Tom Marino

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Rep. Marino and Sen. Ron Johnson Request GAO Report on Bureau of Prison’s Staffing Procedures Effects on Safety

2018/12/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman, Ron Johnson (WI), requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the Federal Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) staffing procedures and practices to assess how staffing levels contribute to safety conditions at BOP facilities.

Existing GAO work product has shown that BOP has a shortage of correctional officers, stressing the existing BOP workforce and potentially creating safety concerns. To address the shortage of correctional officers, BOP relies on a practice known as “augmentation,” in which administrative employees serve temporarily as correctional officers.

Although a 2012 GAO review noted concerns with unfilled positions and increased inmate-to-staff ratios, the review did not assess the BOP-wide use of augmentation. With the safety concerns related to BOP staffing procedures and practices, we believe the federal government would benefit from an up-to-date review of these procedures and practices.  Given the GAO’s expertise on oversight and use of federal resources, reports such as this often have a large impact on shaping public policy. Congressman Marino and Senator Johnson asked for this review in order to gather more information on this pressing issue.

Congressman Marino has been a leader on issues related to BOP staffing procedures and their effects on safety. Marino has sent numerous letters to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prison leadership focused on staffing ratios, staffing cuts, and transfers of specially trained staff and other resources away from needed locations.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“The Bureau of Prisons can and must do more to ensure that correctional officers in our federal prisons are operating in a safe work environment. These dangerous staffing levels that contribute to incidents of violence are unacceptable. The Bureau needs to take a comprehensive look at these policies and make sure they are doing everything possible to maintain safety and order in their prisons.

I hope that this report, when completed, will bring more attention, perspective, and information to these staffing policies and procedures so that we do not jeopardize the safety and security of correctional officers, inmates, and the general public.” 

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U.S. Small Business Administration Grants Disaster Declaration Request for Counties Affected by August Flooding

2018/12/12

Washington, DC-  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Governor Tom Wolf's request to declare a disaster in Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Susquehanna counties after significant flood damage to homes and businesses was sustained from severe storms between Aug. 10 – 15, 2018.

Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Susquehanna, as well as neighboring counties Berks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.

The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. Applicants from any eligible county may report to any DLOC location in order to get help. The DLOCs will be open at the following locations and times:

Bradford County:
Fairfield Inn By Marriott
1248 Gold Mile Road
Towanda, PA 18848

Columbia County:
Benton Borough Building
590 Everett Street
Benton, PA 17814

Delaware County:
Delaware County Emergency Services Building
360 North Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063

Northumberland County:
Warrior Run Area Fire Department Headquarters
1125 Main Street
Watsontown, PA 17777

Schuylkill County:
Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building
301 First Street P.O. Box 71
Port Carbon, PA 17965

Susquehanna County:
Susquehanna County Department of Public Safety County Office Building
81 Public Avenue
Montrose, PA 18801

Opening: Thursday, December 13: 11 a.m.
Days: Friday, Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 15: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, December 16
Closing: Thursday, December 20: 4 p.m.

SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 11, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Sept. 11, 2019.

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Marino Lauds More Choices for School Milk

2018/12/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Marino issued the following statement after the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a finalized rule that would allow schools to offer flavored milk.

The rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements, provides the option to offer flavored, low-fat milk to children participating in school meal programs, and to participants ages 6 and older in the Special Milk Program for Children and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Milk consumption in schools has declined exponentially since the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Because of this law’s decrease in choice and milk consumption, Congressman Marino introduced H.R. 5640, WHOLE MILK Act.  The WHOLE MILK Act would allow local school nutrition specialists the option of offering whole milk to students if they determine it is best for the health of the children in their schools.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“USDA’s finalization of this rule is the first commonsense step we’ve seen in school nutrition over the last 8 years; I applaud Secretary Purdue for his leadership. This rule will facilitate the consumption of nutritious varieties of milk by providing more choice for our students. This action is a big step forward but there is still much to do.

Over the last few years, certain members of Congress have been playing politics with our children’s nutrition and the livelihoods of our dairy farmers to protect legacy legislation that has failed to do what it promised. The latest peer-reviewed science corroborates the need for higher fat content in our children’s diets and there is no better way to consume that fat than through the consumption of whole milk.

