Issues in PA-10
Social Security is a vital financial resource for over 57 million beneficiaries. Sadly, due to politicians repeatedly raiding the fund over a number of years, and with our baby boomers becoming a vast new group of retirees, this program is in real danger of being insolvent for future generations. Current projections by the Social Security Trustees Report show beneficiaries will see as much of a 23% benefit cut in 2033 when the Trust Funds are exhausted. We need to start having honest conversations about our entitlement programs and start passing real reforms to ensure these programs can continue to benefit those who depend on the funds most.
It is well past time we begin shrinking the Department of Education and return decision making to parents and teachers at the state and local level. I’m proud that my colleagues and I were able to pass the Student Success Act on July 8, 2015, a bill makes several key reforms to our education system, including reducing the federal footprint and instead restoring local control so parents and local leaders are empowered to hold schools accountable in their communities. This bill also protects states from being forced to adopt the Common Core program, which many believe to be a failed program. Lastly, this bill would also allow parents to have greater choice for their children by expanding charter school opportunities, and allowing Title I funds to follow low-income students to traditional public or charter schools, based on the parent’s choice. These reforms will be substantial and will require the President’s support to be passed into law and implemented.
The U.S. economy has taken a hit and we must do something serious to address the $18 trillion national debt. With the runaway spending and wasteful programs that Washington has become accustomed to, it’s time for us to balance the budget and cut programs that hinder our ability to start paying down the debt. I am afraid that if we don’t something now, we will be unable to in the near future.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed H.R. 560, a bill amending the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) introduced H.R. 4493, Eric’s Law, named in honor of fallen Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer Eric Williams.