U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Name: Thomas A. Marino
Party affiliation: Republican
Campaign website: www.tommarinoforcongress.com
Education: 1982-1983 William-sport Area Community College A.A., General Studies; 1984-1985 Lycoming College, B.A., Political Science/Education, Magna Cum Laude; 1985-1987 Dickinson School of Law, J.D., with Honors
Occupation/work history: I currently serve as representative in Congress for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. I served as Lycoming County District Attorney from 1992 to 2002 and then as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 2002 to 2008. I was first elected to represent the 10th Congressional District in 2010.
Family: I have been married to my wife Edie for 41 great years and we are blessed to have two wonderful children in Chloe (19) and Victor (15).
Are you in favor of the Affordable Care Act? If so, why, and if not, what should be done differently?
I have been against Obamacare since being elected to Congress and will continue to vote to repeal it for as long as I serve. I was elected in 2010 when the majority of the country was upset with the president’s health care law and the sweeping changes it was going to make to our health care system. Congress must repeal Obamacare and move toward a system where health insurance can be purchased across state lines to spur competition. We must also expand federal support for state high-risk pools, and we need tort reform, something not addressed under Obamacare.
If elected/re-elected, what can be done to get the economy moving again and help unemployed Pennsylvanians get back to work?
I often say that less is more when it comes to government’s role in our economy and in people’s lives. So this means that we need to lower barriers to innovation and investment in American companies. One critical way to do this would be lowering the corporate tax rate. Our corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world. This drives jobs overseas and discourages investment in American workers. A second method for getting the economy moving would be to reduce regulatory barriers that increase costs and time spent on compliance rather than job growth.
What efforts do you advocate to prevent further terrorist attacks on U.S. soil?
Eradicate and completely wipe out ISIS. We need to destroy the group and ensure they do not have safe territory to spread their hate and plan operations. Ensure that political correctness does not hinder our police officers in their efforts to track and question possible suspects. Along with this, the public needs to not be afraid to report suspicious activity. Enable the FBI to effectively identify and track suspected radicalized people. Secure the border and have better controls on immigration. Need to know who is coming to this country and ensure that they do not pose a threat.
Should the United States be taking in more refugees from Syria and other nations? Why or why not?
The United States should not be bringing in additional refugees from Syria. Intelligence and national security experts have warned that we are unable to ensure that we can properly vet the people coming into this country from Syria. The Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secretary of Homeland Security have all stated that we cannot properly screen refugees coming from Syria and the surrounding regions for national security threats. Europe has shown how difficult it can be to bring in large influxes of refugees from that region.
What can be done to curb gun violence in this country?
Solving the problem of gun violence does not mean we need new laws. Instead, we should be focused on enforcing the laws that we already have on the books. This means fixing the holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System so that firearms stay out of the hands of those who should not own them, while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. We also need to continue our focus in Congress on mental health issues so that we can ensure that individuals judged mentally incompetent are unable to access firearms.