As we move forward with the upcoming review of nutrition standards and our dietary guidelines, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we put politics aside and use the best-available science in decisions regarding childhood nutrition and allow whole milk back into our schools.”

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Congressman Marino, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Small Businesses Restructure Debt

2018/11/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino along with Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), and David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced, H.R. 7190, the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA).  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The bill will streamline existing bankruptcy procedures and provide new tools to increase a small business’ ability to achieve a successful restructuring.

Chapter 11 in the bankruptcy code was designed for administering complex business reorganizations involving multi-million dollar companies. Though several provisions specifically focus on small business debtors, a significant amount of research shows that Chapter 11 may still create difficulties for small businesses, including high costs, deficits, and procedural roadblocks. The SBRA will address these issues by adding a new subchapter V to Chapter 11. By reducing liquidations and increasing recoveries to creditors, the bill will lead to more successful restructurings.

Specifically, key provisions of the Small Business Reorganization Act will increase debtors’ ability to negotiate a successful reorganization and retain control of the business, reduce unnecessary procedural burdens and costs, and increases oversight and ensures quick reorganization.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“The Small Business Reorganization Act is a tremendous step forward in streamlining bankruptcy procedures. By reducing unnecessary procedural burdens, enhancing oversight, and increasing the debtors’ ability to negotiate; we will ensure quick and successful reorganization and provide small business’ the ability to restructure in a way that meets their needs. I thank my colleagues for their work on the introduction of this bill and urge for its timely consideration in both the House and Senate.”

Representative Collins:

Small businesses are some of the best innovators in our local economies, and this bill would bring much-needed improvements to the bankruptcy code so that owner-operated businesses can recover from financial hardship and continue creating jobs.”

Representative Cicilline:

“Our economy depends on locally owned businesses to create good jobs, invest in our communities, and help hardworking Americans get ahead. The Small Business Reorganization Act is an important step to ensuring that our bankruptcy system works for everyone by giving financially distressed small businesses the tools they need for a fresh start.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley:

“We’ve worked with the National Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute and National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges to develop this legislation and have incorporated feedback from numerous stakeholders, ranging from commercial lenders to the U.S. Trustee. A well-functioning bankruptcy system, specifically for small businesses, allows businesses to reorganize, preserve jobs, maximize the value of assets and ensure the proper allocation of resources. To that end, I’ve been working to improve the bankruptcy code for decades and will continue that effort.”

Senator Whitehouse:

“Small businesses form the backbone of the American economy. When these businesses are struggling, the bankruptcy process should give them a chance to reorganize to preserve jobs and boost local communities. I look forward to working with Chairman Grassley to pass this common-sense measure.”

 

 

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Marino Recognizes 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winner

2018/11/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Marino issued the following statement announcing Alan Everett, of Millerstown, PA, as the winner of this year’s Congressional App Challenge for Pennsylvania’s Tenth Congressional District.

The Congressional App Challenge, an organization created in 2013 in conjunction with the U.S. House of Representatives and the Internet Education Foundation, encourages students to learn to code and inspires them to pursue careers in computer science. The contest, which launched in June with student submissions reviewed in late October, was open to all middle and high school students in PA-10.

Alan’s app was entitled Constructing Computer Logic for All, which allows users to design logic circuits. As the challenge winner, Alan’s app will be displayed in the US Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives’ website, House.gov.  He will also be invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C. and receive $250 in Amazon Web Services credits.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“I am constantly amazed by the capability of our students to solve problems with technology. Alan submitted a very creative app that has far-reaching applications for our communities or around the world. In today’s digital age, STEM, coding, and computer science are rapidly growing and Alan’s app will undoubtedly inspire other students to pursue careers in these fields. I am proud of Alan for his hard work and happy to announce him as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge Competition for Pennsylvania’s Tenth Congressional District. I thank Alan for his innovation and I know he has a very bright future in science and technology.

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Rep. Marino Praises Confirmation of Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

2018/10/06

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) released the following statement following the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“Despite the intimidation tactics and character assassination from the left, an impeccable jurist was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the United States Senate. Justice Kavanaugh will bring a distinguished service record, an impartial judicial temperament, and a deep respect for the Constitution and rule of law with him to the bench. I look forward to his service on the high court.”

