Tom Marino

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Rep. Marino Supports President Trump’s Decision to Leave Iran Nuclear Agreement

2018/05/08

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:

“I applaud the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama Administration’s flawed Iran Nuclear Deal.  For years I have said that the deal is a scam, that it was poorly negotiated, and that it is in direct conflict with the interests of the United States and our allies.

“Intelligence recently released by Israel shows that Iran entered into the deal in bad faith and lied about its past efforts to develop nuclear weapons.  Additionally, the deal allowed huge sums of cash to flow into Iran, which the country used to fund proxy wars across the Middle East.  The net impact of the deal is that Iran remains the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, and, at best, it was merely delayed in obtaining the ability to develop nuclear weapons.     

“Iran’s ongoing commitment to obtaining nuclear weapons and its efforts to undermine the U.S. through proxy wars warrant swift action on the part of the United States.  Moving forward, President Trump’s decision will allow the U.S. to block all possible paths to Iran becoming a nuclear state by re-imposing stringent economic sanctions.  This will limit Iran’s ability to destabilize the Middle East, and it will bolster the national security of the United States and our allies.”   

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Marino Introduces Legislation to Bring Whole Milk Back to Schools

2018/04/27

Washington, D.C.- This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5640, The “WHOLE MILK Act.” H.R. 5640 would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve unflavored whole milk.

Congressman Marino also sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update guidelines to the National School Lunch Program, allowing schools to sell unflavored whole milk during lunch.

Under the Obama Administration, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program were barred from selling unflavored whole milk and could only sell one percent unflavored milk.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“When the Obama Administration changed the National School Lunch Program to allow only one percent unflavored milk to be sold during school lunches they claimed to be doing a service for our school children. We saw the complete opposite, children stopped drinking milk in school and food waste went up. Numerous studies have shown consuming unflavored whole milk to be a good way to prevent childhood obesity and help your body absorb more vitamins. This bill will not only help our children get the proper nutrition they need to lead a healthy lifestyle but will also help America’s dairy farmers who have been struggling with stagnant milk prices.  I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to support this bill.”

You can read the letter here.

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Marino Introduces Legislation and Holds a Hearing on Permit Streamlining

2018/04/12

Washington, D.C.  - This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5468, the Permitting Litigation Efficiency Act and held a hearing on the legislation as Chairman in the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.

H.R. 5468, is bipartisan legislation that will streamline the federal permitting process by forcing federal agencies to take action on permit applications within a specified time period. If an agency fails to act within the time period, the agency is subject to a presumption that it has caused “unreasonable delay.” This presumption serves as a powerful incentive for agencies to conclude their permit reviews within sensible timeframes.

The bill sets a default time period of two years for permitting approval, unless a Presidential designee has decided on an alternative timeline. This will maximize investment and job creation with regard to new projects. Also included in the bill are important litigation reforms to ensure that approvals are not delayed for long periods of time in the court system.

At the hearing, several distinguished experts testified in favor H.R. 5468. E. Donald Elliott, a Professor at Yale Law School and Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at law firm Covington and Burling LLP, stated “I believe that this legislation is necessary to cure some of the abuses and misuses of environmental review and permitting litigation that have grown up over time in order to save environmental review so that it can perform its important mission.” William L. Kovacs, the former Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, commented that H.R. 5468 “…addresses the difficult questions of unreasonable delay in the federal permitting process.”

Congressman Marino issued the following statement regarding this legislation:

“Currently there is too much red tape and ongoing litigation that needlessly delay projects that can provide jobs and economic opportunity. The government consistently stands in the way of businesses and growth. My legislation ensures there is effective environmental review, but it sets a mandate that the review is timely and streamlined. 

“At the hearing on my legislation, it was clear from the witness testimonies that there is a pressing need for permit streamlining. Several of my colleagues on the Subcommittee also expressed their support for the legislation and the need to address permitting approval. I am hopeful that this legislation will quickly move through the House of Representatives.”

 

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Rep. Marino Fights for Rural Broadband Access

2018/04/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his recent efforts to increase rural access to broadband internet:

“It is unacceptable that in 21st Century America, millions of people lack access to reliable and affordable broadband internet.  Of the 24 million U.S. households that do not have access to broadband internet, 80% are located in rural areas.

