Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) reintroduced two pieces of legislation designed to fundamentally change the way Congress operates and joined forces on a third with Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) to alter an internal rule dictating how proposed legislation makes its way to the House floor for debate and votes.
An amendment to the United States Constitution capping the amount of consecutive terms a representative or senator can serve in either chamber is nothing new to Congressman Marino’s agenda. This legislation (H.J. Res. 39) is part of his plan to freshen-up congressional business and restore public trust in the branch’s ability to legislate and govern. His proposal: six, two-year terms in the House of Representatives and two, six-year terms in the United States Senate.
“Too few have had power for too long. I always say 12 years and you’re out. If any elected official cannot learn the systems of either chamber and accomplish meaningful change on behalf of their constituents and the American people, then they ought to step aside and let a fresh face lead the way. I have great friendships and working relationships with many of my colleagues here in D.C. but a common thread among many of them is they have been here too long and not enough has changed for the better; it has gotten worse,” Marino said.
“Term limits should be to politicians what contract expirations are to athletes; work hard, prove your worth, get motivated, make a real and lasting change – or someone else will. Period. I really think this is something the American people, of every political persuasion can agree on,” he continued.
At the same time, Rep. Marino introduced another one of his favorite bills (H.J. Res. 40), dubbed “one subject at a time.” The name is self-explanatory; Congress should debate and vote on single issue bills.
“First of all, the people need to see exactly how and what their representatives are voting on; and in a format that is simple, easy to read and in plain English, not ‘legalese’. Congress has gotten in the habit of passing massive bills, containing multiple subjects, often with provisions not germane to the title or intent. If that is confusing to the American people, I guarantee it is confusing to many of my colleagues too. Single subject bills will increase transparency and lessen partisanship” said Marino.
“We have got to get back to debating, thoroughly, the merits of each bill as a stand-alone piece of legislation. Amendments need to be proposed and debated, from both parties, and then it needs to be voted upon; up or down. If it fails, the sponsors should go back and try again. If it passes, the Senate should take it up as is, and in an expedient manner,” Marino continued.
Marino’s efforts don’t end there. In previous Congresses he advocated for a rule change in House procedures to disallow a party’s leadership from preventing debate and votes on legislation that was passed out of a committee. Many of his colleagues took notice, including Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), who took the idea one step further and proposed a resolution titled, “Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to provide for the consideration of reported bills or joint resolutions that have not been considered by the House within 60 calendar days.”
Marino said, “It is important people understand and know that good legislation can make it through a committee but never see action on the floor. From mine and Congressman Peters’ standpoint, that is not ok. The House is a historically deliberative and active body where concrete ideas are proposed, debated and eventually voted upon. I applaud Congressman Peters on his effort to garner support for this rule change that requires the House to take up bills or joint resolutions which have passed their respective committee(s) of jurisdiction within 60 days. That is more than reasonable. I plan to work with him to gain more support among our colleagues so we can move ideas to the floor instead of allowing party leadership more discretion about what sees action.”
The components of Marino’s trifecta are not necessarily new when proposed solitarily; many of his colleagues, past and present, have championed similar ideas. But Marino sees this trifecta as the solution to addressing the fundamental disconnect between Washington and the American people.
“I call these three proposals my hedgehogs. I base the idea from a Greek poet who told a story of a fox and a hedgehog. Many authors have expanded on the theory since but the core message rang true to me when I thought about ways to really fix some fundamental things about the way Congress conducts itself. The story is basic; the fox focuses on many maneuvers and sometimes ignores achieving the real goal. The hedgehog is different. It knows the big picture and focuses intently on doing some core things really well in order to achieve its goal. That is how I think about this trifecta. It is basic, focused and intent on fixing what’s really broken in D.C.,” Marino concluded.
