Tom Marino

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Reps. Marino, DelBene Introduce International Communications Privacy Act

2016/05/25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) today. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris Coons (D- DE) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced identical legislation in the Senate. Reps. Marino and DelBene introduced similar legislation last year, H.R. 1174, the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act), which also focused on addressing the conflict between cross border data flows and law enforcement requests for electronic communications.

The International Communications Privacy Act provides a common sense solution to the complicated questions surrounding international data storage and lawful government access to that data. ICPA will modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), based on the recognition that today’s technology is global and our laws must reflect that reality. This bill will modernize our laws to establish a rule of law on lawful access to data in the global environment.

Reps. Marino and DelBene released the following statement:

“We were pleased that the LEADS Act gained such widespread support with more than 130 cosponsors in the House. ICPA improves upon this effort by broadening industry recognition, and we believe it will earn an even greater backing from our colleagues in Congress. This bill guarantees that users of technology have confidence that their privacy rights will be protected by due process while simultaneously ensuring law enforcement agencies have necessary access to information through a clear, legal framework to keep us safe.”

On February 25, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee examined the issues addressed by ICPA during a hearing entitled “International Conflicts of Law Concerning Cross Broder Data Flows and Law Enforcement Requests.” Witnesses included present and former government officials, executives from supportive industry groups and legal academics. 

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Rep. Marino Introduces Bill to Reinforce Right of Children to Grow Up in a Loving Family

2016/05/24

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced legislation to require the Department of State to include violations of unparented children’s rights, particularly the unnecessary holding of children in institutions, in its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Tens of millions of children worldwide live without parents and a growing number, approximately 10 to 14 million, are institutionalized instead of being allowed to enter the adoption process. Extensive evidence demonstrates that denying children a permanent nurturing home early in life can cause severe cognitive, socio-emotional, and other harms that continue into adulthood. This legislation will bring awareness to the plight of unparented children and create extensive documentation of this often under-recognized human rights crisis.

Rep. Marino released the following statement: 

“Children have a fundamental right to family. We can no longer sit idly by as children all across the world are forced into institutions and denied a chance to grow up in a nurturing and loving home. My legislation will shed light on the inhumane conditions in which these children live and ensure the plight of unparented youth is heard.”

For more information on this bill, please click here.

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Rep. Marino Appointed to Committee Aimed at Moving Opioid Legislation to President’s Desk

2016/05/19

Washington, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Rep. Marino as one of 21 House Republican lawmakers to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing final legislation to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.

This appointment follows the enactment of two bills introduced by Rep. Marino in Congress: the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 which protects patients’ right to access necessary medication while stopping those who might abuse such drugs and the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act aimed at stopping the flow of dangerous substances across our borders. Rep. Marino has been a dedicated advocate for legislation intended to combat the opioid epidemic and looks forward to continuing his work as a member of the conference committee.

Rep. Marino released the following statement: 

“It is an honor to be a part of this bipartisan committee and to continue my fight against drug abuse. The opioid epidemic in the United States is affecting all kinds of people from all across the country. Families suffering from addiction are in desperate need of meaningful action that will not only alleviate some of devastating effects of this crisis, but prevent the problem before it begins.

“Just last week, members from both sides of the aisle came together in the House to pass 18 pieces of legislation aimed at preventing and stopping opioid addiction. I am encouraged by the swift action of Congress and look forward to working in a similar bipartisan fashion to move our solutions to the president’s desk.”

For more information on the committee or for a list of its members, please click here. Our office also has additional releases on both the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 and the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act.

 

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Rep. Marino’s Bill to Halt Transnational Drug Trafficking Signed into Law

2016/05/17

Washington, D.C.— President Obama signed S. 32, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced the identical House companion bill, H.R. 3380.

Rep. Marino released the following statement: 

“Drug addiction has become a serious epidemic affecting families all across the United States. I applaud President Obama for signing this critical piece of legislation to help combat the flow of illegal substances across our border. Attacking this epidemic from every angle is the only way to gain ground in our fight against addiction. This is the first of many important steps Congress is taking to ensure a safer America for our children and grandchildren. I look forward to seeing the benefits this law will have not only for our law enforcement agencies, but for our communities and country as a whole.”

This legislation combats the importation of chemicals used to make illicit drugs in the United States by improving law enforcement’s ability to pursue source nation drug manufacturers, brokers, and drug trafficking distributors who do not actually traffic narcotics into the United States. Under current law, high-level individuals in drug trafficking organizations can evade prosecution by claiming they did not know the drugs were destined for the United States. However, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act imposes penalties on trafficking in “listed chemicals,” which are used to produce illegal drugs like methamphetamine and ensures those who knowingly send precursor chemicals intended to create dangerous and addictive drugs will face punishment.

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Bill to Halt Transnational Drug Trafficking Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

2016/05/10

Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 32, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced an identical House companion bill, H.R. 3380, with Congressman Pedro Pierluisi on July 29, 2015.  The House Judiciary Committee favorably reported H.R. 3380 by a voice vote on April 20.

This legislation combats the importation of chemicals used to make illicit drugs in the United States by improving law enforcement’s ability to pursue source nation drug manufacturers, brokers, and drug trafficking distributors who do not actually traffic narcotics into the United States. Under current law, high-level individuals in drug trafficking organizations can evade prosecution by claiming they did not know the drugs were destined for the United States. However, the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act will impose penalties on trafficking in “listed chemicals,” which are used to produce illegal drugs like methamphetamine and will ensure those who knowingly send precursor chemicals intended to create dangerous and addictive drugs will face punishment.

