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The nation and its political leaders have been reacting to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the legality of federal tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court’s liberal wing in a 6-3 configuration, the second major decision in favor of Obamacare during his tenure. Reaction has largely hued along party lines, with Democrats, including the president, hailing the victory and Republicans continuing to call for repeal, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus from the House just after the decision went public.

Experts agree that America’s infrastructure is in bad shape.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that mustering the political will to make improvements is a challenge.

The framework agreement with Iran: historic diplomacy or grave mistake?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Congress is taking a close look.

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko celebrated fellow Democrat Mario Cuomo on the House floor Monday night, days after the former governor died at 82. Tonko called Cuomo "the greatest of governors of New York."

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, one of only a few upstate New York Democrats to win convincingly on Election Day, is returning to a Congress in a decided minority.

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With election season now in full swing, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th district has been touring the Capital Region. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jim Fischer is ramping up his own campaign. 

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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will join fellow Democrats in the Albany area on Sunday as part of a bus tour that is kicking off in Seneca Falls. Pelosi and Representatives Paul Tonko of the Capital Region and Carolyn Maloney from New York City are taking part in the When Women Succeed, American Succeeds: Women on a Roll bus tour. The visit is slated for 4:30 Sunday in Albany. The tour ending in Chicago will push for a minimum wage hike, equal pay, paid sick leave, and affordable child care. / United States Department Of The Interior

The Saratoga County Republican Party has selected a candidate to run for Congress in New York’s 20th District, where a longtime Capital District political figure cruised to reelection two years ago.

Recently, Jim Fischer was selected by the Saratoga County Republican Committee as the endorsed candidate to run in the Congressional race in the 20th District, a seat currently held by three-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko.

The 20th district was redrawn in 2012. Tonko, a former state Assemblyman, previously represented New York’s former 21st district.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, says his Republican colleagues could face political fallout if the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act gives way to a successful program in the long term. Tonko spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

In a speech being lauded by environmental activists, yesterday President Barack Obama announced several proposals to limit pollution that is contributing to climate change. The policies include the establishment of carbon pollution standards for power plants and increased funding for clean energy technology over the coming decades.

For reaction to the speech WAMC spoke with Representative Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th District. Before discussing climate change we asked Tonko for his reaction to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act.