Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) reintroduced (H.R. 890) the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act or the CODE Act. The CODE Act makes several improvements to the copyright office that reflect a consensus across various industries and public interest groups.
These improvements include:
Congressman Marino released the following statement:
“Intellectual property rights are a founding principle of our nation’s laws and one of the core reasons we have become the most prosperous nation in the world. However, our Copyright Office has fallen well behind the fast-moving pace of America’s creators and the industries they work in. This is detrimental not only to copyright holders, but to the public as well. The CODE Act ensures the Copyright Office has the autonomy to move quickly and adapt to changes in technology so the public has the ability to enjoy and benefit from creative works. It also ensures that the registration process provides content creators with the ability to enforce their rights in a timely manner. In creating this legislation, Rep. Chu and I sought the advice and feedback of all copyright related entities. The CODE Act is well thought-out, reasonable and provides a long-term solution to the Copyright Office’s ailments.”
Congresswoman Chu said:
“I am proud to once again join Rep. Marino to introduce the CODE Act. The copyright industries are responsible for millions of jobs and billions of dollars in our economy, yet the Copyright Office is still using out-moded processes to handle registration. We must bring it into the modern age. In addition, this bill makes operational improvements and provides administrative control to the Copyright Office, which would make the Office more efficient and responsive to all interested parties. I look forward to continuing my work with colleagues and stakeholders on the improvements needed to ensure that our country has a Copyright Office that reflects the 21st century.”
This bill was also introduced in the 114th Congress as, H.R. 4241. It was introduced following months of discussion among industry stakeholders and interested parties, including several joint member roundtables. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee but was not brought up for a vote.
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) released the following statement regarding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Justice of the United States Supreme Court:
“I am very pleased with President Trump's pick for Supreme Court Justice. Neil Gorsuch represents a return to the constitutional principles our government was founded on - principles our leaders in Washington seemed to have forgotten in recent years. The American people sent a clear message in November and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to quickly approve our newly elected president's nominee.
“As someone from the commonwealth who has seen Judge Gorsuch's work first hand, I stand with my fellow Pennsylvania Republicans in offering my full support to President Trump's pick.”
Washington D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 560, a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act.
Over 30 years ago, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania transferred Route 209, then a state road, to the National Park Service (NPS). As commercial thru traffic is banned on roads within our national parks, it would also be on this stretch of Route 209. However, a 10 year exemption was made to support the local freight transport industry and because acceptable alternative routes were unavailable. After multiple extensions, the most recent commercial vehicle authorization expired at the end of September 2015. H.R. 560 reinstates access for certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWG) until Sept. 30, 2021.
Rep. Marino issued the following statement on the passage of this bill:
“With the closure of Route 209 to commercial traffic, local business owners have been left in a state of uncertainty and countless jobs have been jeopardized. This legislation is critical for the day to day life of thousands of employers, business owners and homeowners in the region. While it took longer than I had hoped, I am glad we have created a final solution that will address this issue and get my constituents back to business as usual. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to waste no time in taking up this legislation so we can offer real relief to the many people affected by this oversight.”
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) issued the following statement on the passage of this bill:
“This bill will ease traffic and improve accessibility for people who live and work in the surrounding area. It’s a pleasure to work with my Republican colleagues to support small businesses in local communities.”
In the 114th Congress, Rep. Marino introduced similar legislation, H.R. 3620, which passed the House on Feb. 24, 2016. It also passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources before being stalled on the Senate floor.
Washington D.C. – This week, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) co-introduced H.R.613 to amend title 18 of the United States Code to require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to ensure each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons.
Rep. Marino released the following statement:
“Correctional officers make a choice to protect us from dangerous criminals every single day. At the very least, they should be afforded every opportunity to do the same for themselves. Without a secure place to hold firearms while on the job, officers on their way to and from work are incredibly vulnerable to vicious attacks. Unfortunately, we have already seen tragedies like with the murder of Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati. Allowing secure storage for firearms at prisons is a common sense solution that will help us protect law enforcement officers from unnecessarily risky situations.”
