Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his ‘yes’ vote on H.R. 1105 - the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, which permanently repeals the estate tax and reduces the federal gift tax to 35%. The bill also provides special exemptions for individuals who die before the bill’s enactment.
Marino issued the following statement regarding the bill’s passage:
“I was more than happy to vote in favor of killing the death tax. It should have died a long time ago. The federal and state governments frequently demonstrate their incapability of managing budgets and so they look to taxes as a way out. That is no way to remedy shortfalls and run government. It is not up to the taxpayer to bail out misguided bureaucrats. The death tax, or the estate tax, as they fancifully call it, is just another scheme to empty tens of thousands of dollars out of the pocket of hardworking Americans.
In my district, farms, particularly family-owned ones, and small businesses are negatively impacted by this ridiculous tax. Those folks tell me all the time they want it repealed and today the House did just that. Opponents of repealing the death tax should instead take a look at the onerous regulatory burdens put on the same families and businesses hit by the death tax. Until then, what we are doing in the House is indicative of a new breed of Republicans looking to slim down, streamline and clean up a tiresome tax and spend mentality in Washington.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) was notified yesterday of charges brought against members of an Ohio dogfighting ring under his Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement about the law’s impact on reducing and ultimately eliminating animal fighting in the United States:
“It saddens me every time I hear about one of these events but I am encouraged to see the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act is helping law enforcement and prosecutors put criminals behind bars. The law is intended to curtail the viewership of animal fighting events and that is just commonsense. By taking away the incentive for animal fighters to host these gruesome and sickeningly abusive events, we can help eliminate them altogether. The law also makes it illegal to bring minors to these events and thereby further diminishes the susceptibility of new participants and illegal activity. We must not forget that gambling, drug, weapons and sex crimes occur during animal fighting events - even more reason to toughen our laws against the practice.
I want to congratulate the State of Ohio’s law enforcement entities as well as the federal agencies involved in capturing these criminals. It is their enforcement of this law which makes it effective and ultimately our society a safer.”
Selinsgrove, PA—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) announced the details of his Annual Spring Senior Fair. This is the fifth annual fair since Marino was elected in 2010. Since then, the fair’s prominence and popularity has grown, prompting Marino to host two events per year, one in the spring and fall seasons. This is the first year Marino will break the annual fair into seasonal events and host each fair at different locations so senior citizens from every community in PA-10 can attend.
The venue of the spring event is larger than previous fairs and will allow seniors easier access to parking as well as the ability to move more freely to participating vendor stations. Inside, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from local agencies representing areas like healthcare, education, financial security, state government offices, and area nonprofit organizations to assist and educate them about various programs and benefits available to seniors.
WHEN: Monday, April 27th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
WHERE: VFW – Selinsgrove Post No. 6631, 940 US Rt. 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. Any questions regarding attendance should be directed to Ryan Shucard.
All other non-media inquiries regarding the event’s details should be directed to Cathy Romaniello.
Congressman said the following of the fair and its continued success:
“I have the ability to host many official events and showcase an array of services to my constituents on a regular basis but the Senior Fair is among the most important as well as my favorite. My representation of PA-10 allows me bring together public and private services in one location so seniors do not have to search for what they need. Access to information is critical so my staff and I wanted to make it even easier. And because of that, this event has turned into a great success. So much so, that we needed to host two events per year instead of just one.
I am excited to see everyone there and connect with folks from the surrounding communities. I am also extremely thankful to the vendors who will be in attendance as well as my colleagues from state and local governments. Equally important, I am thankful to Cathy on my district staff. She has been absolutely essential to the growth and success of this event over the years and I have no doubt it would not be what it is today without her diligence, hard work and cheer.”
A full list of attending vendors and/or representatives can be found below:
Congressman Tom Marino
State Senator John R. Gordner
State Rep Lynda Culver
RHP Law Group
Sun Home Health and Hospice
Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers
Almond Tree Senior Solutions Inc.
Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village
Elmcroft Senior Living
Evangelical Community Hospital
FGXpress Glen Van Dyke
Foster Grandparents Program
Home Instead Senior Care
Manor at Penn Village
Rolling Hills Manor
USTA-Union Snyder Transportation Alliance
VNA Health System
Union Snyder Community Action Agency
PA Career Link Northumberland/Snyder/Union Counties
Central Susquehanna Sight Service, Inc.
Union -Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc.
Scheib Law Offices
Hub's Home Oxygen & Medical Supplies
Comfort Keepers #140
Rose View Court
Mountain View, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center CCRC
Geisinger Health Plan
Susquehanna Trails Dog Training Club
Keystone Mobile Shredding, Inc.
County Homemakers Support Coordination Entity-Case Mgt Services
County Homeakers Inc- Personal Assistance Services for In Home Care
Heritage Heights/Riverview Point Apartments
Marshall Parker & Weber LLC
American Red Cross
Dedicated Nursing Associates
Heritage Springs Memory Care
Snyder County Veterans Affairs
Baltimore Life Insurance
The Educators, Inc.
FOCUS Health, Inc
Griswold Home Care
Van Dyke Marketing-Protecting Your Identity on the Internet from Cyber Criminals
Hamlin, PA—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of charges that he helped carry out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings:
“This man is a terrorist and he should be treated as such. He should be executed and serve as an example of how we should deal with terrorists. The conviction is one step closer to what I hope will bring final closure for the victims of that tragic day. I believe in the legal process and have full confidence the jury will make the right decision during the final sentencing.
This conviction is an important step and it should serve to remind us twofold: radicalization from Islamic extremists is a serious and growing threat to our people; and that we must work together, more than ever before, to quell extremist recruitment efforts in cyberspace and on the ground. That means staying vigilant and toughening our defenses against those who wish to destroy us.”
Cogan Station, PA—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) will host a series constituent meetings in the upcoming weeks. These meetings, named “Coffee & Conversation”, are part of Congressman Marino’s ongoing commitment to provide the citizens of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District an opportunity to voice their concerns, share their stories and ask questions.
Pertinent details for the event are listed below:
WHO: Congressman Tom Marino and citizens of the surrounding area
WHAT: Coffee, conversation, and photos
Location 1: Lycoming County
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1st, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: Williamsport Constituent Service Center, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 1A, Williamsport, PA 17701
Location 2: Lycoming County
WHEN: Monday, April 6th, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
WHERE: Williamsport Constituent Service Center, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 1A, Williamsport, PA 17701
Location 3: Northumberland County
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7th, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: Watson Inn, 100 Main Street, Watsontown, PA 17777
Location 4: Moscow, PA
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8th, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: Moscow American Legion, 111 Church Street, Moscow, PA 18444
Location 5: Selinsgrove, PA
WHEN: Saturday, April 11th, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: Selinsgrove Constituent Service Center, 713 Bridge Street, Room 29, Selinsgrove 17870
Tom will be available to take photos. Attendees should feel free to bring cameras. Photos can be posted to Tom’s Facebook page by sending them to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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