Washington, D.C.- Today, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 to reauthorize farm and nutrition assistance programs for 5 years.
H.R. 2 extends most major federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development, and other USDA programs. This bill strengthens the Dairy Risk Management (DRM) program, formally known as the Margin Protection Program, by making eligible the first 5 million pounds of milk production for higher coverage levels at lower premiums, ensuring the feed cost formula is accurate, and expands access to the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy insurance policy. The bill also invests in rural broadband service and enhances initiatives to provide for rural water and waste, rural electrification, and economic development.
This Farm Bill also includes reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), establishing real work and training requirements, modifying categorical eligibility rules, incentivizing healthier diets by promoting increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, and increases funding for the Emergency Food Assistance program to $60 million per year, with $20 million to be used for Farm to Food bank program providing inexpensive food for low income families.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“I am pleased to see the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 pass the House. This Farm Bill includes many provisions that will help the farmers in my district who have been struggling with low milk prices and help expand access to broadband in many areas that are not currently covered. The repeal of the Obama-era “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule included in this bill will provide tremendous certainty to producers in my district by ensuring they can utilize effective environmental stewardship practices that meet local and downstream needs. Additionally, this bill makes many necessary changes to the nation’s nutrition programs to assist those who struggle to put food on the table and ensure these programs run efficiently and with strong oversight.
“Farm incomes have declined nearly 50% since the last Farm Bill was passed. The programs included in this legislation will help to spur growth in the agriculture sector. America’s farmers and ranchers are the reason we have the safest, most abundant, and affordable food supply in the industrialized world, this legislation provides them the certainty they need. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to bring their committee-passed Farm Bill to the floor so that we can finalize this important legislation before it expires on September 30.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect adopted children from being “rehomed.” The Safe Home Act would close a loophole in existing federal law by clarifying that the abandonment of an adopted child with a stranger, known as rehoming, is a form of child abuse.
Reuters brought national attention to rehoming in 2013, when it published an investigative series on adoptive parents who use Internet forums to advertise children they wish to abandon. Transferring custody outside of legal adoption practices often places children at risk for neglect, exploitation, or even sexual abuse. However, state child welfare authorities have reported that they are unsure whether they can investigate rehoming cases because rehoming is not explicitly defined as a form of child abuse.
The Safe Home Act adds rehoming to the federal definition of child abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), reducing legal ambiguity and allowing states to use federal funds to counter the practice. The bill protects a parent’s ability to place their children with a trusted relative when appropriate but ensures they cannot transfer custody to a stranger without the oversight of the child welfare system. It was based in part on findings from members of the National Working Group on Unregulated Child Transfers (rehoming).
Rep. Marino said the following regarding the introduction of the bill:
“As the father of two adopted children I can think of nothing more important than making sure minors in the child welfare system are protected. By classifying rehoming as a form of child abuse, The Safe Home Act gives our nations child welfare authorities what they need to investigate these cases. This is a common-sense piece of legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this bill forward.”
Rep. Langevin said the following:
“Rehoming is a frightening phenomenon that is made all the more tragic when child welfare authorities are unable to intervene on an adopted child’s behalf, the Safe Home Act will clarify that rehoming is an abusive practice and will ensure our frontline child defenders have tools to keep adopted children safe and go after those who put them at risk.”
Congressman Marino is currently serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives. He serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law and also sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.Read More
“I applaud President Trump for taking this historic first step in our efforts for diplomacy with North Korea. While more conversations are needed to detail the process, the initial agreement reached to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula is a profound step towards peace. Since North Korea has shown time and again that they cannot be trusted, President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo must remain vigilant and ensure complete and total verification of denuclearization. Our allies in this region, along with the rest of the world, should take away a sense of hope for a solution to a tenuous situation that has been enduring for 61 years.”Read More
Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has been awarded over $35 million to build a high-speed interchange at the I-99/I-80 intersection in Centre County.
The funds will be awarded through the DOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program.
Representative Marino issued the following statement:
“Yesterday’s announcement from the Department of Transportation will benefit countless Pennsylvanians. This critical INFRA grant awarded to PennDOT is welcome news that will provide much needed improvements to highly utilized infrastructure in the state. It is no secret that the current I-99/I-80 interchange is obsolete and poses severe safety threats to travelers, and I am pleased to have worked with Representatives Glenn Thompson and Lou Barletta in emphasizing the importance of this project to the Department of Transportation.
“With funding for the project secured, Pennsylvanians will have greater access to a modern and safe transportation thoroughfare through Centre County. This is a critical step in providing the region greater access to major East Coast markets. This latest development will go a long way in advancing the completion of I-99 to the New York border and I look forward to ensuring this vital project reaches fruition .”Read More
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 by a bipartisan vote of 351-66. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor of this legislation.
The NDAA for FY2019 authorizes a topline spending total of $717 billion to improve readiness, rebuild our military, and support our troops. Specifically, the NDAA would authorize a 2.6% pay raise for our troops, the largest in nine years. The bill would also support Secretary Mattis’ efforts to restore military readiness by authorizing $18.6 billion to begin to rehabilitate and replace worn out Army equipment; $39.5 billion to begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation; $36 billion to restore America’s strength at sea, and $23.3 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.
Congressman Marino released the following statement:
“The federal government’s main job is to provide for the defense and protection of the country and for 57 straight years we have successfully passed a National Defense Authorization Act to authorize Department of Defense spending. I proudly voted in favor of this legislation to give our troops the largest pay increase in 9 years and to ensure that our military continues to be the greatest force for good in the world.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
“I applaud the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama Administration’s flawed Iran Nuclear Deal. For years I have said that the deal is a scam, that it was poorly negotiated, and that it is in direct conflict with the interests of the United States and our allies.
