WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-12) released the following statement announcing his resignation from the United States House of Representatives.
Rep. Marino said the following:
“As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation. I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I am confident that the area will continue to thrive.”
Congressman Tom Marino has accomplished a great deal over his career in the United States Congress, passing eight bills into law during two Presidential administrations, including:
Congressman Marino also led the effort to help secure funding so our region can benefit from rural broadband access.
Congressman Marino has been very active in Foster Care policy in Congress and has served as the Co-Chair of the Foster Youth Caucus. Tom has also served as the Co-Chair of both the Cystic Fibrosis and Kidney Caucuses.
Congressman Marino was elected in 2010, defeating a Democratic incumbent by 10 points. He has been re-elected by wide margins in four additional elections. Congressman Marino has served as a U.S. Attorney, District Attorney, and Assistant District Attorney. He has never lost an election.
Congressman Marino and his wife Edie reside outside Williamsport with their two children.Read More
Washington, D.C.- Today, Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced a constitutional amendment, H.J. Res. 26, to institute 4-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The introduction of this constitutional amendment is an additional effort to bring improved governance from the legislative branch. Along with recently introduced legislation to impose term limits and ensure that Congress considers one legislative subject at a time, this amendment to the constitution will deliver better government.
Rep. Marino said the following:
“While I am a strict believer in mandated term limits for members of Congress, I believe the American people would benefit from their representatives serving 4-year terms. Having served in Congress for the last 8 years, I have seen what works and what contributes to the dysfunction that often gets associated with this institution. By enabling members to serve longer terms, we can break the cycle of constant campaigning and focus more on issues that are important to our constituents.
“Along with my efforts on term limits and single-subject legislation, this is a step towards better governance from the legislative branch that truly delivers a government for the people, by the people. As I’ve committed to since first coming to Congress, I will serve 12 years and then let new blood and ideas take the reins. While some may dismiss this resolution as more job security for Members of Congress, this effort is geared towards the sanctity of the legislative process and delivering for constituents.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing January as National Mentoring Month to encourage caring adults in communities across the nation to become mentors and celebrate the powerful impact that mentoring programs have every day in the lives of young people. In the United States, 1 in 3 young people are growing up without a mentor constituting the mentoring gap in our nation.
“As someone who helped create and run a mentoring program, I have seen firsthand the positive impact mentoring can have,” said Rep. Davis. “Mentoring is a win-win where the mentor and mentee both benefit from the experience. It’s critical that we encourage more people to take on the role of a mentor to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. Young people with mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs. These numbers demonstrate the real life impact that mentoring has on a young person’s life.
“Every child deserves to have someone they can look up to, rely on, and to provide emotional support and guidance,” said Rep. Marino. “Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make decisions and connections that lead to improved opportunities. This resolution will ensure that we raise awareness for the importance of mentoring and ensure every child has the opportunity to pursue their dreams, start great careers, and raise loving families of their own.”
Research shows that 44% of adults in the United States are not yet mentoring but are willing to consider it and during National Mentoring Month adults from every community can step up and learn how to become mentors.
“Mentoring programs provide young people with the social capital, confidence and support they need to thrive in their communities, at school and at work,” said David Shapiro, president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. “During National Mentoring Month and throughout the year we celebrate the positive role of mentors and mentoring programs in threading our social fabric and expanding opportunities. We encourage all adults to get engaged in the mentoring movement by supporting mentoring programs, stepping up to volunteer as mentors, and ensuring young people have the proven relationships they need for healthy development and productive, fulfilling lives.”
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the national organization working to expand the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships nationwide.Read More
Washington, D.C.- Rep. Tom Marino (PA-12) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s televised Oval Office address to the nation.
Rep. Marino said the following:
“Last night, President Trump demonstrated effective leadership in addressing the nation directly regarding the need to immediately secure our southern border. Illegal drugs, crime, and gangs that continually hurt communities across the US have surged across our southern border and are exacerbating the existing crisis that has endangered Americans and those who have taken the dangerous journey.
“In FY18 alone, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized a total of 1.7 million pounds of narcotics and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has apprehended 6,000 gang members, including members of MS-13. It is apparent to me and most Americans that construction of a border wall to enhance the security of our nation is needed and overdue.
“The ongoing shutdown is unnecessary and could be ended immediately. Before the 115th Congress adjourned, the House passed a responsible funding bill that would garner the support of the Senate and the President would sign today. Led by Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer, Democrats who supported funding for border security, as recently as the spring of 2018, have now changed their minds putting their own political wellbeing ahead of the security of American citizens. Speaker Pelosi could reopen the government immediately if she would put forward realistic proposals that would pass the Senate and receive the President’s signature.”Read More
Washington, D.C. — Each term, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-12) introduces legislation aimed at refocusing Washington and ensuring government operates in its purest form – for the people, by the people. These reforms include single subject legislation to ensure transparency in lawmaking and term limits of 12 years for Members of Congress.
Rep. Marino issued the following statement regarding the introduction of these two bills:
“No matter where I travel in the United States, I always hear the same thing – the American people are fed up with business as usual and career politicians taking the lead in Washington. Too many hardworking taxpayers felt forgotten by our government and they came out in historical numbers to elect an outsider as President of the United States. These bills help return our government to one truly for the people, by the people. It is well past time we get Washington back to work for the American people.”
This week, Rep. Marino reintroduced the following:
H.J. Res 15, An amendment to the Constitution of the United States to end the practice of including more than one subject in a single law by requiring that each law enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject and that the subject be clearly and descriptively expressed in the title of the law
“Today’s legislation becomes so bogged down with added amendments and agendas that the original intent of the bill is often lost entirely. If members of Congress can barely keep up with the ever-changing additions, it can only be assumed their constituents are being deprived of the information they need. We must simplify our legislative process and offer clear, transparent solutions to better serve the American people,” Marino stated.