 

 

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Rep. Marino Continues Support for Foster Youth

2018/10/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Marino joined Congresswoman Karen Bass in the introduction of the bipartisan H.R. 7012, Supporting Kinship Connections Act. Specifically, H.R. 7012 would amend the Social Security Act to provide grants to develop and enhance or evaluate kinship navigator programs.

Kinship navigator programs assist grandparents and other relatives who take primary responsibility for the care of children who are in need of a safe and stable placement. As more parents struggle with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, it is important for title IV-E agencies to develop resources to support kinship caregivers. This helps caregivers in finding and utilizing programs and services to meet their own needs and the needs of the children they are raising.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving home. We know that when children grow up in stable households, they are much more likely to succeed as adults. This legislation will help ensure that every foster child has the opportunity to pursue their dreams, start great careers, and raise loving families of their own.”

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Rep. Marino Statement on Trade Agreement with Mexico, Canada

2018/10/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Marino issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it reached a trilateral trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“President Trump is delivering on his promise to strike the best trade deals possible for all of our economic sectors. By making good on a pledge to renegotiate NAFTA, the Trump administration, led by Ambassador Lighthizer, has ensured that our trading partners will be held to the same high standards as the United States. It has also ensured those that the manufacturers, farmers, and other industries in our country can count on a fair platform with which they can trade on. I look forward to reviewing the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, especially with regards to its impact on our dairy farmers, and further engaging on the details.”   

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Marino Supports Election Integrity

2018/09/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 1071, by a bipartisan vote of 279-72, recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote disenfranchises and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

In 2016, voters in the City of San Francisco, approved a referendum allowing illegal immigrants to vote in school board races, setting a dangerous precedent that conflicts with the federal government’s enforcement of measures that distinguish lawful residents and those who lack authorization under federal law to be present in the United States. A recent Public Interest Legal Foundation study showed that jurisdictions with sanctuary policies and practices have a greater likelihood of voter fraud.  

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“As the grandson of Italian-American immigrants, I support the efforts of individuals who come to this nation, legally, to pursue the American dream. I have tremendous respect for the process of becoming naturalized as a U.S. citizen and the rights and freedoms that are bestowed with it. San Francisco’s decision completely diminishes the earned accomplishment of completing the naturalization process. Furthermore, allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote, at any level of government, detracts from the legitimacy of elections and puts our nation at risk from foreign threats and fraudulent voting activity.”

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Rep. Marino Introduces Legislation to Bridge the Digital Divide

2018/09/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Marino introduced legislation to aid in deploying rural broadband to unserved and underserved areas. H.R. 6871, the Rural Broadband Connectivity Act delivers on the need to incentivize more private investment in broadband deployment for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District and the rest of the country.

Specifically, the Rural Broadband Connectivity Act provides a tax credit to entities that make investments in broadband infrastructure that will provide service to rural areas. This is critical for more access to connectivity because in many cases, it does not make sense from a business perspective to make expensive investments to provide rural broadband in areas where few people will sign up for service. This legislation changes that dynamic.

By incentivizing these investments through the tax code, we can bring rural America into the 21st Century and ensure every American citizen can reach their full potential, regardless of where they reside.

Congressman Marino was joined by original co-sponsors Congressmen Lou Barletta (PA-11), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (LA-05), Jack Bergman (MI-01), and Paul Gosar (AZ-04) in the introduction of the legislation.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement on the Rural Broadband Connectivity Act:

“The Rural Broadband Connectivity Act provides a wide-reaching solution that will serve as a tremendous step forward in bridging the digital divide. This legislation will spur efforts to unleash private capital to ensure that no American is left behind the opportunity curve based on where they live. By unleashing private capital and channeling those funds correctly, we can ensure the build out of infrastructure to provide connectivity to our rural citizens. More connectivity means better living standards that will provide modern teleworking, telemedicine, digital learning, and allow our agricultural producers access to innovation that will benefit them in the fields.”

Rep. Barletta:

“In today’s world, the Internet is an important part of our lives, whether you’re ordering new equipment for your business, your child has a school research project, or even if you’re just checking the latest football scores. Yet millions in rural areas across the country are living without broadband Internet access, including many Pennsylvanians.  These Americans deserve the same digital access as those living in urban areas, and I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this legislation offered by my fellow Pennsylvanian, Tom Marino, that takes important steps to ensure the people in rural Pennsylvania are not forgotten and are given every possible opportunity to succeed.”

Dr. Abraham:

“Rural Americans deserve access to high-speed broadband Internet as much as anyone else, and communities need that access for economic growth. This bill will encourage businesses to expand broadband Internet to rural America and is an ideal next step to compliment other actions we’ve taken this Congress to help connect our constituents to the rest of the world.”

Rep. Bergman

“One of the greatest challenges inhibiting growth in rural communities across the First District of Michigan is the lack of reliable and affordable high-speed broadband. The Rural Broadband Connectivity Act will allow internet providers the opportunity to further invest in our rural communities by providing tax credits to those who invest and expand access to rural communities. From childhood education to business development, expanding quality broadband access in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is critical for the future of our state.”

Rep. Gosar

“Nearly 20 million Americans living in rural parts of America lack an affordable and reliable broadband connection. This means that rural areas are unable to take advantage of educational, economic and health opportunities that exist due to broadband access. Such access is critical for innovation, economic growth, job creation, distance learning, telemedicine and security in rural areas of Arizona. By encouraging economic development, the Rural Broadband Connectivity Act provides a significant improvement towards increased broadband access for rural communities around the country.”

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Committee Assignments

Foreign Affairs

Judiciary

Tom Marino came to Congress in January 2011 in much the same way he arrived at other destinations throughout this life: with a sense of purpose, a clear set of goals, and a common-sense approach to finding solution to serious problems.

Though he had previously talked about running for Congress, it wasn’t until he found himself so frustrated by the direction the nation was taking that he declared himself a candidate in early 2010.

He emerged the victor of a three-man Republican primary race and went on to defeat two-term Democrat incumbent Chris Carney by 10 percentage points in November 2010.

With his two children at his side, he was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on January 5, 2011, becoming part of the largest freshman class in decades.

Tom was re-elected to serve a second term in 2012, receiving 66 percent of the vote in the general election.

Marino maintained his standing on three House committees – Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Judiciary – and six subcommittees, two of which he serves as Vice Chairman.

The assignments are a good fit for the attorney who gained a reputation as a tough prosecutor, first as Lycoming County District Attorney and then as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

But when Congressman Marino tells working people that he knows where they are coming from, he means it.

That’s because he is never far from his blue-collar roots and the middle-class Williamsport neighborhood home where his mother still lives.

Tom, one of four children to Vivian Marino and the late Joseph Marino, is a second-generation Italian-American.  His father was a janitor and a fireman and his mother was a homemaker.

Tom married his high school sweetheart, Edie, and went to work in the manufacturing field.  It wasn’t until he was passed over for a promotion that he realized the importance of a college education.

So, at 30 years old, Tom sold his truck and Edie worked full time as he enrolled in college.  Tom earned his bachelor’s and law degrees in five years, attending the former Williamsport Area Community College, Lycoming College and Dickinson School of Law.

He practiced law for several years before being elected to two terms as District Attorney for Lycoming County.  He later served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where his name became synonymous with cracking down on organized crime and drug trafficking.  He was the first U.S. Attorney to attend the Top Gun PA X training classes and completed a National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks.

Tom returned to work as a private-practice attorney for two years before deciding to run for Congress.

Tom and Edie have two adopted children, Chloe and Victor, and live in Cogan Station, Lycoming County.

A three-time cancer survivor, Tom is active in community events and enjoys reading, motorcycle riding, weightlifting, running, and spending time with his family.

Besides his committee work, Tom is involved with a number of congressional caucuses, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Caucus, Congressional Kidney Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.


Serving With

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Glenn Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA's 5th DISTRICT

Ryan Costello

PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Brian Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

PENNSYLVANIA's 9th DISTRICT

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Keith Rothfus

PENNSYLVANIA's 12th DISTRICT

Lloyd Smucker

PENNSYLVANIA's 16th DISTRICT