“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 votes; they came to highlight Barnes & Noble’s annual Holiday Book Drive. Each year the store picks a worthy local cause, asks customers if they want to donate, and buys books for said cause. SHINE, brought to Luzerne County this fall with help from Barletta and Yudichak, is this year’s recipient.”
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 stopped at a few Back Mountain businesses to talk to the owners and their customers about their needs and concerns.
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 of farm equipment.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is urging Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider plans to welcome refugees fleeing Syria into Pennsylvania in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
In a letter Barletta sent to Wolf on Monday, he stated that as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and also its Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, “I implore you to suspend cooperation until a dependable system is in place to check the background of those seeking refugee status.”
“Following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, House Republicans are proposing to block federal funding for resettling Syrian refugees until a series of new conditions are met.
“The legislation … is backed by Reps. Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Diane Black, Mo Brooks, and 11 other lawmakers. It would prevent funding for the resettlement of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa until authorities adopt ‘processes to ensure that refugee and related programs are not able to be co-opted by would-be terrorists.’ Once those processes are in place, details of the security checks must be given to Congress in both classified and public forums, and the administration must establish a ‘longer-term monitoring process’ to track refugees in the U.S.”
Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania fought to take a provision allowing for heavier trucks out of a highway-funding bill that cleared the U.S. House on Thursday.
Now, he’s among those charged with ironing out the differences between the House and Senate proposals before the federal Highway Trust Fund once again runs dry later this month.
Barletta, R-11th District, is one of 16 House lawmakers named to a panel that will seek to reconcile the two chambers’ versions into a final bill. The conferees also include two other Pennsylvania Republicans: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Rep. Scott Perry of York County.
LARKSVILLE — Students kept busy Monday afternoon participating in the after-school SHINE program at State Street Elementary School.
They did homework and ate dinner, and some students made bird-seed blocks. It was the fifth day of the new program for 36 students at the school. The program also began last week for 32 Wyoming Valley West Middle School students at the West Side Career and Technology Center.
State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, helped launch the program. The Luzerne County program is expected to expand to 800 students in its second year and 1,000 students in the third year.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today requested that Pennsylvania Governor Thomas W. Wolf release federal education funds already appropriated by Congress and dispensed to the Commonwealth while the impasse over the state budget continues. School districts across Pennsylvania are encountering severe financial distress as a result of the stalemate between the Wolf Administration and the state legislature. Barletta led a letter signed by seven other members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, whose districts are especially impacted, asking Wolf to release the funds.