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Tonko Statement on Build Back Better Agenda

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko released the following statement today about efforts in Congress to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda: “Throughout my entire career, I have been working towards and preparing for the opportunity to enact meaningful, transformative climate legislation that delivers for the people. With President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, that opportunit...

Tonko Unveils NY-NJ Watershed Protection Act

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HALFMOON, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko was joined by local stakeholders today to announce his newly introduced, New York-New Jersey Watershed Protection Act, legislation to protect and restore hundreds of miles of waterways that flow through the Hudson Valley, across New Jersey, and into New York-New Jersey Harbor, strengthening resilience against storm surges and improving accessibility and econo...

Tonko Secures Funding to Fix America’s Drinking Water Systems

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered today’s vote in the House to advance Fiscal Year 2022 Budget legislation that includes major funding provisions he has championed to repair America’s broken drinking water systems, address lead and PFAS contamination to eliminate harmful exposure and support communities already impacted by pollution. “We know our water system needs are immense, but too ...

Tonko Secures House Backing for FIVE Capital Region Infrastructure Projects

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced that five local projects totaling $19,955,000 that he pushed for to receive federal funding have been advanced out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 221-201 as part of a major infrastructure package, the INVEST in America Act. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make critical investments in our infrastructure that will igni...

Tonko Heralds House Passage of AQUA Act in Major Infrastructure Plan

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today cheered the House vote to pass his transformational drinking water legislation—the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act—as part of major infrastructure legislation, the INVEST in America Act. Tonko’s legislation would deliver needed federal investments to local communities to address critical water infrastructure needs and replace every one o...

Tonko Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bill Advances in Major House Vote

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, cheered the advance today of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure provisions he authored and championed that build a national network of publicly accessible EV charging stations as part of the INVEST in America Act. “Climate is inextricably linked with infrastructure, it is impossible ...

Tonko Responds to Biden-Approved Infrastructure Framework

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko responded today to news that President Biden and Vice President Harris have endorsed a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that includes transformational investments in our nation’s infrastructure. “Over the past several weeks, I have travelled throughout our Capital Region highlighting the great and growing needs of our communities,” Congressman ...

Tonko Shepherds National Drinking Water & PFAS Legislation to House Floor

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, cheered the advance of legislation tonight to repair and upgrade America’s drinking water systems and address dangerous PFAS contamination facing communities throughout the country. The bills now advance to the House floor for votes either as stand-alone legislation or to be inclu...

Tonko Calls for Climate Action in U.S. Infrastructure Push

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, today delivered a speech before the House of Representatives stressing the urgency of acting on climate through bold, new investments in America’s infrastructure. Rep. Tonko’s full one-minute can be read below. As one of only a handful of engineers in Congress, Rep. Tonko has long...

Tonko Opening Statement on National Drinking Water & PFAS Legislation

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, made his opening statement in the subcommittee today on legislation to support America’s drinking water infrastructure and address PFAS contamination across the country. Full text of that statement is included below. The three bills being addressed in the markup include Rep. Tonko...

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