Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Statement on Passage of Fiscal Year 2016 Balanced Budget Agreement


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, tonight released the following statement regarding House passage of the Conference Report to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res.11).  The House passed the resolution by a 226 -197 vote.

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U.S. Chamber Honors Barletta for Pro-Business Record for 4th Time


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Representative Lou Barletta (PA-11) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the second session of the 113th Congress.  This marks the fourth time Rep. Barletta has been honored with the award.

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Barletta Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers


Rep. Barletta speaks on House floor in support of H.Con.Res. 25.

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We Can't Afford to Back Down From Infrastructure Investments


By Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)

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Barletta Hails House Passage of Death Tax Repeal


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding House passage of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.  The bill permanently repeals the estate tax and makes permanent the maximum 35 percent gift tax rate and the lifetime gift tax exemption. Rep. Barletta is a co-sponsor of this bill, which passed the House by a vote of 240-179.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

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Committee Votes for Withdrawal of Flawed Waters Regulation Rule, Passes Bill to Reform & Improve FEMA Programs


Washington, DC - The Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to require the withdrawal of the Administration’s flawed proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a bill to address the rising costs of disasters in the United States and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) capabilities and programs, as well as other measures.

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Barletta Statement on Obama Cuba Announcement


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding President Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The other countries on the list are Iran, Syria, and Sudan.  These countries are subject to U.S. restrictions on foreign aid, financial transactions, and defense sales.

The statement is as follows:

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Barletta Recognized by PA Farm Bureau


Barletta Joins PA Roadshow to Highlight Transportation Needs


Barletta Bulletin 3.31.15


I Won’t Fund Obama’s Illegal Amnesty

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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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