Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, sponsored by Representative Dennis Ross (FL-15). Rep. Marino (PA-10) is one of 44 co-sponsors and voted in favor of the legislation, which passed with unanimous support.
This bill would widen the previously narrow definition of private insurance companies allowed to compete in the flood insurance market place. While the intent of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012 was to include private flood insurance as an option for homeowners, it implemented a very limited definition for acceptable private flood insurance. Premiums skyrocketed in the 10th District and all across the United States causing homeowners to back out of buying property near rivers or other bodies of water. Introducing competition among flood insurance providers will result in better policies and lower prices for consumers. Senator Dean Heller (NV-02) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
Rep. Marino released the following statement regarding the bill’s passage:
“Through no fault of their own, millions of Americans have had to deal with dramatically rising flood insurance premiums and many low and middle class families are facing foreclosure. This is especially troublesome in Pennsylvania’s 10th District where much of our land is near water. This bill will foster competition in the market place increasing the quality of policies and driving prices down. While this is an important first step towards reform, it is imperative we continue to institute common sense principles that will benefit consumers. I am hopeful we will see even more progress by the time the National Flood Insurance Program comes up for reauthorization next year.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, sponsored by Representative Kevin Yoder (KS-03). U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10) is one of 314 cosponsors and voted in favor of the legislation, which passed with unanimous support.
Under current law, emails stored for 180 days or longer on a third party server are readily available to government agencies. The Email Privacy Act creates a uniform warrant requirement for stored communication content in criminal investigations, regardless of the type of service provider, the age of an email, or whether the email has been opened. Rep. Marino was an active advocate on behalf of this bill as it moved through the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Marino released the following statement regarding the bill’s passage:
“Today the House passed important legislation that will protect the American people from excessive government overreach. The Email Privacy Act will reform out-of-date laws that have failed to address the technological advancements of the last decade. While many Americans use email on a daily basis now, this was not the case when current privacy law was enacted 30 years ago. This common sense update will afford email communication the same protection already given to phone calls and paper documents.”
Similarly, Rep. Marino introduced H.R. 1174, the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act) aimed at addressing the conflict between cross border data flows and law enforcement requests for such data. This bill currently has 137 co-sponsors and awaits a vote in the House. Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“While today’s vote is an important step in the right direction, there are still discrepancies in current law regarding electronic communication. Specifically, issues arise when dealing with communications stored in foreign nations. User privacy and law enforcement access to electronic information are just as important when data is stored abroad as it is when stored within the United States. The LEADS Act will preserve the right of law enforcement officials to access this information while simultaneously protecting the privacy of American citizens. I look forward to moving this legislation through Congress and continuing to find ways to bring our current laws into the 21st century.”Read More
Washington D.C.— Rep. Tom Marino’s (PA-10) drug enforcement legislation, The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, was signed into law by President Obama yesterday. This legislation was the first significant bill of the 114th Congress enacted to address prescription drug diversion.
This bill offers a critical and comprehensive approach to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), prescription drug distributors, and pharmacies. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and included strong protections for patients’ access to important medicines. It also directs intergovernmental agency collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the DEA to preserve patient accessibility and better implement drug abuse enforcement.
Rep. Marino issued the following statement regarding the bill being signed into law:
“Prescription drug abuse is a serious epidemic in our nation. Until now, clear, comprehensive legislation that protected patients’ right to access necessary medication while stopping those who might abuse such drugs did not exist. With this law, our drug enforcement agencies will have the necessary tools to address the issue of prescription drug abuse across the country. I applaud the hard work of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress and President Obama for realizing the importance of this legislation. Signing this bill into law is the first of many steps we must take to ensure a safer and healthier America. I look forward to seeing the good this law will do for those that suffer from addiction and the progress we have made in our fight against prescription drug abuse in the United States.”Read More
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on United States, et al. v. Texas, et al. – a case challenging President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration:
“There is no doubt President Obama usurped the power of the legislative branch in an attempt to single handedly create sweeping immigration reform. Unfortunately, this blatant disregard for our constitution has become all too familiar under the Obama administration. Not only are the president’s actions in contrast with our rule of law, but granting amnesty to those who have traveled here illegally will only perpetuate an already bad situation. President Obama’s actions are an affront to our system of coequal branches of government. Congress and our courts must act now to halt the recent increases in concentrated executive power and rein in this out of control administration.”Read More
Washington D.C.— Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10), Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) and Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) applauded the passage of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016. This legislation is expected to be the first significant bill of the 114th Congress enacted to address prescription drug diversion.
