Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after learning the House Committee on Natural Resources passed, with unanimous consent, H.R.3620, a bill to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area:
“While I wish this bill would have passed committee earlier, I am thankful to my colleagues on the committee for recognizing its importance. It is now on its way to the House Floor for votes. I am confident that it will pass with broad bipartisan support. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a Pennsylvania treasure and a national gem, my colleagues in the House know that. Due to my efforts bringing together the National Park Service and local stakeholders to draft this bill extending the exemption for commercial traffic, a final resolution to this issue is in sight.”
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 766 - the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, a bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from severing banking activity between businesses and financial institutions:
“President Obama has demonstrated on a remarkably consistent basis that he favors an economic model by which he and his bureaucratic henchmen work determine which businesses succeed and fail. In the case of Operation Choke Point, he directed the DOJ to target certain industries, such as firearms manufacturers or tobacco merchants, and sever their access to the financial system.
I find this kind of practice to not only be uniquely un-American but outright dangerous. It is not up to the President or the federal government to determine which law-abiding businesses are allowed to compete and/or gain an advantage in the marketplace. That is not how our economy was founded and that is not what allowed American businesses to fuel the most successful economic engine in world history.”
This legislation ends the practice of federal coercion in the marketplace and requires greater Congressional oversight. It also strips federal regulators of subpoena power and requires detailed explanations of any further inquiries into the relationships between businesses and banking institutions. The House passed this legislation with bipartisan support by a vote of 250-169.
"back of the book segment tonight, did you see that? we begin with a question. should president obama have invited the family of kate steinle to the state of the union address last night? >> should have invited the family of the woman that was killed out in california by the illegal immigrant. >> yeah, kate steinle, yep. >> ms. steinle, should have invited her family to start with. and cymballized tell the american people in this symbolized his devotion and intent to deal with people who are here illegally, particularly violent criminals and he is not dedicate to do that at all. >> here now fox news anchor martha maccallum. how did congressman marino get involved in all of this. >> he has been involved in this issue for a while. he is one of the people who has been a big supporter of kate's law. he felt very stronglymc that they should have invited kate steinle's family, but the obama administration has never even reached out to kate steinle's family as you know better than anyone. >> right. >> that was never going to be on the table in terms of guests last night. they invited guests who serve their agenda. guests victims of gun violence. >> kate steinle might have been a victim of gun violence since she was shot in the head. >> the problem is that the person who perpetrated the crime against her and killed her is illegal alien. >> being harbored by a sanctuary city. the reason we are doing this with ms. martha tonight is to point out the rank hypocrisy of inviting gun victims' families, which is good by the way. i have no problem with that but the most high profile woman killed by a gun in 2015 was kateó and it should never have happened. and the democratic party will not get behind kate's law. and congressman marino should be applauded for what he did in making that comparison and it's just -- everybody should it's just, everybody should know everybody should know it, no matter what party you're in."Read More
Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. 10th District, gave his take on some issues facing the United States just hours before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday night.Read More
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor S.J. Res. 22, a resolution which disapproves of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition of “Waters of the United States,” commonly known as the “WOTUS rule.” The measure passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 253-166 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which allows Congress to send this important legislation to President Obama’s desk.
Despite a veto threat from the President, if enacted, this measure would protect agricultural producers and land owners from regulatory overreach by the EPA. If unchecked by Congress, the WOTUS rule would redefine waterways and bodies of water thereby asserting the EPA’s jurisdiction to impose regulatory burdens under provisions previously established under the Clean Water Act.
Representative Marino issued the following statement:
“What the EPA did was a slick attempt to expand its regulatory tentacles. It is in lock-step with the adage, ‘if you give a mouse a cookie, he will want a glass of milk.’ In this case, Congress allowed the EPA to go unchecked for years. The agency got used to regulating everything it could with supposed good intentions and the full force of the executive branch as its justification. That kind of power only creates a thirst for more and thus we got WOTUS.
However, a huge coalition rallied against this ruling and Congress acted to reverse the WOTUS rule by sending the resolution of disapproval all the way to the President’s desk. Despite Obama’s clear admiration for federal regulation, as we saw on display at the State of the Union address, a bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators came together to tell him enough is enough.
Now, it is on his desk.”
In a conference call with reporters, Marino characterized as misguided the president's recently announced executive actions to reduce gun violence across the country. Marino said the president's proposals would do nothing to address what he believes is the core issue: the ability of people with mental illnesses to acquire firearms.Read More
Washington D.C.—Tonight, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to Congress:
“What I heard tonight was more of the same. The President got back on the stump and turned the spotlight on himself. Aside from his indignant tone, it seemed as if the President merely came to rewrite his record and further divide the American electorate.
Unfortunately, he has not learned very much. On the domestic front, his policies have prohibited job creators from hiring new employees. For seven years he directed the agencies under his control to impose new regulations on industry and small business. Those regulatory costs were passed onto the consumers. Costs of living and doing business went up not to mention the costs of healthcare.
When he was presented with the facts showing the damage his regulatory agenda had done, he simply dismissed calls for reform. Instead he called for the all too familiar, but never proven, liberal formula of tax, regulate, spend and repeat.
The people of Pennsylvania’s Tenth District know that is no way grow the economy and expand opportunity – the American people know that too. Instead, President Obama sought to pit Americans against one another. He consistently highlighted an ‘us versus them’ attitude. He was a divider, not a uniting figure.
Abroad, his policies were disastrous. The list of blunders, embarrassments and failures is long. From Iran to Iraq to Russia to North Korea to our own southern border, President Obama chose ideology rather than to face hard realities – but tonight he ignored those realities and sought to rewrite history.
While he soaked-up the spotlight one last time during his Presidency, ISIS continues to spread, the death toll is on the rise and the terror has reached our homeland. He has still not provided a plan to rally our allies and partners with mutual interests and kill every last one of ISIS’s fighters. Instead, he relied more upon strongly-worded letters from the United Nations than on the full force of the American military. As President, he will not get a free pass to wage war without a clear plan for ultimate victory.
Given all we have seen throughout his time in the Oval Office, this speech was more about correcting his record, protecting his legacy and setting the stage for his supposed relevance in the upcoming election. It was not what I wanted to hear or hoped to hear but it is, ultimately, what I expected.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) is not looking forward to President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight. He spoke to Townhall hours before what he expects will be nothing more than another empty speech.
We began by asking Marino which of the president’s policies he believes has done the most damage. He didn’t know where to start.
Regulatory reform, he said, has been wholly neglected, for Obama “thinks the government should run people’s lives.” Marino then referenced the lack of jobs and the administration’s misleading unemployment rate. The administration, for instance, does not count people who have stopped looking for work and at times even equates part-time work as full-time employment. Marino also noted that wages have become stagnant and Obama has added $9 trillion to the national debt. To these failures, Marino added the disaster of Obamacare, which the president will undoubtedly hail tonight as a success.
Terrorism is also expected to be a major topic tonight. After speaking with Americans across Pennsylvania and several other states, Marino has concluded the country has little confidence in Obama’s ability to defeat terrorism.
“My constituents are afraid,” he said. “Not only my constituents. I go around the state and speak and get around the country. They have no confidence in the president because he is sticking his head in the sand and ignoring this issue. This is a president who had the opportunity to make a significant impact on foreign affairs and he chose not to. He could have completely wiped ISIS out when they were leaving Syria, headed for Iraq.”
Instead, Marino reminds us, the president called the expanding terror group a “Jayvee team.”
“He lets his ideology get in the way and people are afraid.”
The administration announced there will be an empty seat at tonight’s State of the Union to recognize the victims of gun violence. This empty gesture, Marino said, is more evidence of the president’s failed anti-terror strategy.
“It’s clearly an empty gesture,” Marino said. “What that symbolizes to me is, an empty seat is saying to the terrorists, I don’t take you seriously even though you’ve killed people in the United States, even though you continually preach the fact that you’re going to destroy Americans. That’s just him flagging to the terrorists he’s really not taking this seriously and what he should be doing is saying we need to kill every single member of ISIS and that seat up there is for the people who were killed by terrorists and not only in this country but around the world.”
The president, he surmised, seems more apt to address climate change.
“I have never been more afraid for my children’s future.”
Along with Obama’s designated empty seat are a lot of empty promises.
“I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth,” Marino fumed. “He’s in this for himself. He is a narcissist.”
Which uninvited guests, we wondered, should have been granted seats at tonight’s speech? Without hesitating, Marino said the family of Kate Steinle, the young woman who was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant in the sanctuary city of San Francisco last summer.
“He should have invited her family,” Marino insisted. "And tell the American people this symbolized his devotion, his intent, to deal with people who are here illegally. He’s not dedicated to that at all.”
Marino concluded our conversation by offering a few words to summarize Obama’s eventual legacy.
“He had an opportunity to create a good legacy, but he chose to place himself above the country.”
It’s going to be a long night – not only for Marino, but countless Americans who feel left behind after seven years of broken promises.Read More
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) has invited all members of the media to a telephone press conference ahead of President Obama’s final State of the Union address to be delivered before Congress next Tuesday.
Please see details of the tele-conference below:
WHO: Congressman Marino, members of the media from PA-10 and the Commonwealth
WHAT: On-the-record Q & A about the State of the Union and Congressional priorities in 2016
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE: Mr. Marino will be speaking from his office in Washington D.C.; members of the media will join via conference call using a toll free telephone number and designated participant code
HOW: To join this event, all members of the media must RSVP. Rep. Marino will answer questions on a first come, first-serve basis in order of RSVP. Upon RSVP, members of the media will be provided with the call-in number and participant code. Additional questions may be directed to Ryan at the contact information below.
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, has asked that a Navy combat ship be named after the city of Williamsport.
In a letter hand-delivered by Marino to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus this week, the congressman argued that Williamsport qualifies to be considered in the naming of one of the Navy's littoral combat ships, which are named after regionally important U.S. cities or communities.
"I also mailed a copy of the letter to his offices, but I thought delivering it myself would add a personal touch and demonstrate how important it is that he consider naming one of our new Navy ships after one of the most storied and important cities in Pennsylvania," Marino said.
In his request, Marino relayed the history of the city's founding and invoked its unique past as a thriving location for the industry.
"Williamsport was known as the 'Lumber Capitol of the World' in the 1800s when its daily output far surpassed anywhere else in the world," Marino wrote in the letter, a copy of which was provided to the Sun-Gazette. "Timber that was harvested and processed in the Williamsport area was used in the construction of early U.S. Navy ships, and is therefore an undeniable component of our rich and successful naval history."
He also appealed to Mabus's love of baseball by emphasizing that Williamsport is the birthplace of Little League Baseball. Mabus in 2010 named a combat ship after Cooperstown, New York, which is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Having thrown out the first pitch at 24 major league stadiums, and a fan of the Boston Red Sox, you know how important baseball is to Americans of all ages across this country," the letter reads. "The game inspires, teaches, and brings us together - Williamsport has been crucial in keeping that tradition alive."
The combat ships are designated as littoral, meaning "near-shore," because that is where they operate. They are known for being small and agile. The first of its kind was commissioned in 2008.
"I believe it would be a great honor to those Marines and sailors of Pennsylvania by naming a LCS after the great city of Williamsport," Marino said.
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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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