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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Marino Releases Legislative Accomplishments for 114th Congress

October 5, 2016
Press Release

Rep. Marino Legislation Signed into Law (4 Bills)

  • H.R. 348, RAPID Act
    • Summary: Streamlines the approval and permitting processes for federally-funded energy, critical infrastructure and other vital construction projects
    • Status: Passed the House on September 25, 2015 by a 233 – 170 vote.
      • Provisions were included in the Surface Transportation bill signed into law in December 2015. 
  • H.R. 471, Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act
    • Summary: Clarifies provisions of the Controlled Substances Act to ensure DEA does not abuse authorities; ensures more collaboration and transparency with the private sector; creates opportunities for private sector to identify bad actors while making necessary prescriptions available
    • Status: Became law on April 19, 2016.
  • S. 238, the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act
    • Summary: Mandates that pepper spray be provided to Bureau of Prisons Officers in high and medium security prisons; named in memory of Corrections Officer Eric Williams who was murdered in a federal prison in PA-10
    • Status: Became law on March 9, 2016.
  • H.R. 3380, Transnational Drug Trafficking Act
    • Summary: Closes loopholes that permit drug traffickers from evading prosecution for bringing controlled substances and source chemicals for drug manufacturing into the U.S. 
    • Status:  Became law on May 16, 2016.

Rep. Marino Legislation Passed the House (2 Bills)

  • H.R. 3620, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Bill
    • Summary: Extends commercial vehicle access to Route 209 in the Delaware Water Gap for 5 years; includes certain limitations on vehicle size and use
    • Status: Passed the House unanimously on February 24, 2016.
      • Approved by Senate Natural Resources Committee on July 13, 2016 and now pending full Senate action.
  • H.R. 3438, the REVIEW Act
    • Summary: Automatically implements a stay of any regulation with costs over $1 billion per year once a lawsuit is filed
    • Status: Passed the House on September 21, 2016 by a 244 – 180 vote.

Regulatory Reform Subcommittee Legislation Passed or to be Considered

I. Regulatory Reform

  • H.R. 348, RAPID Act
    • Summary: Streamlines the approval and permitting processes for federally-funded energy, critical infrastructure and other vital construction projects
    • Status: Passed the House on September 25, 2015 by a 233 – 170 vote.
      • Provisions were included in the Surface Transportation bill signed into law in December 2015.
  • H.R. 3438, the REVIEW Act
    • Summary: Automatically implements a stay of any regulation with costs over $1 billion per year once a lawsuit is filed
    • Status: Passed the House on September 21, 2016 by a 244 – 180 vote.
  • H.R. 4768, Separation of Powers Restoration Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
    • Summary: Overturns the judicial doctrine of Chevron deference to agency interpretations and reassert the role of Congress as the writer of laws
    • Status: Passed the House on July 12, 2016 by a 240 – 171 vote.
  • H.R. 427, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS)
    • Sponsor: Rep. Todd Young (IN-09)
    • Summary: Requires major regulations, with annual costs over $100 million, shall have no force or effect unless Congress approves through a joint resolution
    • Status: Passed the House on July 28, 2015 by a 243 – 165 vote.
  • H.R. 527, Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
    • Summary: Ensures complete analysis of potential regulatory impacts on small businesses
    • Status: Passed the House on February 5, 2015 by a 260 – 163 vote.
  • H.R. 1155, SCRUB Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08)
    • Summary: Establishes a process to review and repeal federal regulations
    • Status: Passed the House January 7, 2016 by a 245 – 174 vote.
  • H.R. 712, Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)
    • Summary: Prohibits DOJ back door “sue and settle” rulemaking practices
    • Status: Passed the House on January 7, 2016 by a 244-173 vote.
  • H.R. 690, Providing Accountability Through Transparency
    • Sponsor: Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (M0-03)
    • Summary: Requires any notice of proposed rulemaking to contain a 100 word plain English summary
    • Status: Reported unanimously by Committee on March 24, 2015; passed the House as part of H.R. 712.
  • H.R. 1759, the ALERT Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
    • Summary: Requires monthly agency reports on the rules they plan to propose or finalize in the following year
    • Status: Reported 14-9 by Committee on March 15, 2015; passed the House as part of H.R. 712.
  • H.R. 5982, Midnight Rules Relief Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
    • Summary: Provides for “en bloc” disapproval of midnight regulations
    • Status: Reported 15-5 by the Committee on September 21, 2016.

II. Antitrust

  • H.R. 2745, Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER)
    • Sponsor: Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
    • Summary: Establishes identical preliminary injunction standards for both antitrust agencies and eliminates a separate administrative proceeding used by the FTC
    • Status: Passed the House on March 23, 2016 by a 235 – 171 vote.

III. DOJ Oversight

  • H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Fund Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
    • Summary: Ends DOJ practice of systematically subverting Congress’ spending power when it requires settling parties to donate money to activist groups
    • Status: Passed the House September 7, 2016 by a 241 – 174 vote.

IV. Interstate Taxes and Commerce

  • H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
    • Summary: Makes the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access permanent
    • Status: Passed the House unanimously on June 9, 2015.
  • H.R. 2315, Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-08)
    • Summary: Prevents states from collecting income taxes on employees working in the state for less than 30 days
    • Status: Passed the House unanimously on September 21, 2016.
  • H.R. 1643, Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)
    • Summary: Prohibits discriminatory state and local taxes against digital or electronically delivered goods
    • Status: Unanimously reported by Committee on June 17, 2015.
  • H.R. 2584, Business Activity Tax Simplification Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
    • Summary: Expands the prohibition on state taxation of interstate commerce
    • Status: Reported 18-7 by Committee on June 17, 2015.

V. Bankruptcy

  • H.R. 526, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
    • Summary: Reduces fraud by requiring greater transparency in asbestos trust claims
    • Status: Reported by Committee on May 14, 2015, by 19-9 vote; passed the House 211 – 188 on January 8, 2016 as part of H.R. 1927 (Fairness in Class Action Litigation).
  • H.R. 2947, Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. David Trott (MI-11)
    • Summary: Provides bankruptcy for the orderly liquidation of very large financial institutions
    • Status: Passed the House by voice vote on April 12, 2016.