This bill, as amended by the Senate, passed the House by unanimous consent today and now awaits the president’s signature. It offers a critical and comprehensive approach to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), prescription drug distributors, and pharmacies. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and included strong protections for patients’ access to important medicines. It also directs intergovernmental agency collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the DEA to preserve patient accessibility and better implement drug abuse enforcement.
“With hard work from both my colleagues in the House and Senate, we were able to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation that will transform drug enforcement by better protecting patients who need prescription drugs and stopping those who would abuse them,” Rep. Tom Marino said. “Prescription drug abuse is a serious epidemic that has riddled our society for too long. I am incredibly proud of this legislation and know that it is an important step in combating the problem. I want to thank Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Judy Chu who joined me in introducing the bill and who have been instrumental in its passage. I urge President Obama to sign this legislation without hesitation or delay so that we may move swiftly towards a safer and healthier America.”
“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that has claimed too many lives and taken a toll on communities in Vermont and across the country,” Rep. Peter Welch said. “This commonsense step will help keep dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands, while ensuring that patients have timely access to the medications they need.”
“This legislation will result in better protections against the inappropriate use of prescription drugs by bringing greater clarity and transparency to the requirements for safe and secure distribution of these medicines,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn said. “I am so pleased to have helped lead this bipartisan effort with Congressman Marino to ensure that patients who have a legitimate need for medications can receive them while we are battling the drug diversion and abuse problem in this country."
“For millions struggling with chronic pain, prescription pain killers are a life-saver, allowing them to continue with their responsibilities at work and home,” Rep. Judy Chu said. “But the serious potential for abuse has put pharmacists on the front lines of our country’s drug problem. This bipartisan bill will provide more clarity to both pharmacists and law enforcement that will allow us to better balance our needs for strong drug law enforcement and quality health care.”Read More
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) released the following statement in response to the terror attacks at the Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station:
“I am sickened by the callous terrorist attacks carried out this morning in Belgium. As a member of Congress who works closely with my European counterparts in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I travel regularly to the country and have flown to the very airport that was targeted. I applaud Prime Minister Charles Michel for not yielding to political correctness and calling this horrible tragedy exactly what it is - a terrorist attack.”
“Unfortunately, today’s events have become far too commonplace. We have a responsibility to protect the American people from outside threats and the best way to do so is by securing our border. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant in vetting those traveling to the United States. Regardless of where they come from or who they are, anyone who cannot be properly screened or pass a background check should not be allowed into the country. These are common sense principles that will prevent terrorists from entering our country and keep the American people safe.”
“In a time with heightened security concerns all around the world, America must be a leader. We will not falter in the face of terrorism and we are ready to take on those who would cause harm to the United States.”
Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (PA-10) joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), and House Judiciary Committee member John L. Ratcliffe (TX-4) in introducing H.R. 4768 – the Separation of Powers Act to restore accountability to the regulatory process.
The bill would empower the courts, not agencies, to interpret all questions of law, including both statutes and regulations.
“I am grateful to my colleagues in the House and Senate for their efforts on this bill. Our Founders envisioned three separate but equal branches of government. But for too long, we in Congress have skirted our duties by drafting weak legislation that empowers rather than constrains the ever growing administrative state,” said Rep. Marino. “The Supreme Court’s Chevron decision only worsened this problem, as the Court abdicated its own role as the ultimate judge of the law. Today’s bill curtails the overreach of executive agencies at the source of their power, the Administrative Procedure Act, and begins the important steps of returning control of the government to the people, through Congress.”
"Today's federal administrative state is an institution unforeseen by the Framers of our Constitution, that is rapidly mushrooming out of control. This overgrown bureaucracy is tipping our system of checks and balances away from the legislative and judicial branches, and towards a stronger, emboldened, and overreaching executive,” Chairman Goodlatte added. “The precedent set by Chevron has been a catalyst for a runaway administrative state, and we are undertaking a strong, bicameral effort to bring balance back to our federal government."
“The endless stream of rules and regulations being rolled out by federal agencies has real consequences for real people all across the country. Unelected federal bureaucrats are not accountable to the American people and can’t be voted out of office; yet, they wield immense power to impose regulations that have the force of law,” Rep. Ratcliffe added. “I’m grateful to be a part of the solution today as we introduce this important legislation to rein in an administrative state that has been allowed to wield immense lawmaking power outside of the will of the Constitution.”
