The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.
My Priorities in Congress
Protecting the Second Amendment
Like so many in my community, the 10th Congressional District, and across America, I am thankful for the foresight and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. These wise men knew a law abiding and armed citizenry is essential to assuring our republic is safe from tyranny and capable of protecting our families and property. Their ideals are just as important now as they were then and I am proud to support the 2nd Amendment – and the entire Constitution for that matter. It is a sacred document we should return to following closely.
I firmly believe that enacting term limits on all Members of Congress, in both the House of Representatives and Senate, will fundamentally change the way business is done in Washington. It will also encourage your elected officials to work harder, smarter, and more closely with members of opposing viewpoints. By enacting a term limit, Congress will help end partisan gridlock and prevent a political royal class from imposing needless burdens on every American.
My proposal is to term limit members of the House and Senate to a total of 12 consecutive years – that is six terms in the House and two terms in the Senate, consecutively. We term limit the President of the United States in order to ensure that executive power does not become permanent so why would we not impose similar restrictions on the most powerful branch of republic? Many states impose term limits on their public officials as a way to keep ideas fresh and reflective of their constituents, I think now is time for Congress to do the same.
One Subject at a Time
With Congressional approval ratings continuing to drop and partisan gridlock becoming commonplace, my constituents often ask me why so little is getting done in Washington. In my view, part of the problem is the massive pieces of legislation members are asked to vote on. Often times, the title of a bill is misleading because the actual content of the legislation covers several subjects and contains provisions which are not germane to the original bill’s subject. So while I may agree with 80% of a bill’s content, the 20% I do not agree with is often something I cannot compromise on because I would fail to properly represent the constituents that sent me to Washington. It is easy to see how a Member of Congress has a hard time supporting legislation which contains significant elements of proposed laws that cover different issues which they cannot, under any circumstances, vote for due to their principles.
That is why I propose Congressional Leadership simplify things by only allowing single-subject legislation to the House floor. For example, if the overarching bill is about energy then no welfare language would be contained within it. Congress would debate and vote on each subject on its own merit. This would dramatically increase transparency with our constituents because every citizen would be able to know which legislation their representatives supported. I think that is exactly the kind of thing the American people want to see coming out of Congress these days.
Rule Change to Allow Passed Committee Bills on the Floor
As many Americans know, there are several parliamentary procedures and rules which govern the internal business of the House of Representatives. Specifically, rules allow discretion from House Leadership on which bills can make it to the floor for votes. That means, even though an entire committee may vote for a bill and approve of it being sent to the general voting body, members in leadership positions are not required to allow that legislation to the floor for debate and consideration by other House members.
I think that is unacceptable. If a bill is passed within a committee then it should be sent to the entire House of Representatives for a vote. This, in conjunction with my single-subject proposal, would speed up business and increase transparency and accountability while naturally fine-tuning legislation to ensure imperfections or improprieties are identified and stricken at the Committee. Think of it as a distillation process – the more committees and votes a bill goes through, the more likely its final product is to be of high quality.
Cut Taxes & Reign-in Spending
Taxes and federal spending is out of control. It has been for too long, no matter the President or the political party controlling the chambers of Congress. Since assuming office on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, I have sponsored and cosponsored legislation that cuts the federal government’s frivolous spending practices on duplicative programs and initiatives that are better left to the states. With our national debt exceeding $17 trillion and total debt well over $59trillion, Congress is not doing what it takes to pay down our debts and balance the budget. It is unacceptable.
I fought, and continue to do so in every battle to come, to lower taxes so you can keep more of your hard-earned money. I have joined my colleagues on proposals to lower individual and corporate tax rates to lower the burden of federal taxation. The federal government has not demonstrated to the American people that it can spend tax dollars in a responsible and sustainable way. So, my ongoing battle will remain to find ways to lower taxes and reign-in out of control government spending.
Research & Development Funding for Disease Cures and Treatment
I am a four-time cancer survivor and my daughter suffers from a rare illness. If it were not for government-funded programs in the fields of research and development, both of us may not have received the treatments we did and return to normal and productive lives. Healthcare research is one area the federal government has affected positive change in the lives of millions of Americans, and in fact, millions around the world. By investing in disease research, vaccines, equipment, and treatments, the National Institutes of Health, and other federally funded programs through the Department of Defense, have improved the lives of the elderly, veterans, and those suffering from illnesses that private companies might not have the resources or the profit margin to treat. We need to start getting smart on medical spending for research and development.
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