Williamsport, PA—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after closely examining the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) which imposed strict emission standards on power plants across the United States:
“Although the initial announcement of this ruling prompted several celebratory responses from my colleagues, I wanted to study the court’s decision further to gauge whether it was a true victory for the American consumer. In the end, this ruling provides a welcome rebuke of an out of control EPA. But it is only superficial progress because the EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards rule will remain in place; for now.
The ultimate fate of this rule remains unclear but it is inarguably burdensome and costly to energy companies throughout Pennsylvania. The EPA itself admitted that MATS would impose nearly $10 billion in regulatory compliance costs each year on power plants across the country. Those costs are passed along to consumers, who despite contradictory claims from this administration, are still struggling to make ends meet.
While I support an ‘any and all’ approach to our nation’s energy production, I am tired of the relentless assault on the coal industry that remains, despite attacks, to be a significant part of our local economies.
I acknowledge this is an important court ruling in favor of checking a totally out-of-control EPA. It also signals to electric utilities and the coal industry in Pennsylvania that some regulatory relief may be in their future. We must use this decision as a launching point to restore balance and refocus our efforts on creating jobs within the energy sector without unnecessary and self-imposed regulations. That is where my focus will remain - in reforming our dysfunctional regulatory framework.”
Williamsport, PA—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the passage of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 663 sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich (SD-38):
“This is another positive step forward in protecting victims of rape in our commonwealth. I am encouraged by the Senate’s passage of this bill which is in lockstep with a bill I sponsored earlier this year which became law this spring. I am thankful to Senator Vulakovich for his leadership on this effort and I urge the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to pass the bill as soon as possible.
Many states still do not have statutes which disallow parental rights of men who father via rape crimes. That is why it is imperative states work to close this loophole and protect rape victims from having to relive the trauma of their horrible experience.”
On May 19 of this year, Congressman Marino and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) applauded the passage of H.R. 2772–The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act in the United States House of Representatives.
On May 29, President Barack Obama signed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 into law which contained the provisions of H.R. 2772.
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s in the King v. Burwell ruling regarding the issuance of health insurance subsidies via the federal exchanges:
“While I am not, by any measure, in agreement with, or pleased about the Court’s ruling, it is imperative Republicans stay focused on the long-haul. Costs will only rise for already financially stressed families and the current system is completely unsustainable. The American people should know this: my Republican colleagues will be here, working continuously and tirelessly to pass legislation that protects them from the rising costs of healthcare. That means shedding the tiresome rhetoric and getting down to the business of implementing healthcare reforms that lower costs and increase access for American families.”
Allenwood/Lewisburg, PA—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA- 06) toured Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Allenwood and USP (United States Penitentiary) Lewisburg over the weekend as part of their efforts to connect with Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials regarding the many challenges facing America’s prison system.
The timing of this visit was significant as the full Judiciary Committee begins its Criminal Justice Reform Initiative. The initiative includes site visits to key facilities as well as a listening session in Washington D.C. by the full Judiciary Committee where any Member of the House of Representatives is provided the forum to present proposed reforms to America’s criminal justice system. The goal is to assess and methodically approach reforms by taking, “a step-by-step approach to address a variety of criminal justice issues, including over-criminalization, sentencing reform, prison and reentry reform, protecting citizens through improved criminal procedures and policing strategies, and civil asset forfeiture reform.”
Last week’s visit gave Congressman Marino, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, and full committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte an opportunity to examine first-hand the state of the federal prison population.
Among those attending the visit were local union representatives from both facilities, Allenwood Warden L.J. Oddo, the LSCI Warden Juan Baltazar, BOP Regional Director for the Northeast Region Joe Norwood, and Lewisburg Warden David J. Ebbert.
During both site visits, topical discussions ranged from prison populations, overcrowding, staffing shortages, as well as inmate drug treatment, educational and vocational programs. Goodlatte and Marino also discussed current reentry programs, and potential areas for improvement.
