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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Joins Speaker Ryan in Signing Correctional Officer Protection Act

February 27, 2016
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in signing S.238 – the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act at a ceremony room inside the United States Capitol.

Marino issued the following statement after Speaker Ryan signed the bill:

“This legislation is simple but crucially important to saving lives across the country. Corrections Officers must be issued use pepper spray for self-defense while supervising prison populations. While this will not bring back Eric or others we have lost in the line of duty, I am confident it will help protect our officers in the future.

As I have said before, I am thankful for Speaker Ryan’s support as well as all my House colleagues who helped push this past the finish line.”

See Speaker Ryan’s full press release below:

Paul Ryan - Speaker of the House

For Officer Williams

February 27, 2016  |

The tragedy happened exactly three years ago. While in the line of duty, Eric Williams was killed by an inmate at the federal penitentiary in Canaan, Pennsylvania. Officer Williams, who joined the Bureau of Prisons on September 11, 2001, was armed with only handcuffs during the attack. 

Yesterday, in his honor, Speaker Ryan signed S. 238, the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act, which will provide federal officers with non-lethal pepper spray so they can better defend themselves. 

"It's that simple, and it would have saved Officer Williams' life." explained Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), who sponsored the bill and joined Speaker Ryan during the signing ceremony. The legislation now heads to the White House to become law.

Speaker Ryan signs the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act

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