Barletta rolls through Volvo in Shippensburg

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11) recently visited the Volvo Construction Equipment Customer Center in Shippensburg to roll up his sleeves and relive his days of driving heavy equipment. Volvo CE officials urged him to keep his sleeves rolled up in Congress to continue working on a long-term transportation bill.

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Carlisle EMS station receives federal grant

CARLISLE — Cumberland Goodwill Emergency Medical Services will no longer have to worry about missing equipment from the station’s ambulances.

Cumberland Goodwill EMS, joined by Sen. Patricia H. Vance and Congressman Lou Barletta, recognized the awarding of a federal assistance to firefighters grant, totaling $37,728, to the Carlisle station by FEMA.

The grant will fund the station’s Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare program, Cumberland Goodwill EMS Chief Robert Pine said, and will also go towards funding the purchase of emergency equipment for the program.

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Barletta talks to local fire companies about Obamacare

NORTHMORELAND TWP. — Connor Jenkins never met a member of the U.S. Congress before Monday.

That changed when he gave a personal tour to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. He showed Barletta around the Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company headquarters, from the bunkhouse to the fire apparatus in the garage. Jenkins, 16, is a junior volunteer firefighter for the township.

“It was definitely something different,” he said.

Before the tour, Barletta, PA-11, met with fire chiefs and junior firefighters from Northmoreland, Kunkle Fire Company, and Triton Hose companies. He discussed his legislation to protect volunteer fire companies from the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare.

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U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta to visit Shippensburg

Congressman Lou Barletta, who represents the Cumberland County portion of Shippensburg in Washington, D.C., meets with local constituents in a free luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Premier Events, 429 E. Orange St., Shippensburg.

Barletta’s District 11 extends through nine Pennsylvania counties from Wyoming County in the north southward through Cumberland County.

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Here’s why the Iran deal is bad for America: Lou Barletta

Having lived through much of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, I can remember being taught to “duck and cover” under my desk in elementary school to practice for the feared nuclear attack.

I am reminded of those days again as I have learned more about the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, and I fear we will one day soon have to teach children how to hide under classroom furniture in a futile attempt to avoid falling bombs.

There are many reasons to oppose the deal which purports to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, but the simplest one boils down to this: Iran cannot be trusted.  The mullahs who run the Islamic dictatorship are the chief state sponsors of terrorism in the world today.

The Middle East has long been the world’s most volatile region, even without Iranian nuclear capability.

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Barletta urges firearm policy change for service members

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 in light of increased acts of terrorism on American soil.

“We must not delay in confronting this real and imminent threat,” the letter to Carter reads.

 

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Barletta says “sanctuary cities” bill doesn’t go far enough

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,” says Barletta.

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Five years later, Barletta more comfortable in, but not with, Washington

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 of working space.

 

Through this process, a savings of $2.5 billion has been realized, according to Barletta.

Facing issues

Every Tuesday, Barletta joins a group of Republicans and Democrats to discuss pressing issues in a bipartisan manner. He stresses that there is greater bipartisan cooperation going on now in Washington than the public may be aware of.

The last meeting that Barletta attended focused on the proposed Iran nuclear arms agreement, as members explored the depths and implications of what it may mean to the world.

“It is great to attend these meetings,” Barletta said, “and to not only consider what is good for the party, but what is best for the country.”

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Barletta: Stop funding ‘sanctuary cities’

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Wednesday called on Congress to finally act on defunding so-called “sanctuary cities,” localities that resist or ban enforcement of federal immigration laws, or flatly refuse to cooperate with immigration officials.

Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, led a panel discussion on the topic hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies at the National Press Club. He highlighted his legislation, the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act, which will stop all federal funds from flowing to such jurisdictions.

“And yet there are mayors around the country who believe they are kings and will pick and choose what laws they will enforce,” Barletta said. “They are creating safe havens for illegal aliens to take the lives of others like Kate Steinle.”

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