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  • Thirty years after being convicted of killing a woman, George Emery Siple was given a full military burial in an Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Now the woman’s family is working to keep other convicted veterans from being buried in military cemeteries. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, unveiled “Bertie’s Respect for National Cemeteries Act.” The bill, inspired by Siple’s murder of Bertha “Bertie” Smith in Harrisburg in 1969, seeks to accomplish a number of objectives. … “Our national military cemeteries … read more

  • With passage of the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2015 Act, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders opened the door to saving billions of taxpayer dollars via federal office space and real estate reforms. House Resolution 2322 provides an overhaul of the General Services Administration (GSA), allowing the agency to improve consolidations, reduce space and take advantage of office space leasing opportunities to save money. Additionally, the law provides for enhanced security at federal buildings. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) … read more

  • In case you missed it, the U.S. House of Representatives last night agreed to remove language from the 2016 defense bill that could have permitted children of undocumented immigrants to serve in the armed forces. Pennsylvania Republicans Lou Barletta and Scott Perry were supporters of the amendment and had last week signed a letter urging House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions to remove the measure from the nearly $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The proposal would have impacted undocumented immigrants who … read more