Paul Tonko Committee Assignments 114th

Analysis

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tonko is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Tonko has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Paul Tonko sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Tonko was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Tonko sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (22%)Health (19%)Armed Forces and National Security (16%)Taxation (13%)Education (9%)Environmental Protection (9%)Science, Technology, Communications (6%)Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Tonko’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Tonko’s VoteVote Description
No H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 22) to authorize funds for Federal-aid ...
Dec 3, 2015. Passed 384/40.
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
No H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015
Apr 23, 2015. Passed 355/63.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 10 (113th): Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
May 9, 2014. Passed 360/45.
No H.R. 2218 (112th): Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
Sep 13, 2011. Passed 365/54.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Mar 2018, Tonko missed 42 of 6,596 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2009 Jan-Mar17410.6%24th
2009 Apr-Jun30310.3%9th
2009 Jul-Sep26820.7%25th
2009 Oct-Dec24600.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar19521.0%24th
2010 Apr-Jun21920.9%21st
2010 Jul-Sep15100.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec9933.0%45th
2011 Jan-Mar21200.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun28110.4%18th
2011 Jul-Sep24720.8%34th
2011 Oct-Dec20800.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar15110.7%24th
2012 Apr-Jun29951.7%52nd
2012 Jul-Sep15200.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8911.1%42nd
2013 Apr-Jun21510.5%24th
2013 Jul-Sep20010.5%26th
2013 Oct-Dec13700.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar14800.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun21900.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep14700.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13932.2%61st
2015 Apr-Jun24410.4%27th
2015 Jul-Sep13900.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec17700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar13710.7%18th
2016 Apr-Jun20452.5%57th
2016 Jul-Sep23231.3%55th
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20831.4%51st
2017 Apr-Jun13621.5%45th
2017 Jul-Sep19900.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec16710.6%24th
2018 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th

Primary Sources

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Paul Tonko is pronounced:

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Tonko’s agenda includes ‘green’ innovations, research and development, providing a quality education for all and supporting working families

- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House Democratic Steering Committee has nominated Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) to the House Education and Labor Committee, and the House Science and Technology Committee.

"I am thrilled with my assignments because I will be able to use my experience to work on the most pressing issues we face," said Rep. Tonko. "Unemployment is one of those key issues, and as part of the solution it's important that we develop an innovation economy that will grow jobs and a cutting edge 'Green Collar' workforce, which will address both our energy demands and unemployment. The key to building an innovation economy will be to reverse eight years of spending cuts in research and development. It is critically important for us to invest in research and development if we’re going to maintain our competitiveness in the new global economy. The 21st District is well positioned to be a leader in this effort with an educated workforce, outstanding colleges and universities, and a growing high-tech sector."

As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller ?(D-California), Rep. Tonko will be able to work with local colleges and universities to promote lifelong learning and competitiveness that will help train tomorrow’s "Green Collar" workforce. The Education and Labor Committee Democrats' goal is to keep America strong by increasing education opportunities for students, by making it easier for young adults to attend college, and by helping workers find job training and retirement security for a better future. The Education and Labor Committee works on issues like No Child Left Behind, Head Start, Higher Education and LIHEAP.  It also includes issues like pension and retirement benefits, welfare programs, workers’ compensation, and health care access.

As a member of the Science and Technology Committee, Rep. Tonko will be an exclusive New York member on the committee, chaired by Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tennessee).  While the Committee was established in the wake of the Russian launch of Sputnik in 1957, its jurisdiction grew to include almost all non-defense federal scientific research and development.  In his work on this Committee, Rep. Tonko will be able to address issues related to technological competitiveness, environmental science, U.S. energy policy and education.

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