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 (H.R. 348) today in the House Judiciary Committee:
“I am encouraged by the prospects of advancing and passing reasonable, meaningful and much-need regulatory reforms like the RAPID Act. This Act passed the House in both the 112th and 113th Congresses – every time with large bipartisan support, and I have every expectation it will do so again in the 114th. The RAPID Act’s mission is simple: federal agencies responsible for permitting critical infrastructure and construction projects, especially in the energy sector, must provide approval or disapproval of a project in a reasonable amount of time. This is a positive and significant step in the right direction which helps jump-start many commonsense projects across the country as well as create jobs. I am thankful to Chairman Goodlatte for his leadership on the Committee again and look forward to advancing more regulatory reform bills.”
See the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman, Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) statement below which was released earlier today:
Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 15-11 the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 (H.R. 348). This bill, sponsored by Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), streamlines the approval process for federally-funded and federally-permitted infrastructure, energy and other construction projects and delivers faster approvals.
The RAPID Act recognizes that delay and uncertainty in the process for new construction and infrastructure projects, undermines job creation, and economic growth for hardworking Americans.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) praised today’s Committee vote.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Our country’s burdensome and time-consuming regulatory process only adds to the American people’s frustration with the federal government. Bureaucratic red tape slows the permit approval process for infrastructure investment, and continues to be a barrier for many Americans who look to these jobs for stable employment.
“The RAPID Act would bring accountability and expediency to the permit approval process by setting hard deadlines, instituting oversight on those who control the process, and cracking down on costly and time-consuming lawsuits.
“This legislation will be an open door for the American people who are looking for work in challenging economic times. The RAPID Act is a concrete mechanism that would act as a job creator for Americans across the country, to the effect of 1.9 million jobs annually during construction of the projects, and hundreds of thousands of jobs every year following the completion of the projects.”
Washington D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) applaud the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) action today to adopt a reform contained in the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act) that ensures fairness for all businesses by streamlining the standards for mergers and acquisitions.
Specifically, the FTC voted to approve a rule that would limit significantly its ability to initiate administrative litigation against a proposed merger following a denial of an FTC injunction request against the merger in federal court. Although it is a promising step forward, the rule is not permanent, can be waived in extreme circumstances, can be withdrawn by the FTC, and does not harmonize the preliminary injunction standards applied to the Justice Department and the FTC. Given the temporary nature of the FTC’s action, Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Blake Farenthold announced plans today to reintroduce the SMARTER Act together with the Chairman of the Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee, Tom Marino, and Chairman of the Full Committee, Bob Goodlatte.
Under existing antitrust law, the FTC and DOJ face different standards in court and utilize different processes when seeking to prevent a proposed merger or acquisition. The SMARTER Act permanently eliminates these disparities and ensures that companies face the same standards and processes regardless of which federal agency reviews the proposed transaction. The SMARTER Act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last year by voice vote. This year, Senators Lee and Hatch plan on introducing companion legislation in the Senate.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino, and Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Blake Farenthold issued the following statement on the FTC’s action and the planned introduction of the SMARTER Act:
“We are pleased that the Federal Trade Commission has implemented a commonsense change contained in the SMARTER Act that streamlines our nation’s antitrust laws. Under existing law, the rules for reviewing a merger or acquisition differ depending on whether the FTC or the Justice Department reviews the merger. Although the FTC has taken a step today to address the disparities in the merger review process, the rule does not go far enough and there is still more work to be done. This reform needs to be made permanent so that it is not subject to discretion or the whims of an ever-changing agency.
