Ukraine: Tonko’s forceful floor remarks can be viewed HERE and read below: M. Speaker, I rise today to stand with our allies in Ukraine — action that my Republican colleagues have repeatedly failed to take. Over the…

Tonko Opposes Far-Right Republican Takeover of Defense Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Paul D. Tonko today voted against the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that House Republicans used to force through extreme, partisan issues that undermine national security, strip women in uniform of access to health care, and target LGBTQ+ servicemembers. “The National Defense Authorization Act has long served as a bipartisan bill…

Tonko Floating Solar & Water Priorities Advance in Must-Pass Legislation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the inclusion of several provisions he championed to protect and enhance water resources throughout the Capital Region and across the country. “By harnessing the power of our waterways, we can strengthen our local communities, address drought and flood risks, support environmental justice, bolster the economy, and so much more,”…

Tonko Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today released a statement below following the Russian invasion of Ukraine early this morning: “I strongly condemn Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which is in clear violation of international law. As President Biden has stated, we must quickly implement a powerful response to target Putin and his cronies with serious, aggressive…

Tonko Cites Capital Region Ransomware Attacks in Push to Improve U.S. Cybersecurity at Congressional Hearing

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko highlighted Capital Region services and organizations that have already been impacted by ransomware attacks at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today. During his questioning of the hearing, he pressed the witness panel—made up of experts in technology and cybersecurity—for recommendations on how businesses and…

Tonko Selected Among Colleagues to Negotiate Defense Bill Between House and Senate

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko was selected last night to represent the House of Representatives in negotiations with the United States Senate over the final terms of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA shapes the funding and operations of the U.S. Department of Defense. Both the House and Senate bills include provisions related to per- and…

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