Representative Thomas 'Tom' A. Marino's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 10, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
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Tom Marino has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tom Marino is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Thomas Marino. Marino Supports Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "As the father of two adopted children, I greatly value the sanctity of life. That is why I am pro-life. I look at their beautiful minds and personalities and am grateful every day that their mothers chose life." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Marino in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Marino voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Marino in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Marino voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. Issue Position: Right-to-Life. 27 October 2011. "I am Pro-Life. Our children, both born and those yet to be born, are a gift and their Right-to-Life is our Responsibility." (www.marinoforuscongress.com)
  • Thomas Marino. Marino Co-Sponsore of 'No Funding for Abortion' Act. 5 May 2011. "Citing the protection of children as a main responsibility of Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of HR3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act on Wednesday. Marino, a co-sponsor of the bill, mentioned his two adopted children in the statement he submitted to the Congressional Record, noting: 'every day that I spend with my children reminds me that all lives are precious.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Marino signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Thomas Marino, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

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  • Thomas Marino. Marino: 1st Step Toward Government That Lives Within Its Means. 1 August 2011. "Today, for the first time, we took a step toward giving Americans a government that lives within its means [¦] I will continue to stand up for the values of my constituents and bring accountability to Washington by putting an end to wasteful spending, balancing the budget and keeping taxes low." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. Unemployment Outlook Discouraging, Workforce at 31-Year Low. 7 September 2012. "It could not be more abundantly clear to the American people that this President has failed. His policies have led to 43 consecutive months of unemployment at or above 8 percent, and since passing his stimulus bill in February 2009, the President has cost our economy 316,000 net jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. "American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. State of the Union Response. 28 January 2011. "Citing the massive stimulus bill and the dramatic annual increases in spending over the past few years, Marino said: 'We've heard about the `shovel-ready' jobs but we still have an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"

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  • Tom Marino. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Marino voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"

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  • Thomas Marino. Marino: 'President Lacks Leadership'. 30 November 2011. "President Obama can do all the campaigning he wants but we in Pennsylvania have a good memory. We remember what he really thinks of us and how he mocked our respect for our religion, for life and for our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Thomas Marino. Issue Position: Right to Bear Arms. 27 October 2011. "The Second Amendment guarantees the right of an individual to keep and bear arms. I support, and the Supreme Court has affirmed, this undeniable right." (www.marinoforuscongress.com)

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  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Tom Marino. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Marino voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tom Marino in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tom Marino in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. Issue Position: Immigration and Border Security. 26 September 2012. "We are a nation of immigrants. And we should take pride in knowing that legal immigration is part of what makes our country great. But those who come here illegally believe they are above the law. We should allow those who wish to come here legally to do so and we should strengthen our borders and enforce the immigration laws of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Marino. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Marino. Issues. 1 October 2012. "Tom believes that marriage is between man and woman. He supports the Defense of Marriage Act, a law enacted by President Clinton that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman and makes it clear that no state is forced to recognize a homosexual marriage sanctioned by another state." (www.tommarinoforcongress.com)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Marino in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Tom Marino in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Marino. Marino Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Let the word go forth that the elimination of this cold-blooded murderer sends a distinct message to the terrorists around the world that the United States of America will track down and eliminate those cowards who think they can create an atmosphere of horror and get away with it. 'We are Americans. We are united. We are determined.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Marino. Issue Position: Seniors. 26 September 2012. "Our seniors have worked hard and made a positive difference in our communities throughout their lives. In return, they deserve peace of mind during their retirement. Medicare and Social Security must be fixed and kept solvent for the benefit of our nation and our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Marino. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Thomas Marino. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction and Social Security. 26 September 2012. "My first priority as the next Congressman from the 10th District will be to reduce deficit spending and create jobs. Once our economy is growing again, I will support bipartisan Social Security reform which will protect current and future retirees." (votesmart.org)

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
1) Intelligence operations
2) Military hardware
3) National missile defense
4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
6) Research and development of new weapons
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Medical research
i) Scientific research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesInferred Answer 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations
4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoInferred Answer 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.