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October 23, 2014
Rep. Marino to Visit Gilson Snowboards
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County is scheduled to visit with the owners and operators of Gilson Snowboards to talk about manufacturing, patents and the newest innovations in snowboard technology. The pertinent information about the visit is listed below.
WHO: Representative Tom Marino; Nick Gilson, President and Managing Director; Adam Vanderhyden, VP Information Systems; Austin Royer, VP Product Development; Jared Brett, VP Operations; and Danny Jones, Rider.
WHAT: A site visit, tour and discussion about new technology and patents for entrepreneurs
WHEN: Friday, October 24th, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
WHERE: 62 Mountain View Road, Winfield, PA 17889
Congressman Marino had this to say ahead of his visit:
“When I learned this new company relocated to Pennsylvania and in my District, I was encouraged. I am excited to have such hungry entrepreneurs and innovators who want to make safer products with better quality and most importantly follow their passion. I am excited to meet with each of their employees and learn how they create their innovative products. It is going to be a good visit and a learning experience for me. I am truly proud to have these kind of businesses in our communities.”
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October 21, 2014
Rep. Marino to Host Small Business Innovation Event
Cogan Station, PA—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County will host an official event designed to connect local small businesses with internet technology companies with the express purpose of facilitating and encouraging small businesses in Williamsport to learn and grow by utilizing new tools available to them.
The pertinent details are below:
WHO: host Congressman Tom Marino and representatives from the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce, Google, Yelp, Facebook, and eBay
WHEN: Monday, Ocotober 27th, 2014 from 9:00am to 11:00am
WHERE: Genetti Hotel & Suites in Williamsport, 200 West 4th St, Williamsport, PA
WHY: to help small businesses grow their customer base by increasing exposure, connecting customers with new products and updates, and managing their businesses more efficiently online
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October 15, 2014
Rep. Marino Seeks Frieden Resignation & Complete Travel Ban from Ebola-affected Countries
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County called on Centers for Disease Control Director, Tom Frieden to resign from his position citing failures in adequate hospital preparation, public information dissemination and overall protection of high-traffic public transportation facilities.
Congressman Marino also called for a complete travel ban for persons, other than medical and military personnel, travelling to and from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. This comes after he signed a letter with 27 other House colleagues sent to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson asking for a temporary freeze is visa issuances for affected countries.
After no response from the President and Administration officials coupled with another occurrence of an infected medical worker, the Congressman explained the importance of implementing tougher measures in the most expedient manner:
Marino’s statement is quoted below:
“This Ebola situation is beginning to spiral beyond control. The reports my colleagues and I have received are utterly unacceptable and the information provided to the public has been cryptic and in some cases misleading. This has provided a false sense of security to many of our citizens. That is exactly the opposite of the CDC Director’s primary responsibilities – to communicate clearly and honestly. I have no ill will towards him personally but he should resign his position effective immediately.
President Obama cannot tell the American people, as he has so often, that he underestimated this threat – we must get this right. He should appoint a serious-minded, non-partisan professional who possesses unquestionable credentials and understands that job number one is protecting American citizens. This person should be expressly in charge of handling Ebola containment and treatment activities until a greater degree of certainty is obtained. We need a leader who has experience in coordinating multiple agencies with varying degrees of localities and resources. This person should implement strict commercial and personal travel bans to countries affected in West Africa.
Some may say the low frequency of cases is no cause for alarm but it is clear this virus is ahead of our efforts to contain it. This can get out-of-hand and I want our people protected, not bombarded with excuses.
We must assist and aide our friends in these African nations in every way possible but not at the expense of our citizens’ safety. The whole reason our people are over there is to ensure it doesn’t spread. But it has. This is yet another failure in leadership. We need swift and decisive leadership if we are to address this before more Americans become endangered.”
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October 9, 2014
Rep. Marino Joins Letter to Urge Obama for Tougher Actions Against Ebola
Washington DC - Rep. Tom Marino signed on the letter listed below, along with 27 of his House colleagues urging President Obama to take tougher actions on fighting the Ebola virus. The letter, sign by both Democrats and Republicans, calls for a stricter but commonsense approach to ensuring Ebola does not infect or spread to more Americans.