Rep. Marino released the following statement: 

“Drug addiction has become a serious epidemic affecting communities and families all across the United States. However, the fight against addiction begins well beyond our borders. Loopholes in current law allow foreign manufacturers of controlled substances and precursor chemicals to evade conviction by denying their intent to bring narcotics to the United States. This bill will ensure those intending to bring these dangerous substances into the U.S. will not escape justice based on a technicality, but will incur the penalties they so rightfully deserve. I encourage President Obama to sign this legislation swiftly so that our law enforcement officials have every tool they need to stop bad actors and the flow of deadly substances into our country and our communities.”

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Marino Slams NYSDEC for Rejecting Constitution Pipeline Project

2016/05/04

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) released the following statement in response to the decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Constitution Pipeline Project:

“The Constitution Pipeline is a common sense proposal that will create numerous good paying jobs for hardworking Americans. Once again, politicians have allowed  special interests to cloud their judgment. This show of political might will only cost the United States jobs and further halt economic growth. Even worse, blocking the pipeline increases reliance on foreign sources of natural gas rather than utilizing the abundant supply we have here at home. This is an incredible loss for the Commonwealth.”

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Flood Insurance Reform Passes House 419-0

2016/04/28

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, sponsored by Representative Dennis Ross (FL-15). Rep. Marino (PA-10) is one of 44 co-sponsors and voted in favor of the legislation, which passed with unanimous support. 

This bill would widen the previously narrow definition of private insurance companies allowed to compete in the flood insurance market place. While the intent of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012 was to include private flood insurance as an option for homeowners, it implemented a very limited definition for acceptable private flood insurance. Premiums skyrocketed in the 10th District and all across the United States causing homeowners to back out of buying property near rivers or other bodies of water. Introducing competition among flood insurance providers will result in better policies and lower prices for consumers. Senator Dean Heller (NV-02) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

Rep. Marino released the following statement regarding the bill’s passage:

“Through no fault of their own, millions of Americans have had to deal with dramatically rising flood insurance premiums and many low and middle class families are facing foreclosure. This is especially troublesome in Pennsylvania’s 10th District where much of our land is near water. This bill will foster competition in the market place increasing the quality of policies and driving prices down. While this is an important first step towards reform, it is imperative we continue to institute common sense principles that will benefit consumers. I am hopeful we will see even more progress by the time the National Flood Insurance Program comes up for reauthorization next year.”

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House Acts to Protect Americans’ Email Privacy

2016/04/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, sponsored by Representative Kevin Yoder (KS-03). U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) is one of 314 cosponsors and voted in favor of the legislation, which passed with unanimous support. 

Under current law, emails stored for 180 days or longer on a third party server are readily available to government agencies. The Email Privacy Act creates a uniform warrant requirement for stored communication content in criminal investigations, regardless of the type of service provider, the age of an email, or whether the email has been opened. Rep. Marino was an active advocate on behalf of this bill as it moved through the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Marino released the following statement regarding the bill’s passage:

“Today the House passed important legislation that will protect the American people from excessive government overreach. The Email Privacy Act will reform out-of-date laws that have failed to address the technological advancements of the last decade. While many Americans use email on a daily basis now, this was not the case when current privacy law was enacted 30 years ago. This common sense update will afford email communication the same protection already given to phone calls and paper documents.”

Similarly, Rep. Marino introduced H.R. 1174, the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act) aimed at addressing the conflict between cross border data flows and law enforcement requests for such data. This bill currently has 137 co-sponsors and awaits a vote in the House. Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“While today’s vote is an important step in the right direction, there are still discrepancies in current law regarding electronic communication. Specifically, issues arise when dealing with communications stored in foreign nations. User privacy and law enforcement access to electronic information are just as important when data is stored abroad as it is when stored within the United States. The LEADS Act will preserve the right of law enforcement officials to access this information while simultaneously protecting the privacy of American citizens. I look forward to moving this legislation through Congress and continuing to find ways to bring our current laws into the 21st century.”

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Rep. Marino’s Prescription Drug Enforcement Legislation Signed into Law

2016/04/20

Washington D.C.— Rep. Tom Marino’s (PA-10) drug enforcement legislation, The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, was signed into law by President Obama yesterday. This legislation was the first significant bill of the 114th Congress enacted to address prescription drug diversion.

This bill offers a critical and comprehensive approach to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), prescription drug distributors, and pharmacies. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and included strong protections for patients’ access to important medicines. It also directs intergovernmental agency collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the DEA to preserve patient accessibility and better implement drug abuse enforcement.

Rep. Marino issued the following statement regarding the bill being signed into law:

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious epidemic in our nation. Until now, clear, comprehensive legislation that protected patients’ right to access necessary medication while stopping those who might abuse such drugs did not exist. With this law, our drug enforcement agencies will have the necessary tools to address the issue of prescription drug abuse across the country. I applaud the hard work of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress and President Obama for realizing the importance of this legislation. Signing this bill into law is the first of many steps we must take to ensure a safer and healthier America. I look forward to seeing the good this law will do for those that suffer from addiction and the progress we have made in our fight against prescription drug abuse in the United States.”

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Rep. Marino Slams Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration as Affront to our Democratic System

2016/04/18

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on United States, et al. v. Texas, et al. – a case challenging President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration:

“There is no doubt President Obama usurped the power of the legislative branch in an attempt to single handedly create sweeping immigration reform. Unfortunately, this blatant disregard for our constitution has become all too familiar under the Obama administration. Not only are the president’s actions in contrast with our rule of law, but granting amnesty to those who have traveled here illegally will only perpetuate an already bad situation. President Obama’s actions are an affront to our system of coequal branches of government. Congress and our courts must act now to halt the recent increases in concentrated executive power and rein in this out of control administration.”

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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.


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