• “U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, and State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Nanticoke, came to Barnes & Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza Tuesday to read to students in the SHINE afterschool program, and Stanley Punko, 7 sat in the front row smiling unabashedly despite missing a few upper front baby teeth. “Barletta read ‘The night before Christmas,’ and each time he showed the beautiful illustrations accompanying the classic by Clement Clarke Moore, Punko’s eyes lit up. “The politicians weren’t pushing for … read more

  • Barletta knows the challenges [of volunteer fire department]. He said his time as mayor of Hazleton taught him the needs of municipalities. That’s why he has fought for more federal funding for fire departments and why he continues to fight to protect fire companies from having to bear the burden of the high cost of insurance for volunteers. Barletta had his eyes open to a real issue facing many towns throughout his 11th Congressional District during Friday’s tour. He later … read more

  • U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Wednesday laid out his priorities during the first meeting of the conference committee seeking to reconcile differences between House and Senate versions of the surface transportation bill. Barletta, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, repeated his call for a sustainable revenue source for roads, a news release from his office states. He also pushed for limits on truck weights, a reliable truck safety scoring system, support for highway safety, and common-sense regulation … read more