See the original copy of the letter as well as every co-signer here.
You can read the full text of the letter below:
Dear President Obama:
With three nations in Africa currently facing an Ebola epidemic, our government must take aggressive action to combat and prevent the spread of this disease in the United States. We strongly urge the Administration to take immediate and decisive action to protect and prevent American citizens from further exposure to the deadly Ebola virus disease. The United States needs to institute travel restrictions, enhanced airport screening and possible quarantine of individuals who have traveled to, or from, the West African countries that have been most impacted by this tragic Ebola epidemic.
In Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Now, an estimated 50 individuals who had contact with that individual in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola, as well. In addition, a freelance NBC cameraman covering the outbreak in Monrovia, Liberia tested positive for Ebola and is being treated in Nebraska. He is the fifth confirmed American diagnosed with Ebola.
According to the CDC, individuals who have been exposed to Ebola likely will show signs of the disease within 21 days of exposure, but not necessarily before then. Hence not only are we at risk from travelers showing symptoms of the disease, but also asymptomatic travelers who harbor the disease and become symptomatic and contagious after arrival. We urge you to direct the CDC, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, to order our customs and border agents to begin more active screening of travelers to and from affected countries in West Africa, to prevent further exposure to Ebola in the United States.
Furthermore, these agencies should also consider a possible quarantine for any individual who has traveled to or from affected countries in West Africa within the dormancy period, aside from responsible health and military personnel sent there to fight the disease, to ensure that they have not contracted Ebola and are not contagious. Lastly, we ask the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict travel visas issued to citizens of the West African countries experiencing this epidemic, until such countries have defeated the epidemic. Such a ban should be instituted by suspending earlier-issued visas until further notice, halting the issuance of such visas, and denying entry to the nationals of such counties upon presentation of a passport from those countries at our ports of entry. We note that Congressman Grayson made this request to your administration in July, and that 27 African countries already have taken such action to protect their own citizens, but the United States inexplicably has not.
You have suggested that you will not take such action until the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends it. We specifically call on you not to “pass the buck” on this crucial issue. WHO is an organization of unelected bureaucrats and political appointees of foreign countries. It has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem this epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs.
Please note that we support all efforts to provide humanitarian relief to the stricken countries in question, and that the measures that we propose should not be misconstrued as a substitute for such relief. Additionally, such measures are meant to protect Americans from citizens of the affected countries who, wittingly or unwittingly, harbor the disease, and these measures are not meant to constrain American citizens in any manner not already in effect under our health laws. Finally, we do not intend that such measures impede trade with any of the countries in question, nor that they last for any period beyond the current crisis.
Because of its extraordinary and unprecedented death rate, the current Ebola outbreak is, by far, one of the most challenging global health epidemics that the world has faced in decades. It is of the utmost importance that your Administration take these commonsense steps to protect U.S. citizens from this Ebola epidemic.
Member of Congress
CC: Secretary John Kerry. U.S. Department of State
Secretary Jeh Johnson, U.S. Department of Homeland Secretary
Director Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRead More
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October 9, 2014
Marino, Dent Push Pennsylvania to Clear Path for Ridesharing
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, and Congressman Charlie Dent, PA-15, sent a letter to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) expressing support for a more friendly regulatory framework to allow ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and others to operate in underserved or high-demand areas across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The increased popularity, convenience and efficiency of these ride-sharing services is testament to the importance these companies place on providing quality and innovative products for consumers in every community, whether urban, suburban or rural.
Legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly has the potential to create a regulatory environment that could unleash these business innovations across the state thereby serving as an example to neighboring states which have yet to embrace alternative transportation options for the citizens of their communities.
Congressmen Marino and Dent issued the following statements regarding the PUC’s support for the legislation and the importance of welcoming service providers willing to reshape the way citizens commute:
“I am thankful for PUC Chairman Robert Powelson’s support for services like Uber and Lyft. He knows that having these services in Pennsylvania can move folks from point A to B in faster, safer and cheaper ways. That is good for business and good for the consumer. I am hopeful for the success of this endeavor because citizens in diverse communities need options that fit into a shrinking personal pocketbook. Business will always be the driver of better and more innovative products; and governments – be they local, state or federal – must work to provide regulatory frameworks that ensure they can succeed. Businesses like these serve the public and I support them. These services are just another way to make sure a person without a car or nearby access to public transit can arrive at their destination safely,” says Congressman Marino
"People shouldn't be denied access to innovative services, like ride-share services, because the government is too slow to respond to consumer demand for new and better technologies. Ride share services hold great potential, particularly for seniors wanting to live independently and young people (or anyone for that matter) who otherwise might risk driving impaired. We must ensure the government encourages innovation so that communities of all sizes will realize the benefits," says Congressman Dent.
