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Tonko Reintroduces Scientific Integrity Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko—joined by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Representatives Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)—today reintroduced the Scientific Integrity Act, legislation that sets clear, enforceable standards for federal agencies and federally-funded research to keep public science independent from politic...

Tonko Calls for Executive Action to Establish Scientific Integrity Standards

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to President Joe Biden following his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States today calling for the new Administration to establish strong federal scientific integrity policies immediately and asking for his support in advancing the Scientific Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation authored and long-championed by Tonko that sets ...

Tonko Denounces EPA Anti-Science Rule

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today decried the “Selective Science” rule finalized by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler that would limit the ability of EPA policy makers to use scientific research when developing public protections and environmental guidelines. “The Trump Administration has spent the past four years cloaking their radical deregulation ag...

Tonko Slams Trump Administration for Flouting Scientific Standards in COVID-19 Crisis

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko delivered a searing review earlier today calling out Trump Administration failures to adhere to basic scientific integrity standards in managing the ongoing national COVID-19 public health crisis. Tonko, lead sponsor of the Scientific Integrity Act in the House, issued his review in a letter to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OST...

Tonko Heralds $637K in Science Grants to Capital Region

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ALBANY, NY – Congressman Paul D. Tonko applauded two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants awarded to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Albany (UAlbany) totaling $637,041. The grant for Rensselaer will fund research to better understand and control the characteristics of liquid-vapor phase-change to develop new methods of water desalination, power generation and other energ...

Tonko Heralds 73K in Science Awards to Capital Region

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ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Union College science grants totaling $73,145.00. Both awards fund interdisciplinary research seeking to measure rock and mineral defects to better understand Earth’s geological history. “Our Capital Region continues to be a national leader in scien...

Tonko’s Scientific Integrity Act Advances with Bipartisan Support

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the advance of his Scientific Integrity Act to the House floor on strong bipartisan footing following a 25-6 vote of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee today. Tonko’s legislation, which carries the names of 226 House cosponsors, sets baseline standards for scientific integrity policies at federal agencies with the purpose of preventing poli...

Representatives Casten, Tonko, Quigley Introduce the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act

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ALBANY, NY – Last week, Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act of 2019. The bill would prevent the President from unilaterally dissolving Federal Advisory Committees – groups of scientists and academics that advise the executive branch on how to make their regulations evidence-based – without the approva...

Tonko Heralds $2M Additional Science Grants Awarded to Capital Region

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ALBANY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) and Union College multiple scientific research grants totaling $2,056,439. This brings the two week total of science grant announcements for Capital Region colleges and universities to nearly 10 million dollars: $9,433,913. “Our Capital Region...

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