Tom Marino

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

House passes Marino's RAPID Act with bipartisan support

2014/03/06

For Immediate Release March 6, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2641, the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Tom Marino (PA-10).

Rep. Marino’s RAPID Act will streamline the current permit approval process for energy, infrastructure, and other construction projects by setting hard deadlines, cracking down on prolonged lawsuits, and consolidating agency management of the approval process from start to finish.

“This is a common-sense solution to the problems that have resulted from the outdated, burdensome, and convoluted federal permitting process,” Marino said of the RAPID Act.  “Streamlining this process will accelerate project approval; creating jobs, boosting our economy, and increasing our energy independence.”

“Project No Project,” a 2011 study conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, identified 351 state-level projects that, if approved, would create 1.9 million jobs and generate $1.1 trillion annually, during construction.

“In Pennsylvania alone, delays to proposed energy projects cost the commonwealth nearly 25,000 good-paying jobs and over $4 billion in total economic output,” Marino said.  “Bureaucracy is holding up projects and preventing job growth – I see it every day in my district.

“In 2006, Northeast Ethanol and Renewable Resources LTD proposed a plant in the city of Mayfield, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania that would have yielded an annual production capacity of 50 million gallons of ethanol and potentially created 100 jobs.  This project is still not built, and appears to be stalled indefinitely.”

H.R. 2641 establishes an 18-month maximum deadline for an Environmental Assessment and a 36-month maximum deadline for an Environmental Impact Statement, to prevent excessive agency objections.  The legislation also sets a 180-day statute of limitations for lawsuits challenging permitting decisions.

“The current process is broken.  It is resulting in fewer jobs for Americans that want to get back to work and higher energy costs for families and small businesses,” Marino said.  “I am pleased that colleagues on both sides of the aisle were able to come together and pass this legislation.”

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Rep Marino in the Daily Item: 'Russia's imperialist tendencies mask extraordinarily weak and utterly corrupt economy'

2014/03/06

For Immediate Release March 6, 2014

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, The Daily Item earlier this week printed a story including comments from U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) on the ongoing situation in Ukraine.  The entirety of the statement is below.  Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will convene for a hearing to examine to recent events in Ukraine and determine the next steps.

Rep. Marino is also a cosponsor of H.Res. 499, a resolution condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation.  The bipartisan resolution was introduced yesterday by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).

“As vice chairman of the Europe Subcommittee in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I support the decisive action that can be taken in cooperation with our European and NATO allies.

“Unfortunately, in August 2008, Russia was allowed to invade and control Georgian territory and the aggression went largely unchecked. Putin has learned from our weak response to his war with Georgia and from our weak approaches to foreign challenges-notably in Syria and Iran-that Russian military action in Ukraine will likely go unchallenged.

“What Putin needs to understand is that some of us know Russia’s imperialist tendencies mask its extraordinarily weak and utterly corrupt economy.

“Putin also knows that we have tolls at our disposal to isolate Russia and bring ruin to her economy. The U.S. and our allies should be talking about expelling Russia from the G-8, implementing strong economic sanctions, seizing the ill-gotten assets of Putin and the Russian oligarchs who support him, and denying visa to Russian and Ukrainian officials who supported the invasion.”

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House passes Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

2014/03/04

For Immediate Release March 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Representative Michael Grimm (NY-11).  U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) is one of 237 cosponsors and voted in favor of the legislation, which passed with strong, bipartisan support. 

“Millions of Americans are facing dramatically increased flood insurance premiums through no fault of their own, and many low and middle class families are facing foreclosure,” Marino said. 

“While not perfect, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act offers families and storefront owners considerable and immediate relief by repealing the most problematic provisions of Biggert-Waters that have resulted in these dramatically increased premiums, and enacting an alternative that ensures rates are both reasonable and reflective of actuarial risk.”

“I am a cosponsor of this legislation not because it is a silver bullet, but because it is a step in the right direction.  This bill is a solution for many policyholders in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District,” Marino added.

Specifically, H.R. 3370 repeals certain premium rate increases, restores grandfathered rates, and establishes annual rate increases and surcharges to ensure homeowners are paying rates reflective of what was disclosed at the time they purchased their property.  It aims to reach market-based rates; however, it also institutes caps so the jump from prior rates and market rates is a slow, gradual one.

Additionally, the bill requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct an affordability study and issue a report within two years of the bill’s enactment.  The report will look at various factors to determine how property owners can maintain affordability if premiums continue to increase and must offer options for enhanced mitigation assistance and means-tested assistance.

“We – Congress – enacted the law that unintentionally resulted in this devastating burden.  Now, it is our responsibility to fix it,” Marino said.

Marino, who has been leading efforts to repeal the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, hosted multiple townhall meetings for affected constituents in recent months and has maintained open lines of communication with key stakeholders, including county officials, insurance agencies, realtors associations, small business owners, and community leaders.

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Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing

2014/02/25

Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Hearing: The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014

Witnesses:

  • Ms. Suzanne Spaulding; Acting Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen L. Caldwell; Director Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Agency
  • Mr. Clyde Miller; Director for Corporate Security, BASF North America, Vice Chair for American Chemistry Council Security Committee
  • Ms. Kate Hampford Donahue; President, Hampford Research, Inc
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Foreign Affairs Committee Mark-Up

2014/02/25

Foreign Affairs Full Committee

Mark-Up:

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Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

2014/02/25

Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

Hearing: H.R. 2992, the "Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2013

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Tony Simmons; President and Chief Executive Officer, McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana
  • Mr. Pete Vegas; Founder and President, Sage V Foods, Los Angeles, California
  • Mr. Joseph Henchman; Vice President of Legal and State Projects, Tax Foundation
  • Mr. David Quam; Director of Federal Relations, National Governors Association    

 

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Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing

2014/02/25

Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations

Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Sudan and South Sudan

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Donald Booth; Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. John Prendergast; Co-founder, Enough Project
  • Walid Phares, Ph.D.; Co-Secretary General, Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism
  • Mr. Adotei Akwei; Managing Director for Government Relations, Amnesty International USA
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Judiciary Committee Hearing

2014/02/25

Judiciary Full Committee

Hearing: Enforcing the President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Jim Gerlach; United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Diane Black; United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Tom Rice; United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Ron DeSantis; United States House of Representatives
  • Mr. Jonathan Turley; George Washington University Law School
  • Ms. Elizabeth Price Foley; Florida International University College of Law
  • Mr. Christopher Schroeder; Duke University Law School
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Homeland Security Committee Hearing

2014/02/25

Homeland Security Full Committee

Hearing: The Secretary's Vision for the Future -- Challenges and Priorities

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Jeh Johnson; Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing

2014/02/25

Foreign Affairs Full Committee

Hearing: International Wildlife Trafficking Threats to Conservation and National Security

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Kerri-Ann Jones; Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Daniel M. Ashe; Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Mr. Robert G. Dreher; Acting Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3731
Fax 202-225-9594
marino.house.gov

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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