Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Talks Biometrics to Industry Leaders


Rep. Barletta discusses biometrics with IBIA President and Chairman Bob Harbour


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Obama Policies Favor Illegal Immigrants Over American Citizens


By Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)

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Barletta Reintroduces Safer Buses and Trucks Act


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has reintroduced the Safer Trucks and Buses Act, which would reform safety scores for trucks and buses by making the scores more reflective of the company’s safety record.  The legislation, HR1371, would temporarily halt the publication of flawed safety scores until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) scoring system is revamped. 

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Committee Leaders Introduce Bill to Reform Disaster Assistance Programs & Reduce Disaster Costs


Washington, DC - Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation to address the rising costs of disasters in the United States, reduce the toll of future losses, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster assistance capabilities and programs. 

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Barletta Bill Protecting Volunteer Firefighters, EMS from Obamacare Unanimous in House 3rd Time


Rep. Barletta speaks on House floor in support of HR1191.

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Barletta: Final Reminder for 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today reminded students that the deadline is approaching for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, conducted in conjunction locally with WVIA-TV.  The competition solicits submissions from high school art students from across the country, and entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide annual art event that allows high school students to showcase their artistic ability. 

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Barletta Statement on House Passage of DHS Funding Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding House passage of an appropriations bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the president’s unlawful executive actions granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.  The House approved the bill, which has already passed the Senate, meaning it now goes to the president for his signature. 

Rep. Barletta voted against the bill.

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Barletta Statement Regarding Netanyahu Speech to Congress


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United States Congress:

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Barletta Reintroduces Bill to Protect Volunteer Firefighters from Obamacare


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today reintroduced legislation to protect volunteer firefighters and emergency responders from the unintended consequences of Obamacare.  Barletta’s bill, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, ensures that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Employer Mandate of Obamacare.  If volunteer fire companies were subject to the mandates of Obamacare, they could be liable for crippling new health care c

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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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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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