Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Statement on Senate Hijacking of Firefighter Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the fact that the U.S. Senate has, once again, hijacked his legislation meant to protect volunteer firefighters from Obamacare.  Barletta’s legislation has twice passed the U.S House of Representatives by unanimous votes – first by 410-to-0, and then by 401-to-0.  It is only in the Senate where it runs into difficulty.

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Barletta Statement on House Votes on DHS Funding


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding votes in the U.S. House of Representatives that dealt with funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the question of blocking President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. 

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Barletta Amendment Emphasizes After-School Programs


Click here or on image for video of Rep. Barletta speaking on the House floor regarding his amendment to H.R. 5


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Barletta Puts Responsibility on Senate to Block Obama Executive Amnesty


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has cosigned a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to stand firm in their defense of legislation blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty program for illegal immigrants.  The letter also encourages House leaders to force the Senate to finally act on House-passed legislation that funds the entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS), except those parts that would pay for the Obama amnesty.  The House members argue that the issue of constitutional separation of powers is at stake.

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Barletta Statement on House Passage of College Savings Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding House passage of legislation that amends the federal tax code to make it easier for families to pay for college expenses for their children.  The bill, H.R. 529, passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 401-to-20.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Statement on Obama Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding President Obama’s veto of legislation that would have immediately authorized construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project which has been more than six years in the works given the many studies, delays, and rejections heaped on it by the Obama Administration. 

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Barletta Statement Regarding Federal Judge’s Injunction Against Obama Executive Amnesty


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding a Texas federal judge’s preliminary injunction blocking President Obama’s executive actions granting amnesty to as many as five million illegal immigrants.  U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling is meant to allow time for a lawsuit filed by 26 states to proceed against the president’s executive actions announced in November 2014.  The White House is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Barletta Supports Tax Relief for Small Businesses


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today voted for passage of legislation that eases the tax burdens on small businesses which use actual property in conducting trade or business.  The bill, H.R.

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Barletta Supports Tax Exemptions for Charitable Donations


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today voted for passage of legislation that makes it easier for taxpayers to make charitable contributions to benefit nonprofit organizations.  The bill, H. R.

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Barletta Defends Local Roads & Bridges vs. Interstates


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6511
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Representative Louis J. Barletta proudly represents his hometown of Hazleton and the people of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. He began his second term on January 3, 2013.

Representative Barletta was first sworn in on January 5, 2011. He immediately started serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which plays a critical role in the economic development of and job growth in Northeastern and South Central Pennsylvania, and the Education and Workforce Committee, which focuses on how our nation can improve its educational system so we have competitive, qualified workers in the future.

He remains on these committees during his second term in office.  Additionally, Rep. Barletta was appointed Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Also for his second term, Rep. Barletta was assigned to the Committee on Homeland Security, which was established in 2002 to provide congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack. The committee has jurisdiction over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), and the U.S. Coast Guard; border security programs including efforts to achieve operational control of the border; and border smuggling and trafficking of drugs, humans, currency, weapons and other illicit materials. The committee also has jurisdiction over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), counterterrorism efforts, cybersecurity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security, and more.

Illegal immigration is a very important subject for Representative Barletta, who first tackled the problem when he was mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Lou Barletta was the first mayor in the country to introduce and sign into law local ordinances cracking down against businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens. He has since become a national figure in the fight against illegal immigration.

During his first term in Congress, Representative Barletta formed the 112th Class Immigration Reform Caucus, which brings together members of the historic 2011-12 “freshmen” class. Representative Barletta chairs this caucus as it examines solutions to the country’s illegal immigration problems.

Also during his first term, Representative Barletta used his position on the Small Business Committee to fight to reduce the interest rate charged on certain Small Business Administration disaster recovery loans after massive flooding devastated the 11th District in September 2011.

Born and raised in Hazleton, Representative Barletta majored in elementary education as a student at Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University). He left school to try out for a Major League Baseball team, but was released when the team’s management discovered he couldn’t hit a curve ball.

After he returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania, he and his wife Mary Grace started a business together. For $29.95, the Barlettas formed a line-painting business. Through hard work and perseverance, they grew that business into the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within five years. They eventually grew it to be the sixth-largest business of its kind in the entire nation.

As a small business owner, Representative Barletta saw how government regulation and taxes could affect the bottom line. Even though he had very little interest in politics, he decided to run for a slot on Hazleton City Council. He was first elected to council in 1998, then was elected mayor in 2000.

Despite inheriting a massive budget shortfall, he was able to turn around the City of Hazleton with tough, fiscally responsible decisions. This turnaround earned statewide praise and recognition.

In addition, his leadership on the issue of illegal immigration in Hazleton garnered national attention. By ever-increasing margins of victory, Representative Barletta was elected mayor three times.

In September 2004, Representative Barletta was appointed by the White House to serve on the United Nation Advisory Committee of Local Authorities as the representative of the United States of America.

In November 2010, Representative Barletta was elected to Congress on his third attempt. He was re-elected in November 2012.

Lou and Mary Grace are the parents of four daughters: Kelly, April, Lindsey, and Grace. They also have one grandson, Gabriel Louis; and one granddaughter, Madeleine Grace.

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