“This disparity of internet access between urban and rural areas translates to tremendously negative impacts on local economies.  Because of the lack of widespread broadband deployment, rural communities often miss out on opportunities to participate in today’s e-commerce marketplace, obtain advanced online education, and use new technologies that require stable high-speed connections.

“I am proud to say that I have fought for my constituents in rural Pennsylvania to bridge the digital divide between big cities and small-town America.  Last month’s spending bill contained $600 million in funding to expand rural access to broadband through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. This funding, combined with state and local resources, will leverage nearly $1 billion in new rural broadband projects.

“Additionally, President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget calls for a $50 billion investment in rural infrastructure, including rural broadband deployment.  I will continue to take action to ensure that Congress implements the President’s rural infrastructure plans, and I look forward to bringing greater economic opportunities to rural America through expanded access to broadband.” 

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Rep. Marino Introduces Legislation Protecting our Students

2018/04/05

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 5427, the School and Student Safety Act. H.R. 5427 reauthorizes the COPS in Schools (CIS) program, which provided federal grants for hiring school resource officers (SRO) between 1999 and 2005.  H.R. 5427 also requires schools that receive grant funding to give preference to military veterans and retired law enforcement officers when hiring SROs.  

SROs are sworn law enforcement officials who provide an enhanced level of safety at schools by making arrests, issuing citations on campus, and responding to unauthorized persons on school property. 

Congressman Marino issued the following statement regarding the bill:

“After many tragic school shootings, we must ensure that our schoolchildren are protected in the classroom. My legislation will place some of our nation’s finest in schools to safeguard students, teachers, and faculty. With tens of thousands of veterans struggling to find employment, Congress has a tremendous opportunity to protect America’s schoolchildren while providing quality jobs to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.” 

“Military veterans and retired law enforcement officers have honed their skills through years of training, and they are well-suited to provide effective security for schools.  I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in the House to implement policies that provide greater safety for our schoolchildren.” 

 

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Rep. Marino’s Keep Our Pets Safe Act Garnering Praise

2018/03/29

Washington, D.C.- In 2017, United Airlines had 31 incidents of injuries to pets on their domestic and international flights, 18 of which resulted in the death of the animal. The most recent came when an airline attendant forced a family to put their puppy in an overhead compartment, which caused it distress and resulted in its death. After this incident, it is clear a federal law is needed to hold individuals accountable when there is no clear legal jurisdiction.

In February, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 4941, the Keep Our Pets Safe Act, which makes it a federal offense to knowingly leave a pet in a car or other confined space if the animal could die because of exposure to heat or cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of water. Under the Act, violations are punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail. What happened on the United Airlines flight is a clear example of confining a pet in a dangerous situation, and had the Keep Our Pets Safe Act been law, someone could have been held accountable for the puppy’s untimely death.

Since being introduced, the Keep Our Pets Safe Act has gained an endorsement from the Humane Society Legislative Fund and has been the subject of several news reports around the country.

In an interview with Morgan Wright of NexStar Media Group, Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society discussed Congressman Marino’s Keep Our Pets Safe Act saying, “it works complimentary with state and municipal laws.” Block stated, “These are members of our family and they deserve and need to be kept safe and treated in a way they will not be injured.” You can listen to the interview here.

In a story on Evansville Eyewitness News in Indiana, Amanda Coburn of the Vanderburgh Humane Society stated, “I think we have a responsibility as humans to protect the species that can’t speak for themselves.” That news report can be viewed here.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to see the positive reception from advocacy groups and news stations across the country for the Keep Our Pets Safe Act. As an animal lover, it breaks my heart to see families lose their pets due to the negligence of others, and I want to see people held accountable for these deaths. I did not introduce this bill in direct response to what happened on this United Airlines flight but my bill would make it easier to hold someone accountable by making it a federal offense and not simply relying on patchwork state laws.”

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Congressman Marino Votes to Support our Troops and Fight the Opioid Epidemic

2018/03/22

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.” 

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Marino Legislation Honoring Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Signed into Law

2018/03/21

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.”

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Rep. Marino (PA-10) to Introduce Legislation Authorizing Funding for Armed Guards in Schools

2018/03/19

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.”

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Rep. Marino Statement on President Trump’s Tariff Authorization Proclamation

2018/03/08

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.”    

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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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