“One of the responsibilities of the Judiciary Committee is to ensure fairness and consistency in the enforcement of our nation’s antitrust laws. We plan to soon reintroduce the SMARTER Act to permanently reduce the disparities in the merger review process and ensure that companies face the same standards and processes regardless of whether the FTC or Justice Department reviews the merger. The SMARTER Act implements the reforms recommended by the bi-partisan Antitrust Modernization Commission to make merger review fairer and more straightforward – as it should be. We look forward to working with our colleagues in both the Senate and the House to make this legislation the law of the land.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County issued the following statement after joining a letter raising concerns regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) issuance of a proposed new rule establishing a framework by which the agency can restrict or ban the production or distribution of certain ammunition for “sporting purposes”:
“This is another instance of bureaucracy run amuck which could result in the infringement of the American people’s constitutional rights. Period. As a former prosecutor and attorney who worked closely with multiple levels of law enforcement, this new rule ignores the successes of laws already on the books; laws specifically designed to increase protection for law enforcement officers across the country.
This framework and rules of bureaucratic interpretation signal a larger problem: that federal agencies, like the ATF, ignore requirements set forth by Congress directing them to report their rulemaking processes to Congress.
Despite a forgetful news cycle, my colleagues and I will not let up on this issue until the ATF has answered our questions. They must ensure the American people’s Second Amendment rights, as instructed by the Constitution, have not, nor will be infringed upon.”
Public comment may be offered until March 16, 2015. Concerned residents of PA-10 should be make certain voices are heard by emailing email@example.com
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County issued the following statement regarding the vote brought before the House of Representatives to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security’s budget without provisions limiting the implementation of President Obama’s executive order granting those individuals amnesty:
“There was a procedural vote to allow a so-called ‘clean’ DHS funding bill to the House floor. I voted against it. Not only is it bad policy, it unnecessarily limits legislative options for our new House and Senate majority. The American people expect us to do what is right. My colleagues and I were told we had to either fully fund DHS or shut it down. Limiting ourselves to only those options is absurd when I believe there are several legal and legislative avenues at our disposal.
As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I understand the necessities and intricacies of protecting our country. However, the allowance of funds to be used for amnesty within the DHS budget is, in fact, contrary to the very fabric of those protective efforts. It really is that simple.
Ultimately a fully-funded, clean, DHS bill was put to a vote. I voted ‘NO.’ It was the right thing to do for my district, for America and for our Constitution.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County issued the following statement at the conclusion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United State Congress:
“Listening to Prime Minister Netanyahu was a breath of fresh air. His delivery and style is not only persuasive but deeply moving. The atmosphere in the chamber was electrifying. It was encouraging to hear the thunderous applauses because they were genuine; they were historic and they were bipartisan.
Israel faces a tremendous external threat; one that is insidious, dark, and violent. Iran is no friend to Israel, America or the world. Iranian aggressions are inexcusable and Prime Minister Netanyahu is right to speak out against their terroristic actions and tyrannical rule of their oppressed people. Mr. Netanyahu knows the realities and he delivered them with perfection today.
As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and someone deeply concerned by the challenges America and our allies face, I will always remain diligent in making a positive impact on the security of our homeland and that of our allies; and I will always stand with Israel.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress and the vocal opposition of Members of Congress who have chosen not to attend:
“I am eager to hear the Prime Minister’s speech and better understand the security challenges he and his people face. His presence before a joint session of Congress is more than welcome and appropriate. Unfortunately Democrats have politicized his visit.
Statecraft requires patience and listening. Israel is our friend and our ally. They have stood with us in the fight against terrorism and rogue states. Critics of Netanyahu’s speech ought to remember that Congress has a significant role in the foreign affairs of our nation. It is appropriate and reasonable that we listen intently to his speech, even if some of us disagree. But it is shallow and unbecoming of an elected representative of the people to purposefully ignore a speech of this magnitude in protest. I urge all of my colleagues who have chosen to snub Mr. Netanyahu to reconsider; to join this bipartisan event and present a united front to our Israeli friends.”
Even considering that fact is unnerving. Today, more than 600,000 Americans are living with kidney failure – the large majority of whose lives are sustained by life-saving dialysis treatments. That’s hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost and hundreds of thousands of families that would have been broken apart before the invention and expansion of dialysis treatment.
