Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


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Lou Barletta, PA-11, has introduced the School Food Modernization Act, which will help local schools replace outdated kitchen equipment and improve infrastructure in an effort to provide healthy and nutritious meals to students.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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Barletta Named “Hero of Main Street” for Third Straight Year


Rep. Barletta visits with Holly Tritt in her family’s silk screening and embroidery business, Pondview, in Newville during one of his Main Street Tours of the 11th Congressional District. 



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Barletta Urges SecDef to Allow Weapons for Service Members


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, is urging Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to overturn the policy that prohibits base commanders from allowing service members to carry personal firearms on military installations.  Barletta and 57 other members of Congress have sent a letter to Carter in the wake of the attacks on recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed four marines and one sailor and wounded several others.  The letter argues that active duty service members should have the ability to defend themselves, particularly in light of increased acts o

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Barletta Statement on Passage of Sanctuary Cities Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released a statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which denies certain funding for jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials.  There are 267 such jurisdictions in the United States, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

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Barletta Backs Coal Ash Legislation, Protects Environment & Jobs


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today supported the passage of legislation which ensures that coal ash is disposed of and recycled in a way that preserves the environment and protects jobs as a result.  Barletta cosponsored and voted for H.R.

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Barletta Statement on U.N. Security Council Vote on Iran Deal


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released a statement regarding the vote by the United Nations Security Council to approve the president’s proposed nuclear arms deal with Iran.  The plan was presented to the U.N. prior to the completion of the mandatory review by Congress. 

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Statement on Highway Bill Temporary Patch


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released a statement regarding his vote against H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015.  Barletta voted against the legislation because it only funds transportation through December 18, 2015 and he favors a long-term solution.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Washington, DC 20515
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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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