Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on EPA & Power Plants


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on a case involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its restrictions on certain power plant emissions.  The court ruled that the EPA failed to take into consideration the cost for energy producers to comply with the new limits before enforcing the new rules.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Presents Bronze Star to Korean War Hero Thomas D. Lotis



U.S. Army Private First Class Thomas D. Lotis

U.S. Army Private First Class Thomas D. Lotis

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Barletta Statement on Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding subsidies provided to those who purchase health insurance through the federal exchange. 

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta: U.S. Lacks Intel to Admit Syrian Refugees


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Barletta Statement on Repeal of Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the passage of the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015 (H.R.

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Barletta Bill Makes Overstaying Visa Criminal Offense


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today introduced the “Visa Overstay Enforcement Act of 2015,” which for the first time makes overstaying a visa a criminal offense rather than a civil offense.  Under the legislation, a first instance of staying in the United States beyond a visa’s expiration date would be a misdemeanor, while subsequent infractions would be felonies.  The bill brings penalties for visa overstays into line with existing law for unlawfully crossing the U.S. border.  Barletta introduced similar legislation in the previous Congress.

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Barletta Statement on Repeal of Medical Device Tax


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the House passage of the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160), which repeals the tax on medical devices contained in Obamacare.  Barletta voted in favor of the bill, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 280-to-140.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Statement Regarding Trade Legislation


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding passage of legislation intended to promote trade and strengthen Customs enforcement to protect American workers and jobs.  Today the House again passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or a procedural framework for consideration of future free trade agreements between the United States and other countries.  The legislation gives Congress the ability to approve or reject trade agreements over the next six years. 

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Barletta Cosponsors Bill to Block New Building for Amnesty Plans


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today co-sponsored legislation to prohibit the Obama Administration from leasing a new $7.8 million, 11-story building near Washington, DC, which is being planned to house thousands of new government employees to process the president’s illegal executive actions on immigration.  Barletta introduced the “No Office Space for Executive Amnesty Act” along with Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04).   

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Barletta Statement on American Prisoners in Iran


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115 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6511
Fax 202-225-0764

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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