“It is truly remarkable how efficiently these prison facilities operate. Bob and I had a chance to tour many critical areas within each location, but it was the discussions with BOP leadership and employees which revealed the most critical needs for reform ahead of our upcoming committee activities,” said Representatives Marino. “Officer safety was on the forefront of our minds from the moment we arrived. It is absolutely imperative we provide these officers with every tool necessary to protect themselves while on duty. I hope to propose and support reforms which address the needs expressed to us during this visit.”
In January of this year, Congressmen Marino, David McKinley (WV-1) and Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced legislation to protect Federal Corrections workers by allowing them to carry pepper spray while on duty. The bill is named after Eric Williams, a Federal Corrections Officer in Pennsylvania who was brutally killed by an inmate in 2013.
Currently BOP has a pilot program that provides pepper spray to officers and staff at all high and medium security prisons. The legislation would make the pilot program permanent. In addition, it would expand the pepper spray availability to medium and higher security facilities as well as require Federal Correctional workers to complete training courses before carrying and using the spray.
The bill is supported by the National Association of Police Organizations, the Council of Local Prisons, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and was found by the Congressional Budget Office to have no cost to the taxpayers. Similar legislation was introduced in the 113th Congress.
WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of today’s Annual Congressional Baseball Game, today U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Tom Marino (R-PA) and Joe Crowley (D-NY) led a bipartisan coalition of thirty-six lawmakers in urging President Obama to Award Yankees legend Yogi Berra the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a letter to President Obama, the lawmakers cited the former Yankees’ many accomplishments on and off the field as reason to award Berra the highest civilian award of the United States.
“As a strong advocate for civil rights during a time when Major League Baseball was embracing the first black and Latino players, Berra had an a profound impact in the baseball community and across America,” the lawmakers wrote. “Over the years we have watched proudly as Berra brought the Yankees numerous victories, continued his leadership as a manager of both the Yankees and Mets, and fought for priorities that bring out the best in our country. As a champion and hero in more ways than can be counted, Berra is an American icon who is deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Earlier this week, supporters were successful in obtaining more than 100,000 signatures on a whitehouse.gov petition urging support in bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon Berra, surpassing the threshold needed to require an official response from the White House.
Rep. Pascrell first urged President Obama to award Berra the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month in recognition of the Yankees legend’s 90th birthday.
The Annual Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled for this evening at 7:05pm at Nationals Park, brings together lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in a showdown to raise funds for The Washington Literacy Council, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
The full text of the letter follows:
June 10, 2015
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We write to urge you to award Yogi Berra the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his commitment to educational excellence, social justice, and respected military service. As the son of Italian immigrants, Pietro and Paolina Berra, Berra is one of the most respected baseball players of all time and is the embodiment of the American dream.
Throughout Berra’s impressive 19-year baseball career, he was an All-Star for 15 seasons, named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and has appeared in an astounding 21 World Series, including winning 13 World Series championships and catching the only perfect game in a World Series. However, Berra’s civic resume reads like his baseball statistics — exceptional — and deserves to be recognized. As a strong advocate for civil rights during a time when Major League Baseball was embracing the first black and Latino players, Berra had an a profound impact in the baseball community and across America. Now, he serves as an ambassador for Athlete Ally, where he champions LGBT rights in sports. Before Berra’s time on the baseball diamond, he served his country by enlisting in the U. S. Navy during World War II, where he served as a gunner's mate on the USS Bayfield during the D-Day invasion of France.
Berra has demonstrated an admirable commitment to improving his community and our country as a whole. For instance, in 1959 when the Yankees hosted Yogi Berra Day, he asked that the proceeds help establish a scholarship at Columbia University so future students who didn’t have the financial means to attend would be able to receive an outstanding education. Furthermore, he continues to support educational opportunities through the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center located in Montclair, NJ, which supports character education programs that teach the values of respect, sportsmanship and inclusion – qualities that Berra has demonstrated throughout his life and career.