In 1972, Congress developed the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) benefit. In doing so Congress ensured that, regardless of age or income, any American would have access to life saving dialysis care. That was the turning point in kidney care.
Now it’s time for this Congress to take the next step for those living with kidney disease by modernizing policies, improving care coordination, expanding patient choice, and intensifying research. I am confident The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 1130) can be instrumental in accomplishing these goals, and I am very proud to be the bill’s lead sponsor – but even more honored to have my friend and colleague Democrat John Lewis (GA-05) standing by me in this effort as well.
The legislation is built on three primary tenets. First, for individuals living with chronic diseases, especially when those diseases are complicated by multiple co-morbid conditions, coordinated care is key to improving outcomes and lowering health care costs. Second, increased research can lead to a deeper understanding of kidney disease prevention and ultimately to significant innovations in treatment. Lastly, stability in the Medicare program is central to an ESRD program that ensures quality and produces optimal results.
Studies show that promoting collaboration between primary physicians and specialists treating the same patients through coordinated care improves patient outcomes and reduces costs across the health delivery system. The coordinated care model is especially important for kidney dialysis patients -- many of whom are living with multiple chronic conditions and having to work with multiple health care providers and health care settings -- to improve the care experience for the patient, improve outcomes, and capture savings and efficiencies.
To spur the creation of a workable coordinated care program for dialysis patients, H.R. 1130 would establish a voluntary program to incentivize nephrologists and dialysis facilities to better align medical treatment.
While many seniors, particularly those with multiple co-morbidities, rely on Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to coordinate their care, Medicare beneficiaries who develop ESRD are prohibited from enrolling in a MA plan. If we want health care delivery to be more efficient through care coordination this prohibition is an outdated relic. H.R. 1130 would lift this prohibition and allow beneficiaries with ESRD the choice to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.
Our bill expands options for dialysis patients by promoting home dialysis treatment options through telemedicine; especially in rural and underserved regions. The legislation would also permanently authorize ESRD Special Needs Plans (SNPS). All of these provisions provide individuals with kidney failure different disease management options.
Besides improving access to current treatment options, H.R. 1130 would improve research efforts to prevent, treat, and cure chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the future by helping to develop a strategic plan to better direct biomedical research funding.
The legislation would assess the adequacy of current biomedical research funding for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and ESRD based on the number of Americans impacted – especially traditionally underserved low-income and minority populations whom the disease disproportionally affects. Additionally, it would create a plan for a more succinct, collaborative effort between the multiple federal agencies conducting CKD research.
H.R. 1130 also would facilitate greater economic stability among providers treating CKD patients. Despite a number of policy changes, our current payment system for kidney care providers is still flawed. The new legislation would therefore help institute a number of technical fixes to ensure payment rates are aligned with the cost of providing care, further incentivizing the delivery of consistent, high quality treatments.
While multi-faceted, The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act is not complex. It is legislation that leads to better treatment. It is legislation that helps improves options to care delivery. And it is legislation that delivers hope of a better future, for those individuals living with kidney disease and kidney failure.
Put simply, this is a bill that makes a real difference in the lives of Americans throughout the nation. Therefore, I urge members of Congress to unite – just as lawmakers did almost 50 years ago – to pass legislation that permanently and positively alters the paradigm in kidney care.Read More
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County issued the following statement after chairing the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law’s hearing on three critical regulatory reform bills:
“My RAPID Act, along with the Sunshine (for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements) Act and the SCRUB Act are absolutely critical to address this country’s urgent need for job-friendly regulatory reforms. Jobs and economic growth require smart permitting systems and streamlined analysis structures that save money and time. Manufacturers have frozen hiring processes and farmers cite the EPA as one of their biggest burdens; all due to excessive regulation.
Today’s hearing was productive and I am appreciative of the witnesses who testified. I am confident their expertise demonstrated just how effective these three bills will be. I am looking forward to seeing these bills considered in front of the full committee.”
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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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