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  • Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) is urging Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to overturn the policy that prohibits base commanders from allowing service members to carry personal firearms on military installations. Barletta and 57 other members of Congress have sent a letter to Carter in the wake of the attacks on recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that killed four marines and one sailor and wounded several others. The letter argues that active duty service members should have the ability to defend themselves, particularly … read more

  • Despite a veto threat from President Obama, nearly all of the midstate’s congressional delegation voted for a House bill cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities. The bill strips some federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. However, Republican Lou Barletta says it doesn’t go far enough. … Barletta’s proposing halting all federal dollars to any sanctuary city. “Funding would be restricted until they no longer are considered a sanctuary, which would be certified by the attorney general,” … read more

  • It has been five years since former Hazleton mayor Lou Barletta became a member of Congress. Representing the 11th Congressional District, Barletta lives in Washington, D.C., during the week and returns to Hazleton on weekends and breaks. … Billions saved Barletta is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. Part of the subcommitte’s job is to oversee the operations of all federal buildings. During his work on the committee, Barletta ascertained that each federal employee was getting 1,500 square feet … read more