Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his vote on the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
“Today I voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations package to provide certainty for our military servicemembers, their families, and many sorely-needed domestic programs that are critical to millions of Americans.
“As I said when Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act last month, members of our armed forces deserve all of the support we can provide. This appropriations bill provides the largest year-to-year increase in defense funding in 15 years, and gives our troops a well-deserved salary increase. The funding will allow military leaders to increase troop levels, improve readiness efforts, and address years of neglect to infrastructure and equipment. This measure is absolutely necessary to ensure our military can effectively defend our country and pass on the freedoms we enjoy to the next generation.
“Moreover, the appropriations package provides roughly $4 billion to combat the opioid epidemic that has decimated communities across the country. This is the largest opioid investment to date, and it specifically targets rural regions by providing funding for the Rural Communities Opioid Response program. Pennsylvania has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis, and this funding will go a long way toward helping those battling crippling addictions.
“This bill allocates $1.6 billion as a down payment to strengthen our border security. It is a strong step in the right direction in the process to fully fund President Trump’s proposed border wall, and I am committed to continue to fight for that funding.
“Numerous other provisions supporting initiatives like school safety and rural broadband development will have an immediate impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Also included in this omnibus bill is the CLOUD Act, which creates a much-needed framework for law enforcement to access data stored in other nations while simultaneously encouraging our allies to bolster their privacy laws. I am happy to say that this has been a priority of mine over the past few Congresses, and its inclusion in the appropriations package is a victory for privacy and human rights protections.”Read More
Washington, D.C.- Yesterday President Trump signed Congressman Tom Marino’s (PA-10) legislation H.R. 1858 into law. This law renames the United States Post Office in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the “Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office.”
Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom was born on September 23, 1979 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania where he attended Liberty High School. After graduating from high school, he attended Mansfield University and pursued a degree in education science. Staff Sergeant Ostrom enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1997, serving with Company B, First Battalion 109th in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. During his time enlisted, Staff Sergeant Ostrom earned a Purple Heart, Combat Information Badge, Gold Star, Armed Services Ribbon, and numerous other awards. While serving his country in Iraq, Staff Sergeant Ostrom was killed in action on August 9, 2005.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“Staff Sergeant Ryan Ostrom was a true American hero and deserves to be honored as such. He prioritized the world around him- his country, his community and his family- all over himself. His years of service and his record speak for themselves. He was a leader on his deployments and active member of the community back home. I am pleased to see this bill signed into law and look forward to the ceremony designating the post office.”Read More
Washington, DC – With the school shooting last month in Parkland Florida, it is time we take the security of our nation’s children seriously. When parents send their kids to school every morning, they trust their child will be safe and will return home at the end of the day. Congress must take steps to increase security by authorizing programs which provide more funding to hire guards for schools.
In the coming days, I will be introducing legislation to reauthorize the COPS in Schools(CIS) program. Between 1999 and 2005, Congress provided funding for the CIS program which provided grants for hiring School Resource Officers(SRO) to conduct community policing services in and around primary and secondary schools. A School Resource Officer is a sworn law enforcement official responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in schools. SRO’s act as a safety expert and law enforcement official for schools by making arrests, issuing citations on campus, taking actions against unauthorized persons on school property and responding to off-campus criminal activities that involve students.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“My legislation requires the funding authorized by the Cops in Schools program be used to hire military veterans and retired police officers, who through their training either in the military or while on a police force, have the skills necessary to provide effective security for schools. With tens of thousands of our nations veterans unemployed there is a great opportunity for Congress to protect Americas school children while providing quality jobs for our veteran’s as School Resource Officers. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House on effective policies to ensure that our children are safe at school.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s proclamation authorizing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum:
“Today, President Trump announced his plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. For years, China has engaged in unfair trade practices that have decimated the U.S. steel and aluminum industries. These practices have forced once-thriving factories to shut their doors and lay off thousands of workers. The President’s announcement sends a strong message that we will no longer tolerate foreign efforts to influence critically important industries in the United States.”
“These tariffs will undoubtedly bring prosperity to regions of the country that have been left behind by previous administrations. President Trump has shown steel and aluminum workers that they are not forgotten and that they play a crucial role in our nation’s infrastructure and national security efforts.”
“It is important, however, that these tariffs be targeted against the true culprits of trade manipulation. We should not punish our allies and risk slowing down our booming economy for the actions of a few rogue actors. I am keeping a close eye on domestic prices and their impacts on manufacturers that use steel and aluminum in their products. The President’s tariff plan should strive to foster fair trade for everyone and ensure that American industries can compete on a level playing field across the globe.”Read More
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) led a bipartisan coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Mark Inch in urging the BOP to reconsider the elimination of jobs at federal prisons in Pennsylvania.
The BOP operates 11 prisons in Pennsylvania, and three of these are high security facilities. United States Penitentiary (USP) Allenwood, USP Lewisburg, and USP Canaan house offenders who have proven to be extremely violent. In 2013, BOP Correctional Officer Eric Williams was alone in one of USP Canaan’s housing units with over one hundred inmates when he was brutally attacked and murdered. USP Canaan’s unsafe track record continued through Fiscal Year 2017 where 256 acts of violence were committed by inmates against other inmates and staff.