Over the years we have watched proudly as Berra brought the Yankees numerous victories, continued his leadership as a manager of both the Yankees and Mets, and fought for priorities that bring out the best in our country. As a champion and hero in more ways than can be counted, Berra is an American icon who is deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(Signatories of the letter include Reps. Lou Barletta, Bob Brady, Tony Cardenas, Andre Carson, Yvette Clarke, Joe Crowley, Ryan Costello, Mike Doyle, Eliot Engel, Christopher Gibson, Raúl Grijalva, Jared Huffman, Steve Israel, Daniel Kildee, John Larson, Ted Lieu, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Tom Marino, Jerry McNerney, Gregory Meeks, Patrick Murphy, Jerrold Nadler, Richard Neal, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Donald Payne, Jr., Charles Rangel, Raul Ruiz, Tim Ryan, Linda Sanchez, Kurt Schrader, José Serrano, Brad Sherman, Albio Sires and Timothy Walz.)Read More
Congressmen Tom Marino (PA-10) and Lou Barletta (PA-11) sent signed letters to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Ambassador of Argentina regarding an extradition inquiry of Anthony Rocco Franklin. Franklin is charged in the murder of his daughter’s ex-husband, Frank Spencer. Congressmen Marino and Barletta are seeking his extradition from Argentina where he is currently held in custody.
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Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released a discussion draft of new landmark legislation designed to modernize and improve the United States Copyright Office.
The draft legislation, Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act or CODE Act, addresses the longstanding need for specific reforms regarding the way the U.S. Copyright Office operates. Representatives Chu and Marino are both senior members on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Copyright Office.
This draft balances concerns of the public, creators and stakeholders in the copyright community.
Congressman Marino said the following of the CODE Act:
“This effort has been bipartisan from the start and we intend to keep it that way as we thoroughly seek comment, advice and provisional suggestions from key partners in the copyright space. However, Rep. Chu and I maintain the most critical component in the bill’s success is maintaining its balance and providing the U.S. Copyright Office the autonomy it needs to elevate our country’s copyright system to one that is efficient, fair and exemplary to the rest of the world. Some may say this a tough sell in Congress but we have laid the groundwork for a solid piece of legislation that everyone can get on board with.”
Congresswoman Judy Chu:
“We must act to bring the Copyright Office into the modern age. The copyright industries are responsible for millions of jobs and billions of dollars in our economy, yet the office responsible is running on analog in a digital world. We need a Copyright Office that serves the needs of owners, users, and the American public. This includes giving the office independence and sound legal ground to perform its core mission to administer the Copyright Act. I am proud to introduce this draft legislation today to continue the discussion and finally bring the Copyright Office into the 21st century. I look forward to working with Members and interested stakeholders to ensure that we can work toward a consensus bill that reflects the priorities of all industries involved.”
The following organizations issued the following statements in support of this discussion draft:
The Software & Information Industry Association:
“Few other government offices are more important to the growth of creativity and commercial activity in our nation than the U.S. Copyright Office. Despite this, many of the services it provides have failed to keep pace with technology and the marketplace. The Office is significantly understaffed, underfunded and forced to use the Library of Congress’ antiquated information technology systems. Nearly everyone agrees the Office cannot continue operating under its current structure within the Library of Congress and is in dire need of additional funding and autonomy from the Library.
“SIIA applauds Reps. Marino and Chu for recognizing that the status quo is unacceptable and working to build consensus around steps to modernize the Copyright Office. Their bipartisan draft would make tremendous operational improvements that would benefit copyright owners and users, the tech industry and the public. Because this issue is so essential for ensuring U.S. economic opportunity and growth, we intend to work closely with Reps. Marino and Chu, Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler and others to move legislation forward.”
The Copyright Alliance:
“The Copyright Alliance congratulates Representatives Chu and Marino for their leadership in releasing a discussion draft of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act). The discussion draft thoughtfully outlines how the structure and role of the Copyright Office might be updated to serve the needs of the public in the digital age. The CODE Act draft carefully considers a variety of legal and practical issues involved in modernizing the Copyright Office so that it may serve as a full partner to Congress in more nimbly addressing the complex issues presented by the rapidly evolving marketplace for copyrighted works. The members of the Copyright Alliance look forward to engaging in further conversation with other stakeholders and with members of the House Judiciary Committee and the Administration about this draft to ensure that all issues relevant to the modernization of this important office are fully considered.”