“Intelligence recently released by Israel shows that Iran entered into the deal in bad faith and lied about its past efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Additionally, the deal allowed huge sums of cash to flow into Iran, which the country used to fund proxy wars across the Middle East. The net impact of the deal is that Iran remains the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, and, at best, it was merely delayed in obtaining the ability to develop nuclear weapons.
“Iran’s ongoing commitment to obtaining nuclear weapons and its efforts to undermine the U.S. through proxy wars warrant swift action on the part of the United States. Moving forward, President Trump’s decision will allow the U.S. to block all possible paths to Iran becoming a nuclear state by re-imposing stringent economic sanctions. This will limit Iran’s ability to destabilize the Middle East, and it will bolster the national security of the United States and our allies.”Read More
Washington, D.C.- This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5640, The “WHOLE MILK Act.” H.R. 5640 would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve unflavored whole milk.
Congressman Marino also sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update guidelines to the National School Lunch Program, allowing schools to sell unflavored whole milk during lunch.
Under the Obama Administration, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program were barred from selling unflavored whole milk and could only sell one percent unflavored milk.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“When the Obama Administration changed the National School Lunch Program to allow only one percent unflavored milk to be sold during school lunches they claimed to be doing a service for our school children. We saw the complete opposite, children stopped drinking milk in school and food waste went up. Numerous studies have shown consuming unflavored whole milk to be a good way to prevent childhood obesity and help your body absorb more vitamins. This bill will not only help our children get the proper nutrition they need to lead a healthy lifestyle but will also help America’s dairy farmers who have been struggling with stagnant milk prices. I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to support this bill.”
You can read the letter here.Read More
Washington, D.C. - This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5468, the Permitting Litigation Efficiency Act and held a hearing on the legislation as Chairman in the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
H.R. 5468, is bipartisan legislation that will streamline the federal permitting process by forcing federal agencies to take action on permit applications within a specified time period. If an agency fails to act within the time period, the agency is subject to a presumption that it has caused “unreasonable delay.” This presumption serves as a powerful incentive for agencies to conclude their permit reviews within sensible timeframes.
The bill sets a default time period of two years for permitting approval, unless a Presidential designee has decided on an alternative timeline. This will maximize investment and job creation with regard to new projects. Also included in the bill are important litigation reforms to ensure that approvals are not delayed for long periods of time in the court system.
At the hearing, several distinguished experts testified in favor H.R. 5468. E. Donald Elliott, a Professor at Yale Law School and Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at law firm Covington and Burling LLP, stated “I believe that this legislation is necessary to cure some of the abuses and misuses of environmental review and permitting litigation that have grown up over time in order to save environmental review so that it can perform its important mission.” William L. Kovacs, the former Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, commented that H.R. 5468 “…addresses the difficult questions of unreasonable delay in the federal permitting process.”
Congressman Marino issued the following statement regarding this legislation:
“Currently there is too much red tape and ongoing litigation that needlessly delay projects that can provide jobs and economic opportunity. The government consistently stands in the way of businesses and growth. My legislation ensures there is effective environmental review, but it sets a mandate that the review is timely and streamlined.
“At the hearing on my legislation, it was clear from the witness testimonies that there is a pressing need for permit streamlining. Several of my colleagues on the Subcommittee also expressed their support for the legislation and the need to address permitting approval. I am hopeful that this legislation will quickly move through the House of Representatives.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his recent efforts to increase rural access to broadband internet:
“It is unacceptable that in 21st Century America, millions of people lack access to reliable and affordable broadband internet. Of the 24 million U.S. households that do not have access to broadband internet, 80% are located in rural areas.
“This disparity of internet access between urban and rural areas translates to tremendously negative impacts on local economies. Because of the lack of widespread broadband deployment, rural communities often miss out on opportunities to participate in today’s e-commerce marketplace, obtain advanced online education, and use new technologies that require stable high-speed connections.
“I am proud to say that I have fought for my constituents in rural Pennsylvania to bridge the digital divide between big cities and small-town America. Last month’s spending bill contained $600 million in funding to expand rural access to broadband through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. This funding, combined with state and local resources, will leverage nearly $1 billion in new rural broadband projects.
“Additionally, President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget calls for a $50 billion investment in rural infrastructure, including rural broadband deployment. I will continue to take action to ensure that Congress implements the President’s rural infrastructure plans, and I look forward to bringing greater economic opportunities to rural America through expanded access to broadband.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5427, the School and Student Safety Act. H.R. 5427 reauthorizes the COPS in Schools (CIS) program, which provided federal grants for hiring school resource officers (SRO) between 1999 and 2005. H.R. 5427 also requires schools that receive grant funding to give preference to military veterans and retired law enforcement officers when hiring SROs.
SROs are sworn law enforcement officials who provide an enhanced level of safety at schools by making arrests, issuing citations on campus, and responding to unauthorized persons on school property.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement regarding the bill:
“After many tragic school shootings, we must ensure that our schoolchildren are protected in the classroom. My legislation will place some of our nation’s finest in schools to safeguard students, teachers, and faculty. With tens of thousands of veterans struggling to find employment, Congress has a tremendous opportunity to protect America’s schoolchildren while providing quality jobs to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.”
“Military veterans and retired law enforcement officers have honed their skills through years of training, and they are well-suited to provide effective security for schools. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in the House to implement policies that provide greater safety for our schoolchildren.”
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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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