On February 26, 2013, Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati was shot and killed while driving home after completing his shift at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The attack was carried out with assistance from federal inmates at MDC and is believed to be a direct result of his work at the prison.Read More
Washington D.C. – Rep. Tom Marino voted in favor of S. Con Res. 3, the FY17 Budget Resolution, which sets the parameters for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act:
“Obamacare is failing, plain and simple. Families are suffering under the immense weight of increasing premiums and a lack of quality in care. Republicans ran on repealing this legislation and it is a promise we intend to keep. We will not, however, repeal Obamacare without offering an avenue for truly affordable, patient-centered healthcare. Today’s vote lays the framework for fulfilling our obligation to the American people in offering real relief from this burdensome legislation.”Read More
Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, a reform to solve the problem of overreaching, ill-considered, insufficiently checked-and-balanced federal regulation. It brings together six separate reform bills that have already passed the House with bipartisan support in previous Congresses.
The REVIEW Act (H.R. 74), introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10), was included in the package. The bill stops “high-impact rules” with annual costs over $1 billion from taking effect until all court challenges to the regulation in question are settled.
On Wednesday, Rep. Marino spoke on the House floor in favor of H.R. 5. His statement is as follows:
“I rise today in strong support of H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act. This bill represents a monumental opportunity for the American people. After eight years of one new crushing regulatory burden after another, the time has come to finally free the American people and create a new future for our economy.
“In 2017, regulatory burdens are at record levels. One recent analysis by the American Action Forum puts the cumulative paperwork burden on the American people at 11.5 billion hours. How could any small businessman or entrepreneur survive in the face of this monstrous web of regulation? The short answer is that they cannot.
“It is a fact seen across my district as I have talked to workers covering every industry or occupation imaginable. When I ask business owners about their concerns, first and foremost, the greatest hardship they face is the burden of federal regulation and red tape. Funds—which otherwise could be invested in new employees, training or equipment—must be dedicated to the demands of faceless bureaucrats in Washington. This applies to plumbers as well as farmers, manufacturers and home builders.
“The list of those affected is long and varied. The simple truth is that the Obama administration’s one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda has been a disaster for the American dream. And we have seen over the past several months how disconnected it was from the wants and needs of Americans across the country.
“In Congress, however, we have heard their pleas and have taken action in the early days of the 115th Congress. H.R. 5 is the third regulatory reform bill we have considered in two weeks. It represents our brightest opportunity to unleash innovation and investment so that American businesses, big and small, can create a new future.
“I am also grateful that H.R. 5 includes my bill, the REVIEW Act. The REVIEW Act was featured as part of Speaker Ryan’s A Better Way agenda, and passed the House on a bipartisan basis last fall. It represents a simple premise. Regulations should be narrowly tailored, and massive regulations deserve full and thorough scrutiny.
“REVIEW would mandate a stay of any ‘high-impact,’ billion dollar regulation while judicial review is under way. “Historically, billion dollar rules have been few and far between. In fact, only 26 have been put in place since 2006. But in recent years, their frequency has grown along with the unprecedented reach of the regulatory state. In the past 8 years, an average of 3 per year have been put in place. Their significance, however, lies in their impact on our country.
“These regulations are massive, and have the potential to fundamentally and irreversibly change entire industries. And if later judicial review finds the agency’s reasoning to be legally unsound or contrary to the intent of Congress, the compliance costs incurred, often meaning jobs that were lost, cannot be undone.
“The REVIEW Act provides an important check on regulatory largesse and is an important piece of this bill.
“The American people have spoken. It is time for us all to take our country, and economy in the right direction. The Regulatory Accountability Act provides the reforms necessary to get us there. I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill. And, I yield back the remainder of my time.”Read More
Washington, D.C. — Each term, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduces three pieces of legislation aimed at refocusing Washington and ensuring government operates in its purest form – for the people, by the people. These reforms include term limits, single subject legislation and a move to ensure committee passed legislation cannot be kept from a vote on the House floor.
Rep. Marino issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the three bills:
“No matter where I travel in the United States, I always hear the same thing – the American people are fed up with business as usual and career politicians taking the lead in Washington. Too many hardworking taxpayers felt forgotten by our government and they came out in historical numbers to elect an outsider as President of the United States. These bills help return our government to one truly for the people, by the people. It is well past time we get Washington back to work for the American people.”
This week, Rep. Marino reintroduced the following:
H.J. Res. 24, An amendment to the United States Constitution capping the amount of time a representative or senator can serve in in Congress at 12 years (sponsor)
“I have long said that if you cannot accomplish what you set out to do in 12 years, then you should not be in office. Members of Congress should be afforded sufficient time to make real change, but also be limited so new blood with new ideas can come to Washington. The era of the career politician is over and it is time our electoral process and our Congress reflect that,” Marino stated.
H.J. Res 25, An amendment to the Constitution of the United States to end the practice of including more than one subject in a single law by requiring that each law enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject and that the subject be clearly and descriptively expressed in the title of the law (sponsor)
“Today’s legislation becomes so bogged down with added amendments and agendas that the original intent of the bill is often lost entirely. If members of Congress can barely keep up with the ever-changing additions, it can only be assumed their constituents are being deprived of the information they need. We must simplify our legislative process and offer clear, transparent solutions to better serve the American people,” Marino stated.
An amendment to 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 (original co-sponsor)
“Too often, quality bills pass committee, but then with little explanation or reason, never make it to the House floor. We cannot continue to let common sense legislation fall through the cracks as our economy and the American people suffer. This legislation ensures government operates as it should and that each bill has an opportunity to come before the people’s representatives in Congress,” Marino stated.Read More
Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor of the resolution and released the following statement:
“Throughout his time in office, President Obama has continually expressed contempt towards Israel, our strongest democratic ally in the Middle East. Failing to stop the clearly one-sided and dangerous U.N. resolution not only threatens peace in the region, but actually emboldens terrorist forces in their attempts to destroy Israel by any means necessary. I am sickened by this administration’s break with longstanding U.S. foreign policy to stand by Israel. I take solace in the fact that a Trump administration will protect this cherished relationship and look forward to many more years of partnership between our two nations.”Read More
Washington D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, which requires an up-or-down vote by Congress before any new regulation with at least a $100 million effect on the economy can be implemented.
Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) released the following statement:
“President Obama’s runaway regulatory state has stripped the American people of their voice in government by circumventing Congress to implement costly, often unnecessary regulations. The REINS Act is a common sense solution that returns power to the people by ensuring high-cost regulations undergo the meticulous scrutiny they deserve. Any regulation imposing $100 million or more on our economy should, at the very least, obtain the approval of the people’s representatives in Congress. This is yet another step towards rolling back job-crushing regulations that harm hardworking Americans. ”
Earlier this week, Rep. Marino introduced the REVIEW Act which stops “high-impact rules” with annual costs over $1 billion from taking effect until all court challenges to the regulation in question are settled. He also voted in favor of the Midnight Rules Relief Act to stop outgoing presidents from implementing last-minute regulations void of proper oversight.Read More
Washington D.C. – Rep. Tom Marino released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act:
“The quick passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act exemplifies our dedication to provide the American people with real, actionable solutions. Burdensome regulation is one of the greatest hindrances to growing jobs and the economy. Specifically, regulations rushed in at the last-minute without proper oversight can cause significant damage to business. As I have said before, Washington cannot continue to fund reckless regulation on the backs of hardworking Americans. I am proud of the swift movement by the House on this legislation and encourage my colleagues in the Senate to act in the same, expeditious manner.”Read More
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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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I stopped by the White House to see President Trump.
Today, I stopped by the PAWS for Love event hosted by the ASPCA.
I met with some of our local bankers in Williamsport to discuss how we can help our small businesses continue to grow and succeed.
Punxsutawney Phil let us down. Six more weeks of winter. #NotMyGroundhog
President Trump hit a home run with his SCOTUS pick. Neil Gorsuch represents a return to the constitutional principles our government was founded