Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Bill to Exhume Convicted Murderer from VA Cemetery


Rep. Barletta speaks with Jackie Katz of California, daughter of murder victim Bertie Smith


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Committee Approves Barletta's Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act


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Barletta Lead Sponsor of Bipartisan Federal Real Estate Management Reform Bill, Could Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars


Washington, DC - Leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced legislation to save taxpayers billions of dollars by reforming management of federal office space and real estate, and to increase accountability and oversight of the agency responsible for securing and protecting thousands of federal buildings.

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Barletta Statement Regarding Passage of Defense Authorization Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735).  Barletta is recuperating from a procedure to insert an arterial stent and was unable to attend the floor session, though he would have voted in favor of the legislation.  He expects to return to Washington on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Barletta Statement Regarding NDAA & Illegal Immigrants


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding the adoption of an amendment to strike language related to illegal immigration from the National Defense Authorization Act.  The amendment removed a provision that would have encouraged the Secretary of Defense to allow amnesty recipients to serve in the U.S. armed forces if they have benefitted from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The amendment to remove the language passed by a vote of 221-to-202.  

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Barletta Statements Regarding Iran & Hezbollah Legislation


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued statements regarding two pieces of legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives involving Iran and Hezbollah.  Barletta is recuperating from a procedure to insert an arterial stent and was unable to attend the floor session.  He expects to return to Washington on Monday, May 18, 2015.

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Barletta Statement Regarding Pain-Capable Abortion Bill


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released a statement in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits the abortion of unborn children after five months – the point at which science has determined that they can feel pain.  Barletta was recuperating from surgery to insert a stent into an artery near his heart and was unable to be present for the vote.  Barletta is a cosponsor of H.R. 36, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242-to-184, with one member voting present. 

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Barletta Recovering Well Following Heart Stent Procedure


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has undergone a successful cardiac catheterization at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in order to clear a blocked artery near his heart.  Barletta underwent the procedure on Monday, May 11, 2015 and is expected to return home to Hazleton later this afternoon.  The Congressman expects to return to Washington, DC on Monday, May 18th.

Barletta’s Communications Director, Tim Murtaugh, today issued the following statement:

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Barletta Bulletin 5.6.15


U.S. Intelligence Capabilities “Not Up to the Challenge” in the Face of African Terrorist Threat

On April 29, I attended a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence to examine the threat of violent Islamic extremism emanating from Africa.  In recent months, Africa-based terrorist groups have undertaken numerous acts of violence against innocent people.  We must ensure we are taking all necessary precautions to prevent similar attacks on the U.S. homeland. 

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Barletta Signs Letter Urging House to Strike DACA Provision From Defense Bill


Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has joined two dozen of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in signing a letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions asking that he remove controversial immigration language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) when the bill comes before his committee next week. 

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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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