Reps. Chu and Marino expect to conduct conversations with stakeholders about this proposal in the months to come. A copy of the discussion draft can be found here. A section by section breakdown can be found here.
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued a statement regarding misleading direct mail campaigns sent by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare to his constituents in the 10th District of Pennsylvania. Recipients of the mail campaigns contacted Congressman Marino’s office inquiring about the group’s legitimacy and whether or not they were required to pay the organization in order to protect the federal programs they paid into, value and benefit from.
As a result of the inquiries to his district and Washington D.C. offices, Congressman Marino investigated the legitimacy of the mail tactics and issued the following statement:
“Groups like these may be compliant with the law. However, I take significant issue with the misleading tactics they use as a way to receive money by instilling fear in seniors across our district, commonwealth and country.
Let me be clear, this group is not the only one using these tactics. Liberal, conservative and many other special interest groups advocating any range of causes use them too. I believe these methods are only predatory but incredibly damaging to the very serious debates we have on these important issues.
I also take issue with the way in which they display their disclosure information. Mandated disclosures are printed on the envelope. This is the first thing thrown away when reading the mail. While the information is there, it is still written and organized in an alarming way. Furthermore, this group and many others like it bombard voters with ‘doomsday’ mail while leaving it to the recipient to engage in a fact-finding mission regarding the legitimacy and compliance of the organization’s campaign. That, to me, is ridiculous.
It would be one thing to engage citizens on policy issues in a transparent way but this kind of thing has gone too far and turned into a membership and fundraising drive to sustain their bloated salaries public scare tactics. I implore these groups to come clean with voters, engage in transparent debate, and stop scaring folks about illegitimate crises while taking their hard-earned money.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after holding a legislative hearing on three bills (H.R. 2584 the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2015, H.R. 1643 the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2015, and H.R. 2315, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015) designed to solve disputes between states regarding the taxation of businesses and employees:
“As outlined by our Constitution, the federal government has a responsibility to solve disputes between the states. We also have a constitutional obligation to examine the facts thoroughly and settle disputes fairly. This Congress, our committee and subcommittee members have put forth three bills which fulfill our obligations and present a clear path toward less regulation rather than more.
While I speak of responsibility and obligatory governmental functions relating to these issues, it is imperative we maintain the rights of a state. Similarly, we must work to be sure states are not permitted to levy taxes and impose regulations on citizens of another state; especially those not represented in a state where they are taxed.
Today’s hearing was productive in that sense. I felt every member and witness, from either party or persuasion, understood the fundamental need to protect the sovereignty of states and the rights of individuals. That consensus will be key moving forward as we seek to enact laws that create a friendly economic environment and decrease the burdens of businesses that employ workforces across state lines.”
Mr. Lawrence Leaman, Vice President of Taxes, Masco Corporation said the following of the hearing and H.R. 2315, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015:
“H.R. 2315, The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act provides for a uniform, fair and easily administered law that helps to ensure that the correct amount of tax is withheld and paid to the states without the undue burden that the current system places on employees and employers.”
Masco is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name products for the home improvement and new home construction markets. Masco Cabinetry has a location in Sayre, PA and employs a workforce of approximately 700.
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s inaction on passing H.R. 2048 - the USA Freedom Act:
“I respect the unique procedures of our bicameral legislature as well as the roles each play in our system of government. However, I have grown weary of the political theater within the Senate chamber. To me, the privacy versus security debate is worth having, but not when the Senate, and particularly those seeking a higher office or national spotlight, fail to recognize the USA Freedom Act as a way to address legitimate concerns and balance our approach to protecting our citizens from terrorism.
If the Senate were to pass the USA Freedom Act, without amendment, and send it the President’s desk, America would be safer and more secure. Their self-imposed delay is needless. The House-passed bill is the answer, not endless bloviating in a chamber that has an overwhelmingly bipartisan solution sitting in their lap.”
410 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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Great post! This is why my focus will remain in reforming our dysfunctional regulatory framework. https://t.co/jXeNyYNwDe
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