As the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Paul Tonko has made notable strides in bringing the discussion of energy efficiency to the forefront of Congress since being elected in 2008.
The Congressman is the sponsor of H.R. 2691 which establishes a multiyear, multiphase program of research, development, and technological demonstration to improve the efficiency of gas turbines and H.R. 4423 or the Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2016 which establishes a more general program of wind energy research, development and demonstration. He has also led efforts to reinstate the Weatherization Assistance Program which, through the Department of Energy, helps to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households as the sponsor of H.R. 3420 or the Weatherization Enhancement, and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act and H.AMDT.858.
In addition to having worked to establish cleaner energy practices, Tonko has sponsored legislation to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act so that it may increase assistance for States, water systems and disadvantaged communities as well as encourage appropriate management of water systems (H.R. 4653 or the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2016).
If re-elected, Tonko will continue to fight for progress in developing comprehensive and clean energy policies and make strides towards protecting the environment.