Read the letter to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission here.
Read more in Politico's Morning Tech here.
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October 1, 2014
Rep. Marino Attends Sgt. Tahmooressi’s PTSD Hearing
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County attended the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee hearing on the Western Hemisphere titled “Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody.” The hearing was attended by several members of the committee, both Republicans and Democrats, with witnesses Mrs. Jill Tahmooressi, Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired, Sergeant Robert Buchanan, USMC, Retired, who served with Sgt. Tahmooressi and Mr. Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.
The hearing occurred during a congressional work period when most members of Congress were back in their home districts. However, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee returned to Washington of this important hearing with the intention of learning more about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s current condition, history of treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and service to our nation during combat operations in Iraq.
All witnesses were given a chance to share their testimony and perspective with the committee members about Tahmooressi’s situation as well as the implications of this unfortunate predicament.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement regarding this hearing and his thoughts about what must be done for bring our Marine home:
“This hearing saddened me. It saddened me because our nation’s highest leader, President Obama, seems to be disinterested in Americans held across the globe. And here we have our Marine, Sgt. Tahmooressi, who has been in custody by a supposed ally, Mexico, for many months - too many months. He should have never been detained and incarcerated in the first place.
Unfortunately my sadness and the sadness of so many us turns to anger and to our fighting spirit. I find it absolutely unconscionable for any good American, let alone one of our soldiers, to be left in jail when he clearly made a simple mistake and owned up to it. But Sgt. Tahmooressi is the only one taking responsibility because the President and Secretary of State sure the heck aren’t! President Obama should pick up that phone and pen he loves to threaten Congress with and call the Sergeant’s mother to apologize then call the Mexican President and demand action.
Hearing so many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle express the same sentiment hopefully provides Tahmooressi’s mother and all the other witnesses some confidence that we will get our Marine back home safely.
My last thought is for the Mexican government. If they want our taxpayer’s hard-earned money in the form of foreign aid, and if they want continued diplomatic relations with our country then they will send our Marine home today. If they do not then they can get creative with the ways America will abandon our supposed friendship until we know, unequivocally, that this will never happen again. And they owe Sgt. Tahmooressi, his family and our entire country an apology. We may have an ineffective President but the Mexican government should understand there are consequences for this kind of affront to our citizens and soldiers.
I want him back and I want him back now. And I don’t think the President should feel the need to trade 5 more terrorists for this soldier. Just do what it right.”
Watch Congressman Marino’s statement to the committee here.
Attached is Marino’s letter to the Mexican Ambassador which received no response:Read More
Representative Tom Marino was quoted regarding the Department of Homeland Security's unused NTAS infrastructure and the failure of President Obama's new system of warning the American public about terrorism threats. Marino's full statement appears below:
“The underutilization of the NTAS seems to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the President’s ability directly communicate with our citizens about terror threats. Under his lack of leadership the bureaucracy has grown cumbersome and lethargic which make expedient dissemination of information nearly impossible. That is completely unacceptable and DHS needs to figure out a way to get this most basic function right. Frankly having a NTAS that is hollow and purely aesthetic is embarrassing.
In emergency situations, especially during terror attacks or threats, information can save lives and increase overall safety. We’ve had too many close calls in the past few years and social media may never be enough to provide our people with important information. We need a complete infrastructure of notifications systems and the President needs to regularly inquire with his security commission about the effectiveness of it.
I am deeply concerned about this problem and the fact that no alerts have been issued despite all the imminent threats we face. I am currently working closely with my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee to plan more Congressional inquiries into the utilizations and usefulness of the current NTAS. We must do everything we can to make it better. The first step is implementing better leadership.”
