Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Rep. Barletta Presents Medals to Local Veterans


HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today presented long overdue medals to four veterans during a ceremony at his Hazleton district office.  Recipients of the medals were: Anthony Petti (deceased) of Drums, John Shemanski of Factoryville, John Trusavage (deceased) of Forty Fort, and John Zedolick of Mountain Top. 

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Barletta Bulletin 8.6.15


Saying No to the Poorly Negotiated Iran Nuclear Deal

On July 14, 2015, the Obama administration announced the United States and other world powers had finalized a deal with Iran regarding their pursuit of nuclear weapons.  Under the deal, sanctions against Iran would be lifted in exchange for changed limits of that nation’s nuclear material enrichment program.  Congress will have sixty days to review the deal before approving or rejecting it.  

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Barletta Calls for Probe of EPA Lobbying for Water Rule


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has joined 105 other members of the House of Representatives in requesting an investigation as to whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Anti-Lobbying Act in promoting and seeking support for its “Waters of the United States” rule.  The lawmakers sent a letter to the EPA’s Inspector General asking that he determine if the EPA wrongfully used taxpayer funds to generate grassroots support for its regulatory agenda, and if the agenda violated the “publicity or propaganda” restrictions in federal law.

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Iran deal unacceptable; keep sanctions in place


Having lived through much of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, I can remember being taught to “duck and cover” under my desk in elementary school to practice for the feared nuclear attack. I am reminded of those days again as I have learned more about the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, and I fear we will one day soon have to teach children how to hide under classroom furniture in a futile attempt to avoid falling bombs.

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Barletta Calls for Disclosure of Iran Agreement “Side Deals”


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today called on President Obama to release details of newly discovered “side deals” involving Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as part of the overall Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) struck among Iran, the United States, and other nations.  Barletta and 93 other members of Congress signed a letter asking the president to disclose the details of the side deals, or if he does not possess the agreements, to obtain them from the IAEA and provide them to Congress.

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Barletta Statement Regarding Another Obama Overreach on Energy


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of his “Clean Power Plan,” which will require a 32 percent reduction in power plant emissions by 2030.  The plan is another example of the Obama Administration expanding the War on Coal, ruling through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and bypassing Congress.  The plan will set unrealistic goals for emissions limits, drive energy prices higher, and cost jobs in the private sector.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Praises SecDef Memo on Troop Safety at Home


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today welcomed news that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has issued a memo to top military officials urging them to “develop action plans to improve the security and force protection of DoD [Department of Defense] personnel.”  Carter’s memo ordered U.S.

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Barletta Votes for REINS Act to Curb Regulations


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, voted in favor of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015, which requires Congressional approval of any rule or regulation proposed by the executive branch estimated by the Office of Management and Budget to impact the economy by $100 million or more.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 243-to-165.

Barletta issued the following statement:

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Barletta Bill to Help School Cafeterias Modernize


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has introduced the School Food Modernization Act, which will help local schools replace outdated kitchen equipment and improve infrastructure in an effort to provide healthy and nutritious meals to students.  A national survey indicates that 88 percent of school districts need at least one piece of new kitchen equipment, and 55 percent require infrastructure changes.  The legislation is bipartisan, with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) serving as lead co-sponsor and Rep.

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Barletta to Vote “No” on Iran Nuclear Deal


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today announced that he cannot support the Obama Administration’s agreement with Iran and other foreign nations regarding Iran’s nuclear programs.  Before coming to his conclusion, Barletta examined the agreement and was briefed directly by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.  Barletta has serious concerns about American access to nuclear facilities in Iran, the timeliness of the inspections, and the lifting of economic sanctions.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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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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