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Phil Scollo challenges Tom Marino for control of PA-10

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Oct 24, 2012 4:00 AM

(Undated) -- The race to represent the state's third-largest Congressional district features a freshman Republican incumbent and a Democratic challenger who's spent time on Wall Street and as a small business owner.

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Congressman Tom Marino is vying for a second term in the 10th Congressional District, which encompasses 15 total counties, including Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, and Union.

He says in addition to repealing the Affordable Care Act and getting spending under control, he'd also like to work on immigration reform. "The more people that come here illegally, the more it costs us, [and] the more this administration wants to put them on some type of welfare. You know, the hardworking middle class taxpayers can't afford this anymore. It's out of control."

He also says since he took office, he's focused on cutting down on spending. "We don't have a taxing problem in this country. We have a spending problem. So there's a great deal of inefficiency in D.C. and many agencies and departments aren't doing nearly what they were supposed to do when they were designed."

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Marino is running against Democrat Phil Scollo, a businessman from Pike County.

Scollo says the state needs to look into building up industries he claims are underutilized. "We don't do a good enough job coordinating the tourism industry, and I think high-tech and health care are also areas that we can exploit for future job creation."

Scollo says he blames Marino and his Congressional colleagues for not doing enough to get the country's finances in order. "They did nothing to deal with the sequester, this fiscal cliff that everyone's talking about, so Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike should be saying, 'Get back to work and get that fixed.'"

Scollo says the Affordable Care Act is a good start to help make coverage more accessible, but adds he'd like it to be expanded.

Hear more on Congressman Marino's views on immigration reform and why he voted for last year's Budget Control Act below:

Hear more on Scollo's views on the Affordable Care Act and why he says his business experience has prepared him for serving in Congress below:

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