Despite these alarming safety concerns, USPs Allenwood and Lewisburg have recently eliminated 182 positions. USP Canaan has eliminated 39 positions, and an additional 15 cuts are planned as part of the BOP’s proposal to cut 6,000 jobs nationwide.
Congressman Marino said the following on the letter:
“This letter will hopefully send a signal to BOP that they need to re-evaluate staff cuts and prioritize the safety of correctional officers, particularly in facilities with our most violent offenders.”
“These dangerous staffing levels that contribute to incidents of violence are unacceptable. I hope that this letter will bring more attention to these cuts so that we do not jeopardize the safety and security of correctional officers, inmates, and the general public.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his vote on the continued funding of the federal government:
“Today I voted to keep the federal government open and provide certainty to our military servicemembers and their families. This bill will bring the branches of our armed forces into the 21st Century and give our troops the best equipment available in their efforts to protect our freedoms. While many of my colleagues chose to vote ‘no’ on this bill, I believe that our servicemembers deserve all of the support we can provide.
“My vote was spurred by Defense Secretary James Mattis’ assessment that the U.S. military faces ‘security vulnerabilities’ because of Congress’s inability to provide long-term funding to our troops and that ‘Today’s congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation.’”. Without a solution, the military would ‘not recruit the 15,000 Army soldiers and 4,000 Air Force airmen required to fill critical manning shortages.’
“As President Reagan said, the United States must provide peace through strength. This bill will help accomplish that pursuit.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 4941, the Keep Our Pets Safe Act of 2018.
Each year thousands of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in a parked vehicle which can quickly reach extreme temperatures even on a day that does not seem hot to humans.
The Keep Our Pets Safe Act makes it a federal offense to leave a pet in a car or other confined space if the animal could die as result of excessive exposure to heat or cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of water.
Congressman Marino said the following regarding the introduction of this bill:
“As an animal lover, it breaks my heart to see any animal suffer or die from what is easily preventable. Even with a window cracked, it only takes a few minutes for your vehicle to become too hot for your pet to handle. This bill holds accountable those who fail to properly care for their pet by making sure they are not being left alone in an environment that can kill them. I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to support this bill.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Last night, I was proud to attend President Trump’s first State of the Union address as he laid out his triumphs in his first year in office and his vision of a successful and strong America.
The economy is taking off and reaching new heights. Deregulation and cutting of red tape has increased productivity. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last year has led to millions of Americans receiving bonuses and seeing higher wages. Americans from every background and socioeconomic class are seeing expanded opportunities and greater success.
I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to implement many of the priorities he discussed tonight. Repairing our crumbling infrastructure, ensuring that we can remain competitive in the 21st Century and creating jobs for millions of Americans. Reforming our broken immigration laws so that we know who is entering our country and making sure it is in the best interest of our citizens. Maintaining the most powerful and greatest force for good in the world, our armed services, and the amazing men and women who serve our country.
For the first time in 8 years I am optimistic about this country’s future. Unemployment is down, wages are up, and consumer confidence is soaring. I hope we continue to implement President Trump’s agenda in 2018.Read More
Washington, D.C. – I am pleased to welcome Pennsylvania State Trooper Seth Kelly and his wife Philomena as my guests to the first State of the Union Address given by President Donald Trump.
Corporal Kelly is a 13-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police and puts his life on the line each every day to ensure we are safe and protected. In November 2017, Corporal Kelly was injured from a gun wound shot during a routine traffic stop. Our men and women in uniform deserve the upmost respect and I am grateful for State Trooper Kelly’s service to the state of Pennsylvania.
Corporal Kelly’s service is an inspiration to us all and I am glad that he and his wife are in Washington, D.C. for this unique day in United States history. I encourage you and your families participate in this historic moment and tune in for President Trump’s State of the Union Address tonight.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA10) issued the following statement today regarding the continuation of the Schumer shutdown:
“We are now well into day 3 of the Schumer Shutdown Shakedown and I call upon my Democratic colleagues in the Senate to come forward to take responsibility for their actions. This shutdown inhibits us from performing our duty to uphold and protect our government. During the 2013 government shutdown, the Democrats said they wouldn’t use their unconventional immigration reform demands as an excuse to shut down government activities.”
Senator Schumer, in 2013, said “…basically, it's sort of like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then, says, let's negotiate over the price of your house. You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.”
In 2013 Senator Durbin also stated, “But let's sit down in a bipartisan and calm way, not with the prospect of shutting down the government or shutting down the economy. I am willing to look at that. But not with a gun to my head, not with a prospect of shutting down the government. That is what the president said, that is what we have said. There should be a constructive, positive bipartisan conversation”
“Here we are, 5 years later, and the Democrats went back on their promise to the American people to preserve our government’s stability. They are now responsible for causing total chaos by putting our military and children’s healthcare at risk simply because they are unwilling to have a bipartisan negotiation with my fellow Republican colleagues. Instead, they are making excuses for their rash, selfish behavior and jeopardizing the jobs and well-being of thousands.”Read More
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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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