Please read FP Magazine's John Hudson's full article here.
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September 26, 2014
Marino Calls on Obama to Request Congressional Authorization for Continued Action against ISIS
Williamsport, PA—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County issued the following statement regarding misconceptions about Congress’s authority in combatting ISIS in Iraq and Syria:
“I am frustrated to hear some of my colleagues, news reports and talking heads drag on about British parliament’s actions with Prime Minister Cameron. Their government is fundamentally different. News anchors should know that. Our government allows the President to request action from Congress. If Obama wants a new authorization for military actions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, than he, the Commander in Chief, needs to ask us for one. But I doubt he will. He and his party colleagues are too focused on political outcomes during the midterms which are little more than a month away. There are hawks in Congress and there are doves, but all members will heed the call of our duties if the President chooses to lead.”
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September 24, 2014
Williamsport, PA-Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County gave the following statement after awarding the local small business, QorTek, with the Small Business Innovation Research award:
"I was very pleased today to visit QorTek, a world leader in piezoelectronics with two local offices in the Williamsport area. It is truly amazing what this small business is accomplishing in the medical, manufacturing and defense industries. That’s why QorTek received a Small Business Innovation Research award that I was honored to present. QorTek is working with some of the biggest names in business from all over the world. I am happy to have them in my district."
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September 24, 2014
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County released the following statement regarding President Obama’s brief address on the current air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq:
“Yesterday the President spoke about our expanded operations against ISIS. While it was brief, I wanted to take a moment to address some concerns many of my constituents have been expressing: both supporters and critics. While the reaction from folks in PA-10 has been overwhelmingly supportive, I think it is crucially important to address critics concerned with arming the Syrian rebels in their fight against ISIS.
I, too, have very serious concerns when dealing with any faction in the Middle East, especially in Syria. I have expressed deep doubts regarding the ideology of many of those factions. Over a year ago I questioned Secretary of Defense, Hagel and Secretary of State, John Kerry about their knowledge of Syrian opposition groups and potentiality of arming them in their fight against the Assad regime as part of a broader hearing regarding the use of chemical weapons. They could not identify those groups with a great degree of certainty then. Unfortunately today, that seems to have not changed.
The President’s Administration allowed any moderate Syrian opposition groups to go unidentified, overlooked and unassisted. He also waivered in confronting ISIS from the start and allowed it to fester, grow and seize territory. Now the situation on the ground has fundamentally changed and the players involved are required to have different roles.
I still hold significant reservations about arming Syrian rebel groups to combat ISIS in their strongholds, but if this Administration and our military commanders can find, positively identify and convince groups to join the fight against ISIS, then I can support that. But we have to be sure they are moderate and have no interest in harming ethnic or religious minorities when ISIS has fallen and President Obama should clearly define to the American people and Congress who we are supporting.
Last week the House voted on key legislation that will allow the U.S. and others to destroy ISIS. That allowance is for the purpose of arming and training the aforementioned rebel groups – if they exist and a relationship can be cultivated to achieve our mission. We did not authorize the commitment of troops and the President is using the current Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq to launch the air strikes. This is a key distinguishing point from the amendment I voted for last week. It does not authorize the President additional money to carry on operations, but allows greater flexibility in using funds already appropriated. I want funds to combat ISIS to be directed by United States military commanders where they see fit. They know best how to direct our assets and resources.
Are concerns about our vote last week from critics valid? These apprehensions have merit. Some say America has not been particularly successful in arming opposition groups, and I agree. However, these critics will also not tolerate ground operations or a protracted offensive with direct US participation. Yet, despite this, they fully acknowledge that ISIS must be eradicated. And while no perfect option was presented to Congress by the President, our vote was a necessary first step in eliminating the threat ISIS poses to the stability of the region. This vote was the best option available at the time. Inaction was, and is not an option.
I am encouraged to hear that operations held in the past few days were not done in conjunction with the Assad Regime. That regime should perish as well as ISIS. As this operation continues and the situation remains fluid, Congress and the President must provide our military all the necessary resources to complete the mission and rid the world of ISIS once and for all.”
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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 am deeply saddened to hear of the events at Canadian Parliament today. My counterparts there are our friends & allies. We #PrayForOttawa
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