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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.
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Paul Tonko sits on the following committees:
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).
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%)
Some of Tonko’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Tonko’s Vote||Vote 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 ...
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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Paul Tonko is pronounced:
pawl // TONG-koh
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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.