H.J. Res. 16, An amendment to the United States Constitution capping the amount of time a representative or senator can serve in in Congress at 12 years
“I have long said that if you cannot accomplish what you set out to do in 12 years, then you should not be in office. Members of Congress should be afforded sufficient time to make real change, but also be limited so new blood with new ideas can come to Washington. The era of the career politician is coming to an end and it is time our electoral process and our Congress reflect that,” Marino stated.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marino issued the following statement after being sworn-in as Representative of the new 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. This will be the congressman’s fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve on the House Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Representative Marino said the following:
“I am humbled by the voters of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District for putting their trust in me as their Representative in the 116th Congress. Over the past eight years I have fought to create jobs, grow the economy, and decrease the size and scope of Washington. This Congress will face many challenges, but I will continue to fight to cut spending, downsize government bureaucracy, strengthen our national security, and stimulate economic opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marino voted to keep the government open, secure our borders, and provide disaster assistance to those affected by severe weather events across the country.
The continuing resolution passed today provides funding for the federal government until February 8, 2019 and provides $5.7 billion for construction of the border wall.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote represents a commitment by House Republicans to fund the government and keep our promise to the American people to secure our nation’s southern border by building the wall. Additionally, providing relief to those affected by natural disasters in the West and Southeast is imperative to ensure the indemnity and well-being of those communities.
I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly in order to stop Democratic attempts to shut down our government over a $5 billion dollar investment in our national security.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman, Ron Johnson (WI), requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the Federal Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) staffing procedures and practices to assess how staffing levels contribute to safety conditions at BOP facilities.
Existing GAO work product has shown that BOP has a shortage of correctional officers, stressing the existing BOP workforce and potentially creating safety concerns. To address the shortage of correctional officers, BOP relies on a practice known as “augmentation,” in which administrative employees serve temporarily as correctional officers.
Although a 2012 GAO review noted concerns with unfilled positions and increased inmate-to-staff ratios, the review did not assess the BOP-wide use of augmentation. With the safety concerns related to BOP staffing procedures and practices, we believe the federal government would benefit from an up-to-date review of these procedures and practices. Given the GAO’s expertise on oversight and use of federal resources, reports such as this often have a large impact on shaping public policy. Congressman Marino and Senator Johnson asked for this review in order to gather more information on this pressing issue.
Congressman Marino has been a leader on issues related to BOP staffing procedures and their effects on safety. Marino has sent numerous letters to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prison leadership focused on staffing ratios, staffing cuts, and transfers of specially trained staff and other resources away from needed locations.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“The Bureau of Prisons can and must do more to ensure that correctional officers in our federal prisons are operating in a safe work environment. These dangerous staffing levels that contribute to incidents of violence are unacceptable. The Bureau needs to take a comprehensive look at these policies and make sure they are doing everything possible to maintain safety and order in their prisons.
I hope that this report, when completed, will bring more attention, perspective, and information to these staffing policies and procedures so that we do not jeopardize the safety and security of correctional officers, inmates, and the general public.”Read More
Washington, DC- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Governor Tom Wolf's request to declare a disaster in Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Susquehanna counties after significant flood damage to homes and businesses was sustained from severe storms between Aug. 10 – 15, 2018.
Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Susquehanna, as well as neighboring counties Berks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.
The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. Applicants from any eligible county may report to any DLOC location in order to get help. The DLOCs will be open at the following locations and times:
Fairfield Inn By Marriott
1248 Gold Mile Road
Towanda, PA 18848
Benton Borough Building
590 Everett Street
Benton, PA 17814
Delaware County Emergency Services Building
360 North Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
Warrior Run Area Fire Department Headquarters
1125 Main Street
Watsontown, PA 17777
Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building
301 First Street P.O. Box 71
Port Carbon, PA 17965
Susquehanna County Department of Public Safety County Office Building
81 Public Avenue
Montrose, PA 18801
Opening: Thursday, December 13: 11 a.m.
Days: Friday, Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 15: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, December 16
Closing: Thursday, December 20: 4 p.m.
SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 11, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Sept. 11, 2019.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Marino issued the following statement after the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a finalized rule that would allow schools to offer flavored milk.
The rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements, provides the option to offer flavored, low-fat milk to children participating in school meal programs, and to participants ages 6 and older in the Special Milk Program for Children and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Milk consumption in schools has declined exponentially since the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Because of this law’s decrease in choice and milk consumption, Congressman Marino introduced H.R. 5640, WHOLE MILK Act. The WHOLE MILK Act would allow local school nutrition specialists the option of offering whole milk to students if they determine it is best for the health of the children in their schools.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“USDA’s finalization of this rule is the first commonsense step we’ve seen in school nutrition over the last 8 years; I applaud Secretary Purdue for his leadership. This rule will facilitate the consumption of nutritious varieties of milk by providing more choice for our students. This action is a big step forward but there is still much to do.
Over the last few years, certain members of Congress have been playing politics with our children’s nutrition and the livelihoods of our dairy farmers to protect legacy legislation that has failed to do what it promised. The latest peer-reviewed science corroborates the need for higher fat content in our children’s diets and there is no better way to consume that fat than through the consumption of whole milk.
As we move forward with the upcoming review of nutrition standards and our dietary guidelines, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we put politics aside and use the best-available science in decisions regarding childhood nutrition and allow whole milk back into our schools.”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.