Members of the House Judiciary Committee were joined by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), who introduced an identical bill in the United States Senate.
• Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Chevron, there has been increasing confusion in the courts, Congress, the legal bar, and legal academia on the issues of whether, when and how courts should defer to federal agencies’ interpretations of the statutes they administer. Thursday’s event will focus on these issues, and specific ideas for solutions to the confusion spawned by Chevron.
• This week, Congressman Marino chaired a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform hearing entitled, “The Chevron Doctrine: Constitutional and Statutory Questions in Judicial Deference to Agencies.” The hearing focused on how much leeway bureaucrats currently have to interpret laws already passed by Congress since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984).Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of S.483, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016. Marino was the sponsor of companion signature prescription drug diversion legislation (H.R. 471) which passed in the House on April 21, 2015.
On Thursday, this bill passed in the Senate by unanimous consent and heads back to the House for a final vote. It offers a critical and comprehensive approach to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), prescription drug distributors and pharmacies. However, a central tenant to its bipartisan support was the strong protections of patients’ access to important medicines. The bill also directs intergovernmental agency collaboration and integration regarding drug abuse enforcement and preserving patient accessibility between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the DEA.
“I am pleased the Senate recognized this bill will protect access and improves enforcement outcomes," said Rep. Marino. "It is now common knowledge that prescription drug abuse is an epidemic and yet sometimes the solutions to abuse have restricted legitimate patients access to the drugs they require. Its passage signals our commitment to a safer and healthier America.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama has signed into law bipartisan legislation to protect federal correctional officers. Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) was a co-sponsor of a companion measure in the House.
On February 25, 2013, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Correctional Officer Eric Williams was tragically murdered inside the Canaan Federal Correction Complex near Waymart in Wayne County while performing routine lockdown duties. Officer Williams was assigned to oversee a unit of approximately 130 inmates on his own, with only keys, handcuffs, and a radio to protect himself. His alleged killer, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, is facing the death penalty.
“I am pleased the President has signed this critical, lifesaving legislation into law” said Marino. “Eric Williams was a promising young man and a dedicated public servant. He served day-in and day-out in some of the most dangerous environments within our criminal justice system. While this will not bring back Eric or others we have lost in the line of duty, I am confident it will help protect our officers and other inmates from violent attacks in the future.”
Pennsylvania is home to seven federally operated prison facilities, including three in the 10th Congressional District, employing thousands of BOP employees.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) lead a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress in sending a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell urging clarification of privacy and security standards for connected health technologies.
Advances in smartphone technology over the past decade have led to an increased number of apps and connected health technologies that give healthcare professionals better insight into their patients’ health and can contribute to improved patient outcomes. But regulations are not keeping pace with new technology.
The lack of clarification from HHS on privacy and security standards for connected health technologies has made many medical professionals wary of using health apps, software and connected devices as helpful tools to treat their patients. The lawmakers are asking HHS to issue new guidelines and clarify how privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) apply to connected health technologies. The Department’s delay prevents thousands of patients from benefitting from useful technologies.
The lawmakers first contacted HHS in 2014, requesting updated guidance to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for connected health technologies. HHS has yet to provide a comprehensive plan for how to best implement new standards.
“We have serious concerns about the consequences of HHS inaction,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Advances in mobile health technology have the potential to dramatically improve patient outcomes and the accessibility of health care. This innovation is coming at a rapid pace, but your agency has done little to demonstrate it can manage the significance.”
In addition to urging action on new guidelines for health technologies, the letter requests a Member-level briefing with HHS to review their progress.
“Today’s letter will hopefully send a signal to HHS that they need to bring their approach to healthcare in line with the technological advances of the 21st Century," said Rep. Tom Marino.“The plodding pace with which they’ve updated HIPAA guidance as it relates to mobile technology is unacceptable. I am hoping that our letter restarts the progress that began in a promising way with their response to our first letter in 2014. More attention to these technologies, and an open dialogue with Congress, presents the potential for improving the doctor-patient relationship, and innumerable beneficial health outcomes.”
“Rapidly-growing technology companies are being stifled by slow moving bureaucracy,” Rep. Peter DeFazio added. “Despite the fact that HHS made a commitment to Congress that they would take necessary steps to adapt to and accommodate the needs of the modern tech community, I’m disappointed by how little progress has been made in the past sixteen months. HHS needs to follow through on their commitment to collaborate with stakeholders and the tech industry.”
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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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