• Very few people choose to become volunteer firefighters or emergency responders in order to receive health care benefits. As volunteer members of their departments, they likely get their health care coverage through another job, or pay for it themselves. In fact, if you asked them what the fringe benefits of being volunteers actually are, they would likely tell you that they get satisfaction from helping their communities, and protecting lives and property. … So on the very first day of … read more

  • The House approved a Department of Homeland Security appropriations package Wednesday that lawmakers say will block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The $39.7 billion DHS appropriations bill to fund the department through fiscal year 2015 passed 236 – 191. A series of amendments to the bill — aimed at blocking Obama’s executive actions — passed in advance of its final approval. The amendment spearheaded by Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Lou Barletta (R-PA) — intended to … read more

  • Rep. Lou Barletta on Tuesday spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of a key amendment that would defund President Obama’s executive amnesty program for undocumented immigrants. The amendment, co-authored by the Pennsylvania Republican, would strip out funding for the executive amnesty program in the Department of Homeland Security’s appropriations bill. “The amendment says that the president’s policies have no basis in law and are not grounded in the Constitution,” Barletta said as he addressed the House. “And … read more