Paul D. Tonko

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Congressman Paul Tonko is a sixth term member of the United States House of Representatives. He currently represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Amsterdam. Paul has been a champion for the middle class, job creation, economic opportunity, providing senior citizens the opportunity to retire with dignity and the mental health community throughout his career. For the 115th Congress, Paul was named Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing committee in the House. First created in December of 1795, the committee has jurisdiction over national energy policy, public and mental health policy and regulation of interstate and foreign commerce, giving it the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in the House. Paul was the first upstate New York Democratic member to serve on this committee since Leo O'Brien, who resigned the post in October 1966. Previously, Paul has served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Budget Committee and Education and Workforce Committee. He continues to fight to bring clean energy jobs to the Capital Region to ensure it maintains its status as one of the fastest growing clean technology hubs in the country. Paul believes in the power of America’s middle and working class families and is fighting to ensure the American Dream stays within reach for all who work hard and play by the rules. Building on his work in the New York State Assembly, where he fought for one of the nation’s strongest mental health parity laws, known as Timothy’s Law, Paul continues to promote mental health parity at the federal level and serves as a Co-Chair of the Mental Health Caucus. As a former Member of the Budget Committee, Paul offered the lead amendment to the Ryan Budget to protect Medicare and was instrumental in fighting to protect the program from ending. Prior to joining Congress, Paul was the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, 15 of which he was the Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee. At the age of 26, Paul was the youngest person in the history of Montgomery County to be elected to the County’s Board of Supervisors, which he chaired until 1981. Paul graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.

🚨ALERT🚨 The $28.6B Restaurant Revitalization Fund we established will start processing applications on MONDAY 5/3 at 12P...
04/30/2021
Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Learn How to Apply

🚨ALERT🚨 The $28.6B Restaurant Revitalization Fund we established will start processing applications on MONDAY 5/3 at 12PM ET—and you can register early RIGHT NOW at restaurants.sba.gov.

For more on how to apply, check out this SBA webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxi3EcB_BZ4

Learn the basics of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and how to apply. This webinar took place on April 29, 2021. ➡️ View an accessible version of the pres...

04/29/2021

My reaction to President Biden’s first joint address to Congress.

We have come a long way from the dark winter of this pandemic, but we have still more challenges ahead. I stand ready to work with this Administration to do the people’s work and build us back better than ever.

The Administration's action to expand access to buprenorphine brings us another step closer to ensuring Americans strugg...
04/27/2021
Tonko Cheers Long Overdue Reforms Expanding Access to Life-Saving Addiction Treatment

The Administration's action to expand access to buprenorphine brings us another step closer to ensuring Americans struggling with the disease of addiction can get the treatment they need.

Time for Congress to pass my MAT Act and #XtheXwaiver once and for all!

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release new practice guidelines that scale back the so-called “x-waiver” and allow practitioners to more easily prescribe buprenorphine—a proven effective opioid addict...

Our #AmericanRescuePlan is working! 200 MILLION vaccines in under 100 days. This great feat wouldn't be possible without...
04/24/2021
Assessing our local and national vaccination efforts

Our #AmericanRescuePlan is working! 200 MILLION vaccines in under 100 days.

This great feat wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our health care workers & volunteers getting those shots in arms. Read my latest newsletter for more:

This week our nation reached another major COVID milestone under the Biden-Harris Administration with the news that more than 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the United States. An estimated 40 percent of Americans have received at least one COVID shot and a quarter o...

While we celebrate the beauty of our planet this #EarthDay, we also come together to reaffirm our dedication to combatin...
04/22/2021

While we celebrate the beauty of our planet this #EarthDay, we also come together to reaffirm our dedication to combating the climate crisis.

I remain committed to working for healthier environment and investing in equitable solutions to help #ClimateJustice communities.

While we celebrate the beauty of our planet this #EarthDay, we also come together to reaffirm our dedication to combating the climate crisis.

I remain committed to working for healthier environment and investing in equitable solutions to help #ClimateJustice communities.

04/21/2021

George Floyd’s murder was not the first of its kind, nor the last. America’s institutions have long treated black people and other people of color as less human, less worthy of justice or fairness or even care. But in an age of instant video, it confronted us with the cold brutality of that racism and challenged us to witness a lynching and call it anything less.

Derek Chauvin’s actions exposed America’s justice system not just as deeply flawed, but as deadly and—it must be said—desperately in need of reform. The evidence in this case was overwhelming, as are the transformative lessons and commitments for change that we must take from it.

Policing should make all communities safer. As a nation and a people who believe in the fundamental principles of liberty and justice for all, we must accept nothing less.

04/16/2021
Prioritizing Environmental Justice Communities in our Clean Energy Future

I believe members of this committee would agree that all Americans should be able to have clean air, clean water, and lives free from pollution.

Unfortunately, this has not been the case throughout our history, and it is not the case today.

And the burdens of this exposure have not been distributed equally or randomly.

The Americans who have paid the highest price for this pollution have mostly been people of color and low-income communities.
Their exposure to pollution has resulted in higher rates of respiratory illnesses, cancer, and premature death.

And the consequences ripple out much further. For example, impacted communities tend to have greater vulnerability to damage and hardship caused by our climate inaction.

In recent years, this subcommittee has taken a leading role in reversing these trends.

Many members have championed efforts to right these historic injustices and support investments, public health protections, and pollution reductions in the communities that need them most, regardless of race, income, or zip code.

Today’s legislative hearing is an opportunity to examine some of these efforts.

Our focus today includes Title 6, Subtitle F of Title 4, and Section 842 of the Committee’s CLEAN Future Act.

But of course, the CLEAN Future Act was not developed in a vacuum.

It builds on input, ideas, and provisions from many stakeholders and Members of Congress. That spirit of partnership has made the CLEAN Future Act much stronger, and it is my hope that these improvements will continue today and in future hearings.

In addition to the CLEAN Future Act, today’s hearing will look at 10 bills to address aspects of environmental justice.

I want to recognize and thank subcommittee members DeGette, Clarke, Ruiz, Barragán, McEachin, and Blunt Rochester for their work on these bills and commitment to putting environmental justice at the heart of our subcommittee’s work.

I share their commitment and look forward to working with all of our members to make sure the 117th Congress isn’t merely a Congress for climate action, but a Congress for just and equitable climate action.

And I have been pleased that starting with President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, the Administration has made a commitment to enhancing environmental justice.

But these goals will not be achievable unless we act through an inclusive process that allows community organizations and people most affected by pollution to be involved.

This means having community voices in the development, consideration, implementation, and enforcement of our nation’s environmental laws.

Today’s hearing is part of that. In that spirit, I welcome our witnesses, and I thank the many environmental justice advocates who have taken time to meet with members and our staffs to share your perspectives.

Because our goals depend on listening to the communities that have faced these disproportionate impacts and have been shut out of participation in processes for decades.

No one bill will undo the generations of injustices, racism, and discrimination against frontline communities.

That is why we need a comprehensive strategy that deals with disproportionate impacts and supports the revitalization of communities, which will come from reducing and remediating pollution.

That is why today’s hearing includes coal ash protections, lead service line replacements, brownfield and Superfund remediations, and traditional air pollutants.

We will also consider legislation to reduce emissions from ports, to deploy air pollution monitoring infrastructure, and build capacity of community-based organizations to enable greater participation in environmental and infrastructure decision making processes.

These bills also propose ways to strengthen and improve public participation, codifying Executive Order 1.2.8.9.8 and its requirements for integration of environmental justice across federal agencies, requiring E.J. training of federal employees and meetings between EPA and community groups to improve collaboration and communication.

Finally, the CLEAN Future Act, much like the Biden Administration’s commitment, requires that 40% of funds made available be used to support activities directly benefitting environmental justice communities.

I look forward to today’s discussion and yield back my time.

- Environment & Climate Change Subcommittee Hearing 4.15.21 (reposting with sound fixed)

Our clean energy goals cannot be achieved without listening to & investing in our communities most impacted by the #Clim...
04/15/2021
Tonko Leads Congressional Hearing on Environmental Justice Bills

Our clean energy goals cannot be achieved without listening to & investing in our communities most impacted by the #ClimateCrisis.

That's why our CLEAN future Act includes substantial investments to protect the health and safety of environmental justice communities.

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, led the subcommittee in a legislative hearing on facilitating the nation’s clean energy transition and promoting environmental justice to protect vulnerable communities.

04/14/2021
Making the case for bold new investments in America's infrastructure

For far too long, our nation’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair, dragging down our economy and leaving us failing to meet the needs of the American people and struggling to compete with the rest of the world.

I continue to hear from residents of New York’s 20th congressional district on the risks posed by crumbling infrastructure – we have seen bridges collapse, communities experience repeated flooding, and a lack of equitable access to public transit.

New York received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. This barely passing grade illuminates many deficiencies that require immediate attention – including repairs to our highways and bridges; modernization of public transportation, including trains and transit; the need to modernize our drinking water systems and wastewater treatment works, and to do so with greater coordination in our approach to action within the interconnected water and sewer sectors; and efforts to increase energy efficiency to reduce household energy costs, improve weatherization, and ensure grid resiliency.

Transformational spending on infrastructure is key to our economic recovery – in districts like mine, the expansion of rail networks to connect small towns, addressing repeated water main breaks, the revitalization of local ports, and increased funding for innovative research and development will provide short, medium, and long-term improvements to the systems that connect us and our economic prospects.

In our efforts to maximize job creation, we must ensure that disadvantaged communities are not left behind. An outsized emphasis on shovel-ready requirements predominantly benefits already well-off communities over those who, without early-stage support would be unable to get projects past initial engineering and design work. For struggling towns and cities, this early project investment can make all the difference.

I believe that addressing our infrastructure challenges are a critical component of our holistic efforts to combat climate change and ensure a livable world for current and future generations. Building back better means embracing science, prioritizing the resiliency of our built and natural environment.

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, I recognize that the climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime – and bold federal climate action presents one of the greatest opportunities to create millions of good paying jobs and ensure that our workers and businesses can compete in the already ongoing transition to a sustainable future and a clean energy economy. Earlier this year, I helped introduce the CLEAN Future Act, ambitious climate legislation that would ensure that the United States take aggressive action this decade to achieve net zero greenhouse gas pollution as quickly as possible.

There is no question that this infrastructure bill is a tremendous opportunity to help us reach those climate goals.

Our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure is not solely a state or federal issue. It is not a small or large business issue. It is not a Democratic or a Republican issue. Infrastructure is an American issue that directly affects our ability to compete in the global marketplace and provide financial security for millions of American families.

In this moment, we are presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to overcome the darkness of this pandemic, combat climate change, and rebuild our nation in ways that make us stronger, safer, and more respected.

This is not only an opportunity to pave the roads we drive and improve our bridges – this is an opportunity to pave the way to a clean energy economy and build a bridge to connect us with a more prosperous future.

Time is of the essence, and I look forward to working with you to deliver this powerful investment in the lives and livelihoods of all Americans.

04/14/2021
COVID has made addiction more deadly

Making the case in the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee today for two of my bills that would help America turn the corner on our deadly opioid crisis--first by targeting treatment service to one of the most vulnerable populations, individuals with substance use disorders leaving jail or prison, and second by closing the vast gaps that patients face in accessing critical live-saving treatments.

Addiction is a disease. We can save a lot of lives if we start treating it like one.

My thanks to Regina LaBelle, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for sharing her substantive, evidence-based guidance and feedback during this timely hearing.

DETAILS: *Hearing on "An Epidemic within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse in America"*
https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-an-epidemic-within-a-pandemic-understanding-substance-use-a

The #AmericanRescuePlan is one of the most important advances we've made toward making our communities whole—but it is f...
04/13/2021
Getting us through this crisis

The #AmericanRescuePlan is one of the most important advances we've made toward making our communities whole—but it is far from the last.

Read more about our work in Congress to support Americans through this difficult time.

One month ago today, the House voted to advance President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to bolster America’s vaccination efforts, lift millions of children out of poverty and deliver direct assistance to millions of families and small businesses who need our help.

HAPPENING SOON: My telephone town hall with local public health & business experts is about to start! ☎️📞☎️Head to my we...
04/08/2021
Live | U.S. Representative Paul Tonko

HAPPENING SOON: My telephone town hall with local public health & business experts is about to start! ☎️📞☎️

Head to my website tonko.house.gov/live to listen in as we answer your questions & update you on the latest #COVID news.

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04/08/2021

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, we mourn millions of lives taken and honor those who survived and all who share this painful history. We keep their stories alive and pledge to #NeverAgain be silent in the face of bigotry and hate.

04/07/2021

📞☎️TOMORROW☎️📞 I'm hosting a telephone town hall starting at 6:15 PM EST with public health & business leaders to provide updates and answer your questions on America’s COVID response 1 year into the pandemic. Tune in live tomorrow on my page or at tonko.house.gov/live.

Do YOU have any questions about vaccination efforts, the American Rescue Plan or any other COVID related topic? Post your questions here!👇

Standing with Majority Leader Schumer and our local restaurant owners to ensure SBA will get vital federal support to ou...
04/06/2021

Standing with Majority Leader Schumer and our local restaurant owners to ensure SBA will get vital federal support to our Main Street establishments as enacted through our #AmericanRescuePlan.

This needed relief will help our cherished restaurants build our region & nation back better than ever!

Best wishes to all in our Capital Region celebrating the Easter holiday.#HappyEaster
04/04/2021

Best wishes to all in our Capital Region celebrating the Easter holiday.

#HappyEaster

Best wishes to all in our Capital Region celebrating the Easter holiday.

#HappyEaster

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan offers a bright vision for America, with strong investments in transportation, grid...
04/03/2021
Building back better for the American people

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan offers a bright vision for America, with strong investments in transportation, grid modernization, broadband & clean water infrastructure.

Read my newsletter for more on this plan that builds our nation back better than ever.

This week, President Biden traveled to Pittsburgh to address the nation and lay out a clear and bold vision for America. He announced his American Jobs Plan—a major economic recovery proposal that builds on the progress we made with the American Rescue Plan.

President Biden's American Jobs Plan makes the bold investments we need to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, create g...
03/31/2021
Tonko Cheers Biden Unveiling “American Jobs Plan”

President Biden's American Jobs Plan makes the bold investments we need to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, create good paying jobs & create a stronger, cleaner and more just economy for all.

I look forward to working alongside the president to make this plan a reality and put America on the path to our brightest future!

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko praised President Biden’s unveiling of his American Jobs Plan in Pittsburgh this afternoon. Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package takes urgently needed action to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure including overdue repairs to